THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
January 30, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday
Light in the Darkness
 
"Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." - Luke 2:29-32
 
TO KNOW: Candlemas, a mid-winter celebration of hope and light, is observed on February 2nd. It commemorates the purification of Mary after giving birth, the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, and Jesus' meeting with Simeon and Anna. Dating from the fourth century, the celebration typically includes Simeon's prayer (Nunc Dimitis, Luke 2:25-35), the blessing of candles, and a procession with candles.Join us at Sunday's 10:00 AM service to add some light to your life with special prayers and illumination!
 
TO PRAY:
"God of night and of day,we praise you for the brightness of our sun, for the softer light of the moon and the splendor of the stars, for the fires of earth that bring us light and warmth...By the great and small lights we mark our days and seasons, we brighten the night and bring warmth to our winter, and in these lights we see light: Jesus, whose light we receive in baptism, whose light we carry by day and by night. All praise be yours through Christ, the light of nations, the glory of Israel, for ever and ever. Amen."

From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers
Calendar
T his Week's Schedule

Friday, January 31
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, February 2
Rev. David Laquintano, Celebrant
8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School for all ages
10:00am Holy Eucharist/Candlemas
11:30am Chili Cook-Off in Bolingbroke

Tuesday, February 4
9:30am Makin' Music
5:30pm Worship Planning Meeting
6:30pm Yoga Class

Wednesday, February 5
9:30am Makin' Music
10:00am Staff Meeting
6:00pm Bible Study @ SMC
7:00pm AA Meeting
CCI-SMC Party
It's Get-Together Time!

Rick and Mollie Wheeler of CCI will be hosting a Pot Luck Supper for CCI and SMC members this Saturday, February 1st, at 6:00 PM. The address is 700 Sproul Road, Bryn Mawr. Click this eVite link to RSVP and to sign up for what you can bring. If you have any issues with the link, please contact the CCI office at 610-688-1110.
Sunday School
Selling Soup and Sharing!

Souper Bowl Sunday is here! Last week we prepared for the big day by reading about God's creation. One way we can share our blessings and be thankful for what God does for us is by helping those who do not have enough to eat.

Sunday School begins at 9:30 AM in the large Sunday School room, for ages 3 and older. We will continue to make Souper Bowl jars to sell after the service and at Bolingbroke during the Chili Cook-Off. Then we will return to working on our newest Old Testament scenes with Legos.

The nursery is also open and Megan will babysit our younger members starting at 9:30 AM. If you have any questions or would like to join us, please contact Ms. Deb.
Chili Cook-Off
To all Chefs and Taste Testers!

The 22nd Annual Chili Cook-off will be after the 10 AM service at Bolingbroke this Sunday, February 2, 2020. Bring your appetite and be ready to cast your vote. First, second, and third place winners will be announced. Great prizes will be awarded! Questions? Please call the main office at 610-688-4830.
Bible Study
Wrap-Up Night-Feb. 5th

On Wednesday, February 5th, we will conclude the Parallel Gospel Bible Study book. We will meet at St. Martin's at 6:00 PM for a BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinner) special two hour session. Dessert will be provided. Connect with other adults when we read the Gospels and follow Jesus from Holy Week through the Resurrection.
 
Both Christ Church and St. Martins are invited to call, write or talk to Deb Parker if you have suggestions on what book of the Bible or another book you might like to explore when we resume the Adult Discussions after Lent. This is a chance to also propose alternative days or times that fit your schedule.
Annual Meeting
Report Access

There was a nice turnout for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 26th.Thanks to Vestry members, ministry leaders, and staff who helped prepare for this informational gathering. The report can be accessed online. Click here to view and/or download a copy, or call the main office (610-688-4830) for a hard copy.
Search Committee
Shared Rector Search Update

The Search Committee has completed preliminary on-line interviews and has identified five possible candidates for the Shared Rector position. At our next meeting we will narrow the list down to three finalists. Following reference checks, we will be arranging visits to the current parishes of these remaining candidates. As we approach what may well be the most challenging part of this process, we ask for your prayers. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.
Vestry Update
Joint Vestry Meeting Report

The two vestries met on Thursday, January 23rd at Bolingbroke Mansion, St. Martin`s Church. The meeting began with our Covenant a prayer. The focus of the meeting was a status report on the progress of the Search Committee.Tonight’s conversation gave both vestries the opportunity to ask Pierce Eckhart and Abby Thomas, the two Committee representatives, questions directly. It was a productive conversation, and our vestries felt affirmed about the direction in which our two churches were headed, and it was clear that there will Be much work to do once a new Rector is called. Read more...
Yoga Class
Stretch and Destress

Yoga with The Rev. Amanda Eiman returns...digitally. Same place. Same time. Meet in the Gurley Room at 6:30 PM on Tuesdays to experience Yoga via Skype. The sessions are for all levels - beginners to experienced. Everyone deserves a stretch break! Join us!
Lent 2020
Embracing Change

Save-the-Dates for the CCI-SMC Lenten Prayer Service and Supper Wednesdays. The location will alternate between the two churches starting with Christ Church on March 4th at 6:00 PM. Stay tuned for more details.
Lay Ministry
Training Opportunity

The. Rev. Ken McCaslin, Deacon at St. David's Church, will facilitate a Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Training Program for the Diocese here at St. Martin's Church. Classes will be held in the Gurley Room at 7:00 PM on Tuesdays from April 21st through June 16th. To become certified, candidates must complete an application, meet with clergy, attend the in-person training, and visit patients with mentorship. More details can be found on St. David's website.
Diocesan Event
A Life to Celebrate

Preparations are being made for the 2020 Diocesan-wide celebration of the life and ministry of Blessed Absalom Jones. One choir rehearsal remains on Saturday, February 1st, from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Philadelphia Cathedral (38th & Ludlow Sts-free parking). Contact Earl Jefferson by email or phone (215-964-3350) if you have questions. The Absalom Jones Celebration will be held at the Cathedral on Saturday, February 8th at 9:30 AM with a reception to follow. If anyone is interested in representing St. Martin's Church, please call the main office at 610-688-4830.
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40