THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
February 19, 2021
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Dear Friends in Christ,
 
When listening to my recent sermons, you might have noticed that I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships and spiritual friendships. Currently, we find ourselves struggling to connect with each other in many ways. I lament with you our physical and emotional separation. I write to encourage you to bond in any way you can by taking advantage of the many activities our two churches offer. In addition to the regular pastoral messages and recorded videos, there are other ways to connect to your churches even during the pandemic.

We are about to begin our Lenten pilgrimage with an Ash Wednesday live-streamed liturgy. On this upcoming first Sunday in Lent, February 21st, I invite you to join me at 12:00 noon for a Zoom coffee-hour (link below). It is an opportunity to check in with each other and to discuss journeying with Jesus and keeping a Holy Lent at home.

Here are other opportunities for fellowship, worship, and connection during the season of Lent:
 
  • Journeying with Jesus: Keeping a Holy Lent at Home-Zoom coffee hour with Pastor Veronika on February 21st at 12:00 noon: https://zoom.us/j/99447847506?pwd=b2x5YmVGc1o3Mk5mWVRYUnVSK3NTQT09
  • A joint church Zoom Book Club is starting on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM. Contact the organizers for more details - Nancy Breitling and Dave DeWitt.
  • The joint formation committees of Christ Church and St. Martin's will host the Lent speaker and discussion series: Reconciliation: Journeys Inward and Outward in Mission on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. We will send a Zoom meeting reminder to the parish each week on Tuesday, but the zoom link here will not change: https://zoom.us/j/92053623258?pwd=OVRsbDRjcVB4a1p5QmpYc2dDSDhmdz09, or call: 1-646-558-8656, Meeting ID: 920 5362 3258, Passcode: 411685.
  • The Diocese is hosting a Bible Study with Ruby Sales on 6 Wednesdays beginning February 24th at 12:30 PM. Register for this on the diocesan web site here.
  • Deb Parker will offer a small group discussion of the Living Compass resource “Listening with all Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind” on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM beginning February 23rd. If you would like to participate in a small group to use this resource, but cannot make it on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM, contact Deb or Pastor Veronika for help setting up a group at another time.
  • Zoom Evening Prayer continues at 5:30 PM on Fridays and Zoom Noonday Prayer continues at 12:00 PM on Wednesdays with Pastor Veronika. We do a short check-in with each other at the beginning of each of these prayer times.

As we walk through this season of Lent, it is okay to lament that we are still in the pandemic and facing restrictions. We can also find joy in the Spring that is coming and the ways we can be together. As many of us get vaccinated, I will be able to make more in-person home visits or outdoor visits as the weather warms. I am always here for you. Arrangements can be made through my pastoral care direct phone number where you can call, text, or leave a message: 610-596-1589. You can also email me at veronika@stmartinsradnor.org, or at rector@christchurchithan.org. Unless it is Monday, you should hear from me within 12 hours of emailing. On Mondays I do respond to pastoral emergencies, but I do not check my email as often. Beloved ones, reach out to each other and to me. We all need encouragement in this final bit of our time apart.
 
In the peace of Christ,
The Rev. Veronika Travis
CALENDAR
This Week's Schedule

Friday, February 19
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time
5:30pm Evening Prayer-ZOOM

Sunday, February 21
9:30am Sunday School for All-ZOOM
10:30am CCI: ONLINE Holy Eucharist. No congregation, (live stream)
12:00pm Coffee Hour with Pastor Veronika-ZOOM

Monday, February 22
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time

Tuesday, February 23
1:00pm Bible Discussion-ZOOM
7:00pm Book Club-Zoom. Email Nancy Breitling or Dave DeWitt for details.

Wednesday, February 24
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time
12:00pm Noonday Prayer-ZOOM
7:00pm Joint Vestry Meeting

Friday, February 26
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time
5:30pm Evening Prayer-ZOOM
MUSIC NEWS
Favorite Hymns Series

St. Martin's Music Director Emily Barth and Soloist Derek Anthony Wilson are excited to continue the success of their "Anthem Series" with a "Favorite Hymns" Series! Which hymns have you missed singing this last year? Submit them to Emily at music@stmartinsradnor.org by February 28, and they'll be included in the new series! If you need ideas, visit "Popular Texts" on Hymnary.org, or search "Hymnal 1982" on the same site and scroll through the titles. We welcome hymns from all church traditions!
LENTEN OUTREACH
Soup Cook

Our annual Lenten soup cooking program for The Great Valley Food Cupboard is underway! While we are unable to have our usual group cooking this year, we are counting on all you individual cooks. Sign up using this link to Sign Up Genius https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094FAFAD2CAB9-lenten for the week or weeks that you would like to prepare quart containers of homemade soup. Containers and instructions will be available at both St. Martin's and Christ Church. A typical pot of soup usually yields between 4-5 quarts. Label the containers with the type of soup and return them to either church. If you have questions, please contact Pam Faber.
THE COOK-BOOKLET
The Final Days for the Souper Bowl Fundraiser

Both SMC and CCI continue to collect donations and distribute copies of the cook-booklet through Sunday, February 21st. Funds will benefit the Ardmore and Great Valley Food Pantries. Here's how you can participate—
  • Hand deliver your check or cash donation and pick up your booklet(s) during office hours (SMC: Mondays & Fridays, 9am-3pm; Wednesdays, 9am-12:30pm - CCI: Mondays-Fridays 9am-1pm). If contributing by check, please be sure to write "food" on the memo line.
  • Mail a check to St. Martin's Church, 400 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087 and a booklet(s) will be mailed to you or a designated recipient.
  • Use the Donate Today button on the St. Martin's website home page. It will direct you to PayPal where you can enter an amount with a note. On the note line, enter "food" with a name and mailing address.
Our two local food pantries, as well as our children, appreciate your support so we thank you in advance for your generosity.
ZOOM SUNDAY SCHOOL
First Sunday in Lent

