E-Messenger July 23, 2020

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This week we get the parable of the mustard seed in our readings. Something small that grows into something great. As many of you know, my wife Denise is a teacher. This summer I have watched as she has worked incredibly hard creating opportunities for learning so that whether school is virtual or in-person, she will be ready. I know she is not alone in this work. All teachers have had to do this. I want to take some time to thank all the teachers in our lives who have planted seeds of learning, mustard seeds that grew and helped to form us into the people we are today. 

As a church one of the greatest things we can do right now is support our teachers, parents, and students. They are all juggling A LOT, and each person is juggling it differently. In times like this, prayers of support, notes of love, positive text messages, and simple encouragement are needed more than ever. Do you know a teacher in your life who is working hard? Send him or her a note of support. Do you know parents struggling with trying to do the right thing for their child when they are not sure of what the "right" thing is? Let them know you are praying for them! Do you know a student who is dealing with his or her favorite activities being canceled, or an athlete who is longing to compete? Let them know you care and that you see the effort/work. In doing these things, perhaps you will help plant a mustard seed of love.

God's love for us is one of unconditional support. In a time period like right now, when one person's right answer may be another person's wrong, the seeds of support, strength, love, cooperation, and faith are needed more than ever. 

In Christ,
SUNDAY, July 19
Join us online for church this Sunday!
Click HERE for our live online worship link. Worship is at 10 a.m . Sunday .
Click HERE for the readings.
Click HERE for the Book of Common Prayer.
Click HERE for the Order of Service, which includes current prayer lists.
Then join us after church
 for a Zoom coffee hour!
This is a great way to catch up with one another. You will need Zoom on your device to join. If you do not have Zoom, when you click HERE , you'll be invited to download Zoom and join the meeting.

Once you are in Zoom, you will need the following to join the meeting:
Meeting ID: 924 4926 0578
Password: onthepoint

If you want to join by dialing in, call   253.215.8782
Meeting ID: 924 4926 0578
Password: 236317
The Great EpisGOpal Race
has begun!
The race is on. You can sign up to take part through July 31. Log your miles for the Great EpisGopal Race that supports COVID relief efforts provided by the United Thank Offering, and remember, you do not have to do all your walking, running, etc., in one day. You can log miles over a period of days.

Click the first button below to register with the St. Martin's team. You will be prompted to create an account with UTO and then join the St. Martin's team. The password to join our team is smiffy .

Click the second button below simply to make a contribution on behalf of Team SMIF. Questions? Contact Caitlyn .
Community Garden needs you!
Please click below to sign up to help water and weed the Community Garden.
A big thank you for making masks!
Thank you, mask makers! You have continued to stitch and provide masks for those in need. I will be delivering 60 more masks within the community today.
Please share a letter of encouragement
for immigrants in detention
Through El Refugio, St. Martin's has begun ministries of remembering and walking alongside people in immigration detention. This winter, we sent our first group of "missionaries" to make visits with people in detention, listening to their stories and letting them know they are not alone or forgotten. Since the pandemic, we have been conducting ministries of relationship through letter writing. Our friends in immigration detention are discouraged, fearful, and anxious during this pandemic. While some have been released on asylum, or had their deportation orders cancelled during this time, others have died from the COVID-19 virus while in detention.

For those who remain imprisoned, notes of hello and encouragement are a very important piece of love and charity that we can show them. Pictures drawn by children are also encouraged!

Here are important details about this effort:
  • Our goal is 100 total notes. They will go to men at Stewart Detention Center and women at the Irwin Detention Center.
  • For guidelines & video, go to the OUTREACH PAGE of our website.
  • For sample notes in Spanish or English, click HERE.
Learning to see the sacred through spiritual practice
In Rabbi Abraham Heschel's seminal work "Sabbath," the rabbi says this: "The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information, but to face sacred moments." Too often we miss those sacred moments because we simply don't know how to look for them. Spiritual practices help us learn how to seek and savor them.

