April 2018

Newcomer Class
Walk in Love
Specific time/dates and location to be determined, beginning April 25
Our rector, the Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan, will lead a class for newcomers and long-time Episcopalians alike called “Walk in Love.” Based on the new book of the same name by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe, this class will meet on Wednesday evenings, beginning on April 25. You can even get a head start by ordering the book in advance. Contact Pamela with questions or to sign up:

Sunday Morning Biblical Studies Series
Acts of the Apostles: A Good Book Club Introduction with Alex Leach
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM, Rooms 6&7
What kind of book is the Acts of the Apostles? How is it related to the Gospels (especially Luke) and to the Epistles? Join Alex Leach on Sunday for an introduction to Luke’s account of the early church. If you missed it during Lent, this is a great chance to catch up so you can join in The Good Book Club on Friday mornings in the Easter season!

Parish Pancake Breakfast: No Adult Formation Class on April 15
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Who says you have to skip class for a hearty breakfast with friends? There will be no adult formation class on Sunday, April 15, so that all can join in the Parish Pancake Breakfast.

Translating the Good Book: Challenges of Bible Translation with Dr. Will Benware
Sunday, April 22, 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM, Rooms 6&7
What are the challenges inherent in translating the Bible? What are some of the more difficult passages to translate? What is a “formal equivalence” approach as compared to a “dynamic equivalence” approach? Join Dr. Will Benware, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at UC Davis, for an exploration of the challenges of biblical translation.

Translating the Good Book: Choices for Bible Translators with Dr. Will Benware
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM, Rooms 6&7
What are the hard choices that Bible translators have to make? What are the original languages of the biblical texts, and what manuscript sources are available? How do translators choose sources and editions? Join Dr. Will Benware for an overview of the process of biblical translation.

Translating the Bible: Choices for Bible Readers with Dr. Will Benware
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM, Rooms 6&7
Why are there so many English versions of the Bible? What does each try to accomplish, and what does each offer to readers like us? What might we gain from comparing versions as we read the Bible? Join Dr. Will Benware for an introduction to the variety of Bible translations and versions.

Friday Morning Biblical Studies Series
The Good Book Club with St. Martin’s Clergy Teaching Team
Fridays, April 6 – May 25, 2018, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Library
Venture with us into the action-packed story of the early church! As Lent turns to Easter, our journey of daily reading and weekly group reflection turns from the Gospel of Luke to its companion book, the Acts of the Apostles. The Good Book Club is a churchwide bible study initiative of the Episcopal Church (see  for more information). Our discussions are led by the Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan, the Rev. Ernie Lewis, the Rev. Margaret Grayden, the Rev. Anne Beatty, and Jim Schaal. Even if you missed it in Lent, you are most welcome to jump in for the Easter season—and you can even get a head start on Acts with Alex Leach on Sunday morning, April 8!

For More Information
Please contact Jim Schaal, Christian Formation Chair, at  or 773-818-1143. 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 at . You may also copy events to your personal Google calendar from the St. Martin’s church calendar at