October 10, 2019
Pledge Drive 2020
The Annual Pledge Drive, this year under the direction of Lea and John Duncan, began last Sunday. If you did not receive a letter and pledge card in the mail, pick up a packet in the narthex or contact the office to have one sent to you. The Pledge Drive ends Sun., Nov. 24 . We ask your prayerful consideration of your 2020 pledge to support St. Mark's and its many outreach ministries.
St. Mark's shirts available for order
Show your colors--t-shirts and polo shirts! T-shirts, available in adult and children's sizes, have the St. Mark's lion logo on the front (as shown) and "We respect the dignity of every human being" on the reverse. Collared polo shirts, also dark blue, have the same logo on the front but are blank on the back and are available in men's and women's sizes. Order by the Oct. 27 deadline to receive by mid-November. All proceeds go to benefit St. Mark's outreach and missions. Pick up an order form in the church or Center.
Susan Grimes elected to Vestry
On Aug. 29 the Vestry elected Susan Grimes to serve the remainder of Patty Crower’s term. You probably know Susan through her frequent service as acolyte and sacristan, as well as being one of the “ladies of the linens” and a regular at the adult ed programs. From Livingston, NJ, Susan has been married to Bill for 38 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. Before coming to the Beaufort area, they lived in Marietta, GA, for 25 years. Susan speaks for many of us when she says, “I am thankful for Patty Crower’s service to St. Mark’s and for the gift of Jesus who makes all life meaningful.” 
Join the party
New foyer groups, consisting of 8 or so people who meet in each other's homes for potluck or occasionally at restaurants, will gather for the first time this Sunday evening. Interested? Join 58 of your best St. Mark's friends--ones you know and ones you've yet to meet-- by contacting Debbie Phelps at 770-596-5328 or  daphelps19@gmail.com . to be placed in a group.
Matching challenge from Amerisbank
During the entire month of October, Amerisbank will match all monetary donations to HELP of Beaufort and will donate $1 for every food item given for the HELP food pantry. Drop off canned and packaged food items at St. Mark's Center (not the church) on Sunday mornings or during regular office hours. (T-W-TH 9 AM-2 PM.)
Parish Retreat--last chance to register
Space is still available for the Parish Retreat on Oct. 18-20 at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island, GA, To make a reservation, contact Carter Hoyt at carterhoyt@comcast.net ASAP. Click here for cost and other information.
Trunk or Treat fun on Sun., Oct. 27
St. Mark’s will again host 2000+ kids and parents from 3-5 PM at this daytime alternative to trick or treating on Paris Ave. Bring your vehicle and hand out Halloween favors. Unable to attend? Drop candy and healthy goodies by the Center during regular office hours. Vehicle participants, check with Barney Forsythe at barneyf@hargray.com or find the vehicle instructions HERE.
Family Promise is the week before Thanksgiving
Many thanks to those who have signed on early to this "hands-on" outreach for November. We are still in need of two over night hosts for Thurs., Nov. 21, ideally a couple, but we can work out other arrangements. Duty is from 8:30 PM until approximately 7AM on Fri. the 22nd, and you do get to sleep. C ontact George Utter, 843-521-0195 or  gbu.187@gmail.com.

GOD-ON-TAP -- Thurs., Oct. 24, 6-8 PM
at Common Ground in downtown Beaufort.
(Note change of week.)
What are you grateful for? Help from a friend? An emotional or physical healing? Supporting prayers from our congregation? Birth of a grandchild? Send your brief comments to Mike Seymour for sharing with others at mike@hol.edu .
Mark your calendar--upcoming events
  • Nov. 10--Evening Prayer with Bishop Adams to celebrate St. Mark's 10th anniversary, 4 PM

Blessing of the Animals
Rev. Roy blessed too many animals to count (he thinks about 80) on Oct. 6 at the annual observance of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. In addition to St. Mark's members, this event has obviously become very popular with people in the community. Thanks to Bonnie Connolly for all her help.
THE 24/7 CONTACT FOR THOSE NEEDING PASTORAL CARE during the month of October is Mike Seymour. He can be reached at 843-473-8951 .

A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION AND HEALING takes place every Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the church.

A CENTERING PRAYER GROUP meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 PM in the church. Next meeting Oct. 22nd. For more information, contact Judy Parichy at  judyparichy@gmail.com or pick up an information leaflet from the narthex.

THE DEADLINE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER and the Sunday bulletin is  5 PM on Tuesdays. All Announcements should relate to St. Mark's or its ministry partners or have clearance from the Vestry.  Verbal announcements during services must 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 debdd3@gmail.com 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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