THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
February 26, 2021
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
CALENDAR
This Week's Schedule

Friday, February 26
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time
5:30pm Evening Prayer-ZOOM

Sunday, February 28
9:30am Sunday School for All-ZOOM
10:30am CCI: ONLINE Holy Eucharist. No congregation, (live stream)

Monday, March 1
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time

Tuesday, March 2
1:00pm Bible Discussion-ZOOM

Wednesday, March 3
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time
12:00pm Noonday Prayer-ZOOM
7:00pm Lenten Prayer Series-ZOOM

Friday, March 5
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time
5:30pm Evening Prayer-ZOOM
COVID-19 VACCINE
Appointment Scheduling Help

Do you need help getting an appointment to be vaccinated?
Covid-19 vaccine appointments are available for those in Pennsylvania's group 1A. Your Churches have heard that some eligible persons may need help in getting an appointment for a vaccine, or in getting transportation to an appointment. If you are eligible for a vaccination but are having trouble getting an appointment, or need help getting to an appointment, please call Maggie in the main office at 610-688-4830 and we will find a "buddy" to help you. Several people in each church are standing by to help others. If you are not sure whether you are eligible right now, please also reach out to us.
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 Sunday, February 28th, is the last day to submit your requests to Emily at music@stmartinsradnor.org. 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

The first batches of soup were delivered to The Great Valley Food Cupboard on Tuesday. Thank you to Sherrill Rowland and Susan Underwood who were this week's cooks. We still need soup preparers, so 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 are 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.
SOUP BOWL RECAP
Fundraiser Success

Many thanks to all who contributed recipes, time, art, quotes, and most of all money to help our local food pantries. Overall the two churches collected $1,300.60! That is an amazing effort. We also know that we are the role models for our children and teens, who saw first hand generosity sparking even more generosity. They experience how they really can make a positive difference—but that it takes a whole community coming together to follow Christ when he called us to feed the hungry. So again, thank you.
ZOOM SUNDAY SCHOOL
Second Sunday in Lent

Lent is a time for reflection and getting down to basics. Our path through the liturgy continues. We are now looking at the worship service through this Lenten lens. Last week we talked about being on a journey into the wilderness, and also discussed the subject of evil. However, in our fight against evil we also prayed a children's version from part of the Great Litany. One of the wonderful things about the Episcopal Church is how we pray for everyone and everything! So take a moment to read the adult version of the Great Litany on p. 148 in the Book of Common Prayer (https://www.bcponline.org/GreatLitany/Litany.html) as part of your Lenten discipline.

In Sunday School this week we will focus more on Communion, also known as the Eucharist. 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
BIBLE DISCUSSION
Listening to God: A Lenten Journey

We continue 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 and 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. We will be gathering again on Tuesday, March 2, at 1pm. Among our challenges to having conversations with God are all the distractions, so that will be part of what we share. Think about your own distractions, and then join us to be part of the larger conversation.

Each week we view Art in the Christian Tradition as part of our time together, and this week we had a photograph with a quote from the Psalms. Even if you can't meet at 1pm on Tuesdays, you can spend some time listening for God while contemplating an image. Here is the one from February 23rd: https://files.constantcontact.com/97366e93201/e60e9d92-8b6b-4133-827b-c7c06cf4678e.pdf

Join Zoom Meeting
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Passcode: jesus
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Bible Discussion Briefing
If you would like to use the Bible discussion quotes, booklet, and art as part of your own Lenten practices on a day and time of your own choosing, you can click here for the most recent presentation document.
ZOOM BOOK CLUB
Read. Discuss. Learn.

The Joint Book Club held an organizational meeting this past Tuesday, the 23rd. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:30 PM via Zoom. Going forward, the group will meet approximately monthly for one hour on Tuesday evenings.
The book being discussed is 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 would like to participate, please contact Nancy Breitling at nanbreit@verizon.net or 484-580-8268. David DeWitt will send out the Zoom details closer to the next meeting 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
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 on Wednesdays through March 31 from 12:30 PM–1:30 PM. 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 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.
SMC ANNUAL MEETING
Save the Date

Please take note that this year's Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, April 18th. Reports on finances, worship planning, formation, music, outreach, and the capital campaign/property are due by Wednesday, March 31st. Learn what's new. Discuss what's happened. Question where things are going. Engage with each other while being surrounded by the love within this great Church...even if it is remote!
THE LECTIONARY
Sunday's Reading can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38