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10 October 2017

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Volume XXXXI | October 10, 2017
Announcements for Sunday, October 15
Introducing Sam and Ian Pfeiffer, and Grayson and Claudia
Sam, Ian, and their children are not arriving in Chattanooga for the first time in the picture above. Both parents are originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and have been living in the East Brainerd area of Chattanooga for almost seven years. They have two children. Grayson is three. He is attending the Saint Martin of Tours Preschool. He likes soccer and playing with his friends. Claudia is four months old. She is looking forward – and we are, too! – to her upcoming baptism, which is scheduled for Sunday, November 12, at the 10 a.m. service. It was service time that initially attracted Sam and Ian to a first visit at Saint Martin with their family. It was that and also the church’s location. Our church is also strategically placed when it comes to Sam and Ian’s faith background. Sam was raised Southern Baptist and Ian Roman Catholic. Ian is a real estate agent, who likes home remodeling projects and woodworking. He is also Director of Accounting for the trucking firm US Xpress. Sam is a full-time mom, who also likes to garden and read and “try random craft projects.” As parents of two small children, Sam and Ian are interested in “anything involving children education,” including Sunday school, along with the opportunity to be affiliated with a “personable” church family with lots of fun folks!
When paths cross, please be sure and greet Sam and Ian and their children, Grayson and Claudia. We are all blessed to have the Pfeiffer family attending St. Martin of Tours as their church home in Chattanooga.
Stewardship 2018: Promise
Stewardship 2018 is about to begin. The team that will be leading our parish through this program consists of Ralph Coggin, Pam Mason, Charlie Mason, Ken Monds, Calvin Parker, Larry Roddy and Jeanie Rodgers.
The theme for Stewardship 2018 is Promise. Throughout this stewardship program, we hope that it will be a time for each of us to reflect on God’s covenants, which are His conditional promises made to man. In return, we want to consider what promises we can make to Him to fulfill His conditions.
As we work together to preserve our church community for today and the future, let us all pray that our hearts will guide us into fulfilling our promises to God with all that we have. God’s promises are full; let us be thankful.
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” ~ Genesis 9:13
There will be no Wednesday night dinner, nor children’s choirs, nor Eucharist, nor Holy Mackerel Gift Shop on October 11th because of fall break. Only adult choirs will meet this week. Everything else will resume on October 18th.
Wednesday Happenings
Choirs
Wednesday, October 11
6:30-7:15 PM Handbell Choir
7:15-8:15 PM Adult Vocal Choir
Worship
Sunday, October 15
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Sunday closest to October 12
Year A
Proper 23
RCL
Track 1
Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14
8 AM
Lessons: Paul Dietrich
Prayers: Bob Combs
Chalice Bearers: Paul Dietrich, Bob Combs
Element Bearers: Jon and Janet George
Ushers: Geoff Rodgers, Charlie Mason
10 AM
Lessons: Chris Schutz
Prayers: Cori Hasden
Chalice Bearers: Chris Schutz, Cori Hasden
Element Bearers: Ron and Anne Lee
Cantor: Phil Harris
Ushers: The Finleys, Ed Virgin
Youth Lector: Emma Schnitzer
Server: Luke Qualey
Crucifer: Hunter Taliaferro
Torch Bearers: Emma Schnitzer, Keaton Rogers
Altar Guild: Group IV (M. Gilliland, H. Buell, E. Neil, J. Rodgers, B. Tawater, J. Virgin, E. Virgin)
Flower Guild: B. Clark, P. Mason
Greeter: Maggie Fox
Laymen’s Project: St. Martin’s Playground
Sunday, October 15
Due to rain last week, the Laymen’s project was postponed until this Sunday.
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 15th, after worship, 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
Christian Formation
Sunday, October 15
In lieu of the Bible Study, adults are invited to participate in the Laymen’s Playground project. Bible Study will resume October 22nd.
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: 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 p.m., for food, fellowship, and spiritual formation. Hope to see you there!
October Birthday Celebration
Sunday, October 29
The October birthday celebration will be Sunday, October 29th, following the 10 a.m. worship service. Thank you to Jennie Virgin for hosting. Please attend. There will be refreshments and merry-making!
2017 Vestry Election
Sunday, November 19
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 on 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.
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.)
God creates the Church and invites you to participate in the process.
Diocesan Convention Elections
Sunday, November 19
Three representatives from the parish and three alternates will be elected to the next Diocesan Convention, which will be in Knoxville, Fridayand 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.
Hospitality Cart
There are a number of opportunities to hone your hospitality skills at St. Martin’s. We have monthly birthday parties, and weekly fellowship gatherings over coffee in the atrium. Please sign up to host an event in November or December. The sign-up sheet is in the narthex. Feel free to contact Sandra Stancil with any questions you may have. Thank you for welcoming friends, family, and neighbors into St. Martin of Tours. We appreciate your generosity.
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
We are so pleased to welcome Emily and Anna Gooden into the Body of Christ! They were baptized last Sunday.
The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) knitting project was a great success.Thank you to all who participated!
The teddy bear picnic for the preschool was very well-attended. Thank you to St. Martin’s preschool students, teachers, and parents!
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