St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
March 7, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Living in Lent!

Transform yourself this Lent! The clergy of the Merion Deanery have produced "The Power of Darkness" - Reading the Passion according to Luke devotional. This version of The Passion is segmented with reflection and prayer submitted by Deanery priests. Daily updates can be found at, or you can download a PDF copy by clicking here. Enrich your life and share with others!
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 8
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, March 10 - LENT 1
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School and Nursery
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, March 12
9:30am Makin' Music

Wednesday, March 13
9:30am Makin' Music
10:00am Staff Meeting
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
6:00pm Lenten Dinner Worship (Bolingbroke)
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
No evening Bible Study during Lent. The sessions will resume the Wednesday after Easter, 4/24.
Joint Church Update
Combined Meeting Report

The two vestries met on Thursday, February 21st in Bolingbroke. The meeting began with a shared Scripture passage and opening prayer. January financial reports were shared electronically before the meeting. An opportunity was given for vestry members to ask questions about the reports. The focus of the meeting was the formation of a profile committee and the setting of a timeline for the work of the profile committee and eventual search for a Rector to serve both churches. Read more...
Sunday School
Learning about Lent

Sunday is the first one in Lent. We continue to share Bible stories of Jesus’ love starting at 9:30 a.m. in the large Sunday School room. A step by step Lent map will help us follow this holy season that began on Ash Wednesday. Children and youth resume creating new interpretations of New Testament stories using Legos, too.

The nursery will also start at 9:30. Please contact Ms. Deb if you have any questions.
Lenten News
Be a Change Agent

The Wednesday Lenten Worship Services and Dinners begin on March 13th at 6:00 PM in Bolingbroke. The topic is Prison Ministry; the food theme is soups; and the presenter is The Rev. Chris Kimmenez of Healing Communities USA. St. Martin’s and Christ Church will alternate as hosts. 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!
Lent Outreach
Soup Cook

We will once again prepare homemade soup for the clients of The Great Valley Food Cupboard during Lent. Please join us for a cooking session at Bolingbroke on Saturday, March 16th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. If you can't make it or would prefer to cook individually at home, sign up in the Gurley Room. Containers and instructions will be provided. Cupboard clients are already asking "Will there be soup this year?", let's respond with a resounding YES! If you have any questions, please contact Pam Faber.
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.
Multimedia Presentation

About 50 people heard Vincent Dixon speak at St. David's in Wayne this past Sunday, March 3rd. Thanks to him and to everyone who attended. The gallery exhibit remains open through Sunday, March 31.
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”. There is also demand for sleeping bags and sneakers. Any questions, please see Dennis Bingham. Thank you for your generosity!
Other News
Deacon Approval!

The Diocesan Standing Committee has approved Dennis Bingham’s reception as a deacon of the Episcopal Church. Dennis is expected to be received during the diaconal ordination service, Saturday June 8th 2019 at the Philadelphia Cathedral. Congratulations Dennis!
Transfiguration Sunday
That's a Wrap

Thank you to St. Martin's young ones for rolling up the "A's" for Lent. We hope everyone enjoyed the breakfast and services in Bolingbroke!
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13