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.

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 this e-news or print copies are available in church or you can download electronically. A big thank you to Marti McFadden and all who helped set up, brought food or cleaned for Mardi Gras. 

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St. Mark’s E-News – March 11, 2018

Moses lifts up the serpent in the wilderness

We continue Lent 2018. Adult education resumes with a discussion of what it means to be born again. At 10:15 we continue with our Iona liturgy, Walking in the Wilderness.  We had great attendance at all services and programs last Sunday. Please join us again! Please note the Holy Week schedule at the bottom of the e-news.

Sunday, March 11, The Fourth Sunday in Lent

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II

John’s Sermon title, “Take and Seal It”

 

Adult Education continues Sunday at 9 AM “Jesus and Nicodemus”. Using this Sunday’s gospel we will look at the interaction between Jesus and the Pharisee Nicodemus in the third chapter of John’s gospel and discuss what it means to be “born again” and what we may be seeking in an encounter with Jesus.

 

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

 

Coffee Hour, immediately after the 10:15 service.  Hosted this week by Robyn Le Grand and Margaret Liversidge.

2 PM Lenten Organ Concert at First Baptist Church, Waterville  through March 25. Today’s guest organist is Don Pauley .

6:30 PM at Congregation Beth Israel, “Are We One? Speaking as a Divided Nation”, How do we get along when our personal faith and societal conceptions of equality and justice diverge? Join the Center for Small Town Jewish Life and fellow Waterville and faith community members as we discuss this question in the third of our Community Conversations series.

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs will facilitate a discussion between Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, and Steven Jacobson, vice president for strategy at the Dorot Foundation and director of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. We will follow with community conversations over dessert.

 

Lenten Resource:  Paper copies of Living Well through Lent 2018 have been sold out but we enclosed a pdf file for your use with last week’s e-news.  We have print copies available at church each Sunday.

Wednesday, March 14, 6:00 PM Stations of the Cross – a 45-minute service meditating on the Passion of Christ.

Adult Education continues on Sunday, March 18, 9 AM “God’s Love Written on the Heart”.

Sunday, March 18, during the 10:15 service parish families will create Easter gardens to take home and plant seedlings for church gardens.

Sunday, March 18, the Living Local Team asks everyone to join us for a special coffee hour after the 10:15 service where we will use our new round tables in orchestrating some fun and lively conversation.

Prayer Shawl Ministry  We are knitting pocket and pillowcase shawls.  Curious, come see us. Meetings are every Tuesday, 1-2:30  pm. Bring a friend.

Quilters We gather every Tuesday 10-noon in the Radley Room. If you are interested in learning how to use “Maggie” do come. Maggie is our quilting sewing machine and she can do amazing things. Joyce McGray will show and/or give lessons.

 

*****Holy Week Schedule 2018****

Sunday, March 25, Palm Sunday, services with distribution of palms at 8 AM and 10:15 AM

 

Thursday, March 29, Maundy Thursday  7:00 PM Holy Eucharist Rite II followed by stripping of altar

 

Friday, March 30, Good Friday three different services between Noon and 3 PM with silent meditation in between.

Noon – the Good Friday service according to the Book of Common Prayer – a 40 minute service with prayers, scripture and the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

1 PM – Stations of the Cross – a 40-minute service meditating on the Passion of Christ.

2 PM – an ecumenical service led by the various clergy of the Waterville-Winslow Interfaith Council

 

Saturday, March 31, Holy Saturday

9:30 AM Holy Saturday service with meditation followed by decorating of church

 

Saturday evening, March 31, Easter Vigil

6:00 PM interactive Easter Vigil service, all welcome – designed for children’s participation

8:00 PM Traditional Easter Vigil service, Book of Common Prayer

Sunday, April 1, Easter Day

6:30 AM sunrise service on the steps of Miller Library, Colby College, sponsored by the Waterville-Winslow Interfaith Council

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I with choir

9:00 to 10:00 AM Parish Breakfast

10:00 AM Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

10:15 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II with choir

 

ABOUT OFFERTORY

If you ask a fellow parishioner what the Offertory is, many will tell you, “That is when they take up the collection.”  This is a common misconception that does damage to the real meaning of Offertory.  The collection of monetary gifts often is part of the Offertory, but it is not essential.