The Rev. Susan Prinz is offering a Living Compass Course entitled "Enhancing Your Well-Being with Spiritual Practices," on T uesdays at 3 p.m., beginning Aug. 4, and running through Aug. 25.  Each Tuesday, we will gather in a small group on Zoom to consider spiritual practices for our own lives and support one another in engaging with them. Class size will be limited to 12. For questions or to enroll, contact Susan at  susan.prinz@smifsc.com .
Tuesday Morning Prayer Group
You are invited to join this group of parishioners that gathers weekly via Zoom for Morning Prayer on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. T he video call is protected by a password. You can obtain that password by clicking HERE . After clicking in, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Have you received your copy?
We hope you have received your copy of 'faith!" -- a new quarterly publication we have created to share stories of faith in the St. Martin's community. If you did not receive a copy, please email clayton.king@smifsc.com.
Tucked-in at Bedtime Storytime this Sunday at 7 p.m. , on the church's YouTube channel . (These stories are also posted on the church's main Facebook page at the same time, and later in the week on the children's FB page .)
FAITH AT HOME for weekly reflections on the Gospel.

Resources for talking with children about race are HERE.
Gravatt explorers
every Thursday
St. Martin's is joining with Camp Gravatt this summer and serving as a sponsor for their "Gravatt Explorers" program each Thursday at 2 p.m. Follow their social media posts on Facebook and Instagram each Thursday for a visit to a state park or other outdoor adventure spot in the Diocese. Gravatt is also posting other types of activities and Christian formation materials daily via their social media outlets.
Dear St. Martin's Family,

Many of you are aware that I’ve been planning to make a move to be with my parents in Summerville. Well, the time has come. I’ve recently accepted a new position there, and have sold my home here in Columbia. As of July 29, I will be a resident of Summerville. I had hoped to be able to say this to you face-to-face, and give you big hugs, but COVID had other plans.

I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for welcoming me to Columbia. I came here not knowing a single soul, and the day I walked into St. Martin's, I was welcomed with open arms and immediately made to feel that I had found not just a church, but a family. So many of you have welcomed me into your homes and your own families, especially when I couldn’t travel to be with my own. You’ve responded when I needed a hand with fixing things around the house, fed me when I needed nourishment (body and soul), and taught me lessons that I’ll never forget. I honestly don’t know if I would have made it here without you. Know that I travel down to the Lowcountry taking each and every one of you with me, and I’ll be back to visit as often as I can. Please keep in touch. I love you all.

Sher Baechtold
This app puts the church directory at your fingertips!
The easiest and fastest way to have an up-to-date parish directory is by downloading the ChurchLife app onto your phone. Follow these instructions to get started. You will be so glad you did this! We promise.

  • For the iPhone, click HERE.   
  • ​For an Android phone, click HERE.

Log in info: Site # 90036 
Username and password are same as your church website log in. You will only have to input this info once. If you haven't created a login, follow the steps with the login button on the homepage of the church website

Don't remember your log in? Contact robyn.holt@smifsc.com .
You can also use the church website
Click the button below for step-by-step instructions on how to access directories via our website.
July 26
Stan Bailey
Christy Case
Carl McIntosh
Leila Wilson

July 27
Lucia McWilliams

July 28
Bryan Lumpkin
Denise Smith

July 29
Rusty Hammond
Leslie Hoover
Jim Maass
Susan Palmer
Thor Pharis
July 30
Duane Dunn
Anna Frances Jones

July 31
Betty Garrison
Sally Gillam
Hope LeVeck
Noah Smith
Mike Waite

Aug. 1
James Flynn
Follow St. Martin's on  Facebook   (St. Martin's-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church) throughout the week for parish news.  LIKE  the page for us, and  SHARE  posts with friends and family.
Follow St. Martin's on Instagram at @smifsc, where we post:
  • The 3-Word Gospel on Tuesdays.
  • Compline from Home each evening, Monday through Friday.
  • And other fun posts!
Thank you for your gifts . . .
To make your pledge via online giving , click HERE.

To make a financial gift to St. Martin's online , click HERE .

To make your Capital Campaign pledge online , click HERE .

To make a gift to the Capital Campaign , click HERE .
5220 Clemson Avenue
Columbia, SC 29206
803.787.0392 | www.stmartinsinthefields.com