The previous Sanctuary Light, or sometimes called “the Chancel Light”, hung above the center of the chancel between the choir stalls for several generations at St. Mark’s. We are still researching the archives to determine when the magnificent hand-craft brass light fixture in the Tudor Rose pattern was given and dedicated. We have numerous photos and artistic renderings of the fixture, which added much to the beauty of the interior of the Church. Unfortunately, and unexpectedly, it fell from its original perch in the late 1990’s and was not repaired. It is currently being restored, and several generous parishioners have offered to fund the restoration process for which we are most grateful. In our Tradition, the Sanctuary Light symbolizes the light of Christ and is always found near the Reserved Sacrament of the tabernacle. Once restored, the candle in the red glass globe will be placed in the restored brass Sanctuary Light and lifted above the chancel where it served St. Mark’s for most of the 20th Century. ~Christian+
Property Ministry is looking for photos of the mural that was near the entry door in the Nursery. If anyone has images of that mural we would appreciate seeing them. We would take scans of your photos and return the originals to you.
Copies of this pamphlet are available on the foyer table of the Parish House. It is published by SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association. The more we all know about the effects of substance abuse in the world in which we live the better we will be knowledgeable involved Christians. This publication could be particularly helpful to parents of children and youth. Please feel free to take a copy, compliments of Families Against Narcotics (FAN).
The Third Annual diocesan Progressive Mission Trip is this July. It will be open to all current 8th through 12th graders and will take place Monday, July 9th, through Friday, July 13th. The trip, as before, will take us to several Episcopal parishes in our diocese. At each parish, youth will participate in a service project, formation activities, worship, and opportunities for fun, as well as for reflection. There will be no cost for Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth to participate as our budge will cover the cost of $75 per participant. Once you reach the “Payment” field, please select, “My parish has committed to sponsoring me”. If you have any questions, reach out to Jeff Brown.
This Wednesday, we will offer the final installment of Spring Wednesday’s at St. Mark’s in the Parish Hall. Potluck supper will begin at 6pm, with the presentation and discussion at 6:30PM. The evening will finish out with Compline (Night Prayer) at 7:30pm or thereafter. Fred Stella, an ordained Pracharak at the Hindu Temple in Ada, is an active participant in the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Fred functions as the Temple’s “Outreach Minister” and will be with us to talk about the Hindu religion and the works of the Temple. Sign-up sheets are at the Welcome Desk for the potluck offerings. Please plan to be with us as we round out the Spring Wednesdays Series. ~Christian+
This year, St. Mark’s and Two Churches in Kentwood will share a booth at Pride Day, Saturday, June 16. We will have our “God is Love” banner with us and volunteers will be needed to staff the table. Look for a sign-up sheet on the Foyer Welcome Table and consider helping us to staff the table, smile, and answer any questions about St. Mark’s. Many thanks!
The next session of our series of adult formation is preparation for confirmation and reception into the Episcopal Church or reaffirming one’s faith, continuing our study of “The Book of Common Prayer.” Next session is Sunday, June 10th, at 12:15PM in the Chapel. All are welcome. ~Christian+
This Sunday, June 10th, we will bless the diapers which have been donated and the little children which will use them. Thank you to everyone who generously supplied diapers for those in need.
Let us gather as a church family and celebrate the end of another school year! Join us Friday, June 8th, at 6:00PM for pizza and movies. Bring a side dish to pass, if you can. We will have movies for little and BIG kids!
Parish Life Ministry would love to have some new members join our energetic and fun loving group. We do several activities a year and could do more if we have more people join our team! Some of the activities we already do are the Fall Picnic, Newcomer Welcome Dinner, Civic Theater and luncheon in December, Easter Eve Vigil reception, Ice Cream Social/Picnic in May, the Shrove Pancake Supper, special coffee hours, just to name a few. Many more activities could be planned depending on interest and if people want to help out such as bike trips, baseball games, hockey games, etc.
If you are interested, please sign up at the Welcome Desk. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any members of the committee or call the Chair, Judy Fetterhoff.
