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The Good Book Club Back!
 
Beginning this Sunday Saint Mark’s will be reading the Gospel of John together with the whole Episcopal Church for the season. You can find Good Book Club materials in the Narthex or at this link. Be sure to be at the Adult Forum at 9:15 January 12, in the Parish Hall for church-wide Bible study.
Parish Notes

Annual Meeting January 26  At this meeting we review the past year and anticipate the new one. We also elect 5 new Vestry members to represent you. The slate of nominees include: Mark Davis, Craig Douglass, Ellen Nichol, Eleanor Randolph, Patrick Spivey, Bryant Cranford, Jeff Marcussen, and Chris Vammen.

Need Firewood? If you've seen and wondered about the firewood recently stacked by the Scout Hut, it's for sale! The two trees removed from the Close last summer are being cut up and split. Proceeds go to the youth budget. Delivery is available! For information, contact Jerry Larkowski, 501.831.0372
 
Annual Reports Deadline Jan. 17 Saint Marks' annual meeting will be Sunday, January 26, between the 8 and 10:30 am services in the Parish Hall. Annual reports will be available at that time. If you are the chair of a committee and would like your committee's report included, please email the report to Karen Blissit. The deadline is Friday, January 17.  

Annual Reports Deadline Jan. 17 Saint Marks' annual meeting will be Sunday, January 26, between the 8 and 10:30 am services in the Parish Hall. Annual reports will be available at that time. If you are the chair of a committee and would like your committee's report included, please email the report to Karen Blissit.  
 
Guatemala Mission February 15-23 We need new or clean gently used children’s clothes and shoes.  Children’s shoes and socks of all sizes are needed. They all need and enjoy shoes. Most of the women wear size 5 - 6, 6 ½ shoes. Men can probably wear sizes 5-7. Toothbrushes and toothpaste are also needed.  Another need is eyeglasses--prescription, readers, and sunglasses. Large suitcases with rollers are always needed, but they must zip. Donated items may be dropped off in the plastic bin in the Narthex labeled "Guatemala". As always, if you would like to make a monetary contribution for a specific item/need (i.e. a meal for the translators, sandwiches for the teams to eat during clinic, surgery for a patient, etc...) you can give those to me or turn them in to the church office with the purpose it is to go toward attached. Thank you all for your continued support!

Day School News
Boyd Ivory, son of Elizabeth and Wes, celebrates the new year with classmates upon our return to school.  We are currently registering for the 2020-21 school year. Saint Mark’s church members and currently enrolled families have priority during January. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call the office (501-225-2535), email, or visit our website..
Christian Formation at 9:15
  • Forum (Parish Hall)  The Good Book Club begins the Book of John.
  • Adults Coffee & Scriptures (Java Loft-Willcox building)  Adults are invited to gather Sunday mornings to read, discuss and apply the Sunday scriptures to their daily lives. 
  • Youth Sunday School (Parlor room off the Parish Hall) All 6th-12th graders are invited to come to Breakfast Club. We will eat some breakfast goodies, discuss the day's gospel, and check in on what's going on in our lives.
  • Children (Willcox Building) Children 3yrs-5th grade to make Bible stories, Bible people, and Bible passages a part of their lives. Back Yard Kids (3-4 year-olds) meet in the classroom next to the Children's Chapel and Deep Blue Kids (K-5th grades) meet upstairs near the Java Loft.
Upcoming Events
Addiction Recovery Weekend for Women The Addictions Recovery Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana will hold its 2020 annual weekend for women who are or who want to be in recovery at the Solomon Episcopal Conference center outside of New Orleans on Jan. 17–19. The Rev. Joanna Seibert will be the guest speaker. Download more info.

ECW January 28 The Episcopal Church Women’s (ECW), the women’s group for all women of Saint Mark’s, is meeting Tuesday, January 28, at 6 pm at the home of Pat Petkoff, 138 Cove Creek Court, The Woods subdivision off Kanis. It’s a gated community, so when you arrive at the gate you’ll see a Call box. Scroll through the A-Z  buttons until you see “Petkoff” and push the Call Button. That will call them and they will open the gate. They cannot open the gate if you call them on your cell phone. Once you are in the gate, turn left and their house is down the street on the left. Please RSVP to Pat by email ppetkoff@att.net  or call/text 501-554-4758 so that she can order the correct amount of food. Please bring $10 to cover food and beverages. We will have time for appetizers and drinks and then will eat dinner followed by a short program. This is a great way to meet other women in the church, learn about church events, and have a great time!

2 Marks, 1 Mission On Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, we will join St. Mark Baptist at the Arkansas Foodbank. Details to follow.

Mardi Gras February 21 The annual Mardi Gras Party will be Friday, February 21, from 6-9pm. Our adult parishioners are invited to come for dinner, silent auction and trivia, all of which benefit our EYC. Be looking for ticket sales and more details soon!
 
Enneagram Lenten Retreat February 29: The Enneagram as a Spiritual Tool Join the Grace Chapter of Daughters of the King (DOK) for a Lenten Retreat (9:00-1:00 in the Parish Hall) with Rebecca Spooner, a licensed professional Counselor, ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and the director of Wellspring Renewal Center in Little Rock. There’s a $15 fee per person; you may register online at lovestmarks.org or contact Joanna Seibert: joannaseibert@me.com.

Diocesan Convention 2020 The annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas will take place Friday, Feb. 14–Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. All events on both days will take place at Saint Mark's. Registration will begin in January. Stay tuned for more information.

Youth News
 
EYC  (Episcopal Youth Community for teens)EYC will be exploring the stories of women who shaped the bible this Wednesday. Jr High meets from 6-7:30, Sr High meets from 7-8:30, and dinner for all is served from 7-7:30.

Choristers (Choir) & EKC (Episopal Kids’ Community grades 3-5) Wed, Jan 15, 4:30-6pm…Have you ever played hide and seek? You will play a version of that this week!
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 the Anglican Church of Australia
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:St. John’s, Harrison; St. Francis’, Heber Springs
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
For our staff: Luke Gilbert, Family Ministry Coordinator
For our parish ministries, especially: Saint Mark’s Choirs
For the safety of those in the military, especially: Sam, Breen, Marshall
For those commended to our prayers: Don, Tim Woods, Cole Jeffries, Austin, John, Art Williams, Madison Moore, Pat Jeffries, Paul Gilman, Don Beavers, Rachel, Mary Thompson, Dean Hicks, Irene Glasgow, Linda Blagg, Larry Boston, Pam Raney, Drew Baskin, John Bodiak, Betsy Depenau
For Families Expecting children: Marly & Taylor Gammill
Birthdays: Caroline Carnes, Gail Cutting, Sean Graves, C.J. Rickels, Jackson Siegler, Kathryn Harrelson, Mahlon Maris, Steve Maxwell, Simon Bickell, Jay Gandy, Coby Harris, Joe Hicks,Samuel Anderson, Kelli Rawn, Grace Davis, Maddalynn Didier, Christopher Jennings, Ralph Eubanks
Those who died: Scott Landers
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