CHRISTIAN MINISTRY: The Art of Being Fed By Serving Others
The St. Martin of Tours Family Wednesdays program is now in its fifth year. It returns for the fall on September 6th. Choir rehearsals, led by music director, Lori George, will continue to be a big part of the evening’s activities, and this year, we will also enjoy a tasty fare at St. Martin’s Café, offered through the initiative of Cheryl Roddy. And new, for the first time on Wednesday evenings, the “Holy Mackerel” Gift Shop will open, under the leadership of Jeanie Rodgers, and a dedicated group of supporters. “The impulse to serve, the impulse to love, toward kindness, toward justice is planted deep within us,” writes Brother Mark Brown. “In giving expression to this impulse to serve, we are fed.” Brown’s insight shows how generosity works. It shows also why the Bible emphasizes, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” All three women exemplify a beneficent heart. This means the best way for us to thank Lori, or Cheryl, or Jeanie, or Pat Coggin, photographed above, leading last Sunday’s Ultreya, is to join with them, and share in their gift of giving. Choirs are welcoming new members. Enjoy a meal at St. Martin’s Café. Make friends, both new and old. And before you leave, be sure and drop by the Holy Mackerel too. Finally, attend an Ultreya, or talk with Pat about a Cursillo retreat weekend at Camp Grace Point.
Wednesday, August 30, 7:15-8:15 PM
It is time for our music program to resume here at St. Martin’s. We would love to have new members in our music groups and now is a great time to join. The only requirements are a love of music and commitment to come faithfully to rehearsals. Being a part of a music group brings a greater sense of church community, is lots of fun and is a great way to serve your church. If you are interested in joining any of the groups, please sign up in the atrium or contact the musical director, Lori George, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
♪ Remember we have made it easy and fun for everyone to participate on Wednesday nights! Enjoy delicious suppers, Bible study, music rehearsals, and child care.
Below is a list of the music opportunities available to you.
Adult Vocal Choir
Vocal choir is open to high school age and up. If you don’t feel like you are able to make a commitment to weekly rehearsals and weekly Sunday anthems there are several options available.
Semester (Sept-Dec. or Jan.-May)
Christmas choir (rehearse for 6 weeks and then sing for Christmas Eve)
Easter choir (rehearse for 4 weeks and then sing for Easter Sunday)
Other: If your work schedule prevents you from being at some rehearsals or Sundays, talk with me. We can usually work something out.
Come join us on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:15 p.m. Rehearsals begin August 30.
Handbell choir is a multigenerational group. Anyone high school age and up can join. While this is our more advanced ringing group, the main requirement is knowledge of basic rhythm. We will help you learn the rest. The handbell choir meets from 6:30pm-7:15 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Rehearsals begin September 6.
Children’s Choir/Chime Choir
Come join the fun. Learning music is fun when you can play games, instruments, and sing great songs with your friends. The first part of choir rehearsal will be singing, and the second part will be chimes.
Children’s choir meets from 5:45-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Rehearsals begin September 6.
*Any child who wants to participate in the children’s nativity will need to attend choir rehearsals in November and December.
If you play an instrument Lori would love to have you play for church. Anyone from young children to adults can use their gift to aid in our worship service.
“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:1-3
Holy Mackerel Reopens!
Sunday, September 3
Great News!! Thanks to a wonderful group of ladies, the Holy Mackerel will reopen for business on Sunday, September 3rd. Plan to visit and discover treasures you didn’t know you needed and gifts for all your family and friends. And more wonderful news!!! You can bring cash, checks and credit or debit cards to buy those treasures and gifts. Yes, the Holy Mackerel will be accepting debit and credit cards for the first time. So that means you can buy even more! On Wednesday, September 6th, family night dinners will begin and the Holy Mackerel will be open as well. You can shop and then dine. How awesome is that?? See you on September 3.
St. Martin’s Cafe Reopens!
Wednesday, September 6, 5:15 PM
Choir rehearsals will resume, the Holy Mackerel Gift shop will be open, and the St. Martin Cafe will reopen on Wednesday, September 6th at 5:15 PM. For $3, you can select from the menu: salad bar, chicken noodle soup, broccoli cheese soup, dessert, and macaroni & cheese for the children. Leftovers are available for $1-3. Enjoy delicious food and excellent company Wednesday nights at St. Martin of Tours. Welcome back!
We are looking for volunteers to work a one-hour shift from either 5 to 6 or 6 to 7 on two or three Wednesday nights between now and the end of December. You could come, eat a wonderful meal, and then volunteer for an hour. If you would rather volunteer first and eat second, that would also be great. If you are available for a couple of shifts between now and the end of December, please call Pat Coggin at (423) 238-5562 or (423) 280-0264.
