St. Mark's Episcopal Church

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

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Welcome!

Welcome to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church!

Ordination of Thomas Brown as the Tenth Bishop of Maine was held on June 22 at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland. The Ordination and Consecration service was live-streamed on the diocesan website, www.episcopalmaine.org. Downloadable copies of the service are available at www.episcopalmaine.org.

Bishop Brown’s first visitation was held with us on Sunday, June 23, 9:15 AM at St. Mark’s. It is Bishop Curry’s belief that anyone ordained is ordained for service and so the practice is for the newly ordained bishop to visit one of his/her congregations the following Sunday.

The parish enjoyed a rich conversation with the new Bishop after the service.

Bishop Curry was in Maine for the ordination, and the following day, led an outdoor service in Portland.  Bishop Curry is quick to say it is not about him. Rather, it is the message itself. “The God who loves us into being and redeems us envisions more for us than we can imagine. Our call, in faith and hope, is to live in to that dream by following in the footsteps of Jesus – not just in our heads, but with our hears, and with our feet.” The sermon can be heard on a recorded version on the Diocese of Maine website. And, in case you don’t already know, Bishop Curry will be back with us in Bangor, Maine on May 2, 2020 to help us celebrate the Bicentennial (200th) Anniversary of the Episcopal Diocese in Maine.

 

Life at our church:

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

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Some of the St. Mark’s family – Getting ready for spring!
Special Summer Gatherings
Monthly 5 PM Trails Day Eucharist
We will hold a afternoon service on the first Sunday of the month, June through September. As we did last year, we will take a walk along the Messalonskee and stop intermittently to pray, reflect, and celebrate Eucharist.

 

Spotlight

 

 

Our Rector, the Reverend John Balicki

Rev. John Balicki

Spring flowers on our Font, showing parish banner

Sunday, July 14, 2019
 9:15 AM, Service at St. Mark’s with no music (similar to 8 AM) with baptism of Avonlea Gurney.
Sun. July 14, 11:00 AM, Service at Mosman Park, Searsport, led by intern George Sheats and Rev. John Nieman of St. Margaret’s Belfast. This will be a brief informal outdoor service with readings, reflection and Eucharist. Please bring your lawn chairs.
** Our annual Parish Picnic until 2pm**
Our hosts are Jim and Faye Nicholson who live on the ocean and directly across from Mosman Park where the picnic will be held with their home available for bathrooms and refuge from the weather. There is a playground and an ocean beach with sandy, shallow swimming. More information to follow.
St Mark’s is going to create a Creation Care booklet, and we now have an email just for your Creation Care ideas: StMarksCreationCare@gmail.com. Please do send in your ideas, hacks, resources, recycling tips, DIY eco-friendly recipes, and anything else you can think of that would be helpful. Pictures would be terrific, but no videos as we can’t replicate them on paper. We have placed a poster board in the narthex for everyone to share their own personal ideas for how they care for creation. Please take a look at the suggestions shared to date.
We continue to recruit volunteers and solicit food for the July Lunch Programs. St. Mark’s is responsible for providing the lunch for anyone in the area who is hungry beginning Thursday, July 11 while regular soup kitchen volunteers take the month off. There are sign-up sheets in the narthex. We need five volunteers who can help between 10:30 AM and 1 PM each of the four Thursdays. We are also asking others who may not be available to help in person to provide food for the July lunch program. We need loaves of bread, sandwich meats (bologna, turkey, ham), cheese slices, watermelon and grapes, desserts (cookies or bars), and drinks (lemonade and ice tea mix, milk). Please see sign-up sheet in the narthex.

Upcoming Events

Sun
28
Jul
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Jul 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
30
Jul
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Sun
4
Aug
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Aug 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
6
Aug
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Sun
11
Aug
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Aug 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
13
Aug
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Sun
18
Aug
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Aug 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
20
Aug
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Sun
25
Aug
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Aug 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
27
Aug
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Sun
1
Sep
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Sep 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
Tue
3
Sep
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Sun
8
Sep
9:15 am One Service on Sundays
One Service on Sundays
Sep 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Our summer schedule provides a single service of Holy Communion, music and hymn singing, sermon and prayers.  Join us!
10:15 am Rite II Service
Rite II Service
Sep 8 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Rite II Eucharist with sermon and hymns, organ, and choir. All are welcome: families and children, visitors and parishioners!
Tue
10
Sep
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Sun
15
Sep
10:15 am Rite II Service
Rite II Service
Sep 15 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Rite II Eucharist with sermon and hymns, organ, and choir. All are welcome: families and children, visitors and parishioners!
Mon
16
Sep
8:00 am Rite I Service
Rite I Service
Sep 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sunday Rite I Eucharist, with sermon. A traditional spoken liturgy from Book of Common Prayer. All are welcome to attend.
Tue
17
Sep
10:00 am Quilters’ Group
Quilters’ Group
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We make quilts for those being baptized, for the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter and for KVAC family program as outreach. We also craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for special occasions in our parish....

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Our Mission Beyond Our Doors

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

The Peace Pole

Ways to help

* The Peace Pole – say a prayer for world peace

* Food Bank – share with our neighbors

* Homeless Shelter – support those in need

* Sandwich Program – provide food for others

Current outreach efforts by our parish

Music


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

* In worship, singing hymns and prayers

* Enjoying our choir

* Appreciating a range of organ music

* Involving our children

* Offering concerts

Learn more about Music at St. Mark’s.

Our Lively Program for Children

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

* Participating in worship in the Family Eucharist

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

Learn more about children and family programs

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

Pastoral Care

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

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

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