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Virtual Shrimp Boil Ends Sunday

Our virtual campaign for St. Francis House is coming to an end Sunday, August 2. Thank you to all who have donated so far. There is still time to give though! You may donate three ways. With everyone’s help, we can make this the biggest Shrimp Boil donation ever! Please keep the staff and clients of St. Francis House in your prayers.
Here are the 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
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. 
Formation: Living a Balanced Life in an Unbalanced Time  
This summer 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 speaker roster and topics:
  • August 2 Dr. Dent Gitchel, “Compassion Cultivation During this Health Crisis.” UALR  professor in the school of Counseling at UALR, member of Christ Church.
  • August 9 Dr. John Milwee, “Mental health issues during the coronavirus pandemic” Clinical psychologist and member of Trinity Cathedral
  • August 16  Susan McDougal “Experiences of a UAMS  hospital  chaplain during this pandemic”
  • August 23 Dr. Jay McDaniel and Sophia Said “Compassion during the pandemic” Dr. McDaniel is Retired professor of Religion, Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Hendrix College and Said is Director of the Interfaith Center
  • August 30  Dr. Dean Kumpuris and Mayor Frank Scott “Staying Safe in Little Rock during this pandemic” Kumpuris is a physician and member of St. Mark’s, and a member of Little Rock Board of Directors.
Here’s how to Join the Zoom Meeting
Catechumenate:
Jump-Start Your Faith
September 9-December 15
Food Pantry Continues to Serve

New Serving Hours:  8:30am – 10:00am Thursdays

Scout Hut hours for donations:

  • Monday           Drop off anytime, put items in the gray box in                                front of the hut that has a lid and is water-proof 
  • Tuesday          Volunteer hours 9–noon
  • Wednesday     Volunteer hours 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Thursday        Serving Day Volunteer hours 7:45am – 10:00am
  • Friday             Drop off in box

If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Peacock  or 901-825-7871 or Patti Powell at 503-505-3197.

Saint Mark’s is now 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 has 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

Attention: All Saint Mark's Healthcare Workers Healthcare workers are dealing with unprecedented stressors during this pandemic. Your church wants to support you and to find out what you need.  Would you like Saint Mark's to have a group where you can discuss, through a spiritual lens, what you face daily at work? Or maybe you need a one-time outdoor prayer service of healing and lament? Perhaps you’d like to be added to our prayer list? If any of these ideas interest you, please reach out to Patricia Matthews  or Shannon Barringer and let us know.

Morning Prayer Outside Morning Prayer leaders will be praying the office at 8:30, Monday - Friday,in front of the outdoor altar in the Columbarium.  All are invited to join. 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 Open The parish office is 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.  
 
Church and Chapel Open The Church and Chapel will be open for you to go inside to sit and pray in quiet during office hours.  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  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.

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 Church of South India
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Theodore’s, Bella Vista; St. Matthews, Benton
For peace and an end to terrorism, oppression, poverty, pollution, persecution
For our staff: Ashley Haggard, Youth Director
For our parish ministries, especially: St. Mark’s Men’s Bible Study
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, 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, Maggie and Nick Polk, Kim Harrelson, Linda Brown, Baker Bush, Bailey Hernandez and her family, Fred Griffin
Birthdays: Gary Bennett, Jenna Bickell, Edie Foot, Paul Parnell, Peter Thomas, Sam Atkinson, Robert Ellis, Carol Jones, Emilie Reno, Olivia Riley, Rob Seibert, Jackson Davis, Isabella Davis, Aaron Mann, Wayne Waggoner, Elizabeth Adams, Caitlin Ramsey
Anniversaries Gerre & Ed Nilles, Rob & Mary Anne Seibert, Jane Anne Blakney-Bailey& Brendon Bailey, Steve & Susan Garrett, Nikki & Paul Parnell, Patricia & James Matthews, Bill & Robbie Riley
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