St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, at 95 Cleveland Street in Shady Cove, is pleased to announce that it will be offering classes for Christian Baptism to the community Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the church multi-purpose room. Anyone who is not baptized is welcome to participate.
Upon completion of the two classes candidates are invited to receive the Rite of Holy Baptism on Oct. 11 during Sunday service which begins at 10 a.m. The Episcopal Church belief is “In the waters of baptism we are lovingly adopted by God into God’s Family which we call the Church and given God’s own life to share and reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ.” Please join us for this celebration! We welcome you to become a part of St. Martin’s. For questions, please call 541-878-2166 or email email@example.com
St.Martin’s Episcopal Church
May 10 at 3:21pm ·
Happy Mother’s Day! What a special day at St. Martin’s! We enjoyed several visitors from our friends at St. Luke’s and had over 50 souls today. The air was literally charged with love and grace and the Holy Spirit abundantly filled us all afresh with love for each other according the command of our Lord. It was a special day of blessings for us as we continue to grow in God’s nurturing presence. Thank you to the people of St. Martin’s for reaching out to others in the love of Christ!
Greetings to the Church at Shady Cove!
We recently received training about the Anglican rosary from Brother Kevin Gore. We heard some interesting descriptions about how the rosary began and its evolution into what it is in the Roman Catholic Church and in the Episcopal Church. This article could be one of the “Why Do Episcopalians Do That?” articles because people often wonder about acts of prayer that we enjoin that appear to be Catholic in orientation. As one person playfully stated they didn’t realize they had joined the Catholic Church! I said that the truth was that we all have joined the Catholic Church; the Anglican Catholic Church to be precise. For those of you who may not know, Anglicans or in America, Episcopalians were originally Roman Catholic. After some
challenges, the Catholic Church in England was forcibly converted to Anglican Catholic. This meant that the liturgy had not changed, but that the priests and bishops in England were no longer taking orders from the Holy Father. What that means is the we inherited the liturgy that had been in place at the time and over time it was adapted to more closely suit our spiritual and liturgical needs. During Lent we often hear about things that we rarely see practiced in the Episcopal Church and that are still in our Book of Common Prayer. We hear about the rite of reconciliation, fasting, and daily prayers. Another tradition that while not in the prayer book is practiced by many in the Episcopal Church is praying the rosary. As we learned this past Sunday, the rosary, while Roman Catholic in origin, is also
very Episcopalian. We have adjusted the prayers to reflect our Episcopal ethos, we have allowed for the reason that we so value to imbue our prayer as we finger each of the beads or knots on our rosaries. We have allowed each person to create a circle of prayer that best suits them for individual prayer and we have also seen that the rosary can be prayed in unison.
So, far from being concerned that we are becoming too Roman, we can really see that we are simply beginning to embrace some of our traditional Episcopal roots. The beauty of leaning into our Episcopal roots is that we find history there. We find our story mixed with the story of others. We begin to learn that we are a proud family with a proud tradition of our own that creates in us a feeling and opportunity for prayerfulness. God has blessed us with the tradition of Lent (yes, Lent is Catholic as well) so that we can try new things, so that we can grow and become more of who God wants us to be. We have traditionally given up certain things in a manner of fasting during Lent and we have also began or reinstated prayerful or sacrificial acts that we use to bring us closer to God. This year we have the opportunity to try something that, while new to us, is as old as the ages, praying the rosary. I encourage praying the rosary individually and communally. It gives us a chance to pray with our minds and hearts focused on our “intention” while our lips speak the words. In a way, it moves us past trying to find the “right” words to speak to God and simply allows our hearts and our spirit to commune with God on a whole different level. This is the power of the rosary. So no matter how you would like to
approach it, no matter what you initially thought of it, the rosary is a wonderful prayer form that is rooted in our Church and that expresses very powerfully and spiritually our sentiments to our Heavenly Father. May our hearts guide us in this new endeavor.
It has been a busy time at St. Martin’s and many positive things have happened. We have
formed committees, initialized social media websites on Facebook and on the Web. We have
grown our congregation and we continue to serve our community in meaningful ways that bring real, tangible results. Families are being fed, people in need are being served with a place to meet for consultation, marriages are taking place, families are taking the opportunity to say
eternal good byes to family members and the list goes on.
We have just completed the 126th Diocesan Convention during which the church conducted
business with special emphasis on the human condition. We celebrated the love of God during
worship opportunities at morning prayer and later at the Holy Eucharist. We sang songs and
embraced the idea of all being able to worship together demonstrating that out of our diversity
we could show unity. Convention was a success and we left feeling inspired to be creative
communicators of the Gospel to those who have not heard the good news.
We have, as I mentioned earlier, grown our congregation, this has presented us with a number
of opportunities. We have wonderful volunteers who now teach Christian Education for children
who are new attenders to St. Martin’s. The families with children who now attend St. Martin’s
found us on the internet! We have created a wonderful space near the front entrance to the
sanctuary where those with pastoral needs or the need for confession can now be met in some
sort of comfort. We are working on having a window for that room that will allow privacy and
safety for all concerned. We, your BAC and I, continue to work hard to come up with ideas that
will remove barriers that keep people from being able to attend Mass at St Martin’s. Your BAC
have worked hard with our Bishop and as many of your know, St. Martin’s now has a Vicar for
the first time in several years. We have discussed ideas for music, worship, education,
counseling, finance, and outreach. Our committees are working overtime to continue the
creative growth that has brought us to a place where we will begin using two lay eucharistic
ministers to assist during the communion! What a wonderful time to be at St. Martin’s!
It feels as though I could go on for pages about the successes we have had at St. Martin’s. As
we continue to grow, we remember that any numerical growth is always a product of our
spiritual growth. As our spiritual growth continues, people in our community will continue to be
attracted to the love of God that we display. We are reaching our world!
The resolutions for the 126th Convention of the Diocese of Oregon were made up of 4 resolutions and the budget.
The first resolution reflected the changes referred to Dioceses from the 77th General Convention. These were minor adjustments to the lectionary readings for Sundays and Holy Days. This resolution was passed without discussion.
The second resolution was on including prayers for our enemies during common worship. There was minimal discussion and the House voted in favor of this resolution.
The third resolution was based on the interfaith support initiative on family Homelessness. This resolution also passed in the house easily.
The fourth and final resolution was asking the question whether the finance committee should study the impact of the Diocese of Oregon attempting to divest itself from holdings in companies profiting from the occupation of the Palestinian Territories by the State of Israel. This was a topic of vibrant discussion and in the end the resolution was passed to allow the study to go forward.
The Budget passed without discussion. Budget items included line items for Congregational Life, SAFE church training, Leadership Development, Gospel Justice (End of Racism, Environmental Commission, Episcopal Relief & Development, Homelessness, Prison Ministry, Poverty, and Recovery support) to name a few.
Thank you all for the opportunity to participate and “be at the table” that looks at the future of our Diocese. If you have further questions you may ask them on our Facebook page or see me or your delegate, Robert Weth in person after Mass on any Sunday and we will do our best to answer them.
Fr Randel Livingood
Vicar, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
Shady Cove, Oregon