THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
April 11, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Living in Lent!

Here are today's scripture passage and prayer from the Merion Deanery devotional -

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. - Luke 23:32-34

Assist us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God of our salvation; that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts whereby thou hast given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Reverend Dr. Sandy McCurdy, Saint David’s, Radnor

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Calendar
UPCOMING SERVICE TIMES
SUNDAYS

4/14 PALM SUNDAY:
8:00 & 10:00 AM
Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Chris Bishop, and The Rev. David Laquintano, Guest Preacher

WEDNESDAYS
The mid-week 12:15 PM services have been suspended during Lent. They will resume after Easter on Wednesday, April 24th.
This Week's Schedule

Friday, April 12
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday
8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School and Nursery
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, April 16
6:30pm Yoga Class

Wednesday, April 17
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church

Thursday, April 18 Maundy Thursday
6:00pm Soup Supper @ CCI
7:00pm Holy Eucharist Rite II @ CCI
Easter Egg Hunt
Celebrate Spring!

Lent is coming to an end, and one of the cherished memories is of the Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday after the 10 a.m. service. Please remember to bring in your eggs with stickers or candy (no nut products please) on Palm Sunday. There is a box on the table by the copy room in the downstairs hall, or give the filled eggs to Ms. Deb. If you did not pick up a bag of empty eggs and would like to buy your own then stuff them, that is greatly appreciated, too.

We welcome family and friends at both the Easter service and the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 21. It is always a very special day.
Sunday School
Learning about Lent

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the children will process with the adults at the beginning of the 10 a.m. worship service. Weather permitting it will be outdoors. At the end of the procession the children and youth will follow Ms. Deb downstairs where we will have our own Passion Story readings. Last week the children voted to make prayer beads for themselves so all the supplies will be ready for us to continue our conversation about ways to pray to God. All are welcome to this special Sunday School session for the last Sunday in Lent. Please contact Ms. Deb if you have questions.
Easter Flowers
Memorial Dedication

Dedicating altar flowers in the name of a loved one for Easter is a simple process. Please call the main office for details—610-688-4830. Names must be received by Monday, 4/15. Thank you in advance for helping to beautify our church for Easter!
The Way of the Cross
Remembering The Passion

Copies of the St. Martin's Way of the Cross are available to take home for self-directed stations of the cross now. On Good Friday, Deb Parker will lead the Stations of the Cross at 11:00 AM. This multi-step devotional will start in the Gurley Room. It is the perfect segue into the 12:00 PM worship service. All are invited for this quiet centering approach to reflect on the suffering and death of our Lord.
Lent Outreach
Soup Update

Our soup donors this week were Gale Muir, Helen Myers, Sherrill Rowland and Abby & Barry Thomas. Thank you to you all. No soup is needed for this week (delivery 4/16), but we will have one more delivery on Tuesday, April 23rd. Please grab some containers and instructions and sign up for the final week. Let's end our Lenten outreach on a high note! If you have any questions, please contact Pam Faber.
Lenten News
Be a Change Agent

Thank you to all the attendees, planners, speakers, food providers, and financial supporters. Hopefully, the Lenten suppers and services sparked incentives for bringing about change to meet the needs of others. Let us make the best of Holy Week!
The 5th and final Lenten Series was held Wednesday night at Bolingbroke. David Broida shared refugee stories, including the tragedy of divided families. He and HIAS build relationships with those coming from many parts of the world after fleeing war or persecution. His accounts included suggestions for how any of us can be change agents.
Bible Study News
Start-Up Date

The Wednesday night Bible Study resumes at 7:00 PM at Christ Church on May 1st. Books are provided and newcomers are welcome. Each week stands alone so all are invited to participate in the conversation whenever it works in your schedules. Please contact Deb Parker if you have questions.
All Levels Yoga Class
Breathe, stretch, and destress!

The next St. Martin’s yoga class will be April 16th at 6:30 p.m in the Gurley Room. Enjoy this opportunity to indulge in some self-care. It's a great mind-body-soul experience!
Clothing Collection
Much Appreciation!

Thanks to all who have generously donated clothing to the St. John Clothes Closet in Norristown. St. Martin’s has been helping over the past 12 weeks. During that time roughly 5,000 articles of clothing have been distributed to those in need. Unfortunately the space used for the closet is scheduled for major renovations and the closet will be closing (temporally we hope). For the time being they will no longer accept donations of clothing.
Diocesan Events
Mark Your Calendar!

Experiencing Homelessness: Collaborative and Understanding Approaches
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Gloria Dei Church
916 S Swanson St, Philadelphia

Mental Health First Aid Training (Youth)
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Training catered towards teens and adults
St. Luke's Church
5421 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

Community Veteran Culture Training/Healing Ceremony
Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7
Starting at 8:00 AM
Cranaleith Spiritual Center
13475 Proctor Rd, Philadelphia

Narcan Training
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
1:00-3:00 PM
St. Martin-in-the-Field Church
8000 St Martins Ln, Philadelphia
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

The Liturgy of the Palms
Luke 19:28-40
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

The Liturgy of the Word
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 23:1-49