Wilders Grove work to begin; money and sweat are needed

The faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will rehabilitate the restrooms at Wilders Grove Youth Center in June and July, and you can help.

Wilder's Grove ClubhouseWe will need financial contributions; your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the alliance. Please contribute before June 20, as we need to pay for supplies. Make out a check to New Hope Road Alliance and give it to Jessie Maeck, or you can send it to the Alliance in care of its treasurer, Don Betts, CPA; 2624 Leighton Ridge Drive, Suite 100; Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Skilled assistance is needed with plumbing, carpentry and tile for the first phase of the rehabilitation. Less-skilled labor is also needed; if you can swing a paint brush, we need you for the second phase.

Contact Jessie if you can help; jsmaeck@aol.com or 617-549-7285

Paul Bamford

PAC groups meeting in February

One of our parish’s most time-honored institutions is our Parish Area Care (PAC) groups. PAC groups gather in members’ homes for a potluck meal and fellowship.

PAC Meetings in February

North Hillbillies meets 6 pm Sunday, Feb. 19, at the home of Jackie and Art Warner, 108-307 Northbrook Drive. Please RSVP to the Warners at 919-787-0074.

Northern Exposure meets 5:30 to 7:30 pm Feb. 26 at the home of Mary and John Mainwaring, 6601 Graymont Place, Raleigh, 27615; phone 919-846-7477. Please RSVP so that we all will know who is coming and so that our hosts can plan for the appropriate number of attendees.

EONs (East Of the Neuse) – out hwy 64 – meets Feb. 26 after Community Time in the Community Life Center, hosted by John and Susan Tobie, Barb Wilbur and Carroll Gaissert.

Looking ahead to March

Residing Inside the Beltline (RIBs) meets March 26 at the Aguirre home.

If you do not know to which Parish Area Care group you belong, please ask Margaret Thurston, margaret.b.thurston@gmail.com

PAC Group meetings scheduled

One of our parish’s most time-honored institutions is our Parish Area Care (PAC) groups. These are roughly based on neighborhoods so that members can get to know one another and help one another in times of grief, illness or need.

Mostly, though, PAC groups gather in members’ homes for a potluck meal and fellowship.

If you are not yet a member, call the church office to find which PAC is yours.

Tenderlions meets 4:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 29, hosted by Lida and John Thoma, 5509 Sweetbriar Drive, Raleigh 27609. Please RSVP to lthoma@nc.rr.com. Newcomers are especially welcome. Come join us for fellowship and great food.

Southsiders meets 5:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 29, at the home of Carolyn Edge, 101 Keithwood Lane, Cary, 27511.

RIBS – Residing Inside the Beltline meets 1 pm Sunday, Feb. 5, at the home of Joan Ellen Deck and Thomas Sayre, 313 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 27601. Email jed@decksayre.com if you need directions. Everyone who lives “inside the Beltline” in body, mind or spirit is welcome to join us.

Wilburn Holiday Party is Thursday

St. Mark’s and other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will host a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary this Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the school cafeteria.
The gifts that members of St. Mark’s and other faith communities in the New Hope Road Alliance will be given to the children. There will also be food and fun for all.
All St. Mark’s members are invited to attend the Holiday Party at Wilburn.

PAC Groups to meet this weekend

Northern Exposure PAC meets 5:30 to 7:30 pm Dec. 4. Deb and RPaul Smith will host, but not at their home. The group gathers at the Black Horse Run Club House, 11701 Black Horse Run, Raleigh.

Southsiders Parish Area Care group meets 5:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 3, at the home of Carolyn Edge, 101 Keith wood Lane, Cary, 27511-7235.

Parish Area Care groups meet in members’ homes for a potluck meal and fun. Call the church office to find which PAC is yours.

Tenderlions meets 4:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 11, hosted by John and Lida Thoma, 5509 Sweetbriar Drive, Raleigh 27609.

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.

Explore the richness of our shared faiths; series begins Nov. 10

On the second Thursday of each month, starting Nov. 10, and running through May 11, 2017, representatives from multiple faith traditions will engage with one another and with participants to explore the richness of shared spiritual learning. As we have learned, divinity runs through our lives as a mighty river, into which every religious tradition dips into the One Source through its unique well.