It is possible to have a Eucharist without a collection, but it is not possible to have a Eucharist without an Offertory, which – strictly speaking – is the presentation of the gifts of bread and wine and has nothing whatsoever to do with money.

In addition to bread and wine, we also offer ourselves, our prayers, our hopes, and our presence at the Offertory.  We may offer monetary gifts as symbols of our lives and labors, but this should not be thought of as an essential part of Offertory itself, even though our financial support of our church is essential to the life of the church.  We should keep in mind that the bread and wine are presented on our behalf, and that the most important aspect of Offertory is our witness to the presentation of the bread and wine, and our witness to the setting of the Table.

In Judaism, collections are never taken up at the Friday night and Saturday services, since it is forbidden to handle, exchange, or carry money on the Sabbath.  Contributions are sent on weekdays to the Rabbi or the synagogue office. (Some of us also make our contributions in a similar way when we mail in our pledges.)

In Eastern Christianity, many churches do not take up a collection during the liturgy.  There may be a basket available somewhere in the church where people can leave money before or after the service, or a collection is taken up at the close of the liturgy. Others may choose to give financial support at other times.

Keeping in mind last Sunday’s gospel about the cleansing of the temple, perhaps we might reconsider the meaning of Offertory.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            – dek 

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Sunday, March 4, The Third Sunday in Lent

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II

John’s Sermon title, “Turning the Tables”

 The sanctuary candle burns this week in memory of Kelly MacKenzie as donated by Rick and Judy MacKenzie.

Adult Education continues Sunday at 9 AM “Cleansing the Temple”. Using this Sunday’s gospel we will look at the place of anger and protest in the life of Jesus as well as modern disciples. When is the expression of anger justified? Are there any limits or boundaries?

9:30 All are invited to the following Children’s and Family Activity on Maine’s Migrant Workers led by Sara Roberts who works with the Maine Migrant Health Program. She will teach us about what migrant workers in Maine do, have a taste test of local products harvested or produced by migrant workers, and help us create rice socks for soothing sore muscles that workers often have! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the community around us while also showing love and care. It’s also a great activity for all ages – learning about those around us is interesting at any age! Hope to see you there. If you want to bring rice (not instant!) and/or 100% cotton tube socks to contribute, that would be helpful, but we will have some to share as well.

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

Coffee Hour, immediately after the 10:15 service.  Hosted this week by Cipperly Good and Cindy Longstaff.

Wednesday, March 7, Noon, monthly Martha Guild meeting. Please bring your lunch; dessert and beverages provided.

Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 PM Stations of the Cross – a 45-minute service meditating on the Passion of Christ.

Adult Education continues the next two Sundays of March.

Sunday, March 11, “God So Loved the World”

Sunday, March 18, “God’s Love Written on the Heart”

Sunday, March 11 will be the final Community Conversation for this series. “Are We One? Speaking as a Divided Nation”, 6:30 PM at Congregation Beth Israel.

How do we get along when our personal faith and societal conceptions of equality and justice diverge? Join the Center for Small Town Jewish Life and fellow Waterville and faith community members on Sunday, March 11, 2018, as we discuss this question in the third of our Community Conversations series.

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs will facilitate a discussion between Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, and Steven Jacobson, vice president for strategy at the Dorot Foundation and director of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. We will follow with community conversations over dessert.

Prayer Shawl Ministry  We are knitting pocket and pillowcase shawls.  Curious, come see us. Meetings are every Tuesday, 1-2:30pm Bring a friend.

