THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
July 16, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Sunday

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. -Matthew 13:24-25

This week’s Gospel is a continuation of the 'kingdom parables' found in Matthew, chapter 13. The “wheat and the weed” parable answers one of the most basic and perplexing questions people can have about God’s kingdom - If the kingdom of heaven has indeed come, why is evil still present? Jesus teaches us that, though evil will be found mixed into His kingdom for the present, it will be fully separated from His kingdom in the end. Righteousness will rule the earth. His kingdom will prevail.

There are several practical lessons to be drawn from this parable-

1. Be sown in this world and bear God’s influence on it
PRAY: Let me be the “good seed” sown on this earth to bear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to the lost people of this world. Thank you for giving my life this great value and guiding me to be true to this calling.

2. As Jesus' kingdom grows in this world, the devil will ensure that evil will also be present.
PRAY: O God, at times my heart is a dreadful mix of wheat and weeds and some of those weeds have deep roots. Please strengthen me with humility, patience, and tolerance knowing that one day “all things that offend” will be removed.

3. It is not our role to remove that evil from the presence of this world.
PRAY: May I continually remember that the removal of evil from this world is a job for your “reapers” because they will administer judgment more fairly and accurately than I ever could.

4. Patiently persevere in faith and obedience until the day that God orders the complete removal of all evil from the world.
PRAY: Lord, you are the great “land-owner”. You know when the time is right to send angels to gather out whatever does not belong in your kingdom. Provide me with the patience to wait for this glorious event! Thank you for lifting this worry from me allowing me to remain about my business, persevere in my faith, practice obedience, and to live as your light in this world. Amen.

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Calendar
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, July 16
2:00pm Bible Discussion- Zoom

Sunday, July 19
8:00am* Holy Eucharist with Fr. Karl- YouTube
9:30am Holy Eucharist with Fr. David-ONSITE
10:00am Summer Sunday School-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)

Tuesday, July 21
6:30pm Yoga Class- ZOOM

Thursday, July 23
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 .
Rector Search Update
Committee Report

The New Rector Search Committee reports that the second candidate’s visit this past weekend was a success. The final choice is expected to be submitted to the Vestries in time for tonight's joint meeting.
Vestry News
Joint Leadership

Tonight, July 16th, the combined vestries will likely receive the recommendation of the search committee to nominate a shared rector. If the vestries vote in the affirmative by two-thirds majority, the rector will be called, a letter of Agreement will be signed, and the bishop will be notified.
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 12 we focused on some pretty wild and crazy bridges. Human ingenuity is amazing! I am happy to share the PowerPoint presentation in a PDF format, in case you want to read the short scripture passages from a past Sunday and follow along with activities and music. This may be a good rainy day activity for those of you who can't join in person.

If your children created bridges after last Sunday's discussion, or made cards using an outline of their hand as part of the design, please send pictures to Ms. Deb so we can include them in the storytelling section at the beginning of the next Summer Sunday. Pictures from outings to a beach, from a new activity that has resumed like dance, or from a hike are also wonderful to share.

We've mentioned before that one common part of bridge design is a triangle because triangles are strong. We believe in one God, in three parts, and often use the triangle to represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We will look at lots of triangles in bridges this week, and do a bridge-building experiment. For the experiment you will need:
  • 3 paper cups of the same size
  • 1 piece of paper 8 1/2 by 11
  • A nice pile of pennies, small rocks, or floral stones.

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 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 19th 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).
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...
Kids' Corner
Coronavirus Quarantining

"Why We Stay Home" is a digital children's book written by two physicians who wanted to provide a tool for parents, grandparents and anyone else in quarantine with young ones. It is a FREE resource to view and download. No signup is necessary, so it's simple to share with friends and family.
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:
  • Yoga via Zoom: 6:30pm Tuesdays
  • Midweek Prayer Service via Zoom: 12pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
  • Bible Discussion: 2:00pm-Zoom
  • Bible Study via Zoom: 8:30am Fridays (email Deb for details)
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43