St. Mark's Episcopal Church
The Second Sunday in Lent
February 28, 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
Friday 12:00 p.m. - Stations of the Cross
St. Mark's Lenten Video
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.  Here is the zoom link if you care to join us.....https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89647170599?pwd=cGo2VXBWdjJsZ0JSMythbTBxWjJrUT09

Meeting ID: 896 4717 0599
Passcode: 227717

If you are interested in developing a Centering Prayer practice
email 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 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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Car Park Services - March 14 & March 28 at 5:30 p.m.
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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.

Link for Zoom Social Hour: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82058493355
Walk For Good Food Sponsorships Needed

St. Mark’s is happy to announce that this year we are again a recipient agency for the ACCESS Walk for Good Food (formerly the Hunger Walk)
Results of the St. Mark’s Survey on Racial and Social Justice
are Available for Discussion

Discussion Group 1: Sunday February 28, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Discussion Group 2: Monday March 1, 7:00 – 8:00 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)
Megan is out of the office on Medical Leave Feb 25 - March 8
Please contact Pam Stevenson if you need assistance during this time or call the office to speak with Bea.
Thank you so much
Coming in March - Sacred Ground

Exceptional opportunity for:
           Learning…
           Spiritual Growth….
           Building Community….
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
& 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.

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