E-Messenger Sept. 3, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Sometimes it's the little things that put a smile on our face! Sometimes it's the little things that can change the course of a day.

This Sunday we are going to celebrate the Eucharist at St. Martin's via YouTube, filming the breaking of the bread as a part of our YouTube LIVE worship service. We will have a prayer for spiritual communion for all of you who will be watching at home. If it helps your prayers, and you would like to have a little bread and a little wine to receive on your own, then by all means have it ready.

But back to that little thing that can change the course of a day. The little thing for me was walking by the office door and seeing the rough draft of a bulletin for the service of Holy Eucharist come out of the copier. It took my breath away. It looked just like our bulletins used to look. The sight of it was comforting, so comforting that I mentioned it to Robyn who does our bulletins and she said in response, "It felt good to make it."

This experience was a little reminder of one of the major components of our lives at St. Martin's that has been gone these past six months. In six months, a lot has changed for all of us. I never thought I would get used to seeing masks in public. Now I am surprised when I don't see one. I never thought I would get used to standing six feet apart from people. Now I am surprised when someone comes into my bubble. In the midst of so much change, the little moments of normalcy, the little moments of comfort are important. I encourage you to savor these moments for they are holy and can be sources of renewal.

As outside church continues, as we get better and better with our live streaming and choreography of going "on camera" and "off camera," as we get more fluid with E-church and E-learning, I am reminded by my simple bulletin experience today that, one day, COVID will pass. The more we do to help it pass -- by keeping a safe social distance, wearing our masks, and being careful in our interactions -- the sooner this will happen. But in the meantime, I will endeavor this week to savor the little things until we can hug again. 

In Christ,
SUNDAY, Sept. 6
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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Office will be closed
Monday, Sept. 7, for the Labor Day holiday.
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. Please note: No services Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day.
  • 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.
Community Garden needs you!
Please click below to sign up to help water and weed the Community Garden.
Join St. Martin's Reads via Zoom
St. Martin’s Reads will meet Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom to discuss "The Pianist from Syria: A Memoir" by Aeham Ahmad.The book is a moving account of a family's nomadic struggle as refugees in three countries: from Palestine to Syria to Germany. Richard Smith will lead the discussion. 

If anyone would like to be included in the Zoom invitation,
send your email address to
Carol McGinnis Kay at carolk@sc.rr.com.
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.
Everybody loves a fun package! One is coming your child's way.
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.
Sept. 6
Vernon Brantley
Donna Oliphant

Sept. 7
Charlotte McDonnell
Amy Shuler

Sept. 8
Christine Clark
Bobbi Kennedy

Sept. 9
Alice McCrory
Matthew Meadows
Sept. 10
Debbie Billings

Sept. 11
Sandra Carter
Bess Gayle
Emily Jones
Jeff Whitson

Sept. 12
Barbara Kelly
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.
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.
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