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Inside: (cover photo by Natalee Hill)

15 Ways to Declutter Your Christmas

Help Design our Future!

Advent Home Formation

Undoing Racism at St. Martin's

Sing Your Way through Advent

Zones of Peace

Christmas Service Schedule

Wellspring Flows in a New Direction

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Table of Contents From the Rector's Desk....................................................................................... 3 Christmas Schedule............................................................................................ 4

Advent 2017 St. Martin's News A seasonal publication of the Church of St. Martin-inthe Fields Vol. 1, No. 1 • Advent 2017

The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, Rector

Help Design Our Future.................................................................................... 5 Decluttering Christmas...................................................................................6-7 Sing Your Way through Advent........................................................................ 8 CircleSongs with Bobby McFerrin returns...................................................... 8 A Zone of Peace................................................................................................... 9 Undoing Racism at St. Martin's.................................................................10-11

The Rev. Anne Thatcher, Associate Rector

Climate Action Team model for parish transformation.............................. 12

Natalee Hill, Editor & Graphic Design

Wellspring flows in a new direction............................................................... 13

8000 St. Martin's Lane Philadelphia, PA 19118 215.247.7466

Worship at St. Martin’s

Many thanks to all who contributed content and photography Lucy Baber, Barbara Ballenger, Harry Gould, Dick Haggard, David Harrower, Natalee Hill, Larry Kanevsky, Jarrett Kerbel, Kathryn Lewis, Debra Roberts, Eric Smith.

Parish Forum...................................................................................................... 12

Discovering Anglicanism................................................................................. 14 Weekday Worship............................................................................................. 14 Advent Home Formation................................................................................. 15 Parents and Families......................................................................................... 15 FUSE Youth Ministry........................................................................................ 16 SUPPER: Stomachs Full, Hearts Overflowing.............................................. 17 St. Martin’s Contact Information.................................................................... 18 Ministry Leadership and Contacts................................................................. 19



T H R O U G H J U N E 3, 2018

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist — Traditional service with no music 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist — Contemporary service with music 10:00 a.m. Christian Education Hour — Parish Forum, Kairos, and FUSE 10:15 a.m. worship.together — Holy Eucharist for families with young children 11:15 a.m. Traditional Choral Eucharist Healing is offered during each morning worship service, at communion. 5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong — First Sunday of the month, October - June

H O L I DAY S A S S C H E D U L E D Watch Field Notes and our website,, for details.

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8:00 and 10:00 a.m. with Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:00 a.m.


Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m. Weekdays Morning Meditation 8:15 a.m. Weekdays Mid-Week Eucharist 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays Compline 7:00 p.m. on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays after SUPPER.

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the prepared. But Jesus delivered this sting, so I am prone to take it into my reflection.

The Wedding Party Our congregation is like a wedding party. We who gather at worship are the bridegrooms and bridesmaids who witness the marriage between Jesus and his expectant community, the Church. Advent is a season where we practice the work of the wedding guest. We bear witness to an all-consuming love that claims our whole attention, our support, and our celebration. Jesus made this clear in the parable of the Wedding Party, which is also known as the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. My telling goes like this:

With the life I have been given, in all of its gifts, tensions, contradictions, and shadows, I am meant under the tutelage of Jesus to grow in grace and light, to become a person who recognizes Jesus present in the world, who welcomes Jesus when he comes and who points him out as THE source of light in the surrounding gloom.

Sadly, I cannot do your spiritual journey of growth and transformation for you. I cannot build up your spiritual Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is like a wedding party. The resources for you. Tempted by so many options, it is my groomsmen and bridesmaids were waiting for the arrival of observation that many of us neglect our inner work until a crisis of body, mind, or the groom. It was night. Five relationship causes us to fall attendants had brought enough With the life I have been given, in all back on prayer, community, oil for their lamps and five had of its gifts, tensions, contradictions, and faith and we are shocked not. The groom was delayed to find that we are deeply so the wedding party fell and shadows, I am meant to become...a unprepared. asleep. Awakened by a shout person who recognizes Jesus...and who Advent is a time set apart to that the groom approached, the attendants scrambled to points him out as THE source of light in prepare, to engage and refresh trim their lamps. Five got their your relationship with God. Let the surrounding gloom. lamps to light but five could me encourage everyone to ask not and were advised by the a critical question on the first prepared attendants to go into town to shop for oil. Sunday of Advent: "Lord Jesus, how are you inviting me The groom arrived and the five prepared members of the to grow in your love?" You will find that once the question wedding party were welcomed into the party. The door was is asked, the riches of God’s grace will provide everything then shut. The five unprepared attendants arrived to find you need. the door closed. Knocking on the door, they were told that You will also find that there are many people here at the they were too late and would not be allowed to enter.” church whose lamps are full from their own journeys, and When I taught this parable as a Catechist to children in are holding out the light for you. This is where I cheat. I do elementary school, the children would always protest that think we can to some degree hold the light for each other. We the story is unfair. Why did those with enough oil not share can shelter our neighbor in crisis under our light until they what they had with those without enough oil? Troubled are ready to embrace the journey of growth and refueling by this objection I took it to my training Catechists. She head. If you are ever out of fuel, always seek shelter with wisely observed, "What if this oil is something that cannot someone who bears the light for you, because we have all be shared? What if the oil represents something you cannot burned out from time to time and this reminds us to rely on do for another person, but they must do for themselves?" In the one true light, Jesus Christ. other words, what if this oil represents the spiritual resources Inside these pages you will find resources that we hold out we have developed in our souls over a lifetime of blessing to you during this Advent season and beyond, to continue and travail? These are the inner spiritual resources that light filling and trimming your lamp. Please gather with the the way and help us recognize Jesus when he comes. community of the faithful each Sunday and throughout the It’s tempting to take the sting out of the story by introducing week in our journey to build the Kingdom of God here on sharing or letting the unprepared folks borrow the light of Earth.


ChristmaS at St. Martin's Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24 There will be no morning worship on Sunday, December 24 for the 4th Sunday of Advent at St. Martin's. If you'd like to enjoy a service for 4th Advent, we invite you to attend worship with our friends at Christ Church & St. Michael's in Germantown at 10:30am. Find them at Tulpehocken and McCallum Streets.

3 pm

5 pm

10 pm

Nativity Play & Communion

Christmas Pageant & Communion

Festal Eucharist

Best for young children and families, this brief, joyous service includes a nativity play and familiar hymns.

