S t . M a r t i n’s - i n - t h e - Fi e l d s E p i s c o p a l C h u r c h
Volume 11, Issue 6 November/December 2010
Let us begin our Advent Journey
I n the season of Advent, it is our responsibility and joy to prepare ourselves to hear
once more the message of the Angels, to go to Bethlehem and see the Son of God
lying in a manger.
Let us hear and heed in Holy Scripture the story of God’s loving purpose from the time
of our rebellion against him until the glorious redemption brought to us by his holy
Child Jesus, and let us look forward to the yearly remembrance of his birth with hymns
and songs of praise.
-- From Advent readings in “Book of Occasional Services”
Please see inside for highlights of our journey into Advent.
Advent and Christmas
Beginning Dec. 1
Advent allows us to train for our Christmas journey
W hy do we journey four weeks through a holy Ad-
vent only to experience arguments in the car on
Christmas Day about equal time for both sides
of the family, or who will sit next to Cousin Joe at dinner,
or why the kids didn’t act as excited about their gifts as we
And, as a gift to those who cannot attend the Wednesday
night offering, this same “training” will be offered on
Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 28 and Dec.
12. For those with children who also happen to teach
at that time, we are making arrangements to give you
thought they would? some “time off” as a thank you for your service and an
acknowledgment that you may need some time to reflect
Perhaps we need a refresher course, a healthy reminder, on the coming Christmas Day yourself.
a realignment of our Christmas Day expectations.
Training...for Christmas. If you will attend on Wednesdays, please call the parish
office, 787-0392.If you are a teacher and would like
Following the 5:45 Holy Eucharist on Wednesday nights to take part, please contact Allison Askins, director of
during Advent, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, we invite you to Children and Family Ministries.
a program called “Training for Christmas” which will
be led by St. Martin’s parishioner and religious studies Wednesday “Training for Christmas” Schedule
instructor Kevin Roberts. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22:
5:45 p.m., Holy Eucharist in All Saints’ Hall
Let’s name our December anxieties, take Christ to our 6:15 p.m., “Training for Christmas” program,
Christmas parties, say the “Jesus Prayer” while sitting in All Saints’ Hall
traffic, and offer our souls to the guidance of the Holy 7:15 p.m., Simple supper, Parish Hall
Spirit so that Christmas is less about a preconceived
perfect day and more about a blessed child who inhabits Sunday “Training for Christmas” Schedule
our gathered friends and family. Nov. 28, Dec. 12:
9:15 a.m., All Saints’ Hall
Advent Festival to provide gift-giving options with lasting meaning
I f you find yourself wondering how to bring more
meaning into your gift-giving this holiday season,
make plans to attend the St. Martin’s Advent Festival
on Dec. 5.
Come join the festive atmosphere, where we’ll sip
Bishop’s Blend coffee, a fair trade coffee that supports
Episcopal relief efforts; shop at the booth from the Trinity
Cathedral Bookstore; and purchase gifts in honor of a
loved one from ministries such as York Place, Episcopal
Sponsored by the Children and Family Ministries Board,
this annual event marking the beginning of the Advent Relief and Development, the Cooperative Ministry and
season will be held during the Sunday School hour, 9:15 Stop Hunger Now. We’ll also have hands-on activities for
to 10:15 a.m., in the Parish Hall. children as we begin anew our journey toward the light
that awaits us on Dec. 25.
Family Advent wreath-making event set for Nov. 28
L et’s wrap up our Thanksgiving weekend with an Advent wreath-making gathering in the Parish Hall.
St. Martin’s EYC and the Children and Family Ministries Board are joining together at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov.
28, to make the traditional wreaths that help us mark the weeks leading up to Christmas. Plan on joining us.
All we need is your reservation for a wreath by Nov. 22. Cost is $10 per wreath. One wreath per family, please.
Send reservations to Allison Askins, director of Children and Family Ministries, allison.askins@
stmartinsinthefields.com or call the church office, 787-0392.
Advent and Christmas
Movie Group to watch film about Bethlehem
“Sacred Space Denied,” a documentary about the Bethlehem and the challenges of living in that part of the
enclosing of Bethlehem, will be the featured film at the world from a Christian perspective.”
November gathering of the St. Martin’s Movie Group, The 20-minute film, created by the group known as
beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in St. Alban’s Place in the the Friends of Bethlehem, is shorter than typical Movie
Parish Hall at St. Martin’s. Group films, but is sure to prompt lively discussion.
“The film is such a fitting beginning to the Advent For more information or if you plan to attend and are
season,” said Ann Braithwaite, longtime Movie Group not a regular attendee, please contact Doris Brantley,
participant. “We are thrilled to have the Rev. George firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roberts, the assistant rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Also, please note that this will be our last film of the year.
Church, with us to talk about his experience traveling to We will reconvene in January.
Let’s not forget St. Nicholas and our Blessing of the Stockings
The beloved bishop Nicholas of Myra will be remembered p. 7) as well as their own personal stocking for a blessing.
on his feast day, Dec. 5, with our annual Blessing of the We’ll learn about the original St. Nicholas and his many
Stockings. The service takes place at 5:30 p.m. in All acts of charity.
