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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.