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Fall Forum Series 9:15 a.m.
New Adult Class on Thursday Evenings

You don’t need anything other than an interest in or curiosity for music to be able to enjoy this offering from organist/choirmaster, Tim Allen. Each week we will discuss a well-known musical masterpiece. Participants will be invited to listen to the selected piece prior to the class. Links to a score will be given for those who wish it. The music will be placed in its historical context, but our main area of discussion will be centered around its spiritual and emotional impact on us as listeners. Please join us on Zoom at 7:00 pm on Thursdays. If you wish to participate please let Tim Allen know.  The Zoom link will be forwarded to you.
Outdoor, In-Person Eucharist
8:00 a.m. Sunday by Reservation
We are providing an opportunity for our Saint Mark's community to worship together outdoors, with communion. We have room for 85 people set up around our breezeway in socially distanced (9 feet apart) areas for each person/family. When you arrive for the service, please check in with an usher who will lead you to your seat. After the service, please stay seated until an usher dismisses you. Masks will be required for everyone during the service.  If you do not have a mask, we will have some available. 

You will need to register on this link to attend the service.  When we have 85 reservations, the system will no longer allow you to make a reservation. We hope you will try again next week if you don't get a reservation for this Sunday. 
About These Little Blue Boxes
This little blue box, which you may have received at Rally Day, calls us to develop the spiritual practice of Gratitude. When we realize we are grateful to God throughout the year, at various times during the day, we put a coin (or paper money!) in the box. Put the blue box in a prominent place in your home, on the kitchen table, at your entrance, or your desk, or by your nightstand. In Arkansas, UTO grants have gone to help build St. Peter’s Conway, make repairs at St. Francis House, build an abused persons’ shelter in Harrison, a respite care center at St. Luke’s North Little Rock, a 24-hour suicide hotline in Arkansas, staffing at Our House, after-school programs in Stuttgart, a free clinic in Fort Smith, installation of showers for homeless at St. Luke’s Hot Springs, and much more. If you did not receive a UTO box, you may still pick one up at the church office.
Worship Opportunities

Morning Prayer Morning Prayer leaders pray the office at 8:30, Monday - Friday. Everyone is invited to join. The service is 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.   

Come Pray in the Chapel We know that many of you have missed being in the church. During regular office hours, the Church and Chapel will be open for you to go inside to sit and pray in quiet.  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  In addition to already being able to watch live on our Facebook you can also find us on our Youtube account, or right on our own website. Links to all three are here: WebsiteYoutubeFacebook

Boy Scouts at Saint Mark’s  BSA Troop 7 at Saint Mark's has been in place since 1954 and during this time, the troop has produced over 100 Eagle Scouts and has enhanced the lives of hundreds of young men and adult leaders who have a love of the outdoors and a penchant for serving others. Recent activities include canoeing on the Buffalo River, overnight camping, backpacking trips, day hikes, visiting historic sites, and service projects in the community. With COVID19 precautions in place, Troop 7 has begun meeting again for the new school year and is open to any boys interested in being a part of this vibrant group.  Participants must be at least 11 years old or have completed the fifth grade, and not more than 18 years old.  Troop 7 meets on Monday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm.  Please contact David Mann, Scoutmaster, for more information 501-944-2474.

EYC Registration Open! At Saint Mark's we recognize how important community is to the spiritual and mental well-being of our young people. With that in mind, we are excited to offer small group programming for Fall 2020. This is the best way for us to allow in person gathering for our young people, while keeping safety and health as our highest priority. Because of this, we are asking that every youth who plans to attend EYC this Fall register in advance for the semester. Each small group is limited to 12 youth. Registration is required
We have three small groups this fall:

  • 6th grade: meets from 6-7pm in the Close (grassy area between church and Youth Hall) or the Youth Hall when weather is bad

  • 7th and 8th grade: meets from 6-7pm in the English garden (outside the south doors of the Parish Hall) or the Parish Hall when weather is bad

  • Sr High: meets from 7-8 in the Close (grassy area between church and Youth Hall) or the Youth Hall when weather is bad

Children's Sunday School This year’s program will be a mix of VBS, Children's Chapel and what we would do in the classroom. Until we are able to meet in person, we will meet over Zoom. I know Zoom isn't the same as in person, but as a parent, I promise we will make the time they spend with us worth it! Kids will need a Worship Tool Box, filled with all sorts of interactive spiritual goodies to use each week. If your child wants to participate, we will get a tool box  to you! Luke Gilbert will leave one in the office or deliver it to you. Children 3y-5th grade can have a fun and interactive Bible story lesson each week. From 9:30-9:45 we will share music, games, and the weekly story. From 9:45-10:00 the kids will join their teachers in zoom breakout rooms to worship and react to the story. All will come back together at 10:00 for a closing video and prayer. We hope these 30 minutes will help your child grow in God's love each week! Contact Luke with questions.