Saints’ Hall, followed by a potluck supper. (Last names
beginning in A-F, please bring salads and fruits; G-L, Children may even discover a sweet hint of the Christmas
meat dishes; M-R, vegetable dishes; S-Z, breads and holiday that is ahead when they return to the shoes they
desserts.) removed before the service.
At this simple service, children are encouraged to bring Please call the church office to notify us that you will be
stockings stuffed with gifts for the Salvation Army (see coming, 787-0392.
Kevin Roberts to assist during interim with Adult Education and Youth
Rector’s note: I am happy to announce that St. Martin’s member Kevin Roberts has agreed to serve in an interim status as a point person for adult education and youth
ministry. Kevin is a newly confirmed member of the Episcopal Church who has graduate level theology degrees from Vanderbilt and Baylor universities. He also teaches
religion at Midlands Technical College and was formerly pastor at Kathwood Baptist Church. Here he shares with us his thoughts on the work he will do with us and
what it has meant to him to become a part of St. Martin’s.
F or almost a year, you have given Alyson, Grace Ann, Jake, Ellie Kate and me, Kevin, a
profusion of gifts. Perhaps without even knowing it, you have been a conduit for our
spiritual refreshment and life re-ordered into the pattern of holy liturgy and grace. You
have seamlessly allowed us into your space that now feels like home. You made us nametags. You
passed us peace. You invited us to sit at your Bingo table and even made it snow nine inches for
our first trip to Kanuga. (Thank you, Neil Rashley!)
Privileged to call Mother Sally and Father Furman colleagues previous to calling them my priests,
I am humbled by our rector’s request of me to help bridge some gaps while we search for a new
Kevin Roberts associate rector. Furman and I shared many cups of coffee over the last few years. To help in
the continuation of some of his ministry at St. Martin’s is a way for me to return his blessing, to
blow some fresh wind upon him in his new calling and upon you, my new church family.
Pastorally speaking, I completed graduate work at two schools whose common denominator is stronger theological
training than football, Vanderbilt and Baylor Universities. While seminary is important, it is primarily a depot to get
one’s ticket punched for entrance into the place where the real “learnin’ ” begins, in congregation.
I will happily offer what I am able while growing with you. My mission is to pitch in, think creatively, listen, and
teach enthusiastically all while embracing my most important role still, a fellow member with you, at St. Martin’s-in-
the-Fields Episcopal Church.
Seventeen to be confirmed, received or reaffirm baptismal vows
T he Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo will pay his first official visit to St. Martin’s this Sunday (Oct. 31), when 17 members
of the parish will be confirmed or received or reaffirm their baptismal promises.
The day is sure to be a joyous one. In addition to preaching and celebrating at our worship services at 8 and 10:30
a.m., Bishop Waldo will bless our new playground immediately after the 10:30 a.m. service. A reception will follow
in the Parish Hall. Don’t miss this great day at St. Martin’s!
Those to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed in the photograph, left to right: Virginia and Marc Cooper, Pam Collum,
Jenny Sarvis, Slayden Thomas, Maggie McElveen, Elizabeth Hayden and Gilmore Oliphant. Not pictured: Andy Graves,
Carrie Graves, Chris Isgett, David Jones, Kirk Lane, Martin McWilliams, Kevin Roberts, Alyson Roberts and Nathan Sloan.
Needleworker extraordinaire Stephanie Whitson to present November program
C ome join in the sisterhood of the Women’s
Ministry! This group meets three times a year
for a fellowship dinner; we also arrange the
Easter Breakfast and run the Plant Sale as a modest fund-
At our November meeting, we’ll also make plans for
the rest of the year, including a possible Sunday brunch
meeting. Please reply to the church office by noon,
Monday, Nov. 1, if you plan to attend.
Our gatherings are a nice chance to greet new and old
Our next gathering is Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 6:30-8 friends. They are also an opportunity to mix together the
p.m. in All Saints’ Hall. St. Martin’s member Stephanie generations of women at St. Martin’s. If you have come
Whitson will give a talk on the design and crafting of the before, bring a new face with you: perhaps invite someone
banners, stoles and other unique needlework she makes. 20 years apart in age. If you haven’t attended, you can
The beautiful banners presented during our baptism expect a glass of wine or tea, followed by a light meal and
celebrations are Stephanie’s handiwork. She also crafted a short program.
the stole that the vestry gave to Father Furman at his For more information, contact Emily Jones at efjones@
departure in September. sc.rr.com.
Evensong continues through December St. Martin’s Holiday Concert
T he quiet of Evensong, an ancient service of song to feature The Arpad Darazs Singers
designed to help close the day, continues this As a special offering to the parish and community, St.
month. Please plan to give yourself this gift of Martin’s will host a holiday concert with the Arpad Darazs
quiet before the rush of the holiday season begins. Singers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16.
Services will be held at 5:30 p.m., Mondays, Nov. 1 and The Arpad Darazs Singers were formed in memory of Dr.
