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

Meals on Wheels – Monday, April 24

We will be delivering Meals on Wheels again Monday, April 24, 2017.
If any of you are interested in joining us for lunch at Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant around 12:30 p.m., that would be wonderful. If you are interested, please let me know and I will arrange for a separate room for us to meet. Good food and good fellowship. You can join us even if you are not delivering that day! Just let me know.
Hope to see you there.
Joanne and Carl Bass

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

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 jsmaeck@aol.com, 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!

Monday, Feb. 27, is our day for Meals on Wheels

St. Mark’s volunteers will deliver Meals on Wheels this Monday, Feb. 27.

If any of you are interested in joining us for lunch at Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant around 12:30 p.m., that would be wonderful. If you are interested, please let me know and I will arrange for a separate room for us to meet. Good food and good fellowship. You can join us even if you are not delivering that day! Just let me know.
Joanne Bass

Social Action to meet Sunday

The Social Action Committee has much to discuss Sunday. Please plan to attend our Social Action Committee meeting this Sunday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1pm in one of the classrooms of our Community Life Center.

Because we haven’t had a meeting since before the holidays, we have much to discuss and plan, including our community partnership with Wilder’s Grove Youth Center and the annual St. Mark’s Day of Service.

Please try to attend this important meeting.
Lynne Poole and Linda Bamford

‘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 www.readandfeed.org.

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.

Our St. Nicholas potluck lunch is Sunday, Dec. 4; Wilburn gifts are due

Thanks to the generosity of St. Mark’s, 55 children at Wilburn Elementary will have a wonderful Christmas, with each child receiving two toys, a new book and a shirt.
The deadline for these Angel Tree gifts is this Sunday, Dec. 4. Bring your wrapped and tagged gifts to the Community Life Center between 9 am and the end of the St. Nicholas potluck luncheon.
Don’t forget to bring a dish to share at the luncheon.
  Remember to put a tag on each of the gifts with your child’s number, first name and last initial. If you are giving all four of the gifts to a child, in addition to wrapping and tagging each gift separately, please put the gifts in a large gift bag that also has a tag on it with the child’s number, first name and last initial.
St. Mark’s and other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will host a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the school cafeteria. St. Mark’s members are invited to attend the Holiday Party at Wilburn.
Questions? Contact Lynne Poole at lynnepoole42@gmail.com or 919-781-3453.

 

Giving in the true spirit of Christ

Do you hate the holiday rush; the emphasis on materialistic gifts; and the pressure to find just the perfect gift? St. Mark’s has the ideal solution for you – one that will not only help you but will support worthy causes near and dear to the hearts of many.
This year we include two organizations that provide specific support to those hurt by Hurricane Matthew.
Grace Sved is once again organizing this effort. Instead of getting in to the holiday madness and losing sight of the true meaning of Christmas, consider a donation to one of these nonprofit organizations.
You can make the donation in honor or in memory of someone. All contributions are tax-deductible:

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

Interact of Wake County

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Friends of Fundal

Malawi Children’s Village

Beginning this Sunday, Dec. 4, through Dec. 18, you may purchase a gift at a table in our Community Life Center. You can select from a variety of cards designed for the occasion. Each card will include a description of the organization to which you are contributing.
Take the pressure off and participate in St. Mark’s Alternative Gift Giving program. All of the donations will be given to the designated cause.
For more information, contact Grace Sved.