MARCH 8, 2024

Anyone who has ever selected a profile photo for social media, or for their Linkedin account, or even for a “Zoom” meeting platform, can relate to wanting to present the best possible image of themselves to make public– one that is recognizable to those who might be looking for us online. That’s essentially the same exercise the Profile Committee has been engaged in over the past few months as we have sought to create the best possible–and recognizable–image of St. Martin’s to make public as we seek a new Rector. The essential charge to the Profile Committee has been to complete the Office for Transition Ministry (OTM) Profile. This is the document released by the OTM that is accessed by potential candidates for Rector. The OTM Profile contains answers to twelve questions about the community of St. Martin’s-in-the-Field. These questions address our liturgical traditions, our ministries and outreach, how we care for each other and the wider world, and what qualities we are seeking in a Rector. The members of the Profile Committee strived to answer these on behalf of all of you–the body of St. Martin’s.

To do this, we relied upon the participation of our fellow parishioners in multiple ‘listening sessions,’ and in a parish-wide survey. We’ve heard from parishioners who have been here for many decades, and those who’ve joined in the past year. We’ve listened to octogenarians as well as teenagers. It has been our task to engage with as many of you as possible to distill your collective thoughts and present a picture of St. Martin’s that is appealing to those who may be seeking to become the new Rector–but also one that is recognizable to ourselves. And while there may be wide ranging thoughts and opinions about specific aspects of St. Martin’s, there was one common theme underlying it all–community. It is in communion with each other that our parishioners are fulfilled and feel engaged in God’s work here on earth.

As we transition to the next phase of the search for a Rector, we can be confident in the strength and consistency of our relationship with each other, which will only be enhanced as we welcome a new shepherd to continue with us on our journey.

~ Elaine Rice Bachmann, Chair, Profile Committee

And with thanks to fellow members: Aaron Carman, Charlie Fitzgerald, Markella Gatanas, Ellen Hays, and Lori Skalitzky


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For Everyone Born: Songs of Justice and Joy

Sunday, March 10, 3:00 p.m. 

The Annapolis Chapter of the AGO invites you a to hymn festival featuring combined choirs from eight area churches, including St. Martin’s. The festival director will be Daniel Aune, Professor of Organ at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and Director of Music and Organist at Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore. HyeSung will also appear as one of the accompanists. A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit the Annapolis Chapter of the AGO and the Light House shelter of Annapolis. The concert will be at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD.


Tuesday Night Lenten Program: Taste and See

Tuesdays, February 20-March 19, 5:30 p.m. (Parish Hall)

Join us each Tuesday in Lent and Holy Week for a simple dinner and an intergenerational program. We will gather to hear the story of Jesus’ experiences in Holy Week using Godly Play, an interactive storytelling format. Following our story, we will reflect on how Jesus’ story impacts our own stories through art, movement, music, and discussion. Volunteers needed to bring soup to share. If you’re willing to help provide dinner, please click here to sign up. For questions contact Rev. Josh.

EYC: Noodle Hockey & More

March 17, 5:30 p.m. (Parish Hall)

Join us for Noodle Hockey (like regular hockey but instead of sticks we’ll play with pool noodles) and marshmallow games. Dinner is included. Meet in Parish Hall. For all youth grades 6th-12th. Friends are welcome. For questions contact Rev. Nathan.

Easter flower Memorials and Dedications

Deadline, March 24

We are accepting sign-ups now for those who wish to dedicate flowers to give glory to God and bring focus to the cross during our Easter service. To make your dedication please use the forms in Sunday’s bulletin or complete our online form. Forms should be submitted by Sunday, March 24.  

VBS Is Back!

Save the date - July 22-26

St. Martin’s is excited to launch Vacation Bible School this year! Open to kids Pre-K through 5th grade. Full day ($75) and half day ($50) options will be available. For details and to register click here. Contact Tabitha Carman.

The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection

Thursdays, February 22-March 21; 12 p.m. (St. Martin’s House) or 7 p.m. (Zoom)

Join us for a Lenten book discussion of The Sign and the Sacrifice: The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection by Rowan Williams. Rowan Williams is one of the greatest living Anglican theologians and a former Archbishop of Canterbury. We’ll explore his short and accessible book on the meaning of the Crucifixion and Easter. Please register here. For questions contact Rev. Nathan.

New Parish Directory Underway

Our Vestry members, Jeannine Mogavero Theoret, Wendy Gatanas and Judy Bonnano, are creating a new parish directory. Please be on the look out for a Sign up Genius to secure your time slot. If you already have a favorite photo, please email it to us with your updated contact information. If you have any questions, email Judy Bonnano.

Easter Baskets for SPAN

You are invited to help donate Easter baskets for SPAN, one of our community outreach partners. Make Easter special for someone in need. Sign up here to donate much needed items for the baskets. Bring your items to Parish hall on March 17 at 9:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to help assemble the baskets. For questions please contact Hanni Goodman. This event is organized by our St. Martin’s Parents’ Group. Thank you for your support!


March Outreach Collection: 

The Way Homes

The Outreach Offering will be on the second Sunday of the month and will go to support the The Way Homes. The Way Homes provides a healthy drug and alcohol-free environment for individuals who have committed to a 12 step program with Jesus Christ as our higher power. Those residing in the home are expected to live and encourage others to live scripturally. If you want to learn more about The Way Homes’ mission visit their website. To donate online click here and put The Way Homes in the memo area.  For details contact Kathy Berge

Prayer for the Victims of Addiction:

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen. 