Dec. 6 in the sanctuary. Additionally, Evensong will Arpad Darazs, a Hungarian musician who later joined the
conclude a Choir Festival taking place at Trinity Cathedral University of South Carolina music faculty and founded
Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. the USC Concert Choir. Mr. Darazs died of leukemia in
St. Martin’s Adult Choir to take part The group offers a unique blend of mixed voices and
in Choir Festival Nov. 13-14 performs a variety of classical and contemporary music,
performing both a capella and accompanied musical
St. Martin’s Adult Choir has been invited to participate pieces in both sacred and secular genres.
in the Adult Music Choir Festival taking place at Trinity
Cathedral Nov. 13-14. The weekend event is being Join us for the Christ Mass
directed by Brian Jones, one of America’s most highly and Christmas Lessons and Carols
regarded church musicians and emeritus director of music
and organist of Trinity Church, Boston. Jared Johnson The annual Christ Mass begins with special musical
will serve as the organist. offerings at 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
The festival will conclude with Evensong and Holy On Sunday, Dec. 26, Christmas Lessons and Carols
Eucharist, beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. Bishop with Holy Communion will be offered at the 10:30 a.m.
Andrew Waldo will officiate. liturgy.
Note: Cynthia Yates, 13, daughter of Calvin and Sara Yates, offers these reflections on having taken part in a Royal School of Church Music Summer
Course in Charlotte this summer. Your generous contributions to the musical work at St. Martin’s help make enriching experiences such as the RSCM
program possible. For more information about RSCM and how your child might become involved, please contact Pam Hair at email@example.com.
On ice cream and summer choir rehearsals ….
By Cynthia Yates
A t a Royal School of Church Music Summer Course in Charlotte, you get
to meet a lot of people from far-away choirs to sing music that is chosen
by the director. While there are ice cream and juice machines, we are only
allowed ice cream at lunch since directly after breakfast and dinner there are rigorous
It is fun to get to work with the various directors. The past two years we even had
ones who had composed music, namely Malcolm Archer, who could even sing the
soprano solos, and Richard Webster, from whom I have learned that electric pianos
are toasters and are to be shunned at all costs. A week at an RSCM Summer Course
Cynthia Yates can be exhausting, but it is a wonderful chance to make friends and sing.
Gifts of paper towels and toilet paper to be collected for SLP in honor of St. Martin
O nce again, we celebrate St. Martin’s Day with
gifts of paper towels and toilet paper that will
be given to families at St. Lawrence Place,
a transitional housing complex founded by Trinity
For the past three years, the Children and Family
Ministries Board has chosen to honor this story about
our patron saint with this in reach-outreach effort for St.
Please plan to attend the Annual Meeting and honor
Donations will be collected in boxes in the front office St. Martin’s Day by bringing a package of paper towels
and the Parish Hall on Nov. 14, when we are observing St. and toilet paper for St. Lawrence Place. We also would
Martin’s Day this year. This is also the day of our Annual welcome you among us as we walk the neighborhood later
Parish Meeting, (see page 8). in the day. For more information contact Allison Askins,
Later that afternoon, at 4 p.m., we will join with EYC director of Children and Family Ministries, allison.
participants and walk the several blocks surrounding the firstname.lastname@example.org.
church, collecting the same items from our neighbors
while also delivering a thank-you gift of horse-shoe
shaped cookies in honor of St. Martin. (Neighbors will
have received a letter and bag in advance explaining the
According to legend, our patron saint, Martin of Tours,
was deeply moved by a beggar he encountered on the
street while riding on horseback. Martin, fully clothed
in his soldier’s uniform that included a bright red cloak,
is said to have taken his sword and cut his cloak in two,
giving a portion of it to the man to keep warm.
Lila Anna Sauls of SLP picking up our gifts in 2009.
Harvest Hope Food Bank: So much more than a bag of rice or a can of tuna
S t. Martin’s is one of a few churches in Columbia
that collects donations for the Harvest Hope Food
Bank on a weekly basis, something we have done for
years. Still, there is more we can do to make this an even
more effective ministry:
and perishable items such as fruit, vegetables, bread,
meat, and pastries. In addition, the Emergency Food
Pantry helps clients apply for Food Stamps and find other
resources for help if needed.
Harvest Hope also helps out with the following programs
• Bring plastic shopping bags; that address child hunger:
• Bring sturdy, large bags for people riding the bus to • Kids Café: A national after-school feeding program
the food pantry; that provides nutritious meals for children who may
• Bring protein-rich foods such as peanut butter, boxed otherwise go to bed hungry.
macaroni & cheese • The Backpack Program: Provides children at risk
•Bring canned meats, vegetables and staples such as of hunger with food to take home over the weekends
rice and out-of-school times.
A second tier of donation options includes: • SnackSacks: Another program designed to meet the
needs of hungry children in local elementary and
• Toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.; middle schools by providing participating schools
• Paper products such as toilet paper, diapers; with food and backpacks filled with nutritious food.
• Laundry soap The food is child friendly (easy to open), non per-
ishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. The
Harvest Hope Food Bank’s two Midlands Emergency
children return backpacks each week to be refilled.
Food Pantries served more than 200,000 individuals in
2009. The Emergency Food Pantries serve clients with a If you are interested in helping with this ministry on
5- to 6-day supply of food which includes non-perishable Sundays, please contact St. Martin’s member Lib Dixon,
782-0173; or Gingi Blume, 738-1090.