Geared for our preschool-4th grade friends, our summer formation program is set to begin, Sunday, June 10, during the 10:30AM worship service. We will continue our journey of Creation Care. Please consider bringing your children in play clothes, rather than their Sunday best, as we will get down and dirty with Mother Nature this summer, planting and tending to our green space. Volunteers are welcome
By the Grace of God and with the Consent of the People of God, The Right Reverend Wayne M. Hougland, Jr., Bishop of Western Michigan will ordain Francis Michael Berghuis, Janet P. Gockerman, and Patricia Gay Vinge to the Sacred Order of Deacons here at St. Mark’s on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:00AM. Your prayers and presence are requested. There will be a light luncheon to follow.
Richard Grover is the husband of long-time and formerly very active parishioner, Carolyn Grover. Richard passed away Tuesday at Porter Hills. Richard is survived by Carolyn and their children. The Celebration of Life will be at St. Mark’s on Wednesday, May 30, at 11:00AM. The Service will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. All are invited to attend. Please keep Carolyn and her family in your prayers. Richard rests in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon him and all the departed. ~Christian+
This Wednesday we will offer an adult Christian formation in the Parish Hall. Potluck Supper at 6:00PM, presentation and discussion at 6:30, Compline (Night prayer) at 7:30 or thereafter. Our next presenter is Laura Kozminski. Laura facilitates the Devotional Group adult formation sessions on Sundays. The Devotion Group has been studying Marcus Borg’s book, The Heart of Christianity. She and members of the group will be presenting and discussing this powerful and spiritually meaningful book. A flyer for the seven-week Series is on the resource table, and sign-up sheets are at the Welcome Desk for potluck offerings. Please plan to be with us for this spring’s series. Many thanks. ~Christian+
O God, we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day. We think of how they have followed in the footsteps of so many others who have committed themselves in service to God and Country. Please hold our service men and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.
We remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray that your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives. We especially remember those in the Military on our Prayer List for whom we pray each week. May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in God’s mighty power to accomplish each task. May our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support through the power of the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Adapted from http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/galleries/15-inspirational-prayers-for-memorial-day.aspx#hgHeFaHpeOrFZEIY.99
This Wednesday, May 23rd, Donley Mackey, parishioner and Sunday Tour Guide, will explore the highlights of the history of St. Mark’s and aspects of the building and its contents. Donley teaches at GRCC and offers the first of the month Sunday tours of St. Mark’s. He is a historian and will become the Parish’s Historian/Archivist beginning this summer. Potluck Supper will begin at 6:00, presentation and discussion at 6:30, and closing out the evening around 7:30 with Compline. Sign up for the potluck is at the Welcome Desk.
All ministries are asked to send a representative to the meeting May 24 at 6:30PM. We will look at calendars for the summer and for the fall. Snacks will be provided by Father Christian.
St. Mark’s is happy to be helping the Kent County Diaper Drive efforts again this year. It is fitting that we began helping moms and their babies on Mother’s Day. Please bring a box of diapers to church on any Sunday through May. St. Mark’s Outreach will match the number of diapers we raise with a monetary pledge as well. Any size is needed with the largest need being 4-6. So help us “Keep ‘Em Covered” and bring in a box of diapers.
This Wednesday, we will offer an adult Christian formation in the Parish Hall. Potluck Supper will begin at 6:00PM, Presentation and discussion at 6:30; Compline (Night prayer) at 7:30 or thereafter. Jane Stidolph, Director of Children’s Christian Formation will explore the national Church’s programs of Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People. She is certified as a trainer in Safeguarding and is working with the Parish and the Diocese to provide resources and trainings. Her session will be enlightening for all parishioners, as we work to provide a safe and secure environment for all those who come to the Parish. A flyer for the seven-week Series is on the Resource table and sign up sheets are at the Welcome Desk for the potluck offerings. Please plan to be with us for this spring’s series.
All readers are invited to this retreat and workshop whether you are a seasoned reader or just wish to join this ministry. The theology of proclamation will be discussed and passages from Scripture will be used for practice in church. Come and join us from 9:30-11:30 on Saturday, May 19th.