 

Quilters We gather every Tuesday 10-noon in the Radley Room. If you are interested in learning how to use “Maggie” do come. Maggie is our quilting sewing machine and she can do amazing things. Joyce McGray will show and/or give lessons.

We thank Barry Stewart for donating the new tile and the labor to install it in our entryway.  We are hoping this improvement will reduce water on the carpet which contributed to the unpleasant, musty odor that some have experienced when entering the building.

Summary of Parish Discussion regarding the Election of the Tenth Bishop of Maine

St. Mark’s Waterville

 

A parish discussion was held on Sunday, Feb. 25 with about 25 members of St. Mark’s attending. Here is a summary of the discussion.

 

Who are you as a parish?

Friends, experienced worshippers, nurturers who take care of each other, have fun, willing to try new forms of worship or music, enjoy being intellectually stimulated

How do we demonstrate what we value?

We feed each other and the community through parish meals and outreach to Evening Sandwich Program, homeless shelter, July lunch program, Food bank

We show care for each other by including names during Prayers of the People, by blessing congregationally prayer shawls given to those who are sick

We have developed a welcome committee and an annual BBQ for new members

We have strong lay pastoral outreach

There was a sense that breakfasts between our services are important; several spoke of enjoying summer when it is more one congregation.

Stories/Foundational Events

Strong tradition of lay involvement because for most of our history we have not had a deacon

We have developed a strong program of adult education and we value learning and discussing

Church moved in 1978 – some still haven’t gotten over

How do we want to grow?

In quality and not just numbers

Be an agency of service, grow in our hearts

We have four college campuses nearby and we need to learn how to better integrate students and faculty

We need to learn how to use social media to spread who we are and what we do

Challenges to getting there

All Christians get lumped together in media – how do we identify who we are

Many young people believe you can’t be gay and Christian

Our average age is increasing and we risk burnout; we have to choose carefully where we put our  energies because we can’t do everything

Relationship with diocese

We have a very loose relationship with the diocese; we don’t know other parishes; there is a sense of some isolation-knowing our parish, but not beyond that.

Melinda values her video-conferencing with other children’s ministers; Might that be extended to other parish ministry groups (choirs; vestries)

We have only seen the bishop once every three years on  a Sunday so the average worshipper has little contact

Future relationship

Some ideas around parish to parish potlucks; Face to face contacts; group programs at other venues(eg. Camp Bishopswood)-with funding available to those who can’t afford to pay out of pocket.

Qualities of next Bishop,

Some discussion that a candidate should have a strong understanding of and experience with rural life and distances- vs. a more urban based individual. “Portland” does not typify our neighborhoods.




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St. Mark’s E-News – February 25, 2018

Tonight, Wed. Feb. 21 in church, Stations of the Cross at 6:30 PM. A short 20-minute reflection on the passion of Jesus. 

Sunday, February 25, The Second Sunday in Lent

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I

John’s Sermon title, “Me and You Must Never Part”

9 AM to 10 AM we will hold a parish discussion about the election of the next Bishop of the Diocese of Maine in February 2019. What does a bishop do and how does a bishop get elected?  What kind of person would you like to see get elected and what are the issues this diocese will be facing in the next 10 years? Please join us for an hour of discussion. Your input is greatly valued.

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

Coffee Hour, immediately after the 10:15 service.  Hosted this week by the Nelson’s.

Lenten Resource:  Paper copies of Living Well through Lent 2018 have been sold out but we enclosed a pdf file for your use with last week’s e-news.  We will be printing a week at a time with each e-news.   See at the bottom of the page. Print copies are available at church.

Adult Education for the first three Sundays of March will focus on a different Lenten theme each week.  Sunday, March 4, 9 AM “Cleansing the Temple”. Using that Sunday’s gospel we will look at the place of anger and protest in the life of Jesus as well as modern disciples. When is the expression of anger justified? Are there any limits or boundaries?

