The church sanctuary buzzed with excitement and anticipation as St. Martin-in-the-Fields welcomed the Rev. Scot McComas at a joyful worship service. The church filled with quite a crowd of folks eager to get a sneak peek at our newly called rector. Father Scot will officially begin his ministry on February 9 at St. Martin’s.  It was great to see so many faces and smiles greet Fr. Scot. His visit seemed especially appropriate during the season of Advent; a time where we are called to watch and wait for new life to begin.
Senior Warden Bob Bess, Chairman of the Search Committee Richard Cabes, Fr. Scot, and the congregation participated in the litany of welcome:

After the litany, Fr. Scot addressed the congregation and made a request:

Fr. Scot spoke about the commitment he is making to St. Martin’s with his time, ministry and monetary pledge. Holding up his own pledge card, he encouraged all to prayerfully consider the future of St. Martin’s. Fr. Scot asked those who have pledged to dig deeper and see if they might be able to add to their pledge.

“Think about the joy of the new possibilities in the life of this chapter of St. Martin’s!” said Fr. Scot.

Following the service, many gathered for a barbecue dinner in the education building, with homemade baked goods and lots of great conversations.  It was a time to reconnect with old friends, get acquainted with newcomers and chat with Fr. Scot. Church volunteers ran a wine bar to collect donations for Fr. Scot’s beneficiary fund, to help those in need. At the dinner, Bob Bess presented Fr. Scot with a St. Martin-in-the-Fields name tag. St. Martin’s Radical Hospitality group seeks to give all adults a name tag to officially make newcomers feel welcome to join St. Martin’s family.
Fr. Scot is indeed a welcome addition to our church family! Want to see more fun moments captured during Fr. Scot’s visit?
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