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March 2013


Church of the Savior Events & News

Holy Week Worship Services

PALM SUNDAY -- March 24th, 10AM (Note -- The Kyrie Cafe Lunch will be held after worship on Palm Sunday. Please consider inviting a friend or family member to this worship service and to stay for the free lunch after!)
MAUNDY THURSDAY Service -- March 28th, 7PM  
GOOD FRIDAY Service -- March 29th, 7PM
EASTER SUNDAY -- March 31st, 10AM  (Note -- Memorial Easter Lilies and Tuplis may be ordered for display in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Please fill out a yellow form at the back of the sanctuary by March 24th, or contact Laura Wicker at 724. 266.5901 for more information.)

Congratulations to Barbianne Davis
BARBIANNE DAVIS WAS RECENTLY RECOGNIZED with an article in the Post-Gazette for her courageous response to the Duss Avenue apartment fire of 2011. Click on the link below to read the story.

A Word from the Pastoral Care Team
THE CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR PASTORAL CARE TEAM exists to serve you and your family, especially when you may be experiencing a health or other crisis. If you or a loved one is hospitalized we want to pray for you, and visit or provide a meal if either would be helpful to you or your family member.    
First, please make sure we know there is a need! If you know of someone from the COTS family who is or will be hospitalized, please call Deacon Andrea Buettner at 412.682.1110 to let her know which hospital the person is, or will be, in. She will make sure the parish prayer chain is notified to be praying, and that arrangements are made for the sick person to be visited while in the hospital.

If a parishioner has been unable to attend weekly worship and would like a home visit to receive Communion, or if someone will need one or more evening meals during or after sickness, again please let Deacon Andrea know so she can make arrangements.  By letting us know your pastoral care needs in a timely fashion, you help us to our job or praying and being there for you, and everyone benefits.

Deacon Andrea


Local Events & News

Parent Education Workshop, "Raising Responsible Kids": March 19, 7-8:30 PM

START YOUR SPRING OFF MORE INFORMED! St. Thomas Church in the Fields, Gibsonia, will host Joan Wolf Schenker speaking on the topic of "Raising Responsible Kids." This workshop will help you discover how to "hang on" during those turbulent times of rebellion. Explore strategies to:

  • Empower your children in healthy ways
  • Provide decision making opportunities
  • Teach responsibility
  • Build relationships and communication
  • Set limits and teach choices and consequences
  • Learn 25 ways to say "No."
Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided. The workshop is free but registration is required. Please leave a message for Carol Bergstrom at 724.443.1963, with your name, the number of adults that will attend and the number of children needing childcare.

(Creator's Bridge Kids) Ambridge Arts Afterschool Program: Thursday afternoons, 3:45 to 5:15
CBK is running Ambridge Arts Afterschool on Thursday afternoons through March 21st, offering arts education and projects for kids age 6 through 14. The program is free, and parents can register their children when they drop them off at Church of the Savior. Contact Dana Priest at 724.777.8314 or if you know of children who might be interested or if you are willing to help with this, or with the Summer Arts Program, which will begin in June.

Happening: April 5-7

THE NEXT HAPPENING WEEKEND is scheduled for April 5-7 at Trinity Church in Washington, PA. Happening is a weekend experience for high school teens in 9th to 12th Grades. The cost of the three days is only $30.00. Scholarships are available. Happenings is an encounter with Jesus Christ. Interested? Join us. Call Cindy Thomas at 412.257.3029 for visit for an application.

For information about other events happening in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, go to or email


The Lazarus Center
THE MISSION OF THE LAZARUS CENTER is to provide Christ-centered equipping for personal and community wholeness. They offer classes and retreats throughout the year.
One such offering is a monthly gathering called "Freedom Reigns." It's an evening of worship, testimony and prayer, open to everyone and free. It is the first Thursday of each month from 7-8:30 PM. For more information about this regular event, and other events, go to

Trinity School for Ministry -- Ancient Evangelical Future Conference: June 5-7
How do we read the Bible? How does the way we read the Bible inform our theology and ministry? These questions, and many more, will be addressed in Trinity's first Ancient Evangelical Future Conference at Trinity School for Ministry this summer. Hosted by the newly established Robert E. Webber Center, this Conference will draw deeply from the well of the Great Tradition. Conference speakers from across a spectrum of theological traditions will join us to lead this important and timely conversation. For more information and to register, please go to

Young Life/Young Lives
Here are some of Young Life's upcoming meetings and events:
Beaver Falls
March 25 -- Evening Club 6:30-8                                                                         
March 30 -- Just a Short Run
April 1 -- Campaigners 6-8
April 3 -- Lunch Club 11:05
April 29 -- Evening Club 6:30-8
To learn more about the mission of Young Life/Young Lives for youth, or for more information about local events, please contact Allie Kennedy at or 724.591.6483. You may also speak with Area Director Jason Smith at 724.622.2373.

