Church of Our Saviour

21 Marathon Street | Arlington, Massachusetts | 781-648-5962

Reflections of Your Rector

From Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, your new vestry gathered at Susan Dowds’ co-housing community for its annual planning retreat. We ate together, got to know each other better, helped each other learn the history of Church of Our Saviour, and focused on two themes for the coming year.

The first theme was deepening relationships within the parish. As you know, in 2013 over 100 people visited COS for the first time. Some come just once. Others keep coming back. If you look around the church during the 10 a.m. service or the Toddler Service, you will probably see several people whose story you don’t know and who don’t know your story. And you may also realize that there are people who’ve been at COS a long time but who you haven’t gotten to know yet.

Jesus told us that we are to love God and love our neighbor. And we begin to love our neighbors by getting to know them and letting them get to know us. Our vestry members have decided to start deepening their own connections to the parish by each becoming a vestry liaison to a portion of the parish. As you will see in Mary’s article below, you can expect a note or phone call from one of our vestry members in the next few weeks. We will be looking for other ways to help deepen relationships within this community. Stay tuned!

The second theme was discerning how God is calling us to justice and service beyond the walls of the church. We will be looking for service and justice opportunities where there are at least three people from the COS community who have the time and passion to take action. I will be talking about this more in next month’s newsletter. For now, I invite you to ponder theologian Frederick Buechner words: “Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need.” What justice needs are you seeing locally, nationally, and in the wider world? Which ones make you particularly sad, angry, or passionate? Which other people in this parish have passions that match those needs? Don’t know who those people might be yet? That’s more motivation for us to get to know each other better!

Yours in Christ,


Have you heard? An outcome of the vestry’s recent retreat is to provide each parishioner with a vestry point of contact. The idea is to strengthen connection and communication within the parish. Your vestry liaison can answer questions and/or direct your inquiries to the appropriate person, might check-in if we haven’t seen you for a while or just invite you to meet for a cup of coffee. One of our vestry members at large (Kate P., Ginger, Madeleine, Jim, Pat K., and Susan) will be in touch with you within the next six weeks or so. If you have not been contacted by that time, please let a vestry member know!


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