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23 January 2018

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Volume IV | January 23, 2018
Announcements for Sunday, January 28
Confirmation Class Makes Parish Budget; They Need Your Help
The youth Confirmation Class met during the Annual Parish Meeting last Sunday. Students talked about values. In particular, they explored the 5 essential values of parish life: Worship, Outreach, Evangelism, Christian Formation, and Pastoral Care. Each student then designed a budget, based on a pledge of $100,000. It was in the form of a pie chart, reflecting the relative value he or she places on each category. Students were asked to explain their budget to classmates. Each budget will appear together in the Atrium on an easel next Sunday.
Parishioners are invited to vote for the budget that most closely reflects their personal choice of values, as it pertains to these five categories. Your response will help students better understand St. Martin of Tours. We appreciate your help.
Wednesday Happenings
Wednesday, January 24
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 this week’s menu: pork ribs (wet and dry), ranch pasta salad, cole slaw, baked beans, vegetable pizzas for the vegetarians, caramel fudge cake, and pizza for the kids.
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

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!
This Friday, 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!

Laymen’s Breakfast
Sunday, January 28, 8:45-10 AM
The Laymen will serve another wonderful breakfast this Sunday. For $5 per person or $10 per family, you can eat your fill of eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits, and gravy. Coffee, orange juice, and milk will be provided. All of the proceeds go to the ministries of the Laymen’s group.

Bishop Brian’s First Annual Visit to St. Martin, for Confirmation, with a Lunch Served by Parish Life
February 4
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 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!
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 the Explorer Classes for Adults
Parents, please note that there will be nursery care. Classes will last an hour.
Class Start time: 11:20 AM
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.

Worship
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Year B
RCL
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
Psalm 111
8 AM
Lessons: Paul Dietrich
Prayers: Geoff Rodgers
Chalice Bearers: Paul Dietrich, Geoff Rodgers
Element Bearers: Larry and Cheryl Roddy
Ushers: Ralph Coggin, Ken Monds
10 AM
Lessons: Ed Virgin
Prayers: Chris Schutz
Chalice Bearers: Ed Virgin, Chris Schutz
Element Bearers: Joe and Emma Veys
Cantor: Gerry Bettis
Ushers: The Wilcox Family
Youth Lector: JT Veys
Server: JT Veys
Crucifer: Henry Veys
Torch Bearers: Luci Veys, Matthew Boer
Altar Guild: Group IV (Margaret Gilliland, Cori Hasden, Eva Neil, Jeanie Rodgers, Barbara
Tawater, Jennie Virgin, Ed Virgin)
Flower Guild: Group IV (Maggie Fox, Barbara Milstead)
Greeter: Eva Neil

Christian Formation
Sunday, January 28
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.

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.

Lenten Study
Ash Wednesday is February 14
Looking Ahead: Two Lenten Studies
Lenten Study #1
I am Christian and Episcopal: Essential Elements of the Christian Life
The 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, is one of the most important theologians of the 21st Century. Williams has written many books, including “Being Disciples” and “Being Christian.” When studied together, these two little books introduce, in a lively, readable style, 14 essential elements of being Christian. Our new Bishop Brian feels Episcopalians are noteworthy for not knowing what their Church believes. “Are you Protestant?” “Yes. Well, not really.” “So, you’re Roman Catholic?” “Somewhat, yes we are, but not quite.” As a corrective, the Bishop recommends these two books. Williams makes a positive statement about the Church being biblical and inclusive. Williams is a gifted theologian who has mastered his subject, and therefore can speak about the Episcopal church comprehensively, yet simply.
Lenten Study #2
For Parents: Baptism and Parenting
“Just as we cannot live a baptized life in isolation, a book like this cannot be written apart from community,” writes its author Anne Kitch. The book is “Taking the Plunge,” which St. Martin gives to new parents, in thanksgiving for the baptism of their child. The author is both a priest and a mother. She unpacks the baptismal promises, with wisdom, insight, and good theology, and articulates these promises as they relate to the challenges facing families today. For parents who wish to raise their children within a life of Christian faith and parish community, Kitch offers practical suggestions and ponderable questions. Participants can pick a portion of the book to read each week, and through conversation find both support and comfort as they travel the road called parenting.

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

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