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Mission: The Mission of St. Martin's is
to bring people together in the Name of Jesus.

Sunday Worship:
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.

Fr. Earle King, 716-773-3335
2587 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072

Previous St. Martin News

St. Martin's Annual Pet Blessing - October 2013

Rev. Earle King

Photos and story by Mary Stewart

    St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church held it's annual pet blessing this past Saturday, October 3rd. A short service, led by Rev. Earle King, preceded the blessing of several dogs and one kitty. Many participants brought pet food to be given to homeless families who have pets, there are many furry friends who need our help as much as people do and if they could talk would say thank you for the donations.

"Moonlight Serenade" at St. Martins - August 2013

   St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd. is having a special event on Friday, August 9th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., titled "Moonlight Serenade". An evening under the stars filled with wine and beer tastings, appetizers and music featuring Jack Civiletto, singing Sinatra. Tickets are $20 per person pre-sale or $25 at the door, (21 or older). Order pre-sale tickets by calling Irene at 773-5186.

St. Martin's Pilgrimage To Ireland - August 2012

Left to right: Sarah Valvo, Leah Killian, Marah Killian (holding the crosses made by Reg Schopp), Molly Smith, Kelsey Percival, Kaitlyn Davidson, and Jazzlyn Igiel. The location is Glendalough, with its famous Round Tower in the upper left. - Click photo for larger view

   Written by Fr. Earle King... In mid-July, seven youth from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church made a pilgrimage to Ireland. This was the fifth such pilgrimage for St. Martin’s youth. This “holy pilgrimage” is a key component of Journey to Adulthood, the Christian Education program used with the Middle School and High School youth at St. Martin’s.
   St. Kevin founded a monastic community in the 6th century at Glendalough in County Wicklow. These ruins were the most well-known of those that the pilgrims visited. Other holy site ruins include those of St. Mullins (County Carlow) and St. Dubhan (County Wexford), along with a couple of Cistercian Abbeys.
   The youth participated in a wide variety of fund-raising activities over the past four years to help fund this pilgrimage. They were assisted by the generosity of Grand Island goldsmith Reg Schopp, who designed a set of Celtic crosses modeled on a cross at Glendalough (see photo). The youth on the pilrimage were Kaitlyn Davidson, Jazzlyn Igiel, Leah Killian, Marah Killian, Kelsey Percival, Molly Smith, and Sarah Valvo The adults accompanying them included Christopher Macrides, Patricia Weiser, and Fr. Earle King. The Grand Island group was joined by a group of youth from St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Salem, Oregon. This church also uses the Journey to Adulthood program.

St. Martin's to Host Organ Recital - March 2012

   "Dueling Clerics Organ Recital," an Organ Recital given by Bishop William Franklin and Fr. Earle King will take place at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 3587 Baseline Road, Grand Island on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 7 p.m.

Pet Blessing Photos - Oct. 2011

Sharon Jones is shown holding her cat
Mary Stewart photos

    See Slide Show
A Pet Blessings in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, was held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church on Saturday, October 1 under the direction of Father Earle King and started with a brief service and followed by individual pet blessings. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and creatures. During the singing of a hymn during the service, several dogs started barking and a couple even yowled "like wolves baying at the moon," which caused everyone to chuckle. Those attending donated pet food for pets of the local homeless shelters and food banks.

Pet Blessings at St. Martin's - 2011

   Pet Blessings will be held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Saturday, October 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A brief service will held at 11 a.m. followed by individual pet blessings. Please bring a donation of dry or canned dog or cat food to benefit the pets of a homeless person. Donations go directly to local homeless shelters and food banks.

St. Martin's Chicken BBQ And Silent Auction - 2011

   St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chicken Barbeque, Silent Auction and Basket Raffle will take place from 2 p.m. to 7:30 pm. Saturday, July 9, 2011 on the grounds of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road.Grand Island, NY. Call 773-3335 for more information.

Backpack Collection and Blessing - Sept. 2010

Mary Stewart Photo - Click for larger view

   September 2010 . . . Buying all the school supplies needed to start school can be a hardship for some of the families on Grand Island. Because of the generosity of Father Earle King and the people at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, these families received backpacks filled with the much needed school supplies. The backpacks were delivered to Huth Road, Kaegebein and Charlotte Sidway schools. Pictured with backpacks to be filled at Charlotte Sidway are Denise Dunbar, principal, and Father King. Thanks goes out to those who donated to the backpack program and helped make this possible.

