Are you looking for ways to connect with other members of St. Mark’s? Are you interested in exploring your faith and spiritual practice? Join the Devotional Book Group on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30. We will have our first fall meeting on Sunday, September 10th, with Phyllis Tickle’s Book, “The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why.” Please plan to get a copy and read Chapter 1. Questions? Please contact Laura Kozminski at Laurakozminski@gmail.com
Join us Wednesday, August 23rd from 5:30-8pm for our final summer family fellowship as we celebrate the start of the new school year. We will celebrate at the Kozminski’s with a grill-party, water balloons, and other outdoor fun. We will have hot dogs, burgers, and veggie dogs. Bring a dish to pass and dress your child for play. RSVP to Laura Kozminski at Laurakozminski@gmail.com
If you have looked at the our south yard lately you may have noticed the privet hedges are trying to take over. We are looking for a group of volunteers on August 19th at 9am to help bring these shrubs back into an appropriate size and shape. People with experience in rejuvenation and restoration pruning would be appreciated, but all are welcome! Beverages and snacks will be provided. Any questions, contact Vijay Dillet at 706-8618 or John Savara at 299.2717.
ArtPrize Nine is soon to be upon us and St. Mark’s is pleased to be participating once again. The 2017 exhibition will have 16 indoor and 2 outdoor artists with work covering various aspects of the theme of The Landscape. Our artists come from all over the United States, Canada, and Denmark. Their work will range from sculpture to traditional oil painting and contemporary abstraction. There will even be a time-based piece where St. Mark’s lawn is the canvas and the grass seed the medium. If you are interested in a preview of our show, click here.
We will celebration with an artist reception on Friday, September 29 from 5:30-8:00pm. We anticipate several of the artists to be on hand for this event. St. Mark’s is also looking for parishioner volunteers to greet the crowds that come in increasing numbers each year. It is a wonderful opportunity for us as a Parish to provide a “St. Mark’s Welcome” and to showcase all that we are about here at St. Mark’s. If there is anyone who would like to participate, please contact Shawn Krueger, Debbie Weinrick or David Kidd and/or look for the sign up sheet to volunteer at the Welcome Desk in the Parish Hall.
St. Mark’s Celebration Sunday and Ministry Fair – September 10th. Come and celebrate the new program year, sign up for a new ministry following the 10:30am service.
Fall Picnic – September 17th. Catch up with friends and enjoy burgers, brats, hotdogs, veggie burgers, and all the fixings on our beautiful patio or in the air conditioned Parish Hall. Please bring a salad or dessert to share, if you are able. See the sign up sheet at the welcome desk.
Newcomer Gathering – TBA this fall!
Join us on August 31st for the All Ministries Planning Meeting from 7-9pm. Chairs of all ministries are asked to come and join Parish Staff and bring your calendars. Our hope is to have a session where we can have a good sense of coordinating ministries for the future.
Please see the July & August signup sheets on the Welcome Desk for more information. (Turn in your receipts to Pam Stevenson, our financial manager). Thanks again to all who have volunteered and continue to volunteer to serve at this important Welcoming Ministry.
The Worship Ministry serves to advise and collaborate with the Rector in all matters of worship. Its purpose is to ensure that the worship experience flows smoothly and is meaningful for everyone at St. Mark’s. The next Worship Ministry meeting will be Saturday, August 12th, at 11am, in the Parish Hall. Please bring your calendar, as we will be discussing fall retreat/training dates.
Join us tonight for Family Fun & Fellowship with a pot luck supper and a movie in the Lower Level from 5:30-8.
Long-time and much appreciated, Mary Heintzelman, retired from her position as Office Manager effective July 21, 2017. Mary had been with St. Mark’s for 12 years and we are indeed grateful for her commitment to God and the Parish over those many years. Please plan to be with us next Sunday, July 30th, when we celebrate Mary’s ministry with a festive Social Hour following the 10:30 Eucharist. We wish Mary the very best in her retirement and hope that she knows how much the Parish has appreciated her. Join us to wish Mary “all the best.”
