St. Mark's Episcopal Church

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Weekly E-News

St. Marks publishes an E-NEWS each week which is  available here or you can request that it be sent to you by email each week.  Coming activities are featured, along with service times and community events.

St. Mark’s E-news – January 14, 2018

Please join us this Sunday for worship or Adult Education and don’t forget some of the Martin Luther King, Jr. events scheduled in the community.

Sunday, Jan. 7, The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II

John’s Sermon title, “Running the Race”    

 Adult Education continues from 9 AM to 10 AM with a five week book discussion group based on “The Divine Dance” by Richard Rohr as we continue to explore the Mystery of God as Trinity. Copies of the book by Richard Rohr are available online for downloading, or contact Tim McFadden for a paperback copy. If you can’t make it Sunday but want to read, please consider posting comments, reflections or questions for discussion on St. Mark’s Facebook page.

 10:15 PM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir and nursery.

 Coffee Hour, immediately after the 10:15.  No one has signed up to do coffee hour this week.   Opportunities abound for hosting coffee hour the rest of January.

 

We thank Advance 1 Cleaning of Waterville for cleaning all the carpets this past week as well as the upholstered chairs and kneelers in church.

“Where do we go from here?” A Multi-Faith Celebration of the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday January 14th, 6 pm, Lorimer Chapel, Colby College, featuring: songs from the movement, the JanPlan African Drummers, readings from King, and the world’s traditions. All are welcome.

The 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community breakfast will be held at Spectrum Generations Muskie Center on Gold Street in Waterville from 7:30-9:00 am on Monday, January 15, 2018. At this popular annual event, cosponsored by the Waterville Rotary Club and Spectrum Generations, David A. Greene, President of Colby College, will give an address titled “Bending towards Justice.” The event is open to the public, tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under and can be purchased through Spectrum Generations.

 

On January 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm, the second Community Conversation at Beth Israel synagogue, “Are Some Wounds Too Deep to Heal?”  Our speakers will be discussing whether our community can really come back together in the wake of the presidential election and its aftermath. In the wake of divisive rhetoric and contempt among neighbors, can we come back together as a cohesive community? Dr. Michelle Friedman will approach the question as a Jewish psychotherapist and the child of Holocaust survivors. Dr. Darren Ranco will be addressing the question from the viewpoint of an anthropologist and as a member of the Penobscot Nation. From both their academic vantage points and personal backgrounds, they will share their perspectives on where we stand as a country, and the potential for healing and its limits.Sunday, January 28, St. Mark’s Annual Meeting – one service at 9:15 AM – meeting to follow.

 Sunday, January 28, we will have one service only at 9:15 AM.  Our Annual Meeting will follow at approximately 10:15 AM which will include election of new leadership, a state of the parish address by the Rector, a presentation of the 2018 budget and discussion regarding our life as a parish community. There will be no adult education that Sunday. All who have begun to attend St. Mark’s are welcome at the Annual Meeting.

 

Do You Like to Eat?  Do You like Parish Gatherings?  We need help!  Marty Norris and Ricia Hyde have been coordinating a Celebrations Committee which coordinates providing food at five different parish events:

Annual Meeting, last Sunday in January

Mardi Gras, the Tuesday evening before Ash Wednesday

Easter Sunday breakfast

Welcome BBQ in June

All Saints Sunday Breakfast, first Sunday in November

 

They would like to take a break from this valuable ministry and turn it over to others. If you are interested in helping with the cooking or coordinating of one or more of these events, please contact Marty at marthanorris@me.com or Ricia at riciahyde@gmail.com

 

At the Annual Meeting on January 28, we will be electing three Convention delegate who will attend at the Annual Diocesan Convention on October 27 in Portland as well as the Convention to elect the new bishop on February 9, 2019. The Vestry anticipated a significant interest in being a delegate for this election and decided to elect the delegates by ballot instead of drawing lots as we have done in the past.  If you are interested in being a delegate, simply submit your name along with one paragraph describing your experience in the Church and why you would like to be a delegate to jbalicki17@gmail.com

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St. Mark’s E-News, December 29,2017

Merry Christmas everyone!  Yes, it is still Christmas at St. Mark’s with poinsettias, wreaths, and trees. If you didn’t see it on Christmas Eve or would like to see it again, please join us. The angels and shepherds may no longer be seen (see photos below) but there will be Christmas spirit and many carols still to sing at 10:15.  Read below for some good discussion and education opportunities for the new year.  

