E-Messenger April 30, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope all is well. Tomorrow, for our Friday video, we will have a special message from Bishop Waldo. This was the week he was supposed to visit us, and, so, to the best of his ability, Bishop Waldo will do a virtual visitation. He will be meeting with the Vestry on Zoom at 1 p.m.

As you all have experienced yourselves, life, work, and ministry during this Covid-19 quarantine has required some creativity and flexibility. I am thankful for Bishop Waldo, who is doing his best during this time. We look forward to virtually welcoming him.

Next week, St. Martin's will be participating in Midlands Gives. Please consider using the link in this newsletter for supporting Harvest Hope, and, of course, St. Martin's will be accepting donations for our own ongoing ministries. Please prayerfully consider giving a gift.

This past month has been an intense period of adjustment for St. Martin's. In the first part of the quarantine we spent considerable effort working on setting up church services, navigating Holy Week, and celebrating Easter. St. Martin's is, as are most institutions, looking at longterm impacts and goals. I am thankful for the ministry team we have. I am thankful for all of the lay leadership. It is all of these people who are working hard to keep our community's connections alive and well. Mission, education, pastoral care, worship, and prayer are all things we can still do, and do well. Thank you for your help as we navigate doing all of these things in new and unforeseen ways. 

In Christ,
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
(May 3) . 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
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.

Learn more about this week's Gospel for kids and parents by clicking on the picture or HERE.

More about the story HERE.

Craft this Sunday: 

Activities for the 50 days of Easter HERE.

Time is ticking for your TikTok challenge!
All middle and high schoolers are invited to join in our TikTok Challenge this week. Choose which video you would like to do from the story options above. Send your original TikTok videos to Courtney (either by text or email) by this Sunday (May 3). Then, watch for your originals on all our social media platforms! Questions? Reach out to Courtney .
All 9th-12th graders , our Zoom gatherings are now Lunch at Noon on Fridays . Grab your lunch and log in to be with us.

Our middle school youth are invited to Zoom Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fix a sandwich and log in to have lunch together.

To join either group, click HERE . Questions? Contact Courtney Baker .
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.
Lectio Divina with Susan
During the Easter season (through May 19), the Rev. Susan Prinz will be offering a Lectio Divina (Holy Reading) class via Zoom from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesdays. You may join any week. Click HERE to receive instructions for logging in . You will then receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Questions? Contact Susan Prinz .
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.
So many ways to enjoy
Forward Day by Day
The newest copies of Forward Day by Day are available in the office. Please sign up with THIS FORM so a copy can be mailed to you.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE AT THE LEFT to view a video about how
to access the Day by Day podcast on your phone. The daily readings are free. You don't even have to get out of bed to listen!
Support Harvest Hope
Calling all seamstresses . . .
We are in need of 200 sewn, reusable masks for:

  • Our housing-insecure friends in Columbia on behalf of Candyman Homeless Outreach.
  • The Department of Juvenile Justice through Mutual Aid Midlands, a consortium of community assistance that our own Debbie Billings has been instrumental in creating and parishioner Carla Damron is helping with social work skills.

To donate, please sew as many masks as you are able and drop them off in the mail slot at the church office. Thank you!
May 3
Amy Montanez
Anne Marie Vickers

May 4
Gwen Geidel

May 5
Olivia Adams
Adele Thomas
Nancy Wrenn

May 6
Porter Stanley
May 7
Sophie Peek
Claire Riley
Tom Stepp
El Thompson
Mike Tighe

May 8
Mary Katherine Bagnal
Stephanie Whitson

May 9
Frank Avignone
Troy Pharis
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 link for each Sunday's worship service is posted here along with lots of other SMIF news.
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. This week's featured artist is parishioner Patty Gamburg.
  • 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