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APRIL 22, 2022

Sunday, April 24

We had an amazing Easter. Passionate worship, high turnout, and a festive mood marked the day. But something still feels...off. It's not just church - everything feels different right now. The disciples felt something similar after the Resurrection. There was more to do, but they weren't feeling it. But the Risen Christ met them and showed them how to go on. In his presence, we find the guidance we need, too.

Live stream the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services through our 
websiteYouTube, and Facebook
 

Restructuring Church Governance

For over a year, we have been discerning the governance structure best suited to support the mission and vision of Church of the Saviour. We will hold a special session of church conference on Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary to vote on the unified governance board model proposed by our Leadership Development Committee. The meeting will be offered in a hybrid format so all who are interested may participate.

View Unified Board Key Highlights

COTS GAME NIGHT Friday, April 22


Join us for a church-wide Game Night at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall. Bring a game you love, play a game you've never played, chat with folks you haven't seen in a while, or meet someone new. Everyone is welcome!

Do you and your money get along? 

Many of us spend most of our time earning it and the rest of the time trying to make it last. Others of us earn enough but wonder whether we're using it in the best way. Like most areas of life, our finances have so much to do with our faith. It's true now, and it was true during the time of Jesus' ministry, where he talked about it a LOT. What if your finances brought you a sense of peace? What if how you interacted with your money aligned with your faith? What if you were working a plan to get out of debt, increase your savings, and increase your giving?

Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being is a 6-week course on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m., April 30 - June 4. Participate in person or via Zoom. The $25 fee covers the cost of the workbook and devotional. Scholarships are available upon request. 
Regardless of the state of your finances, we encourage every member to sign up today by clicking this link or contacting the church office. 

The heartbreaking scenes of countless refugees, mostly women and children, fleeing the war in Ukraine have been broadcasted into our homes every day for over a month. At the same time, thousands of Afghan refugees are still in the early stages of adjusting to their new lives in the United States. For the last several years Church of the Saviour has been partnering with US Together, a local refugee resettlement agency, to provide support and services for displaced people settling in the Cleveland area. 
 
Representatives from US Together will be giving an in-person presentation on Sunday, April 24 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. in Calvary Hall. If you are interested in the current refugee situation in Cleveland and if you would like to make a difference in the lives of our new neighbors, please make plans to attend one of these presentations.

COTS is Accepting Clothing Donations for the

Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center (FMWOC)


During the month of April, Church of the Saviour is accepting donations of SUMMER CLOTHING (no winter clothes due to staffing and space limitations) for the FMWOC. All summer clothes for men, women, and children can be dropped off in the outside wooden box by the Parlor entrance. Your donation will make a difference for our neighbors in need!  To join COTS volunteers in this ministry, contact Tom Wadsworth.

Dealing with Division

Has there ever been a time with a more divided society? Nationally we face division about racism, what to teach our children in public schools, and countless other issues. Even in the United Methodist Church we have serious differences about dealing with sexual identity. Actually, however, there were similar division in the first century Corinthian church. The Spiritual Fitness group invites you as we explore Paul’s letter to the Corinthians each Saturday morning from 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. in Room 121. For more information, call Art Varnes at 216-921-7457.

2022 Minority Men's Health Fair

30+ FREE Health Screenings Thursday, April 28

The Minority Men's Health Fair is presented by MetroHealth and Dr. Charles Modlin, (COTS church member) who has dedicated his career to bringing better health care access to our communities. For more information follow this link.

To view Dr. Modlin's video message, click here

UMC Creation Justice Movement

The mission statement of the Creation Justice Ministry through Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church “is to participate with the Spirit of God in connecting and supporting groups with the UMC and beyond for the work of creation care, justice, and regeneration.”

This is the 52nd year that Earth Day has been recognized on April 22.

In the past two years, The Heights have lost over 13% of their Tree Canopy. You are invited to take action this month to help us to start to restore our tree covering. Did you know that you can ask for free trees?

Ask these Forestry Departments for FREE tree lawn trees:

  • Cleveland Heights/University Heights – 216-691-7300
  • Shaker Heights - 216-491-1490
  • The Heights Tree People will plant a tree in your front yard: heightstreepeople@gmail.com 216-321-7543

The single most important thing that we can do to combat climate change is to plant a tree.

Go to http://umcreationjustice.org to learn more about Creation Justice Ministry or contact Kevin Schaner at schanerkeivn@gmail.com.
 

Creation Justice Fair
April 23 from 11am- 4pm
United Methodist Church of Berea

Creation Justice Fair Details Here
Spring Flea Market Details Here
DONATIONS accepted Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m. till Wednesday, May 18.
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APRIL DATES AT A GLANCE

 
Friday, April 22 – COTS Family Game Night, 7pm – GH
Tuesday, April 26 – Administrative Board Meeting, 7pm – format TBD

 
An important expression of our faith is how we share our resources with God who shares abundantly with us. Please consider making a gift to God's work through Church of the Saviour. We offer many options so you can give in the way that works best for you.
Give online at www.cotsumc.org/give
Mail your offering to the church
Text COTSgiving to 216-242-1422.
Venmo @cotsumc

Staffing Changes at COTS

There are a number of changes in our church staff happening this spring. Loretta Dahlstrom asked to reduce her hours to pursue other passions, but remains our part-time bookkeeper. Chaz Cotton has accepted a full-time position as Music Director at First Baptist Church in Hampton, Virginia starting in May. Jill Phillips is stepping down from her role in modern worship as she pursues personal, professional, and musical interests. Debbie Johnson has accepted a full-time position with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine. Graham Rosen has taken an expanded role at COTS as Director of Production and Digital Content. We are currently in the process of hiring new staff for Communications Coordinator and Modern Worship leadership. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating all these amazing people, and continue to pray for our church staff through the transitions.

CHURCH STAFF
Andy Call, Lead Pastor
Amanda Moseng, Pastor of Discipleship

Click here for a full listing of staff members.
2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
216-321-8880  |
www.cotsumc.org 

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