Camp Phoenix

Camp Phoenix 2017 planning is in full swing, and the staff look forward to another great week with our youth and their friends from July 30- August 5. And we want YOU to be able to be part of the fun! Campers’ families and well-wishers can (virtually) follow along with our adventures.

Bidding Fare-thee-well to Deaconess Anne House 4.0

In July’s note from Deaconess Anne House, outgoing director the Rev. Rebecca Ragland wrote: I am delighted to be passing the baton of leadership to Jillian Smith. In her capable hands, Deaconess Anne House will continue to deepen it’s impact and legacy.

Dismantling Racism Training in August and September

Two Dismantling Racism classes are now scheduled to be held at St. Peter’s Church in Ladue and Christ Church in Cape Girardeau. There is no cost for this two-day training which includes lunch and beverages and snacks, but registration is required.

Meeting Jesus on a Pilgrimage

The Rev. Bill Nesbit is interim rector of Grace Church in Jefferson City. He recounts his first trip to the Holy Land in this episode on JesusHacked. It’s a great conversation with podcast host Deacon Harry Leip about what pilgrimage means and epiphanies Bill had on this trip.

Lunch Bunch meets on July 27

The Lunch Bunch meets on Thursday, July 27 at 11:30 a.m. in Park Hall. They already have a couple fun trips planned for this year, and will be discussing and deciding on more at this meeting.


Sermon – July 2 by Rev. Rebecca Ragland

Several members of our parish enjoyed hearing the Rev. Rebecca Ragland’s sermon on Sunday, July 2. She provided the transcript for all to enjoy.

Book Club meets on July 25

The Book Club meets on Tuesday, July 25 in the Packwood Library. This month we will read Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt.

Run Circles Around Hunger

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of hungry families? Then hit the trail on Valley Park’s scenic Meramec River Trail on September 16 to Run Circles Around Hunger!

Ministry Information

Beginning Yoga Starts August 2

Starting on Wednesday, August 2, a weekly beginners yoga class will take place at St. Martin’s. This class is free to attend, just bring your own mat!


Book Study on Wednesday

We will read and discuss Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s book titled, “Following the Way of Jesus.” This book contains reflections on the practice of ministry within the Jesus Movement, including adaptive leadership, reconciliation, new ministries, evangelism, and ministry with young people.

Presiding Bishop’s Sermon to Youth

St. Martin’s has two youth representatives, Kiki and Austin, at the Episcopal Youth Event in Edmond, Oklahoma this week. At the EYE 2017 Opening Eucharist, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gave a moving sermon.


Quilting Class

The Quilting Class will be out for the summer, reconvening on September 7.

Garden Fundraiser

The Garden Committee is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, July 30th to help defray the cost of the recent improvements to our garden. Won’t you please help support all of their hard labor by donating just $5 to this worthy project? The first 40 lucky people donating will receive a gift  right from our garden!

School Supply Drive

School supplies are needed for the children of clients of Circle of Concern. Please bring donations to St. Martin’s by Sunday, August 6 and look for the box in Park Hall.

Music Notes from Denise

Learn more about Denise’s participation in the West Region of the American Guild of Organists convention last month in Salt Lake City, Utah.