Deadline to register is Today, February 19th. Living Water Ministries, a ministry of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) in Michigan, will be offering a youth event for junior high youth (grades 6-8). Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth will be attending along with others from The Diocese of Western and Eastern Michigan! The “Junior High Charge” event will be held at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City from March 24-26. The mission is to energize and form faith through worship, small groups, and congregational time. It is hoped that through skillshops emphasizing service opportunities, leadership development, and community (through team building) youth return home equipped ready to make change in the world in the name of Christ. There will also be time to enjoy the recreational opportunities at Great Wolf Lodge. Jeff is asking for RSVPs by TODAY, February 19, 2017. We will leave around 5pm on Friday, March 24, and return early to mid-afternoon on Sunday, March 26.
With the culmination of one of the most rancorous and stressful election cycles most of us have experienced, many St. Mark’s parishioners are questioning how we could live into our baptismal covenant in a more tangible and visible manner. Today, February 19th, we will have a conversation surrounding this question at 12:30pm in the Parish Hall. Spaghetti and beverages will be served. Childcare will be available. Everyone’s voice is welcome, whether a newcomer or a long-timer; liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between.
Today (February 19, 2017) is the last Sunday for The Rev. David Brower as our Pastor During Transition. We are extremely grateful for his wise and gentle leadership. Please take the time to personally thank him at both services today. He will join us again to teach and lead discussions on Lenten Wednesdays (March 8 through April 5) following the tasty soup suppers in the Parish Hall.
From our gifted floral designers, Linda Busman & Sandie Snelling, the remaining poinsettias are available this SUNDAY only! Free to a good home!
This FRIDAY, February 17th, is Parents’ Night Out from 6pm to 10pm. $15/child or $30 max/family. RSVP to Jane Stidolph at email@example.com by Wednesday. Pizza will be served with a fun-filled evening of crafts, games, popcorn, and a movie. All proceeds go towards our Episcopal Youth Camp Scholarship fund.
The Lunch Bunch will be meeting again this Sunday, February 12th, following the 10:30 AM service. We will be going to Big O’s (pizza, subs, pasta). Childcare is provided at the church with pizza and fruit for the kids.
This Sunday, February 5th, is the 180th Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held following the 10:30 AM service. Highlights include the Annual Report with ministries and financial details; new Vestry members elected, and addresses by Senior Warden, Jackie Taylor, and from the Rector Search Committee by Judy Freeman-Walker. Childcare will be available. Click here for the Annual Report.
This is a reminder that the first Sunday of the month is the Discretionary Fund Sunday. The loose plate offering and those in the green envelopes at both services will be designated for the Parish Discretionary Fund. We have had a dramatic increase in the number of requests for assistance recently and our fund is depleted. We also have a young parishioner in urgent need of financial and housing assistance. Any assistance with our member that you could give would be greatly appreciated. Checks may be made payable to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and denote the memo line as Discretionary Fund. Please call Mother Sue York if you are able to help.
If you are interested in forming relationships with other St. Mark’s members and exploring your own spiritual practices, please join the Devotional Group. We are currently reading Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved. We will meet every Sunday during the month of February in the St. Mark’s Library from 9:30-10:30 AM.
Two deadlines are rapidly approaching: (1) Applications, including references, are due to the diocese for the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) by Tuesday, January 17. The event is scheduled for July 10-15 at the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City and is for those attending high school in the current 2016-17 school year. Jeff Brown will once again be a chaperone on this trip. You an apply at http://edwmyouthevents.blogspot.com/p/episcopal-youth-event.html. If you have any questions, email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held following the 10:30am service on February 5th. Highlights include: the availability of the Annual Report with its ministries and financial details; new Vestry members elected, an address by Senior Warden, Jackie Taylor, and report from the Rector Search Committee by Judy Freeman-Walker. Deadline for St. Mark’s Ministry annual reports is 12 noon, Monday, January 30th.
2017 Offering envelopes are available today on the table in the Gathering area. Thank you, again, to all who have made their 2017 covenant pledges! If you haven’t filled out a pledge card and would like to do so, there are some available at the Welcome desk.
Each year we decorate our historic church with a beautiful array of flowers in anticipation of the great feast of Christmas. Please print the names of those you want memorialized or honored on the Flower Offering envelopes and return it in Sunday, December 18th, offering plate. All contributors will be gratefully remembered in the Christmas bulletins.
The tree is getting more and more decorated but there are still many visible green branches! Please bring your hats, scarves, gloves, socks, & toiletries for our Giving Tree. These will be put into gift bags on Friday, December 23rd for our Breakfast Cafe guests on Christmas morning.
St. Mark’s is hosting the fall Women’s Spa Day this Thursday, October 13th. Many have volunteered to help or have searched their closets and brought in warm clothes and toiletries. If you want to volunteer as well, please email Marissa Lee at email@example.com.
The children of St. Mark’s are collecting socks for the Foot Clinic. Any size will do, but we really would like warm socks for the upcoming winter! Bins will be located at both entrances of the sanctuary to place your donations!
Earlier this year, the Vestry adopted new Mission and Vision statements. Now, it’s considering a strategic plan for all areas of the church, building on these new statements.
You’re invited to discuss a draft of the new plan during Adult Formation Sunday, October 16th, 9:15 in the Parish Hall. Senior Warden Jackie Taylor and Fr. Brent will be leading the discussion. To prepare, please read the plan-paper copies will also be available, October 9 and 16. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see many of you at this discussion!
Join us in the Parish Hall from 9:20-10:10 for 50 minutes of engaging learning and discussion. The topic this fall is The Great Stories of the Old Testament. This is your opportunity to ask all the questions you’ve been holding onto for years such as, “What kind of God would ask Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his son?” Stay after the 8:00 service, come early for the 10:30 service, or come after you’ve dropped off your children to the Nursery or Children’s Formation. We’ll have fun and you might learn something new!