Omaha Children's Choir South Omaha Branch meets on Thursday evenings. Check our calendar for dates and times. Link to Choir Website and Registration.
South High Teen Parent Pantry - This started years ago and has grown to clothes, toys and other baby needs. No diapers = No daycare = Skipping School = Possible failure to graduate. Current Needs List
Emergency Food Pantry We have a small pantry for people in need. WE also provide Traveling Lunch (lunch sacks with food a drink for a day)Current Food Needs
Clothesline Ministry This started with a St. Martin of Tours coat give-a-way on Nov. 11, 2015, St. Martin's Day. We now provide DONATED clothing and accessories every week. Current Clothesline Ministry Sign.
FELLOWSHIP: We have an after service fellowship for everyone. It's free. It is called Second Table here. There is always plenty of food and fresh coffee. We also have an adult Lectionary discussion group if you want to join in.
DRESS CODE: There really isn't a dress code. Some people get dressed up, some wear jeans and T-shirts. We just ask that you cover private body parts. Shirts and shoes are always welcome.
CHILDREN: Sunday School meets every other week. There is also a large area in the back where children can quietly romp, read and play. A basket of activity materials is also provided. The rug is cleaned after every service.
BELLS AND SMELLS: We do us incense and ring the bells. We hope the smell is pleasant. Let us know if it smells bad!
MUSIC: Music is traditional, modern, from many backgrounds, requested by the congregation, and driven by the Gospel. We are open to suggestions as long as it is live.
VISITORS We are a small congregation and appreciate all visitors, guest and potential members. If I missed a FAQ just ask Ann at email@example.com.
WHO IS ST. MARTIN OF TOURS: Saint Martin of Tours started out as a Roman soldier then was baptized as an adult and became a monk. It is understood that he was a kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The best known legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying from the cold. That night he dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak. Martin heard Jesus say to the angels, "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed me."
St. Martin was known as friend of the children and patron of the poor.
The holiday (St. Martin's Day or Martinmas) originated in France, then spread to England, Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. It celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of harvesting.
Bishop Perpetuus of Tours, who died in 490, ordered fasting three days a week from the day after Saint Martin's Day (11 November). In the 6th century, local councils required fasting on all days except Saturdays and Sundays from Saint Martin's Day to Epiphany (the feast of baptism on January 6), a period of 56 days, but of 40 days fasting, like the fast of Lent. It was therefore called Quadragesima Sancti Martini (Saint Martin's Lent). This period of fasting was later shortened and called "Advent" by the Church.
The goose became a symbol of St. Martin of Tours because of a legend that when trying to avoid being ordained bishop he had hidden in a goose pen, where he was betrayed by the cackling of the geese. St. Martin's feast day falls in November, when geese are ready for killing. St. Martin’s Day was an important medieval autumn feast, and the custom of eating goose spread to Sweden from France. It was primarily observed by the craftsmen and noblemen of the towns. In the peasant community, not everyone could afford to eat goose, so many ate duck or hen instead.
Though no mention of Saint Martin's connection with viticulture is made by Gregory of Tours or other early hagiographers, he is nonetheless credited with a prominent role in spreading wine-making throughout the Touraine region and facilitating the planting of many vines. The Greek myth that Aristaeus first discovered the concept of pruning the vines after watching a goat eat some of the foliage has been appropriated to Martin. Martin is also credited with introducing the Chenin blanc grape varietal, from which most of the white wine of western Touraine and Anjou is made.