E-Messenger May 31, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In Celtic spirituality there is a tradition called "walking the rounds." Walking the rounds involves intentionally walking to and around sacred sites while praying. It's a practice that is meant to sanctify/re-sanctify both a place and one's self. I bring this up because over the course of the next couple of weeks I want to invite you to "Walk the Rounds" at St. Martin's. In a physically distanced and safe way, I would like you to walk the perimeter of our church while praying.

If you are able, I am asking you all to encircle our common space in prayer. It will be a while yet before we are able to enter our buildings, and it will be quite some time after that before our worship will resemble what it once did, but our tradition as a spiritual people of prayer remains unchanged.

Today a new reopening committee will start its work via Zoom. Our goal is to provide plans for how we might safely be able to regather in worship, fellowship, prayer and learning. If you need something to pray about while walking your rounds, I offer that this work needs prayer. St. Martin's is a place that holds memories. It is a holy place for holy people. While we can not sit in the pews, we can reconnect with the land, with the grounds, with the gardens, and the labyrinth. Your clergy and staff remain committed to keeping our community connected until we can gather again. In the meantime feel free to walk the rounds.

In Christ,
SUNDAY, May 24
Join us for church this Sunday
via Live online worship with YouTube
Join our Live online worship with YouTube at 10 a.m . this Sunday . The Bulletin is attached, or you may access it below. And please continue 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
St. Martin's celebrates and gives thanks for all who have graduated this spring -- from children of parishioners to grandchildren of parishioners.
If you would like to submit a name for our ongoing prayer list, please use this form. Names will be shared weekly prior to worship and will be removed after three weeks, as in the past. 
Sixty-eight bags of food were recently packed from items in the Backpack pantry that would have expired over the summer, making them unable to use in the fall.
Lilly McKenzie and sister Campbell help pack bags on a recent afternoon.
Students at Crayton Middle School in need of food were able to pick up bags this week from St. Martin's Backpack Pantry when turning in laptops and other materials to Crayton. The bags were packed earlier this month by the McKenzie family and Sher Baechtold.
Could you help us tend the garden by signing up
for a watering or weeding slot? With all the recent rain,
we are more in need of weeding.
Food from the garden will be given away
to those in need of fresh vegetables this summer.
Mask update!
We need only 26 more masks to reach our goal of making and giving away 200!

Thank you for the 174 we have received thus far. You are helping to keep some of our must vulnerable populations safer.
Tucked-in at Bedtime Storytime this Sunday at 7 p.m. , on the church's YouTube channel . These stories are also posted on the Children's Ministry's Facebook page at the same time.
Pentecost dove
This week's Gospel is from John 20: 19-23. Click HERE for the reading. Questions to consider as you read it together:
  • What do you think it means to be sent by God?
  • Describe what you think the Holy Spirit is like.

More about the story HERE.
Pentecost activities HERE.
Jamison Welch
Hannah Frierson
Wallace Truluck
Project TPD (Toilet Paper Delivery)
High Schoolers donned their masks and delivered toilet paper last Friday to parishioners in need.
Our middle school youth are invited to Zoom Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fix a sandwich and log in to have lunch together.

H igh school Zoom is Friday at noon.

To join, click HERE . Questions? Contact Courtney Baker .
Want to learn about the Enneagram?
An evening Zoom study group about the Enneagram -- a tool for inner work that helps us learn more about who we were created to be -- will begin the week of June 15 with day and time to be decided by consensus. Sessions will be 90 minutes, and will use the book and study guide "The Road Back to You" (by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile), both of which are required and must be ordered on your own. Cron, a psychotherapist, is also an Episcopal priest and longtime student of the Enneagram. Stabile is an internationally known retreat director as well as a master Enneagram teacher. This class is open to the community and will be facilitated by St. Martin's parishioner Galen McWilliams. Contact Galen to take part or with questions.
Susan Prinz to offer class on emotional well being
Being emotionally healthy isn't easy under the best of circumstances, but especially during these days. And yet, emotional health isn't something that simply is; there are ways that we can have a positive impact on this aspect of our well-being. To be emotionally healthy means understanding our emotions and having control over how we express them. Beginning Tuesday, June 9, at 3 p.m., The Rev. Susan Prinz, Ph.D., will teach a four-week, one-hour Zoom course on Emotional Wellness. Enrollment is required with capacity for 10 participants. For more information, check out the Living Compass curriculum at  www.livingcompass.org. To enroll, contact Susan.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Join our Tuesday Morning Bible Study, which begins at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday. T he 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.
Commons Threads stitching their time over Zoom
If you would like to join the camaraderie of doing needlework or other hand-sewn projects, contact Stephanie Whitson so she can get you your Zoom invitation for the Common Threads gatherings taking place weekly on Sundays at 3 p.m.
May 31
Bob Ellis IV
Cheryl Munro
Molly Shields
Mia Stockard
Ria Tomlin

June 1
Kitty Haselden
Libby Nicholson

June 2
Cooper Adams
Gail Morrison

June 3
Zachary Hammond
June 4
Marsha Davis
Charlotte Hitchcock
Suzanne Stanland

June 6
Eleanor Graham
John Newton
Scotty Peek
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! The link for each Sunday's worship service is posted here along with lots of other SMIF news.
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