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 !!

Youth Sponsored Yard Sale – Sat., Aug. 3, 2013, from 7 am till 12 Noon

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Journey to Adulthood/AF3 Youth Group is sponsoring a Yard Sale on Saturday morning, August 3, 2013, from 7 am until 12 Noon, in the Community Life Center (CLC) of St. Mark’s. That building can be accessed by either of the Church’s driveways at 1725 North New Hope Road, Raleigh. Enter from N. New Hope Rd. and drive around back. The Community Life Center parallels the ball fields. Spread the news and invite your friends and neighbors to the Yard Sale.

The proceeds from the Yard Sale will support the Youth Pilgrimage to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota where the young people of St. Mark’s will participate in service projects as well as learn from the Native Americans who are gracious enough to welcome our youth.

School Supplies Needed by Wilburn Elementary

From our Social Action Committee comes this important notice:

In our new partnership with Wilburn Elementary, we are learning that the school is lacking in many classroom supplies, things often provided by the children or the PTA. Being a school without a PTA and without a lot of middle class families, Wilburn often goes without. One example is that they do not have yard sticks for measuring projects, so they have to construct ones out of paper, which do not work very well. When you find a good deal on the supplies listed below, think of picking up an extra for our school. There is a box in the Concourse for the supplies.

List of School Supplies Needed by Wilburn Elementary

  • Pencils, pencils, pencils! (including thicker ones for Kindergarten)
  • Notebook paper (no collegiate-ruled)
  • Glue sticks
  • Copy paper (reams of plain copy paper)
  • Crayons (including some thicker ones for Kindergarten)
  • Black and white composition notebooks
  • Spiral bound notebooks
  • Scissors
  • Glue bottles
  • Tissues
  • Folders (two pocket folders, no design, no center fasteners)
  • Erasers
  • Tissues
  • Expo whiteboard markers
  • Yard sticks and meter sticks
  • Headphones-earbuds (with straight adaptor)


Wilburn is a year-round school—supplies are needed all year.


Pentecost Picnic, Sunday, May 19 – Rain or Shine

At 9:30 a.m. we’re invited to gather in the Godly Play area of the Community Life Center to make special preparations for the 10:30 service procession.

Whether we see the sun shining brightly tomorrow on May 19th or we feel liquid sunshine falling in the form of rain, we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost beginning with our combined service at 10:30 a.m.  We’ll follow worship with a Pentecost Picnic.

Wearing red is a custom as the color associated with the Holy Spirit.

You’re only ’50’ once, as they say, so come and join the celebration of our 50th year.


St. Mark’s collecting outwear for Wilburn Elementary School children

As part of our on-going relationship with nearby Wilburn Elementary School, we at St. Mark’s are collecting outwear for children, particularly sweat pants and shorts. These garments fit multiple sizes so prove to be most useful.  The greatest need is for smaller sizes, though all sizes are welcome.  Donations may be placed in the baskets near the Guest Book in the Concourse.

Kyle Abrams from Interfaith Food Shuttle to speak Sunday, April 28

Join us on Sunday, 28 April, as we host Kyle Abrams from Interfaith Food Shuttle. He will speak a little on his organization, and then speak more specifically about his work with Backpack Buddies.

Let’s show how much St. Mark’s honors the work of the Interfaith Food Shuttle by supporting his Healthy Food Drive. Please download the poster for a list what items to bring!

Anyone can support this food drive – just bring appropriate foods to the CLC on Sunday!

Easter Sunday Processional and Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Basket

Easter Sunday Processional

All children & youth are invited to participate in the Festival Eucharist Processional on Easter Day! Please gather in the Memorial Garden near the “buried” Alleluia banner at 10:15.


Easter Egg Hunt

Immediately following the Festival Eucharist on Easter Sunday.

All children (toddlers through 6th graders) are invited to participate.

Toddlers through Kindergartners will gather at the entrance to the Memorial Garden (nearest the courtyard).  Toddlers & Preschoolers will need a parent or caregiver with them.

1st through 6th graders will gather at the courtyard entrance to the playground.

Children’s Task Group Members will be on hand to give instructions.

Don’t forget your Easter Baskets!

A Sunday to Sunday experience

St. Mark’s welcomes members and guests to a very special Holy Week and Easter with Bishop Curry as teacher and preacher

Seven days which change the shape of the world and the destinies of each one of us. The events in the final days of the life of Jesus leading up to the resurrection bring into sharp focus our relationship with God. It is a long-standing tradition of the Church to witness these events day-by-day. It is the experience of the Church that participating in this drama creates a deepened sense of the renewed life on Easter Day.

Palm Sunday (8:30 and 10:30 a.m.) The Blessing of the Palms and Holy Eucharist.

Monday Evening (7:30 p.m.): The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry; A teaching for Holy Week.

Tuesday and Wednesday (7:30 p.m.): the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry; a teaching for Holy Week. (*Note change to delete Monday — the Bishop will be in Washington, DC, marching against Gun Violence.)

Maundy Thursday (7:30 p.m.) Holy Eucharist and foot washing.

Good Friday (12 noon): The Proper Liturgy; (12:45 to 7:30 p.m.) Meditations on the Stations of the Cross. Following the service, our Community Life Center will be open for those desiring a time of quiet meditation.

Good Friday (7:30 p.m.) Tenebrae, readings of the Lamentations and the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church until a single candle representing Christ remains.

Holy Saturday (9 a.m.): Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday. This is a day marked by silence and waiting.

The Great Vigil of Easter (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.) We gather in the night’s new darkness to kindle the first fire of the Paschal Feast, or Easter Feast.

Easter Day (8:30 and 10:30 a.m.) Festival Eucharist with the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, celebrant and preacher.

The feast continues with an Easter brunch as the children gather eggs – another ancient symbol of new life.