E-Messenger April 16, 2020
FROM THE RECTOR

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I want to begin by saying, "Thank you." Thank you for your flexibility, your patience, and your resilience. This year's Easter celebration was certainly different, but it was also very meaningful and special. Seeing all the pictures of altars and home prayer spaces was powerful as was seeing you share your faith on social media. What started as a way for us to pray and worship from home morphed into evangelism. The Bible talks about the "fruit of the spirit." I saw that fruit in each "like" and "share."

As we seek to move on from Holy Week, St. Martin's will continue to provide online worship experiences. We are also exploring how we can lead online bible studies, prayer time, and fellowship time.

This week I have heard from several families in our church where wage earners have been laid off, furloughed, or have had their jobs eliminated. St. Martin's has a tradition of caring for our members. It is a part of our DNA. If this is you, please do not hesitate to contact me. Your community loves you and will support you.
 
In Christ,
Mitch+
SUNDAY, April 19
Join us for church this Sunday via Facebook Live
Join our Facebook Live service at 10 a.m . this Sunday (April 19) . Plan to add your prayer requests and share the service with others.

Click HERE for the readings.
Click HERE for the Book of Common Prayer.
Join us after church for a Zoom coffee hour
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
CHILDREN
Be on the lookout for our story time this Sunday at 7 p.m. , on the church's YouTube channel where we will be posting our "tucked-in-at-bedtime" story. These stories are also posted on the Children's Ministry's Facebook page at the same time.
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Learn more about this week's Gospel for kids and parents:

Craft ideas for this Sunday: 

And learn about the 50 days of Easter by clicking HERE.

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Are your parenting skills overwhelmed?
The Triple P Parenting program offers excellent resources for parents at all times, but maybe, especially, now.

Click HERE for information about parenting amid COVID-19 and more.

The Triple P site has some free resources, there are also resources that need to be purchased. If any parents would like to buy the package, but the cost is too much for you at this time, please contact either Courtney Baker or Susan Prinz .
YOUTH
Our Senior High gathering this week will take place at noon on Friday (April 17).

All 9th-12th graders are invited to join us for lunch at home on Zoom . Grab a sandwich and join the conversation.

To join in, click HERE .
Questions? Contact Courtney Baker .
ADULTS
Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Below you'll find all of the information you need to log on to our Tuesday Morning Bible Study, which begins at 7:30 a.m. this Tuesday (April 21) .

The video call is protected by a password to keep us safe. You can obtain that password by "registering" in advance by clicking HERE .

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Lectio Divina with Susan

During the Easter season (April 21 through May 19), the Rev. Susan Prinz will be offering a Lectio Divina (Holy Reading) class via Zoom.

This ancient practice of reading the Bible for God's guiding will begin this Tuesday, April 21, from 3-4 p.m.  To print out the Gospel that will be used, go to  www.lectionarypage.net and click on the upcoming Sunday's date.

Register in advance for this class by clicking HERE .
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 Questions? Contact Susan Prinz .
OUTREACH
Support Harvest Hope
Harvest Hope has asked St. Martin's to support them during this time by participating in an electronic food drive.  Go to this link to buy and send food directly to Harvest Hope through Amazon.  They maintain this list with their most current needs, and the requested food is delivered safely to them. 
Volunteeer to deliver meals to school children
The United Way of South Carolina and the S.C. Department of Education are asking for volunteers to help school food authorities prepare and distribute meals to children across the state.

If you are over the age of 21,  would like to volunteer in a school district, and have NOT experienced any symptoms of illness in the past 14 days, please register at  www.VolunteerSC.org  under the ongoing need entitled "Statewide - School Meal Preparation and Distribution.”

After registering,  a confirmation email will be sent, and, if needed, a representative will contact you regarding scheduling.
BIRTHDAYS
April 19
Jo Fortuna

April 21
Phyllis Carey
Michael Meadows
John Morganelli
Nancy Truluck

April 22
Mariah Adams
April 23
Dottie Adams
Meg Stanley

April 24
Nettles Green
Lydia Meadows
Maria Meadows
Rick Wallace

April 25
Karen Bishop
Emma Gahagan
Gus Strasburger
ST. MARTIN'S ON FACEBOOK
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! This Sunday's service will be LIVESTREAMED .
@smifsc ON INSTAGRAM
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.
ONLINE GIVING
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