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

Monday, Feb. 27, is our day for Meals on Wheels

St. Mark’s volunteers will deliver Meals on Wheels this Monday, Feb. 27.

If any of you are interested in joining us for lunch at Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant around 12:30 p.m., that would be wonderful. If you are interested, please let me know and I will arrange for a separate room for us to meet. Good food and good fellowship. You can join us even if you are not delivering that day! Just let me know.
Joanne Bass

Jesus as a first-century Jew: Join us for the series closer

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

Classes for February 26

Jesus, first-century Jew Stacy Grove of Yavneh and Lynne Poole of St. Mark’s have led this engaging series in which many have participated. This is the last of four sessions exploring religious and cultural practices of Israel during the time of Jesus’ ministry. The exploration is interwoven with a discussion of the political challenges of the time of Jesus as a first-century Jew in the context of his time.

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 during the passage to adulthood.

Christian Education – Classes for Feb. 19

Jesus, first-century Jew Stacy Grove of Yavneh and Lynne Poole of St. Mark’s have led this engaging series in which many have participated. This is the third of four-parts exploring religious and cultural practices of Israel during the time of Jesus’ ministry. The exploration is interwoven with a discussion of the political challenges of the time of Jesus as a first-century Jew in the context of his time.

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 during the passage to adulthood.

PAC groups meeting in February

One of our parish’s most time-honored institutions is our Parish Area Care (PAC) groups. PAC groups gather in members’ homes for a potluck meal and fellowship.

PAC Meetings in February

North Hillbillies meets 6 pm Sunday, Feb. 19, at the home of Jackie and Art Warner, 108-307 Northbrook Drive. Please RSVP to the Warners at 919-787-0074.

Northern Exposure meets 5:30 to 7:30 pm Feb. 26 at the home of Mary and John Mainwaring, 6601 Graymont Place, Raleigh, 27615; phone 919-846-7477. Please RSVP so that we all will know who is coming and so that our hosts can plan for the appropriate number of attendees.

EONs (East Of the Neuse) – out hwy 64 – meets Feb. 26 after Community Time in the Community Life Center, hosted by John and Susan Tobie, Barb Wilbur and Carroll Gaissert.

Looking ahead to March

Residing Inside the Beltline (RIBs) meets March 26 at the Aguirre home.

If you do not know to which Parish Area Care group you belong, please ask Margaret Thurston, margaret.b.thurston@gmail.com

Shrove Tuesday: Save the Date! February 28

St. Mark’s Youth invite you to join in the annual Shrove Tuesday dinner on Tuesday, February 28.  Dig out  your mardi gras beads, colorful clothes and get your appetite in gear!  (There will be gluten-free offerings)!  Watch for tickets on sale and more details in coming announcements.

Same price as last year! $5/person and $20 for families of 4 or more.  Children under 5 eat free!