E-Messenger Sept. 10, 2020
FROM THE RECTOR

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

A lot has happened in the last few weeks. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday services continue. These services are in-person prayers on The Point at 8 a.m and 6 p.m. Sunday services have also continued to evolve. We now have three Sunday offerings: 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. services on The Point and a 10 a.m. service that is virtual via our YouTube channel.

Children's ministries have also begun. We've seen some awesome pictures of kids with their "boxes." (Parents, if you have questions, see the item about Storymakers in the children's section below and watch Caitlyn's video.)

In terms of mission, feeding ministries at St. Luke's have continued; the Harvest Hope wagons have been filled; the Community House has had meetings; aid has been given when needed, and a new ministry has emerged. That new ministry is a "Blessing Box" built by Jamison Welch as his Eagle Scout project. A "Blessing Box" operates a lot like a little free library, but instead of books, you leave food or take food, leave pampers, or take pampers. Jamison, it's an awesome project, and St. Martin's is grateful.

With all of the above going on, not to mention discernment committee work, virtual Bible studies, Pints with Priests, pastoral care, after-church coffee hour, bi-weekly publications, and the creation of a quarterly magazine, it seems like things are really rolling. It almost seems like it's the start of any other normal school year (if not busier), and yet we all know that it is not. My friends, please participate in as much or as little of the church offerings as you want. We are here, we are striving to serve you, but we also know the pressures of this current world are a lot. When you need a break, take it. When you are ready to return, St. Martin's will faithfully be here. There has been a lot of change in 2020, but one thing that has remained the same is St. Martin's mission to welcome all, and to love and to serve the Lord. 

In Christ,
Mitch+
SUNDAY, Sept. 13
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.
These links are also available on the church's Facebook page as well as on the Worship Resources page of our website.
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
OUTDOOR, IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES
New service schedule set
St. Martin's in-person, weekday worship schedule for services on the sidewalk in front of the church is as follows:

  • Friday: 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Monday: 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday (adult only): 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Masks and social distancing are required at all services. In the event of heavy rain and/or lightning, services will be canceled. There is no indoor worship alternative. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, Book of Common Prayer and Bible, though all will be available if needed.
OUTREACH
Community Garden needs you!
Please click below to sign up to help water and weed the Community Garden.
ADULTS
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. The 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.
Shepherd's Center offering classes on Zoom
Our own Carol McGinnis Kay (do you see her in the upper left corner?) invites adults 50 and above to take part in the fall series of classes at the St. Andrew's Shepherd's Center. Carol chairs the center's Adventures in Learning. All classes are online via Zoom, from Sept. 15 through Nov. 12. For information about classes and online registration, click the button below. These classes are a great way for seniors to stay in touch and to learn new things safely.
CHILDREN
Sunday School is arriving to your doorstep this week!
Every child in kindergarten through the fifth grade has received a FREE subscription to Storymakers Quarterly Magazine! Learn all about it in this video of Deacon Caitlyn unboxing what's inside (click on the image above)! If your child doesn't receive a package by Friday, email Caitlyn and she'll make a special delivery to your house.
BIRTHDAYS
Sept. 13
Ruth Ann Dixon
Christian Hitchcock
Cullen Zawada

Sept. 14
Carlos Gibbons

Sept. 15
Kay MacInnis
Harper McLeod
Jackie Stivers

Sept. 16
Frank Caruccio
Georgia Richter
Sept. 17
Abby Askins
Katie Bacon
Emmett Kirwan
Patsy Myers
J.R. Walters

Sept. 18
Lee Monk
English Morris

Sept. 19
Laura Register
PRAYERS FOR TEACHERS
Our teachers, professors and instructors
Ann Abney
Angela Adams
Dottie Adams
Allison Askins
Frank Avignone
Bill Bacon
Ginger Barfield
Michael Bellon
Elizabeth Bentrup
Debbie Billings
Drew Bozard
Bill Canaday
Gwen Geidel
Pam Hair
Christine Harding
Tayloe Harding
Amy Hayden
Elizabeth Hayden
Amanda Hines
Randy James
Elizabeth Jennings
David Jones
Kate Jones
Carol McGinnis Kay
Jody Lumpkin
Martin McWilliams
Mike Meadows
Caroline Nagel
Scotty Peek
Valerie Pruett
Kelly Renko-Clarkson
Allison Rashley
Kyle Sanders
Amy Shuler
Tammie Singleton
Denise Smith
Amanda Stockard
Slayden Thomas 
Sara Thornton
Jim Thrasher
Anne Vickers
Jessica Yarborough
If we have missed someone, please let us know so we can add them
to the list. Email names to allison.askins@smifsc.com.
WE ARE ON INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK
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!
Also, 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.
2 OPTIONS FOR CHURCH DIRECTORIES
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.
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