Courtyard renovation schedule set

A schedule for rebuilding our Courtyard has been proposed. This process is dependent upon money, do-it-yourself projects, congregational input, and more.
Fall of 2016: Planting of four shade trees in each corner of courtyard. Spot elevation done around the edges of the courtyard.
January or February 2017: On a Sunday after church, a meeting with parishioners who are interested in adding their thoughts and suggestions to the Courtyard plan.
Spring 2017: Excavation, tamping and further preparation of courtyard base. Hardscaping (putting bricks, etc.)
Spring and summer 2017: Landscaping and other structural improvements of remaining area.
Jackie Warner

Wilburn Holiday Party is Thursday

St. Mark’s and other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will host a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary this Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the school cafeteria.
The gifts that members of St. Mark’s and other faith communities in the New Hope Road Alliance will be given to the children. There will also be food and fun for all.
All St. Mark’s members are invited to attend the Holiday Party at Wilburn.

PAC Groups to meet this weekend

Northern Exposure PAC meets 5:30 to 7:30 pm Dec. 4. Deb and RPaul Smith will host, but not at their home. The group gathers at the Black Horse Run Club House, 11701 Black Horse Run, Raleigh.

Southsiders Parish Area Care group meets 5:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 3, at the home of Carolyn Edge, 101 Keith wood Lane, Cary, 27511-7235.

Parish Area Care groups meet in members’ homes for a potluck meal and fun. Call the church office to find which PAC is yours.

Tenderlions meets 4:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 11, hosted by John and Lida Thoma, 5509 Sweetbriar Drive, Raleigh 27609.

Advent Bible Study, Part 1 – Sunday, December 4

Using the Old Testament readings assigned for Advent as well as readings provided by the facilitator, this will be an opportunity for thoughtful reflection upon “the reason for the season.” David Carter, leader of our Monday Night Bible Study group, will facilitate the discussion. Please join us this Sunday, December 4, at 9:30 a.m. in CLC-4 for this first of two sessions.

Peace,
Larry Gaissert

Monday Night Bible Study meets Dec. 5

The Monday Night Bible Study meets Dec. 5 to discuss Matthew, chapters 21 through 23, using as our discussion guide Paul J. McCarren’s A Simple Guide to Matthew pages 109 through 125 as well as chapter 9 of James W. Ermatinger’s Daily Life in the New Testament.
We will meet, for the foreseeable future, at the home of John and Susan Dellinger. John and Susan reside at 805 Richmond St. in Raleigh, near North Hills Mall.
If you have questions, contact David Carter at 919-833-6020.  As always, all are welcome!

 

Adult class focuses on Advent

Adult Christian education class meets at 9:30 Sunday mornings. Advent Bible study is set for Dec. 4 and 11. Using the Old Testament readings assigned for Advent as well as readings provided by the facilitator, this will be an opportunity for thoughtful reflection upon “the reason for the season.”  David Carter, leader of our Monday Night Bible Study group, will facilitate the discussion, the first of two parts that concludes on Dec. 11.

Our St. Nicholas potluck lunch is Sunday, Dec. 4; Wilburn gifts are due

Thanks to the generosity of St. Mark’s, 55 children at Wilburn Elementary will have a wonderful Christmas, with each child receiving two toys, a new book and a shirt.
The deadline for these Angel Tree gifts is this Sunday, Dec. 4. Bring your wrapped and tagged gifts to the Community Life Center between 9 am and the end of the St. Nicholas potluck luncheon.
Don’t forget to bring a dish to share at the luncheon.
  Remember to put a tag on each of the gifts with your child’s number, first name and last initial. If you are giving all four of the gifts to a child, in addition to wrapping and tagging each gift separately, please put the gifts in a large gift bag that also has a tag on it with the child’s number, first name and last initial.
St. Mark’s and other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will host a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the school cafeteria. St. Mark’s members are invited to attend the Holiday Party at Wilburn.
Questions? Contact Lynne Poole at lynnepoole42@gmail.com or 919-781-3453.

 

Giving in the true spirit of Christ

Do you hate the holiday rush; the emphasis on materialistic gifts; and the pressure to find just the perfect gift? St. Mark’s has the ideal solution for you – one that will not only help you but will support worthy causes near and dear to the hearts of many.
This year we include two organizations that provide specific support to those hurt by Hurricane Matthew.
Grace Sved is once again organizing this effort. Instead of getting in to the holiday madness and losing sight of the true meaning of Christmas, consider a donation to one of these nonprofit organizations.
You can make the donation in honor or in memory of someone. All contributions are tax-deductible:

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

Interact of Wake County

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Friends of Fundal

Malawi Children’s Village

Beginning this Sunday, Dec. 4, through Dec. 18, you may purchase a gift at a table in our Community Life Center. You can select from a variety of cards designed for the occasion. Each card will include a description of the organization to which you are contributing.
Take the pressure off and participate in St. Mark’s Alternative Gift Giving program. All of the donations will be given to the designated cause.
For more information, contact Grace Sved.

 

Annual Meeting report

The community known as Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church convened its Annual Meeting on Sunday, 20 November, after a combined 9:30 service led by Rev. Lauren Kilbourn.

Senior Warden Virginia Cleary called the meeting to order and reported on the state of the parish as well as the search for a new rector.  Deacon Sallie Simpson gave what she said was to be her last Deacon’s report and Junior Warden Lou Aiello reported on the status of the Stewardship Campaign.

In the Vestry elections, John Thoma, Jessie Maeck, Hope Ethington, and Lauren Kirkpatrick were elected to the Vestry.

Dave Crum gave a demonstration of the updated church website and John Monahan explained the church’s current financial condition.   After a brief Question & Answer session, the meeting was adjourned  and we all headed to the CLC for some delicious barbecue.