St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
November 28, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday
The First Sunday of Advent

Reflections on Matthew 24:36-44
“…Keep awake. We need to be ready. We need to be ready to see Christ in the least of our sisters and brothers… in the homeless person asking for change, in the skateboarder who almost knocked us down, in the prisoner for whom we might buy a toothbrush. We need to be ready to see the face of Jesus in the one person in the world who drives us the most crazy, makes us the most angry, has hurt us the most deeply. We need to be ready to greet him in a tense committee meeting or at the bedside of a beloved friend or peering at us over the morning paper. We need to be ready…”

“The Lord is coming. Love is coming to town to stay with you. It’s a deeper and more devoted love than anything you have felt before. And, it’s cause for dancing… This Advent, don’t fear doing a little house work in your soul. It’s about time that we clear out our souls and our lives and allow space for God to enter.”

To Pray: Unexpected God, your advent alarms us. Wake us from drowsy worship, from the sleep that neglects love, and the sedative of misdirected frenzy. Awaken us now to your coming, and bend our angers into your peace. Amen.
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, November 28

Sunday, December 1 Advent 1
8:00am Holy Eucharist
8:30am Parish Breakfast
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School for all ages
10:00am Holy Eucharist
11:15am Advent Wreath-Making

Tuesday, December 3
5:30pm Worship Planning Meeting

Wednesday, December 4
10:00am Staff Meeting
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
7:15pm Bible Study @ SMC
Parish Breakfast
Fun, Food, and Fellowship

Enjoy a great homemade breakfast this Sunday in Bolingbroke starting at 8:30 AM! The 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services will be in church to accommodate for Advent wreath-making after the later service.This Sunday there will be food, prayer, and crafting for everyone. Join us!
Gift Cards

We will begin collecting $25.00 VISA or Target gift cards this Sunday, December 1st, and the collection will continue through Sunday, December 8th. These gift cards will be given to the clients served by Episcopal Community Services (ECS) and will allow them to do Christmas shopping for their loved ones. Please donate a $25.00 gift card or the funds so that we can purchase the cards. A box for all donations is available in the Gurley Room.
Sunday School
Faith in God. Faith in Family.

We continue to focus on the Old Testament, learning more from those who prepared the way for Jesus. First, at 9:30 AM we will talk through the pageant and fit costumes. The costume fitting will go on for the next couple of weeks so please contact Ms. Deb if you have costume questions or requests.

At the end of the announcements, the children will be invited by Fr. Chris to start moving animals from the back of the church toward the Nativity Scene in front. Each week watch for this migration toward the humble stable in Bethlehem. If you have toy animals and want to bring your own in, you are more than welcome. We recommend you put your name or initials either on the animal or on a tag if you want it returned after Christmas.

Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. That means we also talk about preparing our homes for the birth of the Christ child. Now would be a wonderful time to set out your perpetual Advent calendar if you have one. After the service, everyone is invited to go into the Gurley Room to make Advent wreaths and pick up Advent calendars to take home. The whole St. Martin's family is invited to participate in celebrating the beginning of the new church year.

The nursery will also be open, starting at 9:50 AM. Please contact Ms. Deb if you have any questions or would like to participate.
Advent Wreath-Making
Special Fun for Everyone!

Advent Wreath-Making
Sunday, December 1st
11:00 a.m. in the Gurley Room
Join us for this special, hands-on event for families and individual parishioners of all ages. There will be coffee hour as usual and wreath-making supplies will be provided. Donations will be gladly accepted.
Yoga Class
Take a Stretch Break!

The next Yoga Class will be on Tuesday, December 3rd, at 6:30 PM in the Gurley Room. Plan on a relaxing time with The Rev. Amanda Eiman leading the session for all levels - beginners to experienced. Come to stretch and destress!
St. Nicholas Celebration
Holy Eucharist with a Twist

St. Martin's Church will have a St. Nicholas themed Holy Eucharist Celebration on Sunday, December 8th, at the 10:00 AM service. In addition to special music, a new toy (unwrapped) collection, there will be a guest appearance by The Rev. Dennis Bingham. Let us all be reminded of the spirit of giving during this seasonal worship event!
Adult Forum
Jesus the Jew

Join Fr. Chris and Deb Parker when they lead an adult forum on December 8th after the 10:00 AM worship service. Conversation will flow from the question, "What difference does it make that Jesus was Jewish?" Connections will be made because the story of our Savior is the story of humanity. Plan to enjoy your coffee hour refreshments and participate as anticipation grows for the birth of the Christ child.
Farewell Brunch
Wishing the Best!

You are cordially invited to a Farewell Brunch for Rev. Chris Bishop and his family on Sunday, December 15th, immediately following the 10:00 AM service in Bolingbroke.

Please RSVP to Maggie at or call 610-688-4830.
Feeding Ministry
Christmas Dinner

Our annual Christmas Dinner Drive for St. Barnabas will be held on Sunday, December 22nd. Bring FROZEN turkeys or hams and all the trimmings (mashed potatoes, stuffing, canned vegetables & fruit, gravy, etc) for a Christmas dinner with you to church that Sunday. Volunteers will be waiting in the parking lot to accept your donations between 7:45am and 10:30am and then will deliver everything to St. Barnabas. Spread the word to your friends & neighbors too!
Bible Study
Upcoming Sessions

Bible Study meets two more times (December 4 and 11) on Wednesday night at 7:15 PM. We continue to read the three synoptic Gospels. Books and refreshments are provided, so please join us in the large Sunday School room at the end of the first-floor hall. Newcomers are always welcome!

On January 8th we will resume the Bible Study at St. Martin's. We expect to finish the three synoptic Gospels in January and are now collecting ideas on what we will study next. Please contact Deb Parker if you have suggestions ( or 740.272.6901). We can talk about changing the day and time in case that makes it possible for more people to participate.
Christmas Flowers
Special Orders

Dedicating altar flowers in the name of a loved one for Christmas is a simple process. Please contact Joyce Lundquist ( or 484-318-8638) or the church office ( or 610-688-4830) by Wednesday, 12/19, for details on how to dedicate a flower memorial.
Vestry Report
Partnership News

Your Vestry continues to devote a portion of every monthly meeting to meet with CCI's Vestry to explore activities of mutual interest. We exchange information on Parish activities, Diocesan concerns and, of course, the status of our mutual search for a new rector. Read more from Sandy Reinhardt, our Rector's Warden, for details about the combined November Vestry meeting and the Search Committee.
Covenant News
Update for 2020

Until a new shared Rector is in place, Reverends David Laquintano and Karl Krueger will service both churches starting on Sunday, January 5, 2020. They will alternate weekly between the churches. Fr. David will join us on the 5th. Both priest are willing to be available for funerals. St. Martin’s Search Committee members are Brian Penny (Co-Chair), Steve Parker, Abby Thomas, and Sinéad Bortner. Committee meetings are already underway. Read more...
SMC Newsletter
Advent Publication

St. Martin's Advent Newsletter has been published. A digital version was emailed and hard copies were mailed to homebound congregants, long-distance friends, and those without internet access. Extra copies will be available in church. Read up on this season's news about Fr. Chris' upcoming transition, St. Martin's relationship with Christ Church, changes for 2020, hand-crafted Bible stories, lay ministry and volunteer opportunities, worship plans, the children's choir, and Advent Outreach activities. There's a lot of news so be sure to check it out !
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44