E-Messenger Aug. 20, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

At the beginning of the quarantine, on Maundy Thursday, Susan Prinz preached a sermon about loving our neighbor as ourselves. She preached that "love of neighbor" was the reason we needed to be physically apart. We love our neighbor, so we distance. Since that sermon, we have learned a lot about COVID-19. We have learned about things such as viral load, physical distancing and contact tracing. We have learned that wearing masks works. We have learned that outside is safer than inside; we have learned that physical distancing works. We have also learned that, for some, physical isolation is dangerous. We have learned the value of community and the power of corporate prayer.

As we begin to re-open, we do so with all that we have learned in mind. When on campus with people other than your family "bubble," wear your mask. As we do outside services, bring a lawn chair, your prayer book, tablet or phone. Stay disciplined with your physical distancing. Remember you are doing this not for yourself, but for others.

Every Sunday at St. Martin's, people send the clergy prayer requests. Requests such as "I was just diagnosed with cancer, please pray for me," or "I am struggling with an auto-immune disorder," or "My blood pressure is high. I am trying to lose some weight. It's hard. I need support." These requests are real; they are human; they are why we will, as we begin to pray together in person, follow the rules. You wear your mask not for yourself, but for your brother or sister in Christ. We will follow the distancing protocols for the friend you have known for 30 years, the child you have watched grow up, the gentleman who first welcomed you to church, the woman who first invited you to a foyer group, and the person who you turn to when you need a friend to listen.

I am looking forward to regathering in simple ways, and I do so with confidence because I know we at St. Martin's can and will love our neighbors as ourselves. 

In Christ,
SUNDAY, Aug. 23
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 begin next week
St. Martin's will begin offering in-person, weekday worship starting 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. In the event of severe rain or lightning, services will be canceled. There will be no indoor rain plan.

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.
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The St. Luke's Ministry is in need of six more volunteers to help package meals in the St. Martin's Parish Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday. If you are able to help, please email Frances Burns and she will send you specific information about what is required, which door to use, etc. Masks are required. Thank you!
MORE JUSTICE Town Hall scheduled
Everyone is invited to join MORE Justice for an online Town Hall gathering Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. to learn more about Group Violence Intervention (GVI), an evidence-based strategy proven to reduce gun violence in cities across the country.
All attendees must register beforehand
by clicking on the following link:
Produce boxes
to be delivered today
Pre-packaged boxes of fruits and vegetables from Livingston Farms/The Shack in Swansea will be available for pickup between 1:30 and 3 p.m. today (Aug. 20) in the back parking lot of the church. Prices are as follows:
  • Large Mix, $25
  • Small Mix,$10
  • Bags of tomatoes, $5
To reserve produce for next week's delivery, please visit @Livingston Farms/The Shack on Facebook and create a post by Wednesday (Aug. 26) with your pickup location (St. Martin's) and a list of items you want in your box. This ensures they pack enough items in the truck before leaving the farm. Credit cards are accepted.
Community Garden needs you!
Please click below to sign up to help water and weed the Community Garden.
#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.
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.
St. Martin's choir members recently hosted a farewell parade for Susan Palmer, a choir member and former junior warden of St. Martin's who is moving to Virginia. Godspeed, Susan. Visit soon and often.
Aug. 24
Bob King

Aug. 25
Sterling Beckman

Aug. 26
Jack Parker

Aug. 27
Andrew Askins
Eloise Bedenbaugh
Robert Ellis III
Aug. 28
Rebecca Wrenn
Libba Hawkinson
Thomas Horan
Kate Jones
Courtney Truluck

Aug. 29
Galen McWilliams
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.
Our teachers, professors and instructors
Angela Adams
Dottie Adams
Allison Askins
Frank Avignone
Bill Bacon
Ginger Barfield
Michael Bellon
Elizabeth Bentrup
Debbie Billings
Drew Bozard
Bill Canaday
Gwen Geidel
Pam Hair
Tayloe Harding
Amy Hayden
Elizabeth Hayden
Amanda Hines
Randy James
Elizabeth Jennings
Carol McGinnis Kay
Jody Lumpkin
David Jones
Kate Jones
Mike Meadows
Martin McWilliams
Caroline Nagel
Scotty Peek
Valerie Pruett
Kelly Renko-Clarkson
Allison Rashley
Kyle Sanders
Amy Shuler
Denise Smith
Amanda Stockard
Slayden Thomas 
Sara Thornton
Jim Thrasher
Anne Vickers
If we have missed someone, please let us know so we can add them
to the list. Email names to allison.askins@smifsc.com.
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!
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.
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