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Mission: We are one church, Praising God, United in Faith, With Acceptance and Support For All
Holy Eucharist........8:00 am and 10:00 am on Sundays (Nursery provided at 7:55 a.m.)
Christian Education: (Elementary thru Adult)...9:00 a.m.
Daily: Morning Prayer...8:30 a.m. Weekdays
July/August Worship...9:00 a.m.
2587 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
Previous St. Martin News
St. Martin's Group Donates Baby Items - February 2021
On February 1, 2021, the Family Justice Center received a "ton of diapers, wipes, and other baby items" from the Ladies in Faith Together (LIFT) group of Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. In addition, the group donated $250, which the Family Justice Center requested to establish a new pantry for baby items. The Family Justice Center provides support for people who are fleeing from situations of domestic violence. According to the Rev. Nicholas Evancho, priest-in-charge at Saint Martin's, "I'm just glad that we've been able to, during this difficult time, help people in our community who are struggling even more than we are." Ellen Valvo, who delivered the baby supplies added, "The woman that I spoke to was overwhelmed by how much we had collected and was definitely very grateful for the donations. She said, 'this is going to really help our clients.' The diapers were collected during the month of January as part of the church's celebration of Epiphany, when three kings delivered gifts to the baby Jesus.
Fr. Nicholas Evancho's First Service at St. Martin's - September 2020
Left: Rev. Nicholas Evancho preaches at an outdoor service at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Nicholas Evancho held his first service at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, outside, beneath two tents, on Sunday, September 20th. Evancho described the call to the priesthood at St. Martin's as "an exciting opportunity to come to a new place and to an amazing group" of parishioners. Evancho, a native of Hamburg, NY, was ordained as a priest in 2018, and he previously served as curate at Christ Church in Glendale, Ohio.
Right: The Rev. Nicholas and wife Ashley Evancho.
The Rev. Nicholas Evancho and family: in front, from left, Father Nicholas, Ashley Evancho, Ebbie Carmichael, and Marlene Grabenstatter. In back, from left,: George and Shelley Evancho.
Alice Gerard photos and story.
St. Martins Chicken BBQ - July 2020
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church is having our Annual Chicken BBQ Fundraising Event Saturday July 11, 2020 from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Our format will be a little different this year, as we are having only drive-thru chicken dinners, for $10 each, and will be accepting cash or credit. This is the main fundraiser for St. Martin’s Church and helps support our youth ministries, Christian Ed and local outreach. We look forward to seeing you there!
St. Martins Chicken BBQ & Basket Raffle - July 2019
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church,2587 Baseline Rd., is hosting their Annual Chicken BBQ & Basket Raffle on Saturday, July 13 from 2pm - 7pm. Dinner tickets are $10 Pre-sale until July 7, and $11 after July 7. Veterans eat free with proper ID. All are welcome! Drive-thru service will also be available! *Fabulous Basket Raffle and a 70" LG Smart TV Raffle. Proceeds benefit their many vibrant and vital ministries, including their youth programs! Visit www.stmartinsgi.org or facebook.com/stmartinsgi for more information, or contact their Parish Office at (716) 773-3335. Visit www.stmartinsgi.org.
St. Martins Father Earle King Retires - October 2018
Father Earle King in sanctuary filled with confetti thrown by the congregation during final processional.
Father Earle King celebrated his last service as the Rector of St Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church on Sunday, September 30th. He is retiring after 31 years at St. Martin's and his congregation is thankful for all the blessings father Earle has provided through his ministry. His retirement party the night before was attended by more than 200 people. Father Earle was presented with gifts which included a book of letters from the St. Martin's family, tickets to Harry Potter World and a tree which was planted in his honor on the church grounds.
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St. Martins Family Fellowship Bonfire - July 2018
Alice Gerard photos.Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church recently had a family bonfire fellowship event with the music of Scott Celani, taco's in a bag, homemade pizza, smores, crafts and games. The event was co-chaired by Beth & Eric Boron. The Rev. Earle King blessed donated backpacks filled with school supplies that will go to Huth Road Elementary School, Kaegebein Elementary School, and Sidway Elementary School.
Beth Boron said that the bonfire was originally planned for October 2017. "Last year, we were rained out and, this year, we had the most perfect weather night, and I really think that God gave that blessing to us." She described the event as a success, saying "I really think that it exceeded my expectations." "We wanted to have something at the church that had, as its sole purpose Christian family fellowship, not as a fundraiser and not as an event where people had to come and put in hours of work. We didn't want anyone to have to pay anything, so it was free. It was basically designed to be an event where families could come and parishioners could and, of course, our guests that we invited could come. It was a whole evening of relaxation, where we could get to know each other and our newer parishioners. We wanted people to see and to remind ourselves what a special Christian community we have in Saint Martin's."
