E-Messenger April 9, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I bid you Easter Blessings. It's not quite Easter yet, so I technically can't say the "A" word, but I feel it in my heart. I have been blessed by so many. I need to start this brief Thursday bulletin by saying, "Thank you." Thank you to the St. Martin's staff who have adapted, worked incredibly hard, and done amazing ministry amidst this pandemic. They are to thank for the services and meditations you have received. Thank you to the doctors, nurses, teachers, technicians, and so many others in our parish who have worked throughout these weeks to care for our community and its needs. Thank you!

Tonight at 6 p.m., our first Holy Week service, Maundy Thursday, will be available for viewing. Please tune in to our YouTube channel and share it. Tomorrow, our  Good Friday service will be posted at noon . O ur Easter vigil will show on the channel at 6 p.m.   Saturday. On Sunday,  our Easter Service will be broadcast through Facebook Live at 10 a.m.  Please, watch, share, like, and comment! (Links for all are listed further down in this newsletter.) Please also consider the advice we set out for how you can celebrate these days and vigils at home with one caveat: following Richland County's burn ban, please, no fires during the vigil. 

This year truly has been different! Holy Week for many of us has been stressful, scary, and sad. I have experienced the scariness of friends who have been diagnosed, and mourned friends who have died as have many of you. I have also experienced joy, peace, and love. I pray that you have as well. In these last few weeks, we have collectively experienced the full gamut of human emotions. The weeks ahead promise to bring the same. I encourage you, my friends, to look for blessings. Look for God. Look for God's love, and when the time comes, I ask you to let the "Alleluias" ring. The hope of Christ's resurrection binds us in these times. Love is the reason for our physical separation as we seek to protect others. When the time comes love will also bring us physically together again. 

Happy Easter.

In Christ,
Be sure to share with us via social media how you are observing Maundy Thursday at home. Tag St. Martin's and use #holyweekathome

Service is at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Click HERE .
PLEASE NOTE, the time of this service was incorrect in Monday's email. Be sure to share with us via social media how you are observing Good Friday at home. Tag St. Martin's and use #holyweekathome

Service at NOON Friday.
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Be sure to share with us via social media how you are observing the Great Vigil of Easter at home. Tag St. Martin's and use #holyweekathome

Service at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Click HERE for the Holy Week Playlist.
EASTER, April 12
Join us for church this Sunday, Easter,
via Facebook Live
Join our Facebook Live service
at 10 a.m . this Sunday (April 12) . Plan to add your prayer requests and share the service with others.

Click HERE for the readings.

And don't forget to share with us via social media how you are celebrating Easter at home. Tag St. Martin's and use #holyweekathome.
Our friends in detention at the Stewart Detention Center are discouraged, fearful, and anxious during this pandemic. Take a moment this week to write a note of encouragement in Spanish, French or English to someone in immigration detention. Pictures drawn by children are also encouraged!   Instructions for how and what to write, and how to properly envelope, are found here.  
Please drop your notes in the mail slot at the church office by Sunday, April 19.  Caitlyn will (safely) collect them and mail them all together to our friends at El Refugio. 
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. 
Volunteer 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.
April 12
Margie Hicks

April 13
Lynn Carpenter
Warren Darby
Diane Friend
Kelly Gibbons
Virginia Glazebrook

April 14
Jackson D'Anna
Blake Herring
Joellen Coleman Koester

April 15
Eliza Allen-Daniel
Jenny Isgett
Tim Thames III
Jim Thrasher
Linda Zanders
April 16
Linda Maass

April 17
Marjorie Cleary
Patrick D'Anna
Alex Ferencik
Leslie Vang

April 18
Julie Bellon
Wayne Kirby
Kristl Tomlin

Ooops! We're sorry.
We listed Gracie Adams' birthday on the wrong date last week. Her birthday is April 6.
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 .
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Thank you for your gifts . . .
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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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Columbia, SC 29206
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