Backpack Collection and Blessing - Sept. 2010

   St. Martin's Episcopal Church and the Grand Island School District are working together to help families with the ever-increasing costs of school supplies. For some families, the costs for school supplies can be difficult.
   Between now and September 10, the community is invited to help by purchasing backpacks and supplies for children in kindergarten through grade five.
   The list of specific items may be obtained at the schools, or on the School website (www.k12.ginet.org), or at St. Martin's, or on St. Martin's website (www.stmartinsgi.org).
   Drop-off sites include the Sidway School, the Huth Road School, and the Kaegebein School during school hours. Alternately, drop-offs may be made at St. Martin's at 2587 Baseline Road daily between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
   A blessing of Backpacks and Supplies will take place at St. Martin's on Sunday, September 12, at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services. All are welcome. Students should bring their backpacks for the blessing.
   The following day, St. Martin's will deliver all the donated backpacks and supplies to the Sidway, Kaegebein, and Huth Road Schools.
   For more information, call Fr. Earle King, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, at 773-3335, or Mrs. Denise Dunbar at the Charlotte Sidway School at 773-8870.

St. Martin's Pilgrimage To Holy Land - July 2010


Pilgrimage group, from left top: Bishop Michael Garrison, Peter Killian, Carrie Boron, Ben Smith, Pat Chopra and Fr. Earle King
bottom: Courtney Collignon, Maggie Weiser, Marci Conn and Kristen Percival - Click photos for larger view

   Written by Fr. Earle King...Reg Schopp has recently completed an interesting project to help the youth of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. He designed a special sterling silver cross to help the youth from St. Martin's to fund their upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Reg's creation is a combination of two crosses superimposed. One is the well-known Jerusalem (or "Crusaders") Cross. It is easily recognizable as having a smaller cross in each of the four quadrants. The second cross is our "St. Martin's Cross" - a simple slender cross which Reg designed for St. Martin's a few decades ago. Family and friends and parishioners purchased the crosses from the pilgrims to help to fund the pilgrimage. However, the crosses will not be presented to the sponsors until the completion of the pilgrimage. This is because the crosses are also going on the pilgrimage, visiting Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Dead Sea, and so on. A total of 61 crosses have been sold.
   The total cost of the pilgrimage is $3100 per person. The youth have been working for four years to raise money, doing the janitorial work at St. Martin's, and sponsoring car washes, chili sales, rose sales, and so on. Reg's help with the silver crosses has provided significant help to the youth in closing the final financial gap. We are very thankful to Reg for his support. The youth depart Toronto for Tel Aviv on Sunday, July 11, and return on Wednesday evening, July 21. Once they arrive in the Holy Land, they will be joined by three other groups from North America as well as by a Palestinian youth group. Those interested in following the progress of the pilgrimage are invited to check out the parish website at www.stmartinsgi.org for daily reports and photos.
   For the past eight years, St. Martin's has been using a program entitled "Journey to Adulthood" for its Middle School and High School youth. The program invites the youth to make a "holy pilgrimage" at approximately two-thirds the way through the program. The first pilgrimage (in 2004) was to northern New Mexico. The 2010 pilgrimage will be the third pilgrimage of St. Martin's to the Holy Land, the previous ones being in 2006 and 2008. The youth involved in the pilgrimage include Carrie Boron, Pat Chopra, Courtney Collignon, Kristen Percival, Ben Smith, and Maggie Weiser. Their leaders are Marci Conn and Peter Killian. Also joining the group will be Fr. Earle King (Rector of St. Martin's) and Bishop Michael Garrison (Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York).

St. Martin's Chicken BBQ And Silent Auction - 2010

   St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chicken Barbeque, Silent Auction and Basket Raffle will take place from 2 p.m. to 7:30 pm. Saturday, July 10, 2010 on the grounds of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road.Grand Island, NY.
Details: Chicken Barbeque with all the fix’ins, additionally featuring:
• Balloon sculpted give-aways
• Bouncy house for children
• Face painting
• Music & entertainment
• Basket raffle
• Indoor & outdoor seating available
• Drive-thru service available
• Silent auction
   Cost: $8.50 per person (call 773-3335 for advance or group tickets)
Note: Dine-in, take-out or drive-through service available
Additional comment: rain or shine
Questions: 773-3335 phone/fax or www.stmartinsgi.org/chickbbq.htm