THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
May 7, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Sunday

"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6

REFLECT: Step into the scene of today's scripture, see Jesus with his closest friends as he breaks the news to them that He has only hours to live. See their shock and bewilderment and their anticipatory grief. He tries to console them stressing that the loss of His physical presence is not the end of life but that He will still be with them in a different form.

We continue, throughout our lives, to ask and ask again the basic questions of "Am I on the right track in life?" and "How can I know God in my life?" The answer Jesus gives is both simple and profound: "I am the Way." We grow into the answer as we live out the months and years of our lives, first wading in it and then swimming. Every time we return to these basic questions, it can be with deepened faith since the last time we asked them.

PRAY: Dear Jesus, I invite you into my heart now. In the quiet, let me hear you speak those comforting words, "I AM the Way." May I find in them your offer of encouragement, kindness, and consolation. Let all my troubles be put aside for you to be my true guide in a life that is full of patience, tolerance, and appreciation. I trust in your promises that troubles can be lifted from my heart opening the way to a blessed future living in your love. Amen.
Calendar
This Week's Schedule

Sunday, May 10
8:00am Holy Eucharist- YouTube
Rev. David Laquintano, Celebrant @ CCI
10:00am Sunday School for All-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)

Tuesday, May 12
6:30pm Yoga Class- ZOOM

Friday, May 8
8:30am Bible Study-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)
 
Sunday, May 17
Holy Eucharist- YouTube
Rev. David Laquintano, Celebrant @ SMC
10:00am Sunday School for All-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)

Other Holy Eucharist Virtual Options
National Day of Prayer
Come Together in Prayer

Since 1952, the National Day of Prayer has been observed on the first Thursday of May. The day was designated by Congress for people "to turn to God in prayer and meditation." Since the whole world could use prayers during this pandemic, please take a moment today, May 7th, to pray something special. Click here for a guided prayer sheet that can be used for inspiration.
Happy Mother's Day
Special Thoughts

To all mom's and motherly mentors - thank you for all your love, support, guidance, laughter, patience, understanding, comfort, and encouragement!
Vestry News
Cooperative Leadership

The SMC and CCI Vestries met jointly via Zoom on Thursday, April 23rd. Topics included the new Rector search, priestly changes, and the assessment of congregational life now and in moving forward. Click here for the full report.

Our Leadership

St. Martin's Vestry met separately following the joint meeting on April 23rd. They discussed financials, worship planning, the capital campaign, the current clerical status, and our Bolingbroke tenant. Click here for the meeting minutes.
Sunday School
Celebrate Mothers!

Zoom Sunday School continues to run every Sunday at 10am. Last week we talked about sheep and shepherds. After all, Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we discussed what a Good Shepherd does for his sheep. In addition, this coming Sunday we will spend time focusing on our mothers, grandmothers, and other women in our lives who care for us. If you would like to join us, please email Ms. Deb Parker for the Zoom link.
Recognition Sunday
Calling All Graduates!

Toward the end of each school year we recognize and congratulate our graduates from high school and college. COVID-19 has changed graduation ceremonies this spring so being able to learn about the graduates and their future plans is more important than ever in our faith communities. Please let Deb Parker know if you have a graduate in your household, or know of someone graduating, so we can acknowledge and bless them as they pursue their future plans.
Bible Study
Christian Formation Continues

Every Friday a group comes together, virtually, from multiple Episcopal churches in the area. We look more deeply at the Bible's book of Romans. Alan Lindsay leads the discussion, and Deb Parker is the Zoom administrator. The study begins at 8:30 AM and runs for one hour. If you would like to add this to your own Easter Season practices, please email Deb Parker for the Zoom instructions.
Noonday Prayer
Midweek Spiritual Connection

On the first and third Wednesdays of the month Fr. David will continue to lead us in noonday prayer using Zoom at 12 pm. The next noonday prayer will be on May 20th. Join us for the Zoom call then. If you have any questions, or would like to test using your phone, tablet, or computer to call into a Zoom meeting, please contact Deb Parker (stmartinsradnor@gmail.com). We can set up a convenient day and time to try out Zoom using whatever device you like the most.
Click here to Zoom in 12:00 PM,
1st & 3rd Wednesdays
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 928 7196 7908
Recent Recordings
Services, Prayers, Revelations, and Music

New videos have been added to the Recordings page on St. Martin's website. Our soloist, Erika Harrington, has sung Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria". Click here to listen. In addition, the video of Fr. David celebrating the May 3rd Sunday service has also been posted. Anytime viewing is available by clicking here.
U.S. Census
Response and Employment

The 2020 U.S. Census is happening now. There is still time to respond and be counted by phone, internet, or mail. Visit 2020census.gov for more details. In addition, census workers are needed now. Information about employment can be found by going to 2020census.gov/jobs.
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-
  • Continue to make soup: Our soup making is ending with our final delivery being this coming week. Stay tuned for the next mission to help our community.
  • 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
  • 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 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14