Merlyn has something to say. “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, the magician, in T.H. White’s, The Once and Future King, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world around you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then – to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the thing for you.” And so, learning it is. Both St. Martin’s Church and Pre-School embrace Christian formation, which is also an exercise in learning. Christians, as apostle John rightly advocates, are formed and taught by the Holy Spirit (John 16:5). As with the Colossians, the Spirit teaches that we might see through worldly and superficial, and plausibly wrong, arguments (vv. 2:4), and stand against the limited wisdom of “human doctrines and regulations (vv. 20-23).” The Spirit teaches the wisdom of humility as seen in Jesus Christ, who embodies the entire wealth of biblical teaching. We are taught like any pre-school student or creative person, who lives in a world where everything is, or can be new. We bring the joy of discovery in every encounter with first-time learning. That is, before learning is turned into those little levers we call grades. Grades, necessary though they may be, also conspire to control. They are a way of levering one’s life into the life one wants, but the joy of learning recedes. But God’s learning is a magic of sorts, a life-healing and life-giving conduit for grace, an experience of wholeness – many things, but never sad. Learning is God’s joyful way, helping us to be all that God intends, molding us into God’s image. And since Christianity is essentially a learned faith, even when put to task against the hard lessons of life, learning leads us close to Christ’s heart, and blesses us.
Christian Formation This Sunday!
Christian Formation for adults begins this Sunday at 11:20 a.m. Enjoy coffee and fellowship in the atrium and then proceed to the Book Study or the Parish Forum. The Book Study, led by Chris Schutz, meets in the Library. The Parish Forum, which offers a choice of topics that promote personal and spiritual growth, selected often by participants themselves, is led by the Rector, and meets in the Living Room. The topic for both classes: getting organized for the fall. All are welcome. Please come.
For Youth and Children
Nursery: from 9:30 a.m. until the last child is picked up
Godly Play: 10:00 a.m. (children come to worship later with their parents)
ChattEY: for youth from 5:00 – 7:15 pm, this month at St. Martin of Tours (with dinner provided)
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.
St. Martin’s Preschool Resumes!
Today, September 5, 9 AM
St. Martin’s Preschool resumes today! 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. Every week, children learn about God through chapel songs and prayer. Welcome back teachers and students!
ECW: Episcopal Church Women
St. Martin of Tours ECW Planning Meeting
Today, September 5, 6 PM
The ECW group gets together roughly once a month for fellowship or a service project. We have gone painting, glass blowing, and attended a pottery class, among other fun activities. We have sponsored a Parish chili dinner and bingo night. We also prepare goody bags for those in the Church who need a little extra pick-me-up around Christmas. Feel free to join us each month or drop in when you can.
We will have a planning meeting on Tuesday, September 5 at 6pm in the Parish Hall. I anticipate the meeting lasting about an hour. Please join us and bring any ideas of things you would like for our group to do. All women who wish to participate are invited to attend. Hope to see you 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.
Tomorrow, September 6, 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
St. Martin’s Cafe Reopens!
Tomorrow, 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.
Friday, September 8, 7 PM
Join us for the 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. The supper club is a great way to meet people and deepen your relationships. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, September 10
Undie Sunday is this Sunday! Please donate. 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.
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Sunday closest to September 7
Lessons: Jimmy Tawater
Prayers: Geoff Rodgers
Chalice Bearers: Jimmy Tawater, Bob Combs
Element Bearers: Larry and Cheryl Roddy
Ushers: Ralph Coggin, Ken Monds
Lessons: Ed Virgin
Prayers: Cori Hasden
Chalice Bearers: Ed Virgin, Cori Hasden
Element Bearers: Jim and Briana Vastano
Cantor: Cheryl Roddy
Ushers: John Riddle, Ralph Maddux, Mark Qualey, Ed Virgin
Youth Lector: Ethan Schnitzer
Server: Luke Qualey
Crucifer: Ethan Schnitzer
Torch Bearers: Fawn Stubblefield, Emma Schnitzer
Altar Guild: Group IV (M. Gilliland, H. Buell, E. Neil, J. Rodgers, B. Tawater, J. Virgin, E. Virgin)
Flower Guild: J. Rodgers
Greeter: Lou Davis
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.
Joy Makers Meeting
Wednesday, September 13, 6 PM
The Joy Makers will meet Wednesday, September 13 at 6 p.m. You are cordially invited to have dinner at the St. Martin Cafe, peruse the Holy Mackerel Gift Shop, and join the Joy Makers. They do service projects and go on fun outings, most recently to the theater. Hope to see you there!
Walter Weaver’s 90th Birthday!
September 15, 2 PM
Life Care of Ooltewah
Walter Weaver, a long-time member of St. Martin’s will turn 90 years old on Friday, September 15. He would be thrilled to get some cards for his birthday.
Send cards to:
Mr. Walter Weaver
Life Care of Ooltewah
5911 Snowhill Road
Ooltewah, TN 37363
Pat Coggin is organizing a party to surprise Walter in the private dining room at Life Care on September 15 at 2:00 pm with cake and ice cream. Everyone is invited, but please RSVP by Wednesday, September 13. Email Pat at email@example.com if you can attend.
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.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the August Birthday Celebration!
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