Classes for Sunday, November 19

Convention Report

At 9:30-10:20, in CLC1, Susan Aycock, JoAnn Roebuck, and Georgia McEwan, our Diocesan ​Convention delegates, will give their report on the Diocesan convention.

Please join us.

Other Classes

Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Spiritual Quest tackles White Privilege – Nov. 9

In 1989 Dr. Peggy McIntosh, a white woman, wrote the influential essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” perhaps the most succinct analysis of white privilege yet written.

Terry Wall will use this essay and a meditation where McIntosh listed 50 “items” that she carries in an imaginary knapsack. Join us at the Thurston’s for Spiritual Quest, Thursday, Nov. 9, 9:30 to 11:30 as we unpack the same knapsack and examine our own unearned privilege.

6405 Lakeland Dr.

Classes for Sunday, October 29, 2017

Jesus and Radical Justice

“We can use the life and teachings of Jesus to confront racism and injustice.” Michael Curry.
Following Senator McKissick’s talk last Sunday, we will continue to look at the issue of racism, this time from a sermon by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. We will view the sermon, and Carolyn Edge will facilitate a discussion of his message based on Matthew 8: 5-13.
Please join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Life Center

Other Classes

Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Classes for Sunday, October 15, 2017

Democracy for Sale: A documentary

Part 2: In this documentary, Zach Galifianakis travels to his home state to investigate how North Carolina has become a bellwether for how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy. Galifianakis investigates allegations that state government officials, put in power by moneyed interests, has carried out a program that only benefits its backers. Program initiatives which include Gerrymandering, passage of laws designed to roll back access to the ballot, and others will be covered.

At the conclusion of Part 2, Sara and Hugh Stohler will take questions and comments. This series will conclude this week.

 

Other Classes

Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Classes for Sunday, October 8, 2017

Democracy for Sale: A documentary

Part 1: In this documentary, Zach Galifianakis travels to his home state to investigate how North Carolina has become a bellwether for how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy. Galifianakis investigates allegations that state government officials, put in power by moneyed interests, has carried out a program that only benefits its backers. Program initiatives which include Gerrymandering, passage of laws designed to roll back access to the ballot, and others will be covered.

At the conclusion of Part 1, Sara and Hugh Stohler will take questions and comments. This series will conclude Sunday, October 15.

 

Other Classes

Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Coffee with the Rector this Sunday

Our new Rector, the Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes, will be interviewed by Lauren Kirkpatrick. This will be an important way of learning more about our new priest as well as what observations and thoughts he is formulating as he settles into life here at St. Mark’s. Faith, culture and issues of social justice will be among the topics discussed.

Please join us at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, October 1, in the Community Life Center

Adult Education – Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kaye B. Ward - Program Asst. for Transition, Interfaith Prison Ministry
Kaye B. Ward – Program Asst. for Transition, Interfaith Prison Ministry

Kaye B. Ward, with the Program Asst. for Transition, Interfaith Prison Ministry, will speak to us Sunday, September 24.

In this final presentation of a 3-part series on prison ministry, Kaye Ward will speak with us about her journey and how the support of her mentors and sponsors helped her embark on a new life after serving nearly 4 years in prison. Kaye’s story is compelling and a good example of how St. Mark’s ministry to formerly incarcerated women can make a difference another person’s life.

Follow-up on Sept. 10 Adult education about the NC Center on Actual Innocence

Last Sunday, September 10,  Chris Mumma, executive director of the NC Center on Actual Innocence, gave an inspiring, factual, and provocative presentation on her work in exonerating prisoners who are innocent and have been imprisoned due to a miscarriage of justice.

As a follow-up to her presentation, Chris sent the following information on the legislation for which we can advocate:

http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions /2017/Bills/House/PDF/H216v3.pdf

Chris Mumma
Executive Director
N.C. Center on Actual Innocence

Adult Education – Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dennis Gaddy - Executive Director, Community Success Initiative
Dennis Gaddy – Executive Director, Community Success Initiative

In this 2nd of 3 Sunday morning offerings on prison ministries, Dennis Gaddy – Executive Director, Community Success Initiative, will speak to to the St. Mark’s adult class on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

The vision of Community Success Initiative (CSI) is to create communities where people discover their potential, set worthy goals for their lives, and take action in a positive way, with an emphasis on men and women who are transitioning from prison and jail, or who otherwise find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system. Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director, Community Success Initiative, will share the work of CSI, his own personal story, and how transformative a second chance can be in the life of an individual and their family.

Join us at 9 am Sunday, Sept. 10; we have breakfast, sign up, and first classes

St Mark’s invites all children, from preschool to fourth-graders, and youth from fifth-grade to high school seniors, and adults to join us for the Sunday School kick-off on Sept. 10 at 9 am in the Courtyard area. There will be light breakfast items as well as juice and coffee to be enjoyed by all. Sunday School will start at 9:30. Your Christian Education Committee is looking forward to seeing you! 
The Sunday School chalk on the walk.
The Sunday School chalk on the walk.
In addition to a robust Adult Education program with thought-provoking speakers and presentations, St. Mark’s offers three engaging youth programs: 
Godly Play: This is for children from preschoolers through fourth graders. Godly Play is a Montessori-based method of Christian Education that allows the children to wonder and respond to Bible stories told each Sunday. We offer “work sessions” periodically to allow the children more time to explore the stories and respond using the stories, the “desert box” and various art supplies or journals.
Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences.  We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person. Rite 13 (Grades 5-8) and J2A (Grades 9-12) classes can be found in the CLC.