St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
January 24, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday

God's love knows no "human labels" of segregation. Life is about living love without barriers. Let us follow God's example of being steadfast in loving all of humanity.

Gracious and loving God, may we embrace your vision of peace and harmony for the world; a world where brokenness is healed and people reconciled; where burdens are lifted and life restored; where prejudice and hatred give way to inclusiveness and valuing one another as children of God. Help us to live into your vision; in Jesus' name. Amen.

NOTE: While Fr. Chris is on sabbatical, only one service, 10:00 AM, will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of January, February, and March. The Rev. David Laquintano will be our celebrant for most of those Sundays-the next one being this Sunday. 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

Thursday, January 24
7:00pm Vestry Meeting

Friday, January 25
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, January 27
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School and Nursery
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, January 29
9:30am Makin' Music

Wednesday, January 30
9:30am Makin' Music
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
7:00pm Good Works Meeting
7:00pm Bible Study @ CCI
The Highland Hamper

We continue to collect non-perishable food items for our neighbors on Highland Avenue. This week we will concentrate on canned meats (tuna, chicken & everyone's favorite SPAM!), but please also check the sales while you are shopping because we need everything - vegetables, soup, peanut butter, jelly, "one box" prepared meals, etc. The Hamper is located in The Gurley Room. Thank you in advance for your support.
Sunday School
Soup Jar Assembly and LEGO Creation

Souper Bowl Sunday is coming soon! This Sunday children will learn more about helping others who don’t have enough to eat, as we assemble jars with soup ingredients. The children will then sell soup jars after services at both St. Martin's and Christ Church on February 3rd.

After jar assembly we will continue with our Bible interpretations using Legos. Please bring your Sunday School-aged children and youth (3 and older) to join us 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. Please contact Ms. Deb if you have suggestions or questions.
Souper Bowl
Be a Champion over Hunger!

Super Bowl Sunday is not only a day to enjoy a football championship game, but it's also a day when anyone can be a "hunger-fighting" champion by contributing to the Souper Bowl. The youth of St. Martin's and Christ Church will once again be selling soup mixes to benefit the Great Valley and Ardmore Food Cupboards. Purchases may be made on February 3rd before or after the church services and during the Chili Cook-Off event in Bolingbroke.
Chili Cook-Off
Bring your appetite!

The 21st Annual Chili Cook-off will happen this year as always after the 10 AM service at Bolingbroke on February 3rd. It's the perfect prelude to the Super Bowl Game later that day.

Contestants and attendees can sign-up in the Gurley Room. In addition to a list of the entrants, the sign-up sheet provides space for donations of beverages, salads, bread, desserts, etc.

First, second, and third place winners will be determined by vote of the Cook-Off attendees by secret ballot, and incredible prizes will be awarded!

Please Note: Due to the space needed for the Cook-Off in Bolingbroke, both the 8 and 10 AM services will be held in church.
Bible Study
Read. Discuss. Reflect.

On Wednesdays in January, the Parallel Gospel Bible Study continues at Christ Church, Ithan. All adults, newcomers as well as previous participants, are welcome. Books are provided. The discussion starts at 7pm in the parish hall. For more information contact Deb Parker.
All Levels Yoga Class
Breathe, stretch, and destress!

The next St. Martin’s yoga class will be February 5th 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 Service
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. There will be a different topic for the 2nd & 4th Wednesday get-togethers that are from 6:00-7:00 PM. All are welcome, so bring a friend to share, learn, and enjoy! A light dinner will be provided. Ample parking is available in the nearby Santander Bank lot.
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.

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21

Lost and Found
Last Call!

Missing Something? It might be in St. Martin's Lost and Found collection. Items are as follows: Ladies wire-frame glasses, Men's XXL brown cardigan sweater, reuseable travel mugs, a plush baby ball toy, a gray Yankees baseball cap, an Italia baseball cap, a navy NY Times umbrella, a navy compact umbrella, a thinsulated handbag, a 6-month white baby outfit, a 12V power supply cord, Women's gray 8.5 Nike sneakers, a Grumpy coffee mug, 2 mirrored sconces, Women's 7.5 wool-lined leather gloves, pink knit gloves, a small silver rose wristlet clutch, a black canvas brief case, black fur-cuffed fingerless gloves, a wooden cross necklace, and a brown beaded knot bracelet.

These items will be on display this Sunday. Articles not claimed by January 31st will be donated to a local non-profit organization.
Local Parish Event
FBI Security Session

On Thursday, January 31st, St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh will host a session on security. All are welcome to MacColl Auditorium, Bethlehem Pike & Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, at 2:00 PM. Learn from a FBI Agent who specializes in fraud detection. Note-taking is encouraged! RSVP to Emily Given at 215-233-3970 x126 or Click here for more details.