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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 – July 15, 2018

 

The sun will be shining Sunday!    Directions to Picnic below

     Stan Short with one of his many lawn sculptures you can see on Sunday.  The Short’s are graciously hosting the parish picnic at their home. They have a wonderful large yard with many gardens and lawn sculptures.

Parish Picnic, 11 AM to 2 PM – Eucharist, food, fun, games and swimming – connect with old friends and meet new ones (read all the details below)

We’ll also have a Rite I service at 9:15 at church for those who can’t make the picnic.

    

Sunday, July 15, The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

9:15 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I

John Balicki’s Sermon, “Dancing with All Your Might”

Because of the parish picnic, the service this morning will be a Rite I service from the Book of Common Prayer without music. There will be no formal coffee hour though those at church are welcome to stay after and socialize.

 

Parish Picnic, 11 AM to 2 PM, Residence of Stan and Deb Short, Pittsfield

–           11 AM gather

–           11:15 informal outdoor eucharist, “under the tent”

–           12:00 grills fire up, time for lunch

–           After lunch there are lawn games and a swimming pool for kids. Stay as long as you would like to socialize.

–           The Short’s are providing two portable toilets and a canopy tent 20 by 30 – protection from both sun and rain.  There will be plenty of parking on their lawn.  People should bring chairs, beverages and a dish to share (salads, sides, desserts, chips). For those with mobility issues, there is a golf cart to assist in transporting across the lawn.

–           Directions are at the bottom of this e-news.

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 are sign-up sheets on the bulletin board near the rest rooms to provide the food as well as to volunteer to serve.  We specifically need for Thursday, July 19:

  • baked goods, fruit snacks and cut-up vegetables

 

Prayer Shawl Knitters

We will continue to meet on Tuesdays 1-2:30pm.

 

 Sunday, July 22 – “Easter in July” as we celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, Easter hymns, wear your Easter Bonnet (men too!) since it’s usually too cold in Maine on Easter anyway.

 

Waterville Premiere of “Behold the Earth” St. Mark’s in partnership with the Waterville Congregational Church, will show “Behold the Earth on Monday, July 30 at 6:30 PM.  Behold the Earth” is a music-rich documentary film that explores America’s divorce from the outdoors through conversations with legendary scientists E.O. Wilson, Cal DeWitt, and Theo Colborn, as well as a new generation of creation-care activists within America’s Christian communities. Katharine Hayhoe, Ben Lowe, and Corina Newsome are close observers of nature bearing witness to creation, asking tough questions about church engagement with environmental issues. This film was recently shown in Rockland through a partnership of local churches and comes highly acclaimed.  To defray the expense of showing this film, we will ask a free-will offering.  After the film which is just over an hour long, we will have an ice-cream social along with table discussion of the film.

 

Friday Evening Aug. 3 – Pot luck supper and Listening to GodWe will welcome Rev. Adam Yates, Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in East Haddam, CT who will be staying at St. Mark’s that evening as a stop on his 1800 mile bicycle trip along the East Coast Greenway.  Here is how Adam describes his trip:

This trip represents an opportunity to take part in a journey that I would normally not be able to undertake given the amount of time necessary to bike the approximately 1,800-mile round trip route. I am also attempting this trip in order to live more deeply into the work of watching and listening for God’s presence and activity in the world. This is work we’ve begun at St. Stephen’s through a Listening for God practice, through which participants learn the skills to intentionally watch for God in their own lives. As I travel from town to town, meeting people and communities along the way, I hope to watch and listen with them, seeking a greater awareness of God in our world.