 

Sunday, Dec. 31, The First Sunday after Christmas Day

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I

John’s Sermon title, “Adoption Papers”

 10:15 PM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II with nursery (no choir this Sunday but there will be congregational singing with all carols selected for the hymns).

 Coffee Hour, immediately after the 10:15 service. No one is scheduled but we will put the coffee on and bring in your leftover Christmas goodies to share.  Opportunities abound for hosting coffee hour in January.

Liturgical Calendars for 2018 will be available at church starting this Sunday. Budget envelopes for 2018 will be available on January 7.

Wed. Jan. 3 – Martha Guild meeting at Noon – please bring your lunch – dessert and beverage provided.

 

Sunday, January 7 we will celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord at the 8 and 10:15 services. 

Adult Education resumes on Sunday, January 7 from 9 AM to 10 AM.  We will begin a five week book discussion group based on “The Divine Dance” by Richard Rohr. For more on the book check out:  http://thedivinedance.org/   If you’d like a paperback copy of the book ($10), contact Tim McFadden. But no need to read ahead for our first gathering-just join us at 9 AM. Here is a description and a review:

God is not what most people think. Visions of an angry, distant moral scorekeeper or a supernatural santa claus handing out cosmic lottery tickets to those who attend the right church or say the right prayer dominate our culture. For many others, God has become irrelevant or simply unbelievable. The Divine Dance explores the early Christian image of the Trinity: perichoresis, a circle dance. The unending flow of giving and receiving between Father, Son, and Spirit is the pattern of reality. God is not only a dancer, but the Dance itself!

 “The Divine Dance is a joyful plunge into what is often dry academic mystery. Richard Rohr shares his exploration into the sacred and challenges us all to come along on the nourishing journey to community.”   — Simone Campbell, SSS, Author, “A Nun on the Bus”

 

On January 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm, the second Community Conversation at Beth Israel synagogue,“Are Some Wounds Too Deep to Heal?”  Our two speakers will be discussing whether our community can really come back together in the wake of the presidential election and its aftermath. In the wake of divisive rhetoric and contempt among neighbors, can we come back together as a cohesive community? Dr. Friedman will approach the question as a Jewish psychotherapist and the children of Holocaust survivors. Dr. Ranco will be addressing the question from the viewpoint as an anthropologist and a member of the Penobscot Nation. From both their academic vantage points  and personal backgrounds, they will share their perspectives on where we stand as a country, and the potential for healing and its limits.

 

Sunday, January 28, St. Mark’s Annual Meeting – one service at 9:15 AM – meeting to follow.

At the Annual Meeting on January 28, we will be electing three Convention delegates who will attend at the Annual Diocesan Convention on October 27 in Portland as well as the Convention to elect the new bishop on February 9, 2019. The Vestry anticipated a significant interest in being a delegate for this election and decided to elect the delegates by ballot instead of drawing lots as we have done in the past.  If you are interested in being a delegate, simply submit your name along with one paragraph describing your experience in the Church and why you would like to be a delegate.

Photos from Christmas Pageant: 

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St. Mark’s E-News                   December 17, 2017

 

Sunday, December 17, The Third Sunday of Advent

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I

John’s Sermon Title, LOL”.

9 to 10 AM, Adult Education – Advent Reflections – As we approach the 25th of December, we examine the popular bumper sticker, “Let’s Put Christ Back into Christmas” but we pose the question  who took him away in the first place and where did he go? Come for a stimulating discuss of how we celebrate Christmas as both a religious feast  day as well as a secular holiday and whether we see any conflict between the two.

 10:15 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir and nursery.

 We have no Coffee Hour host this week but would still like to have coffee hour if someone can make coffee. There will be no coffee hour on Dec. 24 but we need hosts from then on.

 11:30 Christmas Pageant Costumes – If your child is interested in being part of the Christmas Pageant at the 4:30 service on Christmas Eve,  you can select and set aside a costume back in the Church Hall.

Thank you to all who contributed toward the Care Kits last week or who took some to hand out. See the photos in the attachment accompanying this e-mail.  There are still some at church to be taken.

If you intend to make a financial pledge but haven’t yet done so, please return it to church or mail in as soon as you can.

Envelopes for Christmas Flower donations are available at church.  These are an opportunity to donate toward the beauty of our church at Christmas in memory of a loved one or something you are thankful for. These need to be turned in by Sunday, Dec. 17. If you would like to donate but can’t make church on Sunday, please e-mail stmarkschurch60@gmail.com and mail in the donation.

