Three things you can do to save the refugee resettlement program

Ruth Mufandaedza of St. Mark’s sends along the following:

Reports are that the annual Presidential Determination for Refugee Admissions for fiscal year 2019 will be set at 45,000 refugees – the same as the current figure. Some reports suggest the administration is considering setting the goal as low as 25,000.

Dropping below 45,000, which is already the lowest refugee admissions goal in the history of the program, ignores our humanitarian commitment to resettle refugees, undermines our long history of leadership on refugee protection, and will damage our foreign policy and national security interests. Americans believe in refugee resettlement and have opened their arms and hearts to refugees throughout our history. We have the capacity, the knowledge, and the commitment to successfully resettle at least 75,000 refugees in the coming year. To do otherwise is to weaken our nation.

How can you help?
Call your senators and representative.
Sample script: “I’m your constituent from [city/town], and I urge you to support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. I strongly oppose rumors that the U.S. will release an all-time low cap on refugee admissions. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration commits to resettling at least 75,000 refugees for fiscal year 2019. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.

My community welcomes refugees and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”

You can also tweet at your Senators & Representatives , the president @realDonaldTrump, Vice President Mike Pence @VP, and Secretary of State Pompeo @SecPompeo.
Join Refugee Council USA’s August Month of Advocacy! Take a look at ways to advocate to protect the resettlement program and ensure the U.S. welcomes at least 75,000 refuges in fiscal year 2019.

Your voice matters.


This Sunday, Aug. 5, join us for a preview of our 2018-18 stewardship campaign

Stop by after the 10:30 service on Sunday, Aug. 5, for fellowship and to celebrate the We Respond stewardship campaign and get a preview of the 2018-2019 Imagine campaign.

Along with Coffee Hour, provided by Mike and Debbie Hostetter, the Stewardship Committee will give an update on the current 2017-2018 We Respond campaign. The presentation will feature the status of our pledges along with the programs that St. Mark’s commissions have worked on throughout the year.
In addition to reviewing the successes of the current campaign, the committee will preview the 2018-2019 “Imagine” campaign which will be unveiled at our annual stewardship dinner on Friday, Sept. 28.

Please bring Wilburn school supplies by Aug. 19

School supplies are needed for Wilburn Elementary. The deadline is Sunday, Aug. 19. Please leave your donations in the box in the Concourse. What’s needed:
  Girls backpacks, Fiskar scissors, rulers, colored pencils, crayons, white 8-by-11 printer paper, wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, sheet protectors, three-ring zipper pouches, plain plastic folders with two pockets and fasteners, color and black Expo markers, highlighters, No. 2 pencils, erasers, protractors, 1.5-inch three-ring binders (with pockets), Post-it note pads, tissue, sandwich and gallon size Ziploc-type bags

Fr. Tyrone will speak on National Arts Administrators conference in Houston

Our rector, Fr. Tyrone, invites you to the conclusion of three special adult formation events this Sunday at 9:30 am in our Community Life Center. With Reflections on Building Communities of the Future , Fr. Tyrone will tell us of the National Arts Administrators conference he attended in Houston, where he presented a well-received paper on “Black Placemaking.” He will discuss this concept and the impact it could have on St. Mark’s as we establish the arts initiative and engage surrounding neighborhoods.

Newcomers welcome to adult formation sessions with rector

Our rector, Fr. Tyrone, invites you to participate in three special Adult Formation events over the next three Sundays at 9:30 am in our Community Life Center.

Sunday, July 22
Coffee and Conversation for Visitors, Inquirers and New Members
If you are new to the St. Mark’s community and would like to learn more about our parish, Fr. Tyrone would like to meet you over coffee and give you a chance to ask questions about our faith tradition, history, membership and parish life.
  This session is primarily
for newcomers.

Sunday, July 29
Reflections on “Full of Your Glory: Liturgy, Cosmos and Creation”
Fr. Tyrone will share reactions to his latest continuing education opportunity at the Yale Liturgy Conference at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He will also discuss some of our own worship practices at St. Mark’s. All are welcome!

Sunday, August 5
Reflections on “Building Communities of the Future”
Fr. Tyrone also attended the National Arts Administrators Conference in Houston and presented a well-received paper on “Black Placemaking.”  He will discuss this concept and the impact it could have on St. Mark’s as we further establish the arts initiative and engage our surrounding neighborhood. All are welcome!

Help needed with food truck for hungry kids

You can volunteer for one day a week or several

St. Mark’s and the New Hope Road Alliance are seeking volunteers to serve lunches this summer to low-income children in our area. Folks are needed Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. You can choose to volunteer for just one day or several. The lunches are delivered by a food truck to disadvantaged neighborhoods.

