THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
February 28, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Sunday!

March 3rd is World Mission Sunday - a day to reflect on our Baptismal Covenant to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” (BCP, p. 305), both at home and throughout the world.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, bring the nations into your fold, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Calendar
NOTE: While Fr. Chris is on sabbatical, only one service, 10:00 AM, will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of 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

Friday, March 1
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, March 3
All activities are in Bolingbroke
8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:30am Parish Breakfast
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School and Nursery
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
1:00pm SWIC Exhibit & Forum @ St. David's, Wayne

Tuesday, March 5
9:30am Makin' Music
5:30pm Worship Planning Meeting
6:00pm Mardi Gras

Wednesday, March 6 ASH WEDNESDAY
9:30am Makin' Music
12:00pm Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist Service
7:00pm AA in Bolingbroke
7:00pm Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist Service
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!
Sunday School
Eat, Pray, and Learn!

We are only a week away from Ash Wednesday! Sunday is the last one before Lent and the first day of the new month so Sunday School will begin at about 9:30 a.m. at Bolingbroke (after children have finished breakfast). We will again explore what it means for Christ's light to be in the world because it is Transfiguration Sunday.

Then children and youth of all ages will color the "Alleluia" word. At the end of the 10 a.m. service, the children will roll up the "Alleluia" banner, process out, and store the word for the season of Lent. From Ash Wednesday until the Easter Vigil we don't say the "A" word. Then on Easter Sunday we will joyfully unroll the banner and once again sing "He is risen! Alleluia!"

The nursery will also start at 9:30. Please contact Ms. Deb if you have any questions.
SWIC News
Multimedia Presentation

Sunday, March 3, is World Mission Day!
  • You are invited to St. David's Church on the 3rd (at 763 South Valley Forge Rd., Wayne, PA) for a photography exhibit and presentation.
  • At 12:30 p.m., tour the gallery by the Gift Shop
  • And at 1:00 p.m., Vincent Dixon will share a multimedia presentation from the October mission trip.
Fr. Chris will assist, and you are invited to bring friends who may also be interested in photographic arts or global mission. Please contact Deb Parker if you have questions.
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.
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 in Bolingbroke. 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 admin@stmartinsradnor.org.

Lent Begins!
Ash Wednesday's Schedule

Ashes will be distributed during the 12:00 and 7:00 PM Holy Eucharist services at St. Martin’s on Wednesday, March 6th.
Lent Madness
Saintly Fun!

Want to be inspired by some saintly souls this Lent and have fun along the way? Join with thousands of Christians across denominations who have discovered the joyful online learning community that is Lent Madness. With its unique blend of competition, education, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saints over the generations. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits 32 saints against one another in a single-elimination bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout Lent. Watch for copies of the saintly brackets on the bulletin board in the downstairs hall at St. Martin's, and printed for you to take home. To learn more, visit the Lent Madness website.
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!
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. With the first week starting in Bolingbroke, 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.

Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Luke 9:28-36, 37-43a