We will share a pot-luck supper that evening at 6 PM and listen to some of Adam’s experiences on his trip followed by Evening Prayer and a discussion of Listening for God. For more info on Adam’s sabbatical go to ststeves.org/sabbatical

 

Sunday Evening Aug. 5 – Evening Concert, 7:00 PMWe welcome for an evening concert The Edgewater Duo, pianist Dean Zhang and clarinetist Ben Chen.  They are instructors at the New England School of Music in Sidney and have offered to play for us during the morning service and for an evening concert (free-will offerings accepted).  Dr. Zhang currently serves as principal keyboardist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Chen has recently been appointed assistant principal and E-flat clarinetist of the Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington DC.

 

Sunday, August 12: What Happened at General Convention?  Mark Spahr of St. Patrick’s in Brewer, one of the lay deputies to General Convention from Maine will join us this Sunday to provide a summary of what happened at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.  Mark will deliver a short homily within the service and then do a presentation during coffee hour with time for questions.

 

 

 

Directions to St. Mark’s Parish Picnic

Sunday, July 15

Home of Stan and Deb Short, 557 Hartland Ave. , Pittsfield

26 Minutes, 23 Miles

  • 1. Start out from St. Mark’s going east on Eustis Pkwy toward Main St.

Then 0.51 miles 0.51 total miles

  • 2. Turn left onto Main St/ME-104.

Then 0.62 miles 1.13 total miles

  • 3. Merge onto I-95 N toward Bangor.

Then 19.35 miles 20.47 total miles

  • 4. Take the Somerset Ave exit, EXIT 150, toward Pittsfield/Hartland.

Then 0.21 miles 20.68 total miles

  • 5. Merge onto Somerset Ave.

Then 0.82 miles 21.55 total miles

  • 6. Turn left onto Hartland Ave/ME-152.
  1. Hartland Ave is 0.1 miles past Elm St
  2. If you reach Hathorn St you’ve gone a little too far

Then 1.54 miles 23.08 total miles

 

  • 7. 557 Hartland Ave, Pittsfield, ME 04967-4174, 557 HARTLAND AVE is on the right.

Please park where indicated.

  1. Your destination is 0.8 miles past Waverly St
  2. If you reach Glen Eagle Ct you’ve gone a little too far

 

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St. Mark’s E-News – July 8, 2018

 

Looking for 4 readers for Sunday morning (two for the assigned readings and two to help with the gospel). Email jbalicki17@gmail.com if you can do.

This Sunday will also be our monthly prayers for healing if you would like to pray for healing for yourself or someone you know.

 

July is also the month when we provide lunch for the community every Thursday at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church. Please considering volunteering your time or bringing in food for the lunch.

 

Sunday, July 8, The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

9:15 AM, Holy Eucharist, The Rite of the Scottish Episcopal Church

John Balicki’s Sermon, “Nobody Likes Me”

For much of the month of July, our liturgy will be taken from the Scottish Episcopal Church which we have used in other years.

 

Coffee Hour after the 9:15 service –  No one has signed up for this week. If anyone can put the coffee on or bring some cold drinks that would be great..

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 are sign-up sheets on the bulletin board near the rest rooms to provide the food as well as to volunteer to serve.  We specifically need for Thursday, July 12:

  • One more volunteer helper, Thursday 11 to 1
  • Five people to make 10 sandwiches each and bring to church
  • One gallon milk, 2 loaves bread, brown paper lunch bags, 50 packs of fruit snacks, use                             Ziploc snack bags

Sunday, July 15

9:15 AM, Rite I Service, no music (like 8 AM service during the year).

Parish Picnic, 11 AM to 2 PM, Residence of Stan and Deb Short, Pittsfield

–           11 AM gather

–           11:15 informal outdoor eucharist, “under the tent”

–           12:00 grills fire up, time for lunch

–           After lunch there are lawn games and a swimming pool for kids. Stay as long as you would like to socialize.

–           The Short’s are providing two portable toilets and a canopy tent 20 by 30 – protection from both sun and rain.  There will be plenty of parking on their lawn.  People should bring chairs, beverages and a dish to share (salads, sides, desserts, chips)

–           Directions are at the bottom of this e-news.

