Go Fund Me campaign helps mother of disabled child to get a Habitat home

Cynthia Lewis is working toward a Habitat for Humanity home. This mother of two young children, one of whom has endured multiple medical procedures for a congenital birth defect, needs financial help to fund the renovations for the Habitat home that she qualifies for.
Cynthia and her children live in rural Swain County, about 40 miles west of Asheville, smack in the middle of the Nantahala National Forest.
Her home is among the 104 being built as part of the State Employees Credit Union’s Mountains-to-the-Sea Challenge – a $10 million initiative for a new or renovated home in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

Habitat N.C. is trying to raise $20,000 to get this deserving family started toward home-ownership. Once her home is built, Cynthia will assume a zero-percent-interest mortgage through the State Employees Credit Union.

You can read her story and make a donation at https://tinyurl.com/y7uul3qu


Celebration of New Ministry


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Warmly invites you to celebrate the new ministry we
share with our fourth rector

The Reverend Tyrone Fowlkes

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

1725 N. New Hope Road
Raleigh, North Carolina

The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman, Diocese of North Carolina, presiding
The Rev. Randal Gardner, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, preaching

Clergy are invited to vest – red stoles

Reception following the liturgy.

Holy Week 2018 – Service Schedule

As we prepare for the deep mysteries of Holy Week, we hope you will make every effort to share and be part of our services and events at St. Mark’s.

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25**

Adult Formation with The Rev. John Wall at 9:30 am
Three in One and One in Three: The Mysteries of Holy Week

Open your heart and mind to the great symbols and meanings which mark this important week in the life of the Church.

The Liturgy of the Palms and the Passion Narrative

At 10:30 am, we will begin gathering in the open field (on the street-side) of the Education Building and start our Palm Sunday liturgy with the blessing of palms and the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We then enter the Centrum to hear the Passion narrative as recorded in the Gospel of Mark.

Wednesday in Holy Week: A Prayer and Healing Eucharist, March 28 at 7:30 pm

As a worshipful culmination to our Lenten study-series and of all that would assail our bodies and souls, the people are invited to bring their cares and  concerns and hold them up to the light of God’s healing power. On this night, we will share in a special prayer form and conclude with a time of testimony and thanksgiving.

The Paschal Triduum

Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm

Agape meal in the Concourse followed by Eucharist and foot washing
at 7:30 pm*

We begin the Paschal Triduum by following Jesus’ maundy or mandate that we love one another as He has loved us. And we experience the humbling and mysterious act of foot washing. We will break bread together and conclude with the stripping of the altar.


Good Friday, March 30 at 12 noon

We will begin gathering in the open field (on the street-side) of the Education Building. On the Cross we see God’s self-emptying love and during this service, that love manifests itself in God’s judgment as well as God’s forgiveness.

Holy Saturday: Prayers for the Community, March 31 at 12 noon

In this short contemplative service, we pray for the needs of our parish community as well as our city and nation. This service reminds us that we share this world with others and must pray for God’s spirit as we seek and serve to bring about change within it.

Holy Saturday: Reflections on the ‘The Lenten Crosses’ with Thomas Sayre, March 31 at 12:45 pm

Renowned artist and St. Mark’s member Thomas Sayre will reflect on this tremendous body of work that has adorned our worship space this Lent. Sayre will discuss their themes and particular constructions as physical, theological, and philosophical objects.

The Great Vigil of Easter, March 31 at 7:30 pm*

Between crucifixion and resurrection, we light the new fire and remember the story of God’s saving acts in history. We welcome new members into our community and celebrate the joy of the Resurrection, God’s eternal gift. Alleluia! Christ is Risen.

Easter Day, April 1 at 8:30 and 10:30 am*

On this day, we sing, chant and offer high thanksgiving. For if God will raise Jesus from the dead, then He will do no less for us. Come, let us celebrate  together our new Easter life. Alleluia! Christ is Risen.

