A challenging Lenten series coming

St. Mark’s roars for justice

This Lenten season, St. Mark’s roars for justice at its Sunday morning adult education classes.

March 5: Foster care; presenter Brandy Burnett

March 12: Gender Equity; presenter Brent Childers

March 19: Racial Equity; presenters Derrick Byrd and Cas Shearin

March 26: Justice and the Whole Child, part 1; presenter Tom Vitaglione

April 2: Justice and the Whole Child, part 2; presenter Jim Martin

April 9: To be determined

Monday, Feb. 27, is our day for Meals on Wheels

St. Mark’s volunteers will deliver Meals on Wheels this Monday, Feb. 27.

If any of you are interested in joining us for lunch at Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant around 12:30 p.m., that would be wonderful. If you are interested, please let me know and I will arrange for a separate room for us to meet. Good food and good fellowship. You can join us even if you are not delivering that day! Just let me know.
Joanne Bass

Jesus as a first-century Jew: Join us for the series closer

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center.

Classes for February 26

Jesus, first-century Jew Stacy Grove of Yavneh and Lynne Poole of St. Mark’s have led this engaging series in which many have participated. This is the last of four sessions exploring religious and cultural practices of Israel during the time of Jesus’ ministry. The exploration is interwoven with a discussion of the political challenges of the time of Jesus as a first-century Jew in the context of his time.

Godly Play classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the passage to adulthood.

Christian Education – Classes for Feb. 19

Jesus, first-century Jew Stacy Grove of Yavneh and Lynne Poole of St. Mark’s have led this engaging series in which many have participated. This is the third of four-parts exploring religious and cultural practices of Israel during the time of Jesus’ ministry. The exploration is interwoven with a discussion of the political challenges of the time of Jesus as a first-century Jew in the context of his time.

Godly Play classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the passage to adulthood.

PAC groups meeting in February

One of our parish’s most time-honored institutions is our Parish Area Care (PAC) groups. PAC groups gather in members’ homes for a potluck meal and fellowship.

PAC Meetings in February

North Hillbillies meets 6 pm Sunday, Feb. 19, at the home of Jackie and Art Warner, 108-307 Northbrook Drive. Please RSVP to the Warners at 919-787-0074.

Northern Exposure meets 5:30 to 7:30 pm Feb. 26 at the home of Mary and John Mainwaring, 6601 Graymont Place, Raleigh, 27615; phone 919-846-7477. Please RSVP so that we all will know who is coming and so that our hosts can plan for the appropriate number of attendees.

EONs (East Of the Neuse) – out hwy 64 – meets Feb. 26 after Community Time in the Community Life Center, hosted by John and Susan Tobie, Barb Wilbur and Carroll Gaissert.

Looking ahead to March

Residing Inside the Beltline (RIBs) meets March 26 at the Aguirre home.

If you do not know to which Parish Area Care group you belong, please ask Margaret Thurston, margaret.b.thurston@gmail.com

Shrove Tuesday: Save the Date! February 28

St. Mark’s Youth invite you to join in the annual Shrove Tuesday dinner on Tuesday, February 28.  Dig out  your mardi gras beads, colorful clothes and get your appetite in gear!  (There will be gluten-free offerings)!  Watch for tickets on sale and more details in coming announcements.

Same price as last year! $5/person and $20 for families of 4 or more.  Children under 5 eat free!

Christian Education – Classes for Feb. 12

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center.

Jesus, first-century Jew Led by Stacy Grove, a member of Yavneh, and Lynne Poole of St. Mark’s, this is the second of a four-part offering exploring religious and cultural practices of Israel during the time of Jesus’ ministry. The exploration of these practices will be interwoven with a discussion of the political challenges of his time. Come and enhance your knowledge of Jesus as a first-century Jew in the context of his time.

Godly Play classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood Youth progr ams at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences.

Rally for social action is Feb. 11 in Raleigh

Diocese of NC participants at social justice rally
The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina has been well represented in the past at rallies for social justice. This year, a major rally is set for Feb. 11, to begin at Shaw University and continue through downtown to the state Capitol. Sallie Simpson, our deacon at St. Mark’s, is organizing our participation in this
year’s rally.

Join St. Markians, the NAACP, and a fusion of social action groups for a rally and walk to the State Capitol.

Each year this fusion assembly comes together on the second Saturday in February to hold a mass people’s assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the 14 Point People’s Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to the people of North Carolina.

This year the rally and walk will be on Feb. 11. 8:30 a.m. Saturday: Assemble at Shaw University across the street from Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 East South St. 9 a.m.: Rally begins, with the Rev. William Barber II and others 10 a.m.: March to State Capitol begins.

For more information contact Sallie Simpson or Jessie Maeck or go to:

https://hkonj.com/moral-march-on-raleigh/http://www.naacpnc.org/moralmarch2017event

Jesus as a first-century Jew: Religious and cultural norms

Christian Education for Sunday, February 5.

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center.
Jesus, first-century Jew Led by Stacy Grove, a member of Yavneh, and Lynne Poole of St. Mark’s, this four-part offering will explore religious and cultural practices of Israel during the time of Jesus’ ministry. The exploration of these practices will be interwoven with a discussion of the political challenges of his
time. Come and enhance your knowledge of Jesus as a first-century Jew in the context of his time.

Godly Play classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences.

Mysticism in the Old and New Testament

Are you interested in exploring texts from the Old and New Testament that point to mystical experiences? Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the CLC for this last of 3 classes facilitated by Dirk Hart. This Sunday we will focus on 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10.

Peace,
Larry Gaissert

2 Corinthians 12: 1-10

Paul’s Visions and Revelations

12 It is necessary to boast; nothing is to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 3And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— 4was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. 5On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, 7even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given to me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.