 Sunday, July 22 – “Easter in July” as we celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, Easter hymns, wear your Easter Bonnet (men too!) since it’s usually too cold in Maine on Easter anyway.

JULY LUNCH PROGRAM

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.

Camp Scholarships

St. Mark’s has awarded Kelly Jean MacKenzie Memorial Scholarships to several of the youth of St. Mark’s.  The campers are:

  • Elizabeth and Colby Hardy are signed up for Session 4.This is Elizabeth’s 6th season and Colby’s 2nd.
  • Sally Stokes will be returning for her 5th season and is signed up for Sessions 2, 3 & 4.
  • Caleb Knock will be attending for his first time and he is going to be attending a half week session of the Summer Finale Camp with his parents Jonathan Knock and Melinda Corey

We thank Rick and Judy MacKenzie for administering these scholarship which this year are helped by additional funds from the Martha Guild as well as other reserve accounts.

Directions to St. Mark’s Parish Picnic

Sunday, July 15

Home of Stan and Deb Short, 557 Hartland Ave. , Pittsfield

26 Minutes, 23 Miles

  • 1. Start out from St. Mark’s going east on Eustis Pkwy toward Main St.

Then 0.51 miles 0.51 total miles

  • 2. Turn left onto Main St/ME-104.

Then 0.62 miles 1.13 total miles

  • 3. Merge onto I-95 N toward Bangor.

Then 19.35 miles 20.47 total miles

  • 4. Take the Somerset Ave exit, EXIT 150, toward Pittsfield/Hartland.

Then 0.21 miles 20.68 total miles

  • 5. Merge onto Somerset Ave.

Then 0.82 miles 21.55 total miles

  • 6. Turn left onto Hartland Ave/ME-152.
  1. Hartland Ave is 0.1 miles past Elm St
  2. If you reach Hathorn St you’ve gone a little too far

Then 1.54 miles 23.08 total miles

  • 7. 557 Hartland Ave, Pittsfield, ME 04967-4174, 557 HARTLAND AVE is on the right.

            Please park where indicated.

  1. Your destination is 0.8 miles past Waverly St
  2. If you reach Glen Eagle Ct you’ve gone a little too far

 An Invitation from Congregation Beth Israel

 

Dear Friends:

 

In just a few weeks, we will be hosting our fourth annual Beth Israel Fundraiser, “Mideast Mashup” at Beth Israel Congregation.  On July 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm, we will be hosting an incredible meal prepared by Nilda Wolman and Alfonso Ortega inspired by our recent congregational trip to Israel and the cookbook “Zahav” by Michael Solomonov.

 

All of the details from menu to cost can be found here:

http://jewishwaterville.blogspot.com/2018/06/mid-east-mashup-menu-and-details.html

 

Our price has gone up a bit due to a choice about where we are getting our meat. All meat will not only be kosher, but pastured raised, organic, and handled according to the most ethical standards. All of our meat comes from two sources: Grow and Behold and heritage chickens raised at Ten Apple Farm. We will also be providing kosher wine and local beers.

 

We hope that you will join us and support us in a couple of ways:

1) Email me to reserve your seat!  We have sold out every previous year of our fundraiser.

2) Respond and share our event on facebook!

3) Let me know if you are interested in being a sponsor — letters will be going out soon.

 

We look forward to seeing you on July 15th!  Our synagogue punches above its weight, but all that we offer and all that is required to keep our community running cannot be covered by dues alone. This fundraiser plays an important part in reaching our potential each year, and we strive to do it in a way that is fun and incredibly delicious.

 

See you soon!

Rabbi Rachael Issacs

 

FOR GENERAL CONVENTION INFORMATION
Download by clicking on the following link:  two-page flyer/bulletin insert

 

======================  Previous E-News

It’s Pentecost – the culmination of the great 50 days of Easter and the celebration of the Spirit alive in our Church. If you’re joining us for worship on Sunday, please wear something red. This will be our final Sunday of the season for the St. Mark’s choir and children and family activities. Our Living Local Team has also planned a special coffee hour after the 10:15 service.

