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.

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.