Arrive at 4:40 for Music of the Season

Arrive at 9:40 for Music of the Season

A lively celebration of the Nativity with pageant.

A traditional Choral celebration of the Nativity with Communion featuring Charpentier’s Mass for Midnight, Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day

Monday, December 25

10 am

Holy Eucharist A simple celebration of the Nativity with familiar hymns and communion. Photos by Debra Roberts, Eric Smith, and Harry Gould

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Help Design Our Future!

Participate in the charrette with VMA on Saturday, December 9th from 10am to 3pm* By David Harrower Earlier this fall, the vestry of St. Martin's hired a design team led by Voith & Mactavish Architects (VMA) to undertake a Feasibility Study to suggest ways in which the St. Martin's facilities might be improved, with renovation and addition, to better support our mission and activities. On Saturday, December 9th, from 10am to 3pm*, the architects from VMA are facilitating a design 'charrette.'

providing air conditioning on all floors of the Parish House and the proposed connection to the narthex.

3. Consider relocation of the existing kitchen to provide better service to the parish hall.

4. 5. 6. 7.

A charrette is a community workshop to evaluate design ideas and develop the project goals. Design ideas can be rapidly tested and incorporated or eliminated. Representatives from the engineering firm and the construction manager will participate in this event to field inquiries into their areas of expertise. The intent is to communicate the current approach and options and discern best directions going forward. There will be presentations, followed by break-out sessions with you and fellow parishioners. To be most successful, we want all voices in the parish to be heard! We hope you can participate. Please let us know if you can attend by signing up on the link included in your Field Notes email or on the sign up sheet in the Parish House lobby. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Consider relocation of the existing first floor office. Provide additional restrooms. Consider improvements to the parish hall. Consider improvements to the choir practice room, choir vesting room, music director's office, and music storage.

8. Provide youth rooms. 9. Address the need to repair the leaded glass windows. 10. Investigate possible improvements to the Polly Randall vesting room and Houston Room.

11. Analyze the capacity of existing infrastructure to accommodate the proposed improvements.

*If you can't come for the whole time, we suggest that you try to come for the morning session, and stay through lunch. Can't make it at all? Please feel free to send comments to the Properties Committee, c/o

The architects were hired to:

1. Connect the Parish House to the narthex. 2. Conduct an analysis of at least three alternatives for

David Harrower is chair of the properties commitee and a member of the vestry.

Model by Voith & Mactavish Architects (VMA) Photo by Natalee Hill


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Christmas I'm dreaming of a stress-free Christmas...

By Kathryn Lewis So many of us are ready to simplify the way we celebrate Christmas with our families and friends. We’re ready to declutter our homes and our lives. We recognize that most of us have enough ‘stuff’- probably too much stuff - in a world where so many don’t have enough. Many feel anxiety and even dread as we contemplate shopping (and inevitably overspending) as we try to find gifts and things to make our loved ones happy. We’re also aware that the stuff we buy will probably soon be forgotten and eventually make its way to our overflowing landfills. Since the Middle Ages, celebrations of Christmas outside the church have always had an element of abandon and “blowout”. But the Christmas of abundant gifts, decorated trees, and Santa Claus which most Americans associate with the holiday wasn’t part of our collective culture until right after the Civil War. The rise of department stores and advertising, the proliferation of catalogues and the availability of so many new manufactured goods in the early twentieth century ushered in a brand new era of consumerism in America. In his book $100 Christmas renowned environmental advocate, Bill McKibbens says that Christmas was

always celebrated in a way that met the needs of people in the time they found themselves. In a country where many people were just starting to hope for a more comfortable and affluent way of life, the acquisition of things and the gift giving at Christmas could create a childlike happiness. Through the mid century, people who’d had nothing in the depression or barely survived the war were thrilled to be able to give their children what they’d never had and to give themselves what they’d never thought possible. But McKibbens points out that we live now in very different times and lots of gift buying no longer meets our deepest needs and longings. In our workshop we shared some of our favorite childhood Christmas memories. Almost all were activities and fun shared with family and neighbors: caroling, the maybe rare experience of a parent’s undivided attention, multiple generations baking and cooking together or telling stories or sharing the beauty of nature and the magic of church on Christmas Eve. We contemplated the lives we live now and explored what traditions and rituals we wanted to include in our celebration of Christmas even as we diminish the ritual of buying lots of presents.


Some of the rituals are fun and create joy and connection with our families and friends. Others give us space for much needed quiet and time for reverence.

Lighting the Darkness Everyone - especially kids - love candles this time of year. Candles are also important symbolic accessories to our Christian rituals. In one Celtic solstice ritual, a holly twig is burned to symbolize the habits and sorrows one is ready to let go of. Then an oak twig is burned to symbolize the hope one has for the future. St. Martin’s also offers a forum hour for making Advent wreaths together on Sunday, December 3. The four colored candles around the wreath symbolize hope, peace, joy and love. The ritual of lighting a new candle each week in Advent gives families an opportunity

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Advent 2017 to reflect and respond together. For instance, lighting the peace candle could lead to talking about war and its impact on people’s lives. A family might then look for ways to help a local refugee family displaced by violence. What other ways can you and your families respond to each week’s theme? A candle and lantern-lit Solstice Walk will take place on Thursday, December 21. All those interested are invited to join St. Martin’s members and friends at Forbidden Drive at 6 p.m. Leigh Ashbrook will be our audio guide to the local owls.

Nature’s Bounty Another beautiful ritual to share with family on Christmas Eve is to scatter seeds and crumbs outside. St. Francis started the tradition so that even the animals and birds would have time off from hunting to celebrate Jesus’ birth. A nature walk in a park or preserve on Christmas day is an opportunity to experience gratitude for the beauty of our earth and say a prayer of protection for all living things.

The Five Senses The best Christmas traditions awaken all of our senses. Baking cookies with family and friends or making favorite ethnic foods also produces wonderful gifts to share with others. Children will remember the fun of delivering food gifts to neighbors, those in need, or people who have made a difference throughout the year. Christmas has been celebrated with music and instruments and traditional songs throughout the centuries. Children love to hear and sing carols and many people describe a caroling party as their favorite Christmas memory. The more bells and banjos and guitars played the better. Check out page 8 for a list of musical offerings at St. Martin’s this Advent all free of charge and rife with opportunities to joyfully connect with our neighbors. When the music is sung in hospitals and institutions where people are alone it is a true gift.

