St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
February 13, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday
Rules vs. Relationships
"Let your word be 'Yes, Yes' or 'No, No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one." - Matthew 5:37

REFLECT: "If we are to be faithful to Christ then we must take an honest look within ourselves and answer some hard questions. In what ways is our life divided and fragmented? Are we living as one person on the inside and another on the outside? Have we kept the rules but lost the relationship?...Obedience to the law is more than just keeping the rules. It is, ultimately, keeping the relationship. That is a choice each one of us makes every moment of every day. That choice comes from deep within us. It is the choice between life and death…Every time we choose life, every time we keep the relationship, we are participating in the life of God…We are making God present in this world through our life and humanity…Let’s choose life, let’s keep the relationship. Let’s not stop choosing and keeping so that wherever we go, whoever we are with, whatever we are doing there is nothing but life, there is only life, there is nothing but God, there is only God."
PRAY: "Divine Gardener, you give growth to our seeds and to the towering forest trees; you raise to abundant life that which seems dead. Teach us to choose blessing and life rather than death, so that we may walk blamelessly, seeking you through reconciliation with all of your children. Amen."
T his Week's Schedule

Friday, February 14
9:30am Makin' Music

Sunday, February 16
Rev. David Laquintano, Celebrant
8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Children rehearse with the choir
10:00am Holy Eucharist/Families in Worship/Children's Choir

Tuesday, February 18
9:30am Makin' Music
6:30pm Yoga Class

Wednesday, February 19
9:30am Makin' Music
12:15pm Holy Eucharist
7:00pm AA Meeting

Thursday, February 20
7:00pm Joint Vestry Meeting @ CCI
Families in Worship
Families in Worship-February 16th

At 9:30 AM children of all ages are invited to rehearse with the Choir. Children will be part of the worship service and share the gift of song. Megan and Elizabeth will be in the chapel by the Gurley Room, with books and toys for nursery-aged children. Pew bags and additional crafts will be available in the chapel, too.
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!
Ash Wednesday
The Start of Lent

Our Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26th. At 7:00 PM, St. Martin’s will host a Communion service with the imposition of ashes. Come and take advantage of this solemn event with prayer, song, and reflection.
Lent 2020
Embracing Change

The CCI-SMC Lenten Prayer Service and Supper Wednesdays will include guest speakers -

Jen Elsier, Risk Taking
Charlie Miller, Relationship Building
Buff Barnes, Perserverance & Renewal
Rev. Dennis Bingham, Transitions
Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Moving Forward

The location will alternate between the two churches starting with Christ Church on March 4th at 6:00 PM. Mark your calendar to experience these special services.
Vestry Update
February's Meeting

The next joint Vestry meeting will be on Thursday, February 20th, at Christ Church, Ithan. Please contact a Vestry member with any concerns and/or suggestions you'd like discussed. Members include Sandy Reinhardt (Rector's Warden), Fran Pettit (Parish Warden), Al Murphy, Carisa Gring, McLeod Gwynette, Abby Thomas and new member, Dave DeWitt.
Search Committee
Shared Rector Search Update

The Search Committee has narrowed the list of candidates for the Shared Rector position down to three. They are in the process of checking references and have scheduled visits to each candidate. The first visit was on Sunday, 2/9, and the last visit is scheduled for March 1st. Following these visits the Committee will narrow the list of candidates to just two. Those finalists will visit our churches and meet with our Vestries. Stay tuned for more updates on this process.
Chili Cook-Off
The Winners!

First:  Stephen Gutsche
Second, Third, and Fourth place tie : Rich Booker, Helen Meyers, and Stephen Gutsche (yes, he entered two chilis and won both first and tied for second)

All entrants received votes. Additional chefs were Walt Albert, Abby and Barry Thomas, Steve and Deb Parker, Matt and Kathy Wynn, Dave and Laura Dewitt, Brian and Laura Penny.Thanks everyone!
Bible Study
Bible Study Wrap-Up

Bible Study will be on break until after Easter. Discussion of the three Synoptic Gospels has concluded. Deb Parker is looking for suggestions on what to read and discuss next. It can be another book of the Bible, a different book, or even a movie. Please email ideas to Deb.
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37