St. Mark's Episcopal Church
The First Sunday in Lent
February 21, 2021

The 10:30 Service from the St. Mark's Sanctuary, is available to you through our Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Peace, blessings and thanks for joining us.
Prayer and Worship This Week

Sunday 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
Sunday 11:30 a.m. - Zoom Social Hour - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82058493355
Monday 8:00 p.m. - Compline
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. - Noonday Prayer
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - Midweek Eucharist
Thursday 8:00 p.m. - Compline
St. Mark's Lenten Video
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
A hearty thank you from the Stewardship Ministry to all who have contributed to the life of St. Mark's over the past months. Not only have we met our important pledge goal for 2021, but members of St. Mark's have contributed in countless ways to the life and work of our church. Joining our services (online or outdoors), feeding the hungry, cleaning the church, volunteering as a lector, keeping in touch with fellow parishioners, attending ministry meetings over Zoom, praying, donating food or diapers, and much more -- all of these are essential parts of our ongoing commitment to Stewardship at St. Mark's. Thank you!
Strengthening Connections Among the People of St. Mark’s
A report from our Growing as a Beloved Community Team
Centering Prayer at St. Mark's
March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
This Lent and possibly beyond, do you feel the Spirit nudging you to a deeper relationship with God? The daily practice of Centering Prayer may assist you. The method of Centering Prayer is based on the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. "When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you." (MT 6:6) It is a prayer of silence and consent to God's presence and action within us. The group will meet via zoom on Tuesdays in Lent at 7PM.  If you are interested in developing a Centering Prayer practice , email me, Jim Lozer (jjlozer@att.net). Blessings and peace to you. Jim
Adult Formation:
Series on Wednesdays during Lent 2021
Please, plan to join us on Wednesdays during Lent for a fascinating exploration of Scripture, artwork, poems, reflections and more on Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24. Join us from 7:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. via Zoom. Come! Make a Holy Lent!  ~
Other Opportunities for Lent
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Private Stations of the Cross
(Contact Fr. Christian at christianb@stmarksgr.org or at 617.416.5014)
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Prayer Walk in the Park with Fr. Christian: March 6, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ada Park (main parking lot)
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Holy Week Retreat: March 27, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Led by Fr. Christian)
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Private Confession (Rite of Reconciliation) by Appointment with Fr. Christian at christianb@stmarksgr.org or at 617.416.5014
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Stations of the Cross via Facebook Live every Friday at Noon
Join us for the Social Hour on Sunday at 11:30 on Zoom. We will use the same link each week as noted above in the "Prayer and Worship this week".....hope to see you there.
Feeding America Food Truck volunteers needed for
Saturday, February 27th 
We are partners with Feeding America and have provided a food truck for the last two years for the families of East Leonard Elementary School. We have not been able to host this at the school this year due to GRPS COVID restrictions. Third Reformed Church is partnering with us on this venture and will provide volunteers, along with volunteers from St. Mark’s Church. The format now requires that recipients do not leave their cars, they drive up and our volunteers bring the food to their trunk. The next distribution will be on Saturday, February 27th at 10:00am. Volunteers will need to arrive at 9:30am and will be finished by about 11:30am. Please call our church office if you are able to help with this effort. This month's distribution is scheduled to take place at Third Reformed Church at 2060 Michigan Street NE. Please also help us let people know that this distribution is for anyone who has a current food need. No financial documentation is needed, just a family name and information about how many household members will be served. Thanks so much for helping us serve our community!
Results of the St. Mark’s Survey on Racial and Social Justice Are Available for Discussion
Discussion Group 1: Sunday February 28, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 
Discussion Group 2: Monday March 1, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Celebrating Black History Month at St. Mark’s
The Parish’s marquee says in quoting Scripture, “A house of prayer for all people.” Therefore, we welcome all people and honor them for who they are as children of God. For far too long in our nation’s history, Black Americans have not been honored in ways which are consistent with Christian values as set-forth and lived by Jesus. This month, we honor our Black sisters and brothers and long for a more just, fair and equitable society for them.....(continue reading in link below)
Micah Ministry invites you to join us for the next
“Moving Forward” event via Zoom on February 25 at 6:00 PM
Learn how we will work with our partner institutions to identify issues to work on together. Registration is required to get the zoom link.
Educational Opportunities for Black History Month
Many organizations are providing on-line educational opportunities appropriate to Black History Month, including the Episcopalian Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing (sessions on Pauli Murray’s Song in A Weary Throat), the National Museum for African American History and Culture, PBS and Grand Valley State University. Link below to learn about some of the possibilities.
Lenten Reflections
2021
In collaboration with Bethlehem Lutheran Church
and
Cathedral of St. Andrew
St. Mark's writers have this meaningful devotional booklet available for your Lenten Journey
(below is a printable version and flipbook, hard copy booklets are not available)
Dismantling Racism Ministry 
Read a wonderful history of the Rt Rev John Thomas Walker, the second African American Bishop in the United States, the first African American to attend the Virginia Theological Seminary and Judith Claytor's personal story of her friendship with this Bishop in the link below. 
Stewardship Season
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 is $470,000. We have received 139 pledges for a total of $474,986.
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.

Suspending In Person Worship

Due to rising numbers of Covid cases the church office is closed and in person Services have been suspended. For details please link through the blue box below.
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
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Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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