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.

2017 Holy Week Service Schedule

Palm Sunday – April 9th

The 8:30 will gather in the Centrum. The 10:30 service will gather in the Community Life Center for the Blessings of the Palms and the homily. We will then process across the Courtyard to the Centrum for the reading of the Passion and the Eucharist. Child care will begin at 9:15 in the Nursery.

Maundy Thursday – April 13th

At 10:00 am, the Spiritual Quest group will meet in the Community Life Center to Walk the Stations of the Cross, reflecting on Jesus’s journey from the trial before Pilate to the burial in the garden. All are invited to join them for this meditation and time of prayer.

At 7:30 pm we will gather in the Centrum for Jesus’ instructions to love one another, as we follow Jesus’ example and wash each other’s feet. We will also follow Jesus’ instructions to offer the bread and wine and share them for the remembrance of Him. We will conclude the service by placing some of the bread and wine of communion in reserve for distribution on Good Friday.

Good Friday – April 14th

A self-guided meditation on the Scriptures of Holy Week featuring the photographic art of Larry Gaissert will be available in the Community Life Center beginning at 2:00 pm until the start of our evening service. All are invited for a time of personal silent meditation.

At 7:30 pm, we gather in silence in the Centrum to place at the center of our attention Jesus’ passion, or suffering, and death on the cross. We retell the stories of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion, and take part in the events of Jesus’ passion through our participation in special intercessory prayers, and through our attention to a large wooden cross that we will bring into the Centrum. We will receive the bread and wine of communion from the elements reserved the previous day.

The Great Vigil of Easter – April 15th

At 7:30 pm, we gather in the Memorial Garden to light the New Fire, and bless the new Paschal Candle. Led by the light of the new candle, we will process to the Community Life Center where we will hear the Vigil Lessons recounting God’s mighty saving acts in human history. The light of our Paschal Candle will then lead us to the Centrum for the Great Alleluias and renewal of our Baptismal vows and the celebration of the First Eucharist of Easter. Remember to bring bells and other joyous noisemakers to greet our Risen Lord.

Easter Day – April 16th

At 8:30 and 10:30 am, we will gather in the Centrum for our Great Festival of Easter Day. Following the 10:30 service, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt and our traditional Covered Dish Easter Brunch will be held in the Community Life Center. All are invited to join in. Child Care will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Nursery.

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.



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.

NOTICE: Services CANCELLED for Sunday, October 9

The roads are BAD, the power is OUT, and the waters are RISING.  I personally saw a tree down on the Beltline an hour ago.  Lauren Kilbourne, the supply priest for tomorrow, had to relocate to Durham because her apartment was flooding.  Other members saw trees down on Wade Avenue, and Wake Forest Road is flooded.

Due to the conditions, I am making the decision to CANCEL SERVICES TOMORROW.    We will reschedule the 9:30 J2A presentation for a later date.

We will try to reach people by phone as well.

Call me with questions.


Virginia Cleary
Senior Warden

‘Blessing of the Animals’ is Saturday; animal rescue ministry is Sunday

Saturday: Join us Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. for our annual “Blessing of the Animals.”
The service is in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Francis, whose feast day is Oct. 4, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.
Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.”
Sunday: Martha Myers speaks to our adult class about her family’s ministry of rescuing abused and abandoned animals.