THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
December 20, 2018
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Calendar
CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Monday, December 24th
4:00 PM
Holy Eucharist & Pageant
8:00 PM
Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, December 25th
11:00 AM Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 30th
8:00 AM
Rite I Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM
Lessons & Carols
This Week's Schedule

Friday, December 21
10:00am Women's AA @ SMC

Sunday, December 23 ADVENT 4
8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Nursery opens
10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:15am Greening of the Church

Monday, December 24 - CHRISTMAS EVE
4:00pm Christmas Pageant
8:00pm Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, December 25 - CHRISTMAS
11:00am Christmas Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, December 26
No Noon Eucharist
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
No Bible Study
Church Decorating
Deck the Halls!

Decorating the church for Christmas will be on Sunday, December 23rd, following the 10:00 AM service. Lend a hand and join in the fun!
SWIC
Give the Gift of Chickens!

SWIC encourages you to give the gift of chickens and help restore at least part of what Da’esh (ISIS) took away. You can be part of rebuilding the chicken industry one small bird at a time. Make a world of difference—for as little as $5. Gift cards can be found on the SWIC website and in Sunday's bulletin. Donations can be made at www.standwithiraqichristians.org or send check to Stand With Iraqi Christians, 400 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087
Thank you!
Pageant Planning
Take note!

December 23—Advent 4: The only full rehearsal for the pageant is this Sunday. Youth are asked to arrive at 8:30 a.m., and children to arrive at 8:45 to get into costumes. The rehearsal with the Adult Choir will run from 9 a.m. until 9:50. After the rehearsal, all participants will go downstairs to hang up costumes and share their plans for Christmas. This is a time for fellowship and to refocus on Christ at the center of the season.
December 24—Christmas Eve : The pageant will begin at 4 p.m. Youth should arrive at 3:15 p.m. Children are to arrive between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. to get into costumes. Families can take seats up in the pews, leaving room for their children to join them. We will have music warm-up as soon as everyone is in costume. Children will then sit with parents until they are called to the front to take their places for the pageant after the worship service begins.
December 30 : There is no Sunday School. The nursery will be open.

More details for upcoming weeks can be found on The Pageant page on the SMC website.
Listening Session
Question & Answer Time

On this Sunday, December 23rd, there will be another Congregational Listening Session during the coffee hour after the 10:00 a.m. service. Fr. Chris invites you to bring your questions, thoughts, concerns and hopes about the Draft Covenant with Christ Church, Ithan. Your input will be greatly appreciated!
Lessons & Carols
The First Sunday after Christmas

On Sunday, December 30th at 10 a.m., St. Martin's Church will hold its annual Holy Eucharist Christmas service of Lessons and Carols. Listen to scripture and sing of his birth. Please join us for this special service that hopefully will enrich your spirit with good tidings of great joy!
Outreach
'Tis the Season for Giving

Way to go St. Martin's! We delivered 14 turkeys, 3 hams, 1 beef roast and 24 bags of dinner sides to St. Barnabas on Sunday. They were so grateful and excited about what they would be able to provide to people this Christmas. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. Special thanks to Gale Muir who braved the damp & cold conditions to stand in the parking lot to receive the donations. We also made our first delivery of non-perishable items to our neighbors on Highland Avenue. They were thrilled with the 38 cans of vegetables, 19 cans of soup and 18 cans/boxes of "meals" (mac 'n cheese, beef stew, chili, etc). What a wonderful way to head into the last week of Advent. Here's to our continuing outreach endeavors in 2019! Merry Christmas to you all.
All Levels Yoga Class
Breathe, stretch, and destress!

The next St Martin’s yoga class will be January 8th at 6:30 p.m. Come and decompress from a busy holiday season. Let self-care be a 2019 resolution and join us for this mind-body-soul experience!
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Micah 5:2-5a
Canticle 15
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

Diocesan Events
Advent Season Music

With Advent being a time of preparation and expectation for the coming celebration of our Lord’s nativity, the Diocese of PA will be alive with music across the Philadelphia area.
12/22, Philadelphia: Marian Anderson Christmas Concert, Trinity Memorial Church.