THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
March 26, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Sunday

Lazarus is raised from the dead - John 11:1-45

REFLECT: Sometimes God uses adversity to allow the Holy Spirit to work in ways to bring people closer to God. Jesus uses Lazarus’ illness and death in a similar manner. The resurrection of Lazarus clearly prefigures that of Jesus Himself. His Passion in Jerusalem is now very close, and Jesus needs to give one final demonstration of the power of God through Jesus, not for His own sake … but for the sake of His disciples.

Jesus reminds us that the hoarding of possessions, pleasure, and power leaves us mired in spiritual poverty far greater than the temporal poverty of the villagers of Bethany in those days. We only have to recognize that poverty, that spiritual death, and ask Jesus to raise us from it so that we may have eternal life with the Holy Spirit. Jesus calls to all of us by name, “Come forth!” Will we shake off our shrouds and walk into the light?

PRAY: God of all consolation and compassion, your Son comforted the grieving sisters, Martha and Mary; your breath alone brings life to dry bones and weary souls. Pour out your Spirit upon us, that we may face despair and death with the hope of resurrection and faith in the One who called Lazarus forth from the grave. Amen.
Calendar
This Week's Schedule

Sunday, March 29
10:00am Sunday School for all ages via Zoom with Deb Parker

Holy Eucharist Virtual Options
10:30am St. Martin's Church, YouTube Live with Fr. David

9:10am St. David's Church, Radnor (click Live Stream)



Tuesday, March 31
9:30am CANCELLED-Makin' Music
6:30pm CANCELLED-Yoga Class

Wednesday, April 1
9:30am CANCELLED-Makin' Music
10:00am Staff Meeting via Zoom
6:30pm Lenten Service via Zoom
7:00pm CANCELLED-AA Meeting
Sunday's Service
YouTube Live

This Sunday's worship service will be broadcast live (10:30 AM) on St. Martin's YouTube Channel -"St. Martin's Church, Radnor". Afterwards, the recorded version will be available for "anytime" viewing. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtoBfZBQIhKyCmFjxY-hRyg.

Sunday's bulletin will be posted on our website for your convenience to follow along with the worship service. - https://www.stmartinsradnor.org/media/

The Website
Online Updates

Staying connected is of utmost importance while managing our way through this COVID-19 health crisis. For your convenience, a few updates have been made to St. Martin's website to help with communications about prayer services, donatons, and general operations. They include:


Please know that every effort is being made to timely post the ever-changing event statuses and church news. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Lenten Outreach
Soup Ministry Continues

This week we delivered 25 quarts of a variety of soup including chili, chicken noodle and Vegan bean. Special thanks to Linda Alunkal, Pattie Booker, Gale Muir & Deb Parker.

While our church services and activities may have been put on hold, our soup ministry continues because the folks at the food cupboard need us now more than ever. Please use your own best judgement about making soup or contact Pam Faber if you want to talk about it. Containers are provided, and Pam will make individual arrangements for you to pick up containers and/or drop off soup. Soup is delivered early on Tuesday mornings, so all soup donations for a week should be brought to church by Monday. Soup can also be frozen and delivered the following week. As always, thank you for your support.
Sunday School
Virtual Sessions

Our regular Sunday School process of prayer, saying hello, reading from the bible, and chatting about what the bible story might mean is virtually in session! Children and parents, friends and visitors are welcome to meet at 10:00 AM via Zoom (early login starts around 9:30 for participants to get technically settled) .

LINKS:
March 22nd Recording : Topic - Psalm 23
March 29th Zoom Invite (email a request to Ms. Deb): Topic - Oceans relating to the Old Testament

We have enjoyed expanding the number and locations of participants, so please spread the word!
Lent 2020
Our Lenten series continues using Zoom. Recordings are available on YouTube. Please email Deb Parker if you would like the links. The Zoom sessions begin at 6:30 PM. However, Deb will login at 6 to greet participants and to answer questions about the process. An email will go out to both the congregations with the Zoom instructions before the event. You are encouraged to forward the email to friends and family any place in the world because we do not need to limit our attendance to those in the Radnor area. Our Lenten Series is continuing for everyone who is intrigued by hearing from others about how they embrace change.

If you missed the Lenten Series on March 18 you can still watch the video and follow the steps to learn about the prayer practice of Lectio Divina. This can become part of your Lenten discipline.
Supplemental Links:
Holy Week Schedule
Mark Your Calendar

Palm Sunday, April 5
Recorded Holy Eucharist with Fr. David and Fr. Karl

Maundy Thursday, April 9
Recorded Holy Eucharist with Fr. David

Good Friday, April 10
Recorded Stations of the Cross - two versions
1-with Fr. Karl
2-with Deb Parker

Easter, April 12
Recorded Holy Eucharist - two versions
1-with Fr. Karl at CCI
2-with Fr. David at SMC
Joint Vestry News
Cooperative Leadership

The SMC and CCI Vestries met jointly via Zoom on Thursday, March 19th. Topics included the shared rector status, the supply priests' schedules, the Lenten series, financials, outreach, COVID-19 management, and Holy Week. For a full report of the joint meeting, please click here.
SMC's Vestry
Our Leadership

St. Martin's Vestry met via Zoom on Thursday, March 19th, after the joint meeting with CCI. To read news about financials, the clergy, the upcoming church schedule, ministry reports, and new business, please click here.
2020 Census
Be Counted!

April 1st, Census Day 2020, is quickly approaching. By now you should have received a mailing of the census questionnaire. Be sure to get it in the mail soon, or respond online at My2020Census.gov. Responding is a legal requirement and helps the US and local governments make good decisions when allocating funds and resources. The website is secure and responses are kept confidential.
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45