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August 2014
30 St. Martin's Saturday Fellowship Group
We meet every Saturday, 1:00-4:00 PM in the Activity Center Family Room. Come if you want to - come as you can - come and go. We meet to chat, stitch and enjoy each other's company!


Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
30 Young Adults AA
Young Adults AA meets Saturdays at 8:00 PM in the Activity Center Community Room.

For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
31 "Coffee and Fellowship"
Immediately following the 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM services, you are invited to take time for "Coffee and Fellowship." See and greet old and new friends in Bagby Parish Hall, Rooms A & B.

Note: This event will not happen on holidays, during special events, or during Church campus closings.
31 The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
August 31 is the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.

8 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, spoken service

9 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, family service with hymns and anthems, with full choir

9:15 a.m. - Family Table, Holy Eucharist with sermon, Old Church. This family-friendly service features a contemporary liturgy, a live band offering current Christian worship music in an "unplugged" style, and a sermon accessible to children and adults (casual attire).

11:15 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, traditional service with hymns and anthems, with full choir

11:15 a.m. - The Altar, Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Island. This service features a contemporary liturgy, inspirational music, and a sermon accessible to students, college-aged and young adults (casual attire). A "meal on the grounds" will be served right after the service for a minimal fee.

6 p.m. - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, traditional service with hymns, cantors and organist (casual attire)

Healing prayer, or prayer for any need, is offered after each service in The Church at the Altar rail.

Child care for newborns - pre-K is available during Sunday morning services.

With an emphasis on beautiful liturgy, thought-provoking messages and excellence in music, worship at St. Martin's provides an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God. The traditional language of The Book of Common Prayer (Rite I) is the form used at most services in The Church. All Christians who are baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome to receive Holy Eucharist at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
31 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) (Sundays)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets Sundays at 8:00 PM in the Activity Center Community Room.

For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
31 Are you a musician?
ARE YOU A MUSICIAN??

If you are taking lessons, have taken lessons, or if you just like to play, we want you!

Performance opportunities for every age and experience levels are invited to be our special guest during Sunday lunch. You'll have the opportunity of scheduling your performance day, and the option of performing with one of the most sought-after pianists in Houston.

Come on and be the featured performer here at St. Martin's! For more information, contact Bruce Morgan, Creative Director for Ministries, at 713/985-3810.
31 Assisted Living Ministry
The Assisted Living Ministry is a group of Lay Pastoral Visitors that goes to nursing/retirement homes each Sunday morning and conducts a service for the residents. The service is over in time to get back to St. Martin's for the 11:15 AM service. Services are Morning Prayer on all but the first Sunday, which is a communion service. The Pastoral Care ministry will train all volunteers. This is an extremely rewarding ministry. We would love to have you join us! Contact Cyndy Ensign at 713/985-3808 or Gayle Ferguson at 713/985-3807.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
31 Bookstore & Gift Shoppe volunteers needed
Bookstore & Gift Shoppe volunteers are needed. Join this fun and exciting opportunity for fellowship. Current needs are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday; flexible hours are available. Contact Lesley Hough at 713/985-3840.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
31 CD Ministry
Those who serve in the CD Ministry duplicate and label CDs of sermons on Sunday mornings, for sale in the Bookstore & Gift Shoppe after the Christian Education hour. This ministry also occurs during the week, as we make duplications of sermons, guest lecturers or special speakers.

For more information, contact the Rev. Tom S. Hotchkiss at 713/985-3832.
31 Library Volunteers needed
Our wonderful Library needs some help on Sundays. Please come help one Sunday per month, for a one and a half hour shift. There are many benefits! Call the Library at 713/830-4118 and leave a message.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
31 Serve as an Usher
Do you still remember when you visited St. Martin's for the very first time? Chances are you do, and you also probably remember that one of the first people to greet and assist you would have been one of our wonderful Ushers.

If you've ever thought about joining this team of friendly and engaging folks, now is the time to volunteer! Older teens and young adults are welcome to serve as Ushers, too. Our Ushers serve on rotating teams, according to their schedule and service time preferences. No one is expected to usher every Sunday. The work of the Usher ministry is not difficult, but it is highly visible and important. The Ushers are integral to making sure visitors feel welcome and that all aspects of our worship services flow smoothly.

Becoming an Usher is a terrific way to get to know others while providing valuable service to our Parish. Our Ushers enjoy a strong camaraderie with one another, and get together regularly for fellowship. Training is provided, and no prior experience is needed. Simply contact Kristin Early in the Vice-Rector's office to sign up today!

To volunteer or for more information, contact Kristin Early at 713/985-3848.
31 Serve in Children's Ministries
Please serve with us during the 10:15 AM Sunday School classes. We need leaders and helpers to assist with developing a sense of community and friendship while offering an example of what it means to serve God. Come be a part of our program as we help shape the spiritual lives of the children at our church.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Holli Kight at 713/985-3816.
31 Serve in our Family Table service
If your family would like to serve at the Family Table service we need help in the following areas:

  • Usher: Pass the baskets during the Offertory, a good job for Mom or Dad to do with their children. Also, help lead row-by-row to the altar for the Eucharist. Two families are needed every week.
  • Acolyte/Crucifer: Light candles, with supervision, or carry the Cross during the procession at beginning of the service.
  • Sacristan: Bring the elements to the altar; wafers, chalice, paten, water and wine at the appropriate time before the Eucharist. Full family participation is encouraged to stay after the service to clean and purify the vessels in the sacristy. Detailed instructions are provided and help as needed. Includes a credence table lesson.
  • Reading the Prayers: A job for those in 2nd grade or older reading the Prayers of the People into a microphone during the service. Copies of the prayers are made available early for those who want to practice.
  • Chalice Bearer: A job for two children at least ten years of age, offering the wine during the Eucharist. Instruction from Lay Minister required. New chalice bearers will be followed by existing chalice bearers for several weeks.


  • To volunteer or for more information, contact Mary Wilson, Senior Associate Rector for Christian Education and Spiritual Formation, at 713/985-3836.
    31 Serve on the Greeters' Guild
    The Greeters' Guild is a group of parishioners who volunteer to extend a warm welcome to our Sunday morning visitors. They do this by greeting their fellow parishioners and our guests before the morning services and by giving them helpful information and instructions as to how to find their way around our campus. Those who are interested in serving as a member of the Greeters' Guild before and after one of the Sunday morning services should contact Kris Johnson at 713/830-4126.
    31 Welcome Center is Open!
    The Welcome Center is open -- please stop by and visit. We are located between the Bookstore & Gift Shoppe and the St. Martin's Library, near the east side of The Church.

    We are open:
  • Sunday, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

  • Friday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • (Closed Thursdays, between 9:50-10:45 AM, September-May)
  • When we are closed, please visit the Reception Desk for information.
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