St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
October 8, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday

But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he was speechless.
Matthew 22:11-12

REFLECT: The story of the wedding feast that Jesus tells in Matthew 22:1-14 makes no sense. Why would anyone refuse an invitation to the king's party? And once there, why not just put on the wedding robe and join in the joy? The robe that symbolizes God's eternal claim in baptism that covers up hesitation, shame, fear, and guilt. What would the world look like if everyone put on that robe every single day?
In this “difficult-to-read” parable, it is helpful to know that the wedding robes were provided to the guests. How about you? Have there been times and places and ways when you have refused an invitation, or after arriving you still refused to put on the wedding robe? In relating to this story that makes no sense, why would anyone refuse? Can you hear the king pleading for you to just let all the rest go and come to the banquet and put on the robe?

PRAY: Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out life with such abundance that death cannot claim the triumph over your universe. Call us again to your banquet where we may receive your holy food, and strengthened by what is honorable, just, and pure, be transformed into a people of righteousness and peace. Amen.
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, October 8
1:00pm Bible Study-ZOOM

Saturday, October 10
10:30am Private Memorial Service
4:00pm Bolingbroke: Wedding

Sunday, October 11
8:30am* CCI Outdoor Spoken Service (weather permitting)-The Rev. David Laquintano
10:00am* SMC Indoor Service-The Rev. Veronika Travis; CCI Indoor Service-The Rev. David Laquintano-Live Stream**
10:00am Zoom Sunday School-email Deb Parker for details

Tuesday, October 13
4:30pm Beginner/Chair Yoga Zoom Class-Rev. Amanda
6:00pm All-Levels Yoga Zoom Class-Rev. Amanda

Wednesday, October 14
10:00am Staff Meeting
12:00pm Noonday Prayer-ZOOM

Thursday, October 15
1:00pm Bible Study-ZOOM

*Registration is helpful by noon on Fridays.
For SMC services: email or call the office at 610-688-4830
For CCI services: email or call the office at 610-688-1110.
**After the 10:00am service hour, the Live Steamed video is available to view anytime.
Service Times
Upcoming Changes

Given the current in-person attendance and the coming winter weather, the wardens, vestries and Pastor Veronika have decided that indoor Sunday services will be offered on the following schedule between November 1, 2020 and February 14th 2021 (All Saints’ Day to the Last Sunday after the Epiphany):

  • 8:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with music at St. Martin’s Church
  • 9:30 am: Sunday School continues on Zoom
  • 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with music at Christ Church Ithan (live-streamed online)

For more details, please view the Pastoral letter by clicking here.
St. Francis Service & Pet Blessing
A Beautiful Day for Prayer and Pets

Thanks to Pastor Veronika and everyone who attended for the blessing of the animals. We had 18 humans and an even greater number of pets either in person or represented with pictures. It was a beautiful Fall day to recognize the compassion of St. Francis.
Bible Study
Bible Discussion: The Book of Psalms

Cursing in the Psalms continues to be our focus in the weekly Thursday Bible Discussion. Cruising is a way to stand up to God's enemies and also call on God to be involved. We not only will be reading examples from Psalms, but also looking at Christian Art relating to the text. Join us Thursday for our discussion. Invite friends or family because the Bible Discussion is open to anyone interested.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Bible Discussion will take a one week break with no session on October 15th. Exploration of the Psalms will resume on October 22 at 1 pm when we will discuss the meaning of Psalms like "The Lord is my shepherd..." This is often read at funerals and is one of the many psalms making reference to death.

Each week stands alone. Zoom in any Thursday at 1:00 PM (details below). Contact Deb Parker if you have questions or would like to test Zoom. Note: We now have to use a password. It is jesus (all lower case).

Here are the Zoom details:
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Password: jesus (lowercase)
Selfie Directory
Some Digital Fun!

Wouldn't it be nice to have a pictorial directory to help Pastor Veronika match faces with names? Since the distancing is the COVID norm, let's create a Selfie Directory virtually! Please take a cell phone selfie with a big smile and fun background and then submit it to Maggie at by October 19th with SELFIE DIRECTORY in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email address.That way, we'll be able to update our records while making a creative directory. When complete, a copy will be emailed in return. Say cheese!
Sunday School
The Beatitudes

We live in a time where with COVID we have been missing family and friends who are not able to visit in person. That makes many of us sad. The Beatitude we discussed last Sunday was the one where Jesus says, "Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted." Mourning includes sadness. Our conversation started by looking back at the flight from Egypt, where Moses led the enslaved people toward the promised land. The people had been sad to be slaves. But following Moses, who was doing God's work, also included enormous challenges! The promise is that God was with them to comfort them, and is with us now. Each of us who follow Jesus can also be a comfort to other people.

The third Beatitude will be the focus this week, on October 11. "Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth." Many of us have heard that one at some point, but maybe you haven't given much thought to who the meek are. What might God's promise mean when Jesus says, "they shall inherit the earth." Join us Sunday morning to be part of the lively conversation with our children and teens.

Sunday School is for all ages. Adults are welcome! It begins at 10:00 am each Sunday on Zoom (details below). We always review our plans at the beginning of each session so join us any week if you would like to participate or know other family members who might be interested. Note: We now have to use a password. It is jesus (all lower case). If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Deb Parker by emailing

Here are the Zoom details:
10:00 AM Sundays
or call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 977 8051 9998
Password: jesus (lowercase)
Contacting Our Rector
Stay in Touch

Please take note of the various ways to communicate with Pastor Veronika -
Office Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM or by appointment
Cell Phone: 610-596-1489, voice and text
Diocesan Ordinations
Religious Leadership News

An important way for our churches to connect to the wider church is to pray for ordinands and to be present if possible for the services

DioPA Events
Free Flu Clinics

The Diocese has organized free flu clinics for people to come get their flu shots. No fee. Insurance cards and photo IDs are required. Anyone 3 years old or older is welcome; if you are bringing an infant for a flu shot please contact Here is the full schedule:

  • 10/8: St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church Blue Bell,10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 10/9: St. Luke's Episcopal Church Germantown, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
  • 10/15: St. Thomas' Episcopal Church Whitemarsh, 2:00-4:00 PM
  • 10/16: All Saints' Episcopal Church Torresdale, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14