Rev. F. Willis Johnson, author of “Holding Up Your Corner”, will lead a presentation from 10-3PM at St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids, and will preach at a service at 5PM at St. Phillip’s, Grand Rapids. Registration is $20, which includes lunch. This event will qualify for Healing Racism certification following the completion of a set of questions afterward. If the Rev. F. Willis Johnson were to distill the message of his book, “Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community,” into a single phrase it would be: acknowledge, affirm, and act. We must acknowledge or become aware that there are things in the community that are not right. Affirm to give others space to talk. And we must act and recognize our roles and responsibility to address what is not right. I invite you to come hear from Dr. Johnson, and join our wider community in acknowledging, affirming, and acting to address the sin of racism in our churches and the communities in which we serve.
Formerly known as the Hunger Walk, the ACCESS Walk for Good Food is quickly approaching and will take place on Sunday, May 6th, at 2:30PM. We know that many of you enjoy a good walk with friends, so think about joining your friends from St. Mark’s to walk so that others may eat. ACCESS supports our Breakfast Cafe so having a good team to support their efforts to raise funds would be a kind thank you to them. There is a link on our homepage that will allow you to register. We will also sign folks up after church during the month of April. Another way you may help is to consider a business sponsorship of this event. There are sponsorships at many levels. The $150 “Ground Breaker” level offers your business name recognition on the Walk webpage and on social media blasts. Our church office will have more information on sponsorship levels if you are interested. Thank you so much for your support of this event at any participation level that may work for you.
This Sunday’s (April 29th) session meets at 12:15PM in the Chapel. We will explore a series of questions and answers about the Episcopal Tradition in an easy format for discussion. All are welcome.
A big thanks to everyone who attended and participated in Thursday night’s meeting. Most of the ministries at St. Mark’s were represented by one or more ministry members. With thirty-seven (37) of us present, the communication and collaboration was just terrific and much more accomplished. Many thanks to all! ~Christian+ and Catherine Frerichs
Join poets Larry Manglitz, Nessa McCasey, and Mursalata Muhammad, April 19th, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at Fountain Street Church. Books and Mortar Bookstore will have books on sale by Dr. Manglitz (pre-order a copy and get a 10% discount. Call 616.214.8233).
The next worship ministry meeting is on April 19, 2018, at 6PM. If you are interested in being part of this rewarding ministry, please join us in the Parish Hall.
We have an agreement with Ellis Parking to use the lot at 210 Ionia for our Sunday worship time together. We are most excited to have this available beginning Easter Sunday. Please take a ticket as you enter the parking lot and bring it into the church to receive a voucher which will allow you to exit the parking lot free of charge. Parking will still be available in the Church lot. If you are able, we encourage you to use the Ellis lot so that those who have trouble walking or are visiting the church will have use of these closer parking spots. We also have the upper level lot in the brown brick building on the corner of Division and Lyon (entrance off Lyon) and meters are free on Sundays for the parking along many streets near the Church.
Come and join St. Mark’s in the 21st century! Effective immediately, you can pledge or make your weekly donation electronically. It is a free, convenient service that will help with your financial planning! Please contact Pam Stevenson, our bookkeeper at 456-1684 ext. 21 or by email at [email protected], if you are interested in electronic giving.
We have delighted in the new Lenten banners and are excited about the new Easter banners which are being crafted for the Easter Season. Hard work and dedication on part of the new Liturgical Arts Ministry! Blessings and thanks to Michelle, Megan, Bea, Anne, Rebecca, and Cat for their passion and ministry. Much appreciated!
St. Mark’s is once again participating in the Access Walk for Good Food walk on May 6th. St. Mark’s Breakfast Cafe benefits from this organization and we are once again organizing walkers and seeking donations. Click here to donate directly to our team page for the walk.
