E-Messenger Aug. 13, 2020

Dear St. Martin's Family,

This time of year always brings back memories -- shopping for new shoes and school supplies, maybe a lunch box. Getting together with friends again, football games, brand new spiral notebooks and three-ring binders. And, oh, the smell of mimeographed worksheets! (I know, I'm showing my age here...).

As our children and teachers prepare to head back to school in this age of Covid-19, some things are similar and some are profoundly different. Those returning to in-class learning will find their classrooms acutely altered with hand sanitizer, masks and physical distancing a new part of life. Our teachers have been incredibly hard at work preparing safe classrooms, or upgrading their virtual learning plans. For all of us, but perhaps especially for our teachers, children, and families, this has been a chaotic and uncertain time with the ways to move forward frequently changing.

As we watch our beloved children and young people return to schools and colleges, as we walk alongside our teachers and faculty who are part of the St. Martin's family, I ask that you pray for all of them in the weeks ahead. We have listed their names below so that you can pray for them individually, and if we've inadvertently left any names off, please let us know right away so we can add that name to the list.

We are family at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, and we love each other fiercely. I find comfort in that reality as we walk in this pandemic desert time, knowing that not only does God have our backs, but we have each other's backs as well. Each and every one of you is a blessing, and I am grateful.

Angela Adams
Dottie Adams
Allison Askins
Frank Avignone
Bill Bacon
Ginger Barfield
Michael Bellon
Elizabeth Bentrup
Debbie Billings
Bill Canaday
Gwen Geidel
Pam Hair
Tayloe Harding
Amy Hayden
Elizabeth Hayden
Jody Lumpkin
David Jones
Kate Jones
Mike Meadows
Martin McWilliams
Caroline Nagel
Scotty Peek
Valerie Pruett
Allison Rashley
Amy Shuler
Denise Smith
Slayden Thomas 
Sara Thornton
Jim Thrasher
If we have missed someone, please let us know so we can add them to the list. Email the name to allison.askins@smifsc.com.
SUNDAY, Aug. 16
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.
Outdoor services to begin soon
St. Martin's will begin offering in-person, weekday worship starting the week of Aug. 24.

Daily prayer services will take place on the Point (on the sidewalk in front of the church), Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., beginning Aug. 24. Wednesday services are adult-only. Masks and social distancing will be required at all services.

Parishioners are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, Book of Common Prayer and Bible though all will be available if needed. While this will be very different from the worship we are accustomed to, we so look forward to worshiping with you in person again.
Thank you for helping out!
The Casserole Ministry is NOT in the building, but it is gearing up for another round of casserole preparation from the safety of home. Thank you to all who showed up this week to gather packaging supplies. Your next steps are listed below: 
  • Deliver frozen casseroles back to the Parish Office on Tuesday, Aug. 18, or Thursday, Aug. 20, between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. We'll have a cooler just outside the parish office for drop-off. Thanking all in advance for supporting this meaningful ministry!
Community Garden needs you!
Please click below to sign up to help water and weed the Community Garden.
We have almost reached our goal for notes of encouragement!
Our cards are getting mailed off today to our partners at El Refugio and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (whose deacon works with Irwin Detention Center).
  • Our goal is 100 total notes. We have just 36 left to hit our goal! They are going to men at Stewart Detention Center and women at the Irwin Detention Center.
  • For guidelines & video, go to the OUTREACH PAGE of our website.
  • For sample notes in Spanish or English, click HERE.
#GospelsbyHand Challenge!
See scripture in a whole new way -- in your own handwriting! You're invited on a formational (and transformational) journey through the Gospel of Mark. All you need is a Bible, a pen, and some paper. The challenge is to copy down 10 verses per day. That's it! 

  • Prizes for whoever completes the challenge (besides the prize of spiritual edification).
  • Join the Facebook group to share your progress pics, reflections, and receive encouragement from your friends! Or follow along on Instagram! 
  • Challenge open to anyone: adults, youth, and friends!
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.
If you would like to learn more in-depth about the history and work of the Church, consider taking part in the Education for Ministry program. This four-year program created by Sewanee is available each fall at St. Martin's. This year's classes will start via Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. with leader Terri Bailey. Once face-to-face meetings are allowed, a combination of Zoom and in-person gatherings will take place. For more information about the class, the cost to take part and how materials are ordered, please contact Terri at terri.bailey@icloud.com.
Congrats, Camp Gravatt staffer!
A special congratulations to St. Martin's member Lane Poteat, who was one of two recipients of the Camp Gravatt 2020 Archdeacon Frederick C. Byrd Award for Outstanding Staffer of the Year! Lane is pictured here with the other recipient, Hayden Ifkovits. This is what Camp Gravatt had to say about these two: "Despite this new and difficult territory, these two staff members went above and beyond each day and truly embodied what it means to be a Gravatt staff member. They were beaming sources of motivation, kindness, unity, and Christ’s love." St. Martin's stands as a strong supporter of the work of Camp Gravatt and is deeply appreciative of all its staffers, especially those with St. Martin's roots!
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.
for kids and teenagers
It's simple! 
1. Be a kid or teenager. 
2. Read the Gospel of Mark. 
3. Prove to Mitch that you read it. 
That's it! There's no time limit, but the first one to the finish line might get a bonus snow cone.
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.
Aug. 16
Jack Wall V

Aug. 17
Fred Huiet
Andrew Jones
Lilly McKenzie

Aug. 18
Dick Blencowe
Mike Hitchcock
Erika McLendon
Aug. 19
Diane Wadford

Aug. 20
Gabe Jenkins
Raven McCrory

Aug. 21
Rankin Fisher III

Aug. 22
Laurette Burdyl
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.
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!
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