Want to make a difference? St. Mark’s Social Action can help you get involved

By Linda Bamford
Social Action kicked off the new year with energy and commitment at its meeting on Jan. 13. Despite conflicting events, 18 St. Mark’s members attended the meeting.
  Highlights from the meeting include the following:
  Wake Up and Read  2019 Book Drive Wake Up and Read is “a collaborative effort to engage and educate Wake County about the importance of childhood literacy and to increase access to literacy resources and opportunities for all children.”
  From Jan. 5 to Feb. 15, Wake Up and Read will collect new and gently-used books to be distributed to 13 of Wake County’s lowest-performing schools, including our partner school, Wilburn Elementary.
  Social Action is placing a Wake Up and Read collection box in the Concourse beginning this Sunday, Jan. 20, through Feb. 13 to collect new books appropriate for grades K through 5. Our goal is to collect 100 books. You can also make a check payable to St. Mark’s; mark it for the book drive and put it in the collection plate for others to purchase books. All gifts are tax-deductible.
  Congregations for Social Justice Carolyn Edge is St. Mark’s new representative to this group (replacing Sarah Stohler who has served in this capacity for several years).
  On Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 pm, Congregations for Social Justice will host its annual meeting with a guest speaker at 6 pm. The cost of the dinner is $15. If interested in attending or participating in future meetings, please contact Carolyn Edge. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am. Each meeting has a different focus.
Teacher appreciation lunch at Wilburn: St. Mark’s will join other members of the New Hope Road Alliance in hosting this event at Wilburn on Monday, March 18, from 10:45 am to 1:45 pm. Susan Doty, Jackie Warner and Ethelyn Washington will coordinate the efforts at St. Mark’s. If you are interested, please contact one of them.
  Morning of Service at St. Mark’s On Saturday, April 13, from 9 am to 1 pm, to join others at St. Mark’s to provide help in and around our campus, including work outdoors to spruce up our grounds for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Lunch will be provided. Plans will be made at the next Social Action meeting on other activities for the day.
  Wake County Habitat for Humanity and Hurricanes Florence and Michael cleanup and recovery The group explored the possibility of St. Mark’s participating in the 2019 Episcopal Build that will construct a new home in Wake County, beginning in March and lasting through May. The group also discussed participating in Hurricane Relief Efforts with other faith communities in the New Hope Road Alliance and the Episcopal Diocese. Interested parties in either or both efforts should contact Linda Bamford or Lynne Poole.
  HKONJ People’s Assembly Coalition Moral March on Raleigh All ages at St. Mark’s are invited to attend this peaceful march in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8:30 am. St. Mark’s members will gather as a group and march under the St. Mark’s banner. Contact Georgia McEwan or Jessie Maeck for more information or to sign up.