If you’d like to meet St. Francis, go to the back of the Memorial Garden: there is a statue of the good saint there. The current leader of the Roman Catholics, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has taken the name, Francis. While the real, in the flesh, Saint Francis, who was renowned for his legendary love of animals, started out as a “high-living young dude in downtown Assisi. When taken along with Mary Magdalene, who was possessed by 7 devils, St. Augustine, who prayed, “Give me chastity… but not now, and Simeon Stylites, who hung out for years on top of a 64-foot pillar,” author Frederick Buechner suggests, “maybe there’s nobody God can’t use as a means of grace…” and concludes: “A saint consists less of what they have done than of what God has for some reason chosen to do through them.” In other words, saints are a lot like us. We’ve all got clay feet.
The real St. Francis of Assisi cared for the poor and sick, he preached sermons to animals, and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God. St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology, was born in Italy around 1181 or 1182 and canonized Francis by Pope Gregory IX in 1228. He founded the Franciscan Order for men and the Poor Clares for women. Besides his love for animals, Francis is also known for his love of the Eucharist, and for arranging the first Nativity Scene in the Assisi town square, using real animals and people. He received the stigmata in 1224. This makes him the first recorded person in Christian history to bear the wounds of Christ’s Passion. While listening to a reading of Psalm 142, which he had requested, he died. The date was October 3, 1226.
Sunday, October 1, 10 AM
Please bring animals to be blessed on Sunday October 1st at 10 AM. We will meet on the lawn for a special Eucharist featuring our four-legged, flying, and swimming friends. St. Martin’s is offering something very special this year, a gift from the EYC. Members made homemade, delicious dog and cat treats last Sunday after worship. These items have been carefully stored away in the refrigerator, and will be available in abundance for your particular animal’s enjoyment at the Animal Blessing, and Rite II Eucharist.
Remember, all creatures are welcome to attend. Feel free to invite your family, friends, and colleagues to join you with their pets as well. The more the merrier!
Choirs, Cafe, and the Holy Mackerel!
Wednesday, September 27
5:15 PM Join us for dinner at St. Martin’s cafe. For $3, you can eat your fill from this week’s menu: vegetarian taco soup, taco and fajita bar, Mexican-style corn, sopapilla cheesecake, and mac and cheese for the kids. Thanks to Cheryl Roddy for cooking this week.
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
There is interest in a Celebration of Holy Eucharist on Wednesday evening, as part of the various activities that are offered. We only need one other in addition to the Rector, since Jesus assures us that “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Please come, and help us start back an important tradition on Wednesdays: Holy Eucharist, Rite II.
The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven.
The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.
5:45-6:30 PM Children’s Choir/Chime Choir
6:30-7:15 PM Handbell Choir
7:15-8:15 PM Adult Vocal Choir
The Holy Mackerel gift shop will be open. You are welcome to peruse and purchase!
The Holy Mackerel gift shop is seeking 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. 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 September 28
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Lessons: Paul Dietrich
Prayers: Jimmy Tawater
Chalice Bearers: Paul Dietrich, Jimmy Tawater
Element Bearers: Ralph and Pat Coggin
Ushers: Dan Johnson, Charlie Mason
Lessons: Chris Schutz
Prayers: Ed Virgin
Chalice Bearers: Chris Schutz, Ed Virgin
Element Bearers: Scott and Dawn Schnitzer
Cantor: Gary Callahan
Ushers: Brenda Terrell , Joe Veys, The Schnitzers
Youth Lector: Henry Veys
Server: Luke Qualey
Crucifer: Henry Veys
Torch Bearers: Alex Champion, Luci Veys
Altar Guild: Group II (A. Picago, B. Callahan, L. Campbelll, M. Combs, B. Milstead)
Flower Guild: C. Roddy, S. Soulen
Greeter: Eva Neil
For Our Children & Youth
Sunday, October 1
9:30 AM Nursery
10 AM Blessing of the Animals
There will be no Bible study this week after the Blessing of the Animals. Bible study will resume, led by the Reverend Gary Callahan, next week.
Laymen’s Outreach Program – St. Martin’s Playground
Sunday, October 8
We have completed all of the safety items needed for the playground, removed a large tree, and have started adding some fun stuff. We are looking to complete some more interactive items and add some color to the playground. So we are asking for a little help from the church. October 8th, after church, we will be doing some painting and cleanup. If you could bring your painting shirt and help for an hour, that would be great.
ECW: Episcopal Church Women
Upcoming events are:
October 3 – 6 PM in the Parish Hall. Craft night – We will be learning how to knit a wash cloth. Then we will put the wash cloths in our goody bags in December. ECW will purchase several pairs of #10 knitting needles and the yarn needed. We need to make at least 25 wash cloths. If you have needles or if you know how to knit, we could use your help this night. Most likely we will learn the process, but a lot of the work will be done on your own. In order to have enough materials for this night, it is very important to RSVP. Please email me or call me at (423) 309-9189 to let me know if you are coming and if you need needles. If you are not able to come, there is no need to respond.
December 5 – 6 PM Bring an appetizer or snack and enjoy some girl time before the Christmas season. We also will be preparing 25 goody bags for those in our Church that need a little pick me up. Please bring small items for the bags. You could bring 25 of one thing or maybe 5 of one thing for the bags. Items to include are small packs of tissues, small bottles of lotion, candy canes, chocolates, individual packs of crackers, cookies, puzzle books, colored pencils, pens, etc. Bags are for men or women. Please no scented candles or soaps. I will set out a box in the storage room off of the Parish Hall if you want to start bringing items in.
