Parish Area Care groups to meet

East of the Neuse (EONs) meets 1 pm Sunday, Sept. 24, in our Community Life Center.

Tenderlions meets 3 pm Sunday, Oct. 1, hosted by Lida and John Thoma, 5509 Sweetbriar Drive, Raleigh 27609. Email Come join us for fellowship and great food.

RIBs (Residing Inside the Beltline) meets 1 pm Oct. 29 at the home of Richard Usanis and Ann Doster, at 818 Woodburn Road, Raleigh.

Parish Area Care groups meet in members’ homes for potluck meals and fellowship. They also offer assistance and solace to members in times of grief, illness or any other need.

Adult Education – Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kaye B. Ward - Program Asst. for Transition, Interfaith Prison Ministry
Kaye B. Ward – Program Asst. for Transition, Interfaith Prison Ministry

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.

Follow-up on Sept. 10 Adult education about the NC Center on Actual Innocence

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: /2017/Bills/House/PDF/H216v3.pdf

Chris Mumma
Executive Director
N.C. Center on Actual Innocence

Adult Education – Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dennis Gaddy - Executive Director, Community Success Initiative
Dennis Gaddy – Executive Director, Community Success Initiative

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.

Join us at 9 am Sunday, Sept. 10; we have breakfast, sign up, and first classes

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! 
The Sunday School chalk on the walk.
The Sunday School chalk on the walk.
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.

Adult Education – Sunday, September 10, 2017

Chris Mumma - Executive Director, NC Center for Actual Innocence
Chris Mumma – Executive Director, NC Center for Actual Innocence

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.

Monday is Meals on Wheels day; then join us for lunch at Pam’s

This Monday, Aug. 28, is St. Mark’s day to deliver Meals on Wheels. If you can’t deliver that day, please arrange for a substitute or contact JoAnn Bass.

All Meals on Wheels volunteers are invited to join Carl and JoAnn for lunch that day at Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant, 5111 Western Blvd., Raleigh, 27606, around 12:30 p.m.

Please let JoAnn know and she 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.

Technology work on Friday means outages

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 if you have any questions.

David Both
System Administrator

St. Mark’s welcomes Father Tyrone Fowlkes as our new rector

Fr Tyrone Fowlkes celebrates his first Sunday with us.
Fr Tyrone Fowlkes celebrates his first Sunday with us.

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.

He may be reached at the church office main phone number, 919-231-6767, or by email at or

Read Fr. Tyrone’s biography here.