Our first session features Yavneh friend, the Rev. Dr. P. Joseph Ward, Warsaw First Presbyterian Church, and Yavneh’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, on the topic “Emergent Renewal in Christianity and Judaism.” Pastor Joe Ward and Reb Raachel Jurovics have learned with and from each other for more than a decade, seeking pathways to understand the evolutionary potential in their respective faiths and the opportunities for sacred collaboration between them.

Please join us on Thursday evening, Nov. 10, from 7:30 to 9 pm at Beth Meyer Synagogue, 504 Newton Road, Raleigh 27615.


Angel Tree for Wilburn kids is up Sunday

For the fifth year, St. Mark’s and the New Hope Road Alliance are providing holiday gifts for the neediest of children at Wilburn Elementary.

The children were chosen by Wilburn’s social worker and school counselor and in some cases are homeless. They are all participating in the free and reduced-cost lunch program at the school.

The names of 50 children and their wish lists will be at a table in the Concourse this Sunday, Nov. 6, after the 8:30 and 10:30 am worship services. Each child will receive four gifts: two toys, a shirt, and a new book.

You can choose to provide all four gifts for one child; share the gift requests with another member or members, or choose to provide one or more of the gifts for the same child.  lease do not “cherry pick” the names. For example, choosing to provide only a toy for multiple children.

Deadline for Angel Tree gifts for Wilburn is Sunday, Dec. 4. Please bring your wrapped and tagged gifts to the Community Life Center at St. Mark’s between 9:15 am and the end of the St. Nicholas Luncheon. Remember to put a tag on each of the gifts with your child’s number, first name and last initial. If you are giving all four of the gifts to a child, in addition to wrapping and tagging each gift separately, please put the gifts in a large gift bag that also has a tag on it with the child’s number, first name and last initial.

St. Mark’s and other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance are hosting a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the school cafeteria. St. Mark’s members are invited to attend.

The party will include refreshments for the children, a craft-making project, entertainment and the receipt of the gift bags. Rather than opening their presents at the Holiday Party, the children will take their gift bags home to open on Christmas Day.

Questions? Please contact Lynne Poole or Linda Bamford.

Outreach grant application deadline extended until Dec. 4

St. Mark’s has $3,000 to award in Outreach grants for 2016. If you regularly volunteer for a non-profit organization that could benefit from a donation of funds, notify the organization and invite them to submit an Outreach Grant to the Social Action Committee.  Grants will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 4, and awarded by the end of December. Grants received after the Dec. 4 deadline will be reviewed in the next funding cycle.

The grant application form can be downloaded HERE.  Print and complete the form (it cannot be completed online). Submit it to Jackie McLaurin, office manager, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, 27604.

All requests must be made in writing and submitted on the St. Mark’s grant application form with required attachments. Incomplete grant applications cannot be accepted. All grants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Is St. Mark’s actively involved in the Social Ministry?
  2. Is there a strong need for the grant?

The following General Guidelines for Outreach Grants were approved in 2012 and will be in effect for the current Outreach Grants:

  1. Grants cannot be submitted to both the Reeve Fund and Outreach.
  2. Priority will be given to projects in which multiple individuals from St. Mark’s are actively involved.
  3. Priority will be given to Outreach Programs that have been designated by St. Mark’s as official outreach activities.
  4. Priority will be given to Wake County “causes” versus national or international efforts. National and international “causes” may be considered; however, they may receive less funding than those which are Wake County based.
  5. Consideration may be given to other ways in which St. Mark’s supports the initiatives, such as special fundraising efforts, alternative giving during the holidays, and/or direct support from St. Mark’s Budget.

Typically grants range in size from $250 to $1,000 and will be awarded by the end of December. For more information, contact the Grants Committee Chair, Margaret Thurston.

Leftover cans of paint needed for Wilburn school Arts project

Ms. Levinson, the art teacher at Wilburn, is in need of OUTDOOR PAINT IN BRIGHT COLORS and also PRIMER.  If anyone has any leftover cans of this paint, she will be glad to use them up.  If you wish, you may also buy and donate the small sample jars from Home Depot or Lowes. Please bring the cans to St. Mark’s and Ellie DeMeglio will deliver them to Wilburn. She also needs colored printer paper, even if one side has been used; she will use the back, unused side.