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 Eucharist

6:00 pm – Stations of the Cross

7:00 pm – Good Friday Eucharist

Holy Saturday – April 4

5:05 pm – Alternative Worship 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.


Feb 262015


April 22nd, 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 mark your calendars and look for a sign up sheet soon in Park Hall to donate blood or to volunteer to help with the drive.

Click here for more information on eligibility requirements and to learn more about how your donation can help save lives. 




Oct 302014

The 20/20 Task Force recently asked several questions to many of St. Martin’s ministries, including the Stewardship Committee, to help shape their recommendations for the future of St. Martin’s.  A couple of the questions were especially thought-provoking and prompted an extended discussion by our committee … Where would you like to be in 3 years?  How would you define success?

When it comes to the annual Financial Pledge Campaign we felt that first and foremost 100% participation, that is every parishioner making a written financial pledge for the coming year and every year no matter how big or small, is of utmost importance and would define success.  For the individual parishioner, pledging is a way to express gratitude for all that God has provided and to have trust that God will continue to provide in the coming year.  For the church, it allows the vestry to make plans for the coming year.  And the committee felt that virtually everyone has the ability and means to pledge at some level albeit some pledges may be very small by necessity.  In recent years about 2/3 to 3/4 of parishioners pledged for the next year and achieving 100% participation this year is the Stewardship Committee’s #1 goal.

Achieving a 10% per year increase in the amount pledged over the next 3 years was set as the second goal.  To continue with St. Martin’s ministries that we all value, and to grow and flourish, it is clear that the base of financial support through the Pledge Campaign must increase from the flat-line results of recent years.  At first glance a 10% increase seems impossible, but consider the possibilities if the remaining 25 to 33% of St. Martin’s parishioners pledged and we all tithed, that is pledged 10% of our income, or made significant progress towards tithing.  About $395k in pledges were made for 2014, so a 10% would be an increase of $40k for a total of $435k in 2015 pledges.

We hope and pray that you too will embrace these goals for the 2015 Financial Pledge Campaign.  They are important for the future of St. Martin’s and us as individual parishioners who are Walking the Way.

Jeff Klieve for the Stewardship Committee