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.

We welcome Bishop Samuel Rodman on Sunday

  The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman will visit our parish this Sunday, December 16.  Although he was with us in April for our Celebration of New Ministry, this Sunday we are blessed to welcome him back to St. Mark’s.  
  Bishop Sam will preside and preach at the 10:30 am service. There will only be one service that day and the bishop’s visit is a wonderful and appropriate occasion for the entire community to be together.  The bishop will also confirm and/or receive those who’ve been preparing for this important step in their faith journey.
  The morning will begin with a welcome reception of Bishop Sam at 9 am.  At 9:30, the bishop will lead adults and young people in a parish-wide formation session.  He will have an opportunity to discuss 10 areas of leadership development that are vital to the work of our diocese.  Worship and the celebration of Advent III will follow. Finally, at 12:30, Bishop Sam will meet with the Rector and Vestry. Though this is a closed meeting, the bishop will offer his voice and vision to our ongoing work together. I hope you will make every effort to join us for this important day in the life of St. Mark’s.
             The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes, Rector

First light of Advent

On Saturday, Dec. 1, we gathered in our Community Life Center for an Advent Workshop featuring Br. Daniel-Chad. On Sunday, Dec. 2, we lit the first candle of Advent.
“I am still walking in the energy and light that were offered me by members of St. Mark’s this past weekend,” Br. Daniel-Chad wrote. “At St. Mark’s I found: openness, listening, vulnerability, probing. All in the Spirit!  I am enriched for it.”

Your gifts can help women leaving prison

St. Mark’s will again participate in the chaplains’ program to provide gifts at Christmas for women in prison and in the Interfaith Prison Ministry Hope bag program.
The chaplains are asking St. Mark’s to provide as many of the
200 notebooks and pens needed as possible. The kind of notebook is one that is not spiral bound (see picture); any kind of pen is fine. The Hope bag (a bag given to each woman as she leaves the minimum security unit of N.C. Correctional Institution for Women) includes the following:
Devotional book, toothbrush and toothpaste, body wash, lip balm, socks, journal and pen, beauty wipes, and (most needed) a $25 card to a store such as Walmart or Target.
You can bring any of the items to St. Mark’s any Sunday until Christmas. If you prefer, you can give money for the purchase of a card or other items.

Alternative Gifts nourish the true spirit of Christmas

The Malawi Children’s Village is one of the charities you can support with St. Mark’s Alternative Gifts. 

 

Do you hate the holiday rush; the emphasis on materialistic gifts; and the pressure to find just the perfect gift? St. Mark’s has a solution.
This year our Alternative Gift Giving includes three organizations that provide specific support to those facing extreme challenges such as those impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael and the California fires: Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry; Episcopal Relief and Development – U.S. Disaster Program; and Doctors without Borders.
In addition, three organizations that focus on children and families will be included. They are New Hope Road Alliance (supports Wilburn Elementary and Wilders Grove Youth Center and other neighborhood projects); Friends of Fundal; and Malawi Children’s Village.
Grace Sved is again organizing this effort. Instead of giving in to the holiday madness and losing sight of the true meaning of Christmas, consider a donation to one of the nonprofit organizations.
You can make the donation in honor or in memory of someone. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Beginning this Sunday, Dec. 2, and going through Dec. 23, we will accept donations in our Community Life Center during Coffee Hour. Look for the table with the Christmas tree. You can select from a variety of cards designed for the occasion. Each card will include a description of the organization to which you are contributing.
Take the pressure off and participate in St. Mark’s Alternative Gift Giving program. All of your donation goes to the designated cause.

Looking from Afar

A 2018 Advent Workshop at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Advent in the Company of Thomas Merton
with Br. Daniel-Chad

This Saturday, December 1, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (includes lunch; rsvp required)
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Raleigh, Community Life Center
1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC 27604

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was the most prominent monastic voice of the twentieth century and a deep spiritual thinker, writer, and peace activist.  In this workshop, Br. Daniel-Chad will review Merton’s life and singular contribution to contemporary spirituality by viewing and discussing the award-winning film Soul Searching:  The Journey of Thomas Merton.  Then we will invite Merton into our 2018 Advent practice through readings and exercises in the Advent and Christmas Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton booklet. Participants will take home their copy of the booklet to use throughout the Advent season.


A limited number of copies of the workshop booklet have been ordered for registered participants. A $5 donation suggested.

When replying, please indicate if you would like us to reserve a copy for you!

 


RSVP at jmclaurin@stmarks-ral.org with: ‘Advent Workshop’ in the subject line or call: 919-231-6767.