The Wedding of St. Martin’s by the Lake

Because we believe the Gospel transforms, renews and changes lives, St. Martin’s by the Lake is a vibrant Christian dating community welcoming all to Worship our God, Grow our Faith and Love our world.

What is a Mail Order Bride?

The idea of a mail order bride originated on the American frontier during the mid-1800s, when men migrated west in search of wealth and prosperity. Although most of these men were successful financially, few women were available to marry in the West.

These men wrote to churches and published personal advertisements in magazines, searching for women to marry. These women then responded with letters and photographs of themselves. The idea eventually spread. But despite these initial concerns, the concept has since been greatly improved by laws passed by the federal government.

Mail order brides register their profiles on specialized websites to search for suitable partners for marriage. These women are usually looking for men with serious intentions and goals. They do not wish to be involved in a casual dating relationship with someone who doesn’t care about their goals. Furthermore, a mail order bride will never waste their time with a non-serious or unpredictable man. In addition to this, mail order brides are screened before entering a serious relationship with them.

While mail order brides may be a convenient option for men, they should not be used to chatting with girls for hours on end. They should be aware of the fact that mail order brides often have busy schedules.

Besides, many of these online sites have strict membership rules and may not accept a new member without prior authorization. Therefore, it is important to check the requirements of the site before signing up. Most reliable mail order bride services will allow you to share your background and preferences with the potential bride.

A mail order bride’s choice should be carefully considered, since it can sometimes be a surprisingly difficult task to narrow down the many options. However, the right person can help you find the best match. In the US, the mail order bride’s choice is the largest, with millions of women being paired with men from different countries. This service is also known as international dating. The popularity of mail order brides means that there are thousands of marriages every year.

Mail order brides are single women from foreign countries seeking a husband. Their intentions are clear: they are not looking for casual hookups or typical marriages. They are seeking a long-term international commitment and are ready to leave their native country for a better life. Mail order brides are often older women, with children, or both. These women are usually educated, professional, and willing to relocate to the US if they find their dream man.

Mail order brides are not looking for the cheapest or most exclusive relationship. But they can find quality matches for a fair price. As long as they meet basic criteria, such as the appearance and personality traits, a mail order bride service can be a good choice. But before you make the decision to join a mail order bride service, check the profile’s diversity and last online date. You might be surprised by what you find!

The Services of Holy Week

Maundy Thursday

7:00p.m., with Foot Washing, Holy Communion and the Stripping of the Altar and All-Night Prayer Vigil.

Good Friday

7:00p.m., with the Service of Tenebrae, a Service of Shadows, that begins in the light moves into the dark, with Lessons and Choir.

Easter Vigil

8:00p.m., with Choral Eucharist, moving from darkness into light, with the first Communion of Easter and a Festal Reception.

Easter Day

8:30a.m. & 10:30a.m., with joyful songs and preaching to inspire our faith in the Risen Christ! Easter Egg Hunt for the children following both services.

Invite Your Friends and Family to Easter Worship!

Easter Sunday is the most joyous day in the life of the Church. This year we will sing the joyful songs you know, with a sermon to inspire Faith for Real Life! There’ll even be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids following both services. Please feel free to share our Facebook ad, which has already been seen by over 1,000 people, with your friends and family: St. Martin’s Easter Facebook Ad

All Night Prayer Vigil: Can you not watch with me one hour?

After the Last Supper Jesus went with his friends to the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed, awaiting his betrayal and arrest. Rather than joining him, his friends slept. Jesus question to them, “Can you not watch with me one hour?” has inspired Christians since then to commit to praying a vigil from Maundy Thursday through on Good Friday. You are invited to come and watch and pray with Jesus at the Altar of Repose. We will have a sign up this Sunday, for one hour increments from 8:00p.m., Maundy Thursday, through 8:00a.m. Good Friday.

Holy Week Children’s Gallery

This Sunday, and throughout Holy Week, all are invited to explore our Children’s SPLASH Zone Glowing Art Gallery. Our SPLASH Zone Arts kids have created a “Glowing Gallery” illustrating our Journey with Jesus. The space is lit with black light and glowing art created by the children to symbolize Jesus’s final days. Please follow the signs downstairs to the Gallery to see what the children have created and spend a moment with this amazing Art Show.


We are just 80 pounds shy of collecting our goal of 1 ton of food by Easter Sunday. Last week members of the St. Martin’s Vestry contributed 220 pounds (the same amount as the Foundation the week before–how did THAT happen?), which puts us within reach of 2000 pounds.

This week we’re hoping EVERYONE will bring a bag (or two!) of non-perishable food or hygiene items to one or all of our services: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Vigil and of course, Easter Sunday.

This has been a huge church-wide effort and we thank everyone who has given so generously. We’ll announce the results in next week’s e-blast and bulletin. ..stay tuned!


With every blessing,