THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
January 8, 2021
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Dear people of God,

As some of you have told me, it is hard to process what happened when a group of Americans stormed the US Capitol on January 6th. I don't entirely know how to respond personally, and I am hopeful that our political process will allow for healing and accountability in response to our President encouraging an attack on another branch of our Constitutional government. I do know that as people of prayer and people of peace, we can respond first by turning to our God and asking for mercy. Second we can reflect on the character of the people we choose to lead us, and what we expect of them when they fail. Wednesday's events, indeed the events of the past several years cannot be resolved only in the political sense. We must seek a moral response to our failure to be a community that reflects God's love.

If you are struggling with what happened, or are feeling alone for any reason, please reach out to me or to a friend.

Consider reading or watching these encouraging messages from our Bishop Daniel and from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Message from Bishop Gutierrez:

Message from Presiding Bishop Curry:

I preached on the Feast of Epiphany in response to what happened at the Capitol. If you haven't seen it yet, please watch it here:

Please pray for our country, and pray for God's mercy.

In Christ's Peace,
Veronika+
CALENDAR
This Week's Schedule

Friday, January 8
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time

Saturday, January 9
4:00pm-BOL: Wedding

Sunday, January 10
9:30am—Sunday School for All-ZOOM
10:30am—CCI: ONLINE Morning Prayer. No congregation, (live stream)

Monday, January 11
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time

Tuesday, January 12
5:30pm Worship Planning Meeting-ZOOM
Evening Prayer is moving to Fridays at 5:30pm starting on January 15

Wednesday, January 13
10:00am-2:00pm Sanctuary Time
12:00pm Noonday Prayer-ZOOM

Thursday, January 14
1:00pm Bible Discussion-ZOOM
OFFERING ENVELOPES
Ready for Pick-up

2021 offering envelopes are ready for pick-up during office hours - Mondays and Fridays 9am-3pm and Wednesdays 9am-12:30pm. If you are unable to pick up your envelopes, they will be mailed to you. Please contact Pam Faber or the main office to request the mailing option. Thank you!
SMC WEBSITE
New Year & New Design

St. Martin's website has a new look for the new year. It is a work in progress. If there is a feature you would like to see implemented, please contact Maggie in the main office at 610-688-4830 or admin@stmartinsradnor.org. Check it out at StMartinsRadnor.org.
ZOOM SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Season after the Epiphany

One of the goals for the Children's Charter for the Episcopal Church is to "include children and teens as full participants in the Eucharistic community." Central to our being a Eucharistic community is our community worship.

Therefore, starting on January 10th, Zoom Sunday School will be focusing on how we worship together. In particular we will continue to explore the worship service. For example, what are the different parts of the service? When the priest is at the altar after the Peace, what does she do? Why do we sometimes stand, kneel, or sit? Where do the readers go to read parts from the Bible? How is the Bible connected to different parts of the worship service?

Pastor Veronika has already provided videos on the St. Martin's YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtoBfZBQIhKyCmFjxY-hRyg to help us better understand the Blessing and the Sermon. In this season after the Epiphany, other videos will follow. Adults are also encouraged to join us because everyone may have questions. The Q & A portion of the discussion may entice you!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 977 8051 9998
Passcode: jesus
EVENING PRAYER
A New Day and Time

Starting January 15th, join Pastor Veronika on a new night and time for Evening Prayer. Zoom with her on Fridays at 5:30 PM for prayers, readings, and a time for peace. Here are the meeting details:
or Call: 1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 912 1798 5717
BIBLE DISCUSSION
Radical Grace

The Bible Discussion is each Thursday at 1:00 PM on Zoom (meeting details below). During this season after the Epiphany we will use Richard Rohr's booklet to identify scripture passages relating to the Christian understanding of Grace. (No purchase required. All materials are provided.) On January 14th the focus will be on “Contemplation and Compassion." Jesus taught us a great deal about compassion, but so do Old Testament passages from Isaiah and the Psalms. Included in each week's discussion are selections of "Art in the Christian Tradition." Everyone is invited to join us as we respond by sharing our own perspectives.

Join Zoom Meeting
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Passcode: jesus
JOINT VESTRY NEWS
SMC & CCI Leadership

There will be joint and separate Vestry meetings on Thursday, January 21st. Please reach out to Pastor Veronika or any Vestry member if you have suggestions, questions, or concerns about Church operations.

SMC's VESTRY: Sandy Reinhardt, Fran Pettit, Al Murphy, Carisa Gring, Abby Thomas, McLeod Gwynette, David DeWitt
MORE THANKS!
To Our Congregation

From Tom Costello, Chief Sock Person & Founder of The Joy of Sox organization -
"Your continuing support with many bags of socks to the Joy of Sox brings comfort to the men, women, and children experiencing homelessness whom we serve. Thank you so very much!" Read more...
DioPA COVID-19 PRAYER
For Those Affected by COVID-19

Here is a special prayer for all who are suffering from COVID-19 either directly or as a caregiver or family member - Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that they may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE LECTIONARY
Sunday's Reading can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11