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FINAL WEEK of
Virtual Shrimp Boil

St. Francis House is overjoyed with the outpouring of love, prayers, and financial support! Thank you to everyone who is sharing our posts and getting the word out about their ministry. The virtual campaign will continue for one more week, so please, spread the word through social media and word of mouth. If you would like to share info about the virtual campaign, or learn more yourself, go here. The Shrimp Bowl Krewe are excited about the donations we have received so far, but want everyone to know there is still time to give. Every dollar counts! There are three ways to donate.

  1. Through Secure Give 
  2. Through Venmo to @lovesaintmarks
  3. Mail a check made out to St. Marks with “St. Francis” in the memo line to  1000 N. Mississippi St., Little Rock, AR 72207
 Online Worship Bulletin
Starting this week, a copy of each Sunday’s worship bulletin will be on our website. This will contain all the hymns and scripture texts appointed for that day, making worship from home even easier. 
In early February, a group from Saint Mark’s, travelled to the Arkansas Department of Correction facility in Wrightsville to celebrate the Eucharist with the men incarcerated there. This was coordinated through a wonderful ministry called Pathway to Freedom (PTF). During this pandemic, we remain committed to being the Church by ministering to those in prison. To that end, we offer an exciting opportunity for virtual service in this ministry.
 
We invite parishioners to record a short video of your prayers for those incarcerated at Wrightsville. Michael McCain will be collecting these videos and will compile all of the messages together, along with some of the photographs from our visit. This video will then be played for the prisoners. If you are willing and able to participate in this project, please email your video to Michael or text him: 501-425-7407.  All videos must be received by July 31 to be includedHere's more information.
Formation: Living a Balanced Life in an Unbalanced Time  
This month, we will hear speakers at our Formation Sessions locally and nationally informing us about staying safe mentally, physically, and spiritually during this pandemic. Clergy will introduce speakers who will then share their wisdom on various issues for 20 minutes, followed by discussion with the zoom congregation, ending with a prayer or scripture by the clergy.  Here’s the July speaker roster and topics:
  •  July 26 Dr. Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD, MACP, FAAP. Staying Healthy During Pandemic Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, UAMS College of Medicine Member of Trinity United Methodist Church
Here’s how to Join the Zoom Meeting
Children's Christian Formation
Children's Chapel Live on Facebook Sundays at 9:00 a.m.  Children are invited each Sunday to Join Luke Gilbert on Facebook live for an interaction with the Sunday scriptures. The prayers, readings, sermon and music are used to help the children relate to the living word of God in an age appropriate way

Children's Formation Sundays, 9:30 Children grades K-5 can join Luke Gilbert on Zoom for a fun and interactive Bible story lesson each Sunday morning at 9:30. If you would like your child to participate, please email Luke to receive the link.

Monday Games with Prizes for Kids Each Monday Children are invited to join our Family Minister, Luke Gilbert, for Games with Prizes Mondays at 10:00a via Zoom. If your child needs community or to just have a laugh, this is the (online) place to be! The games will be appropriate for all ages and skill levels K-5th, and every child who attends is guaranteed to win a prize! If you would like your child to join in the fun, please email Luke.
Food Pantry Continues to Serve

New Serving Hours:  8:30am – 10:00am Thursdays

Scout Hut hours for donations:

  • Monday  Drop off anytime, just put them in the gray box in front  of the hut that has a lid and is waterproof– it’s checked daily 
  • Tuesday  Volunteer hours 9am – 12 noon
  • Wednesday    Volunteer hours 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Thursday       Serving Day Volunteer hours 7:45am – 10:00am
  • Friday           Drop off in box

If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Peacock  or 901-825-7871 or Patti Powell at 503-505-3197.

Saint Mark’s is now hosting two opportunities for a virtual coffee hour via Zoom. This will be unstructured time where members can join and socialize with one another. The coffee hour will be using breakout small groups that will be around 3 - 12 people each. The small groups are randomly assigned and will be different each week so this is an opportunity to get to meet new Saint Mark’s parishioners and catch up with familiar ones. Coffee hour times are 8:30 (leading into the Forum at 9:15) and after the 10:30 service around 11:30 AM. The Zoom meeting information below is the same for both coffee hours, and the Sunday formation.
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/663023204?pwd=NUhZYTY2cEJuUThkckNhOCtSQ0NpZz09
 
Meeting ID: 663 023 204
Password: saintmarks
New Streaming Ministry
Needs Members
Saint Mark’s has begun a Streaming Ministry with unexpected blessings. Shut-ins from our own congregation are able to attend services regularly for the first time in years. New people who have never been in our church have found us online now attend our streaming services. We now realize that we need to make streaming services a permanent ministry of Saint Mark’s. We are acquiring equipment to continue streaming services after resuming church services in the sanctuary for two reasons. First, even with a carefully planned safe distancing services resuming, some of our members in higher risk groups may not feel safe returning.  Second, we now know that we serve people who can only attend our church via streaming and Zoom technology.

