Want to make a difference? St. Mark’s Social Action can help you get involved

By Linda Bamford
Social Action kicked off the new year with energy and commitment at its meeting on Jan. 13. Despite conflicting events, 18 St. Mark’s members attended the meeting.
  Highlights from the meeting include the following:
  Wake Up and Read  2019 Book Drive Wake Up and Read is “a collaborative effort to engage and educate Wake County about the importance of childhood literacy and to increase access to literacy resources and opportunities for all children.”
  From Jan. 5 to Feb. 15, Wake Up and Read will collect new and gently-used books to be distributed to 13 of Wake County’s lowest-performing schools, including our partner school, Wilburn Elementary.
  Social Action is placing a Wake Up and Read collection box in the Concourse beginning this Sunday, Jan. 20, through Feb. 13 to collect new books appropriate for grades K through 5. Our goal is to collect 100 books. You can also make a check payable to St. Mark’s; mark it for the book drive and put it in the collection plate for others to purchase books. All gifts are tax-deductible.
  Congregations for Social Justice Carolyn Edge is St. Mark’s new representative to this group (replacing Sarah Stohler who has served in this capacity for several years).
  On Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 pm, Congregations for Social Justice will host its annual meeting with a guest speaker at 6 pm. The cost of the dinner is $15. If interested in attending or participating in future meetings, please contact Carolyn Edge. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am. Each meeting has a different focus.
Teacher appreciation lunch at Wilburn: St. Mark’s will join other members of the New Hope Road Alliance in hosting this event at Wilburn on Monday, March 18, from 10:45 am to 1:45 pm. Susan Doty, Jackie Warner and Ethelyn Washington will coordinate the efforts at St. Mark’s. If you are interested, please contact one of them.
  Morning of Service at St. Mark’s On Saturday, April 13, from 9 am to 1 pm, to join others at St. Mark’s to provide help in and around our campus, including work outdoors to spruce up our grounds for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Lunch will be provided. Plans will be made at the next Social Action meeting on other activities for the day.
  Wake County Habitat for Humanity and Hurricanes Florence and Michael cleanup and recovery The group explored the possibility of St. Mark’s participating in the 2019 Episcopal Build that will construct a new home in Wake County, beginning in March and lasting through May. The group also discussed participating in Hurricane Relief Efforts with other faith communities in the New Hope Road Alliance and the Episcopal Diocese. Interested parties in either or both efforts should contact Linda Bamford or Lynne Poole.
  HKONJ People’s Assembly Coalition Moral March on Raleigh All ages at St. Mark’s are invited to attend this peaceful march in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8:30 am. St. Mark’s members will gather as a group and march under the St. Mark’s banner. Contact Georgia McEwan or Jessie Maeck for more information or to sign up.

Everyone is welcomed to Congregations for Social Justice’s Annual Dinner

You are invited – Congregations for Social Justice Annual Dinner Meeting
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 – 6 pm
Highland United Methodist Church – Bradley Hall
1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh 27607

RSVP to csj.raleigh@gmail.com by Jan 25

Our speaker will be Tom Campbell, moderator of the popular WUNC-TV weekly show NC Spin – Balanced Debate for the Old North State (show airs at 12:30 pm Sundays). Tom will give us some pointers on how to converse and disagree with honor and respect with our sisters and brothers on “the other side.”

The CSJ Social Justice Award will be presented.

Our dinner will be catered by the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Horizon Catering.
Dinner Donation: $15 per person at the door. No advance donations. RSVP to csj.raleigh@gmail.com by Jan 25

St. Mark’s provides $10,300 in grants and gifts

The Community Grants Committee, with Vestry approval, has made the following grants for 2018:

Dress for Success $1,000

Raleigh Episcopal Campus Ministry $850

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women $1,000

Life Plan Trust $750

Meals on Wheels $1,000

Read and Feed $1,250

Wake Relief $200

Wilders Grove Youth Center $400


 
These were selected from a number of worthy applications. Many thanks to the faithful Community Grants Committee members: Becky Brownlee, chair; Colleen Aguirre; Katy Crannell; Jackson Doyle; and Alvin Davis.

  The Community Grants application and selection process is the means by which St. Mark’s thoughtfully allocates our budgeted funds for outreach.  If you would like to be involved in the 2019 selection process, please speak to Becky Brownlee, Linda Bamford, or Lynne Poole.
  In addition to the Community Grants, Social Action Commission was also able to make the following gifts, as detailed in the Annual Report:

  Hurricane Relief $1,000 to Episcopal Farm Workers for hurricane relief.

