The Day of Pentecost celebrates the visitation of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, ten weeks following the Day of Resurrection. This service of Anglican Evensong will celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including the African-American spiritual “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” and other anthems and service music by Carl Wiltse, Chad Dykema, and Everett Titcomb. Join us for this free concert in the Sanctuary at 5:00PM on Sunday, June 4th.
A great festival of the Church celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you speak a language other than English, please sign up to assist in the reading of the lesson from the Acts of the Apostles. Translation and instruction is provided for you. We will “fly the dove” and ask all wear red (the liturgical color) for the day of Pentecost. Sign up to read at the Welcome Desk or contact Mary in the office.
This Sunday (May 21st) is Formation Sunday, recognizing all those who have participated in Children’s Formation, under the leadership of Jane Stidolph, and in Youth Formation, under the leadership of Jeff Brown. Both Jeff & Jane are wholeheartedly dedicated to their ministry! Please thank them personally, and be sure to congratulate their students on a year well done!
This Sunday (May 21st), following the 10:30am service, all are invited to attend the Ice Cream Social in the Parish Hall, hosted by the Parish Life Ministry, as a fore-taste of summer. If weather permits, take your treat out to the patio, and catch up with others’ news & views!
This Sunday, May 21st, 12:10-1:00PM, North Transept of the Sanctuary, is a meeting on the highlights of St. Mark’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan Ministry will bring answers to questions such as why should a church have a strategic plan and how will it affect me as an individual member? Hope to see you there!
Plan to be with us for five Wednesdays, May 17 through June 14 in the Parish Hall. We will start with a Contemporary Eucharist at 6:00pm; a light pot-luck supper at 6:45; and forums from 7:15-8:30. The forum series will include:
- May 17 – Dr. Jeanne Kapenga, founder of the GR Families Against Narcotics (FAN), which meets at St. Mark’s
- May 24 – Parishioners from Education For Ministry (EFM)
- May 31 – Charles Brown, Parishioner & St. Mark’s Librarian, speaking on “Reinhold Niebhur and His Legacy”. Charles’ talk will focus on Niebhur’s life and times, and on the continuing relevance of his religious, social, and political thought.
- June 7 – Douglas Kindschi from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute
- June 14 – Fr. Chrisitian on “The Development of the Eucharistic Liturgy, Then and Now”
Sign-ups for the pot-lucks are on the Welcome Desk. Please come and bring your favorite dish! All will be welcome!
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mark’s,
As the season of spring continues to unfold, we look forward to celebrating the Fifth Sunday of Easter this Sunday (May 14). It is also Mother’s Day. For us, we might also call the Sunday, “Pink Carnation Sunday”, as we will give all women who attend worship on Sunday a pink carnation. I’m hoping it will be an annual tradition for us, and children will assist in the distribution of carnations during the 10:30 Service. How fun! Please, come and worship. Give thanks for mothers and those mother figures in our lives as we come together to continue our Season of Easter and also celebrate Mother’s Day at St. Mark’s. I’m told that a lovely sheet cake will help us in our celebration at the 10:30 Social Hour!
St. Mark’s is establishing a Newcomers Ministry and looking for someone to be its Chair. This person will oversee the follow-up activities when newcomers have first identified themselves and, later, whe thye have continued to attend. Please contact Catherine Frerichs, Co-Chair, Radical Welcome, by May 15, if you’re interested: [email protected].
We are partnering with First Steps and the Great Start Parent Coalition, to help them reach their goal of One Million Diapers. All babies deserve to be clean, dry, and healthy! Over the last nine years, the Great Start Parent Coalition has collected over 800,000 diapers to assist families in Kent County who struggle with diaper need. Please bring a package or more of diapers, larger sizes are recommended, but all are accepted. For more information on the diaper drive, be sure to visit www.DiaperDriveKent.org or www.firststepskent.org/diaper-drive.
G.R.E.Y.’s Middle School Fun Night will take place on Sunday, May 21st, at Craig’s Cruisers off 131 and 54th Street on Clyde Park Ave in Wyoming. This event is open to all current 5th through 8th grade students. We will meet there at 6pm for a pizza buffet, followed by two activities: go karts and miniature golf. G.R.E.Y. will pick up the tab for attendees. Though we typically encourage bringing friends to G.R.E.Y. events, we would like to limit this event to our Episcopal parishioners only. An RSVP is required by this Wednesday, May 17, if your child plans to attend. See Jeff Brown for a permissions slip.
The Access of West Michigan’s Hunger Walk is TODAY (May 7th). The event takes place at Park Church downtown beginning at 1:30, with walk (5K) starting at 2:15. All proceeds help Access of West Michigan support organizations in our community that are fighting hunger. We’ll have lunch in the Parish Hall for all walkers beginning at 12:30. Please let Jeff know who’s attending so that he can have enough food. Even if you are not walking, there’ll be another opportunity to make a donation to support our team after each service during Coffee Hour. Our fundraising goal is $2,000.
