St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
October 30, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Remember to turn clocks back
Sunday, November 1st.
This Week's Schedule

Sunday, November 1 - ALL SAINTS' DAY
  • 8:30am* SMC Rite II Indoor Service
  • 9:30am Zoom Sunday School-email Deb Parker for details
  • 10:30am* CCI Indoor Service-Live Stream**
  • 6:00pm - Coco watch party-ZOOM

Monday, November 2 - ALL SOULS' DAY
6:00pm - Review of Coco-ZOOM

Tuesday, November 3 - ELECTION DAY
4:30pm Beginner/Chair Yoga-ZOOM
5:30pm Evening Prayer-ZOOM
6:00pm All-Levels Yoga-ZOOM
The Worship Planning Meeting has been moved to November 10th at 6:30pm. Contact Pastor Veronika if you're interested in joining the Committee.

Wednesday, November 4
9:00am Staff Meeting
12:00pm Noonday Prayer-ZOOM

Thursday, November 5
1:00pm Bible Study-ZOOM

*Registration is helpful by noon on Fridays.
**After the 10:30am service hour, the Live Streamed video is available to view anytime.
Upcoming Changes

Starting this Sunday, November 1st through February 14, 2021 (All Saints’ Day to the Last Sunday after the Epiphany), our service times and locations will be:

  • 8:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II at SMC
  • 9:30 am: ZOOM Sunday School for all
  • 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II at CCI (live-streamed)

For more details, please view the Pastoral letter by clicking here.
Saints & Souls

This Sunday, November 1st, is All Saints' Day, a major feast of the church when we thank God for the Communion of Saints. Monday, November 2nd, is All Souls' Day when the church remembers and prays especially for those who have died. We will pray for Saints and Souls during Sunday's service. In addition, we will have a whole church formation event on All Souls' Day to learn about the spiritual benefits of remembering the dead in prayer and about the hope of the resurrection. This is a two part-event:

Sunday, Nov. 1st at 6 pm: Group movie night watching Coco, a recent Pixar release which deals with the themes of All Souls' Day. If you can't make the time on Sunday or missed emailing the office to join a group, feel free to watch on your own and attend the Zoom event on Monday.

Monday Nov. 2nd at 6 pm: Make hot cocoa at home and discuss Coco on Zoom with Pastor Veronika and others of all ages in the church. We'll talk about what we saw in the movie, how it relates to All Souls' Day, and why we pray for those who have died. Feel free to wear your Halloween costume or to share decorations with the group!

The Zoom details are -
or call 1-646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 917 3600 1324
Passcode: jesus (lowercase)
The Beatitudes

In the fifth Beatitude Jesus says, "Blessed are the merciful, For they will receive mercy." God's mercy involves both love and forgiveness. Last Sunday we looked at ways we forgive others, and discussed how we may be loved and forgiven.
The next Beatitude is "Blessed be the pure in heart, for they will see God." Adults, teens, and children are invited to join us this Sunday to be part of the discussion about what it might mean to be "pure in heart" and what we look forward to when we see God.

The Zoom details are -
9:30 AM Sundays starting Nov. 1st
or call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 977 8051 9998
Password: jesus (lowercase)
A Contemplative Experience

Join Pastor Veronika on Zoom every Tuesday night at 5:30 pm for Evening Prayer - prayers, confession, readings, and a time for peace. Here are the meeting details:
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 912 1798 5717
The Book of Psalms

One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
This coming week's Bible Discussion will explore the "beauty of the Lord" (Psalm 27:4). Join us to dive deeper into this type of Psalm. Each week stands alone, and all are welcome. Zoom in any Thursday at 1:00 PM. Contact Deb Parker if you have questions or would like to test Zoom.

The Zoom details are:
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Password: jesus (lowercase)
Weekday Visitors Welcome

Before and after the election, people might need some church time outside of regular Sunday service hours, St. Martin’s Church will be open for Sanctuary Time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Visitors are welcome to pray, meditate, read, or simply enjoy a moment of peace in our sanctuary. Please check in at the main office upon arrival and follow the usual pandemic safety protocols of hand-sanitizing, masking, and social distancing. Thank you.
Helping Others

With the challenges of 2020, outreach projects more important than ever. Keeping in mind our old motto of “never come to church empty handed”, here is a simple way to help others -

During open sanctuary hours at St. Martin’s Church on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, you are invited to stop in to say a prayer and drop off donations for the homeless and the hungry at the same time.

Local organizations are in need of
  • white cotton socks for The Joy of Sox
  • nonperishable food items (peanut butter, canned fish or meat, macaroni and cheese, etc .) for The Great Valley Food Cupboard and The Highland Hamper

Feel good doing good! Thanks!
A Virtual Reenactment

St. Martin's will once again hold our annual Christmas Pageant, but with a nod to COVID for it will be a video pageant. So this is the first call for all youth, teens, and adults who would like to participate. All you need is a cell phone with a video setting or any other recording device.

The pageant has angels, shepherds, and others who will welcome the baby Jesus. Costumes are optional and can include items you already have around your house. St. Martin's owns props like angel wings and shepherds' staffs if you happen to live close by and would like to borrow something. You are also encouraged to pass this message on to family, friends, and neighbors who live anyplace in the country. They might like to have a non-speaking role in the pageant. Please write to Deb Parker at if you would like to participate. Or you can send Deb other people's email addresses and she will write an email inviting them to have a part in the celebration of Jesus' birth. We have room for ALL in this video pageant.
A great time was had by all at Handel's in Berwyn
on Saturday, October 24th!
Love Is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry

Virginia Theological Seminary’s Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) is pleased to host an online book talk with Bishop Michael Curry on his new book, Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 10th, 12:45-1:45 PM. Those interested in participating can sign up by clicking here or watch live on the CACS Facebook page or on the Seminary's YouTube channel.
Prayer, Conversation & Tater Tots

Save the date for Saturday, November 14th. For one engaging hour from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, youth from the diocese will be meeting online with the Bishop. This is an "open mic" event where the youth get to ask the Bishop questions. The Q&A will be moderated by Raymond Brady, a young adult from St. Andrews St. Monica’s Episcopal Church. The event ends with one of the Bishop's favorite snacks—tater tots.

Stay tuned for registration details. This is a great opportunity to hear what is on the minds of youth throughout the diocese. It will be fun, so get your tater tots ready for snacking with the Bishop! Joyful participation in this virtual event is greatly encouraged.

Click here for the Diocesan's event page.

If you have any questions, please contact Deb Parker at
A Note about Donations

When worshiping and donating at St. Martin’s or Christ Church, please use your offering envelope or the memo line of your check to designate which church you are supporting. This process will ensure donations are distributed to the proper locations. Thank you for your gifts!
Stay in Touch

Please note: Imposter email accounts looking similar to Pastor Veronika's have been used to get funds. As legitimate as those emails might look, Pastor Veronika would not ask for funding via email. Here are the various ways to communicate with Pastor Veronika -
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM or by appointment
  • Cell Phone: 610-596-1589, voice and text. This was previously published with 1489 as the last four digits. Make note of the correct 1589 number.
  • Email: or
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12