Transformation Through Holistic Ministry
Join Christ Our Savior Anglican Church for our Annual Pre-Lenten Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, February 18, 2012.
Morning Prayer will begin at 7 AM at Christ Our Savior Anglican Church (directions).
Breakfast will be begin at 8 AM at the Torrance Moose Lodge, located right across the street from the church at 1020 Sartori Ave.
The cost is $25 per person or $175 for a table of 8 ($25 savings).
This year’s speaker will be Val W. Finnell, MD, MPH, Executive Director of Anglican Health Ministries and Junior Warden of Christ Our Savior Anglican Church (pictured at right). Dr. Finnell currently serves as the Chief of the Medical Staff at Los Angeles Air Force Base and is a postulant for the vocational diaconate in the Missionary Diocese of All Saints.
Dr. Finnell’s talk, Transformation Through Holistic Ministry, will share his personal experience as a hospice volunteer in Washington, DC and his work with the uninsured in his own parish. Other topics will include:
- The need for medical ministry in Torrance
- The Biblical basis for medical and healing ministry
- How Anglicans and other Christians can get involved
Net proceeds from the prayer breakfast will go to support the Torrance Outreach for Unified Community Health (TOUCH) Coalition, an outreach ministry of COS. TOUCH is a group of Christian churches, non-profit organizations, health-care entities, professionals, and concerned citizens who are dedicated to improving the health of their community in Torrance, California.
Also attending the prayer breakfast will be Mr. Louie Rosado, Presdient of Medical Mission Adventures (MMA). COS and TOUCH are partnering with MMA to bring their mobile clinic to Torrance through the TOUCH Coalition. MMA’s clinic features free medical, dental, and optical care. The mobile clinic will be onsite at the prayer breakfast.
Christ Our Savior Anglican Church, in conjunction with Anglican Health Ministries and the Torrance Outreach for Unified Community Health (TOUCH) Coalition, demonstrated Medical Mission Adventures’ (MMA) mobile medical clinic for Torrance Memorial Medical Center (TMMC) on Friday, November 11, 2011. In attendance were representatives from the community, including the Salvation Army, Torrance Corps.
Mr. Louie Rosado, President of MMA and Dr. Finnell, Executive Director of Anglican Health Ministries and founder of TOUCH, made a presentation to the executive staff of TMMC followed by a clinic walkthrough. All of the clinic’s capabilities were on display (i.e. medical, dental, and optical). The presentation focused on the need for primary medical care services among the area’s uninsured and underinsured population and how community organizations can network together to enhance continuity of care and reduce uncompensated emergency department visits.
During the free clinic visits, the Christian staff witnesses to patients and shares the gospel. AHM and MMA both believe that we can best minister to people through words and loving actions. The clinic is also a unique way to bring community assets together to address long-term needs in Torrance.
TOUCH and MMA will work with TMMC and other community organizations in the coming weeks to establish a corps of volunteers to host the free clinic on a regular basis in Torrance. If you would like to be part of this effort, please join the Coalition.
The brief video below will give you the highlights of the clinic’s capabilities:
Watch this CAM2CAM interview of Dr. Finnell (Executive Director of Anglican Health Ministries (AHM) and Junior Warden of Christ Our Savior Anglican Church) with Kevin Kallsen of AnglicanTV. In this brief interview, Dr. Finnell describes the mission and vision of AHM along with some of our upcoming ministry activities. AHM is a ministry of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints that cooperates with other dioceses and individual parishes throughout the Province. Christ Our Savior will be sponsoring some of the initial outreach work of AHM in the City of Torrance, CA. Please help us get the word out by cross posting this video widely.
Beginning Sunday, June 12th, Christ Our Savior will be taking a journey through the Bible with RC Sproul in his highly acclaimed Dust to Glory biblical overview. We will be going through the entire Old Testament and New Testament with RC Sproul as our guide. Each lesson will be a 23 minute video followed by discussion led by seminarian, Dr. Val Finnell.
If you ever wanted to know what’s in the Bible or just need a refresher course, this is class to take.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 AM. Bring your bibles!
