E-Messenger March 19, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This morning I sent an email to staff. An hour later it was obsolete. I am afraid that this will be our reality for the next month or so. Information will change. What was true an hour ago, may not be true now.

The staff at St. Martin's has been incredible in responding. I am grateful to our entire team. So, for now here is what I know.

Today, our bishop has directed all in-person worship services and committee meetings to be placed on hold until April 30. I pray that we will be able to come back together soon after that date, but would not be surprised if it is changed again. So, how will we do church?

St. Martin's is reimagining every aspect of worship and what it means to be a worshiping community in this environment. With this in mind, we have begun to launch our own YouTube Channel . We will have six content areas: Worship and Meditation , Christian Education, Children and Youth, Health Updates, Pastoral Care and Music . A devotion from Susan is available now.

We will be providing content in a totally new way with daily YouTube posts and some livestreaming on Facebook. Also, we will have a brief prayer service on Facebook Live every Sunday at 10 a.m ., which will be followed by a more indepth video. Our newly ordained Caitlyn Darnell will be leading the first one this Sunday, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

We also have physicians who have volunteered to have free virtual office hours; personal shoppers willing to help; community service updates; a parish pastoral care phone tree, and much much more. While we will not be able to gather physically for a while, the structure of our virtual community has been built.

So how can you help?
  • We need every member who is on Facebook to "like" the St. Martin's Facebook Page.
  • We also need you to share it with others.
  • Finally, we need you to participate; i.e., when we ask for prayer requests, type in prayer requests in the comments, but remember it is a public forum so post only what can be public. But even in this way, we can virtually link our hands together.
St. Martin's staff is leading the way in how we will do church. We are currently serving not just our diocese but also churches around the country. Our content, our meditations, our outreach is ahead of the game.

As it continues to evolve, please participate and share it. Not only will we continue to serve our members, but we will serve the wider church, the Body of Christ.

Please be kind to each other, be safe, and be well.
In Christ,
Here's how to follow services on Facebook:

If you want to watch on your phone, and have the Facebook app, go to the church's Facebook page at 10 a.m. and navigate to the video section.

If you are watching on your personal computer, click HERE to go to the church's Facebook video feed.

TODAY, March 19
Join us in celebrating Caitlyn Darnell’s ordination to the sacred Order of Deacons at 6 p.m. tonight (March 19) via livestream.

Click HERE to view, whether you have a Facebook account or not. The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina will officiate.

Share your prayers for Caitlyn's ministry by clicking HERE.
FRIDAY, March 20
The Senior High breakfast is still on Friday morning (March 20) ...just via Zoom!

All 9th-12th graders are invited to join us for breakfast at home at 8:15 a.m. Pour a bowl of cereal or toast a bagel and join the online breakfast.

Click here:  https://zoom.us/j/9064524290  to log in via computer. The Zoom application will automatically start downloading even if you have previously used Zoom. You will need to install it to join the call.

Questions? Contact Courtney Baker at  courtney.baker@smifsc.com

SUNDAY, March 22
Join us for church this Sunday via Facebook Live
Join our Facebook Live service at 10 a.m . this Sunday (March 22) . Our newly ordained Caitlyn Darnell will be leading the service. Add your prayer requests and share the service with others.

Click HERE for the readings.
Click HERE for the Book of Common Prayer.
Be on the lookout each Sunday and Wednesday for some special stories we will be sharing via Facebook and St. Martin's YouTube channel.

  • Each Sunday by 7 p.m., we will be posting a "tucked-in-at-bedtime" story.
  • Each Wednesday by 10 a.m., we will be sharing a "Faces of Easter" story. You could work on this with your children during the day, or share it as a family at dinner.  
Other programming options for your children:
  • Click HERE for wonderful faith at home resources.
  • Click HERE for the sweet children's book "Candle Walk" by Karen Holsinger Sherman.
  • Click HERE for free programming being provided by SCETV.
  • Click HERE for virtual activities from museum visits to zoo walks.
On Monday, Courtney Baker will send clues through all youth platforms -- Facebook, GroupMe and Instagram -- for a virtual scavenger hunt to be done from home. All submissions are due back to Courtney via email by Friday.

We will have one middle school winner and o ne high school winner picked at random. Prizes will be gift cards to ChikFil-A and Starbucks.

A Holy Moment with Susan has been posted to FaceBook and on our YouTube Channel today (March 19). This is a short devotion with the Rev. Susan Prinz, Ph.D., in our chapel.
Bishop Waldo has issued a pastoral letter extending the pause of services through April 30. Take heart, we will still celebrate Holy Week, and that work is underway. Click HERE to read Bishop Waldo's letter.
Crisis often leads to great generosity and creativity.
Church Publishing is among those leading the way within the Episcopal Church.
Click HERE for an online version of the Book of Common Prayer that is now being provided free of charge during this uncertain time. You now have a version of the prayer book you can use on your own or reference during online services.

We donated 845 pounds to Harvest Hope Food Bank last week, and are at a total of 3,895 pounds year to date.

March 22
John Henderson
Charles MacInnis
Mollie Riley

March 23
Heather Cairns
Pamela Collum
Taylor Jones

March 24
Harold Munro
Rebecca Wallace
March 25
Danielle Conwell

March 26
Jeri Hagell
Park Tupper

March 27
Lisa LaBorde
Sarah Mason
Elin Seeley

March 28
Tim Kana
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, where we post:
  • The 3-Word Gospel on Tuesdays
  • Compline from Home each evening.
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