24th Annual Farmerworker Festival – Sep. 21, 2014

The 24th Annual Farmworker Festival will be held Sunday, September 21, 2014, from Noon – 6 p.m. at 2989 Easy Street, Dunn, NC, following a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11:30 a.m.   The Festival honors Farmworkers’ contribution to North Carolina.  Youth and adults from around our Diocese will be part of the Festival working alongside and on behalf of the Farmworkers and their families.  Youth and adults from St. Mark’s are planning to participate.  For more information about the Festival in general call (910) 567-6917 or go to www.efwm.org   In the meantime, let us keep in our prayers the women and men and children who give so much of who they are to bring food to the tables of those of us living in North Carolina and beyond.

Launch of New Education/Formation Program Year

On Sunday, September 7th, at both services we Commissioned those who will lead/teach/facilitate programs in education and formation for the coming year.  Also on September 7th we hosted an Open House at 9:00 a.m. for children, youth, and their families.  Then at 9:30 a.m. our fall program classes began for all ages.  Watch for coming additions to this website’s Christian Education page.  Our e-Blue Book will spell out offerings for each Sunday for children, youth, and adults.  Join us each week as we explore and strengthen our faith.

On another note, this year’s Adult Bible Study is changing their time-line.  They will meet every-other-Monday beginning September 15th in CLC-4 (Community Life Center, Room 4) from 7-8:30 p.m.  This fall’s study will follow the Episcopal version of the Revised Common Lectionary.  Feel free to join in.

Wear red for Pentecost!

Enjoy a picnic and potluck Sunday

St. Mark’s annual Pentecost Picnic will be held this Sunday, June 8, after the 10:30 worship service.

Burgers, dogs (with vegetarian options for both) and trimmings will be provided; just bring a side or dessert and a good appetite. Plans are final for a fun event with food, fellowship and kids’ activities. If you have not signed up please e-mail Meta Wilson or Dave Crum with your attendee figures. It’s a great excuse to wear the loudest red clothes you have!

We need cooks and grills for the picnic. Contact Dave Crum or Meta Wilson if you can help.

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 Thursday, June 5; Outages expected

This coming Thursday, June 5, Time Warner will complete the installation of the new phone lines and our new Internet connection. This 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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April 28, 2014 New Hope Road Alliance Meets

On Monday, April 28, 2014, lay and ordained leaders from among the eight faith communities comprising the New Hope Road Alliance will gather for a lunch meeting at St. Mary’s Coptic Church.  Topics on the agenda will include the New Hope Road Community Garden, the relationship with Wilburn Elementary School, and other possible outreach projects.  A picnic is in the planning stages to be held in early August so that many more members of the various faith communities can build relationships.  More information will be published as details are determined.

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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Celebrating Lay Ministries

We at St. Mark’s highly value the variety of ministries of our lay members, their ministries within the church and particularly their ministries in the world around us. On March 30th we said a special thank you to our newsletter editor, Bill DuPre!! He edits the greatest parish newsletter in the world (yes, we are biased about Bill’s ministry). This coming Sunday, April 6th, we’ll celebrate the ministries of our Lectors, Intercessors, and Announcers — those persons whose voices open to us the scriptures, lead us in the prayers of the people, and keep us up-to-date on ministry opportunities. When we celebrate these ministries and more, we are celebrating the ‘who they are’ as people created in God’s image as much as we are celebrating how they live out ‘who they are.’ We’d like to celebrate who you are as well! St. Mark’s has room for you.

A Bishop is Coming…A Bishop is Coming… March 30, 2014

We are delighted to welcome to St. Mark’s, Raleigh, on Sunday, March 30, 2014, our Bishop Suffragan, the Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple!!   Bishop Anne will be with us at 9:30 a.m. to have a conversation with adults and teens about faith, the church, and the ways in which we serve the world around us.  Then at 10:30 a.m. she will be our Celebrant and Preacher, as well as leading us in Confirmation and Reception.  At this service will are also looking forward to honoring our wonderful newsletter editor, Mr. Bill DuPre!   We look forward to seeing you all.  (The 8:30 a.m. service will gather as we usually do.)