St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
February 21, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday and Everyday!

Sunday's gospel reading contains the "Golden Rule" message, "Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31) Most times, the practice of treating others as we want to be treated is simple. Other times, it's a major challenge. May we appreciate the easy times and accept the times of discord remembering to call on God's guidance to restore harmony. Amen!
NOTE: While Fr. Chris is on sabbatical, only one service, 10:00 AM, will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of February, and March. The Rev. David Laquintano will be our celebrant for most of those Sundays. Early risers on the 2nd and 4th Sundays are welcome to attend the quiet 8:30 AM Rite II service at Christ Church, Ithan.
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, February 21
7:00pm Vestry Meeting

Friday, February 22
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, February 24
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School and Nursery
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, February 26
9:30am Makin' Music

Wednesday, February 27
9:30am Makin' Music
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
6:00pm Upper Room @ The Gryphon Cafe
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
7:00pm Bible Study @ SMC
The Highland Hamper

Highland Avenue has been most appreciative of our food collection efforts. Please continue to donate the basics (veggies, soup, mac 'n cheese, etc) and this week, Feb 24th, we'll collect peanut butter and jelly. As always, thank you so much for your support.
Sunday School
Business As Usual!

As usual, there will be a nice mix of fun and learning with Legos in Sunday School starting at 9:30 a.m. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged. The downstairs nursery for children 2 and younger will be open with Megan starting at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Ms. Deb if you have suggestions or questions.
Clothing Drive
Donation Opportunity!

Spring is coming! Time to go through your closet and thin out your wardrobe. St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norristown is in need of clothing, especially blue jeans and men's pants. Perhaps there are some gently used pairs in your closet that might benefit someone in need. There will be a clothes basket on the first floor of St. Martin's marked “Clothing for St John’s”. Any questions, please see Dennis Bingham. Thank you for your generosity!
Bible Study
Read. Discuss. Reflect.

After February 27th, Bible Study sessions will be replaced with Lenten services starting on March 6th. St. Martin's will have two Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist services at 12:00 and 7:00 PM. Bible Study will resume after Easter on Wednesday, 24th.
Community Gathering
The Upper Room

St. Martin’s Church, Radnor and Christ Church, Ithan host “The Upper Room”, a mid-week conversational gathering for the community at the Gryphon Cafe, 105 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne. Join us on Wednesday, 2/27, from 6:00-7:00 PM. The topic is "Busy! Busy! Busy! How do I make a positive difference in the world?" All are welcome, so bring a friend to share, learn, and enjoy! A light supper will be provided. Ample parking is available in the nearby Santander Bank lot.
Art Exhibit and Forum

A unique exhibit that includes both still and video imagery will open at the St. David's Church, Wayne, Art Gallery this Friday, February 22 and run through Sunday, March 31. Both the plight of and the hope for modern day Christians in Iraq is depicted in the photography of world famous photographer Vincent Dixon. A forum, to which all are welcome, is to be held on Sunday, March 3rd, at 1:00 p.m. and is moderated by Vincent and The Rev. Chris Bishop.
Our SWIC mission team shares the amazing experience of visiting the St. George's School of the Redeemer, Baghdad. Seeing Sunni, Shia and Christian children learning together is an experience to treasure. Hope for the future of Iraq starts here. Thanks to the generosity of donors who helped us raise the money to help with school construction.
Parish Breakfast
Eat and Pray in Bolingbroke!

The Parish Breakfast returns on Sunday, March 3rd in Bolingbroke starting at 8:30 a.m. The 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services, Choir Rehearsal, Sunday School, and the Nursery will also be held in Bolingbroke. Plan your morning all in one location. Come and celebrate the day with food, prayer, and fellowship!
Shrove Tuesday
A Night for Fun!

Join us on Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:00 PM to celebrate Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras with a Potluck Dinner. It's an occasion to enjoy food, fellowship, and fun before the season of Lent begins. Sign up sheets will be in the Gurley room or contact the main office at 610-688-4830 or

Lenten News
Save the Dates

The Wednesday Lenten Worship Services and Dinners begin on March 13th and continue on 4 additional Wednesdays with two in March on 3/20 and 3/27, and two in April on 4/3 and 4/10. The theme is “The Way of Love: Being Change Agents for God” with topics including Prison Ministry, the Poor and Homeless, Food Scarcity, the LGBTQ Community, and Refugees. The locations will alternate between St. Martin’s and Christ Church. The gatherings offer a worship service followed by supper and a different guest speaker and cuisine. Join us for the following:
6:00 - 6:30 Fellowship and conversation. 
6:30 - 7:00 Worship
7:00 - 8:00 Supper and discussion program

Hope to see you there!
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42
1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50
Luke 6:27-38