E-Messenger March 12, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Holy wow! This week has been a lot. I know some folks are feeling anxious about Coronavirus, others are feeling angry that it has disrupted their lives. I have had some folks say St. Martin's is being overly cautious; others have said we aren't doing enough. Hope this means we are right where we need to be.

Please, if you are feeling sick or nervous about coming to church, stay home, but know you can participate by watching our services on Facebook Live . This week, we will have our Celtic service on Sunday and Caitlyn's ordination on Thursday live streamed.

Here's how to follow the services on Facebook:

  • At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday or 6 p.m. on Thursday, click on the church's Facebook page. If you are watching on a personal computer, you will see a red LIVE button next to Videos on the left hand side of the page. Click there and select the live video for the service.

  • If you are watching on your phone, again, go to the church's Facebook page at the time of the service, and the live video should pop up first on your screen once you are on the church's page.

If you are feeling okay with coming to church, then please come, but as you do, please also respect personal boundaries and use common sense. We have heard all week what we are supposed to do in terms of contact with others. Take these warnings to heart and follow them. As of now, our worship from last Sunday to this Sunday will not change except for one thing. The bishop has directed that we stop the use of intinction (i.e., dipping the host into the wine) so, when you receive the chalice, either sip it or skip it, but don't dip it . Know the clergy of St. Martin's are trying our best. Please be kind to us and each other. 

In Christ,
FRIDAY, March 13
The  Senior High Breakfast has moved to Bruegger's on Forest Drive  for the month of March. If you are a 9th-12th grader, come join us for fun, food and fellowship starting at 6:45 a.m. on Friday (March 13) . Friends are always welcome to join, and breakfast is on us!
SUNDAY, March 15
It's time for our Celtic Mass!
Be sure to invite friends to our Celtic Mass Sunday (March 15) at 10:30 a.m. Musical accompaniment to the Adult Choir by the Sean Heely Celtic Trio. You do not want to miss this beautiful service enriched by the Celtic tradition.
Adults are invited to join Caitlyn Darnell at 9 a.m. Sunday (March 15) in the Garden Room for "The Way of Love" series. The class is exploring the ancient pathways and practices that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. The class also has a Facebook Group where discussion continues and resources are provided. Catch up online during the week. Coffee in the kitchen in The Commons on Sunday.
Our resident doctor/priest
to lead class on COVID-19
Learn about the virus, precautions you should be taking and the church's call to respond -- now and in other health crises in our history. The Rev. Chuck Petit, M.D. will lead “COVID-19 and the Church’s Response to a Pandemic” in the Parish Hall. If you attend, and as a result miss Caitlyn’s class, you can catch up by joining the Facebook Group for the class on the church’s Facebook page.
Sunday (March 15) is Gravatt Day for our youth. Meet at Gravatt at 2:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Pickup/leave after dinner. Parents, please don't forget to send in waivers and bring $20 per adult with you on Sunday. Registration has closed for this event. 

ALSO PLEASE RSVP to Courtney Baker for:
  • EYC Pilates on March 22;
check email and GroupMe messages from Courtney.
Children ages 4 through 3rd grade are invited to join us each Sunday during Lent for a fun and interactive Lenten series being led by Judy Carter and Libby Nicholson, in the Godly Play room in The Commons, at 9 a.m.

Fourth- and fifth-graders meet at 9 a.m. in the classroom at the top of stairs in The Commons. 
Corona Virus etiquette
We recommend that parishioners not shake hands with one another during The Peace, or with the clergy after the service, and that we all respect personal space between one another to prevent potential spread of the Coronavirus. You may take only the bread at Communion, but we are continuing to practice use of the Common Cup though no intinction (dipping of the wafer) is allowed at this time. Fortified port is used and each chalice is wiped and turned after each parishioner’s use.
Common Threads & Quilters
The monthly gathering of Common Threads and the Quilting Angels will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday (March 15) in St. Luke's Studio. Bring any project you are working on.
TUESDAY, March 17
Each Tuesday, beginning at  7:30 a.m., a group of parishioners gathers in All Saints' Hall in the Parish Hall  for Morning Prayer and breakfast. A book study is also included. All is done by 9 a.m. Visitors welcome.
Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Tuesdays at noon in the chapel.
Our Lenten Wednesdays will not be held this week due to Caitlyn Darnell's ordination on Thursday (March 19). We resume Wednesday, March 25.
Every Wednesday during the school year! Invite a middle school or senior high friend to the Loft from 3:30 - 5 p.m.  Snacks, games, homework time ... and always chaperoned.
THURSDAY, March 19
We're celebrating Caitlyn’s ordination to the diaconate !
Caitlyn Darnell will be ordained to the sacred order of deacons  on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m.
here at St. Martin’s
The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo of the Diocese of Upper South 
Carolina will officiate. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Plan to join us for this joyous occasion and important step in Caitlyn’s ministry. 
Stay tuned for more detailed information about Holy Week , which begins on Palm Sunday (April 5) .
Holy Week services include:
  • Agape Meal, April 8
  • Maundy Thursday service and overnight prayer vigil on April 9
  • Good Friday services and the Way of the Cross on April 10
  • Followed by the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday, April 11
  • And Easter Sunday services on April 12.
Instead of our monthly Holy Hike, we are inviting parishioners to take part in the Midlands 2020 Heart Walk Saturday, March 28, in honor of the late Bruce Carter, a beloved parishioner who suffered from heart disease.

The walk will begin at Colonial Life Arena.
CHECK-IN is at 8 a.m. and START is at 9 a.m.

To donate to the St. Martin's team online, click HERE . You will need to click on the team category at the bottom of the page and search for St. Martin's.

For more information about this parish effort, contact Ann Avignone by email at abavignone@gmail.com .
We donated 235 pounds last week, and are at a total of 3,050 pounds year to date.

We are now collecting regular items such as canned meats, vegetables and paper products.
We are collecting readers for Haitian patients who will receive eye care from Columbia ophthalmologist Hal Crosswell later this month. Baskets in the narthex. 
Our Crayton Backpack Program provides weekend meals to 30 students at Crayton, the middle school across the street from the parish. Needed items are ramen noodles, raisins, applesauce, green beans, corn and Completes meals .
March 15
Tom Daniel
Nancy Kirby

March 16
Jeanne McDaniel
Elizabeth Thornton-Ninancuro
Margaret Sprott
March 18
Charles Harding
Elinor Thompson

March 20
William Dougall

March 21
Virginia Jones

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 Sunday's service will be LIVESTREAMED .
Follow St. Martin's on Instagram at @smifsc. Encourage friends and family to follow us, too!
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.
If you have been visiting with us and are now interested in membership, please  fill out the Welcome/Prayer Request card available in each pew and place it in the offering plate so we can be in touch with you about next steps.
We have TWO easy ways to get a church directory: one is an app for your phone and the other is by creating an account on our website (go to login button on homepage and follow prompts). 

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 Member Login button on the homepage of the church

If you have created a login, but don't remember your password: Contact   robyn.holt@stmartinsinthefields.com .

Here's how to get the app, depending on the type of phone you have (iphone or Android):
5220 Clemson Avenue
Columbia, SC 29206
803.787.0392 | www.stmartinsinthefields.com