Apr 092015

By Tom Allen

After receiving the recommendations from the 20/20 Committee last year, the vestry is taking the first half of the year to review the recommendations, prioritize them, compare them to initiatives at St. Martin’s that may already be in flight, and determine what may be the highest priority for implementation this year. This process also includes understanding what resources may be necessary for implementation and what, if any, budgetary impacts should be accounted for.

As a first step of this, the vestry spent more than two hours at its February retreat embarking on a detailed review of the recommendations and beginning to formulate action steps. We see the this year’s 50th anniversary of St. Martin’s as an opportune time to put in motion new and exciting strategies to ensure the long-term growth and vitality of our church. To do this right, the vestry also understands that shared ownership of recommendations and implementation plans with all members of St. Martins is crucial to making the kind long-term difference that the 20/20 Committee envisioned.

Please click to view the committee’s recommendations.  Have questions, or ideas for bringing these to reality?  Contact one of your vestry members.  We can’t do this without you!


Tom Allen is the vestry liaison for the 20/20 Committee, and served on the 20/20 task force created in 2013.

Mar 202015

Gene+Robinson+Love+Free+Die+Portraits+2012+3D5cII9eWZalWe talk about getting people through the doors of the church, but we rarely talk about what we leave outside the church when we come in. Gene Robinson will cover his faith journey, the changes in the church in the last 10 years and the challenges of inclusiveness in the church today. What did he leave at the door, and what do we ask our congregations to leave outside on Sunday morning? His talk will be followed by small groups discussing these questions, trying to find answers for our individual communities.

WHEN: Saturday, April 18th; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration and refreshments at 9 a.m.).

WHERE: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 15764 Clayton Road, Ellisville.

REGISTRATION: Please pre-register here by April 11th .

NOTE: If you require child care for this event, please contact Fr. Chris Slane.

V. Gene Robinson was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003 and retired in 2013. He now serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He has done AIDS work in the United States and in Africa (Uganda and South Africa). He has also been an advocate for antiracism training in the diocese and wider church. Robinson advocated for debt relief for the world’s most impoverished nations, and lobbied for socially responsible investment within and beyond the church. Bishop Robinson has been particularly active in the area of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Working at the state, national and international levels, he has spoken and lobbied for equal protection under the law and full civil marriage rights.


9 a.m.: Registration Opens.

10 a.m.: Address by Bishop Robinson.

11:00 a.m.: Breakout groups.

12:00 p.m.: Gathering in.

1 p.m.: Sending out.


Mar 122015


Maundy Thursday – April 2

7:00 pm – Holy Eucharist

Prayer Vigil – April 2, 8:30 pm until April 3, noon

Good Friday – April 3

12 Noon – Good Friday Worship

6:00 pm – Stations of the Cross

7:00 pm – Good Friday Worship

Holy Saturday – April 4

5:05 pm – Easter Mini-Vigil and Eucharist

Easter Day – April 5

8:00 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I

10:15 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Mar 122015

logo - large with letteringFaithScape is a great opportunity to learn about the Episcopal Church and how our Christian faith meets our real world.  Emphasizing the building of authentic faith while focusing on the spiritual and developmental needs of growing adults, this program helps us explore the real beliefs that shape our faith – not just the ones we were taught as kids, but also the beliefs we have come to own through experience.

The Rev. Jay Kanzler will lead this informative series for newcomers and longtime members alike, whether you are curious to know more about the Church or looking for a refresher course for your faith.  We are encouraging participants to enjoy this gathering as an opportunity to get to know others who have been attending St. Martin’s in the past year.

FaithScape is scheduled to take place on Sunday evenings from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The nine-session program will begin on March 15th and conclude on May 31st.  Classes will not be held on March 22, April 5, May 3 or May 24.

All classes will meet at St. Martin’s in Upper Laird.  Childcare, if needed, will be provided.  Please register with Loretta Go.

Mar 102015

11050784_10152808004392149_4330868214891293599_o (2)Congratulations to Fr. Chris, ordained last night at Christ Church Cathedral.   Listen to the sermon from the ordination as preached by Bishop Scott Barker of the Diocese of Nebraska.

Join us in Park Hall on Sunday, March 15th, after the 10:15 service for a reception to celebrate this wonderful event.  We are proud and blessed to have Fr. Chris at St. Martin’s!

Feb 262015

Lent-CrossLooking for ways to add to your Lenten devotional time?  Join us Wednesday nights during Lent for a musical offering followed by worship.  The next Lenten music will be offered by Brooke Myers on at 5:45 Wednesday, March 4th.  Brooke is the former rector of Holy Communion in University City and is an accomplished musician.  At 6:15, musician Mike Clark of Christ Church Cathedral will lead us through a time of comtemplation by way of silence and prayerful singing.

Other scheduled Lenten Musical events:

March 11th – Clay McKinney, cello

March 18th – Beverly Kinkade, soprano; and Lynn Lange, alto

March 25th – Men of St. Martin’s Choir

Each event will be followed by worship led by Mike Clark.