Here is a sample video from the course:
Christ Our Savior’s Military Ministry Director, Dr. Finnell, received this email message from Sue Diaz, mother of Iraqi veteran Sergeant Diaz. Take a few moments to watch the video and consider reading her book, Minefields of the Heart:
How do combat veterans and their loved ones bridge the divide that war, by its very nature, creates between them? How does someone who has fought in a war come home, especially after a tour of duty marked by near-daily mortar attacks, enemy fire, and roadside bombs? With a journalist’s eye and a mother’s warmth, Sue Diaz asks these questions as she chronicles the two deployments to Iraq of her son, Sgt. Roman Diaz, from the perspective of the home front.
Dear Dr. Finnell,
I’d like to share with you a short (3-minute) video story of the beginning of my son’s journey home after two long deployments in Iraq’s Triangle of Death. Here’s the YouTube link:
It’s a true story that also offers hope. And I think it’s one that many military families can relate to. If you think so too, please feel free to post or share it in any way you feel appropriate with those your ministry reaches.
Sue Diaz — journalist, Blue Star mom, and leader of writing workshops for veterans
Saturday, March 5th
Todd D. Hunter
Bishop, Author and Accidental Anglican speaking on:
The Historic Christian Calendar:
Its Importance for Contemporary Ministry
And Ability to Bring Balance to Our Spiritual Life
from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Ports O’ Call Restaurant
San Pedro, CA 90731
Prayer requests will be taken at the event, with a group prayer
session following the speaker
$35 per person or tables of 8 for $260*
(Each attendee’s ticket includes a buffet breakfast, speaker’s address, and
a copy of Bishop Hunter’s book, The Accidental Anglican)
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Kingdom Conference 2011
Anglican leaders from around the Communion are coming to inspire, equip and empower laity and clergy, young people and seniors to bring God’s Kingdom to their communities. Come catch the vision, learn practical tools and receive a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit.
We are pleased to have The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Green, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford theologian, author of more than 50 Christian books, and world-renowned evangelist as our plenary keynote speaker.
Download event brochure with additional details about agenda and lodging.
Register the whole family now and invite your friends.
Irvine, CA 92603
Join us for a day at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro, CA as we celebrate Old Fort MacArthur Days. COS members and friends will meet at the Ft. MacArthur Museum at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 10th. In addition to touring the historic, coastal artillery batteries and hearing the roar of artillery re-enactment, COS members will be geocaching in Angels Gate Park. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt using handheld GPS devices or smartphones. If you have never experienced this sport, please come out and join us in the fun. Children and families are welcome.
For more than twenty years now the Fort MacArthur Museum has sponsored what has turned into the west’s largest multicultural celebration of world military history. What began as a small gathering of cannon enthusiasts has blossomed into a truly spectacular event showcasing the history of military activity from around the world and across time.
Tickets cost $10.00 per person and benefit the restoration, preservation, and education programs of the Fort MacArthur Museum. Tickets can be purchased at the front gate to the museum beginning at 10:00am on both days and as always parking is free. Food and drinks will also be available at an additional charge.
Angels Gate Park is located at 3601 S Gaffey Street San Pedro, CA 9073. Click on the interactive map below for directions:
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How should Anglicans “do church” these days? The Rev. Ed McNeill, Rector of St. James Anglican Church in San Jose, CA, has some pretty good ideas. Fr. Ed shared his thoughts at the Diocese of Western Anglicans annual meeting on Saturday, June 12th. Using state-of-the-art technology, he led the Diocese through a Power Point presentation over the Internet and took questions remotely.
Whether you are a church plant or a church about to lose its property, you should review Fr. Ed’s Portable Church Best Practices presentation in PDF format. The presentation covers Internet technology, small church music, the logistics of moving a small church around, and how to grow your church on a shoestring budget. When ready, Fr. Ed also gives a lead on where to get money to finance a church building. Particularly interesting and timely were the discussions on websites and search engine optimization (SEO). Churches must be serious about the web, it’s the way most people visit before they walk into the front door.
Fr. Ed left us with this thought: “Seek excellence in all things…don’t settle for good.” By reviewing Portable Church Best Practices, you will be well on your way to achieving excellence for your congregation.