Our many ministries illustrate that God’s work happens through our hands. Major celebrations of the Parish will be enhanced if ministries work together. To that end, we have scheduled an All-Ministries Meeting for Thursday, April 12th, 7-9 PM in the Parish Hall. Each ministry of the Parish is asked to send one or two representatives who bring with them 1) the Ministry’s fall calendar 2) any big project that is planned that would benefit from collaboration with another ministry. Major upcoming celebrations include: Celebration Sunday, Sept. 9; Parish Picnic, Sept 16; Parish Anniversary Celebration, October 20 or 27; Bishop’s Visitation, Dec. 16. If you have any questions, please see the All-Ministries Team: Fr. Christian, Catherine Frerichs, Jackie Taylor. The meeting will be open to all parishioners who are interested in participating.
We will have the Holy Week Retreat, Saturday, March 24, from 9:30-11:30AM. Please consider this contemplative time to prepare for Holy Week and Easter. A sign up sheet for this time together is found on the Welcome Desk.
The horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month left our country reeling with grief – and now millions of Americans across the country are standing together, ready to take action. Led by the courageous students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, on March 24, 2018, the kids and families of March for Our Lives will take to the streets nationwide and in Washington, D.C. We’re marching to demand that our lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities. The March in Grand Rapids will take place at Rosa Parks Circle and those who are interested my sign up at the Welcome Desk and meet in the foyer at 11:30AM to walk over together.
March 24, 12:15-2:00. Acolytes and Assisting Ministers will have a rehearsal for Holy Week on Saturday, March 24, the day before Holy Week begins. All those involved in this ministry are encouraged to attend. The rehearsal will be from 12:15-2:00 with lunch provided by Fr. Christian.
Please join fellow parishioners and me for this final Wednesday in Lent from 6-8 PM. Our series is a study fo the book, Holding Up Your Corner, by the Rev. F. Willis Johnson. This Wednesday we will meet at St. Phillip’s. Our evening will begin with soup and bread at 6PM, and our program will begin promptly at 6:30. Books are still available: $15 per copy!
Kate Pyles, our Director of Communications, has been doing more videos of preaching and music at St. Mark’s! Videos get posted on our website and also on YouTube. Many of them also get posted to our Facebook page, which could use many more “likes”. Please help us share the many things happening at St. Mark’s with others by “liking” us on Facebook and share news and videos with others. We would also like to be able to livestream from St. Mark’s and need your help by “subscribing” to our YouTube page. Help us get the word out to others about the many things we are doing in God’s Name at St. Mark’s. You can click on the icons below on the home page of our website for easy access to our Facebook page and YouTube channel. If you would like to join the Communications Ministry, please contact Kate Pyles or Kenny Williams-Buck. ~The Communications Ministry at St. Mark’s.
On Sunday, March 18th, at 5PM, international acclaimed soprano Jeanine DeBique will perform in our Sacred Sounds at St. Mark’s concert series. Recognized as an artist of “dramatic presence and versatility” (Washington Post), Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique possesses “genuine star quality; a voice of exceptional beauty” (New York Amsterdam News). She recently thrilled Grand Rapids audiences with her exquisite performance as soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem and the Grand Rapids Bach Festival with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
The horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month left our country reeling with grief – and now millions of Americans across the country are standing together, ready to take action. Led by the courageous students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, on March 24, the kids and families of March for Our Lives will take to the streets nationwide and in Washington, D.C. We’re marching to demand that our lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities. Those who would like to march from St. Mark’s are asked to sign-up at the Welcome Desk and meet in the foyer at 11:30AM on the 24th to walk together to Rosa Park Circle.
Please consider this contemplation time to prepare for Holy Week and Easter by attending the Holy Week Retreat on Saturday, March 24th, from 9:30-11:30AM. A sign up sheet for this time together is found on the Welcome Desk.
Acolytes and Assisting Ministers will have a rehearsal for Holy Week on Saturday, March 24th, the day before Holy Week begins. All those involved in this ministry are encouraged to attend. The rehearsal will be from 12:15-2:00PM with lunch provided by yours truly with sandwiches, beans, and chips, Oh my! See you then! ~Christian+