Watch for Episcopal Relief & Development Hope Chest Boxes on Nov. 14
S t. Martin’s–in-the-Field’s Episcopal Relief and
Development Fund Ingathering will be held on
Sunday, Nov. 14, at the 8 a.m and 10:30 a.m
ERD has served the needs of the poor and oppressed at
home and countries abroad. We rebuild after disasters
and empower people by offering lasting solutions that
fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS
During our fall campaign, starting Oct. 31 and running
through Nov. 14, you are invited to pick up a Hope Chest Visit www.er-d.org for more
box in the narthex, which you can then present on Nov. information about ERD
14. programs and the Millennium
The Episcopal Relief and Development Fund is used Development Goals. For more
to assist victims of disasters as well as those who live in information about St. Martin’s
extreme poverty in developing countries. Ninety percent involvement, please contact
of what is given to ERD goes to those in need. Jackie Archibald at jackiesa52@
hotmail.com, 708-6537 or 553-7744.
Consider mentoring a Crayton Middle School student this school year
“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what your bank account was, Why mentor?
the sort of house you lived in, the kind of car you drove… but the world may Research shows that students with mentors:
be different because you were important in the life of a child.”
(Source: Unknown) • Are more likely to stay in school
• Frequently show improvement in grades and test
A new school year at Crayton is well underway and
five of our parishioners have agreed to mentor a
child this year. They are Bob Diggle, Clarence
Hopke, Sue Hopke, Paul Palmer and Robin Smith.
• Are more likely than their peers to stay off drugs and
out of gangs
• Are less likely to repeat a grade
It is not too late for you to jump on board. There are still • Have fewer unexcused absences
lots of children at Crayton who need extra guidance and
support! Please consider giving 45 minutes to an hour of If you are interested in learning more about the
your time each week to a child! Mentoring program, please contact Genny McKenzie at
email@example.com or at 790-1679.
Fill a stocking for a child in need this holiday season
L ooking for an opportunity to help your child learn
more about giving than receiving at Christmas?
The Children and Family Ministries Board is
again sponsoring the Blessing of the Stockings at 5:30
pick-up after the 10:30 a.m. service on
Nov. 14 and 21. St. Martin’s has committed
to fill 30 stockings for children in need
in the Columbia area. All stockings must
be returned by Dec. 5. Instructions about
p.m. Dec. 5, when we will bless stockings for the Salvation
Army as well as your child’s own personal stocking. (See recommended gifts will accompany each stocking.
more about this event and St. Nicholas Day on page 3.) For more information, contact Allison Askins, director
Stockings for the Salvation Army will be available for of Children and Family Ministries, at allison.askins@
stmartinsinthefields.com or call the church office.
Caring for those less fortunate: Giving Tree time nears
P ersons interested in taking part in the annual
Giving Tree gift project should contact Theresa
Watts at 606-9807.
The project provides gifts for residents of the Tucker
with the homeless that St. Martin’s members share with
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Gifts are distributed each year at the same time that a
holiday meal is served to this community. Dates and times
Center and area homeless people served by the ministry are still under consideration.
Annual Meeting on Nov. 14: Elections and other church business
A fter considerable discernment and outreach within the parish by the St. Martin’s vestry, a slate of four candidates will
be presented at the Nov. 14 Annual Meeting to fill four upcoming vacancies. The meeting will take place during the
Sunday School hour, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., in the Parish Hall. Please plan to attend this important meeting in the life
of our church. ( See p. 6 for an outreach effort that is part of our Annual Meeting/St. Martin’s Day observance.)
Children are asked to continue to report to their Sunday School classes; ballots will be made available to teachers.
In addition to vestry elections, the parish will elect delegates to diocesan convention. (see box on page 9) Other business will
include a financial update, reports from various committees of 2010 business and a look toward new opportunities at St.
Martin’s in 2011.
Senior Warden Bob Askins explained that some two dozen potential candidates were contacted and communicated with
about the possibility of serving. That conversation included individual one-on-one contact as well as a wine and cheese
gathering in late September.
“A good deal of personal and corporate discernment was involved in the process of developing the slate,” Bob explained,
noting that nominations may also be presented from the floor on Nov. 14.
The slate, which was presented to the vestry by the Vestry Nominating Committee at the October vestry meeting, includes:
Anna James, Emily Jones, Mike Kelly and Gordon Thomas.
These four positions represent slots being vacated by retiring vestry members Bob Askins, senior warden; Chad Poteat, Gus
Strasburger and Rena McLendon, who was filling a one-year, unexpired term. Each position is for a three-year term.
Following is brief biographical information about each of the four candidates.
Anna James, St. Martin’s member since 1980 Emily Jones, St. Martin’s member since 2005
What ministries have you been or are you involved in? What ministries have you been or are you involved in?
• Church School teacher; EYC • Women’s Ministry, EYC and St.
leader; Altar Guild; Casserole Com- Martin’s Grounds Committee.
mittee; Bethany Guild; Stewardship
Committee; Adult Acolyte; Usher; Tell us about your family and
Youth Advisory Board; various Search professional life:
Committees; Church Nursery;
Church Basketball League. • Married to David Jones. One
daughter, Anna Frances, a senior at
Tell us about your family and A.C. Flora High School. Landscape
Anna James professional life: Emily Jones architect with Grimball Cotterill &
Associates. Serve on the board of the
• Married to Randy James. Two Gills Creek Watershed Association and Columbia Tree
grown children, Corrie and Corey. Retired elementary & Appearance Commission.
