St. Mark's is re-opening for in-person services on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 10:30 am.
A special message from The Rev. Colleen O'Connor:
The Bishop has approved limited in-person worship with some familiar guidelines: "Everyone present must wear masks at all times and maintain six feet distance. Singing, whether by cantors, choirs, or the congregation, is not recommended, and no church employees, lay or ordained, should be expected to return to in-person worship or other work before they have had the opportunity to be vaccinated." A further recommendation is that all worship leaders be fully vaccinated in order to lead worship. If you are fully vaccinated and able to serve as lector, please let the office know.
With these guidelines in mind, St. Mark's, as well as all the churches part of the Deanery Ministry Project, will be opening on April 11th. Please consider receiving the vaccines before attending in-person worship to insure you remain safe and well. As in the fall, there will be communion, but only bread will be distributed. People are to remain in the pews during the distribution of communion.
This has been a long, hard year for us all. Each of us has been personally impacted by the pandemic in ways we could not have imagined at the beginning of 2020. We have all experienced loss and yearn to be reunited with our family and friends.
The Easter Season is a time of resurrection and renewal, whether we gather in-person or remain on-line. Perhaps more than any other year in recent history, this Easter Season offers the hope we will soon be able to more normally resume our life together with gratitude and thanksgiving. We each have a story to share about how God has been with us this past year, helping us get through the most dark and difficult moments.
I look forward to the day we will be able to greet each other (at the appropriate distance) saying A--------! Christ is Risen!
Online services continue through the Diocese. See the main page for links.
Stained Glass Sunday - Postponed until further notice
- Stained glass artist Valerie O'Hara will give a talk on the art, craft, and history of stained glass as well as the unique windows at St. Mark's. This free presentation is open to all and will be followed with refreshments.
St. Mark’s Church hosts a monthly ecumenical community discussion series “Community for Understanding.” We look at a variety of TED talks, short documentaries and current books to tackle big topics related to social issues, our responses, and our faith. This will be a safe place to meet with other community members, and meetings will emphasize civility in discourse with faith considered in its broadest sense from all religious experiences. Free and open to all. Materials provided.
Sept. 12, 2019 - Read and discuss Southernmost by Silas House
- Oct. 10, 2019 - Watch a short documentary on refugees (Refugee) and discuss
- Nov. 14, 2019 - Read and discuss The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
- December - No meeting
- Jan. 9, 2020 - Our guest speaker will discuss working with incarcerated people over the past 14 years. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a CASC (certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor), her work has been with men and women inside and out of the criminal justice system.
- Feb. 13, 2020 - Read and discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Copies of the book will be available to borrow.
- Mar. 12, 2020 - Guest speaker Millie Tomidy-Pepper will review Melinda Gates' book The Power of Lift and talk about the work of the YWCA. POSTPONED and will be rescheduled.
- April 9, 2020 - Read and discuss Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh. Copies of the book will be available to borrow. POSTPONED and will be rescheduled.
- May 7, 2020 - Guest speaker Diane Sia. POSTPONED and will be rescheduled.