E-Messenger April 23, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This Sunday we will read together the story of the disciples' encounter with Christ on the road to Emmaus. Like in last week's gospels, the disciples were scared, probably "puffy-eyed," to use a term from Caitlyn's sermon. They were stressed, and, in this case, they were stressed and on a walk.

The road to Emmaus would not have been a difficult journey. These were a people who walked everywhere. Historians believe the trip was only about seven miles long, and while the road would have had rocky parts, the trip would have been mostly a gradual downhill. The walk for the disciples would have been easy enough for them to get lost in conversation. Much like some of the walks Denise and I have taken in recent weeks. Walks where fears, hopes, dreams, uncertainty and longing have all been discussed.

It is in this walk that Jesus shows up. Jesus shows up and lets the disciples know that everything is going to be okay. That "all will be well." With the governor's announcement that schools will be closed for the year, with economic uncertainty facing us, with fear, loss, and mixed emotions flooding us, Jesus' words now are more important than ever. Words like "peace be with you," words like "all shall be well."

As you walk this week, as you sit outside or work in your garden, as you travel to work or home, I encourage you to think of the journey to Emmaus, Jesus met the disciples back then, and I believe he will meet us now. "Peace be with you" and "All shall be well" will be his greetings, prayers, and promises to us all. I encourage you during this time to lean into Jesus and His love.

In Christ,
SUNDAY, April 26
Join us for church this Sunday via Facebook Live and Zoom
Join our Live online worship with YouTube at 10 a.m . this Sunday
(April 26) . Plan 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.

Are your parenting skills overwhelmed?
The Triple P Parenting program offers excellent resources for parents at all times, but maybe, especially, now.

Click HERE for information about parenting amid COVID-19 and more.

The Triple P site has some free resources, there are also resources that need to be purchased. If any parents would like to buy the package, but the cost is too much for you at this time, please contact either Courtney Baker or Susan Prinz .
All 9th-12th graders , Breakfast Zoom resumes at 8:15 a.m. Friday . Pour your juice and a bowl of cereal and log in to be with us.

And new this week!
Our middle school youth are invited to Zoom Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Fix a sandwich and log in to have lunch together. Can't wait to see you!

To join either group, click HERE .
Questions? Contact Courtney Baker .
Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Below you'll find all of the information you need to log on to our Tuesday Morning Bible Study, which begins at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday.

The 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.

This ancient practice of reading the Bible for God's guiding will take place on these Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m.  To print out the Gospel that will be used, go to  www.lectionarypage.net and click on the upcoming Sunday's date.

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 .
So many ways to enjoy
Forward Day by Day
The newest copies of Forward Day by Day are available in the office. If you will email Clayton King or call and leave him a message (803.787.0392), he will mail you a copy.

BUT DID YOU KNOW that you can also access the Day by Day podcast on your phone? The daily readings right there every day. Free of charge. You don't even have to get out of bed to listen! Click HERE to learn how to get the app for your phone.
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. 
Volunteeer 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 26
Luke Petit

April 27
Bosie McElveen
Vica Pruett
Harry Swagart
Hayden Tomlin
Jessica Yarborough

April 28
Grace Allen
Cissy Grabowski
Ann Frances Truluck
April 29
Dick Chappell

May 1
Wendy Dougall
Chuck Kirby
Sally Mullen

May 2
Jamie Mayson
Tiffany Munro
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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 Debbie King.
  • 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 .
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