Sunday, March 11, “God So Loved the World”

Sunday, March 18, “God’s Love Written on the Heart”

 

Waterville Essentials Closet for those in need. Shelves are stocked by our donations of non-food items:

Individually wrapped toilet paper, Shampoos, Laundry detergents, bath soaps

Toothpaste and brushes, household cleaners….

Any donation is greatly appreciated and St. Mark’s will deliver every Friday morning.

The Closet is open to those in need the last two weeks of each month. I invite you to consider this a personal participation during the season of Lent. Donations can be placed in our shopping cart just outside kitchen or taken to Congregational Church, 7 Eustis Pkwy.  Thank you, Vicky Dawson

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry  We are knitting pocket and pillowcase shawls.  Curious, come see us. Meetings are every Tuesday, 1-2:30pm Bring a friend.

 

Quilters We gather every Tuesday 10-noon in the Radley Room. If you are interested in learning how to use “Maggie” do come. Maggie is our quilting sewing machine and she can do amazing things. Joyce McGray will show and/or give lessons.

 

Wednesday, February 28, Stations of the Cross at 6:30 PM at church.

 

Sunday, February 25

Lenten Organ Series at First Baptist Church, Waterville, 2 PM on Sundays from March 4 through March 25. The originally scheduled concert on Feb. 25 has been cancelled.

 

In order to hear from as many people as possible in the Diocese of Maine, we invite you to take a short survey regarding our quest for the next Bishop of Maine. Your input will be very helpful to the Discernment Committee in articulating to prospective candidates who the people and congregations of the Diocese of Maine are and what type of person they are looking for to be their next Bishop.

If you have any comments beyond the survey form, please send those to discernmentcommittee@episcopalmaine.org.

Thank you for taking the time to do this. The survey closes February 28.

Survey Link:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mainebishopsearch.

 

Hello, families! Thanks to all who joined us for our Mardi Gras celebration earlier this week and also this morning for our Ash Sunday celebration. It was a nice time to reconnect and reflect on the season of the church year that we are now in. Attached are a few pictures from each – there are many more if anyone is interested, we can just only attach so many to an email!  Click on attachment.

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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!

 

1:30 to 3:30 Beth Israel is hosting Chicken Soup for the Soul (aka “A Bissel for a Shissel” — we’re throwing in the Yiddish lesson for free!).  Come enjoy chicken soups from across the Jewish Diaspora, and let the Jewish penicillin work its magic on our dreary February. There will be a small suggested donation at the door; all proceeds benefit the Interfaith Resource Fund.

 Lenten Resource:  Paper copies of Living Well through Lent 2018have been sold out but we enclosed a pdf file for your use with last week’s  e-news.  We will be printing a week at a time with each e-news.   See at the bottom of the page. Print copies are available at church.

Waterville Essentials Closet for those in need. Shelves are stocked by our donations of non-food items:

Individually wrapped toilet paper, Shampoos, Laundry detergents, bath soaps

Toothpaste and brushes, household cleaners….

Any donation is greatly appreciated and St. Mark’s will deliver every Friday morning.

The Closet is open to those in need the last two weeks of each month. I invite you to consider this a personal participation during the season of Lent. Donations can be placed in our shopping cart just outside kitchen or taken to Congregational Church, 7 Eustis Pkwy.  Thank you, Vicky Dawson

Prayer Shawl Ministry  We are knitting pocket and pillowcase shawls.  Curious, come see us. Meetings are every Tuesday, 1-2:30pm.  Bring a friend.

Quilters We gather every Tuesday 10-noon in the Radley Room. If you are interested in learning how to use “Maggie” do come. Maggie is our quilting sewing machine and she can do amazing things. Joyce McGray will show and/or give lessons.

Wednesday, February 21, Stations of the Cross at 6:30 PM at the church.

Sunday, February 25 from 9 AM to 10 AM we will hold a discussion about the election of the next Bishop of the Diocese of Maine in February 2019. What does a bishop do and how does a bishop get elected?  What kind of person would you like to see get elected and what are the issues this diocese will be facing in the next 10 years?

