St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
September 12, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world

"In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:1-10

"...Notice the parables Jesus offers. They’re not about being wrong. They are about being lost. A sheep is lost. A coin is lost. There is nothing about culpability, blame, or finding fault. That doesn’t seem to be Jesus’ concern. His concern is for the one that is lost, missing, absent. Jesus doesn’t explain how the lost one became lost. He doesn’t blame or judge. That’s not the issue. The issue for Jesus is recovering and reclaiming the lost.

...The starting point for Jesus is grace: searching not blaming, finding not punishing, rejoicing not condemning. The first question for Jesus is not one of sin, who’s in and who’s out, or who gets a dinner invitation. For Jesus, everyone is already in. Everyone is invited. The first question and primary concern is one of presence. Have we shown up or are we lost and missing?"
-Michael K. Marsh

This Week's Schedule

Sunday, September 15
Kick-Off/Transition Sunday
8:00am Holy Eucharist
10:00am Holy Eucharist
11:15am Church Picnic

Tuesday, September 17
9:30am Makin' Music
7:00pm Capital Campaign Meeting

Wednesday, September 18
9:30am Makin' Music
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
3:00pm Global Mission Meeting
7:00pm AA St. Martin's Church
7:15pm Bible Study @ SMC
Two-Service Sundays

Service times will change this Sunday, September 15th. We will return to having two services -
8:00 Rite I (Quiet) and
10:00 AM Rite II (with Music)
Parish Life
Let's Get Together!

Join in the fun at
St. Martin’s Fall Picnic!
September 15th
11:15 AM in Bolingbroke Mansion
Pastoral News
Welcome to the World!

The Bishop family grew by 2 on Friday, September 6th. Welcome to the world Agnes Omena and Wesley Ulysses! Both infants and mom, The Rev. Amanda Eiman, are in good health. Blessings to Chris, Amanda, big sister Emma, Agnes and Wesley.
With Friday being the start of Fr. Chris' paternity leave, The Rev. David Laquintano will be celebrating Holy Eucharist with us on Sundays. We appreciate his availability to serve St. Martin's Church during this special time.
Fr. Chris will return on Sunday, October 20th.
Bible Study News
September Sessions

The Bible discussion continues at St. Martin's at 7:15 PM this upcoming Wednesday, September 18th. We will meet in the large Sunday School room at the end of the first-floor hall. Books are provided, so all you need to do is to come and share from your rich experiences. Contact Deb Parker if you have questions or suggestions.
Growing in Faith
Sunday School

St. Martin’s Sunday School program year starts on Sunday, September 22nd at 9:30 AM. For 2019/2020, we will start an entirely new timeline consisting of readings from the Old Testament. Plans include singing, dancing, and the acting out of scripture passages. Older children will meet in the large Sunday School room while those under 3 years of age will be with Megan in the smaller room/nursery. We look forward to praying, learning and growing in faith! Contact Deb Parker if you have questions.
Vestry News
Organizational Changes

Our Vestry has undergone some recent changes. For personal reasons Chris Delaney has stepped down as Rector’s Warden. The Vestry has elected Sandy Reinhardt as Rector’s Warden and McLeod Gwynette as a new member. Many thanks to Chris for her years of service and we look forward to the insight and contributions from Sandy and Cloudy.
Diocesan Event
Women's Fellowship

The Diocese has planned a Ladies' Tea Party on Saturday, September 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at St. David’s Church (763 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA). The cost is $10 and benefits the Diocese's female veterans moral injury project. Deb Parker plans to attend, so check with her if you'd like to join in on the fun! For more details or to purchase tickets, please go to—
Community Fellowship
Gryphon Cafe Gatherings

The next Upper Room gathering is on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00 PM upstairs at the Gryphon Café, 105 W. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. The discussion questions will be “Are we connected to others or not? Does how we answer that question inform the vision that draws us into the future?” Stop in on any 2nd or 4th Wednesday for some interesting conversation and fellowship.
Chicken Farm Initiative

Pam Faber and Deb Parker look forward to sharing exciting news about the Chicken Farm Initiative on September 29th immediately after the 10 AM service, in the Gurley Room. You will meet the first farmers who were funded, and learn about the tremendous benefit to the communities up in the Nineveh Plains. 
CCI's Centennial
Celebrate 100 Years!

Mark your calendar and plan to attend Christ Church, Ithan's 100-year anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 10th. St. Martin's will forego on-site services that day and support the commemorative efforts of the planning committee that's represented by both churches. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at Christ Church only at 10:00 AM with Bishop Rodney Michel. Invitations to the celebratory brunch immediately following the service have been mailed. Please call SMC's main office at 610-688-4830 if one hasn't been received.
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Psalm 14
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10