February 2018 Offerings

Sunday Morning Epiphany Series with St. Martin’s Caring Ministries
For Everything There Is a Season: Advance Health Care Directives
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM, Rooms 6&7 
Our Epiphany series with Caring Ministries concludes on February 4 with an introduction to Advance Health Care Directives. Does your doctor know what your wishes are for medical care? Have you designated an advocate to act on your behalf if you cannot speak for yourself? Join the Rev. Margaret Grayden and Lynn Zender to learn how you can ensure that the health care you receive is consistent with your values and that critical decisions are made by someone you trust—even if you are incapacitated. Preparing Advance Health Care Directives can help people of faith reflect prayerfully on what we value in living and in dying—and find peace of mind in the process.

Wednesday Evening Epiphany Series with Episcopal Migration Ministries
A Journey through Epiphany: Refugees, Resettlement, and Episcopal Migration Ministries
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM, Library
Our Epiphany series with Episcopal Migration Ministries concludes on February 7. We’ve been learning about the global refugee crisis and reflecting on the Christian call to action on behalf of refugees. Join the Rev. Pamela Dolan and Lynn Zender to consider how we might respond in our own local community.

Theology Reading Group
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:00 PM, Home of Will Benware and Jana Tuton
Join Will Benware, Jana Tuton and friends for a lively discussion of “Habits of the Heart” from Ellen F. Davis’ book Getting Involved with God. For details and directions, contact Will in person or through the church office.

Sunday Morning Lenten Series with St. Martin’s Social Justice and Outreach
Caring for Neighbors: Community Service as Christian Calling
Sundays, February 18 – March 18, 2018, 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM, Rooms 6&7
Jesus called us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Through our Social Justice and Outreach Committee, St. Martin’s partners with local organizations that serve our neighbors in times of need. Join us for presentations by their leaders to learn about the issues they address and to find out how you can help.

  • February 18: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Yolo County (NAMI-Yolo) with June Forbes, Board President. NAMI-Yolo seeks to improve the lives of those living with serious mental illness and their families by providing education on how to better manage the illness, engaging in advocacy to reduce stigma and eliminate barriers to treatment, housing, and employment, and by providing awareness and support to move toward the promise of recovery. Learn more at
  • February 25: Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter of Davis (IRWS) with Eric Elton, Board Chair. IRWS is a community based-effort enabling member congregations to provide cold-weather shelter and hospitality on a rotating basis to persons who are homeless in the Davis community. Learn more at
  • March 4: Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC) with Michele Kellogg, Executive Director. YCCC is a nonprofit organization established to better the lives of people with mental illness through community-based direct services (including residential treatment programs, supportive housing, and homeless outreach), advocacy, education, and volunteer efforts. Learn more at

Wednesday Evening Lenten Series with the Rev. Suzanne Guthrie and the Rev. Dr. L. Ann Hallisey
Lift Up Your Hearts: Bringing Spiritual Practices to Worship
Wednesdays, February 21 – March 21, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Parish Hall
Join Ann Hallisey and Suzanne Guthrie to explore how personal spiritual practice can enhance the experience of the Sunday liturgy, both for the individual and the community. The themes of engagement with story, compassion, mystery, memory, and witness bring us through this five-week Lenten series with a format of presentation, discussion, media, and a workbook with resources for home practice.

Each Wednesday evening session will begin with a simple Lenten supper of soup, salad, and bread at 6:00 PM. The program will commence at 6:45 PM, followed by candlelight Compline concluding at 8:00 PM.

The Rev. Suzanne Guthrie, Priest Associate at St. Martin’s, is a noted author and retreat leader. She curates Soulwork Toward Sunday, an online weekly retreat based on the coming Sunday’s Gospel at Suzanne is the author of Praying the Hours and Grace’s Window: Entering the Seasons of Prayer. She has served the church as a parish priest, as a Christian Education consultant, and as a chaplain at Vassar College and Cornell University. Most recently, Suzanne taught a class in spiritual practices as the St. Margaret Visiting Professor of Women in Ministry at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

The Rev. Dr. L. Ann Hallisey, Priest Associate at St. Martin’s, is an executive coach and organizational consultant, a spiritual director and retreat leader, and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Ann has been a parish priest, rector, and interim rector in the Diocese of Northern California for more than three decades. Most recently, Ann served for six years as Dean of Students at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In Epiphany 2018, Ann led a study pilgrimage to the Holy Land with her husband, the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California.

Tuesday Morning Lenten Series with Helen Campbell and Living Compass
Living Well Through Lent: Loving With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
Five Tuesdays, February 20 – March 20, 2018 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM (before Tuesday noontime Eucharists)
Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to reflect on the core of what it means to live a Christian life. And there is nothing more central to that life than loving—loving with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. For people of faith, love is not an abstract or feel-good concept, but an urgent call to radically incarnate love in how we relate to God, our neighbor, and ourselves. Join us for this six-week Lenten series from Living Compass, led by Helen Campbell, just before the Ash Wednesday noontime service and the Tuesday noontime Eucharists. To sign up and reserve your class materials, please contact Helen in person or contact the church office for Helen’s email. For more information, visit

Centering Prayer Group with Kim Andrup and Contemplative Outreach
Centering Prayer: Introduction and New Group Coming Soon to St. Martin’s!
Wednesdays Year-Round, 5:30 PM, Room 8; New Group and New Time Coming Soon!
Our Wednesday afternoon Centering Prayer group, established nearly a decade ago, continues to thrive. Kim Andrup, our Centering Prayer facilitator, is planning to offer introductory sessions and form a new group for those who cannot participate on Wednesday afternoons. Watch your St. Martin’s weekly email for updates! For more information, please contact Kim (in person or reach out to the church office for Kim’s email). To learn more, visit and

For More Information
Please contact Jim Schaal, Christian Formation Chair via email . We welcome your suggestions for lifelong learning and faith formation here at St. Martin’s. Look for the latest Adult Formation news in the weekly Constant Contact email from St. Martin’s, in the weekly worship bulletins, and in the monthly Adult Formation announcements on the St. Martin’s website . You may also copy events to your personal Google calendar from the St. Martin’s church calendar.