Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 8th
Lenten Study Begins, 6 pm

Thursday, March 9th
St. Francis House Veteran's Dinner , 6 pm

Saturday, March 11th
ChurchMen's Breakfast, 9am

Tuesday, March 14th
Festival of the Senses Presents ArMusica, 7 pm
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LENTEN STUDY AND SIMPLE SUPPER

This evening, we will begin our Wednesdays in Lent study. Every Wednesday from March 8th to April 5th we will meeting in Parish Hall starting at 6 pm for a simple supper, 6:30 is the Study, ends at 7 pm with Compline. 

Divine Seeing: Praying with Our Eyes Open: Join us on a five week journey through Lent where our focus will be on Visio divina. It is a way of seeing that can meet us where we are and lead us to the sacred place within, where Christ dwells. This interactive study will feature works of art as we follow four movements: From resentment to gratitude, from sorrow to joy, from fear to love, and from exclusion to inclusion. Our study will culminate on the fifth week with a Passover Seder where we will see Christ through this ancient sacred meal.

Lenten materials are available in the Narthex.


Stations of the Cross

Join us on Fridays in the church at 6pm during Lent for this walking meditation through the last hours of Jesus' life culminating in his passion. Begins on Friday March 3rd and ends on April 14th.

Leaders: 
3/10: Jeannie Fry and Tommie Williams
3/17 & 24: James and Becky Terry
3/31 & 4/7: Martha Mayland

Good Friday 4/14: Martha Mayland
FESTIVAL OF THE SENSES PRESENTS ARMUSICA IN "MUSIC FOR A WHILE IN MARCH"

 ARmusica will perform at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14th. The program will feature Julie Cheek, piano, Stephen Feldman, cello, and Suzanne Loerch, soprano.  Musical selections include a performance of Beethoven's Sonata in A Major, Op. 69. for cello and piano, and vocal selections by Purcell, Jake Heggie, Ricky Ian Gordon, Kurt Weill and Gershwin.  There will be a Meet-The-Artists reception following the program.  Admission is free and open to the public.   For more information, please contact the church office at 501-753-4281.   
Divine Therapy

Saint Mark's presents a one-day retreat with Steven A. Standiford on DIVINE THERAPY, Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (lunch provided). Register by March 08 by phone 225-4203 or online at st-marks.com/divinetherapy . $25 fee includes program and lunch. Scholarships available.

In Divine Therapy, the undigested psychological material of a lifetime is gradually evacuated and we can be healed. Steven A. Standiford, an experienced teacher of Centering Prayer and a psychotherapist in private practice, will speak about the enormous, unseen role that the unconscious plays in our lives - and the resulting sense of separation from God that we all feel as a result. He will describe the parallel processes of psycho-spiritual healing that take place in Centering Prayer and in talk therapy with a "less-than- divine" therapist. Come join us to learn how you can deepen your relationship with God, yourself, and the whole human family!
A Mulligan

Dear All,
In my haste to finish up an article, and in my fervor to recruit for the choir, I think I rather gravely misspoke in last week's newsletter. May I have a mulligan?
Specifically, I accused the practice of "giving something up for Lent" of holding little theological weight. A correction: Any biblical interpretation, or any Christian practice that leads one into a closer relationship with God, and into deeper virtue is commendable. Period. Full Stop. Gregory of Nyssa would agree; though he may debate certain semantics. I can live with that.
I'd like to attempt to explain where I was coming from, using as my example what we often consider to be a fairly generic Lenten practice: Giving up sweets. If giving up sweets during Lent leads you closer to God, then I indubitably salute you. However, if giving up sweets is a matter of routine practice that you partake in for 40 or so days every year, then I would rebuttal.
"If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away....And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away." The Gospel of Matthew offers to us what I believe is the goal of a Lenten Discipline. If sweets are causing you to sin, by not treating God's temple (your body) as holy, then cut them off.
While I am no biblical scholar, and certainly not a theologian, I would suggest that perhaps the example of pruning a bush offers us a bit more clarity. In gardening, one must sometimes trim back a plant, in order for the plant to bloom into its full potential.
My point being this, if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and make room for something new and good to grow. If sweets are too predominant, cut them, and make room for a kale salad. If the alto section is too loud, quiet them, and allow for the sopranos to soar.
That is my Lenten prayer for each of you, to make room for growth. Expect a follow up soon. But for now,
Lift up your hearts!

Rees Roberts
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CHURCHMEN'S BREAKFAST

Our Monthly Men's Breakfast will be Saturday, March 11th at 9am. Our program will be "Magic by Curtis Briggs" Children are invited at no charge.  Bring a guest and enjoy great food, fellowship and fun!
Prayer List
Anne Gontermann, Helen Snipan, Nina Goins, Betty Miller, Chris Mikesell, Louis Jenkins, Gloria Holst, Bill Shepherd, Kailyn, Marilyn Gay, Christine Startz, David Martin, Bernice Carrigan, Steve Fanning, Jill Cox, Gene Cox, Jennie Martin, Carle, Paula Kalina, Becky Simpson, Mary Schultz, Sarah, Betty, Lindsay, Travis, Sue Burford, Sarah Keeler, Annie Lea Shuster, McKee Family, Dale Pritchett, The Neals, Quentin

Special Concerns: For all the men and women of our Armed Forces, especially Justin, Joshua, Tim, Matt, Doug, Brian Mahoney, Brian Mennes, Frank Tate, Alex Schimelpfening, David Liem, Justin, John Landis, Lucas Kunce, David Jackson, Ryan Riggins, Rhase Riggins, Frederick Simpson