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If You Turn in Your Pledge Card, We Won't Hound You Anymore
It’s time to crunch the numbers! Your Vestry will begin working on the budget for 2020 on December 14—sooo—if you haven’t pledged yet, please do so this week. And if your pledge is staying the same as last year, just let us know.
Here’s some info for you:
  • Last year, we received 298 pledges.
  • To date, we have received 199 pledge cards for 2020, totaling $863,918.
  • Our goal is to reach $1,295,695.
So, Be Still and Give: Live Simply. Share More. Pray about what you want to pledge to give for 2020. Then we offer 3 easy options:
  • Press the Pledge button below to email Karen Blissit with your pledge
  • Send in your pledge card through the mail.  
  • Bring it to church this Sunday.
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Parish Notes

TOMORROW! Women’s Christmas Luncheon, December 7 The gathering begins at 10:30 with Morning Prayer in the Church. Then we move to the Parish Hall for a catered lunch, tickets are $15. Joanna Seibert will speak on Past Advent Gatherings of St. Mark's Women." This year for our Outreach Project, please bring a Sweat Shirt or Hoodie for either an Elementary or High School student, sizes small – extra-large. Please contact Katherine Brooks: 501.993.6854 or  if you have any questions. 

Pride is Stuffing Stockings for Lucie’s House Join Saint Mark’s Pride in stuffing stockings for Lucie's Place after the 10:30 service on Sunday, December 15 in the conference room! If you can’t make it, don’t worry! (We will also accept cash donations or purchase gift cards.) You may give your donation to Ginger Hart, Janice McDermott, or a member of the clergy. Lucie’s Place is a secure residential location for homeless LGBTQ young adults. If you want to bring some supplies on the 15th, here are some suggestions for the stockings:

  • Movies cards
  • Gift cards to Target,T.J.Max, Walmart, or any other store
  • Perfume/Body sprays (mini bath sets, men & women)
  • Cosmetics
  • Nail polish & cosmetics
  • Headphones
  • Sweets (chocolates & candies)
Gender make up at the residence: 6 male, 2 female, & 2 non-binary. If you can’t make it, don’t worry--we will also accept cash donations or purchase gift cards. You may give your donation to Ginger Hart, Janice McDermott, or a member of the clergy.

Can You Help? Jericho Way, a Day Shelter at 3000 Springer Boulevard for those experiencing homelessness, is looking for people to lead their weekly Bible study. If you have a heart for the homeless and a love for God's Word, this might the ministry for you! For more information call Jericho Way, 501-916-9859 or email Director Mandy Davis   

Each year, we are given the names of children in need who sign up through St. Francis House. You will find the names of children in envelopes on the tree in the Parish Hall, please take one (or more!) Please be sure to write your name on the corresponding list. SFH is asking for one gift to be purchased per child. We have some large families that will be split up among individuals so please keep your gift under $50 per child. Gifts need to be brought to Saint Mark’s and put under the tree by Monday, December 16th at noon.If you have any questions, please contact Ashley: 225-4203 or ahaggard@st-marks.com. *This year we will also have a special tree in the Narthex before the 5pm services, so you may get an angel (or two!) if that’s your regular service time.*
Advent Events
Parish Notes
Christmas Offering Envelopes If you wish to make a Christmas offering in memory of, or in thanksgiving for someone, you may use the envelope in your Sunday worship bulletin.  Acknowledgement of these offerings will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletins so please print legibly-names must be received in the office by Thursday, Dec. 19.  Please designate one of the 4 funds you wish to give to - Flowers/greenery, Clergy Discretionary, Crisis Assistance, or Music Discretionary.

God Knows Your Name...and we want to know it too!  We are working hard to get everyone a permanent name tag. If you are a new member or have requested a new name tag, please take a minute to check the box on the name tag table in the Narthex. If it's not there yet, feel free to email Linda King and let her know. If you need a new name tag, please leave your old one in the box provided as well!

Christmas Greenery  Did you order greenery? Your wreaths and garland are ready for pick up this Sunday after both morning services. Please bring your payment to the Youth Hall to receive your items. If you would like to pick them up at a different time, please contact our youth minister, Ashley Haggard to arrange a convenient time.

Attention: Catechumens-Past & Present! Plan now to attend the Spiritual Gifts workshop in the Parish Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14, 8:30-12:30. If you have never attended or if you want a spiritual gift ‘tune-up’, we would love to see you there. Please email lking@st-marks.com to reserve your spot!

Youth News
 
EYC  (Episcopal Youth Community for teens)  This Wednesday we are going shopping for our Angel tree presents. Please bring $5-$10 to contribute to gifts. Jr High meets from 6-7:30, Sr High meets from 7-8:30, and dinner for everyone is served from 7-7:30.

Christmas Basket Delivery Saturday, December 21, EYC will be meeting at Christ Church at 9am to deliver food baskets to low-income housing residents who are clients of St. Francis House. When we are done, we'll go to Larry's Pizza for lunch. Youth may be picked up at Larry's or Saint Mark's afterwards.

Choristers (Choir) and EKC (Episopal Kids’ Community grades 3-5)
Wednesdays, 4:30-6.  After we sing, we can have fun and games in the gym.
Day School News
Our children and parents were treated to a visit from Saint Nicholas at the conclusion of our special Advent chapel service. Thanks to all the clergy and staff who helped make this such a special day for our Day School families.
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:The work of the Mothers’ Union around the world
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:St. Paul’s, Fayetteville; St. Martin’s University Center, Fayetteville
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
For our staff: Cedric Gaither, Sexton
For our parish ministries, especially: Saint Mark’s Acolytes
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, Fr. Phil and Jo Ann Plunkett, Pat Jeffries, Paul Gilman, Don Beavers, Graham Cobb, Rachel, Avery Bilello, Betsy Depenau, Mary Thompson, Karen Head, Dean Hicks, Margaret Davis, Irene Glasgow, Jim Williams, Sr., Emerald Sauser, Karen Pugh, Roxann, Ann Clark, Marty Schaufele
For those expecting children:  the O’Quins
Birthdays Lotanna Mogbo, Ifeona Mogbo, William Oury, Lisa Rowland, John Starling, Edward Zellmer, Wyatt Martin, Philip Tappan, Elizabeth Conti, Catherine Ward, Catherine Hughes, Tom McMillin, Louisa O’Connor, Denise Abercrombie, Jacob Harter, Katherine Jackson, Joyce Meadors, Jason Rawn, Elijah Bailey, Maggie Rickels
Wedding Anniversaries: Jim & Joan Williams
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