Tuesday, Dec. 19 PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY will now be meeting every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30. Please join when you can.

Three Angel Tree tags left for gifts for area families in need.  Gifts need to be returned by end of day on Wednesday, Dec. 20, wrapped with the tag on the outside of the wrapping so the recipient can be identified.    If you can’t make it to church this week but would like to take a tag, please e-mail stmarkschurch60@gmail.com

Wed. Dec. 20 at 6:00 PM we will have a Taize Service that will include Taize hymns, silent reflection and Holy Communion.  This is also the evening before the Winter Solstice.  Come as we gather to find peace and community on this shortest day of the year.

Sat. Dec. 23, the Altar Guild will gather at 9 AM to polish the vessels for Christmas.  All are welcome to help.

 

Sun. Dec. 24 we will have morning services for the 4th Sunday of Advent at the usual times of 8:00 and 10:15. After the 10:15 service, we will hang the greens for the Christmas season.  Anyone who can stay to help will be appreciated.

 On Sun. Dec. 24, we will also include a Christmas Pageant as part of the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve service.  At this service, children will process in with their costumes and, as part of the Liturgy of the Word, we will tell the story of the birth of Jesus.  This service will include the Eucharist and plenty of traditional Christmas carols to sing for young and old alike.

 Our evening service on Christmas Eve will include a Carol Prelude with String Quartet at 8:30 PM which will include pieces sung by the St. Mark’s Choir as well as carols for all to sing.   At 9:00 PM we will begin a full Choral Eucharist with the lessons of Christmas, music by the St. Mark’s choir and Holy Communion.  Please join us for Christmas at either or both services.   If you need transportation to church for Christmas Eve, please let us know.

If you would like to make a donation toward the expense of the string quarteton Christmas Eve in memory of a loved one, please make a check out to St. Mark’s Church, write “Christmas music” in the memo line and clearly indicate if it is in memory of someone.

Looking for a Christmas Gift for the person who has everything? St. Mark’s t-shirtsare still for sale in both adult and children’s sizes.  $10 or best offer! See any member of the staff, vestry or Living Local team for purchase.

At the Annual Meeting on January 28, we will be electing three Convention delegates who will attend at the Annual Diocesan Convention on October 27 in Portland as well as the Convention to elect the new bishop on February 9, 2019. The Vestry anticipated a significant interest in being a delegate for this election and decided to elect the delegates by ballot instead of drawing lots as we have done in the past.  If you are interested in being a delegate, simply submit your name along with one paragraph describing your experience in the Church and why you would like to be a delegate.

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Christmas Fair Polar Express
We did it! (well, you did it!)
 

Many thanks to all who worked so hard at setting up, staffing, contributing toward, and cleaning up after our 2017 Christmas Fair.  It looks like we will net in the range of $5,500 which is a big help toward the income side of our budget.  Frozen turkey pies are available in the kitchen after church – $20 for a large; $6 for small.  “CRAFT TABLE” SALE this Sunday. Come shop for gifts after both services in the far narthex.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 12 PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY will now be meeting every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30. Please join when you can.

Angel Tree tags for gifts for area families in need are available at church.  Gifts need to be returned by Sunday, Dec. 17, wrapped with the tag on the outside of the wrapping so the recipient can be identified.  We thank Sheri and Aaron Dodge for coordinating this important ministry toward our community.  Most of the families who are requesting gifts come through Crisis and Counseling which is a treatment center for substance abuse victims centered in Skowhegan.  If you can’t make it to church this week but would like to take a tag, please e-mail stmarkschurch60@gmail.com

Martha Guild Pot Luck, Wed. Dec. 13 at Noon. Bring a dish to share and a Christmas card to send. Set-up elves needed at 11:30.

We have sent $1,000 to the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church as a result of all the donations this fall. We thank Peggy and Jim Mansir and Cipperly Good for coordinating and counting.

Sunday, Dec. 17 – all children who wish to participate in the Christmas Pageant at the 4:30 service on Christmas Eve should stay after the 10:15 service to select a costume and set it aside.

Wed. Dec. 20 at 6:00 PM we will have a Taize Service that will include Taize hymns, silent reflection and Holy Communion.  This is also the evening before the Winter Solstice.  Come as we gather to find peace and community on this shortest day of the year.

