Message from the Rector regarding St. Mark’s and Coronavirus

  • Edited 03/18 to update the longer suspension of services and meetings, and to add a link to the Bishops’ new statement.
  • Edited 03/22 to add Rector’s message.

In light of the state of emergency and by order of the Diocese of North Carolina, all Episcopal parishes will be closed through July 1, 2020.  All worship services, meetings, activities and use of our buildings by outside groups will be suspended at St. Mark’s throughout this time.  We invite you to return here to our website where prayer resources and important updates will be provided.

For the rectors complete message of March 22, click here.

For the rectors message of March 18, click here.

For the Bishops’ message of March 17, click here.

For more information and the Rector’s complete message of March 12 click here.

For helpful information about the COVID19 Coronavirus and how to protect yourself and those around you click here.

Diocese of NC sets guidelines regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus

Please be aware of the actions taken by the Bishops of the Diocese of North Carolina to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Statement Summary

IT HAS BEEN DECIDED that for a period of at least two weeks starting this weekend, including the next two Sundays, we are directing all of our churches to suspend all in-person worship. The two-week minimum time span is significant as it matches the known incubation period for the virus following exposure. As we approach Sunday, March 29, we will evaluate the situation and determine whether it is recommended and advisable for public services to resume.

All non-worship gatherings are also to be cancelled, postponed or moved online.

Complete Statement

The complete statement of 03/12 can be found here: https://www.episdionc.org/blog/bishops-coronavirus-response-0312/

The statement from 03/11 can be found here. https://www.episdionc.org/blog/bishops-coronavirus-response-0311/

Lenten Study-Series

In conjunction with the Diocese of North Carolina’s diocesan-wide book-read, we will be spending time with two important books: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman and Waking up White by Debby Irving. This event will take place in the Community Life Center, the meal begins at 6:30 PM and the Presentation at 7:30.

Racial Equity Institute Upcoming Training at St. Mark’s

REI’s two-day Phase 1 training is designed to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms. Moving away from a focus on personal bigotry and bias, this workshop presents a historical, cultural, and structural analysis of racism. With shared language and a clearer understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, participants should leave the training better equipped to begin to work for change. Friday and Saturday, Mar 20-21, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple visits St. Mark’s

One Service at 10:30 AM, March 1

Bishop Suffragan, Anne Hodges-Copple is set to visit St. Mark’s on March 1,
  • 9:00 am Gathering
  • 9:30 am Bishop Hodges-Copple will lead adult formation
  • 10:30 am Holy Eucharist –Bishop Hodges-Copple preaching and presiding

A festive reception with the bishop will follow Holy Eucharist and then she will meet with the Vestry

Shrove Tuesday is Feb 25

Celebrating Shrove Tuesday at St. Mark’s

February 25, 6:30pm in the CLC

Featuring:

‘Picadillo’- A Favorite Cuisine of Latin American Countries

Live Music by Bobby Moody

50/50 Raffle

Cost: $10 at the door

Includes dinner and wine bar

Proceeds benefit St. Mark’s Music Ministry

Social Action/Racial Reconciliation announcements for 2/5/20

NHRA General Meeting Thursday Feb 13 1:00-2:15 p.m. at St. Mark’s

The next general meeting of the New Hope Road Alliance will be Thursday, Feb 13, 1:00-2:15 p.m., in the CLC at St. Mark’s. Agenda will include:

  • Planning for Teacher appreciation lunch for Wilburn April 22
  • Update on Wilburn parent ESL class
  • Update on ministry to YouthBuild
  • Update on Raleigh Milbank community garden – restart in early spring
  • Update on Read and Feed – new lead teacher is in place
  • Report on tour of Neighbor to Neighbor Jan 27
  • Debrief Wilburn holiday party Dec 9

As always, all are welcome at all NHRA meetings!

The New Hope Road Alliance (NHRA) is an alliance of four faith communities on New Hope Road which have joined together with the common goal of serving our changing neighborhood.

Racial Reconciliation Book Group Resumes Sunday Feb 23

12:15-1:30 in the CLC

To start off the new decade, we will make a first pass at examining the concept of reparations. Please read an introductory article from The Atlantic Magazine: “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. You will find the article as a chapter in Coates’ book We Were Eight Years in Power. As always, come with your observations and questions. For more information, speak to Rhonda Moody, Georgia McEwan, or Jessie Maeck.

Heads Up! The NAACP Announces the annual Moral March for Social Justice

HKonJ People’s Assembly 

Mass Moral March on Raleigh

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Gather at the corner of Wilmington & South Street near Shaw University Raleigh, NC. Begin Gathering 8:30 a.m. Pre Rally at 9:00 a.m.   March begins at 10 a.m.

Happening Now at St. Marks

The Annual Meeting Preview and Annual Meeting Sunday January 26

Please join Fr. Tyrone and our Sr. Warden, John Thoma in previewing the topics at this year’s Annual Meeting at Adult Forum at 9:30 am in the Community Life Center.

