St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
September 26, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
The Rich Man and Lazarus - Luke 16:19-31

The Story: Unlike other parables, this one does not stay in the realm of first-century village life. It spans this life and the next. It is realistic in its portrayal of the vast gap between rich and poor. The phenomenon of the poor waiting for crumbs at the doors of the rich is a detail taken straight from first-century life. It is strange in that the reversal of fortunes it depicts contradicts the widespread belief that wealth was a sign of God's favor and poverty a sign of sin. The story reflects the ancient belief that the righteous and the wicked can see each other after death.

A Prayer: Holy God,you reach out in love through Jesus Christ to save us so that we may live as faithful servants of you alone. Unchain us from our desire for wealth and power so that we may, in turn, release others from the prisons of poverty, hunger, and oppression. Amen.

This Week's Schedule

Friday, September 27
9:30am Makin Music

Sunday, September 29
8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am School for all ages
10:00am Holy Eucharist/Social Media Sunday
11:00am SWIC Forum

Tuesday, October 1
9:30am Makin Music
5:30pm Worship Planning Meeting
6:00pm Good Works Meeting @ CCI

Wednesday, October 2
9:30am Makin Music
10:00am Staff Meeting
12:15pm Noon-Day Prayer
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
7:15pm Bible Study @ CCI
Social Media Sunday
Go Digital!

Social Media Sunday is an annual ecumenical effort held on the last Sunday of September. On the 29 th, we are invited to join Christians around the world to share our faith and evangelize the Gospel in this digital age. Please bring your “smart” devices to church – iPhone, iPad, Android, Surface, etc. Make use of them during the worship service and coffee hour to post, tweet, snap, and chat. about the goings-on at church. We encourage you to check in on Facebook, snap a selfie to post on Instagram, and/or write something that inspired you on Twitter. Point! Click! Share! #SMCgoessocial #SMS2019
Chicken Farm Initiative

Pam Faber and Deb Parker look forward to sharing exciting news about the Chicken Farm Initiative on September 29th immediately after the 10 AM service in the Gurley Room. Join Deb and Pam with your phone, iPad or other digital device. Social Media technology will be used to share information about chicken farmers 5,900 miles away. Thanks to generous donors, including those from St. Martins, four farms are already successfully operating! You will meet the first farmers who were funded, and learn about the tremendous benefit to the communities up in the Nineveh Plains.

Do you wonder about YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, tags or other Social Media terms? Deb is happy to share examples and tips. You can do your own sharing, or follow the Sunday action, using hashtags #SMCgoessocial #SMS2019 #SWIC19Iraq
The Highland Hamper

Thank you for the positive response to last week's request to restock our shelves with foodstuffs for Highland Avenue. Let's keep the momentum going by bringing additional items this week! We will continue to collect peanut butter & jelly, pasta & sauce and soups. We are well on our way to making another substantial delivery. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Faber.
Sunday School
Telling Our Story

May you have a good and sweet new year! This is a traditional Jewish greeting for Rosh Hashanah (Shanah Tovah Oo/Metukah שנה טובה ומתוקה). Today in Sunday School we begin our year-long sharing stories from the Hebrew Scriptures. Today is also the first day of the Jewish New Year.

Last week was a review where in Sunday School we created a timeline of pictures of Lego creations from the New Testament. We also remembered that Jesus was a Jewish man and now each week we will be going back further to learn about God's Truth in the Old Testament. This is the scripture that Jesus quoted frequently. Legos continue to be a tool to help us focus on details from these stories so we can share them at a later date with the congregation. The children will also learn about ancient stories and psalms through song. The whole congregation benefits when the children and youth are able to tell Bible stories well.

Children and youth from ages 3 through 6th-grade are invited to join Ms. Deb and Elizabeth at 9:30 a.m. in the Large Sunday School Room. Children newborn through age 2 are welcome in the Small Sunday School Room with Megan, also starting at 9:30 a.m. 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.
Bible Study
October Location

The Bible discussion continues at 7:15 p.m. this upcoming Wednesday, October 2. 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.
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!
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.
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.
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31