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 protected].
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, [email protected], 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.
What does it mean to be an inquirer in the Church? ‘To seek and to find’ might be a great way to start answering that question. Beginning this summer, we will offer numerous adult learning sessions, a Christian formation experience for adults who wish to learn more about the Tradition that is ours as Episcopalians. We will begin with the first two sessions on Wednesdays, July 26 and August 30, at 6:30 p.m. These sessions will enable us to begin learning, sharing and digging deep into the Anglican Tradition to strengthen the grace of faith that is already ours. If you wish to be confirmed, if you wish to be formally received into the Episcopal Church or if you want to affirm your faith, come and join us. Stay tuned! More to come!
The Day of Pentecost celebrates the visitation of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, ten weeks following the Day of Resurrection. This service of Anglican Evensong will celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including the African-American spiritual “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” and other anthems and service music by Carl Wiltse, Chad Dykema, and Everett Titcomb. Join us for this free concert in the Sanctuary at 5:00PM, this Sunday, June 4th.
A great festival of the Church celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit. We will “fly the dove” and ask all wear red (the liturgical color) for the day of Pentecost.
We want to help you grow in Christ, and we have many different ministries in order to help foster that growth. Our detailed Ministry Roster includes every ministry, including those just getting started.
This Sunday (May 21st) is Formation Sunday, recognizing all those who have participated in Children’s Formation, under the leadership of Jane Stidolph, and in Youth Formation, under the leadership of Jeff Brown. Both Jeff & Jane are wholeheartedly dedicated to their ministry! Please thank them personally, and be sure to congratulate their students on a year well done!
This Sunday (May 21st), following the 10:30am service, all are invited to attend the Ice Cream Social in the Parish Hall, hosted by the Parish Life Ministry, as a fore-taste of summer. If weather permits, take your treat out to the patio, and catch up with others’ news & views!
This Sunday, May 21st, 12:10-1:00PM, North Transept of the Sanctuary, is a meeting on the highlights of St. Mark’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan Ministry will bring answers to questions such as why should a church have a strategic plan and how will it affect me as an individual member? Hope to see you there!
Plan to be with us for five Wednesdays, May 17 through June 14 in the Parish Hall. We will start with a Contemporary Eucharist at 6:00pm; a light pot-luck supper at 6:45; and forums from 7:15-8:30. The forum series will include:
- May 17 – Dr. Jeanne Kapenga, founder of the GR Families Against Narcotics (FAN), which meets at St. Mark’s
- May 24 – Parishioners from Education For Ministry (EFM)
- May 31 – Charles Brown, Parishioner & St. Mark’s Librarian, speaking on “Reinhold Niebhur and His Legacy”. Charles’ talk will focus on Niebhur’s life and times, and on the continuing relevance of his religious, social, and political thought.
- June 7 – Douglas Kindschi from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute
- June 14 – Fr. Chrisitian on “The Development of the Eucharistic Liturgy, Then and Now”
Sign-ups for the pot-lucks are on the Welcome Desk. Please come and bring your favorite dish! All will be welcome!
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mark’s,
As the season of spring continues to unfold, we look forward to celebrating the Fifth Sunday of Easter this Sunday (May 14). It is also Mother’s Day. For us, we might also call the Sunday, “Pink Carnation Sunday”, as we will give all women who attend worship on Sunday a pink carnation. I’m hoping it will be an annual tradition for us, and children will assist in the distribution of carnations during the 10:30 Service. How fun! Please, come and worship. Give thanks for mothers and those mother figures in our lives as we come together to continue our Season of Easter and also celebrate Mother’s Day at St. Mark’s. I’m told that a lovely sheet cake will help us in our celebration at the 10:30 Social Hour!