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 for worship whether you live in the area and are looking for a church home, are simply interested in joining us for a time, or are visiting the area. 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!
======Welcome to Lent 2018. The Theme of our Lenten Journey together this year is “Lovers (Ash Wednesday coinciding with Valentine’s Day) and Fools(Easter Sunday coinciding with April Fool’s Day)”. We introduced this theme at the Ash Wednesday services and will connect to each Sunday’s readings through the Sundays of Lent. Our service at 10:15 this week will come from the Iona Abbey Service Book which we used in the summer. This will be a highly participative service. We are also using for our Lenten Journey, copies of “Living Well through Lent 2018”. This is a daily reflection which is pasted at the bottom of the e-news or print copies are available in church or you can download electronically.
Welcome, from our Rector, John Balicki
Sunday, February 18, The First Sunday in Lent
8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
John’s Sermon title, “Lovers and Fools Part 2: In Love with the Desert”
9 AM We conclude our discussion of the Divine Dance by Richard Rohr. This Sunday Feb 18th at 9am, join us as we wrap up our discussion of The Divine Dance. Please bring a passage or theme that resonated for you, and we will seek to deepen our conversations. How can Trinitarian theology lead to a deepening of our experiences of God’s Presence in our world and in our lives?
9:30 AM – Family Eucharist – “Ash Sunday” – we will explain the traditions of Lent to our parish children, distribute ashes to those who wish and conclude with Eucharist in church. All Welcome!
10:15 PM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir and nursery.
Coffee Hour, immediately after the 10:15. We have no host this week. Find a friend and give it a try!
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.
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
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.
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.