Rethinking Gifts Everyone loves a present and there are so many alternative gift ideas that might be more appreciated than a store bought thing in the Age of Clutter. Give family and friends coupons for your time and/or expertise: It could be the gift of a backrub, a few hours of babysitting, or a week worth of dinners prepared and delivered. Give the offer to help them for an entire morning or afternoon. Don’t forget to wrap it up with ribbon, because presentation is important! A collective longing new to our era is for some time that is device free and unplugged. When we play with our children or have a conversation with someone we give the gift of our full and undistracted presence.

talking about and giving generously to the charities you most want to support.

A Blessing for Simplicity This traditional Celtic blessing captures the spirit of the simple (uncluttered) Christmas that so many of us are ready to make a new tradition. The light of the Christmas star to you, The warmth of home and hearth to you, The cheer and good will of friends to you, The hope of a childlike heart to you, The joy of a thousand angels to you, The love of the son, and God’s peace to you.

Give a donation in their name to a cause that you know is important to them.

(Traditional Celtic Blessing)

If your family wants to exchange objects, you can always suggest that that you all set a limit on how much to collectively spend. In his book, Bill McKibbens describes how much fun his family has and how creative they can get with their $100 family limit.

Kathryn Lewis is a member of St. Martin's Climate Action Team, and led the Decluttering Christmas event on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

You can also draw names so that everyone (even the little ones) have one person to find a gift for. And set a limit- maybe $10 or maybe $20- to be spent on the gift. This limit fuels real creativity. Thrift and second-hand stores have wonderful treasures and everything’s reused.

Experiences When we’re freed from the need to shop for lots of gifts, we have the time to share experiences. Cook a soup dinner with the family or friends and invite neighbors you don’t know very well to share your meal. Go to museums, take the train to Center City to look at the lights, have lunch with a friend you’ve been missing, or visit someone you know is alone or is having a hard time.

Enrich the World Community With the money you’ve saved by simplifying gift giving, you and your family can also experience the joy of


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Sing Your Way through Advent By Erik Meyer Join a beloved St. Martin's tradition! Advent Procession Evensong is coming up on Sunday, December 3 at 5 p.m. This service of light, music, and prayer is also followed by potluck Fellowship Dinners in the homes of parishioners. Host families provide a simple entree and guests bring beverages or a side dish. Guests will be paired with hosts by the hospitality committee. Contact Marj Dupuis at with questions. Wednesday evening Compline will be held on December 13, 2017 and then break for the holidays, returning on January 10, 2018 and run on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7 p.m. following SUPPER. Compline, “A nightcap for the soul” is a beautiful sung 20-minute service to close out the day. The annual Carol Sing is at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 17. Bring your voice or your favorite instrument (music provided) and join us for some rousing holiday cheer! A fun morning of singing your favorite Christmas songs, accompanied by a variety of musicians from the parish and beyond. On Wednesday, December 20, at 7 p.m. we’ll hold a Messiah SingAlong. Last December's sing along was very popular and inspired the spring sing for Easter season. Join us in the sanctuary and bring a copy of Messiah, and we will all sing it together and have a good time. Mistakes and not-perfect voices are very welcome.

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Circle Songs with Bobby McFerrin Returns By Natalee Hill

The night was surprisingly warm and the anticipation high as the first Circle Songs with Bobby McFerrin was about to begin on Tuesday, October 10. Many of those in attendance had never heard of circle singing before and did not know what to expect. Mr. McFerrin got the group organized into a circle and quickly dispelled any discomfort by his gentle, encouraging presence. Circle Singing consists of one leader in the middle of a circle of singers loosely grouped by voice part. The leader comes up with a word, phrase, or series of sounds set to a tune - one familiar or one made up - and communicates it to a group. As that group continues singing, the leader moves to the next voice part with another set of sounds, building along the way. "Alleluia...come to Bible class on Tuesday...boom shaka laka." Often coming up with phrases that inspired, joked, or made spiritual suggestions, Mr. McFerrin led most of the vocalizations, but others also tried their hand at leading the group. The evening was filled with a spirit of generosity and flexibility as each leader tried something, perhaps didn't like it, and Photo by Harry Gould

On Sunday, January 7 at 5 p.m. join St. Martin's for its annual Christmas Lessons & Carols service. A King's College tradition done in St. Martin's style, just as the Christmas season comes to a close and brings us into Epiphany.

Choir rehearsals: Trebles rehearse

on Wednesday afternoons at 4 p.m. and Chancel Choir on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. The Parish Choir meets periodically on the Sunday morning that they sing. New members always welcome!


tried again. The October event drew about 75 members of St. Martin's and their friends, including young Francis Photo by Natalee Hill M a r t i n , pictured above. "I thought it was incredible how the leaders of the circle could make perfect harmony for every part in a matter of seconds," he said. "It was also a very new experience for me, and circle singing really is its own unique branch of vocalization." October's Circle Songs was a successful test run and on Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. Bobby McFerrin will return to lead another circle singing group. Future Circle Songs will be scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks. The hope is for more people to become comfortable leading the circle singing and encourage the group to become self-sufficient without Mr. McFerrin's presence. Sign up for the December 12th Circle Songs online at This event is offered free and space is limited.

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A Zone of Peace Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia recognizes St. Martin's work for justice and peace By Natalee Hill The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia has recognized the Episcopal Church of St. Martinin-the-Fields (St. Martin’s) as the 65th member of its Zones of Peace initiative. Zones of Peace communities are recognized for the work that they do in their local neighborhoods to address the root causes of violence and promote peace. St. Martin’s was recognized for the SUPPER program, their work with refugees, and in anti-racism, among other things. On Wednesday, November 8, the Religious Leaders Council presented St. Martin’s with a banner to acknowledge and celebrate this designation. “Our actions are now woven into who we are as a church, and we are blessed to have a strong corps of committed lay leaders,” says the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, rector of St. Martin’s since 2011. “The groundwork was laid many years ago by dedicated lay leadership to move from granting to partnerships. Now, we actively listen to see how we can best support our communities.” Rev. Kerbel is honored be in such esteemed

company as a Zone of Peace and asserts, “We know that we are a workin-progress and our programs are opportunities to practice our values. We are constantly evaluating where we’ve been and where we are, and we are humbly looking at how far we have yet to go.” Referencing scripture from Galatians, Kerbel affirms, “If we are successful, peace is the fruit of our justice work.”

