THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
May 21, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Sunday

“This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”. John 17:3

REFLECT: Jesus speaks from the depths of his heart. He tells us of the Father’s love for him and his love for his Father, who is the heart and core of his very being. The Father’s love continues to be with him right to the end, even to the Cross, to the point of giving his all, his life.

All our life we struggle to know him, through words and parables, and through the world which he has entrusted to us. At no stage can we say that we understand God. Saint Augustine wrote: “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that you may understand”.

The mission of Jesus is about to be accomplished. Saint John sees the passion and death of Jesus as the moment in which He is most glorious; because His mission is to reveal in human form, the infinite love and mercy of God, in all circumstances, for the whole of humanity.

PRAY: Our human mission is to seek God through every means, and to remain a God-seeker until the day of his revelation to us face to face. O God may all that I do today and every day be to glorify you so that you may be glorified in me. Let me be a blessing for others bringing your promise of eternal life by my words, actions and talents that reflect your glory. Amen.
Calendar
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, May 21
2:00pm Lectionary Bible Studay- Zoom
7:00pm Joint Vestry Meeting-Zoom
8:00pm SMC Vestry Meeting-Zoom

Sunday, May 24
8:00am* Holy Eucharist- YouTube
Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Celebrant @ CCI
10:00am Sunday School for All-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day (office closed)

Tuesday, May 26
6:30pm Yoga Class- ZOOM

Thursday, May 28
2:00pm Lectionary Bible Study- Zoom

Friday, May 29
8:30am Bible Study-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)
 
Sunday, May 31
8:00am* Holy Eucharist- YouTube
Rev. David Laquintano, Celebrant @ SMC
10:00am Sunday School for All-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)

*After 8:00am, the YouTube service is available for "anytime" viewing.
NEW! Bible Study
Following the Lectionary

Today, May 21st, and next Thursday, May 28th, a new Bible study will be held based on the lectionary for the upcoming Sunday in preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit/Pentecost. The Zoom sessions (details below) will start at 2:00 PM and last about 45 minutes. If the congregations find this approach helpful, then there may be more lectionary based explorations after Pentecost. All are invited to join, so please pass this invitation on to anyone you know beyond our church reach who would like to reflect on scripture together.
Click here to Zoom in 2:00 PM
May 21st & 28th
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Vestry News
Cooperative Leadership

The SMC and CCI Vestries meet tonight, Thursday, May 21st. They will use Zoom video chat to discuss joint agenda items starting at 7:00 PM. Afterward at 8:00 PM, St. Martin's Vestry will have a separate conference call to discuss topics specific to our church. Stay tuned for an upcoming report.
Sunday School
Christ's Ascension and the Coming of the Holy Spirit

Zoom Sunday School continues to run every Sunday at 10 AM. Last week we continued to focus on God's house having room for all of us, and Jesus' promise to send the Advocate. This week we will read about Christ's Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit. We also look forward to seeing more pictures or scenes as we interpret how God's house is wonderfully welcoming for all. Parents are encouraged to email pictures of children's creations around the imagery of God's house to Ms. Deb. If you would like to join us, please email Ms. Deb Parker for the Zoom link.
COVID-19 Outreach
Food Relief Mission

The impact of the pandemic is being felt all around our community with the most immediate need continuing to be food. In an effort to help alleviate this need, we will begin collecting food bags and grocery gift cards. Please consider filling a bag with much needed basic food items. The bag should contain: cereal or oatmeal (1 box), sliced bread (1 loaf), peanut butter (1 jar), jelly (1 jar), pasta sauce (1 jar), pasta (1 box), soup (2 cans), tuna or chicken (2 cans), canned fruit (2), and canned vegetables (2 cans). Additional items to consider are toilet paper (1 roll), granola bars (1 box), crackers (1 box) and a snack/treat (chips, pretzels, cookies, juice). If you prefer not to shop, Acme or Giant gift cards would be much appreciated. Bags can be delivered to church on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings or arrangements can be made for pickup from your home. Please contact Pam Faber if you have questions or would like more information. Bags and gift cards will be delivered to our neighbors on Highland Avenue in Wayne.
Memorial Day
A Prayer to Remember and Honor

Dear God, we pray for our military and their families lifting them up with Your peace, protection, and hope. We thank them for their sacrifices to secure our liberties. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Adapted from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers)
The Soup Mission
Many, Many Thanks!

We made our last delivery of homemade soup to The Great Valley Food Cupboard on Tuesday. Our extended Lenten program resulted in the preparation and delivery of 218 quarts of soup this year compared to 135 quarts last year! As you probably suspected, the number of clients supported by the food cupboard has increased significantly due to COVID-19, and our soup was a special addition to the food distributed. Everyone was very excited and grateful. Special thanks to our soup cooks: Linda Alunkal, Pattie Booker, Laura DeWitt, Pam Faber, Carlie Hutton, Gale Muir, Jacqui North, Deb Parker, Bev Reinhardt, Sherrill Rowland, Abby Thomas and Susan Underwood. Thank you also to those who donated money to help offset the expense of containers. This was truly a group endeavor and a program to be proud of.
Recognition Sunday
Congrats! to our Graduates

Toward the end of each school year we recognize and congratulate our graduates from high schools and universities. This year Fr. Karl will bless all our graduates on June 7. The following young adults are being recognized as they move from one phase of their lives to the next, and we ask that you hold them in your prayers.
 
High School
Ally Northeimer, Brett Northeimer, Megan Pettit, Josh Reilly, and Bobby Wynn

University
Micki Fahner, Wesley Parker, and Tyler Soutendijk
Primary Election
Mail-In Ballot Info

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new date for the Pennsylvania primary election is June 2, 2020. Voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to a polling place. To request mail-in ballot for the upcoming election, please visit: VotesPA.com/applymailballot.

Applications for a mail-in ballot must be received by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 26th. Postmarks do not count. Return applications to the Delaware County Mail-In Ballot Office:
Govt Center Bldg, 201 W Front St, Media, PA 19063-2728. Additional county offices and more details can be found on the application.
COVID-19
The New Norm

From social distancing, sanitizing, hand-washing, and staying-at-home, new "norms" are in full effect. Here is a St. Martin's summary:

Helping Others-
  • Making masks: to sew, purchase materials, or financially support this effort, please contact Janice Martin (of CCI) at jm@janicemartin.net or 610-645-4540.

Weekly Giving-
  • Mail: 400 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087
  • Online: Donate button on St. Martin's Home page
  • Drop-off: during office hours

Office Hours:
  • Mondays and Fridays: 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 9am-12:30pm

Sundays' Activities:
  • Sunday School via Zoom: 10am (email Deb for details)
  • Worship Service via YouTube

Weekday Activities:
  • Yoga via Zoom: 6:30pm Tuesdays
  • Midweek Prayer Service via Zoom: 12pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
  • Lectionary Bible Study: 2:00pm 5/21 & 5/28-Zoom
  • Bible Study via Zoom: 8:30am Fridays (email Deb for details)
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11