Following Holy Eucharist, the Rector officially call the Annual Meeting to order. We will elect Vestry members, present the 2020 budget and reflect together on the future vision of our parish. As it is a time for the entire parish to be together, there will only be one service at 10:30 am that day.

J2A Pilgrimage Report, February 9

The Journey to Adulthood pilgrims invite you to join them after our 10:30 service during Community Time on Feb. 9 for refreshments and a presentation of last summer’s pilgrimage in New York City. Come hear their reflections and see pictures from this incredible trip. Sunday, February 9 at 9:30 am in the Community Life Center.

St. Mark’s is a proud member of ONE Wake

Wake County Sponsors is now ONE Wake! ONE Wake has been formed with the goal to assemble a locally controlled, broad-based, non-partisan organization capable of taking effective public action to resolve the top pressures facing families and communities across Wake County. Affordable Housing, Quality Jobs, and Education are our major priorities.

Your next chance to become involved will be a Countywide Leaders Meeting Thurs Jan 30, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Common Thread Church, 1417 Clifton St, Raleigh. This will be a good time for new people to join in.

You can find ONE Wake at www.onewake.org, and www.facebook.com/ONEWAKEIAF. St. Mark’s is a proud member of ONE Wake. For more information: Georgia McEwan, Rhonda Moody, Jessie Maeck. To participate in ride-sharing contact Jessie Maeck.

Racial Reconciliation Book Group Resumes Sunday Feb 23 12:15-1:30 in the CLC

To start off the new decade, we will make a first pass at examining the concept of reparations. Please read an introductory article from The Atlantic Magazine: “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Download the article at https://www.theatlantic.com/ magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case -for-reparations/361631/ Or you will find the same article as a chapter in Coates’ book We Were Eight Years in Power. As always, come with your observations and questions. For more information, speak to Rhonda Moody, Georgia McEwan, or Jessie Maeck.


Services for Jan. 5 and 12

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, 10:30 am, Second Sunday after Christmas and the Eve of Epiphany

Celebrating God’s Abundance: An Ingathering of Financial Commitments for 2020

As we enter the season of Epiphany, we celebrate the visitation of the Magi to the place of Jesus’ birth having followed a star. Upon finding the child, they offered him the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh—each having important significance as the Gospel of Jesus unfolds. At this service, we also celebrate the gifts we bring to the community of St. Marks through our pledges and financial commitments for 2020. We also offer ourselves to the community of Christ as we serve God in this place and time. A festive reception will follow this service. (One service this Sunday)

Fr. Tyrone leads Adult Formation: January 5 at 9:30am in the Community Life Center

Topic: The Year that’s Coming On: Reflections on, For a New Beginning by poet John Donahue

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, 10:30 am, The First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

On this Sunday, we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord Jesus who came into a renewed sense of call and purpose after being driven into the wilderness following his baptism. We welcome new members and renew our own baptism vows and recall how our purpose and commitments in life are being renewed day by day. (One service this Sunday)

Fr. Tyrone leads Adult Formation: January 12 at 9:30am in the Community Life Center

Topic: On Baptism: God and Humanity in Covenant Relationship

Christmas Eve Service, Tuesday, Dec. 24

  • Tuesday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 7:30 pm music; 8 pm Holy Eucharist: Feast of the Nativity.
  • Sunday, Dec. 29, 10:30 am; The First Sunday after Christmas Day (one service)
  • Sunday, Jan. 5, 10:30 am, Second Sunday after Christmas and Eve of Epiphany (one service)

Please join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Come journey through Advent with Br. Daniel-Chad on Dec. 7

Br. Daniel-Chad, guardian-elect of the Community of the Gospel, returns to St. Mark’s this Advent to stir our hearts as we journey
through this sacred season.

Br. Daniel-Chad, guardian-elect of the Community of the Gospel

We all await light in the darkness and chaos of our individual lives and of society. This year’s Advent quiet day will be on Saturday,
Dec. 7, from 10 am to 2 pm in our Community Life Center. Participants will begin their journey to Bethlehem through contemplative individual and group exercises, including silence, visualization, conversation, journaling and Biblical reflection.

Bring your crèche

To add visual enrichment to the quiet day, participants are invited to bring their family’s crèche for display. Br. Daniel-Chad
will bring his favorite crèche, made in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Participants will return home with a beautiful booklet of Advent reflections for personal use in the days leading to Christmas.

Think of this quiet day as a one-day retreat where we will prepare the eyes of our hearts to behold the light of the Holy One.

Please RSVP with Jackie McLaurin at jmclaurin@stmarks-ral.org.

Meals on Wheels delivery is Nov. 25

We deliver Meals On Wheels on Monday, Nov. 25.

After deliveries, we hope you will join us for lunch at Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant, 5111 Western Blvd., at 12:30 pm. If you can join us, please let us know and we will arrange for a separate room for us to meet. Good food and good fellowship. You can join us even if you are not delivering that day.

JoAnne and Carl Bass

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.