• The parish’s Refugee Resettlement Ministry is currently looking into how it might broaden its focus in light of the current Federal Administration’s policies.

“When we found out we were nominated for this recognition, it really made us take a look at how our ministries have been promoting peace,” said Barb Ballenger, St. Martin’s Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care. “We realized that we had a number of offerings that addressed the issue from several angles.” Some current examples include:

• St. Martin’s has renewed commitments to organizations they have partnered with for years, such as Jubilee School and POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild).

• Earlier this fall, St. Martin’s SUPPER program expanded to a third partner church, The Church of St. Alban’s in Roxborough. SUPPER is a free, home-cooked meal for the whole community, founded in 2012 at St. Martin’s and first expanded in


May 2016 to Grace Epiphany Church in Mt. Airy and Christ Church & St. Michael’s in Germantown. (see p. 17)

• The Becoming Beloved Community team is designing a process to evaluate our progress toward becoming a stronger anti-racist organization. (see p. 10)

• St. Martin’s is establishing new relationships with St. James School and EMIR (Every Murder Is Real – a ministry to families of victims of gun violence). • St. Martin’s has a long history of working in the wider community to offer compassion, heal emotional continues page 11

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Undoing Racism at St. Martin's Parish Blesses Becoming Beloved Community Strategic Planning Effort By Natalee Hill At the services on St. Martin’s Sunday November 12, parishioners blessed and prayerfully offered their support to a team of parishioners who will be doing strategic planning around undoing racism at St. Martin’s.

"The idea for the strategic planning process came out of the Becoming Beloved Community trainings and the ongoing education work St. Martin’s has been doing on racism," said Ballenger. "After two years of education and reflection, it was time to apply what we learned," she said.

basis,” Windle said. “It was really like a slap in the face for me. I also started to realize how much I take my white privilege for granted. I think about people referring to the 1950s and how they say it was a simpler time, and I add ‘for white people.’ … they don’t think of the image of lynchings or Jim Crow. They think of white lives.”

The process is the latest phase of the parish’s Becoming Beloved Community effort, aimed at undoing “In the BBC trainings we spent a lot racism in our parish and community by of time reflecting on how we have And that compelled her to get more having honest, personal conversations experienced, learned and participated involved in the parish’s anti-racism about race and racism, placing racial in racist structures, and how our work and to agree to be part of the BBC reconciliation and healing in the context Baptismal Covenant calls us to foster strategic planning team. of our Episcopal tradition and “That was what drove me to changing structures in our Presider: We welcome your efforts to say ‘that was not right, and parish and community that help us learn how to undo our legacy I’m living in a fantasy world,’” privilege white people over of racism, recognize and address where she said. “That’s not what people of color. The effort becoming a Christian means to we must grow in racial competence, me. It doesn’t mean living in a began in 2015 with parishioner trainings that have drawn more and speak out against racism and white fantasy world.” than 40 people to explore how supremacy with both passion and "It’s not clear what will change racism specifically impacts St. at St. Martin’s as a result of the humility. Martin’s. planning effort," she said, but From that group, the Vestry All: You have our cooperation, knowing she knows what she’d like to has commissioned a team of see. that a plan must be received and lived. 14 people to take the work “I would like people… to a new level, spending especially people of color, to walk this programming year engaging in a different kind community,” she said. away from a church service and say strategic planning on how to make “When we would come to the end of ‘I feel part of a church community. further change at St. Martin’s. The the training, we would brainstorm I leave feeling loved, appreciated, team will make recommendations that a variety of ways that we could cherished and honored as one of God’s strategically address three areas: continue to undue racism in the parish children.’” • Educating members on racism and in our lives. But we would also The team, which began its work in • Speaking out as a public witness acknowledge that on the parish-level October, will spend the rest of the the work required more than ideas, against racism, programming year developing its it also needed structure, buy-in from • And holding our parish institution proposal, with the aim of giving it to the leadership and members, and accountable through evaluation. the vestry by June, so that it can be some careful thinking. This effort at Barb Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual strategic planning on anti-racism takes considered for implementation in Formation and Care, the Rev. Carol the energy from the last two years and fall of 2018. The team will be getting parishioner input throughout the year. Duncan and Vestry member Justina focuses it toward real change.” Barrett are leading the strategic Team members include: Barb Team member Leni Windle said that planning effort. Consultants Pamela Ballenger, Justina Barrett, Martha she had always considered herself to Freeman and Sarah Halley of Training Crowell, Carol Duncan, Bill Jacobson, be anti-racist at heart, yet the Becoming for Change are providing support in Anita Kinsley, Shirley Mann, Kate Beloved trainings caused her to see crafting a proposal that is workable in Maus, Susan McBride, Cary Nicholas, some things for the first time. a parish system and that builds on the Rebecca Reumann-Moore, Victoria efforts that St. Martin’s has made over “I had no idea the depth of the hurt Sicks, Jim Simpson (Vestry Member), people of color experienced on a daily Adenike Webb and Leni Windle. the past two years.


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Beloved Community Poem 10-28-2017 At its opening retreat in October, our consultant noted comments made by members of the Becoming Beloved Community strategic planning team throughout the day, and turned them into this poem. Beloved Community. Becoming, discovering, longing. Respect me, Speak to me when you see me. What affects one affects all. Learn to love as Christ loves. Open the doors and windows. Hope in the face of despair. I will no longer be separated From my fellow human beings, Cut off from myself. I believe in the value of community. Recognizing our shared values, Life, love, beauty, joy. All people are children of God. We live into our differences and promote Understanding. I’m going to be dead before this ends, and I am going to give it a fight. Beloved community. A safe place, where things can be talked about, Where people can let their guard down. Seeking transformation, Discovering how little I know. Learning and growing, In service to the wider community. Living beloved community is the Kingdom of God, A doable dream and what we do along the way. Beloved community.

