Mysticism in the Bible: Peter’s vision

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center. 

Classes for Jan. 22

Adult class: Mysticism in the Old and New Testaments Are you interested in exploring texts from the Old and New Testaments that point to mystical experiences? Join us for the second of three classes. This Sunday we focus on Acts 10, especially verses 9-23. Facilitator: Dirk Hart
  Godly Play classes 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.

Please join us at Congregations for Social Justice dinner and meeting

Several members of St Mark’s attend the meetings and activities of Congregations for Social Justice. It is a great organization that works to address issues such as affordable housing and re-entry programs for men and women being released from prison. You are invited to the annual dinner for CSJ; please read the notice below.

They prefer that we make one reservation for each faith community, so if you are interested in attending, please let me know no later than noon Jan. 26 and I will send in our list. The cost is $12 per person and is paid at the door.
Sallie Simpson


Congregations for Social Justice  annual meeting is 6 pm Monday, Feb. 6, at Highland United Methodist Church’s Bradley Hall, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh 27607.

Guest speaker is W. David Guice, commissioner of adult correction and juvenile justice, North Carolina Department of Public Safety. He will speak on methods to assure success for prisoners re-entering society.

‘Read and Feed’ at Wilburn: A ministry that nourishes you

St. Mark’s and the New Hope Road Alliance will continue tutoring reading through Read and Feed, a free after-school program at Wilburn Elementary, and we need more tutors.
You are needed to help tutor third- though fifth-graders in reading beginning Feb. 2.
No experience with education and/or tutoring is required.
Training is provided for potential volunteers on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6 to 7:30 pm at the Read and Feed Office, 193 High House Road, Cary. If you are not available that day, other sessions will be available.
Read and Feed is a free, school-based program that meets Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Wilburn Elementary School on Marsh Creek Road (off New Hope Road). You don’t have to be available for every session; however, if possible, you need to be available for 75 percent of the sessions during the year.
As a nonprofit, Read and Feed serves more than 650 children each year at 26 program sites in Raleigh, Apex, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Rolesville, Knightdale and Zebulon. Wilburn Elementary is one of the new sites for the 2016-17 school year.

Our mission
The mission of Read and Feed is to give low-income elementary children an appetite for reading by strengthening literacy skills and providing encouragement in a nurturing environment. The program provides meals, mentors to help children read, and books to build home libraries. After every session, each child takes home three books to keep and to start building a home library.
Tutoring sessions begin with a meal, free to students, which was purchased at a discount from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle or an area restaurant. After dinner, volunteers read to the children, listen to them read aloud and help with reading and spelling.
As a tool for the volunteers, Read and Feed keeps a folder for each child that includes notes on the child’s progress as well as checklists completed by the child’s classroom teacher.
You can learn more about Read and Feed at

Services, Sunday school for Jan. 8 canceled

Good morning St. Mark’s,

Sunday’s services and activities at St. Mark’s are canceled.

We have been monitoring the roads through the handy-dandy WRAL traffic cams, DOT sites, and a nifty site called (Thanks Sallie!).  Under normal weather circumstances, we could count on passable roads by tomorrow, but the bitter cold will inhibit the process.

Thanks for your patience, and enjoy the beauty while it lasts!



Epiphany service canceled; Pollard services rescheduled for Jan. 14

The forecast for significant snow beginning Friday night, Jan. 6, has prompted us to cancel the Epiphany service that was set for Friday night.

The reception and funeral service for Marian Pollard has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14.

We will make a decision about Sunday church services when we assess conditions on Saturday.



Support group for former prisoner meets Sunday, Jan. 8

The new support group for a woman who is re-entering society after serving a prison sentence will have its first meeting this Sunday, Jan. 8, at 12:30 in our Community Life Center. If you are interested in learning more about what this group will be doing, you can sit in on this first meeting with Jennifer Jackson of Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women without making a commitment. The meeting will last about an hour. Call Sara Stohler at 919-821-4338 if you have questions.

Epiphany service is Friday, Jan. 6

Friday, Jan. 6
7:30 pm Epiphany service, Centrum. Reception has been canceled.

Saturday, Jan. 7
10:30 am 
Yavneh, Shabbat, Centrum
2:30 pm Marian Pollard services; reception 1 to 2:15 pm

Sunday, Jan. 8
8:30 am Holy Eucharist and renewal of Baptismal vows
9:30 am Sunday school
10:30 am Holy Eucharist and renewal of vows; Vestry installation

Monday, Jan. 9
7 to 9 pm Monday Night Bible Study meets at the Dellinger home

Tuesday, Jan. 10
11:30 am Weekday adult offering – Old Testament, office
6 pm Alcoholics Anonymous,

Thursday, Jan. 12
9:30 am Spiritual Quest, Thurston home
6 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 pm Singers practice, Centrum

Sunday, Jan. 15
8:30 am Holy Eucharist
9:30 am Sunday School
10:30 am Holy Eucharist
5:30 pm Northern Exposure PAC, Bass home
Monday, Jan. 16
Office closed for Martin Luther King Day


Reception, services for Marian Pollard are Jan. 7

Marian Pollard, a longtime and faithful member of our church family, passed away peacefully at about midnight on Dec. 30. Our deacon, Sallie Simpson, was with her that afternoon, and Marian’s sons Joe and Bill spent much of the evening with her before she passed away.

Services are 2:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 7 at St. Mark’s. A reception will be held before the service, from 1 to 2:15 pm in our Community Life Center. Burial after the funeral will be at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave.

Marian was born August 19, 1929, in Vance County, N.C., in a family of tobacco farmers. She lived a “hard farm life,” says her son, Joe. She attended Meredith and Campbell colleges and taught school for 30 years, mostly English classes at Millbrook High School.

“She was a very beloved teacher,” Joe says. “She loved gardening and flowers, the outdoors, and pets.
“She was a strong member of St. Mark’s. She and Dad loved that church very much.”

Many members of St. Mark’s recall Marian’s late husband, Joe, and his trumpet playing with the St. Mark’s Jazz Band and at special church services.

Marian is survived by her sons Bill – also a longtime member of St. Mark’s – and Joe, and by granddaughter Caroline (Nicholas) Morris and grandsons Kevin and Lock.

After Advent, we await the coming Savior

Last Sunday, we lit the last candle on our Advent wreath. Led by the Rev. Lauren Kilbourn, we paused for silent meditation on all that Advent means as we await the savior. It was a powerful moment.

After the service, our Flower Committee and many volunteers brought in the greenery, the wreaths, the poinsettias, the bling and the glitter of the approaching Christmas season. Our worship space is ready.
Join us Saturday evening as we celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, whose message of perfect love transcends all.

Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24
Services at 5:30 pm and 10 pm; music begins at 9:30 pm.

Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25
A single service at 10 am.
No Christian education classes.
Church office closed Monday, Dec. 26.

Jan. 1
Lessons and carols at 10:30; there will be an 8:30 service.
No Christian education classes.
Church office closed Monday, Jan. 2.

Service at 7:30 pm Jan. 6, followed by a candlelight reception.