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New Adult Forum for July & August: Living a Balanced Life in an Unbalanced time
During July and August, 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 5 Dr. Gary Wheeler. “Coronavirus in Arkansas” Medical director of Infectious Disease at Arkansas Health Department, graduate of Clinton School of Public Service, member of St. Michael’s.
  • July 12  Dr. Lynn Davis. “Taking care of ourselves during  coronavirus pandemic.”  Cardiologist, member of St. Mark’s.
  • July 19 Christian Thrasher. “Connecting faith leaders to make a difference in the American health crisis.”Clinton Foundation, Atlanta. Senior Director of Substance Use Disorders & Recovery, Clinton Foundation Opioid Response Network.
  •  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
 Online Worship Bulletin
Baptism This Sunday
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.  After the service, starting at 12:00 on Sunday, Tim Allen will present a program of patriotic favorites played on the organ. You may listen or sing along as well-known songs are played. There will also be one or two organ items of appropriately themed music. Normally we would be singing along in person - this year you can grab your favorite snacks and beverages and join in from the comfort of your own home!!
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

Please bring your donations of peanut butter 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.

Did you Know our Scout Hut (also used for the Food Pantry) is the
First and Oldest Building on our Campus?
Jerry Larkowski knows, after he did some research into it. To most of us the Scout Hut is just a small building where, historically, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts have met. Recently the Food Pantry has been a great resident as well. However, the early years of the Scout Hut and its beginnings at Saint Mark’s campus are of significant interest, and, in my view, deserve some historical recognition. Read the whole story here

Praying in Color
with Sybil MacBeth: 
Friday, July 10, 8 to 2

Prayer is the opposite of multi-tasking. It is the gathering of the mind, body, emotions, thoughts, and spirit into the same geography and inviting God to be present there. In this retreat we will gather (safely) as a community to explore praying in color—the visual, active, and meditative prayer practice introduced in the 2007 book by Sybil Macbeth Praying in Color: Drawing A New Path to God and its 2020 expanded/updated version. If you are word-weary, restless, antsy, or anxious in prayer or just looking for a new way to connect to God, come explore the versatile practice called praying in color. Bring paper, a black pen, and colored markers or pencils. Doodlers welcome; absolutely no artistic skill necessary! Check out Sybil’s website and blog

Schedule:

Session 1: Intercessory and Blessing Prayers

Session 2: Griping, Grieving, Grounding, and Gratitude Prayers

Session 3: Praying With and In Scripture

Macbeth combines her years of experience in the mathematics classroom with her lifelong efforts in prayer to lead workshops and retreats across the country. Cost for tickets $65.

This retreat is non-refundable unless cancelled by the host. If you are unable to attend the live retreat at the hours given, we welcome you to register anyway, and if you contact us, we will send you, at no extra charge, the retreat link that you can watch over the following three days. Questions? Contact Sr. Estelle.

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 on the last three weeks in July. The costs include:
One floral arrangement - $75
Delivery -     5.25
Tax -             7.63
Total -         87.88 for one, or $175.76 for both arrangements
New Streaming Ministry
Needs Members
Saint Mark’s staff have 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

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  Beginning July 1, 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.

Pathways to Freedom In early February, a group from Saint Mark’s, traveled 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 you 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 or text your video to Michael at mmccain@st-marks.com or 501-425-7407.  All videos must be received no later than July 15, 2020, to be included.  For more information: https://lovesaintmarks.org/opportunity-for-virtual-prison-ministry/


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

History of the Jim Montgomery Scout Hut Vestry member, and active Scout Jerry Larkowski has done some fascinating research on the origins of this building—which turns out to be the oldest building on campus! Read the whole story here.

New Zoom Links in July Due to new Zoom rules, all zoom meetings are required to have a password Starting July 19. This means that your standing zoom meeting may be getting a new link and ID with a password. We will be sending out the new links to the different groups that need them between now and July 19.  Email Michael if you have questions.

Baptism Sunday, July 5, Camille Schoultz will receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism.

Sunday Altar Flowers  This week's altar flowers are given by Richard Hixson, in memory of his mother, Wileen H. Hixson
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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 United Church of North India
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Good Shepherd, Little Rock; Grace, Wynne
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
For our staff: : Luke Gilbert, Family Ministry Coordinator
For our parish ministries, especially: Our Men’s Bible Study
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, Madeline, Maggie and Nick Polk
Birthdays: Ed Barry, Kim Golden, Jim Tilley, John Fort, Stephen King, Sonja Larkowski, Elvon Lloyd, Erin Marcussen, Rich Robins, Sarah Horton, Kristin Mann, Ellie Robins, Bea Worden, Jane Anne Blakney-Bailey, Caroline Brown, Joanna Fureigh, Betsy Depenau, Victoria Hall, Anne Virden
Wedding Anniversaries:Iffy & Solomon Mogbo, Scot & Amy Davis, Sharon & Art Williams, Todd & Kathy Rice
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