Why you are willing to serve on the vestry?
Why are you are willing to serve on the vestry?
• The St. Martin’s community has embraced my family
• St. Martin’s has been an important part of my adult and offered significant transforming opportunities to
all three of us. I finally feel able to articulate a grateful
life. I firmly believe in St. Martin’s mission statement:
To love, to grow, to serve. As a longtime member of St. and active response to that gift and would be pleased to
Martin’s, I have been shown and hopefully have given serve on the vestry at a vibrant time in our parish life.
love. I have also had many occasions to grow in my
faith, and, now I feel this is an opportunity for me to
give back some of what has been given to me.
Mike Kelly, St. Martin’s member since 1983
What ministries have you been or are you involved in?
• Former service on the vestry in the late 1990s;
chairperson of the Membership Development Com- We also will elect
mittee; Stewardship. Diocesan Delegates
Tell us about your family and professional life:
• Married to Anne Garrison Kelly; two adult chil-
dren, Patrick and MacKenzie. Attorney and owner of
I n addition to vestry elections
at our Annual Meeting Nov.
14, we will elect a full slate of
diocesan delegates and alternates
in accordance with our recently
the Mike Kelly Law Group. Also, both of my parents’
Mike Kelly ashes are buried in the Memorial Garden. revised by-laws provisions. (See:
Why you are willing to serve on the vestry? com/VestryMinutes/
• Quite simply, I adore our church. It has meant so much to me in not Nominees are Bruce Carter, Pat
only the good times, but also the bad times. I have been attending for D’Anna, Gwen Geidel, Martin
27 years. In addition to my passion for the well being of this church McWilliams and Jack Myers.
and its members, I feel prior community service and working with
numerous non-profit organizations and boards in the Columbia area To accommodate the revisions in
has equipped me with the skills to be an active member. I assure you, if the by-laws this year, the nominee
chosen, I will give this 110 percent. receiving the highest number of
votes on the ballot will be elected
to a three-year term; the nominee
Gordon Thomas, St. Martin’s member since 1956 receiving the second highest
number of votes will be elected to
What ministries have you been or are involved in? a two-year term; and the nominee
receiving the third highest number
• Acolytes, EYC, usher and have assisted with Vaca- of votes will be elected to serve a
tion Bible School as well as taken part in a Diocesan one-year term.
Stewardship Retreat at Camp Gravatt. The nominee receiving the fourth
highest number of votes shall serve
Tell us about your family and professional life:
a two-year term as an alternate; the
nominee receiving the fifth highest
Gordon Thomas • Married to Adele Thomas; three children, Tripp number of votes shall serve a one-
Volk, Slayden and Joseph. My parents were charter year term as an alternate. Term
members of St. Martin’s, and I was baptized and mar- lengths of all delegates will adjust
ried here. (I was confirmed in Louisiana.) My children have also grown in future elections, as required by
up in this church. Professionally, I am a sales representative for the the by-laws.
Porter Group, which sells commercial and industrial lighting.
Why are you willing to serve on the vestry?
• I would like to become a member of the vestry because I want to be
involved in the future of St. Martin’s. I want to help set goals and work
toward the implementation of those goals. I feel that St. Martin’s is in
a healthy place and I want to help with its growth. My family is very im-
portant to me. I feel that St. Martin’s is part of my family. My children
are becoming more and more involved, and I want to as well.
Gratitude overflows on Consecration Sunday with spirit of generous giving
C onsecration Sunday (Oct. 24) was a huge
success,” reports Stewardship Chairperson
“Not only did we have an excellent sermon from our
Pledge cards continue to come in and the Stewardship
Committee’s goal is to have all pledge cards turned in by
the end of November, allowing the vestry to prepare a
budget for the new year.
rector on Stewardship, we broke bread together, twice: For questions about stewardship or your pledge, please
Once at God’s altar and then again in the Parish Hall feel free to contact a committee member. They are Chuck
where we had Sunday dinner like our grandmothers used Meehan, MeehanCH@aol.com; Gingi Blume, Brian
to make. Burns, Phyllis Carey, David Jones, Patsy Myers, Joe Watts,
“Our theme of ‘Growing in Faith and Gratitude’ Teresa Watts and Ed Williams.
helped us raise awareness about how faith influences
our financial stewardship and our financial stewardship
influences our faith,” Chuck said, noting that the results
were visible with pledges parishioners placed in the large
basket before the altar.
Results from Consecration Sunday:
• 119 pledge cards received
• 54 percent increased their pledge over last
year’s pledge, excluding new pledges
• 15 new pledges received
• $436,391 pledged, which is approximately
62 percent of 2010 pledge dollars The pledge basket.
September 2010 - Budget Recap
September September September YTD YTD YTD
Actual Budget Variance Actual Budget Variance
Total Income 57, 993 57,824 169 499,048 507,142 (8,094)
Total Expenses 56,330 54,292 (2,038) 577,952 584,090 (6,138)
Income (Loss) 1,663 3,532 (1,869) (78,904) (76,948) (1,956)
Pledge collections continue to lag behind bugeted amounts for YTD September 2010. Expenses were below budgeted
amounts for the month and YTD. If your pledge is not up to date, please try to make it current.
