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Au Revoir and Farewell to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Dorchester, MA

Posted: May 10, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

Sunday May 13, 2012 11am
Saturday May 19, 2012 2pm

You are Invited

Artistic Rendering of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Our Saviour's Lutheran Church will be closing its doors after almost a century of spiritual service to the community.  Both final services will honor the past, present and future of the Lutheran ministry at the corner of Talbot and Argyle Streets in Dorchester (500 Talbot Ave). The Sunday May 13 service will include the congregation's  favorite hymns accompanied by Nancy Conrad, pianist, with special vocal music offered by Ms. Jordan Lloyd.

The final Festival Eucharist has been set for Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 2pm giving members of the community, especially other Christian congregations in the area, a chance to attend without creating a Sunday morning conflict.  The Eucharist will celebrate the rich ninety-three year history of Our Saviour's proclaiming the Gospel and serving the community.  As well, it will mark the beginning of an intentional and hopeful transition to a new season of ministry.

Our Saviour's is grateful to the many New England ELCA ministers who will participate in the May 19 Celebraton Eucharist including Bishop Margaret Payne as guest preacher, Pastor Nathan Pipho (Good Shepherd, North Quincy) as presider, and Randy Rice (Resurrection, Roxbury) as musician.  Adelita Callwood, OSLC’s Synodically Authorized Lay Minister, will serve as Assisting Minister.

A reception will follow immediately after the Eucharist. Come and be part of the sharing of stories, hopes and Easter joys!  For more information, please Contact Adelita (Addy) Callwood @ 857-205-7453 or e-mail agcallwood@gmail.com.

Ms. Adelita Callwood, authorized synodically as Lay Minister, maintained the church's operation for the last four years.  During this period, she not only managed the church's physical building and finances but the spiritual condition as well.  All the while, beyond Bible studies, Team Dorchester meetings and Synod activities, she found time to start her lay ministry studies.  Addie's contribution to the church's mission and to the lives of the parishioners has been such a blessing. 

As a tribute, the parishioners offer her this accolade:

To:  Addie with Love

“God is good – when?”  “All the time.”
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Dorchester, MA

For as long as some of us can remember, Ms. Adelita Callwood has been shepherding Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Dorchester, keeping her flock together, moving the congregation ever closer to the church’s promised land, beginning the service with that same question.  And if we didn’t answer loud enough, she would ask again:  “When?” and this time, we would shout it out:  “ALL THE TIME!” 

For years before taking on a formal pastoral role, Addie set the tone of the service from a quiet pulpit she filled as a member of the congregation.  “Do you have a greeting for us this morning?”  Pastor Tony would begin the service that way – knowing he’d better check in with a voice, a spirit and a message that came from the heart and from God and that spoke to and for the congregation in a way no other voice could.

How could an untrained, non-clergy person speak so eloquently with an opening message that often sounded better than the lengthy learned sermons of the ordained?  No one understood then how much God’s hand was in her shaping.

Taking on the Role of Shepherd

Years ago, at yet another meeting where we parishioners were defensively fending off those we thought were trying to seal Our Saviour’s coffin, Keila Rodriquez, who had discerned Addie’s spiritual gift, passed the baton her way.  In the middle of a prayer circle in the church’s social hall, Keila asked Addie a life-changing question:  “Are you willing to step forward and take on the role of shepherd?”

We remember hearing that question.  We remember seeing Addie’s face.  We each remember the moment of truth and reckoning, as if her soul had been laid bare and ours as well.

From that day forward, the spirit within the hallowed walls of Our Saviour’s took on a different cast, as if the church had become the clay of God’s molding hands.  Adelita climbed on the tall spiritual steed, took hold of the reins and rode gently into a journey that gathered about her an ever growing flock of followers and believers.

Addie's Ministry

Addie’s ministry was special.  She is one of the humblest people you could ever meet.  Nothing was beyond her reach – not dealing with contractors to replace the roof, not networking with other clergy, not cleaning the toilets and floors on a Saturday then going home to complete the preparation of her sermon.  And never did she complain.  Only when her body was close to exhaustion would she admit to the need for a quieter and more reflective service.

Addie’s sermons touched us with warmth and with an understanding of how strongly the Spirit of God rested in her heart.  Spoken in a thousand different words and without recourse to intellectually clever sermons, Addie’s message was always the same:  Jesus loves you.  Yes, Jesus was the message and John 3:16, the sacrifice of the cross and God’s unconditional love. 

Adelita Callwood has been such a blessing to the Our Saviour’s, preserving her body and her spirit.  The founders of Vasa Lutheran Church would be – no, are – proud.  Addie, Thank you.  That your journey continues blessed and in the service of God.


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