Holy Week and Easter Services 2015

Holy Week Schedule 2015

March 29 – Palm Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Blessing of the Palms begins in the Concourse   10:30 a.m. Blessing of the Palms begins in the Memorial Garden weather permitting.

April 2 – Maundy Thursday – 8:00 p.m. Worship begins in the Centrum (we begin a half hour later this year so the youth can prepare a supper of pancakes to begin serving at 6:30 p.m.)

April 3 – Good Friday – 12 Noon – The Women of the Passion – Meditations on the Stations of the Cross as told by women in Jesus’ life.

April 3 – Good Friday – 7:30 p.m. The Proper Liturgy for Good Friday includes the readings of the Passion story from the Gospel of John.

April 4 – Holy Saturday – 9:30 a.m. A meditation is part of our brief morning worship.

April 4 – A Vigil of Lessons & Palms – 7:30 p.m.  The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, will preside and give the homily at a service in which we hear a series of readings, psalms, and canticles to prepare for the coming of Easter.

April 5 – A Service of Light to Greet Easter Day – 8:30 a.m.– Weather permitting we’ll gathered in the Memorial Garden to light the first fire of Easter followed by the first Eucharist of Easter.

April 5 – A Festival Eucharist of Easter Day – 10:30 a.m. – We will celebrate Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist to the joyful celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection. This service is followed by an Egg Hunt for children and a Covered Dish Brunch.

March 1, 2015 Services & Sunday School Cancelled

Dear Ones…. While it is a difficult call to make, our two services and Sunday School are cancelled today because of freezing rain.  Local media affiliates are reporting multiple accidents even on major highways.  Sidewalks and parking lots have deteriorated over the last hour.  This past week hospitals have already reported an increase in injuries due to falls.  We want to avoid anyone from St. Mark’s becoming one of those patients!   Please stay safe and we’ll gather to pray together soon!

For Sunday, March 1, 2015

Our regular schedule of services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. returns Sunday, March 1, 2015.  Sunday School resumes its usual time of 9:30 a.m.   There is a forecast for the possibility of some freezing rain during the morning hours.  Please watch local weather reports.  If conditions permit, we’ll see our early crowd at 8:30 a.m.  Realizing that neighborhood streets are thawing at various rates, please make the safest decision about driving from your location.  If the service schedule changes, we will notify local television affiliates (we currently have access to WRAL and to ABC11) as well as send a parish-wide email, put a notice on this website and on the church’s facebook page.  Stay safe.

February 25, 2015 – Start of Evening Lenten Program Postponed

Our Wednesday evening Lenten program scheduled to begin this evening, 2/25/15 is cancelled due to the issuance of a Winter Weather Warning for our area.   Please join us next Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. for the first session of A History of Christianity – The First Three Thousand Years.  The class will be facilitated by the Rev. Deacon Sallie Simpson.   The Children’s Lenten series is being rescheduled to a Saturday in either April or May depending on scheduling of space in the Community Life Center.  Watch for future news about this wonderful program.

February 18, 2015 – Afternoon Ice Update

Please do not enter our main worship building using the north/courtyard door.  Today’s solar gain did not impact at all the ice which accumulated from that door out into the sidewalk leading to our other buildings.  The temperatures tonight and tomorrow will not provide any relief.  Our main parking lot is in much better shape though refreezing will cause any puddles/standing water to become a hazard.  Please stay safe and continue to check on neighbors and friends.


February 18, 2015 – Services Cancelled

In the interests of caring for one another and insuring we are safe to worship together another day, our services are cancelled for today, February 18, 2015.  The Senior Warden and I are trusting that the solar gain expected today will help clear our parking lot and sidewalks so that activities may resume tomorrow or the next day.   Our Winter Weather Policy follows the Wake County Public School System closing/delays which means the offices are officially closed.  We will have one more Sunday of combined services on the First Sunday in Lent, 2/22/15, at 9:30 a.m.  In the meantime, please make wise decisions about travel.  Many neighborhood streets and sidewalks are still treacherous.  Blessings all.

Pancake Dinner Postponed

Due to the icy road conditions from the winter storm and in consultation with our Youth Leaders, we are postponing our Pancake Supper and Jazz Concert.  Watch e-mail, facebook, and our website for the new schedule.

The Church Office is closed today.  Our winter weather policy generally follows the Wake County Public School delay/closing schedule.   We’ll update our schedule each morning.   Stay safe.

