Our Saviour's East Boston - All Saints 2017

Our Saviour's East Boston - All Saints 2017

From Fred Pucillo

Our Saviour's is a place of hope, change, and compassion. Our annual All Saints appeal is the only time in the year we ask our friends for financial support. Your gift helps us keep our doors open!

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You are invited to the 15th annual Remembering Our Saints celebration on Sunday, November 5th. Every year at this time we gather to remember the people who have enriched our lives.  At this year’s gathering we will also celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first refugee family resettled through Our Saviour’s.

In addition to being an observance of loved ones, Remembering Our Saints is also the only time in the year that we ask our friends for financial support.  In fact, we count on it.  Your gift helps us keep our doors open!

The church continues to host a vibrant collection of groups and activities. Here are only some of them:

·        The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen: this diverse coalition of volunteers, businesses, and neighborhood organizations just celebrated its one year anniversary of providing warm, homemade meals in an atmosphere of welcome, dignity, and grace. On any given Tuesday, besides delicious food, you might find barbers from Eastie’s Happy Barber Shop, nurses from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, or dentists from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine providing free services to any and all!

·        City Life/Vida Urbana: this non-profit organization’s local chapter meets Wednesday night and provides tenant-rights training, information and legal advocacy to an ever-growing group of East Boston and Chelsea residents caught in the tidal wave of millions of dollars of investment money pouring into our neighborhood. Along with some benefits, the development boom has also brought displacement to hundreds of neighbors and their families, many of whom have lived here for years.

·        Grameen: Friday mornings a local chapter of Grameen, the international microfinance organization and community development bank founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus, meets.

·        MassCOSH: representatives of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health also use our hall during the week to meet neighbors who are members and help them advocate for healthier work environments.

·        Stand for Democracy: this faith-based group of mostly Spanish-speaking neighbors meets on Tuesdays after the East Boston Community Soup Kitchen and works on issues that impact the lives of many of our neighbors, such as immigration rights and advocacy, and fair housing practices.

·        Nuevo Amanecer: this Spanish-speaking Christian community led by Lutheran Pastor Britta Carlson and Episcopal Deacon Ema Rosero-Nadalm works closely with several of the groups and organizations active at Our Saviour’s. Nuevo Amanecer (New Day) seeks to listen to the community and to create spaces where people can have an encounter with Jesus in their lives.

·        Weekly Bible studies: Most of this group of locals, many of them Catholic,have been coming to Pastor Don’s Bible study for years and years. Insight from their Thursday-evening conversations often makes it into his Sunday sermons.

·        Sunday Worship: rich with song and Pastor Don’s preaching, and on the second Sunday of each month, Pastors Don and Britta’s bilingual service leadership, Sunday worship centers the church as we give thanks for the Holy Spirit’s gifts manifested within the love of neighbors during the previous week, and pray for God’s continuing presence in works of mercy and justice practiced in the week to come.

Our Saviour’s is a place of hope, change, and compassion.  Come and see for yourself!  Remembering Our Saints takes place on Sunday, November 5, starting with a worship service at 11:00 a.m. and followed by a potluck dinner.  This is a simple and meaningful way to honor loved ones, and to help the church.  We hope that you can participate with your presence, gifts, or prayers!

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