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Celebrate our
Graduating Seniors Sunday
We realize that we are living in strange times, but we are dedicated to celebrating an important milestone in our young people's lives- high school graduation! We are hoping to be able to gather later in the summer at church to be able to give our graduates a blessing before they move into the next phase of their lives. In the meantime, we are going to celebrate our Seniors all May long! Each week we have been highlighting a different Senior on our social media platforms. This Sunday, May 17, we will be praying for and honoring our graduates during our 10:30 Eucharist, livestreamed on Facebook. Our parish is also delivering "parties in a box" to the homes of our Seniors so they can celebrate with their loved ones. Adam, Dillon, Garrett, JP, Lauren, Olivia and Sarah- we are so proud of you and can't wait to see what you do next!
 
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” 
                                                                                                                    -Numbers 6:24-26
A Note from Bishop Benfield: Our Approach to Regathering
We face challenges as a church in this age of pandemic, but we are confident that the church is up to the challenge. Over the next few months we in Arkansas will find ways to bring our community back together in person, always mindful that we will look out for the health of everyone around us.
 
In anticipation of opening our doors once again, we will spend this month preparing. During the month of May, we will continue to worship online rather than in person. Please remember that how and when to reopen will depend in large part on public health guidelines in effect at the time and the success, or lack of it, in overcoming the pandemic.

Estimates of infection, illness, and death change from week to week, making it impossible to give precise dates in early May 2020 on when churches can reopen. But we will do so as soon as we feel confident that reopening is the right thing to do for our spiritual and physical health. Here is a link to a four-page pamphlet outlining what we need to do in May, complete with a list of questions each congregation needs to be asking now, and what we hope to be able to do in June.
Food Pantry Continues to Serve

They Served 110 Families Yesterday The Pantry now opens at 8:30 a.m. because the cars begin lining up at 8:15--an hour before they used to open. This week’s list of needed items:

  • Canned tuna or chicken or other meat 
  • Crackers (like Saltines)
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Soap

Please bring your donations to the Scout Hut (south side of the campus, across from EYC Center) which will be open Tuesdays from 10am-12noon and Wednesdays from 2-5pm to accept donations.  There will be a grocery cart in front of the door where you may drop off donations. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Peacock  or 901-825-7871 or Patti Powell at 503-505-3197.

Organ Recital This Sunday at Noon, Following Children's Sermon
There will be a live, 30 minute recital of organ music from Saint Mark’s played by Tim Allen, following Luke's children's sermon, beginning at noon this Sunday. Tim is doing this for all those who miss hearing our organ. His program will include music by J.S. Bach and William Smart, as well as a couple of light pieces for your enjoyment. This will be the first of a small series over the next three or so weeks. The music will be cheerful and popular. If there are any requests Tim will be glad to receive them! We hope you will all tune in!
Please join us every Sunday at 9:15, to learn from our clergy and each other through a study of the Gospel of Matthew, and listen especially for how the Risen Christ is leading us during these extraordinary times. The Good Book Club will meet using a video chat service called Zoom. For log-in on how to join the Zoom meeting, please email MichaelPlease login or call in for Zoom this Sunday about 9:00, since it can take a few moments to make the connection.  

Following Sunday school, we will have our weekly celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10:30 on Facebook. Stay tuned for Luke's Children's Sermon, it comes 15 minutes after the Eucharist.
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Parish Notes

On-Line Worship Services Here are Saint Mark’s current regular Facebook worship opportunities: Sunday mornings at 10:30 Holy Eucharist; Monday-Friday, 12n Prayers for Noon Time; Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 we offer Compline, with Thursdays being 12 Step Compline.

Prayer Requests The Daughters of the King (DOK) pray for every member of Saint Mark’s each day. If anyone would like a confidential prayer for the DOKs to pray, contact Joanna Seibert: 501.425.8525 or joannaseibert@me.com.

Altar Flowers 
This Sunday, the altar flowers are given by John and Martha Tull in memory of Jake.

Curious About EfM?
Do you know what Education for Ministry (EfM) is all about? Here’s what an EfM alum had to say:   

In considering whether or not to enroll in EfM, I thought the class would be enlightening but also somewhat dry, maybe a little boring. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our weekly discussions are always stimulating and extremely lively. We are guided by skillful mentors to be attentive, respectful listeners. At the same time, they encourage us to freely express our opinions, concerns, doubts, and beliefs, even when we disagree with Biblical scholars or church doctrine or one another. An EfM session frequently leaves me feeling energized for days. But bored? Never!
 
There’s room for you in EfM beginning in September.  Call Patti Powell (503-505-3197) for information.
Prayer List
For the Episcopal Church Justin, The Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, the Presiding Bishop; Larry, our Bishop; St. Mark’s clergy, Danny, Michael, Patricia, Susan, Joanna and Billy; St. Mark’s Staff & Vestry 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Anglican Church of Korea
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Margaret’s, Little Rock; St. Paul’s, Batesville
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
For our staff: Linda Walker, Parish Secretary
For our parish ministries, especially: Saint Mark’s Intercessors
For the safety of first responders, healthcare workers and those in the military, especially: Sam, Breen, Marshall
For those commended to our prayers: on, Tim Woods, Cole Jeffries, Austin, John, Art Williams, Madison Moore, Pat Jeffries, Paul Gilman, Rachel, Mary Thompson, Dean Hicks, Irene Glasgow, Larry Boston, Pam Raney, Betsy Depenau, Carl Gessler, Cynthia Fisher, Greg Sheard, Judi Blevins, Janey and her family, Paige Purcell, Lauri Williams, Samantha, Dale, Ashley, Jerry Didier, Mathieu, Marty Schaufele, Craig Chotard, Becky Moore
For Families Expecting children: Marly & Taylor Gammill
Birthdays: Allison Brass, Susan Garrett, Jo Ann Kennedy, Margery Wage, Ari Graves, Cristie Hughes, Miller Steward, Trevor Larkowski, Jeffrey Marcussen, Grace Stansell, Mary Anne Nilles, Amy Rossi, George Crone, Theresa Qualls, Penelope Barardi, Rick Glatter, Jan Hart, Deedee Phelps, Cooper Riley, Ann Blair Schaufele, Jason Sellers
Wedding Anniversaries: Gareth & Cristie Hughes, Anne & John Virden, Jim & Carolyn May, Ava & Eric Roberts, Richard & Laurie Worsham 
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