A Zone of Peace cont... wounds, and reduce the effects of isolation, pain, and fear through its Stephen Ministry, Women Connecting, and Wellspring programs, among others. (see p. 13) “This designation comes at an exciting time for St. Martin’s,” continues Rev. Kerbel, “We are seeing growth, transformation, and promise in many of our ministries and community engagement relationships.” Kerbel connects this back to vision work done a few years ago. In 2014 St. Martin’s went through a parish-wide process of reaffirming its mission and identifying the values from which that work is driven. Through that process, St. Martin’s chose to recognize aspirational values: “promoting community engagement, social justice, and unconditional welcome and inclusion, calling forth the gifts of its entire people, and becoming a racism free and diverse community that reflects the city in which we worship.” These values already existed in some programs, and have since informed the continued committee work and new programming that the parish has taken on. This has led to ongoing transformation within the parish on how it works to fulfill its mission. Pam Hill, Rector’s Warden and lay chair of St. Martin’s vestry, can see the impact of the values work. “We are changing

how we do justice and analyzing the weaknesses in past practices so that we don’t repeat those actions.” Zones of Peace is “a region-wide interfaith movement of churches, synagogues, mosques, other houses of worship, schools, and communitybased organizations”. St. Martin's is the 65th Zone of Peace to be recognized in the region. The Rev. Carol Ficken, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Wyndmoor, a founding organization of the Zones of Peace, nominated St. Martin’s for this designation. Rev. Ficken made the nomination after having attended several workshops and forums at St. Martin’s, and said about her experiences, “It is obvious that the St. Martin's community possesses a genuine and heartfelt commitment to social justice and advocacy on behalf of ALL God's diverse, unique people.” The Religious Leaders Council’s interview committee was made up of Sr. Gloria Coleman, Imam Kenneth Nuriddin, Sheik Shakri, Rev. Sarah Hedgis, and Rev. John Hougen. Speaking for the Religious Leaders Council, the Rev. John B. Hougen, PhD, coordinator of Zones of Peace, said, “The Council hopes that this recognition will embolden the people of St. Martin's to be steadfast and creative as they pursue their mission to be agents of reconciliation, justice, and peace.”

A Brave Space Together we will create brave space Because there is no such thing as a “safe space” — We exist in the real world We all carry scars and we all have caused wounds. In this space We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world, We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere, We call each other to more truth and love We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow. We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know. We will not be perfect. This space will not be perfect. It will not always be what we wish it to be But It will be our brave space together, and We will work on it side by side.


— Micky ScottBey Jones

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Climate Action Team seeks to be a model of parish engagement By Natalee Hill A few months into its unique relationship with Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, the Climate Action team at St. Martin’s has been working to engage the parish in climate care and self-greening, with the hope of modeling practices that other communities can use. That’s where PA IPL comes in, as executive director Alison Cornish consults with the group and develops resources the agency can share. “We’re trying to actively engage all areas of parish life in a response to this most fundamental human challenge,” said Jess Ballenger, who co-chairs the group with parishioner Kathy Greely. During its August retreat, the team discussed ways it might invite deeper engagement throughout the year in areas such as education, liturgy and rituals, parish-wide recycling and energy use practices, and individual actions. Kathy Greely has been working with the building and grounds committee to encourage green practices, especially as the parish makes plans for its upcoming building campaign. Additionally, she and parishioner Mary Fennelly attended an October advocacy training sponsored by PA IPL, in which they learned how to engage parishioners in political action on climate issues. In anticipation of holiday planning, Kathryn Lewis offered a workshop on decluttering Christmas and planning a greener, simpler, and more spiritual holiday (see article on page 6). As one outcome of the discussion, the group that attended the gathering has decided to hold an informal evening walk along Forbidden Drive to listen for owls on the shortest day of the year on Dec. 21 at 6 pm. While rain canceled plans to remove

invasive species from Buttercup Cottage as part of the service events held during Stewardship season in October, the Climate Action Team will again host clean-up event at Buttercup Cottage on Cresheim Valley Road on Martin Luther King Day, January 15, as part of community-wide service events. “The removal of invasive plants from the little patch of Fairmount Park that the parish stewards has been part of Climate Action Team efforts since parishioner Greg Williams started the group three years ago,” said Kathy Greely. Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care Barb Ballenger, the staff member who liaises with the group said, “Participants have asked us what weeding the area around Buttercup Cottage has to do with combatting climate change. I think it’s one of those practices that ritualizes in a small way what the larger effort of creation care looks like. On one level it’s a small action that allows a little patch of the planet to heal, become stronger and more resilient. On another level it reminds us that our faith calls us to do what is at hand for the care of the world, that collectively we can get a lot accomplished in a little time, and that we are among many, many others who are tending this earth and working for change in so many various ways.” For more information on how to participate in Climate Action Team efforts contact Jess Ballenger at jess. or Kathy Greely at

Upcoming Events Solstice Walk on Forbidden Drive Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 6 p.m. Buttercup Cottage Clean Up Monday, January 15, 2018


Parish Forum Sunday mornings, 10 am November 26

Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

Attachment research tells us that there is a science and logic to love and committed relationships. Therapist Lucy Raizman helps us explore ways to move toward safer, secure, and loving bonds of connection in our committed relationships. December 3 Advent Wreath Making and Edible Creches December 10 Mary for Protestants Parishioner Jim Rowley will help us explore how the mother of Jesus can be a source of spiritual support for us in Advent and beyond. December 17 Carol Sing See page 8 January 7, 2018 Epiphany Party January 14, 2018 Being Prophets in These Times In honor of the prophetic role of Martin Luther King, the Rev. Charles Howard, University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead a discussion on how biblical prophets spoke to their time and what it would mean for us to speak prophetically now. January 21 Prayer Book Romp Come discover prayers, early church history and the breadth of liturgies for all life events in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer with the Rev. Anne Thatcher. January 28 Can Christians Really Change the World? Jess Ballenger, a professor of bioethics at Drexel University, will invite us to explore how optimism and pessimism line up with our faith in the world that God calls us to foster. Find full descriptions and updates on these forums on under the Spiritual Growth tab.

