August 22, 2019
Parish Retreat deposits due Sept. 3
If you plan to attend St. Mark's annual Parish Retreat on Oct. 18-20 , a deposit of $40 per person is due by Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day (checks payable to St. Mark's: memo "retreat"). For more about the retreat leader Dr. Mary MacGregor, as well as the theme "Empowering the Saints," the facilities on beautiful St. Simons, and the total cost, c lick HERE.
New series coming soon
The first adult ed series on C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters begins on Sept. 18 at 10 AM and is repeated at 6:30 PM preceded by a light supper. One of Lewis's most delightful and thought-provoking "novels," The Screwtape Letters tells of the subtle but effective ways evil comes into our world through the "Devil's Apprentice." Two copies are on hand in the Parish Library for sign-out, and others are obtainable from the public library, Amazon, or local bookstores.

A service of Holy Communion and Healing also takes place every Wednesday at 5:30 in the church.
Brunch following one service on Sept. 8
A brunch after a combined 10 AM service will mark the start of our fall calendar of activities and herald the congregational kickoff of the Capital Campaign. Catered by our own Ramona Fantini of Common Ground, the brunch will take place on the lawn or--in case of rain--the Shed. Gayle Swann will head up a "brunch team" for set-up.. Please Contact Gayle at or 252-247-7446. to offer your help.
Walk for she won't have to!
Join the St. Mark's team on Sat., Sept. 21, 9 AM, at Live Oaks Park in Port Royal to support Water Mission's efforts to ensure safe water around the world. A limited number of registrations are available through Westley Byrne ( ). Otherwise, for complete instructions on how to access the website to register, see the flyer HERE .
New liturgical ministry rotation starting
We're seeking volunteers for a new rotation running from Sept. 8 through All Saints on Nov. 3. We especially need acolytes (6th grade-adult), gospel bearers and ushers for both services. I f you've never participated before, now is a great time to volunteer since training for all--old and new--will be scheduled in September. Many have already signed up (thank you!), but as of now, there's still room for YOU to join this dedicated group. Contact Julie in the office.
T o donate to help alleviate the crisis at the southern border, click on this link to the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande--
Diocesan Convention
You're invited to the 229th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church in SC on Nov. 15-16 at the North Charleston Marriott. St. Mark's non-clergy delegates are Jim Phelps, George Utter, Susan Grimes and Katey Seibels, but everyone is welcome to attend. Everything you need to know about the convention can be found on the Diocesan webpage HERE .
Save trees, save $$$$
As long as the Sunday bulletins are identical--which is most of the time--there's no reason why they can't be reused at 11 AM. If you want to take it home, that's fine, but otherwise, please refold the bulletin at the end of the 9 AM service and place it on the table in the narthex for the 11 AM congregation to use.
THE 24/7 CONTACT FOR THOSE NEEDING PASTORAL CARE during the month of August is Paula Miller. She can be reached at 913-515-0470 (mobile).

A CENTERING PRAYER GROUP meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 PM in the church. Final meeting for August is the 27th. For more information, contact Judy Parichy at or pick up an information leaflet from the narthex.

NEWLY-REVISED FAQ DOCUMENT - The Diocese has updated and revised the FAQ document and it is available online H ERE.

ALL ANNOUNCEMENTS in this newsletter and the Sunday service bulletin should relate to St. Mark's or its ministry partners or have clearance from the Vestry. Deadline for this newsletter and the Sunday bulletin is 5 PM on Tuesdays .Verbal announcements during services should be given to the Vestry Person on Duty in advance of the service.
To have members of our Prayer Ministry pray for you or a loved one, contact Debbie Dawsey-Davis at or 843-812-8255. 

To see the Liturgical Ministry Schedule click HERE.

Available dates for altar flowers are HERE. To give flowers in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving, pick up a flower envelope from the church or Center and follow the directions on the envelope.
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