Pancakes & Dixieland Jazz Coming February 17, 2015

St. Mark’s will have a real New Orleans-style Mardi Gras on Feb. 17 when the legendary St. Mark’s Jazz Band belts out Dixieland music while our Journey to Adulthood Youth serve up pancakes, sausage, and swwets at our Shrove Tuesday supper.  Vegetarian and gluten free offerings as well.  Tickets are $5 per person or a maximum of $20 per family (though additional donations are welcome).  Proceeds go towards the next Youth Pilgrimage to Costa Rica in 2016.

February 1, 2015, Combined Service at 9:30 am to be held in CLC-1

This week’s combined worship service at 9:30 a.m. will be held in the great room of our Community Life Center, called CLC-1.  The furnace for our worship space no longer works and a replacement is not yet chosen and installed.  Three of the six companies asked to bid have done so; we are awaiting information on vendors and time-lines to make a choice.  We hope to have the heat up and running very, very soon!!  The Community Life Center is on the backside of our property, parallel to the ball fields.  We will also have Session 3 of the Mennonite Peace Process at 10:40 a.m. led by our diocesan Canons.  Youth groups will meet and Godly Play will offer a story.  Blessings all.

Combined Sunday Service set to start Jan. 11, 2015 for seven weeks

Beginning Sunday, 1/11/15, we will combine our two Sunday services into one at 9:30 a.m.  This is to bring together our entire worshipping community so that we can also be together after service for the Mennonite Peace Process educational series.  Early service goers get a little extra sleep and later service goers get to rise a little sooner.  Come and make your weekly communion at 9:30 a.m.

Greening of the Church on Dec. 21, 2014

On Sunday, December 21, 2014, following our observance of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, our Flower Guild will lead us in the Greening of the Church for Christmas.   Experience is not necessary as we have talented members who will supervise any of us who are new to ‘greening.’  Participants will gather in our worship space (called the Centrum) after the 10:30 a.m. service for the transformation from the blues and purples of Advent to the white, gold, green, and other colors of Christmas.

Combined Service at 9:30, Sunday December 14

On Sunday, Dec. 14, we will have a combined worship service at 9:30. After the service Canons Hunn and Lee will conduct a 90-minute interactive orientation to the Lombard Mennonite Peace Process. The goals are to orient St. Mark’s to the concepts and goals of the process, present the structure and schedule, and to answer questions and establish the congregation’s willingness to join the process.

Prayers Surround 199th Annual Convention

Our prayers are surrounding and supporting the bishops, delegates, clergy, and guests attending the 199th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.  Convention meets Nov. 21-22, 2014.  Very special guests this year will include the Rt. Revd. Metlhayotlhe Beleme, the fifth Bishop of Botswana, and his wife Mma. Bishop Thapelo Beleme.  The Diocese of Botswana is one of two companion dioceses of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.  A warm welcome to our guests and may God bless the ministries of our peoples in the years to come.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye — Nov. 9, 2014 Special Sunday Schedule

Greetings…. Combined Worship Service – Annual Meeting – “Sunday Dinner” coming.  On Sunday, November 9, 2014, we will combine our two regular services (8:30 & 10:30) in one service at 9:30 a.m.   This will bring our entire church together for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed immediately by our Parish Annual Meeting.  This meeting will take place in the church so that we can take full advantage of our hearing loop.  We hope our Youth will participate in the meeting.  The Nursery will be open for children ages 3 and younger while children ages 4-10 may participate in a special activity in the Community Life Center.  An Annual Meeting includes election of Vestry members, a report on our fall Stewardship efforts, an overview of current finances, reports from some of our Ministry Teams, and any updates available on our Mennonite Peace Process.  The “Sunday Dinner” which follows the meeting is a covered dish event – sign-up posters are on doors outside our worship space.  This event is for all members of our long-time and newer households!  Youth will be servers — tip jars will be available with proceeds going to the Pilgrimage Fund for our young people.  Now is the time to mark calendars for Nov. 9, 2014!

Youth Pilgrimage Presentation

On Sunday, October 26, 2014 the AF3/J2A Youth Group will make the second of two presentations on their 2014 Pilgrimage to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Their first presentation was excellent.  This Sunday the youth will tell their own stories of the ways in which the experience have touched their lives.  Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Life Center between our 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. services of Holy Eucharist.