St. Mark's Episcopal Church
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 25, 2021
At this time we are offering one worship Service at 10:30 from the St. Mark's Sanctuary through our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

This Service will be also available in person with Registration on line. Registration opportunities will be updated and available to you through our Website at www.stmarksgr.org by selecting the Registration link in the menu of the website or see the link below to go to the
Registration page.
This Sunday at St. Mark’s, we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter. We will also have a special prayer for Earth Day and materials for children and youth to take home called insect habitats. We will also honor the designer and builder of the Altar-at-the-Crossing. Please, plan to join us for the 10:30 Eucharist and a chance to tour St. Mary’s Garden with dormant native plantings and the area adorned with an angel set aside for outdoor interment. Anyone wishing to receive the Eucharist but not comfortable to be at worship, please, contact Megan at 616.456.1684 or Christian at 617.416.5014, and Eucharist from the Service will be brought to the parking lot. See you Sunday!
We are currently taking a break from the Zoom Social Hour. With the in person offering of the 10:30 Service the social hour has not been well attended. However, please reach out to the church office if you need any information or have a prayer request.
Join us this Sunday to meet the designer and craftsman of our Altar-at-the-Crossing
Bob Prokopy, the designer and craftsman of the new St. Mark’s Altar-at-the-Crossing will join us for our Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
Pinwheel Garden at St. Mark’s
Just over 1,000 Pinwheels now grace the St. Mark’s lawn – installed there by CASA of Kent County to represent the number of Kent County children who were in foster due to abuse or neglect last year. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is one of the community organizations we support through our Outreach Ministry, and each year they use our lawn for their Pinwheel Garden in April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. CASA is a non-profit that recruits and trains volunteers from throughout the community to be advocates for children who are in foster care. Many thanks to Angie Brown for bringing the Pinwheel Garden to St. Mark's once again this year. Link below for more information or how to support
Celebrate Earth Day at St. Mark's April 25

Meet in St. Mary's Garden
on the south side of the church
following the 10:30 a.m. Service on April 25
for tours of the new native garden.
You will be provided with kits and instructions for making insect habitats and bird houses.
All are welcome!
Memorial Garden
Native Garden plantings
kits for houses and habitats
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan is pleased to announce that Episcopal Youth Camp plans to take place this summer!

Pending pandemic restrictions, we will gather the weeks of August 8 (Senior Camp) and August 15 (Junior Camp and CIT) at Camp Newaygo. All youth, grades 3-12, are invited to join us for a great camp experience. Visit our website, www.episcopalyouthcamp.org to learn more about our sessions, pricing, and more. Registration is open now and early bird rates are available. Link Below for more information.
The 2021 Walk for Good Food will be a virtual walk again this year, with participants walking in their own neighborhoods. The Walk will be held from May 2 through May 12. The Walk is traditionally a 5K, and you can do it all at once or break it up over several days, however you prefer. You’re encouraged to walk individually or with your household. Please click on the two links below to learn more about becoming a sponsor for the Walk or to join or Support the St. Mark's Walk Team.
Mid Week Eucharist
Will be available to you in person as well as through Facebook live. Please contact Megan by email meganth@stmarksgr.org or phone
616-456-1684 to register.
Mask and social distancing will be required.
Families Park, Pray & Play

Saturday May 1 from 10:30-12:30
at Wilcox Park - 100 Youell Ave SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
Children and families are invited to join us at the park. We'll play and pray together.
Please bring a picnic to enjoy together. 
Adult Formation Spring Wednesdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26

The Prophets and a Theology of Social Justice
Dr. Christiana de Groot
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321651429?pwd=a0M4cWZENHp1elRZZHNlblpoNFhGdz09 Meeting ID: 813 2165 1429 Passcode: 997152

New Sacred Ground Group Beginning April 15

Call Wendy Wenner or Julie Connors to sign up (info in link)
Exceptional opportunity for: Learning…Spiritual Growth….Building Community
 SACRED GROUND is a Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith meeting
the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM 
for 10 sessions beginning April 15th. 
Dismantling Racism Ministry Blog

Shared by St. Mark’s Parishioner Kathryn Marmion
Along with most adults in the USA, I’ve been hearing about the proposed Dream Act for about 20 years and the DACA program since 2012 … Neither of these related programs was anything I spent too much time pondering, beyond …. Click below to read more.
St. Mark's is proud to partner with Degage Ministries. Please link below if you are interested in the opportunities to volunteer at Degage.
West Michigan Community Organizing
welcomes you to any or all of a three week series to learn some of the basics of power-building through broad-based organizing April 29,
May 6 and May 13 from 7-8:30 p.m
please link below to register and for information
Opportunity to Help the Community with COVID Vaccinations
Micah Ministry, with our West Michigan Community Organizing partners, is looking for volunteers to assist with a big initiative in Kent County to register people for COVID vaccines who might not have had access to them or don’t have information on how to get them.  Link below for how you can help.
Stewardship at St. Mark's

Please join us in pledging for 2021. Pledge cards are available online (See link below), or contact the Parish office, if you'd like one mailed.

The goal for 2021 was $470,000. We have received 140 pledges for a total of $476,186.
Complete your 2021 Stewardship Pledge online
Prayers Requested

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the LORD's people.
Thank you for your continued support of St. Mark's!

Please see the ways to give to St. Mark's in the link below.
St. Mark's is a part of the
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
134 N. Division Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-456-1684
https://.www.stmarksgr.org
https://www.facebook.com/stmarksgr/
meganth@stmarksgr.org