St. Mark’s Needleworkers are meeting this Tuesday, May 9, from 7-9 in the Canterbury Room. At our monthly meetings, we share our knitting, crocheting, sewing, stitching, and other needlework projects, including socks, sweaters, prayer shawls, and decorations, both completed and just starting. We ask questions, offer advice, and admire everyone’s work. Contact Leigh Eicke ([email protected]) if you have any questions.
The Bishop Whittemore Foundation of the Diocese of Western Michigan strengthens our ability to be a visible presence in our communities and the world based on the generosity of the Foundation. Bishop Hougland has stated that the Foundation has “granted funds for renovation, repair, and ministry work for parishes in the diocese including an amount of $85,000 in 2016,” as an example. This Sunday (May 7th), we will be asked to contribute to the Foundation for its continued good word among us. Envelopes are available on the resource tables of the church. Please consider being as generous as you are able.
The Access of West Michigan Hunger Walk is NEXT SUNDAY. St. Mark’s has a long tradition of supporting this event which raises money to fight hunger in our community. The funds raised help provide micro-grants to local and international agencies working to create sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. Our own Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth will once again be leading St. Mark’s & St. Andrew’s participation this year. We need parishioners to join our team by donating and/or walking. There will be a table set up during coffee hour the next few Sundays where you can donate and/or sign up to walk. You can Google Access of West Michigan Hunger Walk and donate to and/or join our team- Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth – online. The actual event will take place at Park Church downtown beginning at 1:30, with the walk starting at 2:15. We’ll have lunch at church at 12:30 in the Parish Hall prior to the event. Questions? See Jeff Brown.
Our next Women’s Spa Day is Thursday, May 11th. Many volunteers are needed to make this Spring gathering a success for Heartside area women. Be one of them! Sign up at the Welcome desk!
If you are seeking a spiritual practice and wish to develop deeper ties with other parishioners, consider joining the St. Mark’s Devotional Group. Our new book will be Marilyn McEntyre’s Word by Word. This book provides daily meditations focused on single words like “Listen,” “Receive,” “Let Go,” “Accept,” and “Follow.” We meet each Sunday at 9:15am in the St. Mark’s Library to discuss the first chapter. For more information, reach out to Laura Kozminski ([email protected]).
The Wardens, Vestry, and People of St. Mark’s, with our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., request your prayers and presence as we celebrate our new ministry with The Rev. Dr. Christian F. Brocato on the 25th Day of April in the year of our Lord 2017, at 7 o’clock in the evening in the church, 134 N. Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI. Formal reception immediately following. Childcare will be provided.
The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon is Sunday and their course closes Lyon St. west of Division as well as Division north of Lyon, effectively cutting off access to church from the northwest, including the Ottawa Ave exit from I-196. You might want to plan an alternative route to get to church on Sunday, April 23rd.
In observance of Easter Sunday, St. Mark’s offices will be closed on Monday, April 17th. Normal office hours resume Tuesday, April 18th.
A few notes on Holy Week 2017 from Christian+
Holy Week Retreat: A time to explore the richness of the week and time for quite reflection and meditation. NEXT SATURDAY, April 8 from 9AM to Noon. I’m hoping you will join me for this time of prayer and preparation for Holy Week and Easter.
The Good Friday Collection: With services at noon and 7PM on Good Friday, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church asks that all parishes designate the Good Friday Collection for the ministry of the Diocese of Jerusalem. The Diocese of Jerusalem ministers to 5 countries in the Middle East. Please, join us for worship that day and be as generous as you can in support of the ministry of the Church in the Middle East.
The Easter Vigil: The single most important liturgy of the Church Year is the Easter Vigil. We will light and bless a fire outside from which the Paschal Candle is lit. The Paschal Candle symbolizes the Light of Christ and is solemnly processed into the Church as part of the Service of Light. A great and ancient chant is sung heralding the light of Christ in and through the Resurrection of Jesus. Several Hebrew Scriptures are read as part of the Service of Lessons. Water is blessed at the Baptism Font and the renewal of Baptismal Vows takes place. The Gloria and Alleuias return with great joy and celebration. It is a beautiful liturgy. Come and join us for this first Service of Easter beginning at 7PM. A reception hosted by Parish Life Ministry follows.
The Festival of the Resurrection, Easter Day: The glory of Easter seems most evident on Easter Sunday and is truly a joyous celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. With Services at 8:00 and 10:30AM with special music at both Services, we will celebrate the Resurrection as Christians have done for centuries. Childcare will be provided at the 10:30 service, and this year, we will provide a fun Easter Egg Hunt for the children on the Church’s front lawn. Come, join us and bring your family and friends. St. Mark’s promises to be the ‘place to be’ on Easter Sunday 2017!
I look forward to celebrating my first Holy Week and Easter with you. Please, see the calendar as we will offer opportunities for prayer every day of the week. It will be week of weeks culminating in joyous Easter Services. Come! Pray and Sing!