Oct 152014

Fall Festival; Fun For All Ages!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

On Saturday, October 25th the Episcopal Church Women are hosting a Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival that will entertain the whole family!  Bring your car, candy and costume for the Trunk or Treat.  Then stay for dinner, hayrides and a bonfire.  The evening will begin at 6:00pm with Trunk or Treating in the parking lot.  After the Trunk or Treat we will head inside to enjoy a chili cook-off.  Sample the chili, cast your vote, and the winner goes home with a prize and, more importantly, bragging rights!  Interested chefs can sign up in Park Hall or contact Susan Gillies.  ECW will supply hot dogs and chips.  There will be crafts and activities inside for the kids, and hayrides outside for kids of all ages.  A bonfire with s’mores will cap off the evening.  Invite your family and friends for fantastic free fall fun on October 25th!

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Oct 152014

Fall Service Day

Please mark your calendar on November 1st for a Fall Service Day at St Martin’s.  We will look for a time period from 10:00am to 3:00pm  to complete some outside work.  Details to follow.




Sep 082014


Thursday, September 11th, 3:00pm—7:00pm  

The need is constant, the gratification is instant. There is no substitute for human blood.  It cannot be manufactured.  Donors must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Do not drink tea for 3 to 4 days ahead of donating and drink lots of water. Please sign up in Park Hall to donate blood or to volunteer to help with the drive.




Aug 042014

ECW Leadership and Direction Changes        

Sunday, July 13th, St. Martin’s ECW met at Fr. Jon’s house to discuss the need for a new President and Treasurer and how to get more women interested in ECW.  We  were fortunate to have as a special guest Cheryl Ward, Missouri Diocesan ECW Board President who shared her experiences.  Pam Coffel and Nancy Helmer have assumed the role of Co-presidents for the remainder of 2014 and Pam will still serve as Communications Coordinator.  Mary Drastal has agreed to step in and serve as Treasurer for the rest of 2014 and she will also continue to be the Chairperson of UTO for her two-year term.  So once again St. Martin’s ECW has a full set of officers.

Our next meeting is 9:00am Sunday, August 10th, YES –9:00am!!  We want to encourage women from BOTH Sunday services to attend – and if you attend the 5:05 PLEASE be there too!!  We had 13 women attend the meeting at the Hall home and they represented all ages and varying years of worship at St. Martin’s, this is what we are hoping to work toward in ECW but we need YOU to succeed!  The 1st meeting will be one hour only.  We will discuss when would be a good regular meeting day and time,  convenient for as many women as possible and as many different ages as possible. We will also discuss how often ECW should meet and, if offering childcare would allow young mothers to attend.  Hopefully, we will be able to cover all this…if not, we will make a good start.

On Sunday, July 27th Mary Lou Laplaunt chaired a new ECW sponsored pot-luck supper to celebrate the conclusion of a successful VBS.  Approximately eighty to ninety parishioners enjoyed the ham and homemade fixin’s!

We have some family-friendly and seasonal events planned for the next few months.  On August 24th look for the ECW table at the Ministry Fair. ECW will once again be hosting an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 14th, at 9:00am between the two services. Colleen Hall is the Chairperson of this event.  Be sure to watch for more details on this event as it approaches.

On September, 21st, at 11:30am in Park Hall St. Martin’s ECW invites all ladies of our community to our annual Tea Party.  Ladies, please feel free to invite your friends, family or neighbors…and girls you can bring your dolls, we will have a table set just for them!!  There will be tea and lemonade, sandwiches and sweet treats but most of all wonderful fellowship and laughter with the ladies and girls of St. Martin’s.  And to top it all off…find out who is named Woman of the Year 2014!!

Saturday, October 25th, at 4:30pm is the date of this year’s Fall Festival and Susan Gillies is the Chairperson.  With activities including a chili contest, trunk or treating, food and drink, roasting marshmallows and much more this is a real highlight for kids of all ages! And please invite your neighbors!  The community is welcome to attend this safe and friendly ECW event.

This final get-together of the year is only for the women of St Martin’s. Which brings home the message, if you attend St. Martin’s you are ALREADY a member of ECW whether you have ever been to a meeting or paid dues (only $10 per year)  It is Thursday, December 4th, at 6:30pm at Mary Drastal’s home and it is a cookie exchange.  Not only is it a fun, festive and joyous way to spend time getting to know one another better but it is early in December and can help with your holiday baking! ECW stands for Episcopal Church Women so if you are an Episcopal and a Woman that’s you! Please come and see how rewarding it can be.