THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
July 23, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Sunday

"Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes." - Matthew 13:51

REFLECT: The parables continue. How we hear them depends on the condition of our hearts. If we listen well, these stories change us. They teach us about God’s kingdom, and identify us as children of that kingdom, showing us how to live into that identity. Listening is a key component to receiving the parables of Jesus. Our hearing leads to obedience, and obedience leads us to transformation.
- The mustard seed and the yeast tell of a kingdom that starts exceedingly small and grows exponentially large. Jesus refers to them as examples of the way the kingdom of heaven works, beginning with humble origins and growing into something unstoppable, pervasive, and abundant.
- The hidden treasure and the search for pearls stories relate to the Kingdom such that whether you find it by surprise, or by diligently seeking, it is worth everything you have.
- The dragnet full of fish parable involves judgment and describes what will happen to those who ignore Christ’s message. As the kingdom of heaven grows into its fullness and immeasurable value, evil must be pulled out from it and destroyed.
- The final mention of a scribe refers to someone whose life was devoted to writing and sharing scripture, thus is our calling for the kingdom of heaven - devoting our lives to the truth of the gospel, and sharing it with others.
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PRAY: Seed-planting, fish-netting, bread-baking, pearl-hunting God, you shape us into living parables. Pray with your Spirit in us so that we may understand our experiences as healing metaphors, and become creative and abundant stewards of the environment you entrusted to our love. Amen.
Calendar
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, July 23
2:00pm Bible Discussion- Zoom

Sunday, July 26
8:00am* Holy Eucharist with Fr. David- YouTube
9:30am Holy Eucharist with Fr. David-ONSITE
10:00am Summer Sunday School-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)

Thursday, July 30
2:00pm Bible Study- ZOOM

*After 8:00am, the YouTube service is available for "anytime" viewing.
Bishop's Message
RE: COVID & Reopening

We are currently in the Yellow Phase of our slow re-entry back into in-person worship. I must reiterate that the safest option is always not to gather in-person. For those churches who have prayerfully discerned to wait; we support you. We have seen cases rise exponentially throughout the country, and I will not risk one life in our diocese. Never fear, God is always present.
Read more in this week's Diocesan newsletter .
Service Schedule
Tentative Plans for August

For August we have one supply priest. Tentative service times are:

8:30 am - CCI: Outdoor Spoken Service
9:15 am - CCI: Indoor Service, with Music
10:30 am - SMC: Indoor Service, with Music
Recorded services will continue to be available on St. Martin's YouTube channel premiering at 8:00 AM on Sundays.

This schedule will be reevaluated after a week or two to see how it’s working and if we need to adapt. Questions? Please contact Sandy Reinhardt, Rector's Warden, at sandyreinhardt@msn.com.
Yoga Class
Summertime Break

Tuesday, July 14 th , was the last yoga class for the summer. It is break time until September. Information about Fall classes will be published in late August. Stay tuned!

Bible Study
Thursday's Bible Discussion

Each Thursday adults at Christ Church and St. Martin's gather via Zoom to read scripture and discuss the relevance to our lives. You are invited to join us any week because each discussion stands alone. Currently, there is a focus on the prophets in the Old Testament, and how their messages resonate today. We continue to use art to give us a visual image of how artists in the past created an understanding of a Bible passage. The Presiding Bishop's video messages are another source of inspiration that help spark conversation. Once again we will be on Zoom and if anyone would like to test the Zoom connection or talk more about this discussion group, please contact Deb Parker.

Here are the Zoom details:
or Call: 646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Sunday School
Summer Sundays-Bridge Building

On Sunday, July 19th, we spent time sharing our summer adventures and focusing on triangles. One common way to show the Holy Trinity is a triangle. Triangles are a strong element of bridge construction. Some bridges are made up of dozens of triangles. We challenged the children and teens to look for triangles in their homes, yards, or as part of bridge design when they are hiking or with their families on a drive. Triangles are everywhere, and we can remember God whenever we see one.

This Sunday, July 26th, we will take a different turn. In fact, a good number of turns because we will be tracing a labyrinth. An image search on the Internet showed a pedestrian bridge over a river that is wide enough for a labyrinth in the middle! So there is even our bridge connection. A labyrinth is not like a maze because there are no dead ends. It does not matter how you twist and turn, eventually, the path will lead you to the center. If you look at a labyrinth from above, the center is in the shape of a cross. A reminder that Christ is at the center of what we do and it is one way Christians have "prayed" with their feet for hundreds of years. You can also draw a finger labyrinth. Learn more from the Labyrinth Society.

