St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
October 3, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings from Agnes, Wesley, Emma, Amanda and Chris to our wonderful St. Martin’s family. We just want to thank you all for the prayers, kind wishes and meals that have fed our spirits and bodies in this extraordinarily blessed (and sleepless!) time. We’re looking forward to all of you meeting the new arrivals in the coming weeks!

Peace and blessings,
The Bishops
Parish Breakfast
A Bolingbroke Sunday

The Parish Breakfast returns on Sunday, October 6th in Bolingbroke starting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday School and both services will also be held in Bolingbroke. Plan your morning all in one location. Join in the fun and fellowship!
Chicken Farm Initiative

The SWIC organization is working hard to launch the next four farms this fall before the weather turns in November. You can continue to make an enormous difference
• first by funding chicks, and
• then by sharing this success story with your friends.
$5 - Buys one chick
$1,000 - Fully funds 200 chicks for a farmer
$6,000 - Sponsors the SWIC contribution for an entire chicken farm!
Dozens of farmers are lined up, waiting to restart their farms as soon as we can provide the one-time reconstruction funding. Thanks in advance for your support.
Sunday School
Telling Our Story-The Hebrew Scriptures

Children and youth of all ages are invited to join us this week, at Bolingbroke after breakfast, to continue exploring the Old Testament (OT). First, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a music rehearsal for the Children's Choir. No prior singing experience needed so have your children plan to come and enjoy being part of a choir.

Then we will return to the large room by the kitchen to look at a map and follow the travels of the ancient people that God called to follow Him. These are stories that are meant to be told and retold. We are reminded of God's covenant, and how we are in a relationship with God and with other people.

Bibles and art materials will also be used to help build up our understanding of the OT passages. Some of the stories will be new, and part of the fun will be discovering God in unexpected places! 

Children and youth from ages 3 through 6th-grade are invited to join Ms. Deb, Elizabeth, and Megan at Bolingbroke. Please contact Ms. Deb (740.272.6901) if you have questions, special instructions, or would like to participate in any of our Sunday School programs.
Community Fellowship
Upper Room Gatherings - NEW LOCATION!

The next Upper Room gathering is on Wednesday, October 9th at 6:00 PM in Room 3 at the Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W Wayne Ave, Wayne. Stay tuned for the topic for discussion. Stop in on any 2nd or 4th Wednesday for some interesting conversation and fellowship.
Bible Study
October Location

The Bible discussion continues at 7:15 p.m. this upcoming Wednesday, October 9. We are moving back to Christ Church, Ithan in the parish hall (536 Conestoga Rd). Books are provided so all you need to do is to come and share from your rich experiences. Each week stands alone. No prior experience is needed. There will be beverages and snacks, and we will end at 8:15 p.m.

Contact Deb Parker (740.272.6901) if you have questions or suggestions.
Formation with a Twist
Mystery & Reflection

"Fr. Brown" is a BBC mystery series based on a character by G.K. Chesterton. Fr. Brown investigates murders while also guiding his congregation in a small English village. There will be a special screening of a Fr. Brown mystery on Wednesday, October 16th, from 7:00-8:30 PM at Christ Church, Ithan (536 Conestoga Rd, Villanova). Join the Bible Study "regulars" to watch the show, eat your dinner (brown bagged if desired), and engage in a theological reflection comparing the episode's twists to Gospel stories. Please extend this invite to family and friends. It's sure to be a unique socializing experience!
Contact Deb Parker if you have questions.
Coming Soon
Season of Sacred Portion

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” - Luke 6:38

Our Season of Sacred Portion will begin on Sunday, October 20th. It will continue on Sunday 10/27, 11/3, and 11/17. Special plans are being made for those liturgies to include reflections on resources and the best ways to share them. Join us for this wonderful season of realizing abundance and taking care of what we have been given!
CCI's Centennial
Celebrate 100 Years!

Invitations have been sent for the brunch that will follow Christ Church, Ithan's 100-year Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, November 10th. The 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by Bishop Rodney Michel. This will be the only service held at either church that day. Kindly reply as soon as possible and indicate the number of tickets you desire for the brunch. Please enclose a check to cover the cost of the tickets. Once payment is received, your tickets will be mailed from CCI. Replies are due by October 27th.
Preparing for Sunday
Increase our faith! - Luke 17:5-10

"There’s nothing more ridiculously useless than replanting a mulberry tree in the ocean! And I wonder if Jesus wasn’t reminding his disciples that faith isn’t manifested in flashy magic tricks, or pointless, self congratulatory displays of power, or in destruction and uprooting, but in daily acts of faithfulness—those quotidian acts of obedience that grow the kingdom, one carefully tended little mustard seed at a time."

"Paul writes to Timothy, “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.” We have the power to fully embrace faith if we so choose, and therefore become not servants but children of God.” Abandoning that reserve and putting our trust in Christ is how we put aside that spirit of cowardice, and how we plant the mustard seed and watch it flourish."
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Lamentations 1:1-6
Psalm 137
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10