St. Mark’s will hold regular services, classes on Sept. 16

To the Community of St. Mark’s,

Hurricane Florence has made landfall and has moved southwardland then westward across South Carolina —avoiding much of the Triangle area.

The storm has weakened quite a bit and the threat has been downgraded to tropical storm conditions. However, wind gusts, heavy rains and severe flooding are still possibilities.

With that, here is the plan for services and activities on Sunday, Sept. 16:

Preparation for services should begin Saturday by the Altar Guild, Flower Committee, hospitality and other groups.

Normal services will take place at 8:30 and 10:30 am.

Adult Formation with Jackson Doyle’s new Theology Study-Series begins at 9:30 AM in the Community Life Center.

Christian Education, including Godly Play, Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood as well as nursery care services resume.

Following the 10:30 service, the Social Action Committee meets with a program and light lunch.

If conditions in the Triangle area change dramatically and for the worse, then these plans may be altered.

Even so, you should exercise judgement when traveling, walking and moving about the area.

You should travel only if the conditions in your area and final destination allow you to safely do so.

At the end of the day, all we really need is a Bible, prayer book, altar, bread, wine and each other to make community.

God Bless,

I look forward to seeing you soon.

The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes, Rector

Christian education year begins Sept. 9; classes for adults, teens, tweens and tots

In addition to all the fun that will take place in the Courtyard beginning at 9 am this Sunday, please join us in Adult Formation at 9:30 am in the Community Life Center for a session of talk and introduction of our newest Adult Formation facilitators and coordinators: Jackson Doyle, Georgia McEwan, Rhonda Moody, Tim Rohde and the Rev. John Wall.
We will preview and discuss our plans for this fall and the early part of next year. Fr. Tyrone will share the results of what Episcopalians (generally) believe. The information will offer and assessment on where our church is today and will underline the basic importance of ongoing formation for Episcopalians.

Classes for children, tweens and teens
In addition to a robust adult program, St. Mark’s offers three youth programs:

  Godly Play
Classes are for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade. Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13
This is a two-year program for ’tweens and young teens. This Sunday we will catch up with what we’ve been doing this summer, discuss possible field trips and play St. Mark’s Jeopardy.

Journey to Adulthood
  This program for high school students at St. Mark’s focuses on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences.
We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a three-year program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person. The group also raises funds for a mission trip that caps the program. Past trips have been taken to the Lakota Reservation in South Dakota and to the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica. Our current J2A group is planning a mission trip to San Francisco.

 

Discussions of “Between the World and Me” begin Oct. 7

As part of St. Mark’s racial reconciliation work, please start reading “Between the World and Me,” by Ta Nehisi Coates. We will have three meetings to discuss this important book.
The book is a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. Please read the first section, to page 71, before our first session. An audio version is available from Amazon.
We will have the discussion on three Sundays in our Community Life Center, beginning on Oct. 7.
Novelist Toni Morrison wrote that Coates filled an intellectual gap in succession to James Baldwin. Editors of The New York Times and The New Yorker described the book as exceptional. The book won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis,” said the website GoodReads. “Americans have built an empire on the idea of ‘race,’ a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men – bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?”
“In a media world populated with pundits, so-called experts and public intellectuals driven by ego and familiar agendas, Coates’s voice stands nearly alone,” said The New York Times.

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.