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3 October 2017

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Volume XXXX | October 3, 2017
Announcements for Sunday, October 8
Welcoming Emily and Anna
A Gift from God’s loving arms, to ours
At the 10:00 AM service of worship next Sunday, we’ll welcome Anna and her sister Emily Gooden by baptism. Anna and Emily will become two of God’s newest saints! You are invited to be present for this joyous event, as we welcome Anna and Emily into the representative portion of the community of Christian faith, which is St. Martin of Tours, and reaffirm together the Baptismal Covenant – a Q and A affirmation of the Apostles’ Creed, which is traditionally associated with the sacrament of Baptism.
Two elements are necessary for the sacrament of Baptism. First water is needed, of course. And second is the speaking of the words, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. And thus, the traditional prayer, so familiar to those who have attended a Cursillo weekend, is fulfilled in our midst!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Amen.
ECW: Episcopal Church Women
Upcoming Events:
Today, October 3 – 6 PM in the Parish Hall. Craft night! We will be learning how to knit a washcloth. Then we will put the washcloths 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 washcloths. If you have needles or if you know how to knit, we could use your help tonight. 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, 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.
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.
~Lora Finley
 
Wednesday Happenings
Choirs, Cafe, and the Holy Mackerel!
Wednesday, October 4
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 vegetable soup, beef stew, chicken and dumplings, corn bread, cole slaw, banana pudding, flourless chocolate cake, mini pizzas for the kids. Thanks to Cheryl Roddy for cooking this week.
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Chapel
Attendance for this weekly service is growing. Last Wednesday we had five worshippers. Remember 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.
 
Gospel Music Showcase & Awards 2017
DATE: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1-10 PM
LOCATION: RINGGOLD HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 29 Tiger Trial, Ringgold GA
This is the 10th year that Shelia Reed has held this wonderful event that showcases national, regional, and local Gospel artists and rewards them for their commitment to bring Gospel music to the public and to their local churches.
Each year, awards are given to the best in these categories: Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Duo, Favorite Trio, Favorite Youth Vocalist, Favorite Quartet, Favorite Upcoming Artist, Favorite Musician, Favorite Group, Living Legend, Favorite Comedian, Favorite Promoter, Favorite Producer, Favorite Radio Promoter, Favorite Internet Radio Personality, Favorite Song, Favorite Songwriter, Favorite Album, Favorite Band, Favorite Video, Horizon Artist.
The showcase begins at 1 PM and will feature these artist: Redemption Quartet, The Blankenships, Gary Cureton, SingAkadamie Girls, Jim Dautry, Debby Faye East, Craig Kirk Tyndall, Dana Russell, The Yarbroughs, Jim Bloomfield, Jonathan Bonds, Susie Agee, Chris Wells, Jayna Jennings, Renee Barton, The Mays Family, 3 Purple Crosses, Gary Winningham, Renay Jarvis Lee and Shelia Reed. Each artist will perform for 15 minutes and this promises to be quite a show.
The awards show begins at 7pm and features special performances by Redemption Quartet, The Blankenships, SingAkadamie Girls, Gary Cureton and Gary Winningham.
The public is invited and the admission is only $10 for hours of wonderful, spiritual music and singing. Tickets will be available at the door and group rates are available for churches and organizations. For ticket sales and more information, please call Shelia Reed at 706.280.0883.
Gospel Music Express Showcase
Shelia Reed, 706.280.0883
PO Box 3396, Dalton, GA 30721
Submitted by:
Craig Kirk Tyndall
ChattanoogaEntertainers.Com
ChattanoogaAreaChurches.Com
423.802.9130
craigtyndall43@gmail.com
  
Worship
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Sunday closest to October 5
Year A
Proper 22
RCL
Track 1
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
8 AM
Lessons: Jimmy Tawater
Prayers: Bob Combs
Chalice Bearers: Jimmy Tawater, Bob Combs
Element Bearers: Geoff and Marnie Rodgers
Ushers: Ralph Coggin, Ken Monds
10 AM
Lessons: Vicki Trapp
Prayers: Jack Holloway
Chalice Bearers: Vicki Trapp, Jack Holloway
Element Bearers: Jim and Briana Vastano
Cantor: Cheryl Roddy
Ushers: Dave Mech, John Riddle, Ralph Maddux, Mark Qualey
Youth Lector: Samantha Wildey
Server: Sophie Veys
Crucifer: Sam Fox
Torch Bearers: Fawn Stubblefield, Samantha Wildey
Altar Guild: Group III (M. Smallwood, P. Coggin, M. Fox, B. Henry, P. Mason)
Flower Guild: J. Rodgers
Greeters: Calvin & Danna Parker
 
Christian Formation
For Adults
Christian Formation for adults resumes this Sunday at 11:20 a.m. Enjoy coffee and fellowship in the atrium and then proceed to the Bible Study or the Parish Forum. The Bible Study, led by Gary Callahan, meets in the Library. 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)
 
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.
~David Mech
  
There will be no family night dinner on October 11 because of fall break. We will resume on the 18th.
ChattEY: Chattanooga Episcopal Youth
Sunday, October 15
5-7:15 PM
Grace Episcopal Church
All youth are welcome to gather at Grace Episcopal on Sunday, October 15, at 5 PM, for food, fellowship, and spiritual formation. Hope to see you there!
 
October Birthdays
Sunday, October 29
The October birthday celebration will be Sunday, October 29th, following the 10 AM worship service. Thank you to Jennie Virgin for hosting. Please attend. There will be refreshments and merry-making!
Oct. 1: Gary Stubblefiels
Oct. 4: Betty Duggan, Janet George
Oct. 5: Austin Rogers, Betty Whaley
Oct.: Don Sewell
Oct.: Garrison Sherrill
Oct. 10: Dee Dee Hutton
Oct. 11: Mabry Rogers
Oct. 13: Caroline Taliaferra, Joey Schutz
Oct. 14: Melissa McKown
Oct. 15: Glen Coldiron, Gary Callahan, Sara Maddux
Oct. 17: Andrew Gooden, Jim Buckner, Jeff Sherrill
Oct. 18: Jim Finley
Oct. 24: Ben Stiles
Oct. 25: Carla Adams, Henry Veys
Oct. 26: Sawyer Kennedy
Oct. 28: Michael Rogers
Oct. 29: Andi Callahan
Oct. 31: Barbara Callahan
 
2017 Vestry Election
Sunday, November 19
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.)
Vestry Election
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 began 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 every 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.
 
Sack Packs
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 per 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.
  
Altar Flowers
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.
 
Congratulations to Chris and Barbara Lynch on the birth of their first grandchild!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Blessing of the Animals last Sunday!
 
 
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