St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
May 16, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you,
you also should love one another.
John 13:34

Open our hearts to your power moving around us and between us and within us, until your glory is revealed in our love of both friend and enemy, in communities transformed by justice and compassion, and in the healing of all that is broken. Amen.

This Week's Schedule

Friday, May 17
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, May 19
The Rev. Canon Shawn Wamsley, Celebrant
8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School and Nursery
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, May 21
9:30am Makin' Music
6:30pm Yoga Class

Wednesday, May 22
9:30am Makin' Music
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
6:00pm Upper Room @ The Gryphon Cafe
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
7:00pm Bible Study @ CCI
Special Visitor
News about Sunday

The Rev. Canon Wamsley will be preaching at Sunday's 10:00 AM service. He is The Canon To The Ordinary For Evangelism And Administration. This role requires a firm understanding of diocesan operations, congregational resources, and policies and procedures. In addition, he provides direct support for Evangelism ministries, initiatives and programs. Everyone is invited to greet and meet the Canon after the service during the coffee hour. It will be a great opportunity to ask questions and share comments. Please plan on attending to enjoy the food and fellowship!
Children & Youth
Gather as Usual

Children continue to build Lego stories (using a Midrash approach) to interpret Bible stories about Jesus' life and teaching. Eventually, the children will create a collage that they will share with everyone at St. Martin's. Sunday School and nursery will begin at 9:30 a.m. and any adults are welcome to join us as the scenes unfold.
Let's "SPRING" into Action!

One of the challenges facing the residents of Highland Homes is keeping their children engaged in activities which will help them feel a sense of community and keep them out of trouble. To this end, a young woman began a drill/dance team for the young girls. Known as The Little Divas, eighteen (18) girls participate through regular practices and performances at community events. This year they are hoping to purchase new uniforms for their performances. A complete uniform consisting of a shirt and shorts will cost $39.00. During May, we will begin a collection to help them reach their goal. If we can sponsor 10 girls, that would help more than half of the performers! Please be a Diva Donor. More information about this group will be available in The Gurley Room, and if you have any questions please contact Pam Faber.
All Levels Yoga Class
Breathe, stretch, and destress!

The next St. Martin’s yoga class will be May 21st, at 6:30 p.m in the Gurley Room. Enjoy this opportunity to indulge in some self-care. It's a great mind-body-soul experience!
Gryphon Cafe
A Midweek Gathering

The next Upper Room gathering is on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 6:00 PM upstairs at the Gryphon Café, 105 W. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. The questions for discussion are "No Risk, no Reward? What does 'risk' mean to you? Are you afraid of it? Can you move forward in your life without it?" Stop in on any 2nd or 4th Wednesday for some interesting conversation and fellowship.
Recognition Sunday
Showing Support

Recognition Sunday will be June 2nd. Students, graduates, and teachers will be recognized during the 10:00 AM service for their efforts this year. Please plan on attending to share in their successes. If you'd like to help with refreshments, please call the main office at 610-688-4830 or email Deb Parker at
Other News
Deacon Approval!

The Diocesan Standing Committee has approved Dennis Bingham’s reception as a deacon of the Episcopal Church. Dennis is expected to be received during the diaconal ordination service, Saturday June 8th, 2019 at the Philadelphia Cathedral. Visit the event page for more information. Congratulations Dennis!
Joint Celebration!

Plan on a special joint Pentecost Celebration with Christ Church, Ithan, on Sunday, June 9th, starting with an outdoor worship service at 10:00 AM in Veterans' Park, 406 E Lancaster Ave, Wayne. A picnic will follow the service and include food, drinks, games, and lots of fun and fellowship! Remember to wear red to symbolize the joy and fire of the Holy Spirit. Sandwiches and beverages will be available. CCI attendees are bringing side dishes and we are responsible for desserts.

Suggested items to bring: a dessert, lawn chairs or blankets, and friends!
Bible Study News
Sessions Continue in May

Join members of Christ Church, Ithan, and St. Martin's as we continue to explore the parallel Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The next Bible Study will be Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7 p.m. at Christ Church in Ithan Hall. Newcomers are welcome! Each Wednesday night session stands alone as we compare the same story told by each of the different Gospel writers. This approach provides us with a fresh perspective on the stories of Jesus' life, ministry, and teaching. Copies of the book "Records of the Life of Jesus" are available for anyone to use. We'd love to have your voice in our spirited and spiritual conversation. We will continue having the Bible discussions at Christ Church for the month of May, before switching back to St. Martin's for the month of June.

Intrigued? Visit for more details on this approach to the Gospels, or contact Deb Parker (740-272-6901).
Service Hours
Take Note!

Single Service Sundays will begin on Sunday, June 16th. There will be one service celebrated at 9:30 AM through the summer until September 15th when we return to two services.
Socks for the Homeless
Making a Difference

Our collection of white socks for the Joy of Sox organization is an on-going 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!
Diocesan Events
Mark Your Calendar!

Narcan Training
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
1:00-3:00 PM
St. Martin-in-the-Field Church
8000 St Martins Ln, Philadelphia
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35