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We'd Love to Hear From You if You Haven't Made Your Pledge Yet
It’s time to crunch the numbers! Your Vestry has begun working on the budget for 2020, SO, if you haven’t pledged yet, please do so this week. And if your pledge is staying the same as last year, just let us know.
Here’s some info for you:
  • Last year, we received 298 pledges.
  • To date, we have received 199 pledge cards for 2020,
  • totaling $863,918.
  • Our goal is to reach $1,295,695.
So, Be Still and Give: Live Simply. Share More. Pray about what you want to pledge to give for 2020. Then we offer 3 easy options:
  • Press the Pledge button below to email Karen Blissit with your pledge
  • Send in your pledge card through the mail.  
  • Bring it to church Sunday.
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Special Services in Advent
Saint Mark’s will observe a special healing Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m., for all those who are experiencing grief, suffering from mental or physical illnesses, or are simply less than jolly around Christmas
Christingle Service Next
Sunday at 5:00

Saint Mark’s will host the annual Christingle service on December 22, at 5pm. Originally a Moravian custom, the Church of England adopted the Christingle as a children's service during the twentieth century. Saint Marks has brought it to Little Rock. 

The Christingle is an orange, decorated with red ribbon, candies and a candle. There will be an opportunity to make your own Christingle in the Parish Hall starting at 4pm. The lighted Christingles will feature prominently during the short service at 5pm. We will sing some well-loved carols and process around a darkened church. This is truly a service for children of all ages and we look forward to welcoming you in both the Parish Hall and the Church.
Forum (Parish Hall) A Spiritual Rx for Advent and Christmas led by Deacon Joanna, Father Danny, and the Daughters of the King.
Meditation (Chapel) The chapel will be an open quiet space for individual prayer during the formation time from 9:15 – 10:05.
Angels (Conference Room) Join Father Michael as he leads a discussion to learn about angels in our scripture and tradition.
Coffee & Scriptures Java Loft (Willcox building) Adults are invited to come to read, discuss and apply the Sunday scriptures to their daily lives. 
Youth (Teens) Sunday School (Parlor) We will be exploring the birth narratives and discussing how the story of expectation and wonder translates to our lives today.
Children (Church) Pageant Rehearsals Dec 8, 15, and 22 Children are invited to join in the tradition of retelling the nativity story to be presented at the 5:00 Christmas Eve Service.
Parish Notes

THIS SUNDAY!!Pride is Stuffing Stockings for Lucie’s House Join Saint Mark’s Pride in stuffing stockings for Lucie's Place after the 10:30 service on Sunday, December 15 in the conference room! If you can’t make it, don’t worry! (We will also accept cash donations or purchase gift cards.) You may give your donation to Ginger Hart, Janice McDermott, or a member of the clergy. Lucie’s Place is a secure residential location for homeless LGBTQ young adults. If you want to bring some supplies, here are some suggestions for the stockings:

  • Movies cards
  • Gift cards to Target,T.J.Max, Walmart, or any other store
  • Perfume/Body sprays (mini bath sets, men & women)
  • Cosmetics
  • Nail polish & cosmetics
  • Headphones
  • Sweets (chocolates & candies)
Gender make up at the residence: 6 male, 2 female, & 2 non-binary. If you can’t make it, don’t worry--we will also accept cash donations or purchase gift cards. You may give your donation to Ginger Hart, Janice McDermott, or a member of the clergy.

Angel Tree Thank you, to everyone who took an angel from our tree this year. Wrapped gifts are due back to the church MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, by noon. If you have any questions, please let Youth Director Ashley Haggard know.


Christmas Offering Envelopes If you wish to make a Christmas offering in memory of, or in thanksgiving for someone, you may use the envelope in your Sunday worship bulletin.  Acknowledgement of these offerings will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletins so please print legibly-names must be received in the office by Thursday, Dec. 19.  Please designate one of the 4 funds you wish to give to - Flowers/greenery, Clergy Discretionary, Crisis Assistance, or Music Discretionary.

Hall High Christmas Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners we were able to donate over 100 sweatshirts, plus Christmas gifts for 20 students living in shelters this holiday season. From the Hall High Social Work department, and our Reach Out team, THANK YOU for being such wonderful neighbors!

You are invited to come celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ with us. The service times are as follows.

December 24- Christmas Eve

5:00 PM  – Holy Eucharist with Children’s Pageant and featuring the Saint Mark’s Choristers, hand chimes and an adult choir ensemble

10:00 PM – Holy Eucharist with choral prelude    Incense will be used at this service.

December 25 – Christmas Day

No services will be held on Christmas Day at Saint Mark’s.

You are invited to worship at Trinity Cathedral at 10:00 a.m.  or Christ Church at 3:00 p.m. Bishop Benfield, Presider.


Youth News
 
EYC  (Episcopal Youth Community for teens)  This Wednesday at EYC we are ringing in the holidays with our annual Christmas party! Wear your favorite Christmas gear and bring a wrapped, $10 gift for our white elephant exchange! All youth will meet from 6-8 in the EYC Center

Christmas Basket Delivery Saturday, December 21, EYC will be meeting at Christ Church at 9am to deliver food baskets to low-income housing residents who are clients of St. Francis House. When we are done, we'll go to Larry's Pizza for lunch. Youth may be picked up at Larry's or Saint Mark's afterwards.

Choristers (Choir) and EKC (Episopal Kids’ Community grades 3-5)
Wednesdays, 4:30-6.  After we sing, we can have fun and games in the gym.
Day School News
Mary and Joseph lead the “La Posada” procession as our angels and shepherds sing carols to classmates and church staff.  We wish to all the blessings of the season.
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:Sokoto (Nigeria) The Rt. Rev. Augustin Omole; El Salvador (Central America) The Rt. Rev. Juan David Alvarado Melgar
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:Holy Trinity, Hot Springs Village; St. Stephen’s, Jacksonville
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
For our staff: Karen Blissit, Parish Administrator
For our parish ministries, especially: Saint Mark’s Altar Guild
For the safety of those in the military, especially: Sam, Breen, Marshall
For those commended to our prayers: Emily Evans, Victoria, Charles, Steve, Diane, Don, Tim Woods, Cole Jeffries, Austin, John, Art Williams, Madison Moore, Pat Jeffries, Paul Gilman, Don Beavers, Rachel, Avery Bilello, Mary Thompson, Dean Hicks, Irene Glasgow, Karen Pugh, Roxann, Ann Clark, Marty Schaufele, Linda Blagg, Sonja Larkowski
For those expecting children:  the O’Quins
Birthdays Charlie Beavers, Carolyn May, Donna Smith, Sharon Williams, Cathy Allen, Ross McCain V, John Mize, Helen Jacobs, James Kemp, Townsend Palacek, Lisa Fort, Elizabeth Fowler, Raymond Harrison, Nora Hodge, Natalia Hodge, Mary Manning, Charles Rae, Michael Thompson, Graham Willis, Jan Mauldin, Karen Montana, Annalise Patel, Natalie Woods
Wedding Anniversaries: Taylor & Marly Gammill, Barbara & Henry Jordan, Joshua & Rebecca Bryan, Amy Rossi & Joe Bryan
 
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