Garth Hewitt in Concert – Monday, May 4, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

Join us Monday evening when we welcome back Garth Hewitt for a multi-media production of Songs, Stories, and Photographs.  This event is presented by the Coalition for Peace with Jusice and co-sponsored by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and other area faith communities.  Garth is committed to working for peace and justice worldwide.  Among the songs he will perform on Monday evening is “I Didn’t Speak-Up.”  The song is dedicated to the memory of three young Muslim humanitarians Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha, all of whom worked for justice in our surrounding communities as well as abroad.  Suggested donation is $10 – $20; Youth free.  Garth’s CD’s and most recent book will also be available.  Come join us for this inspiring witness.

Nominees for the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church are announced.

The following four bishops are nominated for the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

Thomas Breidenthal SOUTHERN OHIO
There may well be additional nominees eligible for the slate.  Those names are due by May 15, 2015.   In July at General Convention the House of Bishops will elect a bishop for this important office.  The House of Deputies, made up of clergy and lay deputies, will then be asked to Consent to the Election.  If both Houses find themselves led by the Spirit to agree, we will then have the person who will serve as our next P.B.

Special Topic and Special Guest Sunday Morning 4/26/15

How Climate Change is a Religious Issue” will be the subject of a talk by Dr. Stephen Jurovics at both our 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services on April 26, 2015, four days after the 45th Earth Day.  Stephen will identify several environmental teachings in the Old Testament and describe their relationship to the damaging effects on the earth that result from emissions of greenhouse gases. He will also illustrate how the teaching “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) served as a guiding principle for decisions about individual behavior within a community.  Between the two services at 9:30 a.m., Stephen will hold a Q&A session about both the biblical and secular aspects of climate change.

Holy Week and Easter Services 2015

Holy Week Schedule 2015

March 29 – Palm Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Blessing of the Palms begins in the Concourse   10:30 a.m. Blessing of the Palms begins in the Memorial Garden weather permitting.

April 2 – Maundy Thursday – 8:00 p.m. Worship begins in the Centrum (we begin a half hour later this year so the youth can prepare a supper of pancakes to begin serving at 6:30 p.m.)

April 3 – Good Friday – 12 Noon – The Women of the Passion – Meditations on the Stations of the Cross as told by women in Jesus’ life.

April 3 – Good Friday – 7:30 p.m. The Proper Liturgy for Good Friday includes the readings of the Passion story from the Gospel of John.

April 4 – Holy Saturday – 9:30 a.m. A meditation is part of our brief morning worship.

April 4 – A Vigil of Lessons & Palms – 7:30 p.m.  The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, will preside and give the homily at a service in which we hear a series of readings, psalms, and canticles to prepare for the coming of Easter.

April 5 – A Service of Light to Greet Easter Day – 8:30 a.m.– Weather permitting we’ll gathered in the Memorial Garden to light the first fire of Easter followed by the first Eucharist of Easter.

April 5 – A Festival Eucharist of Easter Day – 10:30 a.m. – We will celebrate Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist to the joyful celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection. This service is followed by an Egg Hunt for children and a Covered Dish Brunch.

March 1, 2015 Services & Sunday School Cancelled

Dear Ones…. While it is a difficult call to make, our two services and Sunday School are cancelled today because of freezing rain.  Local media affiliates are reporting multiple accidents even on major highways.  Sidewalks and parking lots have deteriorated over the last hour.  This past week hospitals have already reported an increase in injuries due to falls.  We want to avoid anyone from St. Mark’s becoming one of those patients!   Please stay safe and we’ll gather to pray together soon!

For Sunday, March 1, 2015

Our regular schedule of services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. returns Sunday, March 1, 2015.  Sunday School resumes its usual time of 9:30 a.m.   There is a forecast for the possibility of some freezing rain during the morning hours.  Please watch local weather reports.  If conditions permit, we’ll see our early crowd at 8:30 a.m.  Realizing that neighborhood streets are thawing at various rates, please make the safest decision about driving from your location.  If the service schedule changes, we will notify local television affiliates (we currently have access to WRAL and to ABC11) as well as send a parish-wide email, put a notice on this website and on the church’s facebook page.  Stay safe.

