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                            The Messenger
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

Dec. 5
            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@ or call the church office, 787-0392.

                                                     Advent and Christmas
Nov. 30
                                      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                             
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.

Dec. 5
                   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.

                                            Women’s Ministry
         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-
raising event.
                                                                   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.                                  
                                                     Musical Offerings
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

   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
Episcopal Cathedral.
                                                                    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.
                                                                    Lawrence Place.
                                                                    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  
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
outreach effort.)
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
                                                                                     and malaria.
During our fall campaign, starting Oct. 31 and running
through Nov. 14, you are invited to pick up a Hope Chest                             Visit 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@
                                                                           , 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
                                                                            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@
                                                                            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.
Vestry Elections
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.
    school librarian.
                                                                      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/
                                                                                 SMIFByLaws081510.pdf )
•    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
         Chuck Meehan.
“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,; 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
Will Conard
  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
           eVery suNDay
        (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
   pentecoSt/erd ingathering
                                                                    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

    November Birthdays
November 1
  Ed Kellett
  Liam Case               November 15
November 2
  Billy Stork
                            Bonnie Holstein
                            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
                                                     Gordon Dixon
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
                                                     Sue Heath
  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
                            Dick Stanland
  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
  Eugenia Fordham
                          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 28
November 12                                          Ed McMurray                    Linda Cilien                       Lee & Christine
                            Tanner Reagle
  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
November 14
                            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
                                        cHoral eVeNsoNg
                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                             8 am
                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                                      eVery tuesDay
       chriStmaS leSSonS and                                         Homeworks ParisH Hall                                                                                                          (unless otherwise noteD)
       carolS                                                                                                                              (eNDs witH Breakfast)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          12 NooN
       no Sunday School                                                                                  5:45 Pm Holy eucHarist                                                                     Holy eucHarist - cHaPel
                                         Homeworks 6 Pm
                                           ParisH Hall
                                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 Birthdays
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
  David Fancher
                          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,
                          December 26
  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 27
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
  Jenny Gossett
                                  More November/December
                                        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
                  to offer!
     •     Plan to attend!
       Details coming soon about the weekend and its activities.
                        If you have questions,
           contact Neil Rashley at

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, 787-5705/                 

                                                                     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, 787-5705/

St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church                                               Non Profit
5220 Clemson Avenue                                                                      Organization
Columbia, South Carolina 29206                                                           U.S. Postage
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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


                                     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.

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