Aug 192015

By Mike Kelly

Plans are coming along for St. Martin’s Dinner Auction Dance FUNdraiser (I’m calling it DAD for short) set for November 7th.

The band we’ve secured for the event is “Just in Time Jazz”. They are a well-received local group and play for many of the fundraisers in the area, such as ours.  You can hear some of the music they will play as we dine and dance away the evening.
Do you have a favorite restaurant you can ask for a free dinner? How about a home at some resort or getaway, or do you know someone? Tickets to a professional sport, or memorabilia? Do you own or have access to a business to have something to offer? Auction Items are being sought and much appreciated to help make this a successful event. Please contact Michelle Trieschmann or Mike Kelly if you have something to offer or discuss as a tax deductible contribution.
Tickets will go on sale soon. A portion of this will be tax deductible. A limited number of seats will be available.  Watch for more announcements on how you can participate.

Aug 192015

by Kurt Greenbaum

A yearlong effort by St. Martin’s community to restore our 40-year-old sanctuary piano culminates on Sept. 27 with a dedication ceremony and free concert by renowned pianist Nina Ferrigno.

“We’re thrilled that we’ll hear this newly restored instrument in the hands of a musician of Nina Ferrigno’s caliber,” said Denise Marsh, music director at St. Martin’s. “She will truly be able to demonstrate the beauty of the work that was done to bring our cherished piano back to its top form.”

The entire community is invited to the event, which caps a $19,000 effort by the parish. Parish members sponsored keys on the 1976 Baldwin model L grand piano. Sponsors purchased keys in memory of loved ones — $250 for the central keys, lower as they reached the ends. A table is being built with all the names etched on piano keys in the glass top.

Ferrigno will perform at 2 p.m. in the parish sanctuary.  Ferrigno is director of the Missouri Chamber Music Festival in St. Louis, and appears regularly with Chamber Project St. Louis. Nina is a founding member of the Boston-based Calyx Piano Trio, which has excited audiences throughout the United States with expressive ensemble playing and brilliant virtuosity.

Ferrigno has also appeared in major concert venues throughout North America, performing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where she was a core member since its inception until 2007.

Tom Zasadny, through Steinway Piano Gallery, restored the piano, originally given to St. Martin’s by family and friends in memory of Jean Frances Brown, a church musician. The restoration fully rebuilt the instrument’s interior action, replacing hammers, shanks, felt, piano key tops and strings.

Online registration is available for the free concert — merely to alert organizers about how many people to expect.nina_ferrigno


Aug 102015

The award winning River Blenders Chorus will perform at St. Martin’s during the 10:15 am service on August 16th.

For over 35 years, the River Blenders Chorus has been delighting audiences with outstanding music and entertainment. This women’s a cappella chorus has gained prominence as a fourteen-time Midwest River BlendersGateway Region 5 Champion Chorus.  Don’t miss this special musical performance!


Aug 102015

Rebuild the Churches

At the end of June, following the massacre at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, there was a series of fires that destroyed black churches throughout the south. Some have been identified as arson,others have not — all are devastating blows to the heart of the black community.

As fellow children of God, we stand with our sisters and brothers to help them rebuild these buildings—which are not just houses of worship, but centers of ministry for their community.

To that end, Christ Church Cathedral established the “Rebuild the Churches” Fund to collect donations from all over the nation for the rebuilding of these churches. After surpassing the initial goal of $25,000, a new goal of $250,000 was set.

As of July 15th, six churches have been identified that will be recipients of these funds. As of July 20th, $231,136 has been raised.

St. Martin’s will collect funds specifically for the “Rebuild the Churches” fund each Sunday in August.  Please note this purpose on the memo line of your check or place in an envelope noting “Rebuild the Churches” and your donation will be included in this fund.


Jul 202015

St. Martin’s youth will start off its year with a barbecue and pool party at the home of Michelle and Ralph Trieschmann on August 16th from 4-6:30pm. Fr. Chris will serve as master chef and will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. Parents and families of Youth Group members are encouraged to attend. Please bring the whole family, a dish to share, and bathing suits. Fr. Chris will be sending out an RSVP and a food sign-up list in the coming weeks.backyard-bbq-party-clipart-church-cookout-clipart-7

Jul 132015

Caring for CarolineBy Beverly Kinkade

I do not know if you are aware of the excruciating journey our founding rector, Howard Park, and his family are following. Howard’s granddaughter, Caroline, has been diagnosed with an extremely rare, incurable disease called Batten’s Disease. Her family became aware of this tragedy only in 2013.

Caroline is just 14. She was born a happy, healthy baby. When she was in kindergarten she started demonstrating some autistic behaviors and learning disabilities and was diagnosed with that disease. She did however continue to make slow progress in school. In second grade she began having Grand-Mal seizures and was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, which for the most part has been managed with medication. She has had several hospital stays due to complications from medicines; however, she has been stable for the past year.

In third grade she ran in 2 – 5K runs with her older sister, who could barely keep up with her, she was so fast. By fourth grade she started having difficulty with balance and was not able to run anymore. She saw doctors in the movement disorder clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. After much testing including MRI and spinal taps, no reason for her motor regression could be found. When she was in fifth grade, Kelly and Than started noticing she was having difficulty seeing and locating objects. She received a retinal test and the results showed no retinal response. Caroline was blind. Because of the retinal test, they suggested she be tested for something called Batten’s Disease. She received a genetic blood test and in July of 2013 she was diagnosed positive for Batten Disease. By this time she was using a walker for stability to walk, and several months after her diagnosis she was using a wheelchair full time. She is currently 14 years old, unable to walk and totally blind. Her speech has slowed to 1-2 words and her mental ability has diminished significantly. Caroline attends a school for special needs children in St. Louis County.

On a personal level, my family is uniquely connected to Howard Park’s. My only child, Dan, was best man for Than, Howard’s son. Than was Dan’s best man as well. Than is also godfather’s for my son’s two boys.

Family and Friends of the Park Family are hosting an event, “Caring for Caroline” at the Atomic Cowboy Restaurant on Thursday, August 13th, to raise funds to benefit Caroline and the Batten Disease Support & Research Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit. All donated funds go directly to supporting Caroline and BDSRA. The family is hopeful of purchasing a special lift van to transport Caroline, as well as to donate funds to BDSRA for additional research of this dreaded disease.

St. Martin’s has always been there for our members and their families and this is a very special opportunity for us as a caring parish. We are asking all of you to look into your hearts to make a donation and/or contribution to the silent auction occurring at the fundraiser. We are also asking as many of our St. Martin parishioners as possible to attend the August 13th event. Your support will definitely make a difference in Caroline’s life, and be such an appropriate way to show our ongoing love and support of our founding Rector’s family. Please do what you can……

We hope that we can count on your support. Please email me for an auction donation form or for more information.

Beverly Kinkade 

Caring for Caroline—Fundraiser Volunteer