Make Christmas merry for a Wilburn child

Holiday gifts Once again we have the chance to provide presents for students identified by the school social worker.  The names of 50 children and their wish-lists will be available in the Concourse this Sunday, Nov. 3, and on Nov. 10, after the 8:30 and 10:30 services. Each child will receive two gifts: a new toy and a new book. Wrapped and tagged gifts should be brought to church on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Knitted gifts New mittens, hats, and scarves will be distributed at the holiday party. We need sizes for kindergartners through fifth-graders.  Please bring your knitted items to church on Sunday, Dec 1.

Holiday Party You may sign up at tables in the Concourse Nov. 3 and 10 to join the fun at the Holiday Party on Dec. 9, hosted at Wilburn by the New Hope Road Alliance on Monday, Dec. 9, 5:15 to 7 pm. Socialize, serve holiday snacks, hear the Wilburn student chorus sing holiday favorites, and celebrate with our students and their families. Eight volunteers are needed.

  For more information or to sign up directly, contact Jessie Maeck.

Wilburn Elementary is our neighborhood school.  The New Hope Road Alliance (NHRA) is comprised of  four faith communities, joined with the goal of service to our neighborhood.

Helping women inmates rejoin society

Donate items in the Concourse on Sunday, Nov. 17, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 15

During Advent St. Mark’s will receive items for women at the minimum security unit of the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women. Some of the items will go to the Women’s Service Club inside the prison where the women launch projects to assist other women.

This year the Service Club is looking to give toiletry items to each woman for Christmas. Why toiletries? The system at the prison is that each woman buys her own items unless she is determined to be indigent. The items the women get are the cheapest sort and those that are paid for come at inflated prices. We also know that good toiletries are a way a woman can feel better about herself and feel more connected to her past.

Other items will be for Hope Bags. Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women gives each woman who is being released a nice bag as she leaves. While some women will go home to family and friends that can help them buy initial supplies, others leave with only a few dollars and no waiting friends. The Hope Bag says that there are people thinking of them and wishing them well as they start their new life.

These items are for both Service Club and Hope Bags  Body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush. hand/body lotion, small journal, lip balm (Burt’s Bees or Carmex), gel pens. Deodorant, microwave popcorn packages, nice soap.

The following are for Hope Bags only $25 gift card to Walmart, socks, small blanket or quilt.

You can bring one item or several. We will start collecting items in the Concourse on Sunday, Nov. 17, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 15. For further information, contact Sara Stohler.

Racial Equity workshop Nov. 8, 9

St. Mark’s will host a Racial Equity Institute (REI) Phase I Workshop in the Community Life Center on Nov. 8 and 9. Admission is closed; 55 people are attending.

We will provide breakfast, lunch and  two snacks for both days; please let us know if you can donate a dish.  See Meta Wilson for details on donation of food.  Thank you in advance.

Moving the focus from individual bigotry and bias, the REI Phase I workshop presents a historical, cultural, structural and institutional analysis. REI believes that organizations often work for equity with multiple understandings of racism that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion.

Noted human rights activist to lead Adult Formation Nov. 10

Devin Ross of the Industrial Areas Foundation will be the speaker for Adult Formation on Nov. 10.

Ross is one of the three IAF organizers who is supporting the Wake County Sponsors organizing effort. For the last five years Devin has served as the lead organizer for Justice United, the IAF organization in Orange County. During his time there he has organized countywide teams of religious and secular leaders who have won the following:

  • Improvements to 64 units of substandard section 8 housing in Hillsborough.
  • Expanded service on bus routes for working-class families in Chapel Hill.
  • Dismissal of court fees and fines for safe yet unlicensed drivers who had been unable to get or renew their licenses.
  • Doubling teachers of color at Orange County schools.

www.industrialareasfoundation.org/

Portrait of the artist

Lloyd Childers, one of St. Mark’s talented artists, recently presented Bobby Moody, another talented member of our congregation, with a pencil portrait of Bobby and his saxophone.

Meals on Wheels delivery is this Monday

St. Mark’s teams will deliver Meals on Wheels this Monday, Oct. 28.

After delivery, please join us for lunch at Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant, 5111 Western Blvd., around 12:30. If you can, let us know and we will arrange for a separate room. Join us for good food and good fellowship.

Joanne and Carl Bass

Two chances to support students at Wilburn Elementary School!

  • Holiday Gifts! Once again we have the chance to brighten the holiday for students identified by the school social worker. The names of 50 children and their wish lists will be available at a table in the Concourse on Sunday, Nov. 3, after the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Each child will receive 2 gifts: a new toy, and a new book. Wrapped and tagged gifts should be brought to church on Sunday, Dec. 1. You may also sign up to join the fun at the Holiday Party hosted at Wilburn by New Hope Road Alliance on Monday, Dec 9 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Book Fair! Also once again, parishioners are invited to volunteer for the annual book fair in the school library from Nov 1-7. This is a great way to get inside the school and see the good work being done. For details and to sign up for a short shift, go here. We need at least 2 volunteers per time slot to be filled for the book fair.

