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Weekly news from the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
The Rev. Jennifer Mattson currently serves as Priest-in-Charge at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster, PA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with minors in Early Childhood Education and Music from Shippensburg University. She completed her theological studies at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, earning her Master of Divinity in 2005. FunFact! She is passionate about roller derby, and recently retired after skating with the Lancaster Dutchland Rollers as "Sojourner Ruthless".
Mission And... Forums, May 7 and May 14
At St. Martin's we believe in participatory decision-making. While the Vestry and the Rector have well defined decision making powers, our deep respect for lay-leadership leads us from time to time to create parish consultations around important areas of mission in our common life. All of our members are encouraged to add their gifts of insight, discernment, and perspective to the following two Parish Forums...

May 7: Mission and Liturgy
At this parish consultation we will be evaluating our two largest liturgies in the light of our mission. Is our current manner of worship advancing our mission and fulfilling our purpose as a community of faith? We will be looking past issues of "taste" that define "church choice" in terms of a consumer economy. Instead we will focus on our mission and purpose. How are we reuniting people to God and one another in the constraints of our worship tradition, space, and style?

May 14: Mission and Facilities
When a flourishing, thriving potted plant fills up its container with roots we call that plant "root bound." It needs a bigger pot to continue to grow and flourish. St. Martin's is like that vital, yet root-bound plant. Our spaces are overflowing with ministry and our spaces are starting to slow us down. Now is the time to imagine a bigger container better suited to our future.  How can we invest in our property so our ministries can continue to thrive and serve? That is the question for this forum on Mission and Facilities. We are setting aside time to dream together about how our facilities can better reflect our values and ministry, and we want to hear your perspective and get your feedback.

Prayerful Looking: Art and Spirituality
Saturday, May 20,10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Facilitator:  The Rev. John Hougen
Turn a visit to the art museum into a spiritual retreat marked by "prayerful looking." Participants will explore how great art speaks to their faith and spirituality.