We hope you had a festive Mardi Gras on Tuesday. Lent began on Ash Wednesday so this Sunday we will talk about the change in season as part of Zoom Sunday School. Notice the colors in the church change from green to purple. It means we will also look more closely at how our parishes observe Lent. Lent is a time for reflection and getting down to basics, so we will look at the worship service through this Lenten lens. Perhaps you have Lenten practices that you wish to share with younger family members. All of this is to prepare us for a joyful Easter. You are invited to watch or join our discussions because Zoom Sunday School is open for all ages. We begin at 9:30 am each Sunday.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 977 8051 9998
Passcode: jesus
LENT IS HERE!
Lent Activity Brown Bags & Social Media

It is not too late. Lent is a season. You are invited to stop by either church to pick up a bag for you and your family's Lenten practices, or you can contact Deb Parker at 740-272-6901 or stmartinsradnor@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements. In addition to the brown bags with items to take home, suggestions for Lenten practices will be added to the private Facebook group pages for both St. Martin's Family and St. Martin's Radnor and Christ Church Ithan. Not a member? Go to one of those pages and click on the "Join Group" button. Join us as we observe a Holy Lent and continue to grow in community.
BIBLE DISCUSSION
New Day, Same Time

We will be using the "Living Well Through Lent" booklet as the basis for our Bible Discussion. This is open to all members of St. Martin's and Christ Church, and to friends or family as well. We will be listening with all our hearts, souls, strength, and minds. The books are provided at no cost, and we can also share a PDF version.

Starting February 23, the discussion group will begin meeting on Tuesdays (and no longer meet on Thursdays.) The time will continue to be at 1pm on Zoom. If this day and time is not convenient for you, please contact Deb Parker because other discussion groups, using the same guide, may be a better fit with your schedule.

Join Zoom Meeting
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Passcode: jesus
ZOOM BOOK CLUB
Read. Discuss. Learn.

SMC and CCI are starting a Zoom Book Club! The first meeting will be on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM. We will discuss When Truth Is All You Have: A Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted by Jim McCloskey and Philip Lerman. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Nancy Breitling at nanbreit@verizon.net or 484-580-8268. David DeWitt will send out the Zoom details closer to the date.

It was Jim McCloskey's chaplain assignment at the Trenton State Prison that set him on the path to establish Centurion Ministries, a group devoted to overturning wrongful convictions. The book chronicles stories of faith, doubt, failure, and triumph. An interview detailing his story can be heard on the NPR program Fresh Air.
COVENANT LENTEN SERIES
Inward and Outward Journeys in Mission

The joint Worship/Formation Committee of St. Martin's and Christ Church invites all adults and teens to join us for the Lenten series Wednesday evenings beginning on March 3. Please save the following dates and times for: Inward and Outward Journeys in Mission -
> Wednesdays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24
> ZOOM from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Each week we will worship together and hear a presentation on the spiritual and practical aspects of mission and outreach. We will begin with our baptism and the mission of the Church and continue exploring local, regional, and global outreach and reconciliation.

Join Zoom Meeting
or call: 1-646-558-8656, Meeting ID: 920 5362 3258, Passcode: 411685
LIVING WELL GROUPS
Experience Lent Together

Small groups are forming for self-led discussion based on the Living Compass devotional titled, "Living Well Through Lent 2021: Listening with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind". The materials include a booklet with daily readings and reflections, a study guide, free enrollment for daily readings and emails, access to the private Facebook discussion group, and more. Suggested meeting times are:
  • weekday mornings
  • weekday evenings
  • weekend (Sat or Sun.) afternoons

If interested in participating or knowing more about this program, please call, text or email
JOINT VESTRY NEWS
SMC & CCI Leadership

The next joint and separate Vestry meetings will be on Wednesday, February 24th. 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
DIOCESAN LENTEN BIBLE STUDY
Bread for the Journey
A Lenten Bible Study with Ruby Sales

Freedom Movement activist, public theologian, and teacher Ruby Sales leads us in a 6-week Lenten Bible study with a focus on justice, history, legacy, and community. An early leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from the time she was a teenager, Sales has a lifetime of groundbreaking work on civil and human rights, as well as nonviolent social change and community formation. Study, discuss, and learn in this online course that runs from 12:30 PM–1:30 PM on Wednesdays, February 24 through March 31. For more details and to register, please click here.
COMMUNITY EVENT
Beating Guns: A Lenten Study with Courtenay Willcox, MDiv.

How do we best love God and love neighbor even as we are faced with the very real issues of gun violence? Congregants and friends of Radnor and Wayne churches are invited to join a 5-week Lenten Study on Beating Guns, a book by Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin. Zoom sessions are on Sundays from 7:00-8:00 PM starting February 21 through March 21. The study is facilitated by Courtenay Willcox, MDiv. She is a graduate of United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia (2018), a member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (BMPC), and a candidate certified ready to receive a call in the PC (USA). If you have questions or would like to register, please contact Courtenay at 610-506-1708 or mcwillcox@gmail.com.
THE LECTIONARY
Sunday's Reading can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15