It’s Mid-Lent Sunday. Enjoy a slice of Simnel Cake! Back by special request! Dee Dee Hutton’s Simnel Cakes, two this year, will be featured on the coffee hour menu following worship on Sunday. This Sunday is called Mid-Lent Sunday, or Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday is a holiday celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians in England as a day when faithful followers of Christ visit their mother church – the church of their baptism. But increasingly Mothering Sunday has become an occasion for honoring the mothers of children. Often students in boarding schools and younger children already in service were sent home for this holiday. And mothers, grateful for the gift of their children’s visit, and the reuniting of family, would mark the occasion by baking a Simnel Cake. The Simnel Cake is traditionally a light fruitcake, which features marzipan, or almond paste and includes flour, sugar, eggs, fragrant spices, dried fruit, zest and candied peel. These cakes have been known since medieval times. A late 20th Century addition features 12 marzipan balls representing Jesus and his 12 disciples – minus Judas.
Lectors and Chalice Bearers for Both Services
Would you like to help assist with worship on Sunday mornings? This is a licensed ministry of the diocese, which means you will need to be trained for it. You will then receive a license valid for 3 years. After training is completed, your name will be put on a monthly list. If you are interested, please let the rector know. Thank you.
Lenten Ministry: Prayer Box at East Brainerd Elementary
We are so happy to partner with East Brainerd Elementary School to let them know how much we appreciate all who work there and the families that count on them. Recently we have established a prayer ministry for the teachers and staff. A Prayer Box has been provided so that whatever weighs on the hearts of our neighbors can be written down and placed in the box. Each week requests will be offered at the altar during Sunday services. The first week of the program there were over 20 requests! You are encouraged to pray for our schools daily in your own personal prayers as well. We are so honored to take on this role for our neighborhood school.
Wednesday, March 7
5 PM Holy Eucharist in the Library
5:15 PM Dinner in the Parish Hall
You are cordially invited to join us every Wednesday at St. Martin’s Cafe. For $3, you can eat your fill from this week’s menu: orange chicken with rice, beef chop suey with crunchy noodles, vegetable lo mein, egg rolls, fortune cookies, 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
Lenten Study: Meeting Jesus
Thursday, March 8, 11 AM in the Parish Hall
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.
Remember to spring forward this Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m. for daylight savings. We lose an hour of sleep, but the hope of spring is on the horizon!
ECW Chicken Salad Sale
Deadline: Sunday, March 11
The Episcopal Church Women’s Chicken Salad Sale is underway! Orders are being taken now thru March 11th for homemade chicken salad. The cost is $6 per pint, with or without pecan topping. Order forms are in the atrium, as well as information about volunteering to help with this project. Orders can be picked up on March 16th. Contact Lora Finley if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!
Lenten Study: I Am Christian and Episcopal
Sunday, March 11, 11:20 AM in the Parish Hall
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.
11:20 a.m. on Sundays in Lent, in the Parish Hall.
Lenten Study: Baptism and Parenting
Sunday, March 11, 11:20 AM
“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.
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Lessons: Paul Dietrich
Prayers: Cheryl Roddy
Chalice Bearers: Paul Dietrich, Cheryl Roddy
Element Bearers: Jon and Janet George
Ushers: Ralph Coggin, Ken Monds
Lessons: Ed Virgin
Prayers: Jack Holloway
Chalice Bearers: Ed Virgin, Jack Holloway
Element Bearers: Jim and Briana Vastano
Cantor: Matthew Glidden
Ushers: Dave Mech, Brenda Terrell, Ralph Maddux, Mark Qualey
Youth Lector: Ethan Schnitzer
Server: Luke Qualey
Crucifer: Ethan Schnitzer
Torch Bearers: Emma Schnitzer, Keaton Rodgers
Altar Guild: Group V (Janet George, Dee Dee Hutton, Martha Monds, Ken Monds, Sandra Stancil, Jimmie Holloway)
Flower Guild: Group II (Jeanie Rodgers)
Greeter: Lou Davis
Sunday, March 11
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.
We will continue studying the Gospel of Luke after the 10 AM service in the library.
Saturday, March 17th, 9 AM-2 PM
There will be a church clean-up, sponsored by the Joy Makers on Saturday, March 17th, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Participants will bring their own cleaning supplies, and a pizza lunch will be provided. All hands on deck to beautify the church in time for Easter!
Preschool Family Night
Thursday, March 22, 5-7 PM
The Saint Martin’s Preschool Family Night is on Thursday, March 22. We are looking for items for our silent auction. If you or your business has an item or service to donate, please contact Kathy McNabb at (423) 855-1011 or email@example.com. Thank you for your support.
Roueche Chorale Colors of Grace
Tuesday, March 27, 7 PM
The Roueche Chorale Colors of Grace Easter Program will be held on Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church (BUMC). Those wishing to attend this program with the Joy Makers will meet at BUMC at 6:00 p.m.
Joy Makers Meeting
Thursday, May 10, 6 PM
The next Joy Makers meeting will be Thursday, May 10th, at 6:00 p.m. We had a small crowd in attendance at this past meeting, and we certainly invite those of you that would like to join us to plan to come to any of these events and also attend our next meeting.
Joy Makers go to Gibbs Gardens
Tuesday, May 15
The Joy Makers will plan a trip on Tuesday, May 15th, weather permitting, to Gibbs Gardens located in Ball Ground, Georgia. It is about a two-hour drive from Chattanooga and we will leave from St. Martin at about 8:00 a.m. We will take as many cars as we need to accommodate people who would like to go. The group price of 10 or more people will be $16 plus tax. In addition, we will purchase lunch either at the gardens or some place in that area before we return. A tram ticket to ride around the gardens is also available for an additional $5.00 per person if you wish to ride and not walk. The area has 220 acres of landscaped gardens adjacent to spring-fed streams, ponds, and lakes. You can go to www.gibbsgardens.com and check out this beautiful place. There will be a brochure posted on the bulletin board about these gardens, also. If you want to go with the Joy Makers on this trip, please contact Calvin Parker. He will be making the reservations around the first of May and you will pay him for the tickets.
Congratulations to Ralph and Pat Coggin on their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Their renewal of vows last Sunday was an inspiration
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