 

Wed. Dec. 20 at 6:00 PM we will have a Taize Service that will include Taize hymns, silent reflection and Holy Communion.  This is also the evening before the Winter Solstice.  Come as we gather to find peace and community on this shortest day of the year.

Sun. Dec. 24 we will have morning services for the 4th Sunday of Advent at the usual times of 8:00 and 10:15.

On Sun. Dec. 24, we will also include a Christmas Pageant as part of the 4:30 PM Christmas Eve service.  At this service, children will process in with their costumes and, as part of the Liturgy of the Word, we will tell the story of the birth of Jesus.  This service will include the Eucharist and plenty of traditional Christmas carols to sing for young and old alike.

Our evening service on Christmas Eve will include a Carol Prelude with String Quartet at 8:30 PM which will include pieces sung by the St. Mark’s Choir as well as carols for all to sing.   At 9:00 PM we will begin a full Choral Eucharist with the lessons of Christmas, music by the St. Mark’s choir and Holy Communion.  Please join us for Christmas at either or both services.   If you need transportation to church for Christmas Eve, please let us know.

Looking for a Christmas Gift for the person who has everything? St. Mark’s t-shirts are still for sale in both adult and children’s sizes.  $10 or best offer! See any member of the staff, vestry or Living Local team for purchase.

Waterville Food Bank – Thank you for your continuous donations.  Clients truly appreciate hearing about the community efforts to supply the shelves. When shopping consider adding a can of ravioli, beef stew, Hamburger Helper, hearty soups, etc. The basket for donations is outside the kitchen door.

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St Mark’s E-News and Christmas Fair Polar Express 

November 26, 2017

Important Things to remember about this Sunday:

  • Please bring your 2018 Financial Pledge if you haven’t returned it already or mail it in
  • Advent Wreathmaking from 9 to 10
  • Last chance to sign-up in person to help with Christmas Fair
  • Note:  special edition of Christmas Fair Polar Express is in the middle of this e-news.

 Sunday, November 26, The Last Sunday after Pentecost, Feast of Christ the King

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I

John’s Sermon Title, Judge Jesus”.

 9 to 10 AM, Advent Wreathmaking.  This is an activity for people of all ages.  Bagels will be available. We will supply greens, wreath stand and candles. You might make one for yourself or a member of St. Mark’s who is homebound.

 10:15 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir and nursery.

 Copies of “Living Well through Advent 2017: Practicing Wonder with all Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind” will be available for free in the narthex.  These books offer a daily reflection for each day of Advent.

 

Envelopes with information on financial pledging have been distributed or mailed.  There are extra pledge envelopes if you did not receive one.   Please either bring your pledge to church on Sunday or mail it in. We are hoping to have all financial pledges in by the end of November.

A thank you from Pat Slater for her special coffee hour last Sunday. 

“Dear St. Mark’s friends and ‘family’.  Thank you for such a warm ‘Goodbye’ Coffee Hour.  There were many of you I did not get to speak to personally and I would have liked to.  Thank you to to those who sat through my unprepared slide presentation.  Thanks to John and Dave for all the “prepared”- looking parts!  Leaving St.Mark’s is the biggest wrench of all in leaving my life here in Maine, but what a solidly warm and thankful memory I have of my 30+ years.  And YOU are the people who made and make my memories that way.

Here is my new address:   760 Northfield Ave., 2-422, West Orange, N.J. 07052

Tuesday, Nov. 28 PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY will now be meeting every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30. This Tuesday we are transitioning to knitting kitchen dish cloths for the Fair.  Yarn will be provided.  Please join when you can. Please join when you can.

Angel Tree tags for gifts for area families in need will be available for taking on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Sunday, Dec. 3, 9 to 10 AM, Adult Education – We will use the Practicing Wonder books for a group discussion each of the first three weeks of Advent.

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 11:30 AM  The Pastoral Care Team will meet. If you are interested in providing pastoral care to the homebound and/or healing to anyone in need, please come.

Free tickets for the 48th annual Service of Carols and Lights, a global celebration of Christmas, will be available at the information desk in Pulver Pavilion, Cotter Union, to be given to members of the broader community starting November Wednesday 8th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Because seating is limited, tickets are required for admission to the service.  4 tickets per person, until they are gone.

 

The Services of Carols and Lights will be held in Lorimer Chapel Friday December 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday December 9 at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors will open one-half hour before each service.

This year’s theme is “A Song of Joy Arises” with musical selections from the Colby Chorale, Collegium Musicum Ensemble, African Drummers, and the Pineland Suzuki School.

 

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