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


Gracious Christine Fuller
Please take note of the three beautiful prints hanging in the back of the church by the piano. Christine Fuller had them cleaned, mats replaced and reframed. Please thank her for her effort when you see her.


Annual Yard Sale
On Saturday, November 3rd, our church held our annual yard sale. The sale was a great success and made more money than last year.

The success of the event was due to all the hard work of so many of our parishioners - over 20.

But we especially owe a very special Thank You to Rose and Howard Bangert who collected, cleaned, priced, and transported all of the items to our church over the past 6 months.

Check some of the picures of the event by clicking on the link below:

2017 Yard Sale


Community Food Outreach
November 12th

Don’t forget that second Sunday is our Community Food Outreach Ministry.

The second basket offerings are given to Big Lake Missions; and the nonperishable food items we are collecting are now given to the Salvation Army Food Pantry here in Okeechobee.



Baptism of
Juan and Shyla Aguirre

On Sunday, October 29th, the son and daughter of Bernardo and Anglica Aquirre, Juan and Shyla were baptized during the Rite II service. 

 

To check out some pictures of the baptisms, simply click the link below.

Juan and Shyla Baptisms


Blessing of the Animals
Our annual Blessing of the Anmials in honor of St. Francis of Assis on a beautiful day in October brought out people from both our community as weel as parishioners from our church.

People got their pet blessed, had a hot dog or two, with some chips and soda, watched K-9 Demonstration, and throughly enjoyed the fun and fellowship of the day. 

To check out some pictures of the day
, simply click the link below.

Blessing of the Animals

Kay Mueller, Deacon Installation

This month The Venerable Kristi Alday, Archdeacon installed Kay Mueller as Deacon of Church of Our Saviour.

A luncheon was served in the parish hall following the service.

To view some of the pictures of the installation, simply click the link below:

Deacon Kay Installation


Fr. Jim Luncheon
November 19th

You may recall that to honor Fr. Jim last year, we all went out for lunch following the second service.
 
We are going to have a repeat performance on Sunday, November 19, which will be the week before Thanksgiving. Since most of the ladies will have a week of cooking before Thanksgiving, we thought it would be nice to enjoy fellowship together and give the ladies a break by all going out to a restaurant for lunch.
  
We will be going again to the Rio Bravo Restaurant north of town. The address and directions will be announced later.

There is a sign-up sheet on the back table so that we can make reservations.


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Bishop is Coming

On January 14, 2018, the Bishop of the Central Diocese of Florida, The Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, will be visiting Church of Our Saviour.
If you are interested in joining the Episcopal Church either by confirmation or reception, please see Fr. Jim or Deacon Kay after the service. Additionally, if you have previously been confirmed and wish to reaffirm your commitment, please advise.
We will be scheduling a confirmation class for all interested persons and will make every effort to accommodate everyone's schedule.


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?"


 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!