We will celebrate with an artist reception on Friday, September 29 from 5:30-8pm. 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.
To commemorate St. Francis of Assisi and to honor the pets that enrich our lives, please bring your pet to church with you on Sunday, October 1st. The Blessing of the Animals will take place from 9:15 to 9:45. We’ll sing, pray, and bless the creatures who give us great love and pleasure! “The Lord God made them all!”
The downtown Food Pantry provides an emergency supply of food and personal care items to people in need. Our local pantry is at Westminster Presbyterian Church. This pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursday. We encourage you to bring non-perishable food items on the first Sunday of every month to help support our neighbors in need. Not sure what to bring? The Pantry’s Top 5 items needed most are: peanut butter, canned tuna, canned chili, canned beans, and jelly.
St. Mark’s is hosting Women’s Spa Day, Thursday, October 12, 2017, and we need your help. We would like to provide a selection of warm clothes for the coming winter months, such as jackets, sweaters, long sleeve tees and jeans for our guests. Please take a look and see if you have anything to donate. We are also in need of backpacks and toiletries. We invite the women to make bags on the sewing machine to take things with them and fabric donations would be appreciated. Please see the sign up sheet on the welcome desk to help with this great ministry opportunity. If you have any questions, contact Marissa Lee.
Envelopes are available on a small table near the welcome desk for offerings to be sent to Episcopal Relief and Development. As we know, these disasters are of epic proportions, and the people victimized by these hurricanes will be years in recovery. May God be with us in unity with those in need in all of these areas impacted with these storms.
ArtPrize opens for voting on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 12:00 NOON. As an ArtPrize venue, St. Mark’s will be open daily from 12 Noon to 8PM to view the pieces inside the building. Come and visit. Support our artists!
Every year in the Episcopal church, there is a Diocesan Convention. This year’s convention will be November 3 and 4. St. Mark’s has four delegates who will accompany our priests to the Convention. Every year, there are pre-convention gatherings. Please consider the pre-convention meeting at 10am on Saturday, September 30. We will gather along with the Lakeshore Deanery at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven, 524 Washington Avenue (616.842.6260). The agenda will primarily be to review and discuss resolutions and the restructuring of the Diocese. Restructuring seems to be in the air at the diocesan and parish levels, so there will be much to discuss. Attending the pre-convention meeting is the best way to ensure you are informed about the major decisions we will make as a Diocese. All parishioners are invited to the pre-convention meeting and not just the delegates and priests. Let Fr. Christian know if you would like to attend.
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 will 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 grass seed the medium. If you are interested in a preview of our show, please click here. We will celebrate with an artist reception on Friday, September 29 from 5:30-8pm. We will 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.
For a number of years, ‘no tobacco’ signs have been posted near the parking lot and the kitchen door. We have added two additional signs near the patio of the Parish Hall. The hope is to ensure that anyone who wishes to smoke will do so on the sidewalk along Division and not where adults, youth and children enter the building on Sunday mornings. The Securitas representative can now help to enforce the smoke-free environment we’re hoping to support
As we continue to experience growth as a Parish, the need to shuffle meeting spaces has become more and more obvious especially on Sunday mornings. Different groups will be discussing relocating to different areas to facilitate the growth in programs and the few meetings which happen on Sunday mornings. As part of this assessment and restructuring, we are in discernment as to whether or not to continue to offer the Scripture Reflection opportunity on Sunday mornings. It has traditionally not been well attended, and maybe there just isn’t a need to continue it. Since there are now two Sunday Christian Formation offerings at the same time as the Scripture Reflection group, there may be less as need/desire to continue offering this formation opportunity. Please, let us know any thoughts that you have. Mother Sue and I would appreciate feed-back. Thank you. ~ Christian+
Please consider writing a devotional for the Advent booklet this coming Advent season. The verses and information for participation will be at hand on October 1. The devotions will then be due October 26. If you would like to be part of this years devotional please contact Megan.
Will host the Rev. Elizabeth DeRuff, agrarian ministry leader from California. Only one other state in the nation has been part of a program to grow, mill and harvest wheat to be made in to communion bread. Plainsong Farm is lauching this meaningful ministry in our area. Be a part of the community planting day of heirloom, organic wheat, learn the history, nutritional value and agricultural principles of these grains. The planting will be on September 23 from 10am to 1:30pm, with lunch provided, at Plainsong Farm, 6677 12 Mile Road NE, Rockford MI 49341. Cost is $15. Registration is required so they can ensure everyone eats lunch. Http://bit.ly/2wELdAZ.
Facing the future without fear by coming together. “These are times that try men’s souls.” Quoting Thomas Paine, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks began his TED2017 talk in Vancouver last April. Recognizing that it is also true today, he cites the growth of extremism, divisive elections, and divided societies that leads to the anxiety and fear that threatens our faith in the future. But his talk, titled “How we can face the future without fear,” gives us a more hopeful message. The video of his 12-minute talk is now publicly available at http://bit.ly/Sacks at TED and it is well worth watching.
St. Mark’s 181st Anniversary Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining.
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.
We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian D. MacLaren. Organized around the traditional church year, we will explore the bible seeking a new way to experience and practice our faith. This formation journey is intended for high school youth and adults. We will begin our adventure Sunday, September 10th at 9:15AM in the upstairs Youth Room. For more information, please contact Jane Stidolph.
Our annual trip to Cedar Point, during their Halloweekends event, will be September 15-17, 2017. This year we will drive down after 6pm and stay the night on Friday. We will spend the day at the park on Saturday and return home late-afternoon on Sunday. There will be all the fun of the usual rides and thrills. Even if you are not a roller coaster fan, there is still plenty of fund to be had. This year we are charging $20 per youth. Our annual parking lot fundraisers at St. Mark’s during ArtPrize and Festival help defray most of the expense. Attendees should bring money for incidentals. If you have not already signed up and are interested in going, please reach out to Jeff Brown for a permission slip. Checks should be made payable to “St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church”. Permission slips and checks may be placed in Jeff’s mailbox at St. Mark’s. Early RSVPs are appreciated as it helps greatly with the planning of the trip.
A collection will be received Sunday, September 3rd, and envelopes are available. Offerings will be sent to Episcopal Relief and Development. The natural disaster which is unfolding along the Gulf Coast needs our prayers as well as our financial report. Numerous ways to give toward disaster relief on Facebook. If you have ideas as to how we can respond, please contact Fr. Christian. As we know, this is a disaster of epic proportion and the people of Texas will be years in recovery. May God be with us in unity with those in need not only in Texas but with the neighboring states as well. If you would like to donate to the Episcopal Relief & Development, click here.
The Healing Racism Ministry will have its regular meeting on September 5 at 7:00PM. We will be planning our fall program. Please join us.
Allies are invited to join in a discussion of Chris Hayes’ book, The Colony in a Nation, which explores the consequences of segregation in our cities and the criminal justice system. Meet at the church at 7:00PM on September 6, 2017. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Wendy Wenner at [email protected].
Many of you attended the first Amplify GR meeting. There will be a second Community Brainstorming meeting on September 7th at Madison Place to talk about their project in the Madison Square area. This should be an important meeting for input.
Interested in knowing more about the history of St Mark’s and our landmark building? Join us every first Sunday of the month following the 10:30AM worship service for a guided tour of our historic treasure and hear about the heritage of this parish. We will begin at the lectern after the conclusion of the postlude.