Christingle Service Sunday Night: Perfect Family Service

Saint Marks will present the annual Christingle service on this Sunday December 22, at 5 p.m. Originally a Moravian custom, the Church of England adopted the Christingle as a children's service during the twentieth century. Saint Marks has brought it to Little Rock.

The Christingle is an orange, decorated with red ribbon, candies and a candle. There will be an opportunity to make your own Christingle in the Parish Hall starting at 4pm. The lighted Christingles will feature prominently during the short service at 5pm. We will sing some well-loved carols and process around a darkened church. This is truly a service for children of all ages and we look forward to welcoming you in both the Parish Hall and the Church
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Your Vestry has begun working on the budget for 2020, so if you haven’t pledged yet, please do so this week. And if your pledge is staying the same as last year, let us know that, too.
Here’s some info for you:
  • Last year, we received 298 pledges.
  • To date, we have received 245 pledge cards for 2020, totaling $989,701
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This group of parishioners volunteers at nursing homes the second Saturday morning of the month at 10:00 to play Bingo and bring some cheer to residents. If you’d like to be part of this great social ministry, contact Wren Ward or 501-773-0073 for more info. 

You are invited to come celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ with us. The service times are as follows.

December 24- Christmas Eve

5:00 PM  – Holy Eucharist with Children’s Pageant and featuring the Saint Mark’s Choristers, hand chimes and an adult choir ensemble

10:00 PM – Holy Eucharist with choral prelude    Incense will be used at this service.

December 25 – Christmas Day

No services will be held on Christmas Day at Saint Mark’s.

You are invited to worship at Trinity Cathedral at 10:00 a.m.  or Christ Church at 3:00 p.m. Bishop Benfield, Presider.

Parish Notes

Holiday Schedules The Christmas holidays mean a few regularly scheduled events will be cancelled: NO Morning/Evening Prayer Christmas Day. Morning Prayer will resume January 6. Between those dates, no Morning or Evening Prayer is officially scheduled. Additionally, there will be NO WEDNESDAY evening 5:30 Eucharist on 12/25 or January 1. That service will resume January 8 with a 12 Step Eucharist. The Thursday morning Men’s Bible Study will not meet December 26 or January 2, resuming January 9. Parish Offices will close at noon on Christmas Eve, through Dec. 26; Friday Dec. 27 and Monday, December 30, open regular hours, Tuesday, Dec. 31, open 9-12n; January 1, closed; Regular hours resume on January 2.

Do You Have a Few Minutes to Spare After the 10:30 service Sunday? The Flower Guild could use some helping hands to get the church ready for Christmas Eve.

Baptism The sacrament of Baptism will be offered at Saint Mark’s on Sunday, January 12. If you, or someone in your household, wish to be baptized, please contact the church office 225-4203. A rehearsal will be held at 4:00 in the church on Tuesday, January 7.

Deadline for Vestry Nominations January 12 To be eligible for a 3 year term on the Vestry, one must be a pledger of record, a confirmed Episcopalian, and able to attend the Vestry retreat on February 28-29 at Camp Mitchell.  To nominate someone for the vestry, you must obtain their permission.  You may also self-nominate.  Nomination forms are available by contacting Karen at  The slate of five nominees from vestry include: Mark Davis, Craig Douglass, Ellen Nichol, Eleanor Randolph, Patrick Spivey.

Hall High Christmas Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners we were able to donate over 100 sweatshirts, plus Christmas gifts for 20 students living in shelters this holiday season. From the Hall High Social Work department, and our Reach Out team, THANK YOU for being such wonderful neighbors!
Forum (Parish Hall) A Spiritual Rx for Advent and Christmas led by Deacon Joanna, Father Danny, and the Daughters of the King.
Meditation (Chapel) The chapel will be an open quiet space for individual prayer during the formation time from 9:15 – 10:05.
Angels (Conference Room) Join Father Michael as he leads a discussion to learn about angels in our scripture and tradition.
Coffee & Scriptures Java Loft (Willcox building) Adults are invited to come to read, discuss and apply the Sunday scriptures to their daily lives. 

Youth Breakfast Club (Parlor) We will wrap our discussion on the stories of Jesus birth this Sunday and have some special Christmas treats in the Parlor from 9:15-10:00. We will not meet on Sunday, December 29th.
Children (Church) Pageant Rehearsal Dec 22 Children are invited to join in the tradition of retelling the nativity story to be presented at the 5:00p Christmas Eve Service. No Children's or Youth Sunday School on December 29th. Classes resume January 5.
Upcoming Events
28thEleventh Step Serenity Retreat at Camp Mitchell Conference Center January 10-12 Stuart Hoke will explore the dimensions of emotional sobriety and set the stage for all of us to approach a fresh awakening and perhaps to move even more deeply into the “Sunlight of the Spirit.”  Bill W, our trailblazer for 12-step recovery, was never one who rested on his own laurels or those of our program. While convinced that we who find sobriety are those who are rocketed to a fourth dimension of living, in time Bill came to discover that there is even more to be experienced in the life of the Spirit. He deemed it Emotional Sobriety, Part 2 and saw it as a great frontier that is abundant with blessing. Event times Friday evening January 10– Sunday morning January 12. Costs Housing, Meals, and $25 Retreat Fee       Single person, private room $255    Shared room (2 persons) @ $210 ea.  Register by calling 501 727-5451 and mention Serenity Retreat. Send $50, nonrefundable deposit to:  Camp Mitchell, 10 Camp Mitchell Road Morrilton, Arkansas 72110. Call soon, space is limited to 30 rooms. Questions?
Annual Women’s AA Retreat sponsored by Diocese of Louisiana at Solomon Episcopal Conference Center (Loranger, LA) outside of New Orleans, January 17-19, 2020 with the Rev. Joanna Seibert as speaker. More information and registration are here

Youth News
EYC  (Episcopal Youth Community for teens)  There will be no EYC on December 25th or January 1st. Enjoy your holidays.

Choristers (Choir) and EKC (Episopal Kids’ Community grades 3-5)
No EKC Dec 25th, yeah duh, it's Christmas!
Day School News

Caroline Rickels and Saint Mark's Dayschool wish to you and yours all the blessings of the Christmas season.  It’s been a great 2019 with all our Saint Mark’s family!
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 Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:St. Paul’s, Newport; St. Luke’s, NLR
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
For our staff: Linda Walker, Parish Secretary
For our parish ministries, especially: Saint Mark’s Bread Brigade
For the safety of those in the military, especially: Sam, Breen, Marshall
For those commended to our prayers: Emily Evans, Victoria, Charles, Steve, Diane, Don, Tim Woods, Cole Jeffries, Austin, John, Art Williams, Madison Moore, Pat Jeffries, Paul Gilman, Don Beavers, Rachel, Avery Bilello, Mary Thompson, Dean Hicks, Irene Glasgow, Karen Pugh, Roxann, Ann Clark, Marty Schaufele, Linda Blagg, Sonja Larkowski, Larry Boston, The Hunter family: Sandy, Eric, Alex, Pam Raney, Pat Miller
For those expecting children:  the O’Quins
Birthdays: Becky Newberry, Izzy Bailey, Chris Roberts, Gary Wood, Rex Morris, Louisa Berkow, Diana Boston, Blanche Choate, John Jacobs, Brendon Bailey, Jeanne Barham, Mike Hale, Curtis Jeffries, Ada Sochanska, Bill Woodell
Wedding Anniversaries: Freda & Don Council
For those who have died: Linda Hunter
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