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Sunday closest to August 31
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
Lessons: Betty Whaley
Prayers: Cheryl Roddy
Chalice Bearers: Betty Whaley, Cheryl Roddy
Element Bearers: Ralph and Pat Coggin
Ushers: Dan Johnson, Charlie Mason
Lessons: Chris Schutz
Prayers: Jack Holloway
Chalice Bearers: Chris Schutz, Jack Holloway
Element Bearers: Scott and Dawn Schnitzer
Ushers: The Finleys, Dave Mech
Youth Lector: JT Veys
Server: JT Veys
Crucifer: Luke Qualey
Torch Bearers: Samantha Wildey, Matthew Boer
Altar Guild: Group III (M. Smallwood, P. Coggin, M. Fox, B. Henry, P. Mason)
Flower Guild: C. Roddy, S. Soulen
The church office will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. Please feel free to leave a message via email at email@example.com or call (423) 892-9131. Your message will be returned the following day.
St. Martin’s Preschool Resumes!
Tuesday, September 5, 9 AM
St. Martin’s Preschool will resume the Tuesday after labor day. We are so excited to meet and teach this year’s incoming class. St. Martin’s offers education in literacy, math, music, science, and social studies. There is also a segment on electrical and fire safety, beach days, a fancy tea party, and field trips.
ECW: Episcopal Church Women
St. Martin of Tours ECW Planning Meeting
Tuesday, September 5, 6 PM
All women who wish to participate are invited to attend. We will be planning service projects and fellowship events for the year. Please bring your ideas and a calendar. Hope to see you there!
Friday, September 8, 7 PM
Join us for a Luau Supper Club on Friday September 8th at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. You are invited to sign up in the atrium, grab a recipe, prepare a dish, dress up, and join the party! Childcare is available. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, September 10
Undie Sunday will be September 10! You can donate any time between now and then. The community kitchen is in dire need of socks and underwear. You can purchase socks and underwear for adults of all sizes, XS to 3XL. Please leave your donations in the box in the atrium. Thank you for supporting this important local ministry.
ChattEY: Chattanooga Episcopal Youth
Sunday, September 10, 5-7:15 PM
St. Martin of Tours will be hosting Chattanooga’s Episcopal youth on Sunday, September 10, 5-7:15 PM. There will be food, fellowship, and fun for all! Hope to see all of our youth there.
33rd Annual ECW Luncheon
Saturday, September 16, 9:30 AM – 2 PM
Who: Every woman of the Diocese and her guests are encouraged to attend this exciting event, particularly those women engaged in church ministry.
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 with registration at 9:30 a.m. We should conclude by 2 p.m.
Where: Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center
Why: Worship with Bishop George before he retires and spend time with Sarai Wender, our preacher, renew old friendships and make new friends, spend some time with our Province IV President, our own Pat Rutenberg, share ideas, enjoy a delicious luncheon, and hear our engaging speaker, Regina, a representative from Thistle Farms who will assist us in continuing our theme of “Building Bridges of Peace and Reconciliation within our Communities.” Regina will share her incredible story of survival, peace, and redemption. What a journey! Others from Thistle Farms will join Regina with a display of some of the terrific products developed to celebrate Thistle Farm’s 20th Anniversary. Come prepared; the items will be offered for sale!
Cost: $20 – includes lunch and printed materials
Please register by September 9, 2017. Checks are payable to ECW – Diocese of East Tennessee; we cannot yet do online registration. Registration forms are on the table in the hallway near the library.
Dare to Dance
You are cordially invited to attend the 10th anniversary performance of Dance to Dance! All of the proceeds go to the Kidney Foundation. Please show your support by donating HERE.
For a few years I have been involved in a mentoring program to the Walker County Prison in northern Georgia. Just recently, my “mentee” inmate (having inquired about my life as a college professor a number of times) talked me into offering a 10-week class on the Civil Rights Movement which meets weekly on Tuesday evenings. I’ve been surprised by the high interest of the inmate students (the vast majority of whom are African American), who regularly thank me for the content of the course which seems to be fulfilling a real hunger they have. They began asking me for my notes, so that they can study them during the week between classes. One inmate has discussed how the course has changed his perspective– that it has caused him to reconsider his squandered potential when he thinks about the sacrifices made by civil rights activists. And, recently, they have asked whether I might be able to supply the prison library with some books on the topic. I then looked through the prison’s library catalog to see what they already have, and have begun compiling a list of books which might be donated. I’m asking St. Martin’s members to consider contributing some money that might expand the number of books which I can make available to them.
Please designate your donations “Prison Library.” Thank you for supporting this important local ministry.
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