St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
November 6, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
This Week's Schedule

Sunday, November 8
  • 8:30am* SMC Rite II Indoor Service
  • 9:30am Zoom Sunday School-email Deb Parker for details
  • 10:30am* CCI Indoor Service-Live Stream**

Tuesday, November 10
4:30pm Beginner/Chair Yoga-ZOOM
5:30pm Evening Prayer-ZOOM
6:00pm All-Levels Yoga-ZOOM
6:30pm Worship Planning Meeting-ZOOM

Wednesday, November 11
12:00pm Noonday Prayer-ZOOM

Thursday, November 12
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.
COVID-19 Best Practices

Those who visit on Sunday for onsite worship will notice a few changes regarding COVID-19 safety practices.
  • The piano will be moved to the front of church so the piano and organ can be used for a greater variety of music.
  • Our soloist, Derek Wilson, will be positioned in the choir area wearing a mask and singing behind a free-standing plexiglass shield to doubly ensure congregants remain safe.
2) TEMPERATURE: The church will be drafty. Air circulation is helpful in preventing the spread of the virus. Windows will be opened; doors will be cracked; and fans will be used. Please dress warmly.
The Beatitudes

The sixth Beatitude is when Jesus says, "Blessed be the pure in heart, for they will see God." Last Sunday we spoke a great deal about what we mean by "heart" both physically and as a symbol. Then the discussion turned to looking at things that are pure, followed by ways we can see God. All ages are invited to join us each week for Zoom Sunday School. The next Beatitude we will explore is, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." We live in a world where we need peacemakers as much as ever so we encourage you to add your voice to the discussion.

The Zoom details are -
9:30 AM Sundays
or call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 977 8051 9998
Password: jesus (lowercase)
Food Collection

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we will be collecting bags of this holiday's foodstuffs for our neighbors on Highland Avenue again this year. Our goal will be to provide 40 bags of dinner fixings to complement turkeys which have been donated. Please fill one (or more) reusable bag with the following items:
  • 1 box of instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 box of stuffing mix
  • 2 jars of turkey gravy
  • 1 can of cranberry sauce
  • 2 cans of low sodium green beans
  • 2 cans of fruit cocktail or 1 large jar of applesauce
  • 1 box of corn muffin or biscuit mix
  • 1 box of brownie mix
If you are unable to shop and want to participate, financial contributions will be gratefully accepted. The value of each bag is approximately $20.00. Please send your donation to the church and put Thanksgiving Bags on the memo line. All bags should be dropped off at the church by Sunday, November 22nd for delivery to Highland before Thanksgiving. Please contact Pam Faber if you have questions or need to arrange a pick up of your bag(s).
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.
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

The Thursday Bible Discussion group continues to explore the Psalms. Join us this coming week to talk about what the Psalmists might mean when they say, "Sweeter than Honey." Each week stands alone, and all are welcome. Zoom in any Thursday at 1:00 PM. Contact Deb Parker if you have questions or technical issues.

The Zoom details are:
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Password: jesus (lowercase)
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
SMC & CCI Leadership

There will be joint and separate Vestry meetings on Thursday, November 19th. Please reach out to Pastor Veronika or any Vestry member if you have suggestions questions, or concerns about church operations.
SMC's VESTRY: Sandy Reinhardt, Fran Pettit, Al Murphy, Carisa Gring, Abby Thomas, McLeod Gwynette, David DeWitt
Weekday Visitors Welcome

For people who 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 a 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.
On All Souls Day, November 2nd, 19 parishioners of all ages joined Pastor Veronika to discuss the Disney movie "Coco". We shared favorite parts from the movie as well as talked about our own families. All Souls Day is the commemoration of the faithful departed, and we related that to "Dia de los Muertos."
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!
A Heartfelt Thanks!

“I want to express my appreciation for my time at St. Martin’s. Your warm welcome and acceptance over the past year made my stay with you a memorable one for me. The Coffee Hour with its generous gifts was a delight on a beautiful day. Your support and generosity over an unusual period eased a challenging time. Again, my thanks to the Wardens, Vestry and congregation of St. Martin’s Parish."
Faithfully, Fr. David Laquintano
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.

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16
Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13