E-Messenger Aug. 27, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Last night, just after I had finished Pints with Priests, my phone lit up with text messages from Caitlyn. The messages were pictures of people praying together on the steps of the church. My response to her was, "It's starting to look like church!" Her reply was, "It sure feels like it." It sure feels like it.

When I first arrived at St. Martin's, I had a list of goals, and I had a list of expectations from the search committee. Some of those goals have been completed; others still need a lot of work, and because of COVID, some of those goals no longer seem important. COVID has changed us, changed our church, and changed our community. In the midst of this change, I think it is important to focus on what we the church are supposed to be doing. 

For me, it boils down to three things. First and foremost, we are called to worship our Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly, we are called to serve. And finally, we are called on to share the good news of Christ. Worship, Serve, Share.

It felt good to gather in front of the church and pray with you all this week! It felt like church. It felt like worship. It felt good. COVID has kept us apart and, yet, as we regather (albeit, in a physically distanced way), we have an opportunity to reorient our lives and the life of our church around the very essence of the gospel. Worship is the core of who we are. It's been great to pray with you. It feels like church.

In Christ,
SUNDAY, Aug. 30
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
Regular COVID hours now in place
The Parish Office is now open for business between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If it is necessary for you to visit, feel free to come during these hours. We ask that you wear a mask when in the office.
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 (new this week, Aug. 30): 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.
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MORE JUSTICE Town Hall scheduled
Everyone is invited to join MORE Justice for an online Town Hall gathering Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. to learn more about Group Violence Intervention (GVI), an evidence-based strategy proven to reduce gun violence in cities across the country.
All attendees must register beforehand
by clicking on the following link:
Produce boxes
to be delivered today
Pre-packaged boxes of fruits and vegetables from Livingston Farms/The Shack in Swansea will be available for pickup between 1:30 and 3 p.m. today (Aug. 27) in the back parking lot of the church. Prices are as follows:
  • Large Mix, $25
  • Small Mix,$10
  • Bags of tomatoes, $5
To reserve produce for next week's delivery, please visit @Livingston Farms/The Shack on Facebook and create a post by Wednesday (Sept. 2) with your pickup location (St. Martin's) and a list of items you want in your box. This ensures they pack enough items in the truck before leaving the farm. Credit cards are accepted.
Community Garden needs you!
Please click below to sign up to help water and weed the Community Garden.
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.
Tucked-in at Bedtime Storytime this Sunday at 7 p.m., on the church's YouTube channel. (These stories are also posted on the church's main Facebook page at the same time, and later in the week on the children's FB page.)
FAITH AT HOME for weekly reflections on the Gospel.

Resources for talking with children about race are HERE.
Be on the lookout, kiddos!
Something fun is coming your way.
Aug. 30
Callie Barrett
Ella Jenkins
Anita Nelam

Sept. 1
Anne Bailey
Jim Bell
Earl Bleakley
Rick Sprott
Sept. 2
Clive Archibald
Leigh Poteat

Sept. 4
Susan Carpenter
The Rev. Babcock Fitch
Anna Gahagan
Sean Munro

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.
Our teachers, professors and instructors
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.
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!
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.
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