St. Mark’s ministry to women leaving prison wins grant

Look for an article in this month’s The Disciple that highlights work related to a Mission Endowment Grant that cites the work of St. Mark’s with Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women, most specifically our Re-Entry Support Circle.
The purpose of The Mission Endowment Grant is to establish “the Episcopal presence of Christ in communities in ways that bring the community to see Christ’s presence among them.” A unique feature of the grant is that it allows for partnerships with community and interfaith organizations, requiring only that one participating member of the project be associated with the diocese. In November 2017, the N.C. Diocese awarded the following grant, with St. Mark’s as the party associated with the diocese.
Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women: $25,000 a year for two years.

To partially fund a Mentor and Outreach Manager position which will serve ministries at the N.C. Correctional Institute for Women; First Presbyterian, Raleigh and St. Mark’s, Raleigh. This person will implement an outreach plan for the organization to build community involvement and awareness.
This grant was initiated by our former Deacon, Sallie Simpson, and Ron Aycock, then chair of Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women. St. Mark’s Re-entry Support Circle is the pilot project for Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women and Catholic Charities joint effort to establish support for women released from prison. Co-chairs of St. Mark’s Circle are Carol Monahan and Ann Stokes. Other members include Lynne Poole, Linda Bamford, Becky Brownlee, and Sara Stohler, along with Clarissa Schaeffer (Yavneh) and Linda Burton.

Yavneh invites all to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur


Yavneh, A Jewish Renewal Community, welcomes the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill community at our High Holiday worship services, as Rabbi Raachel Jurovics and Cantor Karen Kumin lead us on a spiritual journey through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the most sacred holy days of our tradition.
​​  Rosh Hashanah starts the evening of Sept. 9. We invite you to make yourself at home in our warm, welcoming and spiritually energized community. We meet at St. Mark’s, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh.

The egalitarian service is conducted in a combination of Hebrew (with full transliteration) and English, drawing from both the traditional liturgy and a variety of modern interpretations. Cantor Kumin, along with our volunteer singers and musicians, inspires us with niggunim (Hasidic melodies), prayers, and songs.
Participants represent a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds at every level of knowledge and observance. All are warmly welcomed regardless of affiliation, age, race, gender identity, or sexual orientation. There is no cost to attend, although we do ask that those who are financially able make a donation to help cover expenses.


Three things you can do to save the refugee resettlement program

Ruth Mufandaedza of St. Mark’s sends along the following:

Reports are that the annual Presidential Determination for Refugee Admissions for fiscal year 2019 will be set at 45,000 refugees – the same as the current figure. Some reports suggest the administration is considering setting the goal as low as 25,000.

Dropping below 45,000, which is already the lowest refugee admissions goal in the history of the program, ignores our humanitarian commitment to resettle refugees, undermines our long history of leadership on refugee protection, and will damage our foreign policy and national security interests. Americans believe in refugee resettlement and have opened their arms and hearts to refugees throughout our history. We have the capacity, the knowledge, and the commitment to successfully resettle at least 75,000 refugees in the coming year. To do otherwise is to weaken our nation.

How can you help?
Call your senators and representative.
Sample script: “I’m your constituent from [city/town], and I urge you to support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. I strongly oppose rumors that the U.S. will release an all-time low cap on refugee admissions. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration commits to resettling at least 75,000 refugees for fiscal year 2019. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.

My community welcomes refugees and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”

You can also tweet at your Senators & Representatives , the president @realDonaldTrump, Vice President Mike Pence @VP, and Secretary of State Pompeo @SecPompeo.
Join Refugee Council USA’s August Month of Advocacy! Take a look at ways to advocate to protect the resettlement program and ensure the U.S. welcomes at least 75,000 refuges in fiscal year 2019.

Your voice matters.


This Sunday, Aug. 5, join us for a preview of our 2018-18 stewardship campaign

Stop by after the 10:30 service on Sunday, Aug. 5, for fellowship and to celebrate the We Respond stewardship campaign and get a preview of the 2018-2019 Imagine campaign.
Along with Coffee Hour, provided by Mike and Debbie Hostetter, the Stewardship Committee will give an update on the current 2017-2018 We Respond campaign. The presentation will feature the status of our pledges along with the programs that St. Mark’s commissions have worked on throughout the year.
In addition to reviewing the successes of the current campaign, the committee will preview the 2018-2019 “Imagine” campaign which will be unveiled at our annual stewardship dinner on Friday, Sept. 28.

Please bring Wilburn school supplies by Aug. 19

School supplies are needed for Wilburn Elementary. The deadline is Sunday, Aug. 19. Please leave your donations in the box in the Concourse. What’s needed:
  Girls backpacks, Fiskar scissors, rulers, colored pencils, crayons, white 8-by-11 printer paper, wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, sheet protectors, three-ring zipper pouches, plain plastic folders with two pockets and fasteners, color and black Expo markers, highlighters, No. 2 pencils, erasers, protractors, 1.5-inch three-ring binders (with pockets), Post-it note pads, tissue, sandwich and gallon size Ziploc-type bags

Fr. Tyrone will speak on National Arts Administrators conference in Houston

Our rector, Fr. Tyrone, invites you to the conclusion of three special adult formation events this Sunday at 9:30 am in our Community Life Center. With Reflections on Building Communities of the Future , Fr. Tyrone will tell us of the National Arts Administrators conference he attended in Houston, where he presented a well-received paper on “Black Placemaking.” He will discuss this concept and the impact it could have on St. Mark’s as we establish the arts initiative and engage surrounding neighborhoods.

Newcomers welcome to adult formation sessions with rector

Our rector, Fr. Tyrone, invites you to participate in three special Adult Formation events over the next three Sundays at 9:30 am in our Community Life Center.

Sunday, July 22
Coffee and Conversation for Visitors, Inquirers and New Members
If you are new to the St. Mark’s community and would like to learn more about our parish, Fr. Tyrone would like to meet you over coffee and give you a chance to ask questions about our faith tradition, history, membership and parish life.
  This session is primarily
for newcomers.

Sunday, July 29
Reflections on “Full of Your Glory: Liturgy, Cosmos and Creation”
Fr. Tyrone will share reactions to his latest continuing education opportunity at the Yale Liturgy Conference at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He will also discuss some of our own worship practices at St. Mark’s. All are welcome!

Sunday, August 5
Reflections on “Building Communities of the Future”
Fr. Tyrone also attended the National Arts Administrators Conference in Houston and presented a well-received paper on “Black Placemaking.”  He will discuss this concept and the impact it could have on St. Mark’s as we further establish the arts initiative and engage our surrounding neighborhood. All are welcome!

Help needed with food truck for hungry kids

You can volunteer for one day a week or several

St. Mark’s and the New Hope Road Alliance are seeking volunteers to serve lunches this summer to low-income children in our area. Folks are needed Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. You can choose to volunteer for just one day or several. The lunches are delivered by a food truck to disadvantaged neighborhoods.

This summer program run by Wake County provides funding for meals when schools are closed in neighborhoods where more than 50 percent of children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

To learn more about volunteering, contact Ellie DeMeglio, Sarah or Hugh Stohler or Linda Bamford. For more information go to: food-truck-volunteers/

This Sunday, our Canadian members host Community Time

Please join us for a special Community Time on July 1 after the 10:30 service to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday. The event is sponsored by your Canadian friends at St. Mark’s.

Canada Day is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three colonies of CanadaNova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single dominion within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in various locations around the world, attended by Canadians living abroad.