Feb 022016

food pantrySunday, February 14th

Please consider helping our friends and neighbors in need by donating non-perishable food and toiletry items. Our donations support the Circle of Concern’s Food Pantry, where items are distributed throughout the West County community. The pantry now feeds nearly 2,200 people each month, giving each family a week or more of nutritious meals. You can drop the items off at any time (in the basket in the coat closet) and we will bless them on the second Sunday of each month.

Current needs include: boxed mac & cheese, canned meat/fish, cooking oil, flour and sugar, condiments, cereal, pasta sauce, dry pasta, shampoo and conditioner.

Thanks for your generosity!

Feb 022016

lent madnessLent Madness began is a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints. The format is straightforward: Thirty-two saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.

Along the way we’ve added celebrity bloggers, a poster-sized bracket, weekly Monday Madness videos, and the Saintly Scorecard, an annual publication containing all 32 first round bios, information about how to participate in Lent Madness as a congregation, and an essential Vocabulary List to decipher all things Lent Madness.

To learn more, go to www.lentmadness.org.

Jan 052016
Food Pantry Sunday is January 10th. Please consider helping our friends and neighbors in need by donating non-perishable food and toiletry items. Our donations support the Circle of Concern’s Food Pantry, where items are distributed throughout the West County community. The pantry now feeds nearly 2,200 people each month, giving each family a week or more of nutritious meals. You can drop the items off at any time (in the basket in the coat closet) and we will bless them on the second Sunday of every month.

Current needs include: boxed mac & cheese, canned meat/fish, cooking oil, flour, sugar, condiments, cereal, pasta sauce, dry pasta, toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner.

Recently, Circle of Concern introduced us to Frannie (her name has been changed to protect privacy). Her story began like that of many clients at Circle. She is raising two children on her own. Over the years, she has worked some, always at entry-level jobs. Circle has been a big help to Frannie with food and programs for her children. When she heard Circle had launched a job mentorship program, pairing clients with volunteers who provide guidance through the job-hunting process, Frannie knew she needed help and signed up.

When her mentor suggested she raise her sights a bit and enter a nursing program at a local community college, Frannie’s response was incredulous. “Do you think
I could do that?” With the emphasis on “I” Frannie expressed amazement at the faith her mentor had in her ability to succeed.

Providing food for Frannie’s family, and for thousands of people each month, is an important first step in caring for our neighbors. Offering additional programs like Mentorship, Financial Assistance, Scholarships and others allows those families to rise out of poverty. Your donations of food and money are the critical support our programs need to help these neighbors rebuild their lives.

Your generosity is a gift to the Circle families. On their behalf, Thank You!
Nov 302015

Outreach is once again assisting Circle of Concern and Episcopal City Mission in their annual endeavor to provide Christmas gifts for the less fortunate and those in detention. Please help out by picking out a special gift and leaving it, unwrapped, in the appropriate bin in Park Hall. The deadline to contribute is Thursday, December 10th.

Suggested wish lists may be picked up in Park Hall, or see suggestions below:

The Episcopal City Mission chaplains would really appreciate gift cards to  Target, Walmart, Amazon, Sports Authority or Dick’s Sporting Goods so they can purchase what is needed in the centers. If you choose to donate an item; we are asking for men’s grey, navy or black skull caps, ping pong paddles and balls, coloring books and crayons, newly released PG-13 or younger DVD’s (sports and action movies are suggested), Large bottles of shampoo, and individually wrapped candy (no bubble gum or lollipops, please.)

The chaplains have said that each center needs new group games such as; Children’s version Bible Trivia, Monopoly, Sorry, Jenga, Dominos, Chess, Connect 4, SkipBo, and UNO.

Circle of Concern requests include:

Circle list


Oct 142015

by the Rev. Christopher Slaneppsign

Between October 17th and October 31st St. Martin’s is doing a fundraiser by selling pumpkins in the front of our parking lot. This is going to be a great and wonderful project, and here’s why:

  1. Our pumpkins come from Farmington New Mexico, and employ 1,000 Navajo Native Americans seasonally during the picking season. The pumpkin farm is certified by the Native American Products Industry, and creates jobs in a region with astronomical unemployment rates.
  2. 100% of our profits from the Pumpkin Patch will go to Outreach missions of the church. We will fund part of our Youth Mission to New Orleans, where our youth group will work with a church to continue the clean-up from Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the money that goes to the Navajo in Farmington, we will also be sending a large portion of our profits to the Navajo reservation to support Christian ministry through the Episcopal Diocese of Navajoland. And finally, a small portion of our profits will go to support feeding the hungry and under-fed in our own city of St. Louis through St. Martin’s #GoodSoilProject Garden (the Winter Wheat is already planted)
  3. There will be plenty of fun in the patch for people of all ages. There will be a place to take great fall photos with straw bales and scarecrows. We will be having a Trunk-or-Treat and Chili cook-off on Saturday October 17th at 6pm, and Pumpkin Painting on Saturday October 30th at 6pm.

So, come see what St. Martin’s is all about as we give thanks to God by reaching out in love to our neighbors both near and far. And, thank you in advance for supporting what God is doing through His Church, which is our whole community working together for the coming of His kingdom.

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 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