Kaye B. Ward, with the Program Asst. for Transition, Interfaith Prison Ministry, will speak to us Sunday, September 24.
In this final presentation of a 3-part series on prison ministry, Kaye Ward will speak with us about her journey and how the support of her mentors and sponsors helped her embark on a new life after serving nearly 4 years in prison. Kaye’s story is compelling and a good example of how St. Mark’s ministry to formerly incarcerated women can make a difference another person’s life.
Last Sunday, September 10, Chris Mumma, executive director of the NC Center on Actual Innocence, gave an inspiring, factual, and provocative presentation on her work in exonerating prisoners who are innocent and have been imprisoned due to a miscarriage of justice.
As a follow-up to her presentation, Chris sent the following information on the legislation for which we can advocate:
In this 2nd of 3 Sunday morning offerings on prison ministries, Dennis Gaddy – Executive Director, Community Success Initiative, will speak to to the St. Mark’s adult class on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
The vision of Community Success Initiative (CSI) is to create communities where people discover their potential, set worthy goals for their lives, and take action in a positive way, with an emphasis on men and women who are transitioning from prison and jail, or who otherwise find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system. Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director, Community Success Initiative, will share the work of CSI, his own personal story, and how transformative a second chance can be in the life of an individual and their family.
St Mark’s invites all children, from preschool to fourth-graders, and youth from fifth-grade to high school seniors, and adults to join us for the Sunday School kick-off on Sept. 10 at 9 am in the Courtyard area. There will be light breakfast items as well as juice and coffee to be enjoyed by all. Sunday School will start at 9:30. Your Christian Education Committee is looking forward to seeing you!
In addition to a robust Adult Education program with thought-provoking speakers and presentations, St. Mark’s offers three engaging youth programs:
Godly Play: This is for children from preschoolers through fourth graders. Godly Play is a Montessori-based method of Christian Education that allows the children to wonder and respond to Bible stories told each Sunday. We offer “work sessions” periodically to allow the children more time to explore the stories and respond using the stories, the “desert box” and various art supplies or journals.
Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person. Rite 13 (Grades 5-8) and J2A (Grades 9-12) classes can be found in the CLC.
Chris Mumma, Executive Director, NC Center for Actual Innocence, will speak to the St. Mark’s adult class on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Life in prison is a nightmare for those who commit crimes. Imagine what it’s like for those who are in prison for a crime they did not commit. In the 1st of 3 Sunday morning offerings on prison ministries, Chris Mumma will speak to us about the NC Center for Actual Innocence, their work to exonerate those falsely accused, and her passion for this work.
The following 90-minute video about the exoneration of Greg Taylor is one example of Chris’s work.
The St. Mark’s technology team has been working to renovate our network and computer infrastructure along with the more visible office renovations like new carpet and paint. Part of our challenge in the past has been finding appropriate space for our computers and network equipment, and the recent work in the office has opened some space that works well for that.
This Friday, August 18, we will be moving the St. Mark’s servers from their current location in the Rector’s office into a server enclosure located in the hallway connecting his office with Jackie’s office. This move will reduce the amount of floor space taken by the servers, improve their physical security, and improve the visual aspect of the servers and their ancillary equipment.
This move will take some time, and the web site and email server for St. Mark’s will be down for the duration of the move. We expect this downtime to begin Friday morning between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM and to last for up to two hours. Email sent to St. Mark’s during this time will be held and then automatically sent to our server when it is back on line. Your emails sent during that time will not be lost.
Thank you for your understanding as we perform these important upgrades. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
On Sunday, August 6, St. Mark’s welcomed our new rector, Father Tyrone Fowlkes. His humor, presence, and love made his first Sunday with us special. After the services, a reception was held in the Community Life Center in his honor. Many former parishioners and guests filled the pews to welcome him into our fellowship. We look forward to an amazing and wonderful time with him.
Please join us on this joyous Sunday as we welcome the Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes as our new priest. We will have the usual services at 8:30 and 10:30 am, and child care will be available from 10:15 until noon.
There will be a reception at noon to give everyone a chance to meet our new spiritual leader.