Four PAC groups meet this month

The Parish Area Care (PAC) groups of St. Mark’s support members in times of need and also meet for social events such as potluck meals.

North Hillbillies meets 6 pm Sunday, April 9, at the home of Susan Doty, 4716 Yadkin Drive. Please call 919-787-2452 or email Susan (susandoty4@gmail.com) to RSVP.

Northwest Territory meets 6 pm April 23 at the home of Norris and Margaret Thurston.

RIBs meets 1 pm Apr il 30 at the home of Hope Ethington, David Hesselberth, and their daughter Amber, 1236 Harp St., Raleigh.

Eastenders meets 6 pm Apr il 30 at the home of Robin Maycock.

Southsiders meets 5:30 pm May 6 at the home of Linda and Jim Martin. Rain date is May 7.

2017 Holy Week Service Schedule

Palm Sunday – April 9th

The 8:30 will gather in the Centrum. The 10:30 service will gather in the Community Life Center for the Blessings of the Palms and the homily. We will then process across the Courtyard to the Centrum for the reading of the Passion and the Eucharist. Child care will begin at 9:15 in the Nursery.

Maundy Thursday – April 13th

At 10:00 am, the Spiritual Quest group will meet in the Community Life Center to Walk the Stations of the Cross, reflecting on Jesus’s journey from the trial before Pilate to the burial in the garden. All are invited to join them for this meditation and time of prayer.

At 7:30 pm we will gather in the Centrum for Jesus’ instructions to love one another, as we follow Jesus’ example and wash each other’s feet. We will also follow Jesus’ instructions to offer the bread and wine and share them for the remembrance of Him. We will conclude the service by placing some of the bread and wine of communion in reserve for distribution on Good Friday.

Good Friday – April 14th

A self-guided meditation on the Scriptures of Holy Week featuring the photographic art of Larry Gaissert will be available in the Community Life Center beginning at 2:00 pm until the start of our evening service. All are invited for a time of personal silent meditation.

At 7:30 pm, we gather in silence in the Centrum to place at the center of our attention Jesus’ passion, or suffering, and death on the cross. We retell the stories of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion, and take part in the events of Jesus’ passion through our participation in special intercessory prayers, and through our attention to a large wooden cross that we will bring into the Centrum. We will receive the bread and wine of communion from the elements reserved the previous day.

The Great Vigil of Easter – April 15th

At 7:30 pm, we gather in the Memorial Garden to light the New Fire, and bless the new Paschal Candle. Led by the light of the new candle, we will process to the Community Life Center where we will hear the Vigil Lessons recounting God’s mighty saving acts in human history. The light of our Paschal Candle will then lead us to the Centrum for the Great Alleluias and renewal of our Baptismal vows and the celebration of the First Eucharist of Easter. Remember to bring bells and other joyous noisemakers to greet our Risen Lord.

Easter Day – April 16th

At 8:30 and 10:30 am, we will gather in the Centrum for our Great Festival of Easter Day. Following the 10:30 service, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt and our traditional Covered Dish Easter Brunch will be held in the Community Life Center. All are invited to join in. Child Care will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Nursery.

Christian Education for April 9 – Immigration and refugees: Advocating for our neighbors

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center. 
This special series of six classes for adults for Lent focuses on active outreach into the world. Please join us for this important series.
Adult Sunday School: Immigration and refugees In this, the last of our adult classes for Lent, we hear an update on immigration and refugees and
how we as people of faith can advocate for our newest neighbors. Guest Speaker: Jennie Belle of the North Carolina Council of Churches.
Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.
Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Christian Education for April 2 – Justice and the Whole Child: Education

Adult Sunday School: Justice and the Whole Child: Education. Among their basic needs, children need a strong start, health and wellness, and a high-quality education. In this second of a two-part series we learn how advocates for children of all ages are helping to meet these needs. Please join us in CLC-1 at 9:30 a.m. for Part 2: Education. Guest Speaker: Jim Martin, a St. Mark’s member who serves on the Wake County Board of Education.
Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.
Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Christian Education for March 26 – Justice and the Whole Child: Health

We continue to roar for justice!

Adult Sunday School: Justice and the Whole Child: Health. Among their basic needs, children need a strong start, health and wellness, and a high-quality education. In this two-part series we learn how advocates for children of all ages are helping to meet these needs. Please join us in CLC-1 at 9:30 a.m. for Part 1: Health.  Our speaker will be our own Tom Vitaglione.
Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.
Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Christian Education for March 19 – Organizing Against Racism

Our adult Lenten Series focusing on justice issues continues this week with:

Organizing Against Racism: Racism is an ever-present and challenging force that has structured the thinking, behavior, and actions of individuals and institutions since the beginning of America’s history. Join us Sunday at 9:30 in CLC-1 to learn how we can be strong, organized, and effective in dismantling racism. Guest leaders are Cas Shearin and Derrick Byrd of Raleigh Organizing Against Racism.

 

Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

 

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

A look at the HB2 fight and transgender issues in N.C.

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center.

A special series of six classes for Lent will focus on active outreach into the world. We will have special speakers. Please join us for this important series.

A movement without a voice: Why the disconnect? A majority of North Carolina Christians do not equate homosexuality with immoral behavior, and sizable majorities are opposed to discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. Why, then, did HB2 become law? Join us for a presentation and discussion that will also include a focus on transgender issues. Our  special guest is Brent Childers.

Godly Play classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Wilder’s Grove ministry takes shape; dates are set

Wilder’s Grove provides youth programs at their facility behind St. Mark’s. Part of the land on which this facility is located is provided by St. Mark’s. The New Hope Road Alliance has taken the organization as one of its service projects. (Photo courtesy of Wilder’s Grove)

In support of the new sponsorship of Wilder’s Grove Youth Center as an NHRA initiative, the board of the New Hope Road Alliance has voted to match all donations made by individuals or groups to benefit the center. This means that the $290 raised so far this year has turned into $580. Funds which come in this spring/summer will be used to pay for much-needed renovations in the center’s restrooms.

The New Hope Road Alliance is sponsoring three Wilder’s Grove events this spring:

Fellowship Cookout April 1, 11 am to 2 pm. St. Mar k’s will provide side dishes – sign up in the Concourse.

Campus Clean-up Day is Saturday, May 20.

Bathroom renovations A project manager is needed. For more information or to volunteer, see Jessie Maeck jsmaeck@aol.com, or 617-549-7285.

The NHRA is an alliance of six congregations along New Hope Road which have united together with the common goal of serving our changing neighborhood. Meetings are monthly and are open to all members of the six congregations. Join us!

Christian Education for March 12

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center.

 A look at the HB2 fight and transgender issues in N.C.

A special series of six classes for Lent will focus on active outreach into the world. We will have special speakers. Please join us for this important series.

 

A movement without a voice: Why the disconnect? A majority of North Carolina Christians do not equate homosexuality with immoral behavior, and sizable majorities are opposed to discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. Why, then, did HB2 become law? Join us for a presentation and discussion that will also include a focus on transgender issues. Our special guest is Brent Childers.

Godly Play classes for preschoolthrough second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

A challenging Lenten series coming

St. Mark’s roars for justice

This Lenten season, St. Mark’s roars for justice at its Sunday morning adult education classes.

March 5: Foster care; presenter Brandy Burnett

March 12: Gender Equity; presenter Brent Childers

March 19: Racial Equity; presenters Derrick Byrd and Cas Shearin

March 26: Justice and the Whole Child, part 1; presenter Tom Vitaglione

April 2: Justice and the Whole Child, part 2; presenter Jim Martin

April 9: To be determined