St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
March 28, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Living in Lent!

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

Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” They kept heaping many other insults on him. - Luke 22:63-65

Lord Jesus, help me not to turn away from you. Help me to stay with the trouble and find you there. Help me to trust in your grace, mercy, and forgiveness, now and in every hour of my life. Abide with me as I abide with you, for it is only by your great mercy that I receive mercy, and it is through your faithfulness alone that I may attain faith. To you be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.

The Reverend James Stambaugh, Holy Apostles’, Penn Wynne

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3/31: 8:00 & 10:00 AM
Holy Eucharist with The Rev. David Laquintano

4/7: 8:00 & 10:00 AM
Holy Eucharist with The Rev. David Laquintano in Bolingbroke

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, March 29
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, March 31
8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School and Nursery
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, April 2
9:30am Makin' Music
6:30pm Yoga Class

Wednesday, April 3
9:30am Makin' Music
10:00am Staff Meeting
6:00pm Lenten Dinner Worship @ CCI
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
Sunday School
Learning about Lent

Children continue to build Lego stories (using a Midrash approach) to interpret Bible stories about Jesus' life and teaching. Eventually, the children will create a collage that they will share with everyone at St. Martin's. Sunday School and nursery will begin at 9:30 a.m. and any adults are welcome to join us as the scenes unfold.

Please contact Ms. Deb if you have any questions.
Lent Outreach
Soup Cook

Homemade soup donations continue to feed patrons of the Great Valley Food Cupboard. Thank you for all the contributions so far. There's still time to make a difference this Lent. Please sign up in the Gurley Room to make soup at home so this ministry will continue. Containers and instructions are provided! If you don't cook, you can still participate by making a financial donation to help offset the expense of soup ingredients. Please contact Pam Faber if you have any questions.
Outreach Opportunities
Make a Difference!

St. John's Church, Norristown and Highland Homes, Wayne continue to need our assistance. Bring your gently used clothing in for St. John's and place in the container in the church foyer, and donate non-perishable food items for the seniors and children living at Highland Homes. Those items can be placed in the hamper in The Gurley Room.

Remember, too, that our collection of white socks for the Joy of Sox organization is an on-going effort. The basket for drop-offs is located in the downstairs lobby of church. Please contact Carlie Hutton if you have any questions about this project. Thanks for your support!

 Never doubt it - we ARE making a difference.
Lenten News
Be a Change Agent

The next Lenten Worship Service and Dinner will be on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 6:00 PM in Ithan Hall. The topic is the LGBTQ Community; the food theme is PA Dutch; and the presenter is Joanne Glusman, a medical social worker. 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!
There was another successful Lenten Service last night. Daisy Rodriguez of Cabrini University's Food Network chapter had a captivated audience as she spoke about food scarcity. It's great that the Lenten speakers are finding tremendous support from both St. Martin's and Christ Church congregations!
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!
Stations of the Cross
A Spiritual Pilgrimage

St. Martin's will again offer the Stations of the Cross this Lent. The first time will be on March 31 after both services, and the second time will be on Good Friday at 11 a.m. before the noon Good Friday worship. The stations will be set up in the church, and the Good Friday walk with Christ will be led prayerfully by Deb Parker. This Lenten observance is open to all ages.
Easter Egg Hunt
Celebrate Spring!

It is not too early to begin thinking about the Resurrection! Each Easter Sunday we have a festive Easter Egg hunt for children of all ages after the worship service during coffee hour. Parishioners, family, and friends are all invited. Each egg represents the empty tomb, and this is a celebration everyone enjoys. We are asking for donations of eggs and candy (no nut products please). If possible, bring eggs already stuffed. Our youth help with this ministry but having some ready to go is also appreciated. A bin will be in the downstairs hall for the donations of eggs and candy. We ask all donations be made by Palm Sunday so we have time to prepare.
Multimedia Presentation

The SWIC photo and video exhibit by Vincent Dixon concludes this Sunday, 3/31, at St. David's in Wayne. If you haven’t already done so, please stop by to appreciate Vincent’s photographic journey in Iraq.
All Levels Yoga Class
Breathe, stretch, and destress!

The next St. Martin’s yoga class will be April 2nd 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!
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 32
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32