Combined Service at 9:30, Sunday December 14

On Sunday, Dec. 14, we will have a combined worship service at 9:30. After the service Canons Hunn and Lee will conduct a 90-minute interactive orientation to the Lombard Mennonite Peace Process. The goals are to orient St. Mark’s to the concepts and goals of the process, present the structure and schedule, and to answer questions and establish the congregation’s willingness to join the process.

Prayers Surround 199th Annual Convention

Our prayers are surrounding and supporting the bishops, delegates, clergy, and guests attending the 199th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.  Convention meets Nov. 21-22, 2014.  Very special guests this year will include the Rt. Revd. Metlhayotlhe Beleme, the fifth Bishop of Botswana, and his wife Mma. Bishop Thapelo Beleme.  The Diocese of Botswana is one of two companion dioceses of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.  A warm welcome to our guests and may God bless the ministries of our peoples in the years to come.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye — Nov. 9, 2014 Special Sunday Schedule

Greetings…. Combined Worship Service – Annual Meeting – “Sunday Dinner” coming.  On Sunday, November 9, 2014, we will combine our two regular services (8:30 & 10:30) in one service at 9:30 a.m.   This will bring our entire church together for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed immediately by our Parish Annual Meeting.  This meeting will take place in the church so that we can take full advantage of our hearing loop.  We hope our Youth will participate in the meeting.  The Nursery will be open for children ages 3 and younger while children ages 4-10 may participate in a special activity in the Community Life Center.  An Annual Meeting includes election of Vestry members, a report on our fall Stewardship efforts, an overview of current finances, reports from some of our Ministry Teams, and any updates available on our Mennonite Peace Process.  The “Sunday Dinner” which follows the meeting is a covered dish event – sign-up posters are on doors outside our worship space.  This event is for all members of our long-time and newer households!  Youth will be servers — tip jars will be available with proceeds going to the Pilgrimage Fund for our young people.  Now is the time to mark calendars for Nov. 9, 2014!

Youth Pilgrimage Presentation

On Sunday, October 26, 2014 the AF3/J2A Youth Group will make the second of two presentations on their 2014 Pilgrimage to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Their first presentation was excellent.  This Sunday the youth will tell their own stories of the ways in which the experience have touched their lives.  Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Life Center between our 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. services of Holy Eucharist.

An Interfaith Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10 a.m.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host an Interfaith Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the church’s courtyard (follow the driveways to park around back, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC ) This event honors the furried, feathered, and even finned members of the created order.  Animals of different varieties are welcome.  To keep our animal (and human) friends safe, please have dogs on leashes, cats in carriers, hamsters-bunnies-birds-etc. in their cages, horses haltered or bridled, turtles in their bowls.  Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors. Service animals (civilian and military) are very welcome to come with their humans.  Donations will be accepted to benefit the Wake County Animal Shelter.

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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