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30 January 2018

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Volume V | January 30, 2018
Announcements for Sunday, February 4
We welcome Bishop Brian Cole to St. Martin of Tours this Sunday for both services. He will Confirm at the ten o’clock service.
Wednesday Happenings
Wednesday, January 31
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: vegetable soup, chicken piccata (a lemony dish), angel hair pasta, strawberry walnut salad, apple dumplings, baked pasta for our vegetarian friends, and chicken nuggets and tater tots 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
 
Worship
Sunday, February 4
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Year B
RCL
Isaiah 40:21-31
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
8 AM
Lessons: Bob Combs
Prayers: Jimmy Tawater
Chalice Bearers: Bob Combs, Jimmy Tawater
Element Bearers: Ralph and Pat Coggin
Ushers: Dan Johnson, Charlie Mason
10 AM
Lessons: Cori Hasden
Prayers: Vicki Trapp
Chalice Bearers: Cori Hasden, Vicki Trapp
Element Bearers: Hugh and Pam Failing
Cantor: Gary Callahan
Ushers: Brenda Terrell, Joe Veys, the Schnitzers
Youth Lector: Sophie Veys
Server: Sophie Veys
Crucifer: Sam Fox
Torch Bearers: Fawn Stubblefield, Samantha Wildey
Altar Guild: Group V (Janet George, Dee Dee Hutton, Martha Monds, Ken Monds, Sandra Stancil, Jimmie Holloway)
Flower Guild: Group I (Cheryl Roddy, Sandy Soulen)
Greeters: Calvin and Danna Parker
 
Christian Formation
Sunday, February 4
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.
 
Bishop Brian’s First Annual Visit to St. Martin, for Confirmation, with a Lunch Served by Parish Life
February 4
The rector, on behalf of St. Martin of Tours, will present to the Bishop eight candidates for Confirmation on Sunday, February 4. Each has participated in either an Explorer’s Class or a Confirmation Class, depending on age. They merit our congratulations and prayers. Confirmands are: Luci and Henry Veys, Matthew Boer, Allison and Thad Oliver, Sam Fox, Emma and Ethan Schnitzer.
 
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
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.
 
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.
 
Supper Club
Friday, February 9, 7 PM
Please join us for a St. Martin’s Murder Mystery Supper Club on Friday, February 9, at 7 p.m. Travel back to the Old West to solve the mystery of the Showdown at Gambler’s Gulch! The all-star cast includes Ed Virgin, Larry Roddy, Ralph Coggin, Dave Mech, Thad Oliver, Dawn Schnitzer, and Emma and Sophie Veys – but not all of them will survive dinner … There is murder afoot in Gambler’s Gulch! Someone is killing off the townspeople, but who? Why? Put on your best western outfits and join your friends for a good meal, a delightful play, and help solve the mystery.
Fried chicken will be provided. Just bring a beverage and sign up in the atrium to bring potato or pasta salad, cole slaw, baked beans, dessert, an appetizer, a side dish, or dessert. Hope to see you there!
 
ChattEY
Sunday, February 11, 5:15-7:15 PM @ St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
All youth are cordially invited to attend ChattEY, a gathering of young Episcopalians in Chattanooga. The evening will include a meal, live music, and Christian formation. Please let Dawn Schnitzer know if you need a ride. Hope to see you there!
 
EYC’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 13, 6-8 PM
The youth will provide a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday for $3 per person or $10 per family. Shrove Tuesday originates from the ancient ritual of shriving, in which a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. It is a day of celebration as well as penitence because it is the last day before Lent, a time of abstinence and sacrifice. Historically, Shrove Tuesday was the last day to use the food that would spoil during the Lenten season, such as milk, eggs, and fats. This gave rise to the French name “Mardi Gras,” meaning “Fat Tuesday.” Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday because they utilize eggs, fats, and milk, thus making them an ideal pre-Lenten dish.
Come feast with us. Jimmy Tawater’s band will provide live music!
 
