Computer outages Friday, June 23, 2017

Women, the first computer programmers, are shown here programming one of the first ever computers, ENIAC, circa 1945.
Women, the first computer programmers, are shown here programming one of the first ever computers, ENIAC, circa 1945. The women are probably Elizabeth Jean Jennings and Frances Bilas.

This Friday, June 23, 2017, I will be replacing our existing server with a new one that was just purchased.

The new server replaces one that was already quite old when it was donated to us by White Memorial Presbyterian. The new server will be faster and have more capacity. It will also be easier to repair using standard parts than the old Dell would have been. Dell uses a large proportion of non-standard components in its computers which means that I cannot just go to the local computer store to purchase replacements when they are needed.

The switch from the old server to the new will result in some down time for the web site and all email to and from St. Mark’s, including our mailing lists. I have planned this switch and prepared as much as possible in advance. Most things should just work after the switch. But just in case they do not, I will do my best to minimize the amount of downtime that you should experience.

Thanks for your patience and understanding, and please let me know of you have any questions.

sysadmin@stmarks-ral.org

 

Bishop Peter Lee preaches June 25 at single service

When Bishop Peter Lee visits St Mark’s on Sunday, June 25, we will have a combined service at 9:30 am.

After the service Bishop Lee will hold a question and answer session, to be followed by a reception in our Community Life Center.

Lee, a former newspaper reporter, was ordained priest in 1968. He served as rector at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill from 1971 to 1984, until his election in 1984 as Bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Virginia.

Following his 25-year tenure in Virginia, Bishop Lee stayed active, serving as interim dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; General Theological Seminary, New York; and the American Cathedral in Paris. He was most recently in North Carolina serving as bishop provisional of the Diocese of East Carolina prior to the election of current bishop the Rt. Rev. Robert Skirving.

Lee has also served the wider church in several leadership roles throughout his career. Among the positions held were chair of the Church Pension Fund board, trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, 17 years as chair of the board of trustees for Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, and board member for the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Uncle Ed wants YOU to help with the ’cue

Uncle Ed Wants You!
Uncle Ed Wants You!

There’s a pig pickin’ this Sunday after the 10:30 service at St. Mark’s as we celebrate Pentecost. Ed Aguirre is our pit master; he will start at about 11 pm Saturday and continue all night with nothing but strong coffee to sustain him. If you’re a night owl or a pig person, please come out for some or all of the vigil to help.

Bring a side dish: If tending the pig isn’t your thing, please bring a side to share and your favorite outdoor game.

RSVP to Mike and Meta Wilson so we will know how many we need to set up for; the address is mwilson019@nc.rr.com.

Wilders Grove work to begin; money and sweat are needed

The faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will rehabilitate the restrooms at Wilders Grove Youth Center in June and July, and you can help.

Wilder's Grove ClubhouseWe will need financial contributions; your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the alliance. Please contribute before June 20, as we need to pay for supplies. Make out a check to New Hope Road Alliance and give it to Jessie Maeck, or you can send it to the Alliance in care of its treasurer, Don Betts, CPA; 2624 Leighton Ridge Drive, Suite 100; Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Skilled assistance is needed with plumbing, carpentry and tile for the first phase of the rehabilitation. Less-skilled labor is also needed; if you can swing a paint brush, we need you for the second phase.

Contact Jessie if you can help; jsmaeck@aol.com or 617-549-7285

Paul Bamford

Opportunities to volunteer at upcoming New Hope Road Alliance projects

Saturday, May 20: help clean up Wilder’s Grove Youth Center, both indoors and outdoors. Two “shifts” – 9:30 to 12:00 noon and 11:30 to 2:00, with pizza at lunchtime. We’ll be cleaning out buildings, power-washing them, and pruning shrubs and bushes. Contact Jessie Maeck if you can help.

Wilder's Grove Fellowship Cookout May 1, 2017.
Wilder’s Grove Fellowship Cookout April 1, 2017.

June: repairs to Wilder’s Grove Youth Center bathrooms; need help with putting in new stalls and tile floors, and with painting. Exact dates to be determined. Carpentry and tile expertise needed! Contact Jessie Maeck if you can help.

2017-18 School Year: Tutors needed for “Read and Feed” program at Wilburn Elementary. Beginning in late August or early September, the program is held once a week, either Tuesday or Thursday, from 4:30 to 5:30; volunteer tutors need not attend every session, although they will be expected to participate at least three-quarters of the time. Volunteers must undergo a simple background check and will receive a free, 1½ hour advance training from Read and Feed staff.

October Yard and Craft Sale: need help planning the event, contributions for yard sale, and crafts for sale: craftspeople will be able to rent a table or share the proceeds of their sales to support New Hope Road Alliance projects.


The NHRA (New Hope Road Alliance) is an alliance of 6 congregations along New Hope Road which have united together with the common goal of serving our changing neighborhood. Next meeting: Mon May 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church. All members of the 6 congregations are welcome!

Wilburn Elementary School is the K-5 school on Marsh Road which serves our neighborhood. Wilder’s Grove is the all-volunteer Youth Center right next door to St. Mark’s.

Center for Volunteer Caregiving needs help delivering produce

My agency, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, has been fortunate to partner with The Produce Box for a summer project. Aimed at serving low-income seniors and adults with disabilities, The Center will receive free produce twice a month for June, July, and August. These Care Receivers have difficulty affording fresh produce, and often cannot get transportation to grocery stores regularly. If you are able to help distribute boxes of produce, please email or call me. I will have more specific delivery dates later in the month.

My email is rpollock@ctrvolcare.org – phone number is (919) 460-0567.

Robin Pollock

Classes for Sunday, May 7

Walter Brueggemann: The Prophetic Imagination

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author. She is the creator/host/executive producer of “On Being”, a weekly program that is broadcast on WUNC radio. Walter Brueggemann is the William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, author of numerous books, and is considered one of the foremost Old Testament scholars of our time. 

In 2011 Ms Tippett and Dr. Brueggemann sat down together for a conversation that has been broadcast twice on “On Being.” In this first of two sessions facilitated by Larry Gaissert we will listen to their conversation and reflect on its relevance for both our individual and corporate lives. Please join us at 9:30 a.m. in CLC-4.

If you are so inclined, here are some suggestions for reading prior to the class: Jeremiah 4:23-26, Isaiah 43:18-21, and “The Pickaxe” a poem by Rumi.

Other Classes

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.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus 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 program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Christian Education for Sunday, April 30

“Suzanne Barakat: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let’s end the hate.” A TED Talk

On Feb. 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor’s sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill. The perpetrator’s story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. In this TED Talk, as she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness bigotry and express our communion with those who face discrimination. A guest at the session will be Lamine Niasse, native of Senegal and now a U.S. citizen. Lamine is a Muslim who was a friend of Deah.

Please join us in CLC-4 at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday, April 30, to view her TED talk and participate in the discussion to follow facilitated by Jim Jacobs.

Other Classes

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.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus 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 program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Bring socks to our Hop, and dance away the night

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Spring Sock Hop in our Community Life Center on Saturday, April 29, 7:30 to 10 pm. Music will be provided by Adult Supervision.

Socks

We will feature good old rock ’n’ roll from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70’, ’80s and today. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for St. Mark’s ministries. Bring a  snack and a beverage to share.

Also, you can help make this a true “Sock Hop” by bringing new, still-packaged children’s socks for the children of Wilburn Elementary School. Please see Lynne Poole or Linda Bamford of the Social Action Committee for more information.

Lee Adams