St. Martin’s Foundation Donations October 2010
The following persons have made a contribution to the Foundation in memory of, in honor of, or in thanksgiving
for a loved one or a special family or church event:
In Memory of:
Ben Shillinglaw Lucy Graybill Morton
Carl & Jean Blaylock L’Artique & Mary Riley
Sid Gattis Thomas B. Boyle, Jr.
Anne Bailey Mr. & Mrs. Richard Blencowe
Warren & Gayle Darby
November 2010 at St. Martin’s
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 7:30 am Prayer Breakfast 2 3 4 5 6
(unless otherwise noteD)
NooN Holy eucHarist - cHaPel
8 am Holy eucHarist 5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist
9:15 am suNDay scHool 5:30 Pm - cHoral eVeNsoNg aND HealiNg serVice
10:30 am Holy eucHarist 6 Pm - cuB scouts 6:30 Pm - all saiNts’ 5:30 Pm - girls BasketBall
6:15 Pm - Boy scouts womeN’s miNistry 6:15 Pm - efm - all saiNts’
6 Pm eyc - st. alBaN’s 7:30 Pm meN’s BasketBall
7 Pm - Just us girls BiBle stuDy Hall
7 8 7:30 am Prayer Breakfast 9 10 11 12 13
24th Sunday aFter
10:30 am Dok - liBrary
pentecoSt NooN Holy eucHarist- cHaPel NooN - martiNeers
all SaintS’ Sunday all saiNts’ Hall
5:15 Pm fiNaNce committee 5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist
5:30 - 8 Pm - Boy scout
6 Pm executiVe committee 5:30 Pm - girls BasketBall
6 Pm skiNNeD kNee BookcluB PaNcake suPPer - ParisH Hall 6:30 Pm Pizza NigHt - z’s Pizza 7:30 Pm meN’s BasketBall 6:15 Pm - efm - all saiNts’
6 Pm eyc Hall
25th Sunday aFter 14 15 7:30 am Prayer Breakfast 16 17 18 19 20
NooN Holy eucHarist - cHaPel
St. martin’S day 6 Pm memBersHiP DeVeloPmeNt
obServance coNfereNce room
annual meeting 9:15 a.m. 5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist 5:30 Pm - girls BasketBall
6 Pm - cuB scouts - PH 6 Pm Vestry meetiNg 6:15 Pm - efm - all saiNts’
6:15 Pm - Boy scouts - yH 7:30 Pm meN’s BasketBall Hall
4 Pm eyc
laSt Sunday aFter 21 22 7:30 am Prayer Breakfast
23 24 25 26 27
pentecoSt thanKSgiving day oFFice cloSed
chriSt the King NooN Holy eucHarist - cHaPel oFFice cloSed - noon oFFice cloSed
5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist
6 Pm skiNNeD kNee BookcluB 6 Pm - cuB scouts - PH
7:30 Pm meN’s BasketBall
6 Pm eyc 6:15 Pm - Boy scouts - yH
FirSt Sunday oF 28 29 30 Note: eVery weDNesDay
advent 7:30 am Prayer Breakfast eVery tuesDay (unless otherwise noteD)
(unless otherwise noteD) 5 Pm aDult cHoir - cHoir room
NooN Holy eucHarist - cHaPel 12 NooN 4:45 Pm little Hummers - st. micHael
Holy eucHarist - cHaPel 5:30 Pm all Boys (graDes 2-12) - st. micHael
6 Pm eyc/ 6 Pm JuNior girls (graDes 2-5) - st. micHael
6 Pm - cuB scouts - PH 6 Pm moVie grouP 5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist - cHaPel
family aDVeNt wreatH makiNg
6:15 Pm - Boy scouts - yH 6:30 Pm seNior girls (graDes 6-12) - st. micHael
Lectionary for November 2010
November 7 November 21
(24th Sunday after Pentecost) (Last Sunday after Pentecost - Christ the King)
Collect 236 Collect 236
Job 19:23-27a Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 17:1-9 Psalm 46
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 20:27-38 Luke 23:33-43
November 14 November 28
(25th Sunday after Pentecost) (1st Sunday of Advent)
Collect 236 Collect 211
Malachi 4:1-2a Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 98 Psalm 122
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Romans 13:11-14
Luke 21:5-19 Matthew 24:36-44
Liam Case November 15
Ellen Siron Prayers of the People
Scott Gribbin November 16 For those who are in need of God’s healing, especially:
Jeff Coleman Joe Graves Parish Members Mary Ann Plowden Winifred & Warren
Mary Butler Janet Richardson Doefler
November 3 November 17
Mike Culpepper Davy-Jo Ridge Janice Dozier
Jim Ellison John Wall Tony Rizzo Doug Ellis
November 4 November 18 Ellen Dozier Mary Sesnauskas Mary Jo Epps
Mary Butler Julie Mayson Elaine Fickling Mozelle Shipp Kay Fryman
November 5 November 19 Frances Friedman Jean Smith Howard Hamrick
Martin McWilliams Chuck Meehan Mary Gaddy Dot Stork Harriet Hunter
Becky Mace Jimmie Graham Pat Townsend Walt Krantz
November 21 Alice Thomas Bob Lane
Elizabeth Burns Betty Garnett
Ene Swagart Ruby Lee Hartin Freddy Vang Sue Liebler
November 6 Leslie Williams Jack Weeks Lisa Mizell
Taylor Gepper November 22 Louise Hendley Inge Williamson Cintra Pemberton
November 7 Kendall Moore Audrey King Family and Friends Margaret Pitts
Greg Layden November 23 Bob King Rubert Austin Thomasina Rodgers
November 11 Mary Kinloch Dorothy Bauknight Nancy Rogan
Helen McLendon Tom LaBorde Joey Booth Katie Roquemore
November 23 Clarice Lathem Rhoda Brooker Kitty Simon
Sterling Beale Cheryl Masterman Jean Ligon Ed Brown William Smith
November 27 Helen Mauldin Laura Brown Melissa Snyder
Anita Alexander Lyn Tablas
Mark Binkley Mac McCrory Ann Paisley Chandler
Henry Graves Helen McLendon Jalinda Cilien Bobby & Celia Taylor
November 12 Ed McMurray Linda Cilien Lee & Christine
Ed McMurray Kirsten Miller Robert Coleman Thelen
Georgia Coleman November 29 Henry Plowden Dorothy Davis Bo Williams
Simms Oliphant Hunter Strasburger Brad Wise
Caroline McDonnell Mary Talbert For justice and peace:
McElveen For the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan and Haiti. For
November 13 those who are in harm’s way especially Kelly King, serving in the Peace Corps in Tonga;
Kirk Lane November 30
Antonio Munro, and James E. Harris, serving in Afghanistan.
