St. Mark’s starts a new era with two big events this week

Candlelight dinner Friday

This Friday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 pm we gather in our Centrum for a candlelit dinner prepared by Bella Monica Italian restaurant. A jazz trio from the Casablanca Orchestra will perform. The keynote address is by our rector, the Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes.

Let’s gather to give thanks and to celebrate the many gifts and talents that make us at St. Mark’s who we are. The W e Respond campaign is consistent with the energy and excitement of having a new rector, and starting a new chapter in the life of St Mark’s. Bella Monica will provide gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free, and vegan options. Bring a beverage of your choice. Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Child care will be provided starting at 6 pm. Children will be fed first.

Carpools are being coordinated by Margaret Thurston for those who prefer to not drive:

Annual Meeting Sunday

On Sunday, Nov. 12, we will have a combined service at 9:30 am followed by the parish Annual Meeting where you will hear reports of where we’ve been this year, where we stand, and where we are headed. We will also elect four Vestry members. Lunch will follow.

There will be no Sunday School classes today, but child care will be provided from 9:15 am to noon.

St. Mark’s calls the Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes as our next Rector

The Vestry of St Mark’s, with the permission and blessing of Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, has called the Reverend Tyrone Fowlkes of Oakland, California, to be the next rector of St Mark’s.  Reverend Fowlkes has accepted the call, and will begin 01 August.  We are excited about this next chapter in the story of St Mark’s.

– John Monahan

The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes

The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes is entering his eighth year of ordination as a priest. Prior to being elected Rector of St. Mark’s, Raleigh, he served at Church of the Holy Cross and Church of Our Savior in Chicago. More recently, he was the Rector of St. Augustine’s Church in Oakland and also an Assisting Priest at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes
The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes

Rev. Fowlkes’ background weaves together experiences in the arts, social justice and spirituality. Before becoming a priest, Rev. Fowlkes held positions in design and communications with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the national headquarters of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

He is the former Director of Spiritual Formation at UCAN, a child-welfare agency in Chicago. He has also worked for many years in HIV/AIDS advocacy and service organizations and was on the board of directors of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition and the HIV/AIDS Task Force of the Diocese of Chicago.

Throughout his ministry, Rev. Fowlkes has fostered community, global understanding, and concern for the poor and marginalized.

Rev. Fowlkes holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in Visual Communication from the Herron School of Art at Indiana University, a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and a master of arts management degree from Columbia College Chicago. He has also studied at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, California State University and Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

He has traveled to Europe and West Africa and has interests in church architecture and local arts scenes. His hobbies include reading, cooking and wine tasting.


Rev Fowlkes sends a letter to the parishioners of St. Mark’s.

Parish to meet Nov. 20 after single 9:30 service

Our annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, Nov. 20, following a single, combined worship service at 9:30 am.

The meeting, which will include the election of four new Vestry members, follows in the Centrum. We are seeking candidates for Vestry; if you would like to run please speak to a current Vestry member.

After the Parish meeting we all gather in our Community Life Center for a catered lunch.

Child care will be provided for the entire event.

Web Site Makeover

If you have been a regular visitor to our web site, you will have noticed some significant changes.

The St. Mark’s Communications committee has been working hard over the last several months to determine how to transition our web presence in much the same way as we work through the transition of finding a new rector. With the guidance of the very talented people on our committee, we have made some changes to the web site that we are very excited about.

First, we have changed the look of the web site with a brand new theme. We believe it is simpler while having greater impact.

We have also removed some very old and out of date content and modernized the menu bar in order to simplify navigation of the St. Mark’s web site. We hope this will make it easier for members and visitors alike to find the information you are seeking.

Another major change is that the first page you will see when you visit the St. Mark’s web site is the News page. This means that news about important happenings at St. Mark’s will be the first thing you see. We believe that this projects a more dynamic image of St. Mark’s for visitors to our web site who are looking for a new church home, or just a welcoming place for them to worship while they visit the Raleigh area.

We still have work to do as we fine tune the web site. So expect more changes.

If you have questions or comments about our modernized web site, contact our system administrator, David Both.


May 24, 2015 — The Feast of Pentecost

At our 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on May 24, 2015, we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, what is known as ‘the birthday of the church.’  This date in the church’s calendar is always 50 days after Easter and, as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles, commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the women and men who first followed Jesus.  It is a custom of the church to wear red — the color associated with ‘the tongues as of fire’ which rested on each person receiving the Holy Spirit.   Our table fellowship will continue following the 10:30 a.m. service in the form of our Pentecost Picnic.  We’re told to keep an eye out — that the rector’s red ‘Pentecost Polo’ hightops will make their annual appearance!  We also hope members and guests will consider wearing red hats this year in memory of a long time member whose festive hat adorned with red would appear on Pentecost.

March 1, 2015 Services & Sunday School Cancelled

Dear Ones…. While it is a difficult call to make, our two services and Sunday School are cancelled today because of freezing rain.  Local media affiliates are reporting multiple accidents even on major highways.  Sidewalks and parking lots have deteriorated over the last hour.  This past week hospitals have already reported an increase in injuries due to falls.  We want to avoid anyone from St. Mark’s becoming one of those patients!   Please stay safe and we’ll gather to pray together soon!

Combined Service at 9:30, Sunday December 14

On Sunday, Dec. 14, we will have a combined worship service at 9:30. After the service Canons Hunn and Lee will conduct a 90-minute interactive orientation to the Lombard Mennonite Peace Process. The goals are to orient St. Mark’s to the concepts and goals of the process, present the structure and schedule, and to answer questions and establish the congregation’s willingness to join the process.

Planned server outage Thursday, April 3

There will be a short server outage on Thursday morning, April 3, 2014, starting at about 9 a.m. to install a replacement server. We expect the outage to be about 30 minutes in duration. Email, including mailing lists, and the web site will be unavailable during that time.

David P. Both, RHCE
System Administrator
St. Marks Episcopal Church
Raleigh, NC

Celebrating Lay Ministries

We at St. Mark’s highly value the variety of ministries of our lay members, their ministries within the church and particularly their ministries in the world around us. On March 30th we said a special thank you to our newsletter editor, Bill DuPre!! He edits the greatest parish newsletter in the world (yes, we are biased about Bill’s ministry). This coming Sunday, April 6th, we’ll celebrate the ministries of our Lectors, Intercessors, and Announcers — those persons whose voices open to us the scriptures, lead us in the prayers of the people, and keep us up-to-date on ministry opportunities. When we celebrate these ministries and more, we are celebrating the ‘who they are’ as people created in God’s image as much as we are celebrating how they live out ‘who they are.’ We’d like to celebrate who you are as well! St. Mark’s has room for you.