Grant applications Due Nov. 27

St. Mark’s has $3,600 to award in Outreach grants for 2016. If you regularly volunteer for a nonprofit organization that could benefit from a donation of funds, notify the organization and invite them to submit an Outreach grant to the Social Action Committee.
Grant applications will be accepted through Sunday, Nov. 27, and awarded by the end of  December. Grants received after the November deadline will be reviewed in the next funding cycle.
Grant application forms can be downloaded from the St. Mark’s website by doing the following: On the home page, click on “Missions” at the top of the page. Click on “funding request form” highlighted in blue and underlined in the first paragraph.
Print and complete the form (it cannot be completed online). Submit completed form with attachments to Jackie McLaurin in our office, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh 27604, by Nov. 27.
All requests must be made in writing and submitted on the St. Mark’s grant application form with required attachments. Incomplete grant applications cannot be accepted or awarded funds.
All grants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Is St. Mark’s actively involved in the social ministry?
2. Is there a strong need for the grant?

Typically, grants range from $250 to $1,000.
For more information contact Margaret Thurston at

Leftover cans of paint needed for Wilburn school Arts project

Ms. Levinson, the art teacher at Wilburn, is in need of OUTDOOR PAINT IN BRIGHT COLORS and also PRIMER.  If anyone has any leftover cans of this paint, she will be glad to use them up.  If you wish, you may also buy and donate the small sample jars from Home Depot or Lowes. Please bring the cans to St. Mark’s and Ellie DeMeglio will deliver them to Wilburn. She also needs colored printer paper, even if one side has been used; she will use the back, unused side.

Early Voting and Registration Information for Wake County

This election year it is particularly important for people to vote and early voting can make that easier for those people who work.  Below is a nonpartisan early voting flyer for Wake County residents containing information on locations, times, and rules for registering at those sites.

You can also download a printable PDF version of this document HERE.

Early Voting and Registration Information

2016 General Election

Wake County


All Wake County residents can vote early at the following times and locations If you live in a different county, you need to vote in that county. See  to locate your polling pace if you do not live in Wake County.

Unregistered voters CAN register at these locations during the early voting times. You will need to bring proper ID, such as a driver’s license or a utility bill/bank statement showing your name and current address. (You will NOT be able to register on Nov 8th.)


The following locations are open Oct. 20 – Nov. 5

M-F                        9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sat, Oct 22 & 29    8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Sat, Nov 5              9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sun                         1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


  • Apex Community Center: 53 Hunter St, Apex
  • Avery Street Recreation Center Annex: 201 Avery St, Garner
  • Chavis Community Center:  505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh
  • East Regional Center: 1002 Dogwood Dr, Zebulon
  • Herbert C. Young Community Center: 101 Wilkinson Ave, Cary
  • Hunt Community Center: 301 Stinson Ave, Holly Springs
  • Lake Lynn Community Center: 7921 Ray Rd, Raleigh
  • Northern Regional Center: 350 E Holding Ave, Wake Forest
  • Wake County Board of Elections: 337 S Salisbury St, Raleigh (This site closes at 5pm on weekdays & 1pm on Sat)




The following locations are open Oct. 27 – Nov. 5

M-F                       9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sat, Oct 29            8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Sat, Nov 5             9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sun                        1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


  • Abbott’s Creek Community Center: 9950 Durant Rd, Raleigh
  • First Baptist Church: 209 Church St., Morrisville
  • Falcon Park Hut: 105 Falcon Dr, Fuquay Varina
  • Green Road Community Center: 4201 Green Rd, Raleigh
  • Knightdale Recreation Center: 102 Lawson Ridge Rd, Knightdale
  • NCSU Creative Services Bldg: 1220 Varsity Dr, Raleigh
  • New Bethel Baptist Church: 605 E. Young St, Rolesville
  • Optimist Community Center: 5900 Whittier Dr, Raleigh
  • Triangle Christian Center: 11100 Fellowship Dr, Raleigh
  • Wake Tech Community College: 9101 Fayetteville Rd, Raleigh
  • Wendell Community Center: 601 W Third St, Wendell

Our deacon, Sallie Simpson, is Volunteer of the Month

Sallie Simpson is Volunteer of the Month with the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

Our deacon, Sallie Simpson
Our deacon, Sallie Simpson

Sallie, our deacon, helps with the Farm Stand most Saturdays and serves as culinary instructor for the Cooking Matters classes that are held at Urban Ministries. A retired nurse and hospital administrator from Winston-Salem, Sallie now lives in Raleigh and is a Vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Church. Read why Sallie loves volunteering at IFFS:

Tell us about your first-ever time volunteering with IFFS: It was a cold, sleeting day in February – we were raking rocks out of a newly plowed field and spreading mulch. Everyone was so nice and we laughed so much that I decided to keep coming back!

Describe a volunteer moment that felt very rewarding: Last spring I co-led a Cooking Matters class at Urban Ministries with Ana Cardia, and we had such a motivated class – each participant had been sent to class by their doctor for diet-related conditions. Every person in the class realized tangible improvement by the end of the class and one of the doctors in the Open Door Clinic at Urban Ministries told me that the class would practically dance down the hall as they left the class each day!

What would you say to recruit a friend to volunteer with IFFS? I would tell people that this is a great place to volunteer – the people are wonderful to work with. There is a lot of work, and lots of fun as well!

Social Action meets Sunday; help for farmworkers needed

Social Action will meet this Sunday, Oct. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in our Community Life Center, room 5. Please note that this will be our last meeting until January. The purpose of the meeting is to complete our plans for the 2016-17 year at St. Mark’s.

You can help farm workers: Social Action is also collecting dry food, clothing, linens and other supplies to be delivered to the Episcopal Diocese to benefit the  farm workers hurt by the recent severe storm. Look for the box in the Concourse. We will collect items this Sunday, Oct. 23, and next Sunday to deliver to the diocese.

What’s needed

Food: Drinking water , pinto beans, dry rice, oil, salt, sugar, canned fruit, canned tuna, other non-perishable food.
Clothing: Sweaters, sweatshirts (children to adults), underwear, socks, shoes, toiletries (toothbrushes, razors, soap, shampoo), sleeping mats and blankets.

Our J2A youth report on Costa Rica pilgrimage

We will have lots of pictures of Costa Rica's wildlife at our presentation on Sunday.
We will have lots of pictures of Costa Rica’s wildlife at our presentation on Sunday.

Our Journey to Adulthood Pilgrims invite you to the adult Sunday school class at 9:30 a.m. for a presentation on our mission trip to the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica. This was set for last Sunday but all services were canceled because of the storm. Now, we’ve given this sloth a whole week to finish his flower salad, and we’re all ready to amaze you with our experiences. Genuine, personally-imported Costa Rican coffee will be served!

NOTICE: Services CANCELLED for Sunday, October 9

The roads are BAD, the power is OUT, and the waters are RISING.  I personally saw a tree down on the Beltline an hour ago.  Lauren Kilbourne, the supply priest for tomorrow, had to relocate to Durham because her apartment was flooding.  Other members saw trees down on Wade Avenue, and Wake Forest Road is flooded.

Due to the conditions, I am making the decision to CANCEL SERVICES TOMORROW.    We will reschedule the 9:30 J2A presentation for a later date.

We will try to reach people by phone as well.

Call me with questions.


Virginia Cleary
Senior Warden