Lenten Organ Series at First Baptist Church, Waterville, 2 PM on Sundays from March 4 through March 25. The originally scheduled concert on Feb. 25 has been cancelled.

 

In order to hear from as many people as possible in the Diocese of Maine, we invite you to take a short survey regarding our quest for the next Bishop of Maine. Your input will be very helpful to the Discernment Committee in articulating to prospective candidates who the people and congregations of the Diocese of Maine are and what type of person they are looking for to be their next Bishop.

If you have any comments beyond the survey form, please send those to discernmentcommittee@episcopalmaine.org.

Thank you for taking the time to do this. The survey closes February 28.

Survey Link:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mainebishopsearch.

 

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St. Mark’s E-News – February 11, 2018

This Sunday has a few names – it is the last Sunday after the Epiphany but we also call it “Alleluia Sunday” as it is a time for joyful exuberance before entering the more sober discipline of Lent. We will sing our last Alleluias for a while with great gusto.  Note many special offerings this coming week: Sr. Helen Prejean on Monday, Mardi Gras on Tuesday, and Ash Wednesday.  We would love to see you at whatever events or services you can make.  

Sunday, February 11, The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II

John’s Sermon title, “Do You See What I See?”

 

Please bring your palms in this Sunday or next to burn on Mardi Gras for the Ash Wednesday ashes.  There will be a basket next to the baptismal font.

 

9 AM we continue our discussion of the Divine Dance by Richard RohrRichard Rohr writes ” As long as we thought of God as a Being, or what I am calling a noun, then this Being could clearly choose to be loving on occasion, but also not loving. But what if the very shape of Being is first of all communion? The very nature of Being is love…  And next Sunday Feb 18th we’ll round out our explorations by seeking to deepen the conversation, as we share discussion around particular themes which resonated for folks.

 

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

 

Coffee Hour, immediately after the 10:15.  Hosted this week by Vicky Dawson and Sara Roberts.

Monday, Feb. 12, Sr. Helen Prejean will speak at the Colby College campus at 7 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  Sr. Helen has been engaged in prison ministry for over 35years and became spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier who was sentenced to die by electric chair by the state of Louisiana. Her experience became the Book, “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty”. In 1996, the book was adapted into a major film, starring Susan Sarandon as Helen Prejean (film screening Thursday 2/8, 7:30 pm, Lovejoy 100). Sister Helen has become one of the world’s foremost advocates for abolition of the death penalty through organizing, writing, and speaking.   Sr. Helen will be introduced by a brief performance from Maine Inside Out – which facilitate the creation of original theater in partnership with formerly incarcerated Maine youth –  to engage the community in dialogue about issues related to incarceration.

We hope to see you at our Annual Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, February 13. The fun begins at 5:15 with activities for children and a social hour for adults with live piano music by Dave Savoy. At 6 p.m. we have our musical parade into the Narthex and church, followed by a meal of pancakes, sausage, traditional Mardi Gras foods and DESSERTS! Our evening concludes with our final singing of the Alleluia and burning of palms to prepare for Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Season.

Please see the sign up sheets in the Narthex or email Marti McFadden at mcfadden@beeline-online.net and let her know if you can help with the following:

Set up tables and decorate Tuesday afternoon from 3-5 p.m.

Food: Appetizers, Mardi Gras dishes like rice and beans, Hoppin’ John, Jambalaya or your specialty, and DESSERTS!

Kitchen help during the evening, making pancakes and organizing the food.

Clean up crew

Provide an electric griddle for pancakes

Provide a small grill like a hibachi to burn the palms to make ashes

There is no charge to attend Mardi Gras, and we will accept monetary donations to cover our costs.

Wednesday, February 14 is Ash Wednesday.  Services in church with distribution of ashes will be at 11 AM and 6 PM.  A brief service and distribution of ashes will occur at the beginning of the Martha Guild meeting at Noon. 

