St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
February 14, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Happy Valentine's Day!

God of power and might, thank you for the gift of love this Valentine’s Day, and for all the people whose love shines in my life. Continue to fill my heart with Your love and let me share that love with the world this Valentine’s Day and always. Amen.

Read more at Valentines Day Prayers .
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

Friday, February 15
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, February 17
8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite I, with The Rev. John Sosnowski
9:00am Choir Rehearsal with SMC Children
9:30am Nursery
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II with The Rev. John Sosnowski

Tuesday, February 19
9:30am Makin' Music
6:30pm Yoga Class

Wednesday, February 20
9:30am Makin' Music
12:15pm Noon Day Prayer
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
7:00pm Bible Study @ SMC

Thursday, February 21
7:00pm Vestry Meeting
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 17th, we'll collect peanut butter and jelly. As always, thank you so much for your support.
Sunday School
Jesus Loves Me!

This week the children and youth will joyfully sing during the worship service. First, they will rehearse with the adult choir at 9:30 a.m. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged. After music practice they will continue working on their “heart” activity in the chapel until they join families in the pews at the beginning of the service. Fr. John from Christ Church will be celebrating, so the children will have an opportunity to get to know him better. 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.
Food from the Bible
Eating Like Jesus

Last Sunday children and adults taste-tested foods that are mentioned in scripture. Lively conversation debated what foods Jesus may have loved to eat as a child. Grape juice and honey were toward the top of the list! If you missed sampling the foods, handouts are available so you can do your own “Bible Food Sampling” at home.
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.

On Wednesdays in February, the Parallel Gospel Bible Study will be at St. Martin's. All adults, newcomers as well as previous participants are welcome. Books are provided. The discussion starts at 7pm in the large Sunday School room. For more information contact Deb Parker.
All Levels Yoga Class
Breathe, stretch, and destress!

The next St. Martin’s yoga class will be February 19th at 6:30 p.m. Sessions are a mix of spiritual awareness and physical activity. Effort is emphasized over achievement and pose modifications are encouraged to strengthen individual balance. Classes conclude by resting in stillness - the perfect opportunity for a prayer of gratitude. Come and enjoy this mind-body-soul experience!
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 on 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.
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.

Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Luke 6:17-26