Visual Arts seeks your help in providing challenging exhibits

The St. Mark’s Visual Arts Committee is charged with providing inspiring, creative and challenging works of art in the Community Life Center and elsewhere on campus as requested. We need your help as we seek new exhibits for 2018.

Our Rector Tyrone Fowlkes would like the committee to move toward exhibits that engage the viewers, toward exhibits that challenge and confront. We would like to have artists share their vision with the congregation and the community, such as during the Sunday school time or in a special lecture. Exhibit openings and receptions will be held when those working during the day can participate.

We need your help at making art shows an attraction to those both inside and outside of St. Mark’s. In particular, we need suggestions and ideas for shows, artists to provide those challenging and confronting art pieces and help setting up exhibits and hosting receptions. If you can provide any of these needs please let us know.

Of course, we will take suggestions throughout the year, but we are in need of new ideas now so we can start implementing them early in the New Year. Please send one or all of us your thoughts now in an email to co-chairs: Judy Radcliffe or Lloyd Childers, or 2018 chair: Richard Usanis .

Tuesday’s the night for pancakes, music and fun

Cameron McEwan sells Pancake Supper tickets to RPaul Smith. Cameron and PJ Plumeri will join other members of our Journey to Adulthood and Rite 13 youth groups Tuesday night for the Shrove Tuesday celebration.

This Tuesday you will want to be at St. Mark’s!

Laissez les bons temps rouler! as they say in New Orleans; let the good times roll.

St. Mark’s youth groups – Journey to Adulthood and Rite 13 – will be flipping the flapjacks in our Community Life Center. We’ll have Dixieland jazz, Mardi Gras beads and disco lights to lend a festive touch to this important fundraiser for our J2A pilgrimage.

Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a family of four or more. Children under 5 eat free. They will be on sale after both church services for this Sunday, or you can purchase them at the door on Feb. 13. The fun starts at 6 pm and goes to 7:30.

Non-pancake and gluten-free options will be available (casserole donations welcomed).

Racial Reconciliation: How St. Mark’s can lead

Our Lenten Study series this year will focus on the theme of racial reconciliation. This will be part of a broader-based effort at St. Mark’s to delve into this issue.

On Sunday after the 10:30 service, Father Tyrone Fowlkes led a discussion on the topic of Racial Reconciliation.

Last Sunday, Father Tyrone led a well-attended session to discuss how we might address this issue. “Why this issue, why now?” Father Tyrone asked. “Let’s look at where we might go on a very sensitive, very charged, very delicate, very necessary issue.”

Tyrone mentioned conversations with Vestry member Jessie Maeck concerning St. Mark’s participation in the New Hope Road Alliance of faith communities. “This is one thing for the alliance to rally around.”

The Charlottesville, Va., rally of white supremacists which erupted into violence occurred the day before Tyrone’s second sermon at St. Mark’s, so, he said, this is a timely topic.

Please make plans to join us for our Lenten study series that begins Wednesday, Feb. 21. It will feature “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary based on James Baldwin’s book.

“We can all make some contribution, if only the idea of awareness,” Tyrone said.

“There was a lot of coverage was around the clergy, of the skirmishes between the clergy and the white supremacists. That was a witness the church needs to make; Jesus calls us to care about the dehumanization of people, to have some response to that. There is a particular witness that the faith community can make.

“You and I have our own experiences with racism. Racism is sinful, it’s insidious, it’s of the devil, it robs people of their dignity and self-worth, it dims and diminishes the image of God that is in all of us. It diminishes opportunities and pathways to livelihood and to education. All of these have been impacted and infected by the sin of racism. Racism undermines people, communities, and the Gospel. We are all impacted by this.

“So my thought is that we open up this conversation, we invite our parish into this discussion. This may be an issue in which our parish takes some leadership in this diocese. Right now the work is beginning the conversation, being informed, looking at who we are and how we contribute either overtly or
covertly, or unknowingly and unwillingly. We begin to travel down the road that will be difficult; it will not be a walk in the park – and that is probably a good indication why you should be doing it. I’m not willing to sit silent and take it. We all lay down in bed at night with feelings about it, we all wake up in
the morning with feelings about it. We can’t dodge this one.”

