Week of June 6, 2021 With St. Martin's
Facebook Live Link: http://www.facebook.com/SaintMartinsEpiscopalChurchBridgewaterNJ
Wednesday's Healing Service at Noon is live-streamed on Facebook. Use the link above.
Congratulations to our Graduates
If your child is graduating from high school or college this year, please send their name, school and future plans to Father Rob at rectorstmartinsnj@gmail.com, and if possible, plan to join us at Mass on Sunday June 13 as we honor our graduates and send them forth with a special blessing.
Updated Guidelines for In Person Worship
Following the guidance of the Diocese, the Reopening Committee and Vestry have adopted the following changes to our in person gatherings.

1. Vaccinated people do not need to wear a face mask, nor be socially distanced, but are encouraged to consider continuing these practices around children and others who may wish to remain socially distanced. Vaccinated people may sing unmasked.
2. Some have expressed a desire to continue to wear a face mask and/or be socially distanced, regardless of their vaccination status. Please feel free to continue to practice these measures if they make you feel safer.
3. The Gospel Side of the Nave (left side facing the altar) will be an open seating section. You may sit anywhere on that side. No social distance is required. No face masks are required (although you may choose to wear one).  Reservations are not needed to sit in this section. When you arrive at church, tell the usher you wish to sit in open seating.
4. The Epistle Side of the Nave (right side facing the altar- near the Lady Chapel) will maintain social distancing and people who sit on this side will continue to wear a face mask. This section is appropriate for families with children and other non-vaccinated people, and vaccinated people who desire these extra measures for their personal comfort and protection.
5. If you desire or need to sit in a socially distanced pew, please continue to reserve a pew, following the instructions on the website. There are 5 pews (and the choir loft) available: 2 singles or a family of 2-5 may sit in each pew. When you arrive inside the church, please tell the usher that you have made a reservation for a socially distanced pew, and the usher will help you find a seat. https://www.stmartinsnj.org/in-person-church-sign-up/ 
6. Please remember to print your own copy of the Mass leaflet, or download it to read on your device. 
7. No one will be asking your vaccination status and you are on your honor to follow the expectations of the Diocese.
8. You may park anywhere in the parking lot. You no longer need to keep a space between you and the other cars.
9. Please stay at home if you are sick. The Mass will continue to be live-streamed.

Communion
Father Rob will bring communion- hosts only- to those in the socially distanced section. Once everyone on this side have been given Communion, the ushers will guide those one the other side to receive communion at the altar rail. Please approach the altar rail via the center aisle, and return to you pew via the far side aisle. 

Please note that these practices are for in person gatherings during the summer. There will be updated procedures in September when Sunday School resumes. 
Women's Group
We will be having a Women's Group meeting on June 13th after the 10:30 service and coffee hour. Let's reconnect, as well as start planning events where we can get together this summer. We will also be discussing fellowship and fundraising ideas. Please email Alison with questions.
Prayers for Pride on the Patio
Please join us on the patio on Saturday, June 19 at 5:30 pm as we offer prayers of thanksgiving for God's abundant love expressed in the beautiful diversity of human relationships, as we offer thanks for the inclusivity of our church, and as we pray for justice, peace, and full legal protections for all LGBT+ persons. All parishioners are invited to participate in this prayer service, regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identification. Allies are especially welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our faith with the community. Following our prayers, please join for cookies, lemonade and fellowship. 
Coffee Hour
Are you interested in becoming a Coffee Hour host? This is one of the most important volunteer activities at St. Martin's; especially now. It is the time where we can catch up with each other, and get to know what is happening in our lives. If you would like to become a coffee hour host, we are asking you to provide a baked good (does not have to be homemade), iced tea and lemonade. Please click this link to find out more:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OmGee8UI-a_2EYwk8nAQJ-njqVWHZgVsnGLq7uMVvzc/edit#gid=0
Outreach
We are in need of two volunteers to act as servers on the SHIP food truck on Wednesday, June 16th. You would need to meet the food truck in the Sacred Heart parking lot in Manville at 5:25 and stay until approximately 6:30. We will also need two volunteers on July 21st and August 18th. Please email Marlene if you can help.  mficzko@optonline.net
 
The Outreach Committee will be holding a clothing drive on Father’s Day, June 20th between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. We will be collecting both children’s and adults’ gently used and new warm weather clothing in the church parking lot.
Prayer Concerns and Blessings
If you would like your prayers/blessing request included in the Prayers of the People, please email your prayer request to Philip at philip.muniz@gmail.com by Friday afternoon of each week. 

  • Peggy Irwin
  • Mary Irwin
  • Elsie Francis - Juanita reports that Elsie is doing well and enjoying her time with her daughter
  • Fausto awaiting results from procedure
  • Linda Virtue recuperating from recent procedure contemplating next steps
  • From Juanita:
  • Jeff Keates recovering from operation
  • Gloribel for cancer
  • Gloribel's daughter - vaccine issues
  • Denise Carpenter - strength
Businesses and Services
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St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
1350 Washington Valley Road,
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
www.stmartinsnj.org
Call Us: 908-526-1350
Contact information for Fr. Rob
rectorstmartinsnj@gmail.com or fatherroblaws@yahoo.com