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

So There They Were
 

Simon, Andrew, James, and John, in the same place where they spent most of their days, doing the things that took up most of their waking hours. They probably expected that the next day would be much the same, and the day after that and many more days and weeks and years. You see, they were poor men; they had to work hard to make a living for themselves and their families. No doubt they were good Jews and they observed the Sabbath and listened to the readings from Scripture and spent time with their families and friends. But mostly, they fished.

And then along comes this man, Jesus, passing along the Sea of Galilee. And what was He doing? He was; “proclaiming the Good News of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near, repent, and believe in the Good News." "Follow me and I will make you fish for people," He said to Simon and Andrew -- and immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Then He called James and John, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men, and followed Jesus. They followed Jesus, without giving it a second thought.

What we need to wonder is, why do you suppose that was? Was it just because Simon and Andrew and James and John were gullible men? Or maybe it was because there was something about Jesus that they didn't even think twice about it? They didn't know, they really couldn't have known, at that point, who He really was or where their choice to follow Him would lead. But there was something about Him that they just could not resist. In a way, God was being made known to them, and would continue to be made known to them in the person of Jesus Christ. It was an epiphany!

And it isn't just Simon and Andrew and James and John to whom God is made known in the person of Jesus. And it isn't just Simon and Andrew and James and John who are called to follow Jesus Christ. Jesus calls each of us to follow Him -- and He calls us every single day, wherever we are and whatever we are doing!! We don't have to be rich and we don't have to have a lot to offer. We just have to be willing to follow. We have to be willing to make ourselves available, so that God may use us. Use us by spreading the Good News and bringing others to Christ! But sometimes we are selfish or improper in our thoughts!! Because sometimes we feel it is only people like us who will be saved, you know; who are deserving of it. Really none of us are deserving!! It’s not our place to say who should be saved; because that’s up to God!! Jesus doesn't promise that the journey will be a smooth road. We have all experienced difficulties haven’t we? Jesus does promise that He will be with those who believe in Him!
 
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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Fellowship
Soup & Salad Meal follows in the Parish Hall
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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


First Sunday Breakfast
December 4th
@ 9:30 a.m.

No better way to start the first Sunday of the month than with a special breakfast.

Join us for a breakfast at 9:30 a.m., between services.

You don’t need to bring anything!!!

Just come and enjoy the food, fun and fellowship.


Kay’s Journey:
One More Step

On Sunday, November 20th, the First Sunday of Advent, Kay's Transition Luncheon was held
to celebrate her continued training at our church.

That same day, her son-in-law, Jason Ballard and her grandson, Lucas Ballard were baptized.

What an exciting day for both Kay and the Ballard family.





Sparkles & Spirits
Our Silent Auction to "Raise the Roof", held on Saturday, November 12th was a great success. The event made $3,000, a portion of which will be donated to Real Life Children's Ranch!

To see some of the pictures taken at the event, simply click on the link below:

Silent Auction

Church Yard Sale
November 5th


Our annual church yard sale on Saturday, November 5th was a tremendous success. The event brought in over $2,000 and additional money from our breakfast and lunch sales, as well as the bake sales brought in additional funds. All of the income from the event will be used for our "roof fund".
 
Click on the link below to learn more about the yard sale event and view some pictures.

2016 Yard Sale



 Saturday of Service (SOS)

As a new outreach program to the community of Okeechobee, we are partnering with the Council on Aging to work with neighbors in our city to address crucial needs. We hope to sponsor at least one SOS day per quarter. Currently, we have two families in need with projects which require basic carpentry skills.

If you are interested in volunteering, please see either Fr. Jim or Kay Mueller.

(Hebrews 13:16 "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.")

The Book Club
Meets on Sunday, December 4th
@ 2:00 p.m.


Book Selection:
Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible


We will be discussing Chapters 5 (Hannah),
6 (Mary) and 7 (Anna).

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!