             Please join us on Sunday!

Sunday, May 20, The Day of Pentecost

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I

John’s Sermon Title, “Can Fire in the Park”

 

Adult Education concludes from 9 to 10 AM on Sunday.  We will discuss the promises renewing commitment to Jesus Christ and what it means to be guided by the Holy Spirit.

 

10:15 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Choir and Nursery.  Parish children and the young at heart are invited to process in with red streamers and to carry the Alleluia signs out at the conclusion of the service.

 

Coffee Hour after the 10:15 service hosted this week by the Living Local Team

 

Boxes for the United Thank Offering are available to take home. The spring ingathering will be on Sunday, June 3.

Saturday, May 19 will be the annual retreat for the St. Mark’s Vestry.  Please keep them in your prayers that day.

Tuesday, May 22 – 10 AM Memorial Service for Harold Joseph at St. Mark’s.  Harold passed away at the age of 95 on Tuesday. He was a life-long resident of the Waterville area and owned Joseph’s Sporting Goods in Fairfield. He is survived by his daughters Paula, Sharon and Tenley.   Please keep the family in your prayers.

Sunday, May 27 we will start our summer schedule and return to one service at 9:15 AM.

Saturday, June 2 – Save the Date – 9 to Noon Spring Clean-up Day at St. Mark’s sponsored by the Building and Grounds Committee of the Vestry.

Sunday, June 3, St. Mark’s at the Movies, 3:30 PM. Join us for “Luther and the Reformation”  a one-hour special — filmed on location in Europe —  where Rick Steves tells the story of a humble monk who lived a dramatic life. Rick visits key sites relating to the Reformation (including Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Rome) and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe — from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It’s a story of power, rebellion, and faith that you’ll never forget. Discussion after.

 

Sunday, June 3, 5 PM Afternoon Service – outdoors if weather permits.

Congratulations to Jimmy Pickett who graduated from Unity College on Saturday receiving the President’s Award and being named to the Loon Society based on excellent academic performance, personal growth and contributions to college and community.

EPISCOPAL BICYCLE COALITION – CELEBRATE SPRING!

Saturday, 9 June at 10am, meet at the parking lot to the Brunswick Bike Path. The path is 5.6

miles round trip, wide and flat; perfect for all. There is an outhouse on the path too. More

ambitious riders will do some additional road riding in the area. We can meet at Gelato Fiasco

for refreshment afterwards!

Helmets are required. Bring water and snacks. Children MUST be supervised by their adults at

all times! Bright colored clothing suggested.

Rain date: Saturday, 16 June

Kelly Jean MacKenzie

Memorial Scholarship

Through the generosity of family, friends and the St. Mark’s community, a scholarship fund has been established in memory of Kelly MacKenzie.

The scholarship this year will be in the form of at least two awards for one-week sessions at The Episcopal Diocese of Maine – Camp Bishopswood in Hope, Maine. Camp Bishopswood’s Youth Camp is in session this year from July 1st – August 18th and is open to children entering grade 2 thru grade 10. Information on Camp Bishopswood is available on-line at http://www.campbishopswood.org

In an effort to encourage the youth of St. Mark’s to experience Camp Bishopswood, any children that are eligible to attend are urged to apply. The recipients will need to be flexible and ideally be able to attend whatever session(s) are available. Those that have already registered for camp are still eligible to apply and any deposit or tuition payments that have been made will be returned from Camp Bishopswood.

Applications are available at church or can be requested at stmarkschurch60@gmail.com and must be completed and returned to the church office no later than Sunday, May 20th.

 

Diocesan News

The Diocesan Discernment Committee has released its profile in its quest for the tenth bishop of Maine.  You can read all the information athttp://bishopquest.episcopalmaine.org/.  Nominations for bishop are open until May 30 and anyone can submit the name of any Episcopal priest or bishop in good standing whom they think is well-qualified.