To make this work as a permanent Saint Mark’s ministry we need volunteers. Just as a church service requires ushers, lectors and greeters, a streaming service requires people to setup and operate the streaming equipment and software. The systems are user friendly and pretty easy to learn. There are very few requirements: you must be able to commit to a rotating volunteer schedule, arriving 30 min before services to set up the equipment, and monitor the console during the service.  If you can set up home entertainment equipment and trouble shoot a minor technical problem, or would like to learn how to, you may be part of this this ministry. If 8 people join this ministry the commitment would only be once every couple months.  If you are interested in learning more about his opportunity, please contact John Mize, 501-412-7224.
Parish Notes

Morning Prayer Resumes Morning Prayer is back as a small group. Morning Prayer leaders will be praying the office starting at 8:30, Monday - Friday. Everyone is invited to join. Morning Prayer will meet in front of the outdoor altar in the Columbarium. Please bring your own prayer book or mobile device to following along with the prayers. Please wear a mask and maintain all social distance guidelines.   
 
Parish Office Open The parish office is now open normal hours, Monday-Thursday, 9-5 and Friday, 9-noon. The staff is working staggered office hours for the safety of the parish. If you want to speak with a member of the staff, please continue to call or email as we are still trying to social distance. But, if you do need to come to the office, you must wear a mask. Staff members are also wearing masks. If you need to meet with a member of the clergy, please don't hesitate to call the office or email them, and a meeting can be arranged by phone or Zoom.  
 
Church and Chapel Open The Church and Chapel will be open for you to go inside to sit and pray in quiet during office hours.  Please enter through the Chapel door and sign the book as you enter. Masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available as you enter. We ask that before leaving, please wipe down any area that you may have come in contact with.  

More ways to Worship with us Live Online Sunday Mornings  Now, in addition to already being able to watch live on our Facebook, you may also find us on our Youtube account, or right on our own website. Links to all three are below: 
Website
Youtube
Facebook

Small Group Guidelines  Small groups (15 or fewer) may begin meeting again on Saint Mark’s campus. To assist groups in making a decision, we have prepared extensive guidelines, what is below is an excerpt. Read them all here on our website
The group is to think carefully about whether meeting in person is better than Zoom.

  • Ask members if they are both comfortable with and feel safe meeting in person.
  • If one or two members say no to in-person meeting, what is the best way to move forward?
  • If someone can’t come, and you decide to meet in person anyway, is there a way to include them via Zoom or FaceTime? How?

Prayer Reqests 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.

EYC Summer Session! Since most of our traditional youth programs have been cancelled or postponed for the summer, Christ Church, St. Margaret's and Saint Mark's have teamed up to bring the youth of the central convocation some fun activities and socially distant fellowship this summer. We will be offering activities each Wednesday via Zoom. We ask that you sign up for each session so that we can deliver our "program in a box", which will have many of the supplies you need for our weekly activities. Any other supplies you will need will be things you have at home already. You may register here


Sunday’s Altar Flowers  Julie & Pat Dempsey will provide the flowers to the glory of God and in celebration of the baptism of their grandchildren, Emmett James Jayroe and Marion Evans Jayroe.

Altar Flower Update Flowers add beauty to our worship services. If you would like to honor someone, or celebrate an important event, you might consider giving altar flowers. Currently, we have openings in August. The costs include:
One floral arrangement - $75
Delivery -     5.25
Tax -             7.63
Total -         87.88 for one, or $175.76 for both 


Condolences We extend our prayers to o Chap McGaughy on the death of his daughter, Karen  McGaughy. Additionally, to Jane Brave and her family on the recent death of her husband, Bob Brave. 

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 he postponed Lambeth Conference
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Alban’s, Stuttgart; St. Peter’s, Tollville
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
For our staff: Tim Allen, Organist/Choirmaster
For our parish ministries, especially: Tim Allen, Organist/Choirmaster
For the safety of first responders, healthcare workers and 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, Rachel, Mary Thompson, Dean Hicks, Irene Glasgow, Diana Boston, Pam Raney, Betsy Depenau, Carl Gessler, Cynthia Fisher, Lauri Williams, Samantha, Dale, Ashley, Jerry Didier, Mathieu, Craig Chotard, Becky Moore, Megan, Ward, Maggie and Nick Polk, Kim Harrelson, Linda Brown, Baker Bush, Bailey Hernandez and her family 
Birthdays: Susan Jeter, Jeb Steen, Jeffrey Dixon, Sarah Tappan, Johnathan Horton, John Myers, Will Zbinden, Bliss Bratton, Samantha Lewis, Dylan Owen, Adrianne Owings, Sandra Cone, Emily Braunfisch, Kay Rector, Colin Carnes, Craig Davis, Hannah Tilley, Kevin Reeder
Anniversaries John & Cathy Allen, Dana & Don Colaianni, Lauren & Taylor Havens, Danny & Judy Schieffler, Susan & Hank Rogers, Ted & Mary Ann Gammill
Those who died: Karen McGaughy, Bob Brave
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