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Wellspring flows in a new direction By Natalee Hill Wellspring at St. Martin’s is entering a new phase in its mission to promote spiritual growth as parishioner Joanne Conway steps into the volunteer position as Wellspring coordinator. She is developing an expanded team that will explore a new model of offering ministry at St. Martin’s. Barbara Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care, will continue to offer staff support. “I see Wellspring as a ministry whose charism [a spiritual gift] could be to encourage and facilitate others’ journeys as they come to know and live through Jesus and our Christian faith,” says Conway. “Our work with each other will be to listen, connect, and respond in ways that enable each of us to move closer to the selves that God intends us to be. This will be the work of the ministry in our programming, our group activities, the services that we provide to others in the St. Martin’s community, and into the surrounding community.” Conway, who is retiring from her practice as a psychologist, has coordinated Wellspring’s Women Connecting program since 2014. Women Connecting, a seasonal women’s gathering that features prayer, silence, listening, and sharing faith, has

been a core Wellspring program since its start. Following a long-standing call to ministry, Conway is currently enrolled in a spiritual direction training program through Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development in Camp Hill, PA. Wellspring, which is currently led by a small committee facilitated by Ballenger, averages about 25 programs a year and hosts spiritual direction and ongoing groups such as Spirituality of Aging and Women Connecting. Last year more than 500 people from the parish and community participated in Wellspring programs, double the previous year. This new approach to the ministry will expand the existing committee into a team that will develop its own skills in fostering spiritual growth and discipleship, while discerning the spiritual needs of parishioners and community members. During the 2017-18 programming year the team will be gathering input from parish and community members to assist in visioning and planning. “The exact picture of Wellspring remains an unfolding mystery, one that will take time and a great deal of listening, remaining curious, and being patient,” Conway said. “We will be


ALTAR BREAD BAKERS WANTED Join the team! A simple recipe is provided. Those interested may contact Mary Baumberger at or 267.462.4307 


Wellspring is St. Martin’s ministry for soul-discovery, spiritual growth, and healing. beginning with building our leadership team and exploring. We then will move out into the church community with questions and listening ears and hearts to find how we can best serve.” Parishioner Barbara Dundon, who will participate in the new team, was part of Wellspring’s founding in 2013 as St. Martin’s ministry for “soul building”. In support of the ministry, the first floor of Hilary House was renovated to be a site for spiritual contemplation and care, and has housed many Wellspring programs, as well as spiritual direction, Stephen Ministry, and other parish events. “As it has matured with thoughtful leadership on the part of staff and lay people, Wellspring is entering another, deeper level,” she said. “It’s less about program and more about following the movement of the Holy Spirit to understand where the parish is, where the community is, and how we can best serve them. The fact that we have such a strong community core of lay people who are invested in following this path is very encouraging, very positive, and very promising.” As Wellspring develops its new model, it will continue to offer monthly programs that promote spiritual reflection and growth. Upcoming programs include an Advent Solstice Walk in the Wissahickon on December 21, 2017, the annual Interfaith Kirtan Service with parishioner Scott Robinson’s music group, Mandala, on New Year’s Eve, and a series on nurturing the creative soul using the book, The Artist’s Rule starting February 3, 2018. Find out more about Wellspring programming and get on the email list by visiting the Wellspring link on St. Martin’s website,

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Discovering Anglicanism Continues By Rev. Anne Thatcher This semi-monthly class on Anglican formation (history, theology, prayer book, etc.) began in the fall and continues on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays after SUPPER until May. The next session is on Wednesday, December 13 and will focus on the sacraments. The group will then take a brief break for the holidays and return on January 10, 2018. In Discovering Anglicanism, Rev. Anne leads a journey where participants will delve into the histories of the Anglican Church and the Episcopal Church, examine the Nicene Creed, discover what is in the prayer book and other themes. Class topics will be posted the week before. You are invited to attend the topics that interest you (this is not a consecutive class).

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Weekday Worship By Rev. Anne Thatcher Morning Prayer, is held weekdays at 7:30 a.m. in the Mary Chapel. Begin your morning with the rhythm of the daily office. This quiet 30-minute service includes both scripture and prayer. Wednesday Eucharist is held at 12:15 p.m. Join us for a brief, spoken eucharist with readings from the daily lectionary at mid-week. Led by St. Martin’s clergy and associated retired priests. Compline, “a nightcap for the soul,” is a beautiful sung, 20-minute service to close out the day. Compline runs the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7 p.m. following SUPPER at St. Martin’s at 6 p.m. Healing Prayers continue to be available in the side chapel during Sunday morning services. In addition to the clergy, both Laura Palmer, an oncology chaplain at CHOP and Barb

Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care are a part of the prayer team. Children’s Chapel continues during the 9 a.m. worship service on Sundays. Children are invited to go to the Mary Chapel during the sermon at 9 a.m. for a message. They join their families later in the service for the Eucharist. Liturgical Ministries If you are interested in learning more about or participating in any of our liturgical ministries, please see the ministry list on the inside back cover of this magazine. New liturgical volunteers are always welcome. You may also contact the Rev. Anne Thatcher at or Connie Haggard at choirconnie@ or go to Get Connected, Get Involved under the Welcome tab on our website,

If you are interested in confirmation or reception in the spring (2018) then check with Rev. Anne about which classes you need for preparation. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Anne via phone at 215.247.7466 x105 or email at

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. December 13, 2017 – May 2018. (There will be no class on December 27, 2017)

Where: Houston Room in the Parish House

Liturgical Ministries at St. Martin’s The glue that holds together Sunday morning.

Find the intersection of your interests and our ministry needs... Acolytes Altar Guild Bread Bakers Eucharistic Ministers

Flower Guild Greeters Intercessors Lectors

Needlepoint Guild Ushers and more...

We’re always looking for new faces! Contact the Rev. Anne Thatcher or Connie Haggard at or 215.247.7466.


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Home Formation Resources for all ages

By Natalee Hill

Advent is the start of the new year in our liturgical calendar. Each Advent we practice preparing for the coming of Christ by opening our hearts, calming our minds, reconnecting our souls and reignighting our light for the world. That's a tall order for any time of year, much less one filled with so many additional strains on our time and resources. Thankfully, there are lots of resources available to help us. Since Advent marks a new year, it is a great time to pick up a new habit. Perhaps a daily devotion is just what you need. Stop by the table in the Parish House lobby to check out some of our available resources for Advent. We have a daily devotional booklet, The Stillness We Seek, and daily Advent calendars by Forward Movement - Slow Down, Quiet, It's Advent. Donations are gratefully accepted for these resources. If a wall calendar or book isn't your thing, the Forward Movement calendar is also available as an app for iPhone or Android. Check the Apple Store or Google Play store for Journey Through Advent 2017 from Forward Movement and you can download the app for only $1.99. It includes daily scripture readings, a journal, and you can even color the daily images right in the app. As we do every year, we'll hold an Advent wreath-making event on

Sunday, December 3 during the formation hour. This year the flower guild will be hosting. Greens and clippers will be provided, and you may also bring your own. A suggested donation of $10 per family will help us cover the wreath supply cost. Each wreath will come with a set of prayers for you to use each week as you light a new candle.

