Parish Life Commission is our community in action

At the Vestry retreat in February it was decided to combine the Developing Community Commission and the Newcomers Commission into one commission. With Vestry approval it was renamed Parish Life Commission to cover all the committees under its umbrella.
Parish Area Care These groups have been rejuvenated, redefined and, with the work of Margaret Thurston and Mike Wilson, all PACs are now active again.
Inreach Revived with the work of Joan Ellen Deck and Susan Aycock, former Stephen Ministers. They have developed a plan for training. With approval of procedure from John Wall and Sallie Simpson, there will be training for volunteers to be pastoral visitors, who, in addition to the clergy visits, will visit and care for our homebound and sick.
Events Committee With the lead of Meta Wilson, Allen Herther, Terry Wall and Joanne Bass, this group will plan for congregational dinners, our annual dinner and receptions for funerals, bishop’s visits, and other events. It is anticipated that we will hold more dinners and get-togethers through the year.
Community Time Peter Miller has received help from a team to make hosting of our after-church social hour easier and to get more sign-ups.
Newcomers Committee This group is brainstorming ideas for St. Mark’s to be welcoming to visitors, under the lead of Meta Wilson and Paul Roberts. This includes having greeters each Sunday and follow-ups after a visit to St. Mark’s.
Sports and Recreation Bob Ruf and Art Warner, ministers of sports and recreation, are seeking group activities to sporting events.
Kitchen We still need a team to make sure supplies are available for our meetings and events. It has been a successful beginning of the year and heartwarming to have so many people wearing many hats to make sure we are meeting the needs of our congregation.     

Judi Mathis and Mike Wilson, Vestry partners for Parish Life

 

Worship Returns to Main Church

Good news to share…. as of Sunday, August 2, 2015, we resumed holding Sunday worship services in the Centrum, our regular worship space.  We look forward to seeing everyone in between and at the end of summer travels.  Regular services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.   Sunday School resumes in September.

Services continue in Community Life Center

Our 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at St. Mark’s continue to be held in our Community Life Center.  We hope that our air conditioning replacement will be completed by the end of July.  As soon as completed, we’ll move back into our regular worship space, the Centrum.   See the website of Yavneh, A Jewish Renewal Community, which nests at St. Mark’s, for those service times and locations in July, www.yavneh-raleigh.org   Summer blessings to one and all.

Phone and Internet upgrade delayed until Tuesday June 10

The installation of our new telephone and Internet service has been delayed until the morning of Tuesday, June 10.

The installation is scheduled to begin between 8AM and noon on that day.

There will be outages of all of our services during parts of that time. This includes the church phones and the web and email services. We hope these outages will be short but as with all technical endeavors much can go wrong.

Remember that our telephone numbers, email addresses and web site will remain the same. Only our service provider is changing. You do not need to change anything.

The purpose of this change is to improve out Internet speeds, especially the speed with which our web pages loaded when you visit our web site, and to save St. Marks money on our phone and Internet service every month. Some folks have asked me about installation costs and how much that will offset our projected savings; we were able to take advantage of a free installation promotion that Time Warner was offering so the installation will not cost St. Mark’s anything.

Please contact me at dboth@stmarks-ral.org if you have any questions.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve our services.

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David P. Both, RHCESystem Administrator
St. Marks Episcopal Church
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone and Internet upgrade at St. Mark’s

We will be migrating both our Internet and telephone service from AT&T to Time Warner Business Class (TWBC). TWBC will provide us with faster upload speeds than any other service provider is able and at a lower price as well.

The upload speed is what really needs to be improved at St. Mark’s as that is the speed at which our server can send you the contents of a web page. This has been severely limited with AT&T, our current provider, and will be increased by a factor of between 6x and 8x.

The telephones, web site and email will not be impacted and should not be disturbed during the installation of the physical cable connections until they have been extended into the furnace room. At that time our telephone PBX will be connected to the TWCBC cable, and we will also move to the new TWBC Internet connection.

The telephone system should be down for an hour or so as the connections are transferred and then tested. We will have the same telephone numbers as we always have.

The Internet connection is easy and fast to swap, so we won’t “technically” be down for long, but we will get new a IP Address so I will have to change that at our Name Service registrar. That will take anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours to propagate throughout the entire Internet. If you send an email, it will be held at your ISP’s outbound email server until that server can communicate with ours and it will then be sent.

We do not yet have from Time Warner a date when this work will take place. We will let you know as soon as we do.

Please, if you have any questions, address them to me at sysadmin@stmarks-ral.org and I will answer them as best I can.

Thanks.

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David P. Both, RHCE
System Administrator
sysadmin@stmarks-ral.org
St. Marks Episcopal Church
Raleigh, NC
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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.

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David P. Both, RHCE
System Administrator
sysadmin@stmarks-ral.org
St. Marks Episcopal Church
Raleigh, NC
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Programs for Children, Youth, and Adults Underway

Our new Program Year is underway!  Sunday morning opportunities for learning and reflection for all ages are offered at 9:30 a.m. in between our 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. church services.   Classes most often meet in the Community Life Center (CLC).   The Church Nursery now opens at 9:15 a.m. so parents can participate in Sunday morning programs.  Come and join us for lively conversation and find spiritual support for life’s journey.