Samaritan Counseling Center
WE ALL GO THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES... times when loneliness, despair, depression, grief, and marital or family disagreements may feel overwhelming. Since 1982, the mission at Samaritan Counsleing Center has been to help individuals and families achieve spriritual, emotional and physical well-being through professional psychological counseling and educational programming using the resouces of faith.
For more information, call the Sewickley location at 412.741.7430 or check out the website with their list of programming options, at


Ambridge Borough News
For information about local events happening around the borough, check out


National Events & News

New Wineskins for Global Mission Conference, April 3rd - 7th, Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, NC

SPEAKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD and Angli­can missionaries from many agencies are coming to New Wineskins 2013 to inspire and equip clergy, lay leaders, youth ministers, mission mobilizers, potential missionaries, and entire congregations to fulfill our Lord’s Great Com­­mission to make disciples of all nations.

Over 900 participants from 33 states and provinces in the U.S, Canada, and 36 other countries came to New Wineskins 2010 and the re:mix conference for young adults. The wonderful networking is still bearing fruit as churches are sending out their own members and supporting missionaries they met at New Wineskins. For more information or to register for the event:

Here is a sampling of the workshop offerings: (or go to for a complete list.)

Visual Storytelling: Using Mobile Devices for the Kingdom
Transforming the Dump into A place of Dignity and Purpose for Jesus
Developing a Global Vision In your Youth Ministry
Making the Great Commission A Reality at the Local Parish
The Persecuted Church
Unreached People Groups


The re:mix Conference for Young Adults, April 5th - 7th, Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, NC                       
What is re:mix? (for ages 14-30)
Bringing the Kingdom on the Campus, in the City, in the Nations: What If Loving Jesus Goes VIRAL?

We call it a "Kingdom Outbreak Conference." That's because every time we do re:mix, for some reason God always honors it with His presence through the Holy Spirit, and pours out the amazing power of His love. We consistently find that sharing in God's heart of love propels us to share that love with the poor, the oppressed, and the lost... and the Kingdom breaks out in new ways in the places to which we go out or go back.

This 3-day parallel conference for young adults and youth includes amazing music, prayer, teaching, fellowship, workshops, and fun! Special pricing of $55.00 (if booked prior to 3/1) and $65.00 (If booked after 3/1) for youth who's parents are attending the New Wineskins for Global Mission 2013 Conference.

Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF)                    
THROUGH THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST, ARDF strives to connect those who can provide, with those who need, through a holistic, high impact and proven community development approach, so that believers are strengthened and ecouraged, lives are rescued and made whole and Christ is glorified. For more information about the work of ARDF, go to

Anglican Church in North America                    
The Anglican 1000 Summit 2013 was held at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, IL from March 4-6. Read about the event here: http://www.anglicanchurchnet/?/main/page/585

How to Make a Palm Cross

Click the link for a tutorial on making a cross out of a palm frond
Barbianne Davis
COTS Parishioner
Read the article on the left that honors one of our own!
If you'd like a prayer request added to our Prayer Link list, please call 724.266.4412 or email With pastoral care needs, please contact Deacon Andrea at 412.682.1110 or email

March Memory Verse

"As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”                 
— Psalm 103:12

April Memory Verse

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” -- Colossians 3:1


The Happening event is one of many offerings throughout the year from the Diocese of Pittsburgh.


3/1 -- Barbi Davis
3/3 -- Beth Fleming
3/8 -- Khalia Robbins
3/14 -- Sarah Schneider
3/20 -- Shea Geisbert
3/20 -- Fraser Fleming
3/23 -- Glen Perdue
3/26 -- Beth Priest
3/26 -- Caleb Geisbert
3/26 -- Andrew Fleming
3/30 -- Truth Topper
4/7 -- Michelle Davidson
4/11 -- Marcy Novak
4/17 -- George Ory
4/20 -- Steve Veselsky
4/30 -- Isaac Geisbert


4/25 -- Dana and Beth Priest

For more information about the Young Life program, go to

For more information about the New Wineskins Missionary Network, go to

Learn more about re:mix 2013 and register by going to

For more information about the mission and work of ARDF, go to
For more information about the mission and work of the ACNA, go to
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