This summer program run by Wake County provides funding for meals when schools are closed in neighborhoods where more than 50 percent of children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

To learn more about volunteering, contact Ellie DeMeglio, Sarah or Hugh Stohler or Linda Bamford. For more information go to: food-truck-volunteers/

This Sunday, our Canadian members host Community Time

Please join us for a special Community Time on July 1 after the 10:30 service to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday. The event is sponsored by your Canadian friends at St. Mark’s.

Canada Day is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three colonies of CanadaNova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single dominion within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in various locations around the world, attended by Canadians living abroad.

Go Fund Me campaign helps mother of disabled child to get a Habitat home

Cynthia Lewis is working toward a Habitat for Humanity home. This mother of two young children, one of whom has endured multiple medical procedures for a congenital birth defect, needs financial help to fund the renovations for the Habitat home that she qualifies for.
Cynthia and her children live in rural Swain County, about 40 miles west of Asheville, smack in the middle of the Nantahala National Forest.
Her home is among the 104 being built as part of the State Employees Credit Union’s Mountains-to-the-Sea Challenge – a $10 million initiative for a new or renovated home in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

Habitat N.C. is trying to raise $20,000 to get this deserving family started toward home-ownership. Once her home is built, Cynthia will assume a zero-percent-interest mortgage through the State Employees Credit Union.

You can read her story and make a donation at


Celebration of New Ministry


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Warmly invites you to celebrate the new ministry we
share with our fourth rector

The Reverend Tyrone Fowlkes

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

1725 N. New Hope Road
Raleigh, North Carolina

The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman, Diocese of North Carolina, presiding
The Rev. Randal Gardner, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, preaching

Clergy are invited to vest – red stoles

Reception following the liturgy.

Holy Week 2018 – Service Schedule

As we prepare for the deep mysteries of Holy Week, we hope you will make every effort to share and be part of our services and events at St. Mark’s.

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25**

Adult Formation with The Rev. John Wall at 9:30 am
Three in One and One in Three: The Mysteries of Holy Week

Open your heart and mind to the great symbols and meanings which mark this important week in the life of the Church.

The Liturgy of the Palms and the Passion Narrative

At 10:30 am, we will begin gathering in the open field (on the street-side) of the Education Building and start our Palm Sunday liturgy with the blessing of palms and the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We then enter the Centrum to hear the Passion narrative as recorded in the Gospel of Mark.

Wednesday in Holy Week: A Prayer and Healing Eucharist, March 28 at 7:30 pm

As a worshipful culmination to our Lenten study-series and of all that would assail our bodies and souls, the people are invited to bring their cares and  concerns and hold them up to the light of God’s healing power. On this night, we will share in a special prayer form and conclude with a time of testimony and thanksgiving.

The Paschal Triduum

Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm

Agape meal in the Concourse followed by Eucharist and foot washing
at 7:30 pm*

We begin the Paschal Triduum by following Jesus’ maundy or mandate that we love one another as He has loved us. And we experience the humbling and mysterious act of foot washing. We will break bread together and conclude with the stripping of the altar.


Good Friday, March 30 at 12 noon

We will begin gathering in the open field (on the street-side) of the Education Building. On the Cross we see God’s self-emptying love and during this service, that love manifests itself in God’s judgment as well as God’s forgiveness.

Holy Saturday: Prayers for the Community, March 31 at 12 noon

In this short contemplative service, we pray for the needs of our parish community as well as our city and nation. This service reminds us that we share this world with others and must pray for God’s spirit as we seek and serve to bring about change within it.

Holy Saturday: Reflections on the ‘The Lenten Crosses’ with Thomas Sayre, March 31 at 12:45 pm

Renowned artist and St. Mark’s member Thomas Sayre will reflect on this tremendous body of work that has adorned our worship space this Lent. Sayre will discuss their themes and particular constructions as physical, theological, and philosophical objects.

The Great Vigil of Easter, March 31 at 7:30 pm*

Between crucifixion and resurrection, we light the new fire and remember the story of God’s saving acts in history. We welcome new members into our community and celebrate the joy of the Resurrection, God’s eternal gift. Alleluia! Christ is Risen.

Easter Day, April 1 at 8:30 and 10:30 am*

On this day, we sing, chant and offer high thanksgiving. For if God will raise Jesus from the dead, then He will do no less for us. Come, let us celebrate  together our new Easter life. Alleluia! Christ is Risen.

* Hypoallergenic incense will be used at the Offertory during this service.
** Hypoallergenic incense will be used outside and will lead the Palm Sunday procession.