St. Martin's Newsletter
    E-News May 17, 2018


Monday, May 21, 2018,
we begin Day 364.
Weekly Worship Schedule
9:15 am Church School & Nursery
8 am & 9:30 am Holy Eucharist with Sermon 
*Adult Forums: time & schedule varies 

9 am Morning Prayer

3rd TUESDAY of the Month
5:30 pm Healing Service in the Chapel

              7 am Holy Eucharist
9 am Morning Prayer

9 am Morning Prayer
5:30 pm  Meditation Hour in the Chapel

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Sunday coming is Pentecost - meaning 50th day after Easter. With Pentecost Sunday, the long Easter Season draws to its close. I must confess to rather preferring the traditional name of Whitsun for this day. The meaning of whit is unclear. Some think it refers to the white vestments worn by the priest on this day before the current practice of wearing red. Another suggestion from John Mirk, an Augustinian Canon of the 15th century is the whit is a form of wytte meaning wisdom. Wytte is closer to our modern usage of whit to indicate presence of mind, so I rather like the suggestion that on Whitsunday the wisdom of God was poured into the followers of Jesus, transforming them in a very dramatic and radical way.
It's easy to focus on Luke's description in Acts 2:1-11 of the day in terms of the raging wind, the pyrotechnics of tongues of fire, and the ecstasy expressed in polyglot utterances. As Hollywood movies increasingly grab our attention with special effects, we are mentally conditioned to focus on the Holy Spirit's special effects. But the real power in Luke's depiction lies in verse 43 onwards:

Awe came upon everyone, ....All who belonged were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.
Luke describes a community of folk transformed through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The point for me is less about the details of the way they chose to organize community life, although the expansion of this text to -
from all according to ability -to all according to need - is an ideal I cherish. But for me, the point lies in the experience of community transformation. As a community the first Christians became magnetic, drawing increasing numbers of people into a new way of life. More than the rather idealistic sounding way of organizing community, the first Christians encountered a new way of being human. They became a community configuring itself for those who had yet to show up.
Being a community that is continually (re)configuring itself for those who have yet to show up is the primary goal for us at St Martin's. I am proud that we have embraced this as part of our mission identity. Yet, what I would like to draw our attention to more, is the fact that becoming the kind of community we all want to be part of requires two things.
  1. It requires placing our commitment to God pretty near the top if not at the top of our priorities, because we are familiar with the principle that the more you invest, the richer the personal return on your investment.
  2. It's the empowerment from within, the indwelling of God's Spirit that inspires the possibility. That which we can imagine for ourselves; that which through hard work and effort we can build by ourselves, pale when compared to that which God's Spirit, the Spirit of the risen and ascended Lord is already imagining us into becoming; empowering us to build beyond the limitations of only what we can imagine for ourselves.
Happy wytte - Whitsun -amplified and empowered presence of mind, Sunday. Remember to come to church wearing red!!!
This Sunday!
9:15 am Nursery

*Church School is cancelled*
Our East Side Choir School will join the Adult Choir this Sunday!
Helen Bodell will be ordained Sunday at 3 pm
at Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, RI.
WSG (Women's Spirituality Group)
6 pm at the home of Susan Allen

Next Week!
Emily Gray will present her senior project showcasing artwork from the
Crossroads Women's Shelter.
Acts 2: 1-21 (OT)  
 Romans 8:22-27  (NT)
John 15: 26-27; 16: 4b-15 (Gospel)

Here  for Readings
Here for Participants
Here for Working Preacher
Here to hear last Sunday's sermon
Here for Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints
(daily commemorations of significant women and men of our faith)
Thanks so much to everyone who donated to our outrageously successful KidZone Outreach Project on Sunday! Thanks to your generous donations, the kids, shepherded by Karen Ng and Mary Blake, made 80 comfort kits for our neighbors at the Epiphany Soup Kitchen. 
We'll be doing this project again in the Fall, so please remember to collect your hotel toiletries when you are traveling for business or pleasure so they can be used for future outreach lessons.

Donations can be deposited in the basket at the back of church or to the office,  marked "KidZone Outreach."
Coming Up! 

Estate Sale in the Great Hall
(see box below)
Saturday 9 am-3 pm,   Sunday 11:30-3 pm
For more information or to volunteer please contact Amy Fuller.
The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra will present its spring concert on Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 pm at Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston.
(see box below)
St. Martin's Men's Community (SMMC)
6:15 pm (Great Hall)
Knitting Ministry Potluck Lunch
in the 
Great Hall, 11:30 am to 3 pm
St. Mary's 7th Annual Lawn & Bake Sale
9 am-2 pm   81 Warren Avenue
East Providence, RI

 Estate Sale
June 2 (9-3) &June 3 (11:30-3)
St. Martin's Church
50 Orchard Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Fine Furniture, Lamps,
Decorative Pillows, Dishes,
Tabletop Items,
Outside Patio Furniture,
and More.
All proceeds go to support St. Martin's Church and its ministries.
St. Martin's Church, 50 Orchard Ave, Providence, RI 02906

We welcome donations of household items such as furniture and accessories, household goods, kitchen items, table top, artwork and bric-a -brac in very good condition. 

They must be delivered to the church no later than Friday, June 1st by 12 noon.

The Cloak is a ministry that represents us all! It is an expression of our community's concern for those who have become marginalized, the human casualties of so much that is wrong with our society and our world. 
The CLOAK needs:
Used: shirts, tee shirts, foot wear, jeans, sweaters, jackets, sweats, shoes and caps
New: white tube socks and boxer shorts

We would also appreciate the proceeds with which to purchase these items. Donation baskets will be at the rear of the church through Pentecost Sunday and/or please make checks payable to St Martin's Church with  Cloak ministry in the memo line.  

Please give what you can in goods or financial support so that the Cloak Ministry continues to address the desperate plight of so many of our brothers and sisters in each of our supported shelters.
The Rhode Island Civic Chorale

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra will present its spring concert on Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 pm at Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston. 

Among other works, the program will feature Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams.  Composed in 1936 as another war began to seem inevitable, the work is a cry for peace, using the Civil War poetry of Walt Whitman.  The final movement consists of passages from Jeremiah and other prophets, and concludes with the hymn the angels sang to the shepherds as they announced the birth of Jesus. 

Discounted tickets are available from Beth Shearer, Hal Conner, or Lauren Hill.
      Estate Clearing/Sale Committee: Volunteers Needed

Estate Clearing/Sale Committee: Volunteers Needed
On the heels of a financially successful Estate Clearing Project, we would like to formally create a committee to facilitate future similar endeavors. If you are interested in helping with this task please contact Amy Fuller at 401-481-4397 or at 

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you.