Youth Sunday School: Think. Believe. Do. We will begin Sunday school via Zoom this Sunday at 9:15am. Youth in 6th-12th grade are invited to join us to think about faith, grow in our beliefs and do the work of God in the world. Zoom info: Meeting ID: 833 5617 9439 Password: tbd2020

Thanks from Pathway to Freedom

The men of Pathway to Freedom sent Saint Mark’s a handmade thank you card for the video we made for them. If you would like to read them all, the card is available to view in the church office. Here are just a few of the notes: 
  • "Thank you for your thoughtfulness and your true genuine display of what love means! It was truly a blessing to have worshiped with you all earlier this year and I’m looking forward to us worshiping again together." 
  • "It was amazing to watch the video you sent to us! It was much appreciated by everyone. Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers. God bless you all!" 
  • "I really appreciate the video that y’all made for us . . . it brought tears of joy to my eyes! Thank you." 
  • "Thank you and God Bless. We loved the video. It was a true blessing to see someone on the outside love and care. That’s what I call true disciples of Christ. Thank you and God bless always." 
  • "The kind of love you share with us is true and heavenly. You all have an extraordinary calling compared to most but compared to God’s - you had us feeling your words also. Thank you for your Matthew 25 devotion to us. That I know of no one has sent us such a lovely video before. It would be nice to see more men involved. God Bless you all!" 
 Online Worship Bulletin
Each week, a copy of each Sunday’s worship bulletin will be on our website. This contains all the hymns and scripture texts appointed for that day, making worship from home even easier. 
Parish Notes

Arkansas DOK Fall Assembly via Zoom Daughters of the King will hold its annual Fall Assembly via Zoom on Sept. 26, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. You will need to register on Zoom in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on Sept. 26. You can also download a brochure for more information.

Arkansas ECW Fall Gathering This year’s Fall Gathering will be held virtually on Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism at the National Episcopal Church, will speak on The Good News of Change--Faith, Race, and Living Through a Pandemic. Learn more about Fall Gathering and other ECW events on the ECW wesbite.

Small Group Guidelines Small groups (15 people max) may begin meeting again on Saint Mark’s campus. The group is to think carefully about whether meeting in person is better than Zoom and ask members if they feel safe and comfortable meeting in person. 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? To assist groups in making a decision, we have prepared extensive guidelines. Read all the guidelines on our website

Virtual Coffee Hour Saint Mark’s hosts two opportunities for a virtual coffee hour via Zoom. This will be unstructured time where members can join and socialize with one another. Coffee hour times are 8:30 (leading into the Forum at 9:15) and after the 10:30 service. The Zoom information is the same for both coffee hours, and the Sunday formation. Meeting ID: 663 023 204 Password: saintmarks

Food Pantry Continues to Serve  8:30 – 10:00 Thursdays Saint Mark's Food Pantry, with help from the League of Women Voters, is offering voting help during the month of September.  We'll have Voter Registration Forms, Applications for Absentee Voting, and information about deadlines and dates.  This will be at the EYC Center during regular Pantry times (Thursdays, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.) and Saint Mark's members and friends are welcome to attend. Current food needs include: jelly, mac & cheese, and loaves of sliced bread.

Have You Been Counted? Every ten years, the federal government is required to count every single person living in the United States through a census in order to determine how billions of dollars in federal funds, as well as political representation, will be distributed among states and local communities for the next decade. Though the census count has improved over time, certain populations continue to be “undercounted.” When we answer the Census and encourage our neighbors to do so too, we declare that we are part of “we the people” and refuse to be excluded from the critical funding and political representation all people deserve. What’s at stake? 

  • Federal Funding: Over $800 billion in federal government funding will be determined by the 2020 Census count. The 2020 Census will impact how many teachers are hired in our local schools and how many nurses and beds are in our local hospitals. From roads to food assistance, when people are not counted, our communities lose out.

  • Political Power: The 2020 Census will determine how many representatives your state will send to Congress and how your congressional district will be drawn. This is why we must ensure a fair and accurate count as citizens and people of faith. State and local governments also use Census data to redraw state legislative districts.

There's still time to complete the #2020Census and make sure #LRCounts.  Online or phone: 844-330-2020
 

How to Request an Absentee Ballot
  • Option 1: Request to have an absentee ballot application sent to you by contacting your county clerk in the county where you are registered to vote.

  • Option 2: Go here to download and complete an absentee ballot application, then return it to the county clerk in the county where you are registered to vote.

Prayer List
For the Episcopal Church Justin, The Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, the Presiding Bishop; Larry, our Bishop; our clergy, Danny, Michael, Patricia, Susan, Joanna and Billy; our Staff & Vestry     
              

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan
 
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Andrew’s, Marianna; Christ Church, Mena
 
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
 
For our staff: Linda King, Discipleship & Evangelism Coordinator
 
For our parish ministries, especially: St. Mark’s Youth Groups
 
For the safety of first responders, healthcare workers and those in the military, especially: Megan Witzke, Sam, Breen, Marshall
 
For those commended to our prayers:  Don, Tim Woods, Cole Jeffries, Austin, John, Art Williams, Madison Moore, Paul Gilman, Rachel, Mary Thompson, Dean Hicks, Irene Glasgow, Diana Boston, Betsy Depenau, Carl Gessler, Cynthia Fisher, Lauri Williams, Samantha, Dale, Ashley, Jerry Didier, Mathieu, Craig Chotard, Becky Moore, Ward, Kim Harrelson, Bailey Hernandez and her family, Bobbe Drake, Mary Sue Jacobs, the Weber family, Sue, Judi Blevins, Rita McGee, Alex, Wayne, Karen Head, Suzanne Hawkins, Mary Ann Nilles, Don Strother, Rod Adams

Birthdays: William Caig, Hank Rocgers, Nancy Tracy, George McIlvane, Brenda Vammen, Dewayne Durden, Lila Nottingham, Dillon Simmons, Alan Brooks, Sage Ellis, Eva Gutierrez, Erin Williams, Heather Gillum, Jake Gridley, Lindy Landreaux, Debra Reid, Phil Rickels, Trudy McIntyre, Nikki Parnell, Bradley Rhea, Mike Schaufele, Heather Zbinden
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Stephen & Cristina King, Amber & Reed Gibbons, Brandon & Jessica Robinson, John & Kendall Lynn Jacobs
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