E-Messenger June 11, 2020


Most of you know that I am a cradle Episcopalian which means that for as long as I can remember, the United Thank Offering has been a part of my life. The little blue boxes where my mom and grandma would deposit coins as they expressed their thankfulness to God for God's blessings were, and in the case of my mother still is, permanent fixtures on their dressers.

This year things are a little different.

The UTO has acknowledged that. In response, the United Thank Offering is hosting a virtual race. More information follows in today's E-Messenger. Please know that this is currently the only nationwide fundraiser endorsed by the entire Episcopal Church, and that all of the funds will go to COVID-19 relief. St. Martins, let's log some miles. 

Pivoting, I pray that you all stay safe and well. That you all continue to wear your masks in public, that you practice good physical distancing, that you stay safe. And in response to the St. Martin's reopening survey, please know that no matter what the responses are in terms of eagerness to regather, St. Martin's cannot and will not reopen until we see a 14-day decline in COVID-19 positives. Currently we are seeing an increase. I pray that by safe practices, i.e., the wearing of masks, washing of hands, and the practice of physical distancing, we can all stay safe.

In this time, loving your neighbor as yourself means protecting yourself and your neighbor. 

In Christ,
SUNDAY, June 14
Join us for church this Sunday
via Live online worship with YouTube
Join our Live online worship with YouTube at 10 a.m . this Sunday . The Bulletin is attached, or you may access it below. And please continue to add your prayer requests during the prayers.

Click HERE for the readings.
Click HERE for the Book of Common Prayer.
Click HERE for the Order of Service.
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
If you would like to submit a name for our ongoing prayer list, please use this form. Names will be shared weekly prior to worship and will be removed after three weeks, as in the past. 
Support the 2020 UTO Ingathering
by joining the Great EpisGOpal Race Virtual Run/Walk

Join us in gratitude and race your way in the Great EpisGOpal Race Virtual Run/Walk. Anytime between July 22 - 31, choose your preferred mode and distance and race to raise money for COVID-19 relief.

You can bike a 10K, run a half marathon, or skate a mile — the options are limitless. All of the funds that you help raise will be collected for the 2020 UTO Ingathering and dispersed to ministries responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The cost to register is $15. During the registration process, you will have the option to make an additional donation. Choose UTO as the recipient. T-shirts are also available for a fee.

St. Martin's has put together a team so we can challenge and compete against other churches in the diocese for the farthest total distance covered! Click the 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 .

Questions? Contact Caitlyn .
Support El Refugio and Refugee Resettlement

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 while in detention from the virus. Take a moment this week to write a note of encouragement in Spanish or English to someone in immigration detention. Pictures drawn by children are also encouraged! Additionally, if you know of anyone who can write in Persian, Tigrinya or Bengali, please invite them to join us!

Drop off your letters in blank envelopes in the Parish Office mail slot with a note to Caitlyn with your name (so we can keep track of who has written). Our goal is to collect 100 notes for Stewart Detention Center (men) and Irwin Detention Center (women).

Instructions for how and what to write, and how to properly envelope,are found HERE.

We are also taking collections for refugee families being resettled right now. Please email Caitlyn if you are interested in donating:
  • Material goods to support refugee families. Items will be detailed on Amazon Wish Lists.
  • Digital devices. Most importantly, affiliates need donations of gently used digital devices -- tablets, smartphones, laptops -- so they can continue providing services and support to refugee families.
Deliver groceries to homebound folks

Caitlyn is looking for volunteers to deliver groceries from various agencies around town to homebound people in need across Columbia through Mutual Aid Midlands. To do this, you need to be able to drive and carry bags of groceries. Youth under the age of 18 must have an adult volunteer with them. This will be a time-flexible but ongoing commitment. Email Caitlyn to volunteer. Volunteers will be invited to a one-hour information and training session via Zoom.
Whiteness and racial justice
Whiteness is more than a privilege in North America. It is a deeply seated obstacle that, when addressed, can lead to the racial justice for which so many people yearn.

Register for a four-week Zoom class with Caitlyn. We'll be using a written and video curriculum from Kelly Brown Douglas, above, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School. She is an Episcopal priest, author, professor, and presenter at the 2016 Trinity Institute conference "Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice." In this class, she offers four video presentations entitled:

  • Whiteness
  • Religion
  • Theological Reflection
  • Perspective

This course is ideal for those seeking a deeper understanding of the effect of white privilege on American society. Register below to join. Class begins today, June 11, at 5:30 p.m., and runs for four weeks. Can't meet at that time? Register anyway to read along.
Want to learn about the Enneagram?
An evening Zoom study group about the Enneagram -- a tool for inner work that helps us learn more about who we were created to be -- begins next week with day and time to be decided by consensus. The class will run for five weeks. Sessions will be 90 minutes, and will use the book and study guide "The Road Back to You" (by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile), both of which are required and must be ordered on your own. Cron, a psychotherapist, is also an Episcopal priest and longtime student of the Enneagram. Stabile is an internationally known retreat director as well as a master Enneagram teacher. This class is open to the community and will be facilitated by St. Martin's parishioner Galen McWilliams. Contact Galen to take part or with questions.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Join our Tuesday Morning Bible Study, which begins at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday. T he video call is protected by a password to keep us safe. You can obtain that password by clicking HERE . After clicking in, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Commons Threads stitching their time over Zoom
If you would like to join the camaraderie of doing needlework or other hand-sewn projects, contact Stephanie Whitson so she can get you your Zoom invitation for the Common Threads gatherings taking place weekly on Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tucked-in at Bedtime Storytime this Sunday at 7 p.m. , on the church's YouTube channel . These stories are also posted on the Children's Ministry's Facebook page at the same time.
Dove and community
This week's Gospel is from the Book of Matthew.
  • How can someone be as wise as a serpent? Or as innocent as a dove?

Resources for talking with children about race are HERE.
Go on a virtual adventure with the Gravatt Explorers
St. Martin's is joining with Camp Gravatt this summer and serving as a sponsor for their Thursday "Gravatt Explorers" program -- the first of which is today 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.
Our final Youth Zooms for the school year will be Friday (June 12) and will be our farewell Zooms for Courtney, who is moving to Ocean Springs, MS, where her husband has a new job:
  • Middle school at 11:30 a.m.
  • High school at noon

To join, click HERE . Questions? Contact Courtney Baker .
English and Beethoven for your refreshment. Click the image above to listen.
June 14
Ann Braithwaite
Julie Marchant
Adrian Rashley
Jonathan Vang

June 15
Betty Lott

June 16
Trisha Bacon
Bob Bell
Dorian Green
Kyle Williams
June 18
Terri Bailey
Dick Garbee

June 19
Anne Bell
Tom Dougall
Bryan Jenkins

June 20
Jane Fancher
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! The header currently on display is a copy of the ad we are running in the free times as part of the Best of Columbia contest. St. Martin's has been nominated for the third year as the Best House of Worship. Click the link below to vote for us again this year!
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 .
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