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26 December 2017

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Volume LII | December 26, 2017
Announcements for Sunday, December 31
Bishop Brian’s First Annual Visit to St. Martin, for Confirmation, with a Lunch Served by Parish Life
February 4, 2018
WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?
Confirmation is encouraged, though not all Episcopalians are confirmed, nor do they need to be, in order to be members. However, this sacramental rite of the Church is important. Through it, candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ. They receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands,” (BCP, p. 860) this year, for the first time, by our new Bishop Brian. Those who were baptized at an early age, and those baptized as adults without the laying on of hands by a bishop, are especially invited to make this mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptismal vows, and receive the laying on of hands by a bishop. (BCP, p. 412).
This act, by a bishop of the Church, has signified the transfer of spiritual power, since earliest times, for when a bishop confirms, he or she also prays for God’s blessing upon a person’s deeper commitment. And since Confirmation is rooted in the baptismal covenant, it is through Confirmation that candidates reaffirm their renunciation of evil, and renew their commitment to Jesus Christ. They reaffirm the promises made by them, or for them, at the time of their baptism; while congregants promise to support them in their renewed life in Christ, and the bishop leads the congregation in renewing its baptismal covenant.
What a wonderful opportunity it is for us to welcome Bishop Brian through the act of Confirmation. Let him, by his presence, and through this sacramental act, empower us for ministry, and send us forth “to love and serve the Lord.”
Dates and Times for Youth Confirmation Classes:
Classes will last from 11:20 AM until 2 PM
They will be taught by the Rector and others, and will include lunch. There will be two classes:
Sunday, January 21 – Youth should attend a portion of the Annual Parish Meeting for lunch, after which, they will break away for Confirmation Class.
Sunday, January 28
St, Martin has a great number of eligible, unconfirmed youth: 23 to be exact! Since this will be Bishop Brian’s first visit to St. Martin of Tours, it would be wonderful to present a large Confirmation class as a sign of welcome to our new bishop!
The Episcopal Church is deeply committed to its youth. Confirmation is the mark of a youth’s commitment to leadership in the Church. It should not surprising, therefore, to learn that when Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, visited Knoxville for Bishop Brian’s ordination, he met privately with only two leadership groups: the clergy, and a delegation of youth leaders from the Diocese. Youth are eligible for Vestry election at the early age of 16. This is because the Episcopal Church is truly intent upon hearing the voice of its youth represented amongst its leadership. If you are interested in joining the Confirmation Class, please tell the rector or contact the office at (423) 892-9131 or office@stmartinsec.org. All youth are invited to attend.
 
Dates and Times for Explorer Classes for Adults
January 14, 2018
Newcomer’s Welcome – a reception, which will follow the 10 AM Service.
Parents, please note that there will be nursery care. Classes will last an hour.
Class Start time: 11:20 AM
CLASS: The Episcopal Church – Today
January 28, 2018
CLASS: The Episcopal Church – Yesterday: Roots and Growth
February 4, 2018
CONFIRMATION: Bishop Brian’s First Annual Parish Visit; lunch will be
served by Parish Life
February 11, 2018
CLASS: The Episcopal Church – Locally: St. Martin of Tours
Traditionally, this Explorer Class series is encouraged for adult newcomers, and others. Seekers in the faith and parishioners, who may wish to deepen their parish membership to a new level of commitment, are especially encouraged to attend. As with any undertaking that represents a new start, like a new job, for example, a learning curve is almost always to be expected. For aspiring youth, this learning curve is called Confirmation Class; for adults, it’s Explorer Class. If you are interested in joining the Explorer Class, please tell the rector or contact the office at (423) 892-9131 or office@stmartinsec.org. All adults are invited to attend.
 
Pastoral Care and Office Hours
The Rector, Jim Wallace, is currently away visiting family. Services and pastoral care will be provided by the Reverend Gordon Temple. The Parish Office will be open Tuesday through Thursday this week. The following week, normal office hours Monday-Friday 9 AM-12 PM will resume. With any pastoral need, please call the parish office, or Gordon directly at (423) 488-8184 or (423) 842-9133.
 
Worship
Sunday December 31
8 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
The Lessons Appointed for Use on
the Feast of the First Sunday after Christmas:
Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
John 1:1-18
Psalm 147 or 147:13-21
8 AM
Lessons: Bob Combs
Prayers: Jimmy Tawater
Chalice Bearers: Bob Combs, Jimmy Tawater
Element Bearers: Geoff and Marnie Rodgers
Ushers: Ken Monds, Ralph Coggin
10 AM
Lessons: Ed Virgin
Prayers: Cori Hasden
Chalice Bearers: Ed Virgin, Cori Hasden
Element Bearers: John and Sandra Riddle
Cantor: Gary Callahan
Ushers: Joe Veys, Dave Mech, The Finleys
Youth Lector: Ethan Schnitzer
Server: JT Veys
Crucifer: Ethan Schnitzer
Torch Bearers: Emma Schnitzer, Fawn Stubblefield
Altar Guild: Group V (J. George, S. Harrison, S. Holtcamp, D. Hutton, M. Monds, K.Monds)
Flower Guild: M. Combs
Greeter: Eva Neil
 
Christian Formation
Sunday, December 31
For Adults
There will be no Bible study this Sunday. We will resume our study of the Gospel of Luke on Sunday, January 7, in the library after the 10 AM service. Everyone is welcome.
For Children
Nursery: for children four years old or younger, from 9:30 AM until the last child is picked up.
Godly Play: for children four years old through second grade, at 10 AM. Children learn about God and the Bible through games and creative exploration. Then they join their parents in the worship service.
 
