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Let us Know Your Thoughts as we Prepare to Regather


Saint Mark's has Created a Survey on Attitudes Regarding our Approach to Regathering

Saint Mark's is working on our next steps during this time. Please answer our eight-question survey to help us determine what worship might look like moving forward.

Thank you for your input!

On-Line Services
Here's a list of Saint Mark’s regular, current worship services on Facebook:
  • 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, the Thursday service is a 12 Step Compline.
Food Pantry Continues to Serve

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.

New Streaming Ministry Opportunities

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 Mize501-412-7224.

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.
Walking the Mourner’s Path
June 3 - July 22
Walking the Mourner's Path is a Christ-centered bereavement support program. The purpose is to transform grief into joyful living by offering the outstretched hand of Christ during bereavement. Loss due to a death is always difficult.

The group will meet on Zoom, Wednesday evenings, from 4-6 p.m. While the Mourners Path is a non-denominational ministry, it is distinct from many other bereavement programs in that it is Christ-centered, scripturally and spiritually based. We believe grieving is not lack of faith but a natural part of living. Through the eight-week program, complete with workbook, mourners learn ways in which they may honor their loved ones, seek spiritual direction and discover God’s promise of comfort in community.

The fee is $80 for the class. Facilitators include Joanna Seibert, Susan Lyon, Patricia Peacock, and Mary Manning. Contact Joanna Seibert or 425 8525 or if you would like to join the group.
Parish Notes

Congrats! Grandparents Penny & Peter Owen, and parents Jamie and Peter III (along with big sister Claire) are excited to announce the birth of Peter Owen Thomas IV on Monday, April 27, at 3:38 p.m. - 22” long and weighing 10 lbs. 15 oz. All are doing well.

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 Linda Teal, in memory of her late husband and their wedding anniversary.

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 all members of the Anglican Communion around the world
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Trinity, Pine Bluff; St. Andrew’s Rogers
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
For our staff: Tim Allen, Organist/Choirmaster
For our parish ministries, especially: Our Worship leaders
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, Larry and Diana Boston, Pam Raney, Betsy Depenau, Carl Gessler, Cynthia Fisher, Lauri Williams, Samantha, Dale, Ashley, Jerry Didier, Mathieu, Marty Schaufele, Craig Chotard, Becky Moore, Megan, Ward, the Hooker family
For Families Expecting children: Marly & Taylor Gammill
Birthdays: Sheila Glasscock, Skylina Morris, Lydia Penick, Marian Steward, Sasha O'Quin, Susan Shields, Karen Head, Drew Kumpuris, Rachel Riley, Jordan Beard, Derek Crowe, Frank Havens, Carmen McHaney, Amy O'Connor, Todd Rice, Teresa McCullough, Paige Pennebaker, Wren Williams, Jase Coates, Maddalynn Davis, Jewell Fort, Raymond Harrison, Madison Tappan 
Wedding Anniversaries: Bryant & Kathy Cranford, Megan & Lucas Hargraves, Vernon & Jody Jackson, Carmen & James McHaney, Gary & Terri Bennett, Tom & Dean McMillin, Kent & Emilie Reno,Elizabeth & Patrick Spivey
Those who have died: Field Wasson, Sr.         
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