Keeping Community

Keeping Community. Growing Faith.

Dear St. Martin’s Parish Family,
Even though we were not able to come together to worship with one another on Sunday, or come to the various events and group meetings that normally would take place this past week, as the body of Christ known as St. Martin’s, we are all still connected one to another. We had over 250 individual views of Sunday’s virtual service and are now offering a daily prayer services online.
We are being challenged now to keep those connections, finding new ways to worship, to continue to grow and develop our faith. We have not stopped doing the work of forming disciples for Jesus Christ.
Read below to learn about the new ways to experience worship together, pray together for one another, and continue to grow deeper in our faith despite our physical distance. There are opportunities for daily worship together, for growing your faith in a variety of ways, and for us to hold one another before God in our prayers.
Please continue to check in on one another, continue best hygiene practices, and pray for those whose lives have been affected by this virus outbreak in our region and our world. You are an important member of our parish family, this body of Christ here at St. Martin’s; you are known and loved.

With God’s Peace and Blessings for the week ahead,
~ The Rev. Matthew Hanisian, Rector

KEEPING COMMUNITY

Please pray for all those whose lives have been affected by this pandemic, especially our health care workers, first responders and all who are working to help keep us safe. As God’s beloved people of faith, these are the times we must draw closer to God in both faith and fear, trusting in God’s unending love for us.

Prayer is the universal way people of faith stay connected, both with one another and with God. I invite you to pray daily for our parish family, for your own needs, and in thanksgiving for all that God has blessed you with this day.
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: IN PRAYER
Pray for our parish family daily. Let us know if you have a specific prayer request so we can hold you in our daily prayers.
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: IN WORSHIP DURING THE WEEK
Share daily worship with your parish family. We will worship together daily, Monday through Saturday, with a simple service of either morning prayer, evening prayer or compline.
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: WORSHIP VIRTUALLY ON SUNDAY
While we may not be able to worship together in church, our community can worship together during our LIVE STREAM WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:00 a.m.
GET YOUR COPY OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
Need a BCP? Take a BCP.  Use the BCP PDF or pick up a copy of the Book of Common Prayer from the box located in the portico by the front doors of the church so you can worship with us at home. Please take a copy for your home, bringing it back once we are able to worship together on Sunday mornings.
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: THROUGH OUR SCHOOL
After building a foundation for remote learning, the teachers and staff at St. Martin’s Episcopal School (SMES) are poised to ensure educational continuity through the pandemic. This time away from one another and SMES is time to consider what is so valuable about our school and the loving community of adults and children it embodies.

PASTORAL SUPPORT

Should you need pastoral care or support please contact either Rev. Matthew or Rev. Nathan. Of course if you have a severe pastoral emergency, outside of normal office hours, please call the Parish Office and follow the prompts to be connected with the clergy member on call.

A Prayer for Those Affected by the Coronavirus
O God of compassion, giver of life and health, we pray your healing mercies upon all who are in any way affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Comfort and sustain those who have been stricken; relieve their pain, and restore to them your gifts of gladness and strength. Grant to all in authority the courage to make wise decisions that are essential for the common good, and strengthen them to lead institutions that care for those whom they serve. Watch over all first responders and those in the medical professions whose duty it is to care for the sick; guard them from all danger, and keep them safe in the knowledge that is through their sacrifice and service that the health of the whole community is promoted. Mercifully accept these our prayers, O God of all comfort, and our only help in time of need. Amen.
~ The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton

ZOOM FELLOWSHIP AND FAITH

Please note: For security reasons you MUST RSVP to these events BEFORE THE DAY OF to receive your Zoom login and password. Don’t delay, RSVP HERE TODAY.

The Acts of the Holy Spirit

Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. join Rev. Matthew for a new Bible Study as we read the Book of Acts together, four chapters a week. Email Rev. Matthew, or click here to sign up and get your Zoom invite to the Bible Study.

Zoom Hymn Sing

Dr. HyeSung Hwang will lead us in a festive and joyful hymn sing as we celebrate the Great 50 Days of Easter. We will raise our voices in song on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP and receive your invite to sing along with us on Zoom.

The Bible Workbench

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. join Rev. John as we come together for community as we read and discuss the Holy Scriptures assigned for our Sunday morning worship. Click here to get your Zoom invite to The Bible Workbench.

Zoom Coffee Hour

Every other Sunday at 11:00 a.m. join your St. Martin’s parish family for a time to check in, after we worship together. This informal gathering will last approximately 30 minutes and be hosted by the clergy. Click here to RSVP for this series.

Parent’s Coffee Chat

Parenting during this time of COVID-19 compassionate distancing can be challenging and rewarding. On Sundays at 7:00 p.m. join Rev. Nathan and members of the Children’s Ministry team for a time of fellowship and fun.

Rite-13 and J2A Game Nights

Miss your friends from Rite-13 and J2A? We’ll be holding some Zoom game nights during the Great Fifty Days of Easter. All Rite-13 and J2A families will receive zoom invites, so you can join in the fun.

YAC/Confirmation: Zoom Edition

We’ll get started up with some online confirmation sessions after Easter. Youth and parents will receive a Zoom invitation and password for their first meeting.

Sunday School At Home

At-home Sunday School materials will be included in regular children’s ministry e-mails. The Children’s Ministry team is also exploring ways to engage children on Zoom. So keep an eye out for announcements about Sunday School Zoom events during the Great Fifty Days of Easter.