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 Thursday, January 17, 2019
Rector's Musings

I think all of us are growing more and more concerned for Federal Government workers and their families as the partial government shutdown drags on into an unprecedented fourth week and beyond. St Martin’s regularly supports two local food banks: PICA and Camp Street Ministries . We would like to increase our level of support to both food banks during the period of the shutdown and appeal for contributions of nonperishable food items to be brought to church on Sundays. Baskets will be situated as you come into the church through the main doors and if you are delivering during the week, you can always gain entry to the church through the atrium entrance.

Evensong on Sunday evening provided an opportunity to use the Prayer Book’s Collects (set prayers) For Sound Government. Most of us probably don’t know that these exist and if so where to find them, but they express our Anglican concern for the institutions of government and civic society. These prayers form part of the section headed Prayers and Thanksgiving on page 814 and the Collects for Sound Government can be found beginning on page

I felt a deep collective sigh emanating from those around me in the congregation gathered within the intimate space of the chancel choir stalls as I prayed the lines... ( read on)

Annual Meeting
ONE Service only at 9:30 am

followed by brunch and the Annual Meeting. We will also celebrate the long-time ministry of Missy Bennett and Gordon Partington who retired at the end of the year.

Senior Warden   John Bracken
Junior Warden   David Brookhart
Treasurer   Mary Gray
Clerk   Amy Stewart

Members at Large
Susan Allen, Karen Ng, David Whitman

Convention Delegates
Mary Jane Pagan + TBD

ONE service only at 9:30 am!
( due to impending storm )
9:15 am Nursery
9:30 am Children in Church; Bring your Action Bibles
Guest Speaker at the 9:30 am service:
Sunday we welcome Joanne Harrison from the Episcopal Conference Center.
She is here to tell us about the ECC and its summer programs for
children and youth.

*ECC Camp Registration is now open!
Go to http://www.eccri.org/campprograms/ for more info.

On January 13, an Interfaith program of Jewish, Muslim, Christian and other interested youth, called Faith as Resistance, began with a breakfast at St. Martin’s Church. Please go to https://stmartinsprov.org/youth/ for a full report.
Estate Sale

     St. Martin’s is having an Estate Sale, February 23 and 24.
We are looking for donations of household goods, furniture, bric-a-brac, etc. Contributions can be dropped off between Feb 9 – 21.
Any questions please speak with Susan Esposito or Brigit Timpson.
Coffee Hour hosts needed!
Please see the sign-up chart in the Great Hall.
Thank you in advance.
 Visit our ' Thrifty Goose ' Thrift Shop!