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday, February 14, 6 PM
A Meditative Eucharist with Taize music and Imposition of Ashes for families
Taize is a small village in the Burgundy region of France where over seventy years ago, with the European community broken apart by the destruction of World War II, Brother Roger founded a monastic community devoted to prayer and the art of reconciliation. Today the Taize community is made up of brothers from all continents and major denominations from around the world who gather together three times daily, seven days a week, throughout the year to pray (whether there are 7000 young people present or only twenty).
While many people make pilgrimages to Taizé and are thus able to experience the Taize community’s life of prayer firsthand, most of us experience this Taizé style of praying through how it has contributed to the practice of Christian worship.
Meditative worship intentionally includes elements of silence, repetition, and a simple sung prayer, among other aspects. I hope you enjoy your Taize experience as an opportunity to begin the “observance of a holy Lent”… Jim+
Dinner will be at 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
, as usual.
Worship will be at 6:00 p.m. in the Nave.
(Note: There will also be a 10:00 a.m. traditional service of Eucharist with Ashes in the Nave.)
 
Lenten Study
Looking Ahead: 3 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. Included among them is Being Disciples and Being Christian. When studied together, these two little books introduce in a lively, readable style, 14 essential elements of being Christian.
“Are you Protestant?” “Yes, well not really.” “So you’re Roman Catholic?” “Somewhat, yes, we are, but not quite.” It appears, as Bishop Cole observes, that Episcopalians are often unclear about what their Church believes. Why is that? One possibility might be we do not have a Protestant denomination’s statement of faith, like a Lutheran’s Augsburg Confession, written in 1530. We don’t have a Presbyterian’s Westminster Catechism, written in 1647. Nor do we have the Magisterium, the Roman Catholic authority to establish Church teaching.
But the Episcopal Church does have a protocol. It is called Lex orandi, Lex credendi. Simply put: the law of praying is the law of believing; or, in other words, prayer leads to belief. This ancient principal of faith provided the structure from which the Nicene Creed, and the Canon of Scripture, for example, developed – prayerfully! The Episcopal Church’s protocol, you see, is praying. Archbishop Williams is a contemplative.
As an alternative to living an uncertain faith, Bishop Cole recommends these two little books. Williams makes a positive statement, especially for Christians who are also Episcopalian. His stance is biblical. It is inclusive and sacramental, too. Williams speaks comprehensively about Christian faith. And, as a gifted theologian, he makes it simple! Join us.
11:20 a.m. on Sundays in Lent, in the Parish Hall.
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. Anne Kitch is both a priest and a mother. She unpacks the baptismal promises with wisdom, insight, and good theology. She 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.
11:20 a.m. on Sundays in Lent – choice of location to be decided by participants.
Lenten Study #3
John’s Gospel with Prayer
“John’s Jesus,” writes Br. Curtis Almquist, “is so palpable; it invites me to be in God’s presence just as I am, for good or ill, to be welcomed, provided for, sustained by, Jesus.” One of the most beloved verses in all of Scripture comes from John’s Gospel: “for God so loved the world” that he sent Jesus so that we might live eternally with God in Christ. John’s Gospel invites us not just to learn about God, but also to enter into a prayerful relationship with a God who abides in us as we abide in him. This class will mix a traditional Bible study with the Lenten resources, provided by the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist – and lunch, if participants want it.
11:00 a.m. on Thursdays in Lent, in the Parish Hall.
 
Laymen’s Meeting
Wednesday, February 14, 6 PM in the Library
All men are cordially invited to attend the Laymen’s meeting. Topics for discussion include: the Big Breakfast Fundraiser, the Day on Chickamauga Lake Fundraiser, and the Widows Harvest Project. Hope to see you there!
 
Congratulations to Bob Combs, our new Senior Warden, and Calvin Parker, our new Junior Warden!
St. Martin of Tours contributed a total of $3,670 in 2017 to the Children’s Nutrition Program in Haiti. The board chair, Mitchell L. Mutter, wrote “I want to personally say thank you again for all your assistance in 2017. Your consistent support has helped us fulfill our mission in helping raise a generation of healthy Haitian children who in turn can help raise Haiti out of poverty.”
I would like to thank everyone who generously donated money for the quilt given away on January 26th. On ticket sales alone, we raised almost $700. All proceeds will go for the repairs to the crucifix in front of St. Martin’s. The lucky winners are Chris and Barbara Lynch.
Thanks again for your support.
~Calvin Parker
Thank you to Lora Finley, the Episcopal Church Women, and to all who participated in the Chili Cook-Off Family Bingo Night last Friday. What a blast!
Thank you to Lori George and the children’s choir for sharing the gift of music with us in worship last Sunday!
Saint Martin of Tours Episcopal Church | 7547 East Brainerd Road Chattanooga, TN 37421 | (423) 892-9131 | office@stmartinsec.org | www.stmartinsec.org