St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
August 15, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world

Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! - Luke 12:51

To Ponder:
"... if Jesus' call to a new way of relating to each other -- via forgiveness, courage, and humility -- stirred up division during his time and that of the early church, what does it bring today?"

"The division Jesus offers is about growth. He is growing us up into the fullness of life and holiness. Regardless of our age we are always in the process of growing up. Growing up is difficult and often painful work. Division is the way of life and growth...for our part we must reexamine our relationships and the priorities we have given them. We must choose our relationship with the Father, to the exclusion of all other people, places, or objects as the one relationship that finally gives us our truest and most authentic identity. This is the division that loses nothing and gains everything. This division does not diminish or reject others. Instead it offers wholeness and perfection. It is the division that transforms our lives, makes sacred all our other relationships, and heals the world."
This Week's Schedule

Sunday, August 18
9:15am VBS: Care of Creation
9:30am Holy Eucharist
10:30am SMC Youth Lemonade Sale

Monday, August 19
6:30pm Yoga Class

Wednesday, August 21
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
Children & Youth Project
Lemonade Sunday Is Here!

Part of "Caring for Creation" is sharing our gifts and caring for those who may need food or support. Therefore the St. Martin's children and youth decided to hold a Lemonade Sale on Sunday, August 18th, after the 9:30 AM service. All proceeds will go to two local causes - Ronald McDonald House and Highland Hamper. Come for worship and stay for the refreshments. Thanks in advance for helping to teach our children about entrepreneurship and missions!

A free-will offering, or a suggested $5.00 donation, will provide you with a nice, refreshing cup of lemonade. There will be two lemonade stand locations. One inside in the Gurley Room and one outside with a "drive-through" option.

Summer Sunday's Continue: Children and youth will finish making signs and getting ready at 9:15 AM before the worship service. Meet in the Large Sunday School Room. Nursery care will also be available. Contact Ms. Deb if you have any questions.
All Levels Yoga Class
Breathe, stretch, and destress!

The next "all levels" yoga class will be on Monday , August 19th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gurley Room.The Rev. Amanda Eiman will guide everyone through a relaxing session of stretching and balance-building for greater strength and flexibility. Come and enjoy this opportunity for self-care. It's a great mind-body-soul experience!
A Radnor Community Event

The Unity In Our Community Block Party returns! This is a FREE event to celebrate the end of the summer locally! On Saturday, August 24th, join in the fun on this day filled with food, drinks, bounce houses, music, and more! Please contact Pam Faber to volunteer or if you have questions.
Blessing of the Animals
Outdoor Worship

Thanks to the Worship Committee, families, and all who brought pets or participated last Sunday. There was a wonderfully joyful service outside with a refreshing Iced Tea hour thanks to the Penny family. 
Back to School News
A Special Blessing

There will be a Blessing of Backpacks on Sunday, August 25th. Students of all ages, teachers, office-employees, and other tote-carrying workers are encouraged to bring their school bags, briefcases, laptop cases, diaper bags, etc., to church that day. Bag-carriers will be called forward during the 9:30 AM service and offered a special blessing and bag-tag. This is a great evangelizing opportunity, so please extend invites to friends and neighbors!
Bible Study News
Summer Schedule

The Carillon Concert at Washington Memorial Chapel is rescheduled for August 21. The concert begins at 7:30 PM and everyone is encouraged to join the Bible Study Group as we enjoy the music.

There will be no Bible Study on August 28 at either church as we wrap up the summer break.

On September 4 the Bible Study will resume at St. Martin's at 7 PM. You are encouraged to bring friends! We will continue to meet at St. Martin's for the month of September. Visit the Website to learn more about this conversational Bible Study approach. Books are provided. Make this discussion of the three synoptic Gospels part of your fall planning.
Two-Service Sundays

Service times will change on Sunday, September 15th. We will return to having two services -
8:00 Rite I (Quiet) and
10:00 AM Rite II (with Music)
CCI's Centennial
Celebration Planning

CCI’s Centennial planning with St. Martin’s continues with the next meeting being on Sunday, September 1st, at 11:30 AM in CCI’s library. The November 10th event will commemorate our ties to one another (CCI was a mission of St. Martin’s) and the future we are shaping as we search for one Rector for both churches. The event will include Bishop Rodney Michel celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 AM and brunch to follow in the Ithan Hall. CCI invites everyone to join in the recognition of this historical milestone.
Questions? Please see Walt Albert.
Diocesan Event
Women's Fellowship

The Diocese has planned a Ladies' Tea Party on Saturday, September 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at St. David’s Church (763 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA). The cost is $10 and benefits the Diocese's female veterans moral injury project. For more details or to purchase tickets, please go to—
Socks for the Homeless
Making a Difference

Our collection of white socks for the Joy of Sox organization is an ongoing effort. The basket for drop-offs is located in the downstairs lobby of church. Please contact Carlie Hutton if you have any questions about this project. Thanks for your support!
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40