Please join St. Mark’s at HKonJ on Feb. 9

Saturday, Feb. 9, is the annual Moral Monday march called HKonJ, or Historic Thousands on Jones Street.  
  A group from St. Mark’s will join with the NAACP and other groups outside the state legislature building for a morning of witness and solidarity in support of rights of equality for all persons.  
  Cars will gather at St. Mark’s at 8:15 am, or you may meet us at 9 am on the eastern corner of Wilmington and South streets (McDonalds) for the start of the march.
  For assistance with carpooling and for meet-up arrangements at the march, contact Jessie Maeck or 617-549-7285. The march is just a few city blocks, followed by speeches and music outside the legislative chamber. You will be on your feet from 9 am until noon or a little after, rain or shine. For general information: #moralmarch2019 or

St. Mark’s goal is 100 books for students

St. Mark’s is hosting a book drive for Wake Up and Read 2019.
  Through Feb. 15, Wake Up and Read is collecting new and gently-used books to be distributed to 13 of Wake County’s lowest-performing schools, including St. Mark’s partner school, Wilburn Elementary. St. Mark’s hopes to collect 100 books.
  A box for the books will be in the St. Mark’s Concourse through Feb. 10.
  If you prefer to donate money, you can make a check payable to St. Mark’s with “Book Drive” in the memo line. Place your tax-deductible check in the collection plate on Sunday, and we will purchase the books.
  Quail Ridge Books offers a 20 percent discount on books purchased for this initiative and left at their site.
  Thank you for your kind consideration of this request.

Join St. Mark’s at Congregations for Social Justice dinner

  You are invited to the Congregations for Social Justice Annual Dinner Meeting, Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 pm at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh 27607.
  Our speaker will be Tom Campbell, moderator of the popular WUNC-TV show NC Spin, which 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.
    The dinner is catered by the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Horizon
Catering. St. Mark’s folks will sit together. 
  Please RSVP to Carolyn Edge before
Jan. 28 (contact the church office at 919-231-6767 for contact information) ; it’s $15 at the door.

The fine art of flower arranging will be taught Feb. 16

  Do you have an interest in flowers, art or gardening? If the answer is yes, you may want to learn how to arrange flowers for our worship services. If the answer is no, maybe you have an interest in learning something new! The Flower Committee would love to add new members to our group.
  Colleen Aguirre will arrange flowers on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 am in the Centrum. If you have an interest but are unsure about your skills or what is involved, come join her. Colleen will demonstrate and give tips while she is arranging the flowers. You will learn about flower arranging in general, what is different about arranging flowers in a church setting and what our committee does at St. Mark’s.
  This invitation is not just for women. We have men that also enjoy arranging flowers so you are welcomed to attend! Once you express an interest don’t worry, we won’t make you fly solo your first time unless you want to. We are happy to pair new folks with a committee veteran so you can get your feet wet.

This Sunday, Racial Reconciliation group will view and discuss film on race

Our Racial Reconciliation Book Group begins 2019 discussing the short film Brown Eyes and Blue Eyes.
We meet Sunday, Jan. 20, at 12:15 pm in Room 5 of our Community Life Center. Child care will be provided.  
  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  

Sunday, Jan. 20, 12:15-1:30 pm
in CLC 5;

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 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 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.