St. Martins Chicken & a' Pickin - July 2018
St. Martin-in-th-Fields Church is hosting their annual chicken bbq and basket raffle on Saturday, July 14th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are $9 pre-sale until July 8th and $10 after. Veterans eat free with proper ID. Call the church 773-3335. All are welcome! Drive-thru service will be available! *Fabulous 2-tierd basket raffle with over 100 baskets! *70" Vizio Smart TV raffle (tickets are $5/each or $20/5, see a parishioner to buy some in advance). *Win the lottery ticket sombrero! Proceeds benefit our many vibrant and vital ministries, including our youth programs! Visit www.stmartinsgi.org or facebook.com/stmartinsgi for more information
St. Martin-In-The-Fields Pet Blessing - October 2017
Photos by Mary Stewart.St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., hosted their 6th Annual Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals on Saturday, October 7th. A brief service was held, followed by individual blessings.
St. Martin in the Fields Church, 2587 Baseline Road is hosting a Chicken BBQ & Basket Raffle on Saturday, August 12th from 1pm-7pm. Pre-sale tickets are $9 and after August 7th they are $10. Vets eat free with proper ID. Contact 773-3335 or www.stmartinsgi.org.
St. Martin-In-The-Fields Chicken Barbeque & Basket Raffle - August 2017
St. Martin's Gift Wrapping - December 2016
Story and photos by Alice Gerard.Members of Ladies in Faith Together (LIFT) and students and teachers from Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church wrapped gifts for three island families between the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. church services on Dec. 11. Beth Boron, a member of LIFT, said, "As Christians, we all search for the 'true meaning of Christmas.' As a parish family, we came together to share our blessings with our island neighbors. Working together in this way has heightened our joy as we await the birth of our savior."
St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., will be hosting their 5th Annual Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals on Saturday, October 1st. A brief service will be held at 11:30 a.m. followed by individual blessings. Please bring a donation of dry or canned dog or cat food to benefit the Episcopal Diocese of WNY's Pet Food Pantry. All pets welcome!
St. Martin-In-The-Fields Pet Blessing - September 2016
St. Martin's Youth Enjoy France Pilgrimage - August 2016
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church youth group J2A (Journey to Adulthood), recently went on a one week pilgrimage to France. The group is formed every two years at grade 6 & 7 and continues through high school until graduation. Over the years, groups have gone to the Holy Land, Ireland and England. One of their fundraising strategies is to sell a cross, designed specifically for the group by DeSignet jeweler Reg Schopp. The crosses are sold to group members and parishoners.
Notre Dame Cathedral in Bayeux honoring Nice attack victims.
Charles DeGlopper Memorial in Sainte-Mere-Eglise.
History of PFC Charles DeGlopper's heroism.
Niland Brothers of Tonawanda graves at American Cemetery in Normandy
St. Martin's group of eight pilgrims (five youth and the three adults). Left to right: Tom DeAngelo, Joe Botticello, Alex Dodge, Courtney Wending, Earle King, Dan Fabiano, Janine Childs, Tori Botticello.
The adventure began on July 15th, arriving in Paris the next day with a group from St. Mark's Episcopal Church from Orchard Park. They spent two nights in Paris, visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe , Eiffel Tower and taking a boat trip on the River Seine. They attended Sunday morning service at the Episcopal Church in Paris, Trinity Cathedral, after an invitation by Bishiop Pierre Whalon, a friend of St Martin Rev. Earle King. Rev. King mentioned he put 29,000 steps on his Fitbit that day!
Monday, the group left for Bayeux, Normandy, a small city of 13,000 near the English Channel, where they spent the rest of their nights at a Monastery. Located in the city is a famous 11th century tapestry, the Bayeux Tapestry, a 230 foot-long, 20 inch wide depiction of the Norman conquest of England in 1066. A visit to the Charles DeGlopper Memorial on Tuesday was especially meaningful. J2A members visited the Grand Island VFW in May and Commander Christian Eshelmann recounted the heroics of the Grand Island native's last day in LaFierre, France. He was killed on June 9, 1944, "while supporting his his comrades. He continuously fired his automatic rifle even after being shot and falling as those with him withdrew to safety." His family received a Congressional Medal of Honor in March 1946.
On Wednesday, the group went to Mont Saint Michel, the Mountain of St. Michael, which is one mile off shore and is completely surrounded by water when the tide comes in. A monastery there has been in existence since the 8th century. They attended mass at an abbey located at the top of the monastery and had lunch. Thursday was spent touring D-Day sites. At Utah Beach they looked at displays at the museum and monuments. They toured Pointe du Hoc and the American Cemetary where 10,000 US troops are buried, all from the D-Day invasion. A stop was made at the graves of Tonawanda natives, Preston & Robert Niland. At Point du Hoc, the group was moved by seeing the 100 foot rock cliffs that were scaled by 225 Army Rangers, allowing the Americans to take the German Bunkers. Arromanches is the location of an artificial harbor built by the allies for the invasion in order to get men and supplies to the area. Some of the equipment can still be seen on the beach 72 years later.
The travelers left France early Friday morning, exhausted by their non-stop itinerary, but confident in their new-found independence.