Get Involved with Winter Shelter

St. Martin’s welcomes men in need to our campus for food, shelter and hospitality. This is a time where parishioners rally to share your time and talents to serve God and help others. Don’t delay, become involved now! Sign ups available in the narthex or sign up on our website. Don’t delay, become involved now! For details contact Kathy Berge

SPAN Opportunities for March

We at St Martin’s supports SPAN's mission, serving our neighbors to help them through a critical or emergency situation with our year round collection. March’s SPAN theme is “Spring Cleaning.” Please donate household cleaning items: soaps, laundry detergents, sanitizing wipes and sprays. Additionally, sanitary items and baby diapers especially in the larger sizes are especially helpful. Of course we’re also happy to collect anything else you’re willing to share. Donations can be dropped in the bins marked “SPAN” in the Narthex. Click here for details about SPAN.

Profile Committee Members: Elaine Bachmann (Chair), Lori Skalitzky, Markella Gatanas, Ellen Hays, Aaron Carman, and Charlie Fitzgerald

Search Committee Members: John Theune (Chair), Sandi Blair, Sam Burdette, Ardath Cade, Greg Church, Rob Fraser, Tim George, Derek Heiss, Porter Hill, Prince Jernigan, Mark Kellogg, Mike Radike, Tony Shaffer, Susan Shingledecker, Amy Tate, Marcia Taylor, and Patti Zielinski 


Sunday School and Youth Programs

Classes Sundays from 9:00-9:45 a.m. (Arrival time 8:45-9:00 a.m.)

Sunday School (K-Grade 5): SMES Art and Science Rooms

Rite-13 (Grade 6-8): Lower Heck Hall

J2A (Grade 9-10): Lower St. Martin’s House

Confirmation Class/YAC (Grade 10-11): St. Martin’s House

Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel happens during the 10:00 a.m. service, from before the reading of the Gospel to the Peace. Children from 3 years old to 2nd grade are invited to experience an age appropriate Liturgy of the Word led by Children’s Chapel adult leaders. Contact Rev. Nathan for details.

Interim Rector’s Bible Study 

Mondays, 11:30 a.m. (St. Martin’s House)

Join Rev. Josh for a weekly drop-in Bible study. Bring your Bible (or borrow one from the Church office) and a brown bag lunch as we study the Gospel of Mark. Contact Rev. Josh

Parents’ Group

Sundays, 9:00 a.m. (Parish Hall) 

Each week we explore different aspects of faith-based parenting and join in fellowship. This group is geared for parents/guardians of school-aged children, but is open to all who wish to attend. Click here for a schedule of events.  Contact Chris and Liz Lucas.

Shepherd Group 

Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. (via Zoom)

Group discussion of the readings for the upcoming Sunday. All adults welcome. For zoom link and details contact Susan Griesmyer.


Our nursery is available from 8:45-11:30 a.m. on Sundays for infants and children ages 3 and under. Located in Parish Hall, see an usher for directions. Contact Rev. Nathan for details.

Bible Challenge Book Study

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. (St. Martin’s House)

The Bible Challenge group will start a 10-week study of the book of James. Join us beginning January 2 on Tuesdays upstairs in St. Martin’s House at 7:00 p.m. The study guide can be purchased through Lamplighters International. Here’s a link. Contact Cindy Neseth, (443) 534-3277.


SMES Scholastic Book Fair

March 13, 3:30-6:30 p.m. 

You are invited to browse and buy books in support of our school. Join SMES teachers and students for snacks, special teacher readings, and fun while you shop! You can also support the school by visiting the Book Fair website.

SMES Gala Tickets Go Live!

Don't miss our School's largest annual fundraising and social event, the Gala & Auction on April 6, 2024 at Chartwell Golf & Country Club! Tickets go fast, get them while you can. Early-bird pricing for individual tickets and reserved tables is available before March 9th! There are many opportunities to help the event become a success. For sponsorship and donation opportunities, click here. Questions? Email Christina Hanson.

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Cabaret Performance & Silent Auction to Benefit SPAN!

Broadway Bonanza is an exuberant and occasionally irreverent salute to a wide array of Broadway and movie musicals. This upbeat “backstage tour” includes a smorgasbord of showtunes hand- picked from more than seven decades of Broadway’s best! Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.) One-hour show plus intermission. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance, click here. 100% of the net proceeds go to support SPAN. Performance held at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field, Parish Hall, 375 Benfield Rd, Severna Park.

Do You Know A Family Who Needs A New Roof?

It’s the 8th annual Landmark Roofing Giveaway with partners GAF and Superior Distribution providing a brand new roof completely free of charge, to a local family in need. The Landmark Team strongly believes in giving back and supporting the community. If you know a local family in need that would benefit from a new roof, you can nominate them anonymously using the contact form below. Give us an idea of who they are and why they need a new roof in your own words. Winner will be selected in the Spring. Submit nominations today!

Your Prayers are Invited...
Prayer is the universal way people of faith stay connected, both with one another and with God. I invite you to pray daily for our parish family, for your own needs, and in thanksgiving for all that God has blessed you with this day.

NEW PRAYERS FOR OUR PARISH FAMILY: Joanne, Emmett, Cynthia, Lois, Olivia, Kate, Rick, Michelle, Jeanne, Philip, Bunny, and Dora.

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF ONGOING AND LONG-TERM PRAYERS: George, Geoffrey, Joe, Bill, Lee, Jax, Sumner, Sarah, Candy, Ellen, Brody, Matt, and Kyle. 

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY:  Jeffrey, Betsy, Kassy, Justin, Abigail, Alison, Tom, Stella, and Matthew.

Let us know if you have a specific prayer request so we can hold you in our daily prayers.
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