February 25, 2015 – Start of Evening Lenten Program Postponed

Our Wednesday evening Lenten program scheduled to begin this evening, 2/25/15 is cancelled due to the issuance of a Winter Weather Warning for our area.   Please join us next Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. for the first session of A History of Christianity – The First Three Thousand Years.  The class will be facilitated by the Rev. Deacon Sallie Simpson.   The Children’s Lenten series is being rescheduled to a Saturday in either April or May depending on scheduling of space in the Community Life Center.  Watch for future news about this wonderful program.

February 18, 2015 – Afternoon Ice Update

Please do not enter our main worship building using the north/courtyard door.  Today’s solar gain did not impact at all the ice which accumulated from that door out into the sidewalk leading to our other buildings.  The temperatures tonight and tomorrow will not provide any relief.  Our main parking lot is in much better shape though refreezing will cause any puddles/standing water to become a hazard.  Please stay safe and continue to check on neighbors and friends.


February 18, 2015 – Services Cancelled

In the interests of caring for one another and insuring we are safe to worship together another day, our services are cancelled for today, February 18, 2015.  The Senior Warden and I are trusting that the solar gain expected today will help clear our parking lot and sidewalks so that activities may resume tomorrow or the next day.   Our Winter Weather Policy follows the Wake County Public School System closing/delays which means the offices are officially closed.  We will have one more Sunday of combined services on the First Sunday in Lent, 2/22/15, at 9:30 a.m.  In the meantime, please make wise decisions about travel.  Many neighborhood streets and sidewalks are still treacherous.  Blessings all.

Pancake Dinner Postponed

Due to the icy road conditions from the winter storm and in consultation with our Youth Leaders, we are postponing our Pancake Supper and Jazz Concert.  Watch e-mail, facebook, and our website for the new schedule.

The Church Office is closed today.  Our winter weather policy generally follows the Wake County Public School delay/closing schedule.   We’ll update our schedule each morning.   Stay safe.

Pancakes & Dixieland Jazz Coming February 17, 2015

St. Mark’s will have a real New Orleans-style Mardi Gras on Feb. 17 when the legendary St. Mark’s Jazz Band belts out Dixieland music while our Journey to Adulthood Youth serve up pancakes, sausage, and swwets at our Shrove Tuesday supper.  Vegetarian and gluten free offerings as well.  Tickets are $5 per person or a maximum of $20 per family (though additional donations are welcome).  Proceeds go towards the next Youth Pilgrimage to Costa Rica in 2016.

February 1, 2015, Combined Service at 9:30 am to be held in CLC-1

This week’s combined worship service at 9:30 a.m. will be held in the great room of our Community Life Center, called CLC-1.  The furnace for our worship space no longer works and a replacement is not yet chosen and installed.  Three of the six companies asked to bid have done so; we are awaiting information on vendors and time-lines to make a choice.  We hope to have the heat up and running very, very soon!!  The Community Life Center is on the backside of our property, parallel to the ball fields.  We will also have Session 3 of the Mennonite Peace Process at 10:40 a.m. led by our diocesan Canons.  Youth groups will meet and Godly Play will offer a story.  Blessings all.

Combined Sunday Service set to start Jan. 11, 2015 for seven weeks

Beginning Sunday, 1/11/15, we will combine our two Sunday services into one at 9:30 a.m.  This is to bring together our entire worshipping community so that we can also be together after service for the Mennonite Peace Process educational series.  Early service goers get a little extra sleep and later service goers get to rise a little sooner.  Come and make your weekly communion at 9:30 a.m.

Greening of the Church on Dec. 21, 2014

On Sunday, December 21, 2014, following our observance of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, our Flower Guild will lead us in the Greening of the Church for Christmas.   Experience is not necessary as we have talented members who will supervise any of us who are new to ‘greening.’  Participants will gather in our worship space (called the Centrum) after the 10:30 a.m. service for the transformation from the blues and purples of Advent to the white, gold, green, and other colors of Christmas.