 Where Do You Find God?

The 4th Annual Adult Retreat hosted by the Diocese of Maine

June 15-17, 2018 Camp Bishopswood, Hope, Maine

 

Join us for a weekend on beautiful Lake Megunticook near Camden Maine. The annual diocesan retreat is an opportunity to step away from the busyness of everyday life and be refreshed. This year, we’ll use Celtic and Ignatian resources to help us connect with Christ in nature, scripture, community and the depths of our hearts. We’ll seek to deepen our awareness of Jesus and open ourselves in generosity and compassion.

 

Heart + Mind + Soul

Camp will open for recreation at 3PM Friday; Dinner will be at 6PM; Program begins at 7PM.

The Retreat ends Sunday before lunch.

Retreat cost (including 2 nights lodging, meals): For a shared cabin clustered around the bath-house: $95. A few spaces are available in buildings with shared bathrooms: $125. For those who wish to make their own lodging arrangements: $65. Scholarships for Sunday school teachers and youth event volunteers, and financial aid, are available.

Leaders: Merle Marie Troeger, Rev. John Rafter and Jane Hartwell

To Register: www.tinyURL.com/MaineRetreat2018 Please try to register by 5/31

For information: jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org or follow the link at www.episcopalmaine.org

Dear Friends,

As I’ve watched the tragedy in Gaza unfold over the past several days, my prayers have gone immediately  to the ministry and care offered to all people by the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City. The doctors, nurses, and staff are truly on the front lines in meeting the need of those injured in the violence of recent days.

This ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East holds its doors open to people of all faiths and ethnicities and operates under extreme circumstances and limited resources even in those times that pass for “normal” in occupied Palestine.

The Diocese of Maine, through its International Outreach budget line, has made donations to the the Al Ahli Hospital since 2012. Indeed, if you were at our Convention a few years ago, you’ll remember watching the video posted below that bears witness to the work of the hospital.

Last night I received an update from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ):

Suhaila Tarazi, the director of Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, reports that Ahli is implementing an emergency response to receive trauma cases and has configured an emergency wing with 24 additional beds. The staff is on extended shifts to treat the injured and wounded. Ahli surgeons are treating serious wounds and complex limb injuries. 

Ahli Hospital needs immediate and substantial financial support to respond to the catastrophe in Gaza. They need to obtain emergency medicine and medical supplies and fuel for generators. 

Suhaila wants you to know that while the resources of Ahli Hospital are stretched to the limit, the hospital staff is working around the clock, treating 

and healing victims of the violence. This includes many children who have family members, friends and neighbors who are dead or injured. These children are suffering, and Ahli Hospital is providing them compassionate counseling and psycho-social therapy.

 

With your help, Ahli stands as a powerful example of Christian witness in this place of desperation and unimaginable horror. Thanks to you, Ahli Hospital sends a message of hope and love.

I encourage you to join me in support the ministry of Al Ahli Arab Hospital with your prayers, both your personal prayers and in your congregations, and, as you are able, with a donation.

You may donate through AFEDJ’s secure donation site.

Thank you for your generosity on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Gaza.

The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane

Bishop of Maine

 

Interfaith News

 

Crop Around the Clock: Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, stamping, scrapbooking and crafting,

Fri. 5/18, 6 to 10 PM; Sat. 5/19, 8:30 to 4:30 To register contact Sheila Bacon at sabacon@roadrunner.com

 

Music at First: a fundraising concert series to benefit the Waterville Area Essentials Closet, First Congregational Church Waterville, May 19, 3 PM  Christine Letcher, piano.

