Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary School

On Thursday evening, December 12, from 5 – 6 pm, St. Mark’s and some of the other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will host a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary School.  Scores of gifts donated by members of several Alliance communities will be given to children whose names were part of this year’s Angel Tree (or other named) giving opportunity.  Volunteers and Clergy will be present to welcome parents and children to what promises to be a marvelous event!   A sincere thanks to everyone who provided a gift or gifts for a child.

New Hope Road Alliance to Meet

The New Hope Road Alliance of faith communities will have their bi-monthly lunch meeting on Wednesday, December 11, at noon.  Hosted by Yavneh, A Jewish Renewal Community, the meeting will take place here at St. Mark’s in the Community Life Center.

St. Nicholas Potluck Lunch

On Sunday, December 8, 2013, from noon till 2 pm we will host our St. Nicholas Potluck Lunch in our Community Life Center.  Sign-up sheets for side dishes, desserts, set-up and clean-up are available at the church or at the church office.  This is also the day we are gathering the gifts for children of the local elementary school with which we are partnering.  Those who have signed up to provide a gift are asked to be sure the child’s initials and number appear on the gift tag of the wrapped gifts.  Our thanks to all who are so generously supporting this important ministry.

Blessing of the Animals with special guest

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 10 am, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will celebrate an Interfaith Blessing of the Animals in the Courtyard of the church’s property.  (If it rains, come to the Courtyard and follow the signs for the weather plan location in our Concourse.)
This event honors the furried, feathered, and even finned members of the created order.  Animals of different varieties are welcome.  To keep our animal (and human) friends safe, please have dogs on leashes, cats in carriers, hamsters-bunnies-birds-etc. in their cages, horses haltered or bridled, turtles in their bowls.  This year we will also welcome special guest singer-songwriter Penny Pierce and her dog Chuckles.  Penny will perform her song Forever Home which can be viewed on YouTube at

Programs for Children, Youth, and Adults Underway

Our new Program Year is underway!  Sunday morning opportunities for learning and reflection for all ages are offered at 9:30 a.m. in between our 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. church services.   Classes most often meet in the Community Life Center (CLC).   The Church Nursery now opens at 9:15 a.m. so parents can participate in Sunday morning programs.  Come and join us for lively conversation and find spiritual support for life’s journey.

Church power outage downs web site and email

Due to last evening’s intense storms there was a power failure at the church last night. This power failure lasted longer than the ability of our UPS’s (aka Uninterruptible Power Supply aka battery backup) to handle so all of the church computers were shut down including server that handles the email and web site. Even after power was restored the computers did not automatically power on as they usually do.

I went to the church this morning and powered everything back on and it all seems to be working now — as evidenced in part by this post. ;-)

Weather predictions for today indicate the possibility for more storms this afternoon and evening. If the church loses power again long enough to shut down the computers I will power everything back on as soon as practical.

Thanks for your understanding.

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

CLC Clean-Up Day

The Children’s Christian Education Task Group is having a CLEAN-UP/ORGANIZE DAY for classrooms in the CLC this Saturday, August 24, beginning at 10:30AM.
Please join us! Kids are welcome to help (they have lots of fun). If you can only help out for 30 minutes, that will be fine!
Middle Schoolers & High Schoolers who need community services hours are welcome as well.
Please come to the end door of the CLC (opposite the courtyard entrance) & knock….we’ll hear you! There is parking next to that entrance.
Carrie Shuping & Tracy McKimmon
Children’s CE Task Group Co-Chairs

Planned St. Mark’s server outage today

The server at St. Marks will be off-line for about 1.5 hours today, August 15, while we replace the battery in the UPS. The Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) keeps the server running for a few minutes in case of a power failure at the church. The battery is no longer capable of holding a charge and needs to be replaced.

The outage will take place sometime between 10AM and 2PM. Our web page will be off-line during that time as will email services.

Thanks for your understanding.

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

Blue Book Art due Aug. 18th; Voting Aug. 25th

Artwork for our coming program year’s Blue Book is due in by Sunday, August 18, 2013.  Artwork should be on 8.5 x 11 inch paper (or smaller) in black and white media (pencil, marker, ink, etc.).  All artwork should have a spiritual or Christian theme.  Put your name on the back of the artwork.  Children’s work should include the artist’s age.  Turn into the church office.  Voting for the cover will take place during Community Time on Aug. 25th

Blessing of Backpacks – August 25th

This year’s Blessing of Backpacks for students of all ages will take place at our 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, August 25th.  Bring your backpacks, satchels, briefcases, notebooks (electronic and paper), etc. for a special blessing.  Be sure to participate even if a student in a year-round school.  All ages of students welcome !!