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.

Adult Education – Sunday, September 10, 2017

Chris Mumma - Executive Director, NC Center for Actual Innocence
Chris Mumma – Executive Director, NC Center for Actual Innocence

Chris Mumma, Executive Director, NC Center for Actual Innocence, will speak to the St. Mark’s adult class on Sunday, September 10, 2017. 

Life in prison is a nightmare for those who commit crimes. Imagine what it’s like for those who are in prison for a crime they did not commit. In the 1st of 3 Sunday morning offerings on prison ministries, Chris Mumma will speak to us about the NC Center for Actual Innocence, their work to exonerate those falsely accused, and her passion for this work.

The following 90-minute video about the exoneration of Greg Taylor is one example of Chris’s work.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/documentaries/video/10950827/

Christian Education for April 2 – Justice and the Whole Child: Education

Adult Sunday School: Justice and the Whole Child: Education. Among their basic needs, children need a strong start, health and wellness, and a high-quality education. In this second of a two-part series we learn how advocates for children of all ages are helping to meet these needs. Please join us in CLC-1 at 9:30 a.m. for Part 2: Education. Guest Speaker: Jim Martin, a St. Mark’s member who serves on the Wake County Board of Education.
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.

Christian Education for March 26 – Justice and the Whole Child: Health

We continue to roar for justice!

Adult Sunday School: Justice and the Whole Child: Health. Among their basic needs, children need a strong start, health and wellness, and a high-quality education. In this two-part series we learn how advocates for children of all ages are helping to meet these needs. Please join us in CLC-1 at 9:30 a.m. for Part 1: Health.  Our speaker will be our own Tom Vitaglione.
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.

Christian Education for March 19 – Organizing Against Racism

Our adult Lenten Series focusing on justice issues continues this week with:

Organizing Against Racism: Racism is an ever-present and challenging force that has structured the thinking, behavior, and actions of individuals and institutions since the beginning of America’s history. Join us Sunday at 9:30 in CLC-1 to learn how we can be strong, organized, and effective in dismantling racism. Guest leaders are Cas Shearin and Derrick Byrd of Raleigh Organizing Against Racism.

 

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.

A challenging Lenten series coming

St. Mark’s roars for justice

This Lenten season, St. Mark’s roars for justice at its Sunday morning adult education classes.

March 5: Foster care; presenter Brandy Burnett

March 12: Gender Equity; presenter Brent Childers

March 19: Racial Equity; presenters Derrick Byrd and Cas Shearin

March 26: Justice and the Whole Child, part 1; presenter Tom Vitaglione

April 2: Justice and the Whole Child, part 2; presenter Jim Martin

April 9: To be determined

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:

https://hkonj.com/moral-march-on-raleigh/http://www.naacpnc.org/moralmarch2017event

St. Mark’s joins the Women’s March

Eunice Jones, Sallie Simpson, Lynn Poole, Marcy Silver, and other St. Mark’s parishioners at the Women’s march.

On this past Saturday morning, members of St. Mark’s joined what became a global phenomenon as women and men across the globe joined in the Women’s March for equal rights. Organizers estimated the Raleigh crowd at up to 20,000.

For more on the Raleigh march: tinyurl.com/zn8lk3q
To see photos from around the world: tinyurl.com/znv6vll