Each Summer Sunday stands alone, and guests are always welcome. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Deb.
Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join in the Zooming fun!
Here are the meeting details:
or Call: 646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 919 360 689
COVID-19 Reminder
Children & Teens

Just a reminder that throughout the summer we will continue to have Zoom online gatherings for children. There are no programs at the church buildings for infants, children, or teens up to age 18, per the bishop's instructions. The nursery is not open. For the well-being of the entire family Deb Parker will continue to have virtual events so we never miss a beat and can stay safe until fall. Then, when we have the bishop's OK, we will be able to have our younger members rejoin the adults at the church. Let me know if you have suggestions for ways to make Zoom Summer Sundays even more fun and creative!
Onsite Worship
Pray In-Person

Onsite worship continues this Sunday, July 26th at 9:30 AM for those over 18 years old, are symptom-free and comfortable with attending. Please remember to -
  • Check in with the usher providing your name, email address, and phone number.
  • Wear a face mask at all times, except when receiving communion.
  • Socially Distance a minimum 6 feet.
  • Follow the worshiping protocols in the bulletin.
  • Hold any informal post-service gathering outside while masked and socially distanced.
Thank you!

Click here for more detailed information about this COVID-19 etiquette. Questions or concerns may be directed to Sandy Reinhardt, our Rector’s Warden, by phone (610-247-5954) or email ( sandyreinhardt@msn.com).
Episcopal Community
ECS Virtual Events

MindSet: An inside look at MindSet, a program designed to support families on their paths to economic independence. Meet a participant and a coach.
Thursday, July 30, from 10:30am to 11:20am

St. Barnabas Mission: Speak with the director of St. Barnabas Mission to learn how services are coordinated and offered on site by ECS and partner organizations to help families gain stability.
Thursday, August 27, from 10:30am to 11:20am

Seeing Youth Succeed: Find out how this program for teens enables them to discern and build confidence in their futures with an empowering curriculum and a cohort of peers.
Thursday, September 24, from 10:30am to 11:20am

For more information or to register for these FREE events, please visit https://ecsphilly.org/news-events/events/behind-the-scenes-at-episcopal-community-services/
SWIC News
Chicken Farm Initiative Update

SWIC is delighted to share that two reconstructed farms, owned by Evan/Badri and Raid, became operational up on the Nineveh Plains in January and February 2020. Eighteen family members benefited from one-time grants for reconstructing coops and restarting the farm operations. Each farmer was able to purchase a minimum of 3,000 chicks, along with the fodder, veterinary care, and other supplies, to raise the chickens to maturity.

A third new farm was funded at the end of June for Janan, and we just received word that the farm is doing well. The chickens are growing to maturity and will be ready for market in August. In spite of COVID-19 and other challenges, the Chicken Farm Initiative continues to grow. The farmers in Iraq express gratitude to all the donors who give so generously so the farms can be rebuilt.
Follow us on Facebook to see more details and pictures!
Anti-Racism Commission
A Webinar on Race & Identity

The Diocesan Anti-Racism Commission is offering a webinar about the ways in which systemic racism informs our personal identity, behaviors and outcomes. It will explore prejudice, privilege, colorblindness, colorism, cultural appropriation, micro-aggressions and other expressions of bias within our society. It will be held virtually this Saturday, July 25th, from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. To register for this learning opportunity focused on racial honesty, support, and healing, please click here.
Good Works
Good News-Grant Received

The Connelly Foundation has awarded the GoodWorks program of Christ Church and St. Martin's a $5,000 grant to be directed to community efforts relating to COVID-19. $2,000 from the grant will be put toward the Mask Project led by Janice Martin (CCI). Read more...
COVID-19
The New Norm

From social distancing, sanitizing, hand-washing, and staying-at-home, new "norms" are in full effect. Here is a St. Martin's summary:

Helping Others-
  • Making masks: to sew, purchase materials, or financially support this effort, please contact Janice Martin (of CCI) at jm@janicemartin.net or 610-645-4540.

Weekly Giving-
  • Mail: 400 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087
  • Online: Donate button on St. Martin's Home page
  • Drop-off: during office hours

Office Hours:
  • Mondays and Fridays: 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 9am-12:30pm

Sundays' Activities:
  • Summer Sunday School: 10am-Zoom
  • 8:00 AM Worship Service via YouTube
  • 9:30 AM Onsite Worship (25 person limit)

Weekday Activities:
  • Midweek Prayer Service via Zoom: 12pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
  • Bible Discussion: 2:00pm Thursdays -Zoom
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33,44-52