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9 January 2018

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Volume II | January 9, 2018
Announcements for Sunday, January 14
 
Everyone, especially newcomers, are invited to attend the Newcomers Welcome reception on Sunday, January 14 at 11:20 AM!
Trees, Trees, Trees
A word of thanks to those who provided generous donations to fund the replacement trees on the east side of the church. We were successful in funding all five of the red maple trees and the installation of them! The trees will be ordered soon and planted when they arrive and weather permits.
The planting of the trees will add beauty and allow us to maintain a significant credit on our City of Chattanooga Storm Water Tax. The tax credit of approximately $1500 annually will be available to us for many years to come as a result of the generosity of those named below.
Bunny Clark in memory of Jim Clark
Lou Davis in memory of Dr. John Davis
Charlie and Millie Hammer in celebration of their 60th anniversary
Jim Hudson in memory of Nancy Hudson
Lynne and Fr. Jim Wallace in memory of their Mom
Allen Davis
Jim and Lora Finley
Fischer Landscape Company
Michael and Maggie Fox
Jon and Janet George
William and Susan McRae
Will and Katherine Sutton
Chuck and Brenda Terrell
Ed and Jennie Virgin
Betty Whaley
Garrett and Sandra Soulen in honor of
Martin and Camilla Dossett and
James and Patricia Soulen
 
Bishop Brian’s First Annual Visit to St. Martin, for Confirmation, with a Lunch Served by Parish Life
February 4, 2018
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 be 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.
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 the 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.
 
Wednesday Eucharist: New Time and New Format for the New Year
January 10
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
Wednesday, January 10
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
 
Laymen’s Meeting
January 10th, 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.
 
Worship
Sunday, January 14
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Year B
RCL
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
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: Cori Hasden
Chalice Bearers: Vicki Trapp, Cori Hasden
Element Bearers: Jim and Briana Vastano
Cantor: Matthew Glidden
Ushers: Dave Mech, John Riddle, Ralph Maddux, Mark Qualey
Youth Lector: Sam Fox
Server: Sophie Veys
Crucifer: Sam Fox
Torch Bearers: Fawn Stubblefield, Samantha Wildey
Altar Guild: Group II (Ann Picago, Barbara Callahan, Lakina Campbell, Denise Coleman, Marla Combs)
Flower Guild: Jeanie Rodgers
Greeter: Glenn Coldiron
 
Christian Formation
Sunday, January 14
For Adults
We will resume our study of the Gospel of Luke this Sunday 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.
 
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Sunday, January 14, 6 PM
There will be a free screening of the film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, at the Heritage House Arts and Civic Center, on Sunday, January 14th, at 6 p.m. The address is 1428 Jenkins Road, and the contact phone number is (423) 855-9474.
 
Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, January 21, 11 AM
The 2018 St. Martin of Tours Annual Parish Meeting is coming. It begins at 11:00 a.m., on Sunday, January 21, with lunch in the Parish Hall, provided by the Vestry. The Roman Catholics claim an Italian culture, and a Roman heritage, and are excellent administrators. The Anglo Catholics claim an English culture, and a Common Law heritage, and are excellent at representative government. Witness this representative polity in action, and hear reports given by John Rodgers, as Senior Warden, Ralph Coggin, as Junior Warden, Mike Fox, as Treasurer, and Jim Wallace, as Rector. All are welcome to attend, and learn more about St Martin, its ministry, and future. Afterward, there will be an opportunity for questions.
 
Win this Beautiful Queen-Size Quilt!
Friday, January 26
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 26th. 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.
 
Chili Cook-Off and Family Bingo Night!
January 26, 6 PM
Everyone is invited to attend this wonderful family event! Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., bingo will start at 7 p.m., and there will be door prizes for all ages! Be prepared to taste some great chili and vote for your favorite by placing money in the adjacent jar. The one who raises the most money will win our chili cook-off. All money raised will go toward the ECW service project this year, which is to replace the carpet leading into the parish hall and the adjoining rooms. Thank you for supporting the ECW!
 
Joymakers Meeting
Thursday, February 8, 6 PM
There will be a wonderful potluck supper followed by the Joy Makers meeting at 6 p.m. Please bring suggestions of things you would like to see the Joy Makers do in 2018.
 
Holy Mackerel Gift Shop
Holy Mackerel, St. Martin’s Gift Shop, will be open the last two Sundays in January and will then be closed until September. Christmas and fall merchandise will be reduced 25% through the end of January. During the time the shop is closed, our shopkeepers will be happy to open it by appointment. Many thanks to each and every one of you for supporting this ministry of the church and, in particular, I want to thank the ladies who volunteered as shopkeepers. Blessings for the New Year and be sure to visit us when we re-open this fall. 
~Jeanie Rodgers
 
Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Christmas flower fund. The poinsettias from Christmas are in the atrium and would love to go home with anyone who would enjoy having them.
If your birthday was in December, and you have not already done so, please pick up your ornament at the front desk in the atrium.
January Birthdays
January 1: Jon George
January 3: Denise Coleman
January 4: Elizabeth Ferrara, Dave Glidden, Jennifer Hendrix
January 5: Alice Beck
January 6: Caitlin Rogers, Lana Hamilton
January 8: Martha Higgins
January 9: John Riddle
January 10: Ken Rivers
January 11: Cadin Fischer
January 15: Christopher Wahler, Lily Fridl
January 17: Chris Schutz
January 18: Kelli Fischer
January 19: Evan Qualey
January 21: Sandra Riddle, Zoe Dawson
January 23: Linda Rivers
January 27: Marla Combs
January 28: Kelli Holliday
January 31: Reid Adams
 
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