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Parents & Families Parenting In Faith Monthly on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the Mary Chapel Parenting in Faith welcomes all ages and stages of parents for sharing of our struggles, worries, hopes, and spiritual paths. We share and support one another in a space of grace and mercy, holding one another and our families in prayer. During our first session in October, we met with child psychologist Eliza Lee to discuss parenting joys and concerns. Our second session in November was facilitated by Barb Ballenger and we discussed how to handle the push-back from our kids when they don't want to attend church. Both sessions were very well recieved and well attended. We will announce the next session when it is scheduled. Please watch for another one in January, 2018.

Save the (Play) Date

Finally, we invite you to sign up for our weekly Advent podcast reflection series online. Many of us are still feeling caught in a darkness which has lasted most of the year. This Advent, our messages focus on stories of light that cuts through that darkness. We hope you'll listen in each week for a new message of hope, joy, peace, and love. May you be blessed by your Advent practice, whatever you choose. We hope it reconnects you to the love of Christ, who came into this world to know us, to love us, and to forgive us that we might be free to be the light to one another, with the help of the Holy Spirit, until God's kingdom comes.

The next Parents' Play Date is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Please contact Seth and Diane McDowell or the Rev. Anne Thatcher with any questions. Sign ups will be available starting in January.

Acolytes This year there are lots of great new opportunities planned for our acolytes. We will be scheduling a fall training for new acolytes, an acolyte celebration gathering, and further leadership development for our young people in liturgical ministry. We are always looking for more children and youth to serve as acolytes for our Sunday morning services. This year we are particularly in need of support for the 11:15 a.m. service. If you are interested in joining our acolyte team, please speak to Pam Prell or Connie Haggard.

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Advent 2017

FUSE In Advent By Ellen Doster

Edible Creches and Advent Wreaths

Sundays at 10:15 am a service for families with young children (age 0-5 years)


Sunday, December 3 Take your pick, or take time for both! We'll provide the supplies for edible creches and Advent wreaths on Sunday, December 3rd during Formation Hour at 10 a.m. Bring your creativity and a suggested $10 per family if you'd like a wreath.

Meet at St. Luke's (5421 Germantown Ave.) promptly at 10 a.m. Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Sign up through your FUSE email or talk to Ellen Doster on Sunday morning!

worship.together breaks for Christmas and New Year's starting Sunday, December 24. It will return in the new year on Sunday, January 7. 2015 Pilgrimage Members

FUSE Advent Service Day Saturday, December 16, 10am−2:30pm St. Luke's in Germantown 5421 Germantown Avenue, 19144 We will be working with the amazing folks at St. Luke's to prepare and serve their Saturday community meal. First we'll get to know everyone working to make these wonderful weekly meals happen and learn about outreach at St. Luke's, and then we'll help prepare and serve the meal - we'll also get to sit down and eat with the community!

Pilgrimage Families should have received letters from Rev. Anne about the summer pilgrimage for FUSE Sr. High (Grades 9-12). Youth who want to go on this trip (July 2018) are expected to attend worship and Sr. High Forum on Sunday mornings at least two times per month and the monthly all-FUSE gathering on 2nd Sundays from 4-6 p.m. We'll begin meeting in January to plan this exciting trip to Arizona and Utah!

FUSE Gatherings

2nᵈ Sundays 4-6 p.m. Stay tuned for more information about our next gathering!

Kairos, our Christian Education for K-6th grade, and FUSE Youth

Ministry for grades 7-12 both meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. In addition there are regular special events coordinated by Ellen Doster. Parents, watch your email for weekly Kairos and FUSE updates, sent on Fridays. Email Ellen at to be added.

Junior High FUSE created this labyrinth in the woods behind St. Martin's parking lot this fall. Photo by the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel

Register Your Children and Youth for 2017-18 Activities! Please be sure to register all children and youth in your family for this year's programs. If you have children in Kairos, FUSE, or Treble Choir, we need to have updated contact and medical/emergency information on file. Find the registration link under the Children & Youth tab on


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Advent 2017

SUPPER: Stomachs Full, Hearts Overflowing By Natalee Hill SUPPER at St. Martin's, now in its sixth year, continues to teach new lessons about serving the community in Northwest Philadelphia. Founded by Debra Roberts in 2012, SUPPER was initially imagined as a way to feed those who were on the margins after the financial crisis of 2009. "I was researching the impact of the market crash and finding that, even here in Chestnut Hill where you imagine people are fairly well off, there were incidents of families living out of their cars, or simply struggling to put food on their tables while maintaining a sense of normalcy," she says. SUPPER is now active at four churches in the area: In addition to St. Martin's, SUPPER is hosted at Grace Epiphany in Mt. Airy, Christ Church & St. Michael's in Germantown, and the newest site, Church of St. Alban's in Roxborough. Each location serves SUPPER at least once per month, with St. Martin's serving twice. Each has its own distinct volunteers and community, but the common thread through each one is offering dignity and curing isolation. "We have learned, especially each time we add a new site," Roberts says, "that we're now not only serving those who are hungry for food, but also those who are lonely or isolated and who

A family enjoys their meal at SUPPER at Grace Epiphany. Photo by Debra Roberts

are looking to be a part of a caring community." SUPPER at St. Alban’s is led by Lindsay Barrett-Adler, who has noticed the same trend. "One of our SUPPER guests last month said, 'It’s nice to have dinner with other people. I’m very thankful that you have this so I don’t have to have another meal alone'." Barrett-Adler continues, "We know lots of our neighbors struggle, spending the next few months alone or without enough food on the table. Thank you [to St. Martin's] for making a place where everyone finds friendship and feast. We’re thankful to be partners with you." Each SUPPER menu includes a full meal including an entree, often with a vegetarian option, salad, fruit, and dessert all lovingly prepared by volunteers. Everyone who enters is offered the same dignity and respect. A guest from SUPPER at Grace Epiphany wrote, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Our entire family looks forward to SUPPER at Grace Epiphany! The food is delicious and our girls love being able to pick out their own desserts. SUPPER also helps because at the end of the month, we rarely have extra money. SUPPER lets us all get out of the house, enjoy a great free meal, and meet our neighbors. It’s perfect!” On Saturday, November 25 SUPPER at Christ Church & St. Michael's held Thanksgiving dinner. "We had one SUPPER guest, a 103-year-old woman, say that our Thanksgiving menu was the first and only Thanksgiving meal that she had had this year," said Renee Coleman, co-leader of the Germantown SUPPER. "Without CC&SM, she would

