PAC Groups to meet this weekend

Northern Exposure PAC meets 5:30 to 7:30 pm Dec. 4. Deb and RPaul Smith will host, but not at their home. The group gathers at the Black Horse Run Club House, 11701 Black Horse Run, Raleigh.

Southsiders Parish Area Care group meets 5:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 3, at the home of Carolyn Edge, 101 Keith wood Lane, Cary, 27511-7235.

Parish Area Care groups meet in members’ homes for a potluck meal and fun. Call the church office to find which PAC is yours.

Advent Bible Study, Part 1 – Sunday, December 4

Using the Old Testament readings assigned for Advent as well as readings provided by the facilitator, this will be an opportunity for thoughtful reflection upon “the reason for the season.” David Carter, leader of our Monday Night Bible Study group, will facilitate the discussion. Please join us this Sunday, December 4, at 9:30 a.m. in CLC-4 for this first of two sessions.

Larry Gaissert

Monday Night Bible Study meets Dec. 5

The Monday Night Bible Study meets Dec. 5 to discuss Matthew, chapters 21 through 23, using as our discussion guide Paul J. McCarren’s A Simple Guide to Matthew pages 109 through 125 as well as chapter 9 of James W. Ermatinger’s Daily Life in the New Testament.
We will meet, for the foreseeable future, at the home of John and Susan Dellinger. John and Susan reside at 805 Richmond St. in Raleigh, near North Hills Mall.
If you have questions, contact David Carter at 919-833-6020.  As always, all are welcome!


Adult class focuses on Advent

Adult Christian education class meets at 9:30 Sunday mornings. Advent Bible study is set for Dec. 4 and 11. Using the Old Testament readings assigned for Advent as well as readings provided by the facilitator, this will be an opportunity for thoughtful reflection upon “the reason for the season.”  David Carter, leader of our Monday Night Bible Study group, will facilitate the discussion, the first of two parts that concludes on Dec. 11.

Our St. Nicholas potluck lunch is Sunday, Dec. 4; Wilburn gifts are due

Thanks to the generosity of St. Mark’s, 55 children at Wilburn Elementary will have a wonderful Christmas, with each child receiving two toys, a new book and a shirt.
The deadline for these Angel Tree gifts is this Sunday, Dec. 4. Bring your wrapped and tagged gifts to the Community Life Center between 9 am and the end of the St. Nicholas potluck luncheon.
Don’t forget to bring a dish to share at the luncheon.
  Remember to put a tag on each of the gifts with your child’s number, first name and last initial. If you are giving all four of the gifts to a child, in addition to wrapping and tagging each gift separately, please put the gifts in a large gift bag that also has a tag on it with the child’s number, first name and last initial.
St. Mark’s and other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will host a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the school cafeteria. St. Mark’s members are invited to attend the Holiday Party at Wilburn.
Questions? Contact Lynne Poole at or 919-781-3453.


Giving in the true spirit of Christ

Do you hate the holiday rush; the emphasis on materialistic gifts; and the pressure to find just the perfect gift? St. Mark’s has the ideal solution for you – one that will not only help you but will support worthy causes near and dear to the hearts of many.
This year we include two organizations that provide specific support to those hurt by Hurricane Matthew.
Grace Sved is once again organizing this effort. Instead of getting in to the holiday madness and losing sight of the true meaning of Christmas, consider a donation to one of these nonprofit organizations.
You can make the donation in honor or in memory of someone. All contributions are tax-deductible:

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

Interact of Wake County

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Friends of Fundal

Malawi Children’s Village

Beginning this Sunday, Dec. 4, through Dec. 18, you may purchase a gift at a table in our Community Life Center. You can select from a variety of cards designed for the occasion. Each card will include a description of the organization to which you are contributing.
Take the pressure off and participate in St. Mark’s Alternative Gift Giving program. All of the donations will be given to the designated cause.
For more information, contact Grace Sved.


Annual Meeting report

The community known as Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church convened its Annual Meeting on Sunday, 20 November, after a combined 9:30 service led by Rev. Lauren Kilbourn.

Senior Warden Virginia Cleary called the meeting to order and reported on the state of the parish as well as the search for a new rector.  Deacon Sallie Simpson gave what she said was to be her last Deacon’s report and Junior Warden Lou Aiello reported on the status of the Stewardship Campaign.

In the Vestry elections, John Thoma, Jessie Maeck, Hope Ethington, and Lauren Kirkpatrick were elected to the Vestry.

Dave Crum gave a demonstration of the updated church website and John Monahan explained the church’s current financial condition.   After a brief Question & Answer session, the meeting was adjourned  and we all headed to the CLC for some delicious barbecue.

Help us provide gift bags for women prisoners

St. Mark’s will again participate in creating gift bags for the women in the minimum security unit of the NC Women’s Prison. Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women is sponsoring the bags for all women in the unit. There are fewer items this year, but we have to follow the list exactly, including size of items. If you would like to either make a bag following the list below, bring some items to fill out some partially created bags, or make a small donation, please contact Sara Stohler at 919-821-4338.  Sunday, Dec. 11, is the deadline for bringing your items or money to St. Mark’s.

Each bag should include exactly the following contents in a clear plastic Ziplock bag:


  • 1 body wash (12 to 14oz each, assorted scents)
  • 1 toothpaste (5.5-6 oz. tubes)
  • Journal (“marble composition book” style, but all colors and varieties of covers are acceptable and encouraged)
  • 1 pen
  • 1 plastic-wrapped microwavable popcorn
  • 10 individually wrapped hard candies (peppermint and butterscotch

Please also include some sort of holiday card, or decorative sheet of paper with a Christmas greeting in the bag – something to make the clear plastic bag look festive and like a gift! But, no names of specific people at the church.

They cannot include stickers or glue.

Parish to meet Nov. 20 after single 9:30 service

Our annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, Nov. 20, following a single, combined worship service at 9:30 am.

The meeting, which will include the election of four new Vestry members, follows in the Centrum. We are seeking candidates for Vestry; if you would like to run please speak to a current Vestry member.

After the Parish meeting we all gather in our Community Life Center for a catered lunch.

Child care will be provided for the entire event.