January 26, 2018 – 6 PM Chili Cook-off and family bingo night! More information to come, but this is a family event on a Friday night. Be prepared to taste some great chili and vote for your favorite. Followed by Bingo and door prizes for all ages!
February 4, 2018 – the Bishop will be here and the Parish Life group will be preparing a wonderful lunch after the Church service. Plus this is Super Bowl Sunday!
The new Hospitality Cart sign up list for September through December is posted in the Narthex. Please consider supporting this ministry.
2017 Vestry Election
What is a Leader in the Church?
Holy Scripture is the leader’s authority. It governs his or her behavior and relationships with members of the congregation. The words of I Timothy 4:12 refer to the directive from Paul given to Timothy. Paul reminds Timothy that, concerning his role in the Church, Timothy is to be “an example to the believers in speech, life, love, faith, and purity.” (From the Vestry Resource Guide.)
Four parishioners for the Class of 2020 will be elected for three-year terms, to succeed John Rodgers, Greg Champion, Cheryl Roddy, and Ralph Coggin, who are rotating off. Also one parishioner will be elected for a two-year term, to succeed Ken Burnette, who has resigned due to health issues.The nominating period for the 2017 Vestry election is now open. The nomination process begins September 25th and will end November 10th. The Vestry Election will be held November 19th. Nominating forms for the 2017 Vestry Election may be picked up in the atrium at the front desk. Any questions you may have concerning the election may be directed to our nominating committee, consisting of Greg Champion, Ralph Coggin, Cheryl Roddy, John Rodgers, and Father Jim.
God creates the Church and invites you to participate in the process.
What is the Vestry?
The Vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of Vestry members and the term of office can vary from parish to parish. At. St. Martin, our Vestry has 12 members, a third of whom turn over per year. The presiding officer of the Vestry is the Rector. There are two wardens. The Senior Warden, who is currently John Rodgers, leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the currently serving rector. The Junior Warden, who is currently Ralph Coggin, has responsibility for management of church property and buildings. A treasurer, Mike Fox, and a clerk (secretary), Eva Neil, also serve. The latter two officers at St. Martin are not Vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the Vestry, with the current rector, are to help define and articulate the mission of the parish; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances. The vestry also issues the call to the next rector.
Diocesan Convention Elections
Three representatives from the parish and three alternates will be elected to the next Diocesan Convention, which will be in Knoxville, Friday and Saturday, February 9th and 10th, 2018.
What are the Eligibility Requirements for Both Elections?
It is the same for both elections, and you must be:
• A member of the Episcopal Church, either by confirmation or by reception by a Bishop.
• A communicant who has received Holy Communion in this Church at least three times during the preceding year.
• A communicant in good standing who for the previous year has been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and has been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God.
• An adult communicant in good standing who is sixteen years of age or older.
St. Martin’s will again be providing weekend Sack Packs for children at East Brainerd Elementary School who do not have enough to eat when not in school. We will pack 50 bags a week for seven weeks. Each bag will contain two breakfast meals and two light lunch meals.
We are asking for your help with this very worthy ministry by making a donation of food items or cash. Donations can be placed in the basket in the atrium. Food items needed are Pop Tarts, Snack Pudding, and packs of oatmeal.
Cash donations are especially effective because they enable us to purchase many other items for the Sack Packs at the Food Bank at reduced costs. For example, we can buy a pop-top can of beef stew for 41 cents at the Food Bank instead of 99 cents at groceries. These types of purchases make it possible for us to pack a full bag for each child for approximately $2.25. If making a donation by check, please make the check out to St. Martin’s and note “SACK PACKS” on the check.
This ministry is such a blessing to the children who receive the Sack Packs. It is also a wonderful way we can show our love of Christ by loving and sharing with our community. As always, thank you for your support.
~Kathy Maddux and Pam Mason
Outreach: Carolyn and Mike Jackson in Splendora, Texas
Jim Hudson, a St. Martin parishioner, brought Carolyn and Mike Jackson to our attention. Carolyn was diagnosed with a 9-centimeter mass in her kidney three weeks ago. Mike has limited mobility and uses a wheelchair. He suffers from diabetes, and has medical problems resulting from the amputation of multiple toes. Because of Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Texas coast on August 25th, as a Category 4 storm, the Jackson’s house is in need of rebuilding, so the family can move back in and restart their lives. Our efforts will directly help this family, who don’t have either the means or access to flood insurance to recover their home.
If you have carpentry skills and are able to travel to Texas to help rebuild, since local skilled labor is greatly overextended by the emergency, or if you have a camper, since local infrastructure is greatly degraded by the hurricane, please let Jim Hudson know.
Or if you’d like to make a donation in support of this family’s great and multiple needs, please send your contribution to The Hudson Foundation, and send it, in care of Harvey relief effort, to 1615 Sholar Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37406.
Do you have a celebration, such as a wedding, anniversary, or birthday? Would you like to honor someone special in your life? Please sign up to donate altar flowers. The altar flowers add natural beauty to Sunday worship at St. Martin’s, and they allow the community of Christ to share in the milestones of your life. The sign-up sheet is in the narthex.
Stewardship 2017 Update – Month of August
Donations received: $21,093
Use of donated funds:
Mortgage $ 4,902
Office & audit $6,654
Deficit for the month: $16,527
Stewardship 2017 total thru August
Donations received: $211,318
Use of donated funds: $217,387
Deficit for the year: $6,069
Walter Weaver and Christina Glidden visit with Father Jim in the Memorial Garden.
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