Ann Blencowe Louise Hendley
Barry Kight In Thanksgiving for:
For these expectant parents:
Buddy Richardson Cathy & Eric Simmers; Traci & John Waite; Angie & Robert Ellis; Stanley & Leslie (LaBorde)
Trisha Meehan Stiles; Edie & Butch Ray; David & Shannon Fancher; Lindsey & Phillip Casse; Kevin & Mara
(LaBorde) Maas for adoption.
December 2010 at St. Martin’s
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
eVery suNDay Note: eVery weDNesDay 1 2 3 4
(unless otherwise noteD) (unless otherwise noteD)
5 Pm aDult cHoir - cHoir room
8 am Holy eucHarist 5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist Happening #64
4:45 Pm little Hummers - st. micHael
9:15 am suNDay scHool aND HealiNg serVice Dec. 3-5 • Camp Gravatt
5:30 Pm all Boys (graDes 2-12) - st. micHael
10:30 am Holy eucHarist 6:15 Pm 5:30 Pm - girls BasketBall
6 Pm JuNior girls (graDes 2-5) - st. micHael traiNiNg for cHristmas
6 Pm eyc - st. alBaN’s 5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist - cHaPel 6:15 Pm - efm - all saiNts’
7:30 Pm meN’s BasketBall Hall
6:30 Pm seNior girls (graDes 6-12) - st. micHael
5 6 7:30 am Prayer Breakfast 7 8 9 10 11
Second Sunday oF
NooN - martiNeers
advent NooN Holy eucHarist - cHaPel
5:30 Pm all saiNts’ Hall
advent FeStival 9:15 am 5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist
6:15 Pm 5:30 Pm - girls BasketBall
5:30 Pm st. NicHolas liturgy 6 Pm cuB scouts - PH
traiNiNg for cHristmas 6:15 Pm - efm - all saiNts’
BlessiNg of stockiNgs/eyc 6:15 Pm Boy scouts - yH
7:30 Pm meN’s BasketBall Hall
7 Pm - Just us girls BiBle stuDy
third Sunday oF 12 13 7:30 am
Prayer Breakfast 14 15 16 17 18
advent 10:30 am Dok - liBrary
NooN Holy eucHarist- cHaPel
6 Pm memBersHiP DeVeloPmeNt 5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist 5:30 Pm - girls BasketBall
5:15 Pm fiNaNce committee
coNfereNce room 6:15 Pm 6:15 Pm - efm - all saiNts’
6 Pm eyc 6 Pm executiVe committee
6 Pm cuB scouts - PH traiNiNg for cHristmas Hall
6:30 Pm Pizza NigHt - z’s Pizza 7 Pm - HoliDay coNcert
6:15 Pm Boy scouts - yH 7:30 Pm meN’s BasketBall
Fourth Sunday oF 19 20 7:30 am Prayer Breakfast 21 11 am 22 23 24 25
advent crecHe serVice chriStmaS day
NooN Holy eucHarist - cHaPel reHearsal
oFFice cloSed - noon
4 pm creche Service
5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist Holy eucHarist
6:15 Pm 10:30 pm chriStmaS
6 Pm cuB scouts - PH 6 Pm Vestry meetiNg traiNiNg for cHristmas
6:15 Pm Boy scouts - yH muSic and chriSt maSS
6 Pm eyc 7:30 Pm meN’s BasketBall
FirSt Sunday aFter
26 27 oFFice cloSed 28 29 30 31
chriStmaS oFFice cloSed 7:30 am Prayer Breakfast
Homeworks ParisH Hall Homeworks ParisH Hall
chriStmaS leSSonS and Homeworks ParisH Hall (unless otherwise noteD)
carolS (eNDs witH Breakfast)
no Sunday School 5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist Holy eucHarist - cHaPel
Homeworks 6 Pm
Lectionary for December 2010
December 5 December 19
(2nd Sunday of Advent) (4th Sunday of Advent)
Collect 211 Collect 212
Isaiah 11:1-10 Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
Romans 15:4-13 Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 3:1-12 Matthew 1:18-25
December 12 December 26
(3rd Sunday of Advent) (The 1st Sunday after Christmas Day)
Collect 212 Collect 213
Isaiah 35:1-10 Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 146:4-9 or Canticle 3 or 15 Psalm 147 or 147:13-21
James 5:7-10 Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
Matthew 11:2-11 John 1:1-18
December 1 December 19 Pet food gifts honor the work of St. Francis
Jack Weeks Dewain Herring
Emma Bushea Patty D’Anna
December 2 Billy Thompson
Chris Walters December 20
Hunter Smith Kathryn Lee
Ella Williams December 21
December 3 Rex Dillingham
Rachel Langley Audrey King
December 4 Katherine Wright
Joe Watts December 22
Jack Huff Phil Sawyer
December 5 Gabe Cooper
Mike Culpepper December 23
Patsy Farr David Jones
December 6 Simms Oliphant
Ginia Herring Wrenn Barrett
Paul Palmer embers of the St. Martin’s Children and Family
Jackie Archibals Ministries Board honored the work of St. Francis
