St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
November 13, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
This Week's Schedule

Friday, November 13
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time

Saturday, November 14
11:00am Q&A Zoom with Bishop Gutierrez

Sunday, November 15
  • 8:30am* SMC Rite II Indoor Service
  • 9:30am Zoom Sunday School-email Deb Parker for details
  • 10:30am* CCI Indoor Service-Live Stream**

Monday, November 16
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time

Tuesday, November 17
4:30pm Beginner/Chair Yoga-ZOOM
6:00pm All-Levels Yoga-ZOOM
NEW TIME - 6:30pm Evening Prayer-ZOOM

Wednesday, November 18
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time
12:00pm Noonday Prayer-ZOOM

Thursday, November 19
1:00pm Bible Study-ZOOM
7:00pm Joint Vestry Meeting-ZOOM

*Register by noon on Fridays.
**After the 10:30am service hour, the Live Streamed video is available to view anytime.
Prayer, Conversation & Tater Tots

Save the date for tomorrow, 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 and 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
Food Collection

We will be collecting Thanksgiving bags of 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(s) 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).
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
Thank you Pastor Veronika and the St. Martin's representatives for attending this virtual event to keep us all informed - McLeod Gwynette, Steve and Deb Parker.
The 2020 Convention

Diocesan Convention this year was virtual, and was amazingly successful in this era of COVID. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry provided an impassioned speech for healing and the way of love ( and we strongly recommend listening to his words that will benefit all of us. If you wish to see the PowerPoint budget presentation and learn about what the Diocese is doing to support congregations during COVID, please visit, St. Martin's is one of more than 50 parishes benefiting from having a Zoom business account at no cost to the church. Notably, the budget committee agreed with the bishop’s request to ask each member parish to try to repeat in 2021 the financial commitment they made for 2020. This LiveBinder Link provides you with all the financial details as well as election results -
Reflect on Giving

The 2021 Stewardship season has begun! Now is the time to reflect, get inspired, and commit to sharing the abundance we receive from God. Please take advantage of this time to consider how you can best support St. Martin's Church and the world beyond our walls.

You should receive a letter and pledge card by midweek. If not, contact Maggie in the main office to ensure your record is up to date. These documents are also available by clicking here.
COVID-19 Best Practices

Those who visit on Sunday for onsite worship will notice a few changes regarding COVID-19 safety practices.
  • The piano has been 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 may be chilly. 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 seventh Beatitude is when Jesus says, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." This week we will wrestle with what that might mean! Our children see how people treat each other in school, during sporting events, or other activities—and sometimes it isn't nice. Jesus teaches us another way. A way of love.

Last week, in addition to talking about peace and peacemakers, we heard from Pastor Veronika. The Beatitudes are part of the Sermon on the Mount and she has a video that explains what it means to preach a sermon. We learned about the pulpit, for example. If you would like to hear her telling us more about what we experience each Sunday after the Gospel reading, please visit

All ages are invited to join us each week for Zoom Sunday School. We welcome children, teens, and adults from other churches or who may not have a church home but would like to be part of our Sunday School community. Please let Ms Deb know if you have questions or if there is someone you would like to have us email or call.

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

The Thursday Bible Discussion group continues to explore the Psalms. In some ways, the Beatitude the children are going to be discussing intersects with C.S. Lewis' description of "connivance." We have to ask ourselves how we behave in the presence of "very bad people." Lewis modifies his statement by saying, "very bad people who are powerful, prosperous, and impenitent." See what the Psalms say on this topic (and here is a is quite a bit.) Join us next Thursday to talk about what the Psalmists might mean. Each week the discussion stands alone, and all are welcome. We share a Psalm or two, discuss it, and may reflect on art in the Christian tradition that relates to our conversation. 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)
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Zephaniah 1:7,12-18
Psalm 90:1-8, 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30