 

Sunday, June 3 is the Gay Pride Festival at Veteran’s Park in Waterville from Noon to 4.  The Interfaith Council is staffing a table inviting people to decorate prayer flags containing any prayer intentions they desire.  St. Mark’s is staffing this table from 2 to 3 PM.  If you would like to help at this table, please contact John Balicki

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St. Mark’s in conjunction with Waterville First Congregational, Congregation Beth Israel, Pleasant Street United Methodist  and REM have joined together in being collection stations for a project organized by the Mindful Queer Collective to provide backpacks for homeless youth. This project comes in response to an epidemic of homelessness among Queer and Transgender youth here in Maine. Though we hope for more long term, sustainable solutions to this issue, we know that people right now need basic resources just to survive. The items on this list are geared towards the needs of youth specifically and include supplies to help them survive in the short to mid-term, as well as supplies needed for them to stay in school. These items do not need to be exact, a close approximation of something hard to find will do just fine. In general, most of these items can be found at the grocery store.  This list was created by homeless and formerly homeless youth and young adults and reflects their actual needs. Any questions can be emailed to us. mindfullqueercollective@gmail.com  Please put any donated items in the box at the entrance to the Parish Hall. Additionally, here is the link for the wish list on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/13QDPKZUZIOB9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_ZwZ5AbTXT2PK0

 

Mindful Queer Collective

Backpacks For Homeless Youth

 

Here is the list of items needed:

 (Items marked with an * please leave with the office or contact Matthew Crane to arrange a pick-up, 207-460-8234)

 

Large backpack

Face cloth

Basic first aid kit

Toothbrush, toothpaste & floss

Plastic comb

Tampons 

feminine pads

deodorant

travel shampoo/conditioner

nail clippers

hand sanitizer

shaving razor

small container of unscented lotion

tiny lock for backpack zippers

emergency blanket

box of black pens

box of #2 pencils

small pencil sharpener

college ruled notebook

1″ binder

Scientific calculator

Four pack AAA batteries

Small umbrella

10 gallon size Ziploc bags

5 sandwich size Ziploc bags

2 kitchen trash bags

Roll of duct tape

Waterproof wallet

Box of granola/energy bars (nut free)

5 hot cocoa packets

5 black tea bags

5 microwavable popcorn packets

Refillable water bottle (1-liter minimum)

1 bottle of water

Small bottle of sunscreen

$10 drug store gift card (chains, not local) *

$20 gift card for Dunkin, McDonalds, Subway, etc. (chains, not local) *

$20 Hannaford’s gift card *

$10 of quarters in a roll *

2 pairs of large wool socks

Hand and toe warmers

Winter gloves

Winter hat

Heavy sleeping bag

Sunglasses

Light blanket

St. Mark’s E-News – April 29, 2018

Today is the Feast Day of St. Mark, April 25. During the Wednesday morning service we prayed for each person in the St. Mark’s Directory by name to pray that we grow as individuals and community to proclaim the good news of God in Christ.  This Sunday we will focus on our call to evangelism.  Our baptismal promise for the week is to proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ. In adult education we will have a discussion about how we do this today in an era of respecting all religions. We will look at the “new evangelism” movement in the Episcopal Church. We will honor St. Mark at the end of both liturgies and the Living Local team will host coffee hour after the 10:15 service and provide some starter questions for dialogue at our tables.   Please join us!

 

Martha Guild Spring Rummage Sale, 8 to 1 on Saturday, April 28.  Accepting donations through Friday only. Please, we cannot handle donations on day of sale. If you are able to help set up tables and sort items for an hour Friday do come. We are sorting until 3pm. We need your support: this is how we fund Martha Guild’s Outreach endeavors.  Thank you.

Sunday, April 29 The Fifth Sunday of Easter

8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I

John’s Sermon Title, “Going Out on a Limb”

 

9 AM Adult Education continues today and continues through the Easter Season until May 20 with a reflection each week on one of the Baptismal Promises. Today, what does it mean to proclaim thegood news of God in Christ by word and example?   We will discuss the role of evangelism in the Episcopal Church.   Please join us this week.

