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.

Tom Vitaglione to be honored; all are invited to Oct. 18 event

North Carolina Child invites you to A Better World for Children: The Inaugural Tom V. Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 11:30 to 1:30 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Tom Vitaglione
Tom Vitaglione

We will celebrate the tremendous legacy of Tom Vitaglione, a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, whose life of service has profoundly improved the lives of generations of children in North Carolina.

For more than 40 years, Tom has pursued an unwavering vision of a better world for children in our state. And he has done so with unmatched integrity, humility, humor, and kindness. As a Senior Fellow at N.C. Child, Tom’s steadfast belief that North Carolinians can bridge our differences to do what is right by children inspires us all, and is at the core of N.C. Child’s own values and approach to child advocacy.

At the inaugural luncheon, nonprofit leaders, policymakers, the philanthropic community and child advocates will come together to honor Tom’s legacy, celebrate his unwavering vision of a better world for children, and affirm what Tom and N.C. Child believe: that North Carolinians can work together to do what is right for our children.

The registration fee is $38; go to to register.

St. Mark’s welcomes Father Tyrone Fowlkes as our new rector

Fr Tyrone Fowlkes celebrates his first Sunday with us.
Fr Tyrone Fowlkes celebrates his first Sunday with us.

On Sunday, August 6, St. Mark’s welcomed our new rector, Father Tyrone Fowlkes. His humor, presence, and love made his first Sunday with us special. After the services, a reception was held in the Community Life Center in his honor. Many former parishioners and guests filled the pews to welcome him into our fellowship. We look forward to an amazing and wonderful time with him.

He may be reached at the church office main phone number, 919-231-6767, or by email at or

Read Fr. Tyrone’s biography here.

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.

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!

Rally for social action is Feb. 11 in Raleigh

Diocese of NC participants at social justice rally
The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina has been well represented in the past at rallies for social justice. This year, a major rally is set for Feb. 11, to begin at Shaw University and continue through downtown to the state Capitol. Sallie Simpson, our deacon at St. Mark’s, is organizing our participation in this
year’s rally.

Join St. Markians, the NAACP, and a fusion of social action groups for a rally and walk to the State Capitol.

Each year this fusion assembly comes together on the second Saturday in February to hold a mass people’s assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the 14 Point People’s Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to the people of North Carolina.

This year the rally and walk will be on Feb. 11. 8:30 a.m. Saturday: Assemble at Shaw University across the street from Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 East South St. 9 a.m.: Rally begins, with the Rev. William Barber II and others 10 a.m.: March to State Capitol begins.

For more information contact Sallie Simpson or Jessie Maeck or go to:

Annual Meeting report

The community known as Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church convened its Annual Meeting on Sunday, 20 November, after a combined 9:30 service led by Rev. Lauren Kilbourn.

Senior Warden Virginia Cleary called the meeting to order and reported on the state of the parish as well as the search for a new rector.  Deacon Sallie Simpson gave what she said was to be her last Deacon’s report and Junior Warden Lou Aiello reported on the status of the Stewardship Campaign.

In the Vestry elections, John Thoma, Jessie Maeck, Hope Ethington, and Lauren Kirkpatrick were elected to the Vestry.

Dave Crum gave a demonstration of the updated church website and John Monahan explained the church’s current financial condition.   After a brief Question & Answer session, the meeting was adjourned  and we all headed to the CLC for some delicious barbecue.

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.

‘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.

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.