Wilburn starting school year; help with supplies is needed

As a year-round, single-track school, Wilburn Elementary will begin the 2017-’18 school year on Monday, July 31. If you are interested and able to contribute school supplies to Wilburn for the school  year, please check the school’s official list.

Leave new school supplies in the box in the St. Mark’s Concourse. All supplies are due by Sunday, Aug. 14. Please provide only items listed and the brands indicated.

As always, you are tremendously appreciated. Questions? Contact Linda Bamford at lindabamford@yahoo.com or 919-630-7045.

What’s needed

Medium and large boy’s and girl’s underwear, large backpacks (no wheels), Fiskar student scissors, headphones or earbuds, reams of white printer paper, clear sheet protectors, plain plastic folders with pockets, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, facial tissue, sandwich- and gallon-size Zip-Loc bags, wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, protractors, index cards, Post-it notes, one-subject wide-ruled spiral notebooks, primary journals (half blank pages and half ruled), No. 2 pencils without designs, Play-Doh, Magic erasers, 24-pack Crayola crayons, glue sticks (not jumbo), big pink erasers, black Expo dry-erase markers, black wide-ruled composition notebooks (no spirals), one-inch view binder (any color with clear front pocket), plastic dividers, pencil pouch with holes (no boxes), colored pencils, three-ring, plain colored binders with two pockets (no zipped binders).

Meals on Wheels delivery is July 24

It is that time again. Meals on Wheels delivery is Monday, July 24.

As promised, I am sharing the total amount received at our celebration of Meals on Wheels and Carmen Reeve on May 21. The Reeve Fund contributed $1,000 and contributions from individuals was $1,527.69, for a total $2,527.69.

Thank you again for all your dedication and hard work.
Joanne Bass

Support group forming for ex-prisoners

Yavneh and St. Mark’s seek to help released women

St. Mark’s and Yavneh plan to form a pilot reentry support circle with Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women.

Many women – particularly those for whom drugs and substance use led to their convictions – risk re-engagement with their previous lifestyles if they return home. Some choose to stay in Raleigh for that reason. However, according to a March 2014 report on the impact of incarceration on families and the women who sustain them, cost and discrimination Interfaith Prison Ministry For Womenare the top barriers to finding housing after release from prison, and in Raleigh, much of the low income and affordable housing that formerly incarcerated women depend on is being sold to private developers.

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women (IPMW) and Catholic Charities of Raleigh have joined forces to address this important issue. We need eight to ten persons to be in  relationship with a woman for 12 to 18 months. At present we have five people from St. Mark’s and one from Yavneh.

This provides an opportunity for us to practice our faith in a tangible way. Through a Reentry Support Circle we will share ourselves and cooperate with other congregations as a part of an effort to reduce recidivism and assist women, one person at a time, build a new life.

Meeting set for Aug. 23

A first meeting (combined information session, lunch and first training) at St. Mark’s is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 10am to 3 pm in our Community Life Center.

To become a part of this support group or for additional information, contact Sara Stohler at 919-821-4338 or Stohler00@gmail.com. You may come to this first meeting just to learn more without making a definite commitment.


Preparations for our new Rector are Underway

We are currently preparing for the arrival of our new Rector, the Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes.

The office spaces are being painted – there is still time to volunteer – and new carpeting will be installed Thursday, July 20. Because of this work, much of the office furniture has been moved into the main concourse.

This work will also entail moving our computers for a few days and on Tuesday the 18th and Friday the 21st there will be some disruption to the email, mailing lists, and the web site. Outages are expected to last for two to three hours on each of those days.

So please bear with us and forgive our mess as we work to improve St. Mark’s offices.

Ed. – modified to show correct date for carpet installation.

St. Mark’s calls the Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes as our next Rector

The Vestry of St Mark’s, with the permission and blessing of Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, has called the Reverend Tyrone Fowlkes of Oakland, California, to be the next rector of St Mark’s.  Reverend Fowlkes has accepted the call, and will begin 01 August.  We are excited about this next chapter in the story of St Mark’s.

– John Monahan

The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes

The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes is entering his eighth year of ordination as a priest. Prior to being elected Rector of St. Mark’s, Raleigh, he served at Church of the Holy Cross and Church of Our Savior in Chicago. More recently, he was the Rector of St. Augustine’s Church in Oakland and also an Assisting Priest at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes
The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes

Rev. Fowlkes’ background weaves together experiences in the arts, social justice and spirituality. Before becoming a priest, Rev. Fowlkes held positions in design and communications with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the national headquarters of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

He is the former Director of Spiritual Formation at UCAN, a child-welfare agency in Chicago. He has also worked for many years in HIV/AIDS advocacy and service organizations and was on the board of directors of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition and the HIV/AIDS Task Force of the Diocese of Chicago.

