After our system and network maintenance today, most things are working, including the web site. We are still experiencing problems with email. Most email seems to arrive at the church as expected, but some does not. I am currently working to resolve this problem as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, the rector may be delayed in responding to your emails.
We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this problem and I apologize for the inconvenience.
As of late this afternoon the church staff can receive e-mails at their church addresses but cannot reply/send out e-mails from those addresses. Our IT volunteer team hopes to have this resolved by Sat. 1/25/14. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please telephone the Rector. Thanks for your patience.
Your St. Mark’s network and computer system administration team will be performing maintenance on the St. Mark’s network this Friday, January 24 between 9AM and 2PM. The church web site and email (including the list server) will be unavailable for major portions of that time.
We chose Friday because the church is not staffed on that day. The rector will not have access to the church email during that time either so please use alternate means of communication in the case of pastoral emergencies.
We will be performing the following tasks during the specified maintenance outage.
Install the retasked computers that were replaced by new ones purchased and installed late last year.
One computer will be used as a firewall. The existing server has a firewall of its own but this will make our network and church data more secure.
The other computer will be used as a replacement for our current server. Those functions, the web server, email server and list server will not be migrated on Friday, but the work we do Friday will allow us to easily migrate those server tasks to the new server over the following few days.
Install faster internal network switches to speed printing and make backups faster by a factor of 10x.
Create a separate guest network to further secure our internal network.
Install secured WiFi as part of the guest network for the main office area. Due to the substantial nature of the St. Mark’s building, it is not clear whether this WiFi will be available at any reasonable strength in the concourse or the sanctuary. It will definitely *not* reach the CLC or Ed buildings. Work is on-going to bring secure WiFi to the CLC.
We at St. Mark’s extend our heartfelt prayers for God’s blessing upon one and all. May the peace of God be in our hearts and minds and souls this day and all the year long. For those whose tradition includes a celebration of Christmas, may these coming twelve days be a time of renewal and rest, of joy and rejoicing.
On Thursday evening, December 12, from 5 – 6 pm, St. Mark’s and some of the other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will host a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary School. Scores of gifts donated by members of several Alliance communities will be given to children whose names were part of this year’s Angel Tree (or other named) giving opportunity. Volunteers and Clergy will be present to welcome parents and children to what promises to be a marvelous event! A sincere thanks to everyone who provided a gift or gifts for a child.
The New Hope Road Alliance of faith communities will have their bi-monthly lunch meeting on Wednesday, December 11, at noon. Hosted by Yavneh, A Jewish Renewal Community, the meeting will take place here at St. Mark’s in the Community Life Center.
On Sunday, December 8, 2013, from noon till 2 pm we will host our St. Nicholas Potluck Lunch in our Community Life Center. Sign-up sheets for side dishes, desserts, set-up and clean-up are available at the church or at the church office. This is also the day we are gathering the gifts for children of the local elementary school with which we are partnering. Those who have signed up to provide a gift are asked to be sure the child’s initials and number appear on the gift tag of the wrapped gifts. Our thanks to all who are so generously supporting this important ministry.
On Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 10 am, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will celebrate an Interfaith Blessing of the Animals in the Courtyard of the church’s property. (If it rains, come to the Courtyard and follow the signs for the weather plan location in our Concourse.)
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. This year we will also welcome special guest singer-songwriter Penny Pierce and her dog Chuckles. Penny will perform her song Forever Home which can be viewed on YouTube at http://youtu.be/0j8kNcpnvKo