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


Bible Study Classes
Fr. Jim is teaching a bible study class, on both Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.

The classes are held in the “teen” room in the parish office building. Please attend one of the classes to learn and enjoy the fellowship.



Real Life Children's Ranch
The money that our parishioners contributed to sponsor the three new boys for Christmas at the Real Life Children's Ranch certainly made for a merrier Christmas for them. (Pictured above.)
 

In addition to purchasing presents specifically for the three boys, some of the purchases were for the use of all seven children in the home, for example a soccer ball, movies and a games.
(House Guardians & children pictured bove.)

Thank you all for your contributions.


First Annual
Ugly Christmas Sweater
Challenge

You all are undoubtedly asking yourselves, who won the ugly sweater contest? Well the judge, who was anonymus, declared Betty Buzan the winner. Fr. Jim presented her with the prize - a $50 gift certificate for Applebee's Grill & Bar.

She admitted that she forgot about the ugly sweater challenge, so she hastly, with the help of a neighbor, created her own ugly Christmas sweater. Congratulations Betty.


Christmas Parade
On Saturday, December 10th, our church entered a float again this year in the Okeechobee Christmas Parade. We used the same theme - "
Let Him Unwrap The Magic Of
Christmas" - as last year when it rained and ruined the presents on the float.

If you woud like to see some more picture of the float and the parishioners who were on the parade float, please click on the link below:

Christmas Parade



Chocolate Party
On Saturday, December 3rd, we held our annual Chocolate Party in the parish hall. The food was delicious, but then all things chocolate are always delicious.

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

Cholocate Party



 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, January 8th
@ 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!