Telephone and Internet upgrade at St. Mark’s

We will be migrating both our Internet and telephone service from AT&T to Time Warner Business Class (TWBC). TWBC will provide us with faster upload speeds than any other service provider is able and at a lower price as well.

The upload speed is what really needs to be improved at St. Mark’s as that is the speed at which our server can send you the contents of a web page. This has been severely limited with AT&T, our current provider, and will be increased by a factor of between 6x and 8x.

The telephones, web site and email will not be impacted and should not be disturbed during the installation of the physical cable connections until they have been extended into the furnace room. At that time our telephone PBX will be connected to the TWCBC cable, and we will also move to the new TWBC Internet connection.

The telephone system should be down for an hour or so as the connections are transferred and then tested. We will have the same telephone numbers as we always have.

The Internet connection is easy and fast to swap, so we won’t “technically” be down for long, but we will get new a IP Address so I will have to change that at our Name Service registrar. That will take anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours to propagate throughout the entire Internet. If you send an email, it will be held at your ISP’s outbound email server until that server can communicate with ours and it will then be sent.

We do not yet have from Time Warner a date when this work will take place. We will let you know as soon as we do.

Please, if you have any questions, address them to me at and I will answer them as best I can.


David P. Both, RHCE
System Administrator
St. Marks Episcopal Church
Raleigh, NC

April 28, 2014 New Hope Road Alliance Meets

On Monday, April 28, 2014, lay and ordained leaders from among the eight faith communities comprising the New Hope Road Alliance will gather for a lunch meeting at St. Mary’s Coptic Church.  Topics on the agenda will include the New Hope Road Community Garden, the relationship with Wilburn Elementary School, and other possible outreach projects.  A picnic is in the planning stages to be held in early August so that many more members of the various faith communities can build relationships.  More information will be published as details are determined.

St. Mark’s Installs Hearing Loop

We recently caught up with many churches, concert halls, and other buildings in Great Britain and Europe — we are now an even more accessible and welcoming community than we were last Sunday. Thanks to the research and generosity of members here in St. Mark’s along with a local audiologist, we now have what is called a Hearing Loop.“ See the American Hearing Loop web site for details.

Induction loop systems transmit magnetic energy directly to hearing aids fitted with telecoils, T-coils.” NewHearingLoopLogoBlueSmall_2011 It is technology which also enables those who have cochlear implant with those settings to hear what comes through our sound system with amazing clarity. It isn’t about volume, though that is important – it’s about clarity.

An individual from the Hearing Loss Association of North Carolina has already notified us that we are listed on their website, that we are a welcoming location and up and running. We are also listed on a website which helps people locate churches and venues with hearing assistance. Social media does work well sometimes!

The commitment to install something like a Hearing Loop reflects who we are as a community of faith on our very best days. Because it is an outward, and sort of visible, sign that we care about one another whatever our physical abilities. Because it reflects what we mean when we say, “Our purpose is to help each other experience and worship God, openly share the Good News of Jesus Christ, and respond in love to the needs of our neighbor.”

A phrase kept coming to mind this week during the installation process: “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation…everything has become new,” which comes from the Second Letter to the Church in Corinth. That reading and the other ones today are about loving one another and loving God – about reconciliation – about we as human beings finding our way to or back to a good and healthy relationship with God. The readings are about our human frailty and, at a deeper level, about our desire to know and be known by God.

—From a Sermon, March 10, 2013, Lorraine Ljunggren

New Look for St. Mark’s Web Site

March is a month of renewal. This month flowers are already blooming; we will “spring forward” into Daylight Savings Time; we will celebrate Easter and the Resurrection; and Spring will arrive. Very soon we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In another act of renewal, your computer and network administrative team at St. Marks has been working with an ad hoc committee of interested folks in the Parish to redesign our web site. Our primary objectives, in no particular order, are:

  • Create a clean look that will be harmonious with the Diocese and other Episcopal churches in the area while emphasizing the unique aspects of St. Marks and our people.
  • Highlight our many mission activities.
  • Be easy to read for visually impaired visitors to the web site.
  • Attract visitors and encourage them to become members.
  • Add a slide show.
  • Provide easy consistent navigation between pages.

This web site is a result of that work.

Contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about this web site.

David Both –