Smiles on the meal line at SUPPER at St. Martin's. Photo by Natalee Hill

not have had Thanksgiving." Even SUPPER's volunteer crew members are changed by the ministry. “Walking home from Grace Epiphany Church last night after SUPPER, I was on a bit of a high, just thinking about how exciting it was to give so many different people an opportunity to get to know each other," effused one crew member. "The two women who came all the way from North Philadelphia really moved me. Every day, they travel from one church to another for their meals. What is really amazing is that they were so appreciative and happy to be welcomed at Grace Epiphany. Hard to imagine when life has been so unkind to them that they are still so gracious. Thank you for introducing me to this amazing community! I look forward to volunteering again at SUPPER at Grace Epiphany!” As one SUPPER at St. Martin’s guest recently said, "I’m not sure how you all make this happen but I’m so grateful. My belly is full and my heart is fuller." All are welcome to SUPPER for a free, home-cooked meal and fellowship. Learn more or join SUPPER at St. Martin's menu email list at StMartinEC. org/supper.

St. Martin’s

Christ Church & St. Michael’s

(No SUPPER on Dec. 27, 2017)

(No SUPPER in December 2017)

Germantown 29 W. Tulpehocken Street, 19144 4th Saturdays @ 3PM

Chestnut Hill 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, 19118 2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6PM

St. Alban’s

Grace Epiphany

Roxborough 500 Fairthorne Avenue, 19128 2nd Tuesdays @ 6PM

Mt. Airy 224 East Gowen Avenue, 19119 3rd Wednesdays @ 6PM (No SUPPER in December 2017)


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St. Martin’s Vestry CLASS OF 2018

Chris Benson Christoph David Harrower Teresa Parris James Simpson

CLASS OF 2019 Justina Barrett Mary Hopkins Andrew Roberts Deborah Schaaf


Robert Allen, Accounting Warden Pam Hill, Rector’s Warden Cary Nicholas Christina Smith Paul


Dick Dupuis Al Good Margaret Horvat, Youth Representative Skip Lynch Jim Rowley

The Ministry of the People Is Supported by the Church Staff The Rev. W. Jarrett Kerbel, Rector 215.247.7466 x101 215.704.5499, cell Barbara Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation & Care 215.247.7466 x102 Natalee Hill, Associate for Communications & Administration 215.247.7466 x106 Ellen Doster Ministry Assistant 215.247.7466 x115 Tuesday-Friday office hours James Kent, Sexton 215.247.7466 x107 (voicemail only) Wednesday-Sunday office hours

The Rev. Anne Thatcher, Associate Rector 215.247.7466 x105 509.876.1924, cell Erik Meyer, Music Director 215.247.7466 x104 The Rev. Carol Duncan, Deacon 330.705.4795 Connie Haggard, Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries 215.247.7466 x116 (voicemail only) Betsy Wolford, Parish Accountant 215.247.7466 x108 Thursday office hours


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Ministry Leadership Contacts LITURGY AND MUSIC Acolytes Pam Prell at or 215.776.2206 or the Rev. Anne Thatcher at or 215.247.7466 x105. Altar Guild Mary Baumberger mary.m.baumberger@ or 215.588.7252 or Pat Smith at or 215.836.9895.

Books and Banter Barbara Baumgartner 215.849.8783 or

Refugee Resettlement Ministry Marnie Kerr or 215.242.8323

Kairos / FUSE (Children and Youth Formation) The Rev. Anne Thatcher 215.247.7466 x105 or

St. James School Laura Sibson or 484.431.7475

Education for Ministry (EfM) Barb Ballenger or 215.247.7466 x102

Bread Guild Mary Baumberger mary.m.baumberger@ or 267.462.4307

Eucharistic Visitors The Rev. Anne Thatcher at athatcher@ or 215.247.7466 x105.

Change Ringers Bruce Butler or 215.765.8736

Men for Others David Dieck or 484.530.0734; Gus Concilio 856.275.9187 or

Choirs Erik Meyer or 215.247.7466 x104 Flower Guild Jane Good or 215.836.5320 Greeters Cathy Glazer or 215.242.3275 Instrumentalists Erik Meyer or 215.247.7466 x104 Intercessors The Rev. Anne Thatcher at athatcher@ or 215.247.7466 x105. Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) Connie Haggard or 215.247.7466 x116 Lectors Dick Haggard or 215.646.0741 Morning Prayer Leaders The Rev. Anne Thatcher or 215.247.7466 x105 Needlepoint Guild Howard Goldstein or 215.284.9916 Ushers Marty Baumberger (9am) 267.462.4307 or; John Howe (11:15am) or 215.275.0030.

FORMATION AND CARE Biblical Studies Charlie Day or 215.438.7479; Carol Duncan 330.705.4795 or Cathy Glazer or 215.242.3275; Helen White or 215.984.8996

Morning Meditation The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel or 215.247.7466 x101 Spirituality of Aging Karen Rowley or 215.421.0603 Stephen Ministry Karen West 215.248.3613 or karenwestlefty@; Leni Windle 610.453.8352 or; Barbara Ballenger or 215.247.7466 x102 Sunday Forum Planning Group Barbara Thomson Previdi Wellspring Barbara Ballenger or 215.247.7466 x102 Women Connecting Joanne Conway or 267.625.7100

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Climate Action Team of St. Martin's Kathy Greely or 814.558.8082; Jess Ballenger 814.380.4400 or Guatemala Outreach Terry Clattenburg 215.836.7738 or Community Engagement Ministry Kate Maus or 267.849.4255 Jubilee School Susan MacBride at or 215.487.2314. P.O.W.E.R. The Rev. Carol Duncan 330.705.4795 or


SUPPER Debra Roberts or 215.233.5278

PARISH COMMUNITY Columbarium Care Committee Cathy Glazer at or Ike Roberts at Communications Natalee Hill or 215.247.7466 x106 The Elders Dick Haggard or 215.646.0741 Hospitality The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel or 215.247.7466 x101 Landscape Committee The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel at jkerbel@stmartinec. org or 215-247-7466 x101. Office Volunteers Natalee Hill or 215.247.7466 x106 Planned Giving Ministry Patricia Stranahan or 215.242.5093 Properties Committee David Harrower or 215.805.8703 Scheduling and Space Rental Ellen Doster or 215.247.7466 x115 Stewardship Committee The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel or 215.247.7466 x101

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St. Martins News - Advent 2017  
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