Our Concourse art gallery is open

Kenyan artist’s work now on display

The works of Ancent Soi, one of the finest Kenyan contemporary self-taught artists, are now featured in the Concourse

Early in the summer, a few generous members provided financial support toward the costly cleaning and repainting of the Concourse. Plans for keeping the artwork secure are also under way. But additional lighting is still needed to complete this project for which we want to raise $4,500. The Visual Arts Committee is inviting you to support this endeavor this coming Sunday.

Checks may be made payable to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with “Art Gallery” in the memo line. As we continue the renovation of our entry space, we are excited at the possibilities of what can emerge.

Thank you for your support!

Racial Reconciliation Book Club resumes with a film

Sunday Oct. 20: Racial Reconciliation Book Club resumes with a film!  12:15 -1:30 p.m in CLC 7.

See a half-hour episode from CBS’s sit-com “The Neighborhood,” first aired April 22. 2019.  There’s plenty to discuss about the characters’ different responses in a racially charged situation.  Grab a snack, hang out briefly at Community Time, then walk down the hall and join us! 

For more information contact Rhonda Moody or Jessie Maeck.

Speak Up about Pressing Social Issues in Wake County

Your Chance to Speak Up about Pressing Social Issues in Wake County: Final Listening Session will be Sun Oct 27 at St. Mark’s

These discussions, directly related to our Pillar of Social Justice/Racial Reconciliation, are part of St. Mark’s commitment to Wake County Sponsors, a new organization for non-partisan social justice advocacy which is setting its first action agenda this fall based on the voices of many citizens all over the county. 

Be heard!  Come and talk about the issues which impact you, your family, your neighborhood.  Sunday, Oct 27, 9:30-10:20 a.m. AND/OR 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the CLC More information: Georgia McEwan, Rhonda Moody, Jessie Maeck

“Book of Life” remembers our loved ones

Each year at St. Mark’s, we remember those who died during the past year when we celebrate the All Saints Day Eucharist.  Our Book of Life is an on-going remembrance that we add to each year.  Look for our Book of Life in the Concourse in which you can print your deceased friends’ and loved ones’ names prior to this year’s service on Nov. 3, 2019. 

Please only include names of those who have died in the past five years (2014-2019)”

Jazz Brunch

Saturday, October 5, 11 am to 1 pm

Celebrating God’s abundance

Stewardship Campaign Kickoff

Speaker: Maureen Cullins

Music: Ben Palmer Trio

PLEASE RSVP ASAP

Grant requests to be accepted through Nov. 3

St. Mark’s has funds to award in Community Outreach Grants for 2019. If you regularly volunteer for a nonprofit organization that could benefit from a donation of funds, notify the organization and invite them to submit an Outreach Grant to the Social Action Committee, or complete one on their behalf.

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, Nov. 3. Funds will be awarded in mid-December. Forms can be downloaded from the St. Mark’s website www.stmarks-ral.org by doing as follows:

On the home page of St. Mark’s website, click on “About Us” Click on “Organization” and then “Documents and Forms” Click on “Outreach” and then “Outreach Application” Print and complete the form (it cannot be completed online) Submit completed form with attachments to Jackie McLaurin in St. Mark’s office, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh 27604 by Nov. 3.

Grant applications will be evaluated mainly on the following criteria:

  • Does the grant support St. Mark’s emphasis on Social Justice as one of its Four Pillars?
  • Is there a strong need for the grant?

Typically grants range from $250 to $1,000.

For more information on grant criteria, or for assistance in getting an application form, contact Jessie Maeck, Vestry liaison for Social Action Commission: 617-549-7285 or jsmaeck@aol.com

Computer upgrade, Friday, Aug 30

Outage expected to last 2 hours

On Friday, August 30 I will be replacing an old and failing computer that acts as our network firewall and router. This computer has been giving indications that the hard drive is starting to fail. It has been my intention to replace it for some time now because it is quite old. It was given to us several years ago by White Memorial so it was already over five years old at that time.

I have already built a replacement computer from one we already had in the office. I plan to start the replacement procedure on Friday the 30th at 9AM. The outage will start shortly after that and should last no more than two hours.

The church email system, including the listserv, and the web site will be unavailable until the procedure is completed.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your patience.

David Both – System Administrator

Thanks from Fr. Tyrone

I thank you for your invitation and accept the call to be Rector of St. Mark’s, Raleigh. I also add my thank you to our Vestry and the people of St. Mark’s for your prayers and thoughtfulness throughout these past two years. I feel it has been a significant time of growth for all of us.

As we continue our work to create community through faith, justice and the arts, I am excited for the numerous ways that our lives can flourish as we engage our neighbors and receive the gifts of visitors and new friends. I look forward to continuing the good work we’ve started in deepening our spirituality, pursuing racial reconciliation and embracing the arts as a tool for community empowerment.

Though the challenges ahead are numerous, together and with the help of God, we can live into the dream that God has for St. Mark’s.

The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes
Fourth Rector