May 192015

“How do we view our faith NewImagein a religiously plural world?”  We’ll examine this and other questions when Thailand Trek VBS comes to St. Martin’s!

Thailand Trek VBS is coming up June 22nd to 26th, and will run from 9am to noon each day.   Registration is now open, and we encourage you to sign up online.

You can also sign-up to help out as a volunteer. Volunteering is really easy and it is amazing to see the joy and learning that takes place in this spiritual incubator that we call VBS.

Get excited about experiencing a little bit of Thai culture, and exploring how God might be working in a nation that is 95% Buddhist!

For more information, please contact Fr. Chris Slane.

May 142015

eScrip signups will be offered on Sunday, May 17 between the 8:00 and 10:15 services.  St. Martin’s will be supported every time you make aeScrip Card purchase at any Schnucks store and present the eScrip card.  By simply swiping a Schnucks eScrip card each time you shop at Schnucks, a small percentage of your purchase will be allocated to St. Martin’s.

eScrip contributions for all participating groups since the program started in 2000 total $427,500,000.  If you do not already have a card, members of the Outreach committee will be in Park Hall to help set you up.  Help St. Martin’s receive a portion of that funding by using your card!  Click here to learn information about eScrip.

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 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!