St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
November 7, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday
Marriage and The Resurrection

“…and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive." – Luke 20:38

"If marriage is preparation in this life, so is community — even then and even now, some people in our own communities continue to act in bad faith and ridicule. We are not called to respond in kind, or to walk away, either. We are called to act as Jesus does here in patiently proclaiming the truth of the Lord. That is one example of what Jesus meant by loving one’s enemies; we offer them salvation even through their derision or worse. We do this because we follow the God of the living, not the dead, and we want to help bring as many of His children back into the light as we can."

"Someone once said that “today is the first day of the rest of your life” and that will be especially true on the day we die. When we die, the Lord will not abandon us. He will be there to greet us. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. We have Christ’s promise of the reality of the resurrection through Christ’s own death and resurrection."

A Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for your promise of eternal life. Amen.
This Week's Schedule

Friday, November 8
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, November 10
10:00am CCI Centennial Celebration

Monday, November 11
6:30pm Yoga Class
7:00pm Search Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 12
9:30am Makin' Music

Wednesday, November 13
9:30am Makin' Music
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
6:00pm Upper Room
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
7:15pm Bible Study @ SMC

Thursday, November 14
7:00pm Joint Vestry Meeting @ CCI
CCI's Centennial
Celebrate 100 Years!

A group will gather this Saturday, November 9th, at 10:00 AM at Ithan Hall to make flower arrangements for the tables and to set up the hall for the Centennial Celebration. CCI welcomes all from St. Martin’s who would like to join in the preparatory fun! Sunday's celebration begins at 10:00 AM with the Holy Eucharist led by Bishop Rodney Michel. (This will be the only service held at either church on Sunday.) The service will be followed by a ticketed brunch in Ithan Hall.
Sunday School
Faith in God. Faith in Family.

There will be no Sunday School this Sunday, November 10th. There will be no services at St. Martin's because we will be at Christ Church helping them to celebrate their 100th anniversary.
Yoga Class
Take a Stretch Break!

The next Yoga Class will be on Monday, November 11th, 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 on the 11th to stretch and destress!
Global Mission
Conversation on WATER

The Diocesan Global Mission Commission (GMC) will be hosting a Diocesan wide conversation focused on parish involvement in clean water access around the world. The event will be in the Gurley Room at St. Martin's on Saturday, November 16th, from 9:30 - 11:30. Several parishes have years of expertise in Tanzania, Guatemala and El Salvador working with local communities on clean water. These parishes would like to share with each other and with others who might be interested in joining their mission work. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Pam Faber.
The Season of Sacred Portion
Time for Pledging

Our Season of Sacred Portion will continue on Sunday, November 17th, with The Rev. Bob Tate preaching about stewardship. Pledges will be collected and presented during the services. In addition, St. Martin's Day will be observed with the Children's Choir singing at the 10:00 AM service.
Music Ministry
The Children's Program

On November 17th we celebrate St. Martin's Day and families will be in worship with children participating in a variety of ways. We invite all children to participate because the Children's Choir will be singing. The more the better on November 17th starting with a rehearsal at 9:30 AM as we "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise." (Psalm 98)
Bible Study
Upcoming Sessions

The Wednesday night Bible Study returns to St. Martin's. We will meet from 7:15 to 8:15 PM. Dates for the remainder of 2019 when the Bible Study group will meet at St. Martin's are November 13, 20 as well as December 4 and 11.

All are welcome and no previous participation is required. Each week stands alone. Books are provided and guests are also invited to participate. Please plan to join us as we continue our journey with Jesus to Jerusalem as told in the three synoptic Gospels. Contact Deb Parker if you have any questions.
Highland Hamper & St. Barnabas Mission

In lieu of special Thanksgiving Bags this year, we will focus our holiday efforts on providing non-perishable items that are needed every day. From now until Sunday, November 24th, please bring at least 2 items with you to church - one for Highland & one for St. Barnabas. Let's keep their shelves stocked!
Community Fellowship
Upper Room Gatherings - NEW LOCATION!

The next Upper Room gathering is on Wednesday, November 13th, at 6:00 PM in Room 3 at the Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W Wayne Ave, Wayne. The question for discussion is "What is waiting to die in your life so that something else can be born?" Stop in on any 2nd or 4th Wednesday for some interesting conversation and fellowship.
DioPA Men's Group
Service Call

On Saturday, November 16th, the Men’s Fellowship of the Diocese of Pennsylvania (DioPA) will assist our brothers at Good Shepherd Church (1116 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr) to remove stored items and perform a demolition task with all the debris going into a dumpster. This project will repurpose a large room to be used for the Good Shepherd Church offices. There will be a role for everyone, so please lend a hand. Breakfast served at 7:30, work will be from 8:00 AM-2:30 PM! For questions and to join, please contact Austin, or visit the event page.
Holiday Open House
Seasonal Shopping

The Gift Shop at St. David's is having its annual Holiday Open House on Friday evening, Nov. 22nd from 5 to 8 p.m. All are invited to this fun and festive local community event offering fellowship, refreshments and 10% store-wide discount. The best part is that all shop proceeds go to outreach partners in Cuba, Guatemala and Uganda. The shop has a unique collection of popular brands and fair-trade items including nativities, Christmas decorations, advent calendars, home decor, jewelry, personal accessories, books, Christian gifts, baby gifts, specialty food items, and much more.
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.
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38