Note: The Martha Guild Meeting for February will be on Feb. 14,not on the first Wednesday of the month, Feb. 7, because of the scheduling of another event.

 Ashes to Go – If you would like to receive your ashes in the community from a member of the Waterville-Winslow Interfaith Council you can come to the Woodlands Senior Residence at 10, Inland Hospital at Noon or Lorimer Chapel at Colby College at Noon.

 Lenten Resource:  Paper copies of Living Well through Lent 2018have been sold out but we enclose a pdf file attachment for your use with this e-news.  We will be printing a week at a time with each e-news.  Reflections will come with a special Mardi Gras/Ash Wednesday e-news sent out early next week.

Sunday, February 18, Family Eucharist at 9:30 AM – “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!

 

Feb. 18, Beth Israel is hosting Chicken Soup for the Soul (aka “A Bissel for a Shissel” — we’re throwing in the Yiddish lesson for free!) from 1:30 – 3:30. Come enjoy chicken soups from across the Jewish Diaspora, and let the Jewish penicillin work its magic on our dreary February. There will be a small suggested donation at the door; all proceeds benefit the Interfaith Resource Fund.

Sunday, February 25 from 9 AM to 10 AM we will hold a discussion about the election of the next Bishop of the Diocese of Maine in February 2019. What does a bishop do and how does a bishop get elected?  What kind of person would you like to see get elected and what are the issues this diocese will be facing in the next 10 years?

Lenten Organ Series at First Baptist Church, Waterville, 2 PM on Sundays from Feb. 25 through March 25.

 

In order to hear from as many people as possible in the Diocese of Maine, we invite you to take a short survey regarding our quest for the next Bishop of Maine. Your input will be very helpful to the Discernment Committee in articulating to prospective candidates who the people and congregations of the Diocese of Maine are and what type of person they are looking for to be their next Bishop.

If you have any comments beyond the survey form, please send those to discernmentcommittee@episcopalmaine.org.

Thank you for taking the time to do this. The survey closes February 28.

Survey Link:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mainebishopsearch.

 

Another happy recipient of a prayer shawl. Here is a note we just received:

To the Rector and congregants of St. Mark’s and to my dear friend and colleague, Don Kerr:

As Ella’s grandparents, Faye and I can never adequately thank you for your compassionate and hope-filled generosity. The prayer shawl’s color, pink, happens to be Ella’s favorite.  And who can resist, “Hello Kitty” [the pillow case] ?  Interestingly Ella has voiced a desire to create pillow cases, “Ella’s Dreams”, as a means of raising funds for other children afflicted with cancer.  Only God knows how you have touched our hearts giving us renewed hope in the midst of this most challenging time. The attached prayer [with the shawl] reassures us we do not walk this path alone. Thank you and may God Bless,

Larry and Faye Phillips

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SAINT MARK’S E-News – February 4, 2018

This Sunday is the Sunday with many names – The Presentation, the 5th Sunday after Epiphany, Candlemas, and is there some kind of football game being played and does that have some name too?  Join us for a special morning when we bring an end to the Christmas season and we commemorate the presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple, often known as Candlemas, and we will bless candles to celebrate Christ as the light of the world.  We also begin our prayers for healing within the Prayers of the People. Please also note our needs for our Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 13 listed below. More information on Candlemas at the end of this newsletter.

 

Sunday, February 4, The Presentation of Our Lord – “Candlemas”

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II

John’s Sermon title, “42, 52, 77 . . . Hike”

 

In celebration of Candlemas, we will begin this weekend’s liturgies in the narthex with a blessing of candles and a procession into church with lighted candles.  This is also the first Sunday of the month and we will invite people who wish a prayer for healing to come forward within the Prayers of the People.

 

Please bring your palms in this Sunday or next to burn on Mardi Gras for the Ash Wednesday ashes. There will be a basket next to the baptismal font.

