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Virtual Shrimp Boil to Benefit
St. Francis House Now,
When They Really Need It!
It certainly hasn’t been a normal year for any of us! While we would love to tell you that we’re confident we’re going to be able to have the 16th Annual Shrimp Boil Benefit for St Francis House in October like years past, we don’t know if that’s going to be the case. We can tell you a few things haven’t changed this year. St. Francis House is still here and continues to support the people of central Arkansas who fall through the cracks elsewhere. We know that they will have more needs in the coming months than they’ve had historically. We are beginning a virtual campaign to raise funds beginning this Sunday, July 12 until August 2.

Saint Francis House is seeing a high need for rent and utility assistance, medical and medicine funding, food and clothing needs, as well as crisis assistance and funding for Homeless Veterans. Many clients already were having a hard time making ends meet before the pandemic and loss of jobs. You should expect a letter from Saint Mark's with a stamped return envelope. Please, if you can, donate. We’re going to do everything we can to try to have a safe, fun event this fall, but right now, we’re assuming that we’re not going to be able to have an event which will provide the same level of support we’ve given St Francis House in past years. By making a donation now, you will make a difference in your community. This is one thing that a pandemic doesn’t have to change this year. There are 3 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.  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!!
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 no later than July 15, 2020, to be includedHere's more information.
Formation in July and 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 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
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.

Starting this Sunday (7/12) Saint Mark’s will be 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 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

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 and Chapel Re-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.  
 
Additionally, 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 quietPlease 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

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

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
Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
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: 
Karen Blissitt, Parish Administrator
For our parish ministries, especially: St. Francis House volunteers
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: 
Hazel Kemp, Joshua Bryan, Amanda Rhea, Chris Vammen, David Cone, Judi Blevins, Emma Harter, Marilyn Hayes, Jack Robinson, Pat Brannin, Michele Harter, Jennifer Crouch, James Davis, Scot Davis, Tiffany Hicks
Wedding Anniversaries:Inez & Kevin Reeder, John & Mary Jim Ramsey
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