The Grand Valley State University Arts Chorale, under the direction of Ellen Pool, is a prestigious ensemble of 35 auditioned voices and maintains an active performance schedule of choral repertoire from all periods of music. The Chorale was selected perform in Ann Arbor at the America Choral Directors Choral Hour as part of the Michigan Music Education In-Service Conference. The Chorale performed Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, the “Mass in C minor” by Mozart, and William Walton’s “Belshazzar’s Feast” with the Symphony Chorus and the Grand Rapids Symphony under the direction of David Lockington. In January 2008, the Arts Chorale performed the opening concert of the Michigan Music Conference. Join us April 9th at 5pm for this free concert presented by Sacred Sounds of St. Mark’s with a reception immediately following the concert.
St. Mark’s Healing Racism Ministry will lead an exploration of what our faith response should be to the Christian Justice/Racism issues covered in the film, Save the Last Dance, PG-13, 2001. Julia Styles and Sean Patrick Thomas star in this story of a white, Midwestern girl who moves to Chicago, where her boyfriend is a black teen from the South side, with a rough criminal past. The movie runs 1 hour and 52 minutes, with free popcorn and drinks available to purchase. A discussion will be led by Judith Claytor. Movie times are at 1PM and 6:30PM.
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 9th, through Easter Sunday, April 16th. See the schedule of Events below:
- Palm/Passion Sunday, April 9, 8AM & 10:30AM – Blessing of the Palms, Procession, & Holy Eucharist
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 7PM – Stations of the Cross & Compline (Night Prayer)
- Tuesday, April 11, 10:30AM – Diocesan Chrism Mass – All are welcome!
- Maundy Thursday, April 13, 6PM – Agape Meal of soup & bread; 7PM Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing & Night Vigil until midnight.
- Good Friday, April 14, 12 noon – Stations of the Cross & Vigil until 3pm; 3PM Bell Toll; 7PM Solemn Liturgy & Adoration of the Cross with Choir
- Holy Saturday, April 15, 7PM – The Great Vigil of Easter & reception
- Easter Sunday, April 16, 8AM – Holy Eucharist with Choral Ensemble & 10:30AM – Festival Holy Eucharist with choir & instruments, followed by an Easter Egg hunt & reception
Celebration of New Ministry of Rev. Dr. Christian Brocato is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25th, at 7pm. More details soon!
Beginning Monday, March 6th, the Labyrinth will be available for use during Lent, Monday through Friday during office hours. Labyrinths are important spiritual tools for prayer and reflection. There is no right way to walk a labyrinth, you only have to enter and follow the path. As you start, pause and wait at the entrance to become quiet and centered. Enter and walk purposefully. Observe the process. When you reach the center, stay there and focus. Leave when it feels appropriate and be attentive on your way out. Reflect on your experience afterwards. Feel free to walk more than once. Many do not get a feel for the labyrinth experience until they have walked it more than once.
Lenten prayer cards are available to write particular prayers during Lent. These prayers may be placed in the wicker basket on the altar in front of the Lenten Cross and will remain there throughout Lent, as a acknowledgement of our need for God in our lives of faith with particular personal intentions.
The narrative poem Remede de Fortune by the medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut tells of a lover counseled by Lady Hope on how to persevere in the ups and downs dished out by Fortune and her wheel. This collaborative production by Boston’s Blue Heron and Cleveland’s Les Délices presents Machaut’s magnificent music with narration and projected images from the original manuscripts. The New York Times has praised the “wonderfully round and sleek sound of the Blue Heron singers.” Performers include Martin Near, Owen McIntosh, and Jason McStoots, voice; Scott Metcalfe, fiddle & harp; Debra Nagy, recorders, douçaine, and harp; Charles Weaver, lute.
St. Mark’s invites our Heartside neighbors in for the Man Cave from 10:30-3:00pm. Our friends will enjoy chili and dessert with the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament playing! Looking for volunteers for table companions for the men. If you are able to stop in for a half hour, 1 hour, or the whole day, it is certainly appreciated!
Start this Wednesday, March 8th! Begin at 5:30pm with Soup suppers followed by Fr. David Brower’s teachings and discussion at 6:15pm, “Jesus’ Holy Week”. The first session of our Lenten program will begin with an overview of the Synoptic portrayal of the events of Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem. Special focus, however, will be Mark’s portrayal and a discussion of why his account is significant for a day by day delineation of the events of that week. Following the overview, there will be a detailed examination of what has been mislabeled as ‘the triumphal entry’ of Jesus and his followers from Judea into Jerusalem on what is now called ‘Palm Sunday’. Read Mark 11:1-11 in preparation for this session. You might also want to reference Zechariah 9:9. Copies of the readings are on the Welcome Desk for your use in preparing for the session. Childcare is available for those who need it in order to attend. Please contact Jane Stidolph at [email protected].
Please see the signup sheets on the Welcome Desk for more information. Reminder: when it is a regular Sunday, costs are reimburses up the $35-40, just turn in your receipts to Pam Stevenson. Thanks again to all who have volunteered and continue to volunteer to serve at this important Welcoming ministry.
Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, March 1st. St. Mark’s will have two services, one at 12 noon with Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes and one at 7pm with Choral Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes.
Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, hosted by the Parish Life & Fellowship Ministry, is this Tuesday, February 28th. Luscious pancakes & sausage are served in the Parish Hall from 5:30-7:30.
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 protected] 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.