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.


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

Web site and Email outages on Saturday April 22

St. Marks’ers will be doing a lot of work around the church on Saturday, April 22nd as mentioned in the previous news post, On St. Mark’s Day, help us reach out, spruce up and sing. The St. Mark’s Sysadmins will be no exception.

I plan to do some cleanup on the computers. This includes removing the covers to try to clean out the accumulated dust and dirt. I also plan to install a second hard drive in our server to use for expansion of the /var filesystem which won’t be large enough to contain all of the old hardcopy St. Mark’s documentation that we need to store in electronic archival formats. Other physical tasks will be performed as we determine the need.

I also plan to install all of the latest software updates on our computers to provide for additional security and enhanced functionality.

There will be some periods of time on Saturday during which the St. Mark’s web site and email systems will be unavailable.

Thanks for your understanding and patience.

On St. Mark’s Day, help us reach out, spruce up and sing

Join us on Saturday, April 22, as we observe St. Mark’s Day by gathering at 9 am in service to our community and to our church. There will be something for everyone to do, regardless of age or physical condition. The morning will end with lunch provided in our Community Life Center. It will be a great family affair and a way to model for our young people ways that we can all serve.

Starting April 2, look for sign-up in the Concourse and during Community Time in our Community Life Center for these activities:

St. Mark’s Spring Cleaning

Inside the Centrum: Vacuuming the chair s and dusting furniture. Please bring your vacuum cleaners that have hoses/upholstery attachments for cleaning the blue chairs.

Outside our buildings: Tidying flower beds, trimming and planting in the Memorial Garden, Covenant Garden and general grounds.

Spring Arbor Assisted Living: Join us at this facility across New Hope Road for a sing-along for the residents with musical accompaniment, lyrics and refreshments. Singers and non-singers needed for setup, cleanup and companionship.

Care Packages for homebound St. Mark’s members: In support of the new Pastoral Visitors Ministry, we will assemble bags with nonperishable goodies, such as note cards and stamps, healing prayers and devotionals, etc. for the visitors to take with them on their first visits as tokens of our love and concern. This is a good activity for young children and those young at heart who need a less physically demanding task.

Carol Monahan

Four PAC groups meet this month

The Parish Area Care (PAC) groups of St. Mark’s support members in times of need and also meet for social events such as potluck meals.

North Hillbillies meets 6 pm Sunday, April 9, at the home of Susan Doty, 4716 Yadkin Drive. Please call 919-787-2452 or email Susan ( to RSVP.

Northwest Territory meets 6 pm April 23 at the home of Norris and Margaret Thurston.

RIBs meets 1 pm Apr il 30 at the home of Hope Ethington, David Hesselberth, and their daughter Amber, 1236 Harp St., Raleigh.

Eastenders meets 6 pm Apr il 30 at the home of Robin Maycock.

Southsiders meets 5:30 pm May 6 at the home of Linda and Jim Martin. Rain date is May 7.

Wilder’s Grove ministry takes shape; dates are set

Wilder’s Grove provides youth programs at their facility behind St. Mark’s. Part of the land on which this facility is located is provided by St. Mark’s. The New Hope Road Alliance has taken the organization as one of its service projects. (Photo courtesy of Wilder’s Grove)

In support of the new sponsorship of Wilder’s Grove Youth Center as an NHRA initiative, the board of the New Hope Road Alliance has voted to match all donations made by individuals or groups to benefit the center. This means that the $290 raised so far this year has turned into $580. Funds which come in this spring/summer will be used to pay for much-needed renovations in the center’s restrooms.

The New Hope Road Alliance is sponsoring three Wilder’s Grove events this spring:

Fellowship Cookout April 1, 11 am to 2 pm. St. Mar k’s will provide side dishes – sign up in the Concourse.

Campus Clean-up Day is Saturday, May 20.

Bathroom renovations A project manager is needed. For more information or to volunteer, see Jessie Maeck, or 617-549-7285.

The NHRA is an alliance of six congregations along New Hope Road which have united together with the common goal of serving our changing neighborhood. Meetings are monthly and are open to all members of the six congregations. Join us!

Shrove Tuesday: Save the Date! February 28

St. Mark’s Youth invite you to join in the annual Shrove Tuesday dinner on Tuesday, February 28.  Dig out  your mardi gras beads, colorful clothes and get your appetite in gear!  (There will be gluten-free offerings)!  Watch for tickets on sale and more details in coming announcements.

Same price as last year! $5/person and $20 for families of 4 or more.  Children under 5 eat free!

PAC Group meetings scheduled

One of our parish’s most time-honored institutions is our Parish Area Care (PAC) groups. These are roughly based on neighborhoods so that members can get to know one another and help one another in times of grief, illness or need.

Mostly, though, PAC groups gather in members’ homes for a potluck meal and fellowship.

If you are not yet a member, call the church office to find which PAC is yours.

Tenderlions meets 4:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 29, hosted by Lida and John Thoma, 5509 Sweetbriar Drive, Raleigh 27609. Please RSVP to Newcomers are especially welcome. Come join us for fellowship and great food.

Southsiders meets 5:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 29, at the home of Carolyn Edge, 101 Keithwood Lane, Cary, 27511.

RIBS – Residing Inside the Beltline meets 1 pm Sunday, Feb. 5, at the home of Joan Ellen Deck and Thomas Sayre, 313 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 27601. Email if you need directions. Everyone who lives “inside the Beltline” in body, mind or spirit is welcome to join us.

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.

This Sunday, Dec. 18, help us ‘green’ St. Mark’s for Christmas

The Greening of the Church will be this Sunday, Dec. 18, after the 10:30 service.  Please bring any greenery you have and put it on the Courtyard side of the main building before the 10:30 service. We need nandina, magnolia, cedar, pine, fir and holly.
This year the Flower Committee is a bit short of help for a lot of reasons and we need people from the congregation to join us. We need some men for ladders and toting things and help from all to arrange our worship space for Christmas. All are invited. Join the camaraderie.  Your help will be very much appreciated.

Chrismon help needed
We are looking for a group of friends, families, youth, or some PAC members to “adopt” the Chrismon Tree this year and take the responsibility to get it decorated. Contact Judi Mathis, Deb Smith or Allen Herther if you could do this.
We really need this help as it was usually planned earlier who would do it for each year.


PAC Groups to meet this weekend

Northern Exposure PAC meets 5:30 to 7:30 pm Dec. 4. Deb and RPaul Smith will host, but not at their home. The group gathers at the Black Horse Run Club House, 11701 Black Horse Run, Raleigh.

Southsiders Parish Area Care group meets 5:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 3, at the home of Carolyn Edge, 101 Keith wood Lane, Cary, 27511-7235.

Parish Area Care groups meet in members’ homes for a potluck meal and fun. Call the church office to find which PAC is yours.

Tenderlions meets 4:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 11, hosted by John and Lida Thoma, 5509 Sweetbriar Drive, Raleigh 27609.