Protest As Spiritual Practice And Liturgy – Adult Ed, Sunday, Feb 11

Karen Ziegler, former MCC pastor, nurse, and current activist

Karan Ziegler

Karen Ziegler

For many of us, street protests can evoke deep human emotions of love, grief, and awe and allow us to release frustration and loneliness through the vibration of unison chants and songs. In many ways this experience can be like church.  We march (process) and hold signs aloft displaying our beliefs.  As in liturgy, we are led through an experience that has a beginning, middle, and end.  These experiences allow us to feel connected with a community and give us courage to face difficult truths and together we find a way forward. We will look at some brief videos, share our experiences with protest, and experiment with some of the forms shared by protest and liturgy.

 

Report on Vestry retreat – Classes for Sunday, February 4

Adults

Father Tyrone and members of our Vestry will discuss the recent Vestry Retreat. Please join us to hear what the Vestry discussed in planning for our future together as a faith community.

Godly Play: Ages 3 and up

Children are invited to enter the exciting world of Godly Play, in which storytellers share ancient tales of God’s people and then invite our young ones to “wonder” about what they have heard. What glimmers of faith do they hear in the stories? How do they experience God? Where do they fit in the stories?

Rite 13 is for middle schoolers

We celebrate the individuality of each young person and his or her creative potential. The Rite-13 liturgy (A Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood) is the  community expression of this focus.

Journey to Adulthood

Journey to Adulthood is for older youth, engaging them with the skills and critical thinking necessary for adulthood. This three-year program culminates in a spiritual pilgrimage, which involves fundraising projects to pay for the trip. St. Mark’s groups have trekked to the Pine Ridge Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Epiphanies in Genesis – Adult class January 21

JacobWrestlesWithGodThxOne of the fascinating stories in Genesis is the story of Jacob. This week we look at Genesis 32 where Jacob wrestles with God and is renamed Israel. This is a strange epiphany. Jacob sees God “face to face” but his life is spared. What do we make of it?

Please join us at 9:30 a.m. for this, the last of three classes led by Dirk Hart.

Classes for December 10

Classes for children, tweens and teens gather at 9:30 am in our Community Life Center. A nursery is available for our youngest members.

Godly Play: Ages 3 and up

Children are invited to enter the exciting world of Godly Play, in which storytellers share ancient tales of God’s people and then invite our young ones to “wonder” about what they have heard. What glimmers of faith do they hear in the stories? How do they experience God? Where do they fit in the stories?

Rite 13 is for middle schoolers

We celebrate the individuality of each young person and his or her creative potential. The Rite-13 liturgy (A Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood) is the  community expression of this focus.

Journey to Adulthood

Journey to Adulthood is for older youth, engaging them with the skills and critical thinking necessary for adulthood. This three-year program culminates in a spiritual pilgrimage, which involves fundraising projects to pay for the trip. St. Mark’s groups have trekked to the Pine Ridge Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Classes for Sunday, November 19

Convention Report

At 9:30-10:20, in CLC1, Susan Aycock, JoAnn Roebuck, and Georgia McEwan, our Diocesan ​Convention delegates, will give their report on the Diocesan convention.

Please join us.

Other Classes

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.

St. Mark’s starts a new era with two big events this week

Candlelight dinner Friday

This Friday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 pm we gather in our Centrum for a candlelit dinner prepared by Bella Monica Italian restaurant. A jazz trio from the Casablanca Orchestra will perform. The keynote address is by our rector, the Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes.

Let’s gather to give thanks and to celebrate the many gifts and talents that make us at St. Mark’s who we are. The W e Respond campaign is consistent with the energy and excitement of having a new rector, and starting a new chapter in the life of St Mark’s. Bella Monica will provide gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free, and vegan options. Bring a beverage of your choice. Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Child care will be provided starting at 6 pm. Children will be fed first.

Carpools are being coordinated by Margaret Thurston for those who prefer to not drive:  Margaret.b.thurston@gmail.com

Annual Meeting Sunday

On Sunday, Nov. 12, we will have a combined service at 9:30 am followed by the parish Annual Meeting where you will hear reports of where we’ve been this year, where we stand, and where we are headed. We will also elect four Vestry members. Lunch will follow.

There will be no Sunday School classes today, but child care will be provided from 9:15 am to noon.