  Food insecurity $500 to the Backpack Buddies program at Interfaith Food Shuttle

  Food insecurity $1,500 for gift cards redeemable at Food Lion for struggling Wilburn families, to be distributed by the school social worker.
  Wilders Grove Youth Center $800 to New Hope Road Alliance earmarked to complete Wilders Grove fence repair project as supported by NHRA.
  Literacy support $250 to Augustine Literacy Project of the Triangle


 
Further gifts were made through 2018 Alternative Giving. Details coming in a later Messenger.
                                       
Jessie Maeck

Is it normal aging or dementia? You’re invited to a discussion

  Jewish Federation Services Senior Connections: A Discussion About Dementia and Alzheimer’s is Sunday, Jan. 13, 3 to 4:30 pm, Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612.
  Join Lisa Levine, director of Education for Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, for this discussion to learn what normal aging looks like, how dementia differs and what signs might indicate a problem.
  We will explore the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and share what, if anything, you can do to reduce your risk of developing either. Whether you are interested for yourself, a family member or you just want to know for the future, this talk will be an interactive learning opportunity to ask questions and explore more about memory loss.
  Register by Thursday This program is free, but registration is required by Jan. 10 to help us plan properly. Please consider a $5 per person donation to offset costs. Click HERE for more information or to register.

Do you feel called to service? Join Social Action this Sunday

Did your New Year’s resolutions include becoming more active in worthwhile causes that make our community a more equitable and better place to live, work and worship? If so, Social Action at St. Mark’s is calling your name.
  Please attend the Social Action meeting this Sunday, Jan. 13, from noon to 1:15 pm in CLC-5. We will address and brainstorm ways in which we can better serve our neighbors and community.
  Please be on time for this important meeting. Bring a beverage and snacks from Community Time with you. We have a lot of great opportunities to discuss. Please bring your energy and wonderful ideas.
  If you have any questions, please contact the Social Action co-chairs: Linda Bamford or Lynne Poole.

Epiphany 2019: Join us for Sunday school, 10:30 service and lunch

In Epiphany, we celebrate God’s Incarnation in the person of Jesus and we mark the Visitation of the Magi to the crib at Bethlehem as a sign and symbol of God’s manifestation to the Gentiles. The beauty of this feast day is that it draws upon the beauty inherent in each of our respective cultures and seeks out the unity that is only possible through our shared witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You are invited to share in this joyous celebration.

Adult Formation at 9:30 am

Looking Eastward: Epiphany and the Power of Imagination and Generosity

An epiphany is an illuminating discovery, realization, disclosure, or insight, or simply “a revealing scene or moment” that has the potential to change us as we experience it.  The Rev. John Wall will lead us in discussion of the Gospel story of the Wise Men’s visit to the infant Jesus and help us find what that story can still reveal to us about who this Jesus is who we meet in the Gospel stories and in the life of the Church today.


The Feast of the Epiphany 10:30 am (One service only; no 8:30 service)

At St. Mark’s we will celebrate this principal feast with one service at 10:30 am.

Fr. Tyrone will preside and the Rev. John Wall will preach.


The Epiphany Brunch: Following worship

Following the 10:30 service, all are invited to a festive brunch in the Community Life Center.  Come with a healthy appetite as there will be lots of food to share. Please contact Mike and Meta Wilson if you’d like to volunteer to assist or bring extra food and drinks.

Sessions prepare us for Lenten studies

Please plan to join us on Feb. 10 and 24 for discussions on Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, edited by Catherine Meeks.  
  These sessions are in preparation for our Saturday, March 9, all-day Lenten workshop on Living Into God’s Dream, to be led by Dr.
Connie Holmes.

  Anne Stokes is again making reduced-price copies available through Quail Ridge Books. Copies will be available at the Jan. 20 discussion and through Jessie Maeck.
  For more information, contact Georgia McEwan, Rhonda Moody, or Jessie Maeck.

We will view, discuss film on teacher’s racism experiment

  Our Racial Reconciliation Book Group begins 2019 discussing the short film Brown Eyes and Blue Eyes.  
  Shot in a third-grade classroom in 1970 during the Civil Rights movement, the film documents the provocative anti-discrimination exercise designed by teacher Jane Elliott.
  That spring morning years ago, the blue-eyed children were set apart from the children with brown or green eyes. Elliott pulled out green construction paper armbands and asked each of the blue-eyed kids to wear one.
  “The brown-eyed people are the better people in this room,” Elliott began. “They are cleaner and they are smarter.”
  The 15-minute film will be
shown. For a preview go to
https://tinyurl.com/lztc5ag  

Sunday, Jan. 20, 12:15-1:30 pm
in our Community Life Center, room 5;

childcare
provided.

Help us “Green” the church on Sunday

This Sunday, Dec. 23, join us as we light the fourth candle of Advent (see worship schedule at left). After our 10:30 service, stay and help with the “Greening of the church.”

We need lots of help getting our worship space ready for our festive Christmas Eve services. We will be decorating with natural greenery and poinsettias. This is a fun and busy event! We would love to have your help.

Bishop Samuel Rodman visits

On Sunday, Dec. 16, Bishop Samuel Rodman of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina visited St. Mark’s. He preached at our 10:30 service and confirmed five new members of our congregation.