Church Of Our Saviour
200 NW 3rd Street
Okeechobee, Florida
Welcome
We invite you to come to our church and worship with us anytime. The Episcopal Church members are held together by our common worship and the loving respect we give to each other. Our worship is Biblically centered and highly participatory; modern, but poetic and of ancient origin.

The sacrament of Holy Communion, the Last Supper Jesus shared with His disciples, continues to be central to our worship and present to us today. All baptized persons are invited to share in this meal of bread and wine.

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Fr. Shevlin's Message 
John 14:6; "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." How can we know the way to God? Only through Jesus! Jesus is the way because He is both God and man. By uniting our lives with His, we are united with God. Trust Jesus to take you to the Father, and all the benefits of being God's children will be ours. Jesus says that He is the only way to God the Father. Some people may argue that this way is too narrow. In reality, it is wide enough for the whole world, if the world chooses to accept it. Instead of worrying about how limited it sounds to have only one way we should be saying - Thank You god, for providing us with a sure way to get to you! As the Way, Jesus is our path to the Father. As the Truth, He is the reality of all God's promises. As the Life, He joins His divine life to ours, both now and into eternity. John 14:6 is one of the most basic and important passages in Scripture.

Acts 4:12; "salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Christianity believes that the grace of God that saves is the plan of salvation, rather than salvation itself. This plan includes two parts: 1) the perfect life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, 2) the Gospels/New Testament/Faith. Many people react negatively to the fact that there is no other name than that of Jesus to call on for salvation. This is not something that the church decided; it is the specific teaching of Jesus himself (John 14:6). If God designated Jesus to be the Savior of the world, no one else can be His equal. Christians are to be open-minded on many issues, BUT NOT on how we are saved from sin. No one else but Jesus could die for our sins, no one else but Jesus came to earth as God's only Son; no one else but Jesus rose from the dead. Our focus should always be on Jesus, whom God offered as the way to have an eternal relationship with Himself. There is no other name or way!

Being a Christian means living a totally Christian life and having a Christian perspective. To Christians, all people are basically good, but sin is a spiritual disease that wounded humankind initially and can kill humankind spiritually if left unchecked. Christianity involves a daily commitment to embrace the will of God - whatever it is and wherever it leads. Christianity means cooperation with God on our part. Free will is sacred. God never forces you against your free will. Yet doing evil not only hurts us, it also hurts others, because a Christian is never alone. We are part of a spiritual family called the church. The church is like a mother who feeds us spiritually, shares doctrine with us and heals and comforts us. Christianity offers a distinct perspective on the world and life. The Christian perspective sees everything as being intrinsically created good but with the potential of being abused. Our general perspective is that because God created everything, nothing is outside God's jurisdiction and that includes our everyday thoughts, words and deeds!
Worship Times
Sunday Services
8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
(Rite I)
9:30 a.m.
Christian Education
10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
(Rite II)
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Wednesday Services
6:00 p.m.
Healing Service and
Holy Eucharist
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Chapel Access
Our Chapel is open to all parishioners 24/7 for private prayer. Use the access code on the keypad door to unlock. Please contact the parish office if you do not know the code.
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The public is also welcome to use the chapel for private prayer Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., or please join us daily for Morning Prayer at 8:00a.m.
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Announcements & Events


Bleesing of the Animals
 
On Saturday, October 7th, from 9a.m. to 2p.m. we will hold our annual Blessing of the Anmials in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Each pet will receive a blessing Certificate, Pet Medal and a treat.

We will also have a professional dog groomer for a "Doggy Spa Experience".

We will be serving hot dogs, chips and soda.

And there will be a K-9 Demonstration at 11a.m.

So join us for a blessing of you pet and a great day of fun and fellowship for you and your pet.
 



Ordination of Kay Mueller to the Sacred Order of Deacons
On Saturday, September 9th at 11 a.m., Kay Mueller, formerly a Candidate for Deacon at Church of Our Saviour, was ordained at Church of St. Luke Cathedral in Orlando.
 


To view more pictures of her ordination and the celebration on September 17th, simply click on the link below.

Deacon Kay S. Mueller Ordination and Celebration


Rev. Deche Hamill, Deacon
Farewell Gathering


On Sunday, September 3rd, Deacon Deche served at her last Sunday service at Church of Our Saviour. After services she was honored with a covered dish luncheon in the parish hall. The luncheon gave us all an opportunity to honor her for her faithful service and to say a fond farewell to Deche, our stalwart deacon.

To view more pictures of her at the last service and the farewell gathering, simply click on the link
below.

Deacon Deche Farewell Service and Gathering

Kay Mueller, Deacon Installation

Please mark you calendar for Sunday, October 8th, when The Venerable Kristi Alday, Archdeacon will install Kay Mueller as Deacon of Church of Our Saviour.

A luncheon will be served in the parish hall following the service.


Another New Acolyte Served 
On Sunday, August 27th,    another one of our new acoltyes served for the first time:
Anthony Mazzucco

 along with
Vincente Jaimes.


And Jeanie gave the children's sermon, which answered the question: "Who do you think I am?"



Blessing of the Backpacks
On Sunday, August 13th,    thirteen youth and six current and former school teachers and administrators were present to receive a blessing for the start of school year. In addition to the blessing ceremony, each was blessed by Fr. Jim and given a pocket cross made of cypress wood from Israel. It was so good to see all these young people starting the school year off right.





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Fr. Jim's Youth Sermon on Transfiguration
On Sunday, August 6th,  The Transfiguration of Our Lord, Fr. Jim taught our youth the meaining of the word transfiguration using the example of a catepillar turning into a butterfly.

Additionally, one of our new acoytes, Alexis Garcia (below left), was serving with Ceci Carran. Alexis is one of our three recently trained acolytes. And what a great job she did!

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Hiliary Carmichael Worship Service

On Tuesday, August 2, Church of Our Saviour traveled to West Palm to conduct another worship service at LaPosada for our beloved and infirmed parishioner, Hilary Carmichael.

About fifteen people attended the service at La Posada, which included parishioners from our church.

Hiliary said on Facebook, "Thanks so much to my church family from Church of Our Saviour Episcopal in Okeechobee for sharing mass and Holy Communion with me and several residents here at La Posada yesterday."  

Baptism
on Sunday
July 30th

This past Sunday Fr. Jim baptized:
 
Andrew Diamian Garcia  

who is almost two years old, at our Rite II service.



Andrew was joined by father and mother Felipe and Angelica Garcis, godparents Elvis and Margarito Casas, and several other relatives.
 

 


Please welcome them all into our church family when you see them.

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 Altar Guild Volunteers Needed!

The church desperately needs volunteers for our Altar Guild! If you would be willing to help out, or you sense God calling you to this ministry, see Hazel Parnis, Deacon Deche, or Fr. Jim immediately or call the church office at
863-763-4843.
THANK YOU!