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Sunday, Sep 17

Preaching & Teaching by The Canon Rev. Ann Normand

Diaper Drive all day!

8am - Holy Eucharist Rite I

9am - Coffee Hour

9:30am - Childcare opens - in old Preschool Bldg

10am - Formation for All Ages & Fiber Arts Group

11am - Holy Eucharist Rite II

12pm - Coffee Hour & Childcare closes

The Wednesday Connection with Diaper Pantry Families

Wed, Sep 20 in the Parish Hall at 5:30pm

From Your Clergy

The Rev. Canon Ann Normand Teaching and Preaching Sunday, Sep 17

Canon Normand has been a Canon to the Ordinary, a rector, and an elementary school teacher. She holds advanced degrees from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary, and she is widely regarded for her work in pastoral ministry. She will be joining us at 8 and 11am to preach and celebrate, while teaching a class at 10am in the Parish Hall Library on Clergy/Lay partnerships in pastoral care, with a special focus on the Community of Hope International.  

Fiber Arts This Sunday at 10am!

Join the Fiber Arts group at 10am in the Parish Hall on Sunday, September 17. All skill levels and fiber crafts are welcome. Bring your needles, hooks, and spindles for some fiber fun and fellowship!

The Wednesday Connection

Sep 6 - Dec 13


Mark your calendars for Wednesday night programming this fall. We'll gather for a meal and then break out into small groups. Childcare provided for infant-2nd grade, Classes for 3rd-5th Grade, continued screening of The Chosen, a Richard Rohr Book Study with Fr Christian, Bell Choir, and Chancel Choir.

Grief Share begins

A GriefShare support group is a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief. Through this 13 session group, you’ll discover what to expect in the days ahead and what’s “normal” in grief. Since there are no neat, orderly stages of grief, you’ll learn helpful ways of coping with grief, in all its unpredictability—and gain solid support each step of the way.

Register for the class here. First session will be September 28th at 2pm.

Register for Holy Foolishness Here

Animal Blessing Sunday, Oct 1 at 9AM

Bring creatures of all kinds for our Animal Blessing on Sunday, October 1 at 9AM. There will be a Drive Thru Blessing (at the driving loop) and a Pet Inclusive Full Eucharist on the Parish Hall Back Porch.

Rector with Touchdown Jesus

Fr Christian will be joining his father and nephew in South Bend, IN for a Notre Dame football game this Fri-Sun. You can still reach him for pastoral emergencies at 719-359-2176. Enjoy your time with Canon Normand and Go Irish. 

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From the Director of

Children and Family Ministries

Nature Enrichment Co-Op

Every Friday!

Registration is now open for Friday September 22nd. Spots are offered on a weekly basis.

Limit 12 families per session.

This free creation care enrichment program is open to parents and children to age 5.

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to the office.

Register for the Co-Op Here

Follow St. Mark's Youth on Instagram for the latest St. Mark’s youth news. @st.markx_familysmtx

Notes from your Music Director

Bell Choir Rehearsals take place every Wednesday starting at 5:45pm.

Chancel Choir Rehearsals begin at 6:45pm.

The Chancel Choir will be leading us in an international Lessons and Carols this December. If you are interested in joining either choir please come and find me after church or just wend your way to the choir loft. As always, you have a place at the table. 

Outreach with St. Mark's

The Diaper Pantry is getting low and we need your help! 

Diapers are an essential item for families and one that is not provided or covered by government assistance programs like SNAP or WIC. For the last 4 years, this ministry has grown into a community staple and support network for 300+ families in our community. Please help us continue this vital ministry by donating to our fund using the link below, or bringing in a box of diapers to add to the pantry. Thanks so much for supporting the littlest members of the St. Mark's Community! 