The Adult Inquirers’ Class will have the focus of preparing individuals for Confirmation, Reception in the Church or Re-Affirmation of Faith for those who are Episcopalians. The class will begin on July 26 (6-9pm) for the first of our gatherings, orientation and to begin our discussion. (Other sessions will be on August 30th from 6-9pm, Sept. 9, 23, and 30 from 9:30am-12n, and Oct. 7, 14, and 28th from 9:30-12n). We will also prepare youth for Confirmation not only from St. Mark’s but from at least two other Parishes in the Diocese. How exciting! Those sessions will begin in September with an intensive preparation from September through October. Diocese Canons require that youth be 16 or older for Confirmation. The Service at the hands of our Bishop will take place at the Diocesan Convention the first weekend of November. A sign-up sheet is now available for adults at the Welcome Desk. Jeff Brown is helping to coordinate the youth Confirmation roster. May God be with us as we prepare to celebrate the joy of our faith together. If you have any questions, contact Fr. Christian.
Join other families for Family Game night with a potluck supper on Wednesday, July 26th, from 5:30-8:00pm.
We are forming a ministry to greet and welcome all who worship with us at St. Mark’s. If you are interested in joining this vital ministry or would like additional information on what this would entail, please contact Brenda Holland or add your name to the sign up sheet at the Welcome Desk outside the Parish Hall.
Join us from 5:30-8pm in the Lower Level Activity Center for a potluck supper and movie night on Wednesday, July 12th.
For the past several weeks, Fr. Christian has been participating in the iHeart Radio podcast which discusses the Sunday Gospel. He will be part of the discussion for the next several weeks and may continue in the future. The podcast airs at 6:30am on Sunday at 106.9FM and 1300 AM. If you are up and about, consider listening in preparation for hearing the Gospel and preaching the Eucharist.
Please see the July and August signup sheets on the Welcome Desk for more information. As a reminder, when it is a regular Sunday, costs are reimbursed up to $35-40. Thank you, again, to all who have volunteered and continue to volunteer to serve at this important Welcoming Ministry.
The adult Inquirers’ class will have the focus of preparing individuals for Confirmation, Reception in the Church, or Re-Affirmation of Faith for those who are Episcopalians. The class will begin on July 26 for the first of our gatherings, orientation and to begin our discussion. We will also prepare youth for Confirmation not only from St. Mark’s but from at least two other Parishes in the Diocese. How exciting! Those sessions will begin in September with an intensive preparation from September through October. Diocese Canons require that youth be 16 or older for confirmation. The Service at the hands of our Bishop will take place at the Diocesan Convention the first weekend in November. A sign-up sheet is now available for adults at the Welcome Desk. Jeff Brown is helping to coordinate the youth Confirmation roster. May God be with us as we prepare to celebrate the joy of our faith together. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Fr. Christian.
Are you interested in becoming an ally in promoting racial justice in our community? Beginning this week, the Healing Racism Ministry at St. Mark’s will begin posting notices of ways to join them in opportunities for Education, Advocacy, and Activism. If you would like to be part of any activity, contact the HRM member listed in the activity description, and join him or her.
This Week: Thursday, June 29th, Catherine Frerichs will be attending an Amplify GR Meeting at Living Word Church, 1534 Kalamazoo Ave SE. Amplify GR, supported by the DeVos Foundation, has a goal to re-vitalize the city’s Southeast side with focuses on housing, jobs, and education. More information is in the Sunday’s GR Press, A5. If you wish to attend, contact Catherine Frerichs at email@example.com.
Summer Reading – HRM members will be reading and discussing Chris Hayes’ new book, A Colony in a Nation, an analysis of our criminal justice system. Contact Wendy Wenner, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to join them.
The Diocese of Western Michigan has paired St. Mark’s with Grace Church in East Grand Rapids for a parish swap. The purpose of the swap is to have parishioners from each parish visit the other parish on a particular Sunday. This Sunday, June 25th, several parishioners from St. Mark’s will be visiting Grace, and several parishioners from Grace are expected to be with us. We welcome the parishioners from Grace to our community of faith!
St. Mark’s is so enriched with history and beauty. Let us make every effort to keep that tradition of beauty and history going. Please join us on Saturday, June 24th at 9:30AM to clean the church. We will be cleaning from 9:30AM until 12:00PM with lunch to follow. We would like to make this a fun, family outing and invite everyone to attend. There will be announcements and sign-up sheets to follow, but please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 24th at 9:30AM. —Vijay Dillet, Property Ministry.