All Shall be Well: A Day of Care for Caregivers
Saturday, June 17,  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (includes lunch) in Hilary House
Facilitators: Wellspring ministry members
Suggested donation: $35
This special day invites caregivers of all kinds to experience prayer and pampering while exploring techniques for prayer, wellness, and self-care.  Registration required.
Highlights and Heroes: Theater of Witness
Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. in the Houston Room
Teya Sepinuck, Founder and Artistic Director of Theater of Witness presents an inspiring multi-media program of film excerpts and life stories from her work creating original testimonial theater with those whose stories haven't been heard in society.  Drawing on her work with ex-combatants, victims and survivors of war, prisoners and their families, refugees & asylum seekers, and those affected by inner city violence, poverty and homelessness, Teya will speak about the power of bearing witness, bringing participants together across divides of difference, and using personal and collective story to inspire healing and peace building both for the performers as well as audiences.  The one- hour program, is followed by discussion and questions.
Book Group with Deacon Duncan
Deacon Carol Duncan invites you to discuss Jim Wallis' book America's Original Sin . We will meet in the library (on the second floor of the Parish House) on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. We will use the  online discussion guide   that has video clips and discussion questions. The evening will be self-contained, covering one or two aspects of the book. If you get the book and read it you will learn more, but you will profit from the discussions even if you don't have the book. Consider it an Eastertide examen for self-reflection. 
"When You are Hungry, Nothing Else Matters!"
Wednesday, May 24,  7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Church
Presented by:  Green Tree Community Health Foundation
Green Tree Community Health Foundation invites you to join us for an important program about food insecurity: how food insecurity impacts our communities, and what steps Green Tree Community Health Foundation is taking to support our neighbors. The discussion will be lead by Marianna Chilton, PhD, MPH, Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities. Preceded by SUPPER at St. Martin's. Green Tree Community Health Foundation is a sponsor of our multi-site SUPPER program. Free and Open to the Community.
Messiah Sing-Along - Part II!
Wednesday, May 31, 7: p.m.
Due to the huge success of our Messiah Sing-Along in December, we're going to sing selections of the Easter portion of the Messiah on  Wednesday, May 31st, 7:00pm . Bring your voice (all skill levels welcome), your score (if you have one - some will be available here), and your friends! String players are welcome to play in the orchestra - contact Erik Meyer for details .
College Care Packages
Deadline: Sunday, May 14
Exams are stressful for our college students, especially if they are living away from home. If you have a child or grandchild in college who would like to receive a care package,  please send the name and address by  May 14th  to  Vestry Member Teresa Parris at or call 610.238.9051 Please include any dietary restrictions or allergies so we can plan accordingly.  College Care Packages will be mailed on  May 14th.
Guatemala Ministry Update
The chance to join our 2017 trip to Guatemala is still open until May 15. The dates for the trip are from June 28 to July 10. We will visit each of our three companion parishes in the western highlands and have the opportunity to share time, meals and stories with our Guatemalan companions and their priests, to worship together and to see the amazing work that they are doing. We will also visit Lake Atitlan and Antigua. You do not need to speak Spanish in order to participate in and enjoy this trip. For more information please click here to contact Terry Clattenburg by email.
Annual Meeting, Vestry Elections, and Luncheon
Sunday, June 11,   11:30 a.m.
Join us for a community conversation on the vision for St. Martin's future!  Annual Meeting will be held on  Sunday, June 11 . We'll be serving lunch, and Vestry elections will also take place. Please check the Voting Members list in the Parish House lobby to see if you are eligible to vote or serve on Vestry. Contact Natalee in the church office with questions. Please join us!
Kneeler Tenders Needed!
Howard Goldstein is the new chair of the Needlepoint Guild; presently there are 8 members whose charge is to vacuum the kneelers in the altar area and the 60-odd hassocks in the pews that have designs. We do this for moth control and for general upkeep of these treasures. You can learn about the story behind the kneelers and hassocks by picking up the beautiful booklet that is on the table in the vestibule of the Parish House. We need more help! It takes one person one hour to vacuum the kneelers in the altar, and two people about two hours to vacuum the pew hassocks. With more people involved, it would mean that you would be called to help once a month or less.
St. James School Summer Camp Challenge!  For children living in poverty, summer camp is not a vacation as parents struggle to find safe, affordable options for spending  long summer days. In addition, many children lose ground in reading and math during the summer months. The St. James School goal is to send children to camp free of charge. Your $50 donation will earn you a water bottle. Every $750 raised sends another child to camp. If you are able, click here to donate today . For questions about donations of time, talent or treasure,  click here to email Laura Sibson.
Understanding & Analyzing  Systemic Racism Workshop
May 4 - 6, 2017
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 4
8:30 am to 6:00 pm on Friday, May 5
8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 6
This workshop, presented by Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training, takes an in-depth look into institutional, cultural, and individual manifestations of racism. Using a variety of interactive tools, it explores the historical development of institutional racism and its continuing impact. Strategic methods of dismantling systemic racism within institutions will be introduced.
Where: The Friends Center
Address: 1501 Cherry St. Philadelphia PA 19102
Food: Thurs. evening snacks, Breakfast & Lunch on Fri. & Sat. are provided.
Costs: Sliding Scale Options Available
Look After Leo!
Leo the Labradoodle (aka the parish dog) is seeking a place to stay while Rev. Anne travels to Utah for her sister's wedding. He says, "I just got my haircut, I love to play fetch and go on long walks and sniff things."

Dates: May 21-June 3
Contact Rev. Anne at the office or
Upcoming Events
  • May 6: Parish Photo Directory sessions Sign Up
  • May 20: Celebration of the 1st Anniversary of SUPPER at Christ Church & St. Michael's. Evensong at 3:00 p.m. by St. Martin's Chancel Choir with SUPPER to follow.
  • May 24: Food Insecurity with Green Tree, 7:30 p.m. following SUPPER
  • May 31: Messiah Sing-Along, 7:00 p.m.
  • Jun. 3: Mega-Deanery Food Drive
  • Jun. 11: Save the Date - Annual Meeting and Luncheon!
Weekday Worship:
Morning Prayer: Weekdays at 7:30 a.m. in the Mary Chapel
Morning Meditation: Weekdays at 8:15 a.m. in the Mary Chapel
Holy Eucharist:  Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Mary Chapel
Compline: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7 p.m. after SUPPER at St. Martin's
Quick Info & Links
Our Mission
Welcome all seekers;
Worship God in liturgy, music, and prayer;
Equip all baptized persons for ministry;
Engage as agents of Christ's love in the world.

Our Core Values
Learning leads to God;
In giving and receiving care we encounter Christ;
Life in the Holy Spirit is beautiful.

Our Aspirational Values
Community engagement and social justice;
Unconditional welcome and inclusion;
A community that calls forth the gifts of its entire people;
Becoming a racism-free and diverse community that reflects the city where we worship.
Field Notes is the weekly parish e-newsletter for the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Read about our events, programs, and other opportunities.  To submit news or articles, please send typed blurbs (75 words or less!) to Natalee Hill, Associate for Communications & Administration at  by Tuesday. Feedback is always welcome!
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