Diaper Giving Page

We're Looking for New Ministry Partners

St Mark's Outreach Committee is seeking new ministry partners we can support with funds, volunteers, or promotions. We are especially interested in groups addressing food scarcity, creation care, or the well-being of kids and seniors. If you are active in a community service organization who you think would be a good partner, please fill out our new partnership request form here on our website at https://stmarks-sanmarcos.org/resources/parish-reports-forms/

Honduras Mission Trip Scholarship Details

Days: One week (Dates TBD)

Timeframe: Jan 2024 (Between TXST Semesters)

Budget: $1500

St. Mark’s seeks a TXST student or young adult to travel with the Manos de Dios mission team to Honduras in January 2024. The 15 -20 person Manos team has been conducting one week mission trips to Danli, Honduras every year for the past 20+ years. Final details regarding January’s trip are currently in development but a typical example can be viewed in our 2023 trip report. The scholarship will cover airline travel and per diem expenses (housing, food, and ground transportation).

Further background on the Manos de Dios team mission trip can be found here.

Traveler requirements, commitments and the Word application form document is located here.

Interested parties should complete an application and either submit it to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3039 Ranch Rd 12, San Marcos, Tx, 78666 in written form, or electronically, to dlalich@grandecom.net by September 28, 2023.

Diocesan News

Invite Welcome Connect Ministry Summit Registration

Mary Foster Parmer will lead a ministry summit in our diocese. Mary is the author and creator of Invite Welcome Connect. She has decades of experience in developing a ministry that helps congregations assess the ways they connect to people in their community and invite them into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ as they are incorporated into the congregation. She is the former director of the Gathering of Leaders, and currently serves on the Task Force on Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Churches for the Episcopal Church

September 16, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Christ Church

510 Belknap Pl

San Antonio, TX 78212

Registration cost of $10 covers Lunch. The Invite Welcome Connect book can be purchased for $15.

Register for Invite Worship Connect

Registration is Open for the College and Young Adult Fall Retreat at Mustang Island Conference Center

September 22 - 24

Join College and Young Adult Missions at Mustang Island Conference Center and begin the new semester with a beach retreat on the beautiful Texas coast. Spend a weekend at your island home with friends, faith, and amazing food. Spend time worshiping with great music on the dunes at the beautiful open-air Chapel of the Holy Family. Take this opportunity to grow in faith and deepen your relationship with Jesus at this special weekend.

Registration is $50 per person, which includes food, lodging, and a t-shirt!

Register Here

Save the Date for Two Diocesan Celebrations of Bishop David and Patti Reed

The Bishops' Transition Committee is excited to invite everyone in the Diocese of West Texas to two celebrations for the shared ministry of the Rt. Rev. David M. Reed and his wife Patti: October 7 at Camp Capers, Waring and November 4 at St. Alban's, Harlingen.

Give a gift of gratitude for Bishop David & Patti Reed to the St. Francis Chapel Renovation! Make your gift by September 1 to be recognized during the Camp Capers celebration.

There are three ways for congregations and individuals to give to the St. Francis Chapel Renovation:

  1. Online, at dwtx.org/give.
  2. Text "Chapel" to (210) 796-6805.
  3. Mail a check to the diocesan office*, made out to "DWTX" and labeled "St. Francis Chapel Gift."

*Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

Attn: St. Francis Chapel Gift

P.O. Box 6885

San Antonio, TX 78209

Important Dates to Remember

Monday, January 1, 2024: Bishop David M. Reed officially retires; Bishop David G. Read becomes Bishop of West Texas

How to Give

“All things come of Thee, O Lord…”

You can give to the ministry of God through StMark’s in the following ways:

You can place your gift in the Offertory Plates as they are passed around the congregation.

You can send a check to:

StMark’s Episcopal Church 

3039 Ranch Road 12

San Marcos, TX 78666

You can Text-to-Give

Text the word GIVE to 512-894-8770 to get started

You can Give online through the StMark’s Website: www.stmarks-sanmarcos.org/give

If you would like to help send a child to Camp Capers this summer, please include "Camp Scholarship" on the memo.

New Church Directory

Have you submitted your information for our new church directory? We are asking everyone (old & new) to submit their information for our new church directory at the link below. It will only take a minute to complete, so...

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Join us on Sunday Mornings

When you are ready and comfortable, please join us for Sunday Morning Services at 8am or 11am.

You can click this Facebook link to join us for live online worship on Sundays at 11am.


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