St. Martin-In-The-Fields "Moonlight Serenade" is Friday, August 12th at 2587 Baseline Road. The evening includes music by Jack Civiletto, singing Sinatra, dancing, appetizers and drinks. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. See flyer for details.
St. Martin-In-The-Fields "Moonlight Serenade" - August 2016
St. Martin's Spaghetti Dinner - March 2016
Saint Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church will have a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 2nd at Sandy Beach Yacht Club, 1851 Winter Road starting at 4:00 p.m. It is a fundraiser to support the youth in the Christian education program. For reservations contact Lisa Fabiano: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church is hosting a Zumbathon to support the Family Justice Center of WNY on Saturday, March 12th at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door, contact St. Martins Church at 773-3335; Beth at 983-9868; or Linda at 774-8147.*Tickets are limited!
See flyer for details.
St. Martin's Zumbathon - February 2016
St. Martin's Christmas Pageant- December 2015
Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, will present its annual Christmas pageant on Sunday December 20th. "A Super Christmas" will take place at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. It features the church's youth portraying the Holy Family, along with a wide variety of superheroes, including Catwoman, Wonderwoman, Spiderman, Superman, and Batman, The pageant is being directed by Janine Childs and Julie DeAngelo. According to DeAngelo, "the kids have worked very hard and are super excited."
St. Martin's Youth Deliver Donated Turkeys - November 2015
At the City Mission.
St. Martin-In-The Fields Episcopal Church youth group delivered donated turkeys to the Buffalo City Mission on Saturday, November 21st and then enjoyed refreshments on the way home.
St. Martin's Moonlight Serenade - July 2015
St. Martin-In-The Fields Episcopal Church is hosting Moonlight Serenade, a wine, beer & appetizer tasting on Friday, August 7th, 2587 Baseline Road. Music by Jack Civiletto, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets $20, at door $25. See flyer.
St. Martin's "Chicken & a Pickin" - June 2015
St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church will hold it's annual "Chicken & a Pickin'" BBQ, Silent Auction and Basket raffle on Saturday, July 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a family friendly event with something for everyone. The kids can look forward to a bounce house, face painting and snow cones. For the adults, there will be entertainment by a barbershop quartet, a special raffle for a 48" flat screen TV and a fabulous silent auction and basket raffle where you are sure to find a deal! The BBQ Chicken cost is $10 for a complete dinner. Veterans with proper ID eat free. Join the fun! St. Martin’s is located at 2587 Baseline Road on Grand Island.
St. Martin's A Cappella Concert - November 2014
A Capella group "Cut Off"
St. Martin's Youth Place Flags - October 2014
St. Martins Church
The teens from St. Martin-in-the-Field Church on Baseline Road recently teamed up with teens from St. Mark’s Church in Orchard Park and placed more than 3800 pink flags on the lawn of the Episcopal Diocese’s Ministry Center at 1064 Brighton Road in Tonawanda. The flags were donated by Episcopalians from all over Western New York through the Pink Flag campaign, a part of Health Awareness Week. For every $5.00 a member of the diocese donated, that member’s church received three hot pink lawn marker flags for the church’s front lawn. For every flag on every church lawn across the diocese, one is also being placed on the lawn of the Diocesan Center.
Bishop William Franklin will deliver a check for $6,375 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for breast cancer research at the end of the week. The two church youth groups are getting to know each other as they will be traveling to Europe in 2016. After the flags were placed the youth went to Lasertron for games and pizza.
Diocesan Ministry Center, 1064 Brighton Road
St. Martin's Episcopal Church Pilgrimage Group - August 2014
Pilgrimage group at Cliffs of Dover.
J2A crosses by deSignet International
On July 18th, a group of seven youth from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Grand Island, departed Pearson Airport in Toronto for a week-long pilgrimage to England. The youth included Hayley Becker, Adam Crist, Louie Fabiano, Maya Harper, Olivia Johnson, Marie Tomasula, and Zach Valvo. They were accompanied by three adults from St. Martin’s – Elizabeth Killian, Mike Percival, and Fr. Earle King – along with a group of five from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Williamsville. The curriculum which is used at St. Martin’s encourages a pilgrimage at the mid-teen age, shortly after Confirmation. Ultimately, the goal is to find God in places where people have found God in the past.
This year’s pilgrimage took the group to Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, which is the “mother church” for Anglican / Episcopal Church worldwide. The London portion of the pilgrimage included St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. A day at Dover, on the English Channel, was included, along with a 24-hour stopover in Iceland on the return flight.
St. Martin’s has been making these pilgrimages for a decade. Previous destinations include Santa Fe (2004), the Holy Land (2006, 2008, and 2010), and Ireland (2012). Grand Island jeweler Reg Schopp of deSignet International helped Earl King deSign this years sterling silver J2A Pilgrims Cross. The custom crosses were sold to help with fund-raising. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church is located at 2587 Baseline Road, All Are Welcome. Through August, Sunday worship is at 9:00 a.m. Beginning September 7th, Sunday worship returns to 8:00 a.m. and 10:00. Child care is available during worship. Christian Ed begins on September 14th. More information on Journey to Adulthood