Clay Calhoun’s Ordination
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Would you like to contribute to Clay’s Discretionary Fund, in celebration of his Ordination to the Priesthood on January 6? If so, mark your check “Clay’s Discretionary Fund.” Place it in the alms plate, or mail it to the parish office. We will be sure it gets to him.
Many of you recall Clay, his wife, Michelle, and their family, when they were at St. Martin. Clay Calhoun, a former Seminarian Assistant, graduated from Sewanee two years ago. He is now the Associate Rector at Church of the Holy Apostles, in Collierville, Tennessee. On the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, he will be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. When he called to let me know the good news, and invited me to attend, I recalled the many friends that the Calhouns made in this parish, and the many diapers we provided in celebration of the birth of their youngest child, George!
“I have always loved the church,” writes Clay, “and am excited to begin my ordained ministry at Church of the Holy Apostles. My life as a disciple is grounded in the spirituality of the Prayer Book and continually nourished by the Eucharist. An evangelical upbringing instilled in me a great affection for the Bible, while my own appropriation of the faith in adulthood has led me to a more catholic spirituality – a high regard for the church and her liturgy and sacraments, the communion of saints as reality seen and unseen, and the importance of orthodox theology. I love to teach and to learn, and am both eager and humbled to be embarking on this adventure of following Jesus with you.”
Please be generous, as you are able, during this blessed season of giving. There will also be a card in the narthex, so you might add a few personal words to Clay and Michelle as well.
Thank you,
~Jim+
 
Wednesday Eucharist: New Time and New Format for the New Year
January 10, 2018
Please note two new changes starting January 10, when the Wednesday night events resume, and Eucharist moves to a new time.
5 PM Time Change
The serving line in the Parish Hall opens for dinner at 5:15 p.m., as usual, while on January 10, the Eucharist will move to 5:00 p.m. This change will better sync these two events, and also please St. Paul, who told the Christians in Corinth that the Eucharist takes precedent over their community meal. It should therefore come first.
Praying the Psalms
A portion of the Psalter will precede the Gospel, and participants will have the opportunity to share a reflective moment in which to hear God’s Word speak.
Prayers for the Parish
It has become our custom to pray regularly for St. Martin parishioners, which is an important part of our Prayer Circle ministry. A page from the 2017 Parish Directory is referenced each week, and names spoken aloud.
With a new time, and a new format, why not add a New Year’s tradition? Join us for Wednesday Eucharist in the Library. Stay for a tasty dinner, and also enjoy good fellowship!
 
Wednesday Happenings
Choirs, Cafe, and the Holy Mackerel!
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
5 PM Holy Eucharist in the Library
5:15 PM Dinner in the Parish Hall
You are all invited to join us for the first Wednesday night dinner of 2018. For $3, you can eat your fill from the menu: chicken pot pie, vegetarian tomato basil soup, tossed salad, dessert, and macaroni and cheese for the children.
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!
 
Laymen’s Meeting
January 10th, 2018
6 PM in the Library
The laymen will meet to plan events for 2018. Upcoming fundraisers include: A Day on Lake Chickamauga and the Big Breakfast. All men are invited to attend.
 
Win this Beautiful Queen-Size Quilt!
Friday, January 26, 2018
A lovely quilt by Ellijay Quilting Guild is on display in the hallway on the way to the parish hall. Purchase a raffle ticket to win the quilt! The winner will be drawn at the Chili Cook-Off on January 26, 2018. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 13 for $10. See Calvin or Danna Parker for tickets. 100% of the proceeds will go towards repairing the crucifix in front of St. Martin.
 
ECW Event
January 26, 2018 – 6 PM
Chili Cook-Off and Family Bingo Night!
Be prepared to taste some great chili and vote for your favorite, followed by bingo and door prizes for all ages! We will need 7-8 crock-pots of chili, plus cornbread, chips, cheese, desserts, etc. I’ll have a sign up at the December meeting but if you can’t be there and want to bring something, please email or call me. The plan is for people to vote for their favorite chili by placing money in a jar by that chili. The one that raises the most money will win our chili cook-off. All money raised will go toward our service project for this year, which is to replace the carpet leading into the parish hall and the adjoining rooms.
~Lora Finley
 
Thank you to everyone who attended St. Martin of Tours on Christmas Eve. What a wonderful celebration of Christ’s birth!
Finn Cooper Vastano’s Baptism at the 10 AM service last Sunday. Congratulations and welcome to the Body of Christ!
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