Throughout his ministry, Rev. Fowlkes has fostered community, global understanding, and concern for the poor and marginalized.

Rev. Fowlkes holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in Visual Communication from the Herron School of Art at Indiana University, a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and a master of arts management degree from Columbia College Chicago. He has also studied at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, California State University and Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

He has traveled to Europe and West Africa and has interests in church architecture and local arts scenes. His hobbies include reading, cooking and wine tasting.


Rev Fowlkes sends a letter to the parishioners of St. Mark’s.

Bishop Peter Lee preaches June 25 at single service

When Bishop Peter Lee visits St Mark’s on Sunday, June 25, we will have a combined service at 9:30 am.

After the service Bishop Lee will hold a question and answer session, to be followed by a reception in our Community Life Center.

Lee, a former newspaper reporter, was ordained priest in 1968. He served as rector at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill from 1971 to 1984, until his election in 1984 as Bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Virginia.

Following his 25-year tenure in Virginia, Bishop Lee stayed active, serving as interim dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; General Theological Seminary, New York; and the American Cathedral in Paris. He was most recently in North Carolina serving as bishop provisional of the Diocese of East Carolina prior to the election of current bishop the Rt. Rev. Robert Skirving.

Lee has also served the wider church in several leadership roles throughout his career. Among the positions held were chair of the Church Pension Fund board, trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, 17 years as chair of the board of trustees for Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, and board member for the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Uncle Ed wants YOU to help with the ’cue

Uncle Ed Wants You!
Uncle Ed Wants You!

There’s a pig pickin’ this Sunday after the 10:30 service at St. Mark’s as we celebrate Pentecost. Ed Aguirre is our pit master; he will start at about 11 pm Saturday and continue all night with nothing but strong coffee to sustain him. If you’re a night owl or a pig person, please come out for some or all of the vigil to help.

Bring a side dish: If tending the pig isn’t your thing, please bring a side to share and your favorite outdoor game.

RSVP to Mike and Meta Wilson so we will know how many we need to set up for; the address is mwilson019@nc.rr.com.

Wilders Grove work to begin; money and sweat are needed

The faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will rehabilitate the restrooms at Wilders Grove Youth Center in June and July, and you can help.

Wilder's Grove ClubhouseWe will need financial contributions; your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the alliance. Please contribute before June 20, as we need to pay for supplies. Make out a check to New Hope Road Alliance and give it to Jessie Maeck, or you can send it to the Alliance in care of its treasurer, Don Betts, CPA; 2624 Leighton Ridge Drive, Suite 100; Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Skilled assistance is needed with plumbing, carpentry and tile for the first phase of the rehabilitation. Less-skilled labor is also needed; if you can swing a paint brush, we need you for the second phase.

Contact Jessie if you can help; jsmaeck@aol.com or 617-549-7285

Paul Bamford

Opportunities to volunteer at upcoming New Hope Road Alliance projects

Saturday, May 20: help clean up Wilder’s Grove Youth Center, both indoors and outdoors. Two “shifts” – 9:30 to 12:00 noon and 11:30 to 2:00, with pizza at lunchtime. We’ll be cleaning out buildings, power-washing them, and pruning shrubs and bushes. Contact Jessie Maeck if you can help.

Wilder's Grove Fellowship Cookout May 1, 2017.
Wilder’s Grove Fellowship Cookout April 1, 2017.

June: repairs to Wilder’s Grove Youth Center bathrooms; need help with putting in new stalls and tile floors, and with painting. Exact dates to be determined. Carpentry and tile expertise needed! Contact Jessie Maeck if you can help.

2017-18 School Year: Tutors needed for “Read and Feed” program at Wilburn Elementary. Beginning in late August or early September, the program is held once a week, either Tuesday or Thursday, from 4:30 to 5:30; volunteer tutors need not attend every session, although they will be expected to participate at least three-quarters of the time. Volunteers must undergo a simple background check and will receive a free, 1½ hour advance training from Read and Feed staff.

October Yard and Craft Sale: need help planning the event, contributions for yard sale, and crafts for sale: craftspeople will be able to rent a table or share the proceeds of their sales to support New Hope Road Alliance projects.

The NHRA (New Hope Road Alliance) is an alliance of 6 congregations along New Hope Road which have united together with the common goal of serving our changing neighborhood. Next meeting: Mon May 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church. All members of the 6 congregations are welcome!

Wilburn Elementary School is the K-5 school on Marsh Road which serves our neighborhood. Wilder’s Grove is the all-volunteer Youth Center right next door to St. Mark’s.