Web site and Email outages on Saturday April 22

St. Marks’ers will be doing a lot of work around the church on Saturday, April 22nd as mentioned in the previous news post, On St. Mark’s Day, help us reach out, spruce up and sing. The St. Mark’s Sysadmins will be no exception.

I plan to do some cleanup on the computers. This includes removing the covers to try to clean out the accumulated dust and dirt. I also plan to install a second hard drive in our server to use for expansion of the /var filesystem which won’t be large enough to contain all of the old hardcopy St. Mark’s documentation that we need to store in electronic archival formats. Other physical tasks will be performed as we determine the need.

I also plan to install all of the latest software updates on our computers to provide for additional security and enhanced functionality.

There will be some periods of time on Saturday during which the St. Mark’s web site and email systems will be unavailable.

Thanks for your understanding and patience.

Meals on Wheels – Monday, April 24

We will be delivering Meals on Wheels again Monday, April 24, 2017.
If any of you are interested in joining us for lunch at Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant around 12:30 p.m., that would be wonderful. If you are interested, please let me know and I will arrange for a separate room for us to meet. Good food and good fellowship. You can join us even if you are not delivering that day! Just let me know.
Hope to see you there.
Joanne and Carl Bass

Real Davids, real Goliaths: What’s the point of the story? – Classes for April 23

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center.

Adult class – David and Goliath It’s a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has

transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?  You can see the video in advance at https://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_the_unheard_story_of_david_and_goliath. Jim Jacobs leads the discussion. Let’s talk about real Davids and Goliaths in our own lives.

Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

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.

On St. Mark’s Day, help us reach out, spruce up and sing

Join us on Saturday, April 22, as we observe St. Mark’s Day by gathering at 9 am in service to our community and to our church. There will be something for everyone to do, regardless of age or physical condition. The morning will end with lunch provided in our Community Life Center. It will be a great family affair and a way to model for our young people ways that we can all serve.

Starting April 2, look for sign-up in the Concourse and during Community Time in our Community Life Center for these activities:

St. Mark’s Spring Cleaning

Inside the Centrum: Vacuuming the chair s and dusting furniture. Please bring your vacuum cleaners that have hoses/upholstery attachments for cleaning the blue chairs.

Outside our buildings: Tidying flower beds, trimming and planting in the Memorial Garden, Covenant Garden and general grounds.

Spring Arbor Assisted Living: Join us at this facility across New Hope Road for a sing-along for the residents with musical accompaniment, lyrics and refreshments. Singers and non-singers needed for setup, cleanup and companionship.

Care Packages for homebound St. Mark’s members: In support of the new Pastoral Visitors Ministry, we will assemble bags with nonperishable goodies, such as note cards and stamps, healing prayers and devotionals, etc. for the visitors to take with them on their first visits as tokens of our love and concern. This is a good activity for young children and those young at heart who need a less physically demanding task.

Carol Monahan

Four PAC groups meet this month

The Parish Area Care (PAC) groups of St. Mark’s support members in times of need and also meet for social events such as potluck meals.

North Hillbillies meets 6 pm Sunday, April 9, at the home of Susan Doty, 4716 Yadkin Drive. Please call 919-787-2452 or email Susan (susandoty4@gmail.com) to RSVP.

Northwest Territory meets 6 pm April 23 at the home of Norris and Margaret Thurston.

RIBs meets 1 pm Apr il 30 at the home of Hope Ethington, David Hesselberth, and their daughter Amber, 1236 Harp St., Raleigh.

Eastenders meets 6 pm Apr il 30 at the home of Robin Maycock.

Southsiders meets 5:30 pm May 6 at the home of Linda and Jim Martin. Rain date is May 7.

2017 Holy Week Service Schedule

Palm Sunday – April 9th

The 8:30 will gather in the Centrum. The 10:30 service will gather in the Community Life Center for the Blessings of the Palms and the homily. We will then process across the Courtyard to the Centrum for the reading of the Passion and the Eucharist. Child care will begin at 9:15 in the Nursery.

Maundy Thursday – April 13th

At 10:00 am, the Spiritual Quest group will meet in the Community Life Center to Walk the Stations of the Cross, reflecting on Jesus’s journey from the trial before Pilate to the burial in the garden. All are invited to join them for this meditation and time of prayer.

At 7:30 pm we will gather in the Centrum for Jesus’ instructions to love one another, as we follow Jesus’ example and wash each other’s feet. We will also follow Jesus’ instructions to offer the bread and wine and share them for the remembrance of Him. We will conclude the service by placing some of the bread and wine of communion in reserve for distribution on Good Friday.

Good Friday – April 14th

A self-guided meditation on the Scriptures of Holy Week featuring the photographic art of Larry Gaissert will be available in the Community Life Center beginning at 2:00 pm until the start of our evening service. All are invited for a time of personal silent meditation.

At 7:30 pm, we gather in silence in the Centrum to place at the center of our attention Jesus’ passion, or suffering, and death on the cross. We retell the stories of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion, and take part in the events of Jesus’ passion through our participation in special intercessory prayers, and through our attention to a large wooden cross that we will bring into the Centrum. We will receive the bread and wine of communion from the elements reserved the previous day.

The Great Vigil of Easter – April 15th

At 7:30 pm, we gather in the Memorial Garden to light the New Fire, and bless the new Paschal Candle. Led by the light of the new candle, we will process to the Community Life Center where we will hear the Vigil Lessons recounting God’s mighty saving acts in human history. The light of our Paschal Candle will then lead us to the Centrum for the Great Alleluias and renewal of our Baptismal vows and the celebration of the First Eucharist of Easter. Remember to bring bells and other joyous noisemakers to greet our Risen Lord.

Easter Day – April 16th

At 8:30 and 10:30 am, we will gather in the Centrum for our Great Festival of Easter Day. Following the 10:30 service, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt and our traditional Covered Dish Easter Brunch will be held in the Community Life Center. All are invited to join in. Child Care will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Nursery.

Christian Education for April 9 – Immigration and refugees: Advocating for our neighbors

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center. 
This special series of six classes for adults for Lent focuses on active outreach into the world. Please join us for this important series.
Adult Sunday School: Immigration and refugees In this, the last of our adult classes for Lent, we hear an update on immigration and refugees and
how we as people of faith can advocate for our newest neighbors. Guest Speaker: Jennie Belle of the North Carolina Council of Churches.
Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.
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.

Christian Education for April 2 – Justice and the Whole Child: Education

Adult Sunday School: Justice and the Whole Child: Education. Among their basic needs, children need a strong start, health and wellness, and a high-quality education. In this second of a two-part series we learn how advocates for children of all ages are helping to meet these needs. Please join us in CLC-1 at 9:30 a.m. for Part 2: Education. Guest Speaker: Jim Martin, a St. Mark’s member who serves on the Wake County Board of Education.
Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.
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.

Christian Education for March 26 – Justice and the Whole Child: Health

We continue to roar for justice!

Adult Sunday School: Justice and the Whole Child: Health. Among their basic needs, children need a strong start, health and wellness, and a high-quality education. In this two-part series we learn how advocates for children of all ages are helping to meet these needs. Please join us in CLC-1 at 9:30 a.m. for Part 1: Health.  Our speaker will be our own Tom Vitaglione.
Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.
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.