St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
January 10, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday

Baptism "...signifies the wiping away of past sins and the rebirth of the individual into a new life." January is named for the Roman god, Janus, who represents doors, doorways, openings, closings, hindsight and foresight. It is the perfect time to celebrate the Baptism of Jesus, to renew vows, and to seize new opportunities for the better. As we reflect on our past and plan for our future, may we remain steadfast in moving beyond ineffective behaviors and moving toward beneficial pathways for ourselves and those around us.

NOTE: Now that Fr. Chris' sabbatical has begun, only one service, 10:00 AM, will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of January, February, and March. Please join us for worship at 10:00 AM this Sunday, 1/13, with The Rev. David Laquintano as our celebrant.
This Week's Schedule

Friday, January 11
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, January 13
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School for all ages
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II,
David Laquintano, Celebrant

Tuesday, January 15
9:30am Makin' Music
3:00pm Global Mission Meeting

Wednesday, January 16
9:30am Makin' Music
12:15pm Morning Prayer
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
7:00pm Bible Study @ CCI
The Highland Hamper

Our collection of non-perishable food items for our neighbors on Highland Avenue has resumed. Please check the sales while you are doing your own grocery shopping and put extra items in your cart for Highland. We need everything - vegetables, soup, peanut butter, jelly, "one box" prepared meals, etc. We will also give a bi-monthly suggestion of what to bring: this Sunday, we will concentrate on pasta and tomato products. The Hamper is located in The Gurley Room. Thank you in advance for your support.
Sunday School
Interpreting Jesus' Life Lego Style

They are back!! Starting this Sunday, January 13th, children will once again interpret scripture using the Lego-type blocks. It is the post-Epiphany season, so we will focus on Jesus--His life, healing, miracles, and parables. We will also begin to create our own parable to share later in the spring with the adults at St. Martin's. Please bring your Sunday School-aged children and youth (3 and older) to join us each week at 9:30 a.m. in the large Sunday School room. Younger children are welcome to join Megan in the nursery, also beginning at 9:30. Adults are invited to participate, however, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. is also a time when parents can have their own reflective time. Please contact Ms. Deb if you have suggestions or questions.
Bible Study
Read. Discuss. Reflect.

On Wednesday, January 16th, the Parallel Gospel Bible Study will begin again at Christ Church, Ithan. All adults, newcomers as well as previous participants, are welcome. Books are provided. The discussion will start at 7pm in the parish hall. For more information contact Deb Parker.
Chili Cook-Off
Save the Date: February 3, 2019

Our annual chili cook-off is fast approaching! Bring out those award winning chili recipes and get ready for a great day of fun & fellowship. Sign-up sheet will be available next Sunday (1/20). 

All Levels Yoga Class
Breathe, stretch, and destress!

The next St. Martin’s yoga class will be January 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy this opportunity to keep your commitment to self-care in 2019 with this mind-body-soul experience!
The Good Book Club
Good News!

The Episcopal Church began a new Bible Study called "The Good Book" club. The readings began January 7, and invite us to read a portion of the Letter of Paul to the Romans each day (except Sundays). Some are reading solo as part of a personal Epiphany spiritual practice, while others are finding another person to call, Facetime, text, email or otherwise read simultaneously. Near or far we can connect to explore the book of Romans. Additional details can be found at the following websites:
Offering Envelopes

Please pick up your 2019 Offering envelopes available in the Gurley Room. If envelopes were inadvertently not assigned to you, please contact the church office at 610-688-4830 or
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22