Services, Sunday school for Jan. 8 canceled

Good morning St. Mark’s,

Sunday’s services and activities at St. Mark’s are canceled.

We have been monitoring the roads through the handy-dandy WRAL traffic cams, DOT sites, and a nifty site called (Thanks Sallie!).  Under normal weather circumstances, we could count on passable roads by tomorrow, but the bitter cold will inhibit the process.

Thanks for your patience, and enjoy the beauty while it lasts!



Epiphany service canceled; Pollard services rescheduled for Jan. 14

The forecast for significant snow beginning Friday night, Jan. 6, has prompted us to cancel the Epiphany service that was set for Friday night.

The reception and funeral service for Marian Pollard has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14.

We will make a decision about Sunday church services when we assess conditions on Saturday.



Support group for former prisoner meets Sunday, Jan. 8

The new support group for a woman who is re-entering society after serving a prison sentence will have its first meeting this Sunday, Jan. 8, at 12:30 in our Community Life Center. If you are interested in learning more about what this group will be doing, you can sit in on this first meeting with Jennifer Jackson of Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women without making a commitment. The meeting will last about an hour. Call Sara Stohler at 919-821-4338 if you have questions.

Bible study resumes on Jan. 9

We wrap up Matthew, begin study of Ruth

Beginning Jan. 9 the Monday Night Bible Study Group invites you to join us as we wrap up our study of the Gospel According to Matthew, which we began in January
of this year.

Because Matthew seemed to speak to the condition of these uncertain times, we decided as a group to take our time to ponder and discuss this version of the Good News.

But, after we finish up with Matthew (likely within the first couple of meetings), we plan to begin a study of that delightful and touching Old Testament book of Ruth.

If you are interested in joining us, know that we welcome newcomers and have been especially happy to welcome a new member who actually attends another  church!

All you will need is a Bible (any translation will do – in fact, the more the merrier, as we enjoy comparing texts) and information will follow regarding any supplementary materials we might use.

Epiphany service is Friday, Jan. 6

Friday, Jan. 6
7:30 pm Epiphany service, Centrum. Reception has been canceled.

Saturday, Jan. 7
10:30 am 
Yavneh, Shabbat, Centrum
2:30 pm Marian Pollard services; reception 1 to 2:15 pm

Sunday, Jan. 8
8:30 am Holy Eucharist and renewal of Baptismal vows
9:30 am Sunday school
10:30 am Holy Eucharist and renewal of vows; Vestry installation

Monday, Jan. 9
7 to 9 pm Monday Night Bible Study meets at the Dellinger home

Tuesday, Jan. 10
11:30 am Weekday adult offering – Old Testament, office
6 pm Alcoholics Anonymous,

Thursday, Jan. 12
9:30 am Spiritual Quest, Thurston home
6 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 pm Singers practice, Centrum

Sunday, Jan. 15
8:30 am Holy Eucharist
9:30 am Sunday School
10:30 am Holy Eucharist
5:30 pm Northern Exposure PAC, Bass home
Monday, Jan. 16
Office closed for Martin Luther King Day


Reception, services for Marian Pollard are Jan. 7

Marian Pollard, a longtime and faithful member of our church family, passed away peacefully at about midnight on Dec. 30. Our deacon, Sallie Simpson, was with her that afternoon, and Marian’s sons Joe and Bill spent much of the evening with her before she passed away.

Services are 2:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 7 at St. Mark’s. A reception will be held before the service, from 1 to 2:15 pm in our Community Life Center. Burial after the funeral will be at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave.

Marian was born August 19, 1929, in Vance County, N.C., in a family of tobacco farmers. She lived a “hard farm life,” says her son, Joe. She attended Meredith and Campbell colleges and taught school for 30 years, mostly English classes at Millbrook High School.

“She was a very beloved teacher,” Joe says. “She loved gardening and flowers, the outdoors, and pets.
“She was a strong member of St. Mark’s. She and Dad loved that church very much.”

Many members of St. Mark’s recall Marian’s late husband, Joe, and his trumpet playing with the St. Mark’s Jazz Band and at special church services.

Marian is survived by her sons Bill – also a longtime member of St. Mark’s – and Joe, and by granddaughter Caroline (Nicholas) Morris and grandsons Kevin and Lock.

After Advent, we await the coming Savior

Last Sunday, we lit the last candle on our Advent wreath. Led by the Rev. Lauren Kilbourn, we paused for silent meditation on all that Advent means as we await the savior. It was a powerful moment.

After the service, our Flower Committee and many volunteers brought in the greenery, the wreaths, the poinsettias, the bling and the glitter of the approaching Christmas season. Our worship space is ready.
Join us Saturday evening as we celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, whose message of perfect love transcends all.

Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24
Services at 5:30 pm and 10 pm; music begins at 9:30 pm.

Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25
A single service at 10 am.
No Christian education classes.
Church office closed Monday, Dec. 26.

Jan. 1
Lessons and carols at 10:30; there will be an 8:30 service.
No Christian education classes.
Church office closed Monday, Jan. 2.

Service at 7:30 pm Jan. 6, followed by a candlelight reception.

Spiritual Quest to hear of Mormon trail

At Spiritual Quest on Thursday, Dec. 15, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Nadine and Mark Ridley will use their photographs as they tell us what they learned about the Mormons when they traveled the Mormon trail last fall.

Prayers, the story of their adventures and discussion will make up the morning as the group gathers at the Thurston home, 6405 Lakeland Drive.
All are welcomed.

The Spiritual Quest group will not meet on Dec. 22.