December 24 this year with a collection of some 200 pounds of
December 7 Irving Alvey
Catherine Krell David Traylor pet food that was donated to the Senior Resources Meals on
Caroline Rickenbaker TaylorAnne Fogarty Wheels for Pets program. The program provides pet food
December 8 December 25 for 40 dogs and 20 cats in the Richland County area whose
Gregory Morrison Edna Dales owners might not otherwise be able to feed them.
December 9 Patrick McDonnell
Bob King “Without the support of groups and individuals like you,
Claude Lott Laurie Elliott this program would not be possible,” writes Lamora
Nicholas Masterman Bradford in a thank you note to St. Martin’s.
December 11 Bunny Hope
Will MacInnis Items were brought by guests at our annual Blessing of the
Randy James Animals, held in early October.
December 13 Belle Broussard
Mary Evelyn Hayden December 28 At the service, which was held in the Memorial Garden,
December 16 Ethel MacInnis board members gave away some 70 pet tags engraved with a
George Krell Clarence Hopke blessing for pet owners to put on their pet’s collars or cages.
Simon Lumpkin December 30
December 17 Kelsey Reamer
Animals among us included a turtle, four hermit crabs, two
Annie Louise Blencowe December 31 cats and oodles of dogs.
December 18 Nancy Washington
News & Notes
Make Plans Now to Attend
St. Martin’s Parish Weekend at Kanuga,
Jan. 28 – 30, 2011
• Plan for exciting fellowship with St. Martin’s family and
• Plan for a wonderful worship in the North Carolina
• Plan to relax and to enjoy everything Kanuga has
• Plan to attend!
Details coming soon about the weekend and its activities.
If you have questions,
contact Neil Rashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Martin’s Prayer Chain
The St. Martin’s Prayer Chain is 50 strong, but 100 Tuesday Prayer Group begins new study
would be astounding. The Tuesday Morning Prayer Group will begin a new
If you would like to be involved in a ministry that touches study Tuesday, Nov. 2, using “Companion God, Cultural
the lives of over 300 people a year, can be done from Community on the Gospel of Matthew” by George T.
home on your schedule, then JOIN US. Montague.
Our gift of prayer from our Father is a blessing that we The group gathers at 7:30 a.m. in All Saints’ Hall for the
need and should be excited to share for the benefit of Office of Morning Prayer, breakfast and discussion. The
others. gathering wraps up by 9 a.m.
For more information on this vital ministry, call or For more information, contact Paul Palmer at ptpalmer@
e-mail Judy Carter, email@example.com aol.com.
Help us keep current
Tuesday night Pizza Group
Do you have a new mailing address, email address or
For a fun night with great food and good friends, join
phone number? Please let us know so we can keep our
us at Z-Pizza on Gervais street, Nov. 9 at 6:30pm.
records current and keep you in the loop about church
Somewhere in the world, it’s too hot to cook!
events and activities. Please call the church office with
For more information or to get on the reminder list, call updates, 787-0392.
or e-mail Judy Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church Non Profit
5220 Clemson Avenue Organization
Columbia, South Carolina 29206 U.S. Postage
The Rev. Sally Johnston, Rector Columbia, SC
Parish Office (803) 787-0392 Permit No.
Fax Number (803) 782-5658 713
Drop-in Nursery (803) 787-6406
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
Schedule of Christmas Services
Friday, Dec. 24
4 p.m., Creche Service and Holy Eucharist;
Nursery care for children 3 and younger beginning at 3:45 p.m.
11 p.m., The Nativity of our Lord:
Holy Eucharist with choral prelude beginning at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 25
8 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Sunday, Dec. 26
8 a.m., Holy Eucharist
10:30 a.m., Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist
No Sunday School – Schedule Resumes Jan. 9
Children’s Chapel will follow regular schedule
Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 during the 10:30 a.m. liturgy;
Nursery open at 10:15 a.m.