St. Mark's Episcopal Church

A warm and welcoming Episcopal church for all seeking community on their spiritual journey.

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Welcome!

Welcome to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church!

Worship at St. Mark’s

Full participation in our worship services at St. Mark’s is open and you are completely welcome to attend – including receiving communion at our service.  We invite you to join us!   Our worship is a sacred time for spiritual renewal as we hear the Word of God in Scripture and the sermon, and as we share the Eucharist together.

Life at our church:

St. Mark’s has an active children’s program. Music and adult education, outreach and service, care for one another and healing prayers, all are part of our life together as a parish.  Join us!

Link above to Our weekly E-News 

Alleluia!  The Lord is Risen!  Alleluia!

Read the Easter Sermon by Father Balicki

Easter morning service

It’s Peony Sunday.  Please bring your peonies with you to church and put in the vases in front of the altar.  And please remember to sign up when you come to church for a liturgical ministry.  We welcome Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace as our guest presider and preacher this Sunday while John Balicki is on vacation.  We will also remember our fathers and grandfathers in our prayers this Sunday.  Finally join the labyrinth discussion after the service. 

Save the Date! The St. Mark’s Parish Picnic will be Sunday July 15, 11 AM to 2 Pm hosted by Stan and Deborah Short, 557 Hartland Rd. in Pittsfield.  The Short’s will have a large tent set up on their spacious lawn to provide shade or shelter from a shower.  Gather for a simple outdoor Eucharist at 11:15, the grills start at Noon. Lawn games and swimming for kids in an above-ground pool.  Please bring a lawn chair, beverage and a dish to share.  There will be the usual 9:15 service at church for those not going to the picnic.

Spotlight

Welcome, from our Rector, John Balicki

Rev. John Balicki

Rev. John Balicki

In response to the diocesan proposal below, we are having a prayer vigil at St. Mark’s from 3-8 PM TOMORROW, Thursday June 21, to pray for the separated families so much in the news these days.

The church will open for prayer, conversation,  and expressions of concern.  The service of Compline will be held at 7:30 PM.

Make room for prayer for separated families on the longest day of the year, June 18, 2018.

Dear Friends in the Diocese of Maine,

News reports of family separations at our southern border are causing people to ask, “What can we do?” One Maine Episcopalian – living in part-time exile in Washington, D.C. – has been in touch to make a suggestion.

Marge Killelly, a member of St. Matthew’s and St. Barnabas, Hallowell, proposes that on Thursday, June 21 – the longest day of the year – churches stay open from dawn to dusk to welcome people to prayer for the families affected.

She writes:

The longest day of the year is Thursday. For families on the border, parents and children, every second, every minute, every hour, every day is the longest of their lives. What can you do to share the longest day of the year and send a message of outrage at the separations and support for the families experiencing their longest day ever? #longestdayvigil

 

If you would are interested and decide to keep your church open for prayer or host a vigil, please contact me with the details at hshott@episcopalmaine.org or send a text to 207.592.7353. I will post a list of churches and times on our website and share widely on our social media channels, (much as we did during with info on warming centers over the winter.)

The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations (OGR) plans to host a #longestdayvigil in the chapel of their building on Capitol Hill that they share with many other denominations’ advocacy offices. If you would like an easy way to be in touch with members of the Maine delegation in Washington about the issue, click here.

Also, Bishop Stephen Lane and Bishop Robert Deeley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland are working on a joint op-ed on the subject of family separations to be published this week in a Maine daily newspaper (TBD). Stay-tuned for the link.

Thanks for listening,

Heidi Shott
Canon for Communication and Advocacy

A Summer Ministry at the Service –Through the summer, we will not schedule liturgical ministers. Anyone, whether you have done this ministry or not, can sign up when you come Sunday morning. Look for the sign-up table in the narthex. You could carry the cross, read a lesson, bring up the elements for communion, say prayers, or serve at the altar.  Instruction provided to those who are new.

Thank You!!!

Foodbank: for your all your continuous donations!!! We are low on cans of fruit

Essentials Closet:  your donations of diapers, TP, soaps, shampoos, toothpaste have brought huge smiles and thank yous from clients.

Prayer Shawl Knitters

Last Tuesday we began casting on to knit socks. We will continue our Tuesdays 1-2:30pm. We were graced with Norma’s presence, Ice cream appeared.

Soup Kitchen Help: During the month of July, the Waterville-Winslow Interfaith Council takes on responsibility for providing a noontime meal while volunteers with the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen take the month off.  St. Mark’s has agreed to once again provide a lunch on all the Thursdays of July.  We thank Robyn LeGrand and Dawn Cates for coordinating our participation.  There will soon be sign-up sheets to provide the food as well as to volunteer to serve.

Sunday, July 1 – Monthly afternoon service at 5 PM held in the parish Memorial Garden, weather permitting.

 

Upcoming Events

Sun
24
Jun
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Jun 24 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
26
Jun
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Wed
27
Jun
10:00 am Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A service of Morning Prayer with prayers, readings from the Bible and discussion, follow by Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament.  Usually held in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.
Sun
1
Jul
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Jul 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
3
Jul
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Wed
4
Jul
10:00 am Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A service of Morning Prayer with prayers, readings from the Bible and discussion, follow by Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament.  Usually held in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.
Sun
8
Jul
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Jul 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
10
Jul
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Wed
11
Jul
10:00 am Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A service of Morning Prayer with prayers, readings from the Bible and discussion, follow by Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament.  Usually held in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.
Sun
15
Jul
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Jul 15 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
17
Jul
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Wed
18
Jul
10:00 am Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A service of Morning Prayer with prayers, readings from the Bible and discussion, follow by Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament.  Usually held in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.
Sun
22
Jul
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Jul 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
24
Jul
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

Read the full article...

Wed
25
Jul
10:00 am Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A service of Morning Prayer with prayers, readings from the Bible and discussion, follow by Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament.  Usually held in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.
Sun
29
Jul
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Jul 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
31
Jul
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

Read the full article...

Wed
1
Aug
10:00 am Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Morning Prayer/Holy Communion @ Church Sanctuary
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A service of Morning Prayer with prayers, readings from the Bible and discussion, follow by Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament.  Usually held in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.

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Our Mission Beyond Our Doors

From issues facing our planet to challenges in our community, St. Mark's looks beyond ourselves to find ways to help.

The Peace Pole

Ways to help

* The Peace Pole - say a prayer for world peace

* Food Bank - share with our neighbors

* Homeless Shelter - support those in need

* Sandwich Program - provide food for others

Current outreach efforts by our parish

Music


Music is an important part of life at St. Mark's, both as part of our worship and also as a gift to the wider Waterville community.

* In worship, singing hymns and prayers

* Enjoying our choir

* Appreciating a range of organ music

* Involving our children

* Offering concerts

Learn more about Music at St. Mark's.

Our Lively Program for Children

At St. Mark's, we welcome children as an important part of our life together. Sunday activities for children and their families are focused on learning by doing. For example:

* Participating in worship in the Family Eucharist

* Outreach projects: making chicken pies for the Homeless Shelter or packing diapers for needy families

Learn more about children and family programs

Our Directors of Children and Youth programs are Jonathan Knock and Melinda Corey.

Pastoral Care

How do we as Christians embody our faith? The entire "Body of Christ" is called, as baptized Christians, to love and care for one another and for those in need. Learn more about why Pastoral Care is vital to our mission.

Our fall series on the "Opiate Crisis and the Faith Community" on Thursday evenings allowed us to learn more from many speakers and discuss ways to help.

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