* Hypoallergenic incense will be used at the Offertory during this service.
** Hypoallergenic incense will be used outside and will lead the Palm Sunday procession.

Registration is open for racial equity training

The Racial Equity Institute offers training at St. Mark’s April 19-20 and Nov. 9-10.

St. Mark’s will be host to two training sessions to address racism in organizations and communities. The opportunity to register is open to our community before being open to the general public. Space will fill up fast, so don’t delay.

For more information and to register for a training session, visit http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=kuoqakuab&oeidk=a07ef4amiz6d17dc62c or contact Cas Shearin of Raleigh Organizing Against Racism at 919-274-8338 or oarraleigh@gmail.com.

Upcoming PAC Group meetings

Eastenders meets 5 pm Sunday, April 8, at the home of Bob Scully in Hedingham. Details will be coming when the date draws near.

East of the Neuse (EONs) Parish Area Care group will meet for a potluck lunch at 1 pm Sunday, April 8, in our Community Life Center.

Northwest Territory meets Sunday, April 15, 6 pm at the home of Larry and Vickie LoMonte, 4220 James Road, Raleigh.

Parish Area Care (PAC) groups at St. Mark’s serve as a way to reach out to all members of the congregation and help them to grow in awareness that they are loved and cared about.

Seeing Ourselves in Prayer and Worship

How is your relationship with God? What things need to be given up and taken on this Lent? Our 8:30 and 10:30 liturgies on Sunday will provide opportunities to explore these questions. A new arrangement in the Centrum will also allow us to see each other and invite others to walk alongside us on this Lenten journey.

Seeing Ourselves in Faith Formation

Have you ever wondered what people who walk or drive by our church think of us? Sometimes our customs and routines have so thoroughly shaped us that they can hamper our awareness and impede our ability to identify new opportunities.

At our recent retreat, your rector and vestry began unpacking how our ‘4 pillars of faith’ might be used as platform for how we understand and do ministry at St. Mark’s. Each Sunday throughout Lent, Fr. Tyrone and members of the vestry will present on Welcome, Encounter, Justice, and Testimony. It will be a time where we can raise questions and reflect together on what meaning and implication each pillar has on our life at St. Mark’s. Each session will take place in CLC-1.

Seeing Ourselves in the Work of Racial Reconciliation

How do we reconcile the sin of racism? Can we? What is our personal obligation? What must we do socially and spiritually?

This year, our Lenten Study-Series will feature the provocative work of I Am Not Your Negro written by James Baldwin. In 2016, Filmmaker, Raoul Peck documented and completed much of what Baldwin was envisioning at the time of his death. This film and book will take us into the difficult but enlightening examination of race in America. Each Wednesday, we will view a portion of the film followed by discussion. The Lenten Study-Series begins on Wednesday, February 21st at 6:30 with a light meal. The film screening will begin at 7:30.

Toward the end of Lent, we will have more involvement with the book, I Am Not Your Negro. You are encouraged to order it online and use it as a Lenten devotional and study-companion to the film.

Jessie Maeck is coordinating transportation for those who have difficulty driving at night. Scholarships are also available for the book. Please see Fr. Tyrone

Lent 2018: Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us

Lent began on Wednesday, and I want to encourage you to enter deeply into this solemn season and take full advantage of the worship and learning opportunities at St. Mark’s.

Our Lenten theme: Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us, will provide us with a chance to come to terms with our human condition. And we’ll begin by examining the deep impact that structural and institutional racism has made and continues to make within our country, in the Church and upon our lives.

This Lent we can with wrestle with the parts of ourselves and the areas of our society which are sometimes hidden and unconscious—even to us—though nonetheless harmful. Your rector and vestry invite you into a time of prayer, conversation, and learning as we pursue together this major initiative for our parish.

–Fr. Tyrone

Be sure to view the post, Racial Reconciliation: How St. Mark’s can lead for more information on our Wednesday evening series.