 

9 AM we continue our discussion of the Divine Dance. God is not “once upon a time”- God is “the never ending story” in which we are scripted. Copies of the book are available from Tim McFadden. It’s always a good time to join the dance. Please join in.

 

10:15 PM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir and nursery.  After the opening procession, children will gather in the church hall to make Valentines for our St. Mark’s members who are sick or homebound.

 

Coffee Hour, immediately after the 10:15.  Hosted this week by the Johnston family.

A big thank you to all who attended, helped set-up or clean or provided food for Annual Meeting as well as contributing to the Annual Report. If you didn’t attend, copies of the Annual Report will be available in church on Sunday or electronically with last week’s e-news. Congratulations to new co-wardens, Marty Norris and Dave Dawson; newly elected Vestry: Don Ashton, Beverly Day and Linda Kingdon (3-year terms) and Mary Ellen Johnston (1 year term); and those elected as delegates to two diocesan conventions: Mary Ellen Johnston, Tim McFadden and Marty Norris.

Monday, Feb. 12, Sr. Helen Prejean will speak at the Colby College campus at 7 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  Sr. Helen has been engaged in prison ministry for over 35 years and became spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier who was sentenced to die by electric chair by the state of Louisiana. Her experience became the Book, “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty”. In 1996, the book was adapted into a major film, starring Susan Sarandon as Helen Prejean (film screening Thursday 2/8, 7:30 pm, Lovejoy 100). Sister Helen has become one of the world’s foremost advocates for abolition of the death penalty through organizing, writing, and speaking.   Sr. Helen will be introduced by a brief performance from Maine Inside Out – which facilitate the creation of original theater in partnership with formerly incarcerated Maine youth –  to engage the community in dialogue about issues related to incarceration.

We hope to see you at our Annual Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, February 13. The fun begins at 5:15 with activities for children and a social hour for adults with live piano music by Dave Savoy. At 6 p.m. we have our musical parade into the Narthex and church, followed by a meal of pancakes, sausage, traditional Mardi Gras foods and DESSERTS! Our evening concludes with our final singing of the Alleluia and burning of palms to prepare for Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Season.

Please see the sign up sheets in the Narthex or email Marti McFadden at mcfadden@beeline-online.net and let her know if you can help with the following:

Set up tables and decorate Tuesday afternoon from 3-5 p.m.

Food: Appetizers, Mardi Gras dishes like rice and beans, Hoppin’ John, Jambalaya or your specialty, and DESSERTS!

Kitchen help during the evening, making pancakes and organizing the food.

Clean up crew

Provide an electric griddle for pancakes

Provide a small grill like a hibachi to burn the palms to make ashes

There is no charge to attend Mardi Gras, and we will accept monetary donations to cover our costs.

Wednesday, February 14 is Ash Wednesday.  Services in church with distribution of ashes will be at 11 AM and 6 PM.  A brief service and distribution of ashes will occur at the beginning of the Martha Guild meeting at Noon. 

Note: The Martha Guild Meeting for February will be on Feb. 14, not on the first Wednesday of the month, Feb. 7, because of the scheduling of another event.

Sunday, February 18, Family Eucharist at 9:30 AM – “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!

Sunday, February 25 from 9 AM to 10 AM we will hold a discussion about the election of the next Bishop of the Diocese of Maine in February 2019. What does a bishop do and how does a bishop get elected?  What kind of person would you like to see get elected and what are the issues this diocese will be facing in the next 10 years?

Lenten Organ Series at First Baptist Church, Waterville, 2 PM on Sundays from Feb. 25 through March 25.

A Happy Recipient of one of our Prayer Shawls!  Prayers is Eloise DeLeon, daughter of Elsbeth DeLeon who is the college roommate of Sarah Wheeler, daughter of Mary Rector.  Eloise is scheduled for major heart surgery on February 8 to correct some defects in her heart at birth.

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 “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”

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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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 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.

 

 

 

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