 

10:15 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Choir and Nursery.  Children and families will be going on a litter walk in the St. Mark’s neighborhood during the 10:15 service – we welcome everyone to join us! We will have gloves and bags for everyone (though the gloves may be a bit big – it’s hard to find kid sizes).

 

Coffee Hour after 10:15 service hosted by the Living Local Team; plenty of food and fun as we continue to learn interesting things about one another.

 

Sunday, April 29, Annual Public Lebanese Supper at St. Joseph Maronite Church, corner of Front and Appleton Streets, Waterville.  Adults, $10; children under 12, $6.

Monday, April 30, Burial Service for Esther Northup, long-time member of St. Mark’s, at 1 PM at the Maine Veteran’s Cemetery in Augusta.

Wednesday, May 2 will be the monthly meeting of the Martha Guild. We are carpooling to Colby Art Museum where there will be a guided tour. There is a path into the building and elevators inside. Pack your lunch and a beverage (coffee/tea can be purchased). We will depart St. Mark’s parking lot at noon. Leanne, Robyn and Martha G. have volunteered to drive.  Bring a neighbor.

Sunday, May 6 is the traditional Rogation Sunday —meaning to ask God’s blessing of the harvest, earth and sea, reminding ourselves that we are the stewards of Creation. Originally an agricultural observance, it has been broadened and made more inclusive—the crops, the catch of the sea, the fruits of our labors in all their aspects. At all services today we will pray for God’s Blessings on your gardens.  Bring your seeds, your hoe or trowel or a small garden ornament to be blessed .

Sunday, May 6th Coffee Hour after the 10:15 service for Jimmy Pickett who will be graduating from Unity College the following weekend. Here is a tribute to Jimmy written by Harriet Gosnell:

Jimmy is the young man sitting in the last row on the right at the 10:15 service. He has been coming to St. Mark’s since September 2014 and has served as an acolyte, reader, chalice bearer, and filled a one-year term on the Vestry in 2016.  In November, 2016 Jimmy organized many people from St. Mark’s to participate in Stop Hunger Now which was a program to package freeze-dried meals to be sent around the world.  Jimmy has also assisted the Altar Guild and been a regular participant in adult education.

This summer Jimmy will be doing an internship at Plainsong Farm in Rockford Michigan which looks to re-imagine food systems in a way that more clearly reflects God’s reign.  In the fall, Jimmy will be an intern at the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Massachusetts where a small group of young men and women will live as monastic interns for a period of nine months. They participate fully in the daily rhythm of prayer and worship and receive formation and guidance as they discern the shape of their Christian vocation.

Sunday, May 6, St. Mark’s at the Movies returns with a 3:30 PM showing of “The Garden” – This Oscar-nominated documentary from 2008 explores the sad story of a community garden in the heart of L.A. threatened by bulldozers, politicians and greed. The largest of its kind in the country, the garden arose from the Rodney King riots, providing typically poor immigrants the means to grow their own food. This movie is designed to end slightly before the beginning of the afternoon service.

 

Sunday, May 6 – afternoon service at 5 PM.  The afternoon service shifts to the first Sunday of the month for now through September.  This Sunday will feature a Taize-style service with chant, prayers and Eucharist on the theme of the Ascension.

Saturday, June 2 – Save the Date – 9 to Noon Spring Clean-up Day at St. Mark’s sponsored by the Building and Grounds Committee of the Vestry.

Photo from last Sunday’s Earth Day Service

 

 

Community News

 

Rummage Sale: Pleasant Street United Methodist Church: Sat. 4/28, 8 to 2

Take Back the Night: Join us for our annual event to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence!Saturday, April 28th 1:00 to 3:00 – Poster making session at Pugh Center at Colby College

(materials will be provided)

3:00 – Marching from Pugh Center at Colby College to Castonguay Square in Waterville

4:00 Rally at Castonguay Square

 

Concert, April 28 & 29

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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