Upcoming Events Sundays: Services at 8 & 9:30 – Sunday School and Nursery during 9.30 Service. Wednesdays – Bible Study @ Farmhouse at 7 pm. July 23, Saturday @ 4pm Faithful Men Concert with Potluck following in the Farmhouse - See article August 21 – Consecration of New Church Building and Confirmation @ 9.30 Bishop David Bena and Bishop Daniel Morse presiding.
Our Saviour to Affiliate with the Reformed Episcopal Church
By a nearly unanimous vote, on Sunday July 10, members of the Church of Our Saviour, in agreement with a unanimous Vestry resolution, elected to affiliate with the Reformed Episcopal Church, which is a part of a larger group called the Anglican Church in North America.
The Reformed Episcopal Church was established on December 2, 1873, soon after the establishment of The Church of Our Saviour. It was organized in 1873 in New York City by eight clergymen and twenty laymen who were formerly presbyters and members of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
“Some in the latter quarter of the 19th Century concluded that their beloved Protestant Episcopal Church had so dramatically changed that they had no alternative but to preserve the old Church through reorganization. The immediate cause of the division lay in the participation of The Rt. Rev. George Cummins, Assistant Bishop of Kentucky in the Protestant Episcopal Church, at a Communion Service held in the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. In the face of criticism and with the conviction that the evangelical and catholic nature of the Protestant Episcopal Church was being lost, Bishop Cummins issued a call to re-form the church. He became the founding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church…”
Currently, the Reformed Episcopal Church within the United States and Canada is divided into four geographical regions with each region governed by a Bishop Ordinary and a Standing Committee. These regions (called Dioceses) are:
- The Diocese of the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic with the Convocation of Eastern Canada - The Diocese of the Southeast - The Diocese of the Central States - The Diocese of Mid-America with the Convocation of the West & Western Canada In addition, The Reformed Episcopal Church has 3 overseas Dioceses located in Croatia, Cuba, and Germany. The Church of Our Saviour will be a part of the Diocese of the Central States which covers Alabama, NW Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Rt. Rev. Daniel Morse is the bishop.
Consecration of Church Building
On August 21, 2016 our new building will be consecrated by two bishops, Bishop Daniel Morse, our new Diocesan Bishop and the Rt. Rev. David Bena, retired bishop of CANA-East. Bishop Bena has visited our church a number of times in the past, and has accepted our invitation to join us, along with Bishop Morse. Bishop Morse will also confirm youth and adults on the exact date the historic building was consecrated in 1878.
We were blessed with many hands helping with our recent move from our old church and parish hall to our new church and parish hall (the farmhouse), including the cleaning all four buildings and getting everything ready for our first worship service on June 26, 2016. We are especially grateful for the following people who so generously gave to this effort: Dean Worcester, Nick and Diana White, Nelson and Joan Irey, Criselda and Dan Bell, Bill and Emily Tyler, Steve Price, Rick and Karla Denney, Donna and Jim Basinger, Hilary Cooley, Laurie Kelly, Kelly Smith-Moore, Ralph and Melodie Baxter, Peter Barker, Bruce and Tucker Coil, Chris and Debbi Davis, Angela Covey, Gloria Smith and Robbie Thompson. We also give special thanks to John Lord for mowing and cleaning the grounds at our new location.