St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Celebrating 186 years of Service

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 5, 2023

We are offering two Sunday Services

at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 

and a mid-week Eucharist at noon on Wednesdays

The 10:30 a.m. Service will be recorded live from the St. Mark's Sanctuary through our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

A copy of the Bulletin may be found on our website, in the button below

or on the Facebook page.


Climate Witness Project

this Sunday at 12:15 p.m.

Bring your coffee and join parishioner Steve Mulder for a session on how

St. Mark’s can better witness to climate changes in our buildings and our ministries. The session will take place at 12:15 in St. Mary’s Chapel. 

All are welcome!

Eucharist for All Ages

Sunday, February 19

We are holding Eucharist for All Ages Sunday, February 19 during the 10:30 service. 

What is Eucharist for All Ages? It is a special service geared towards the children and youth in our church — yet open to all — giving children the opportunity to fill the roles generally held by adults to teach them what it truly means to worship God in our space.

If you or your child would like to be a part of our service on the

19th of February, please contact our director of Children's Ministry, Evan Knill.

Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday

February 21

5:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. 

Please, plan to join us for fun, a delicious dinner of Jambalaya, Mac and Cheese and festive drinks provided by St. Mark's, as we celebrate prior to the beginning of Lent. Please, bring a dessert to share. 

Bring your old palms to Church over the next several weeks. We will collect them and burn them at the celebration and will also 'bury' the Alleluia Banner for the Season of Lent. 

At 7:30, Ashes will be imposed in the Sanctuary for anyone who wishes to receive them. 

Ash Wednesday Services will be at noon and at 7:00 p.m. with Ashes also offered in the Parking Lot from 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Kaufman Interfaith Institute at GVSU

 Art Exhibits Highlight Jewish Resilience

Against Adversity

Please, see this link and invitation from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute and consider this opportunity to learn more about Jewish resilience.

From the Dismantling Racism Ministry   

Special event in Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writer Series featuring Native Voices in Literature. Dr. Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, author, and recipient of over 40 awards, will perform on February 9, 2023, at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Kretschmer Recital Hall in the Art & Music Center at Aquinas College.  The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Treuer has presented internationally on his book Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask; Cultural Competence & Equity; Strategies for Addressing the “Achievement” Gap; and Tribal Sovereignty, History, Language, and Culture.

Assessing St. Mark’s for the Future

A committee appointed by the Vestry continues to evaluate our long-term building needs as were determined in the last Strategic Plan for St. Mark’s As you can imagine, this is a sensitive and significant effort. We are in the very early stages of a disciplined process to explore needs, options and potential support. As we move through the process and develop well-informed recommendations, we will share those recommendations with the entire congregation and welcome broad engagement in the discussion. This is an exciting time for our congregation! 

Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to many constructive conversations as the process moves forward. 

All Things Episcopal — An Inquirer's Journey

Began January 18, 6:30 p.m. The schedule for the sessions is posted on the bulletin board in the Foyer and copies are available in the bookcase of the Canterbury Room. Hard copies of the texts are available for those who signed up for the program. Please, know that anyone can attend any of the sessions as an adult formation opportunity. All are welcome.

~ Christian+ 

Safety Ministry at St. Mark's

Each month we plan to showcase a feature of the Safety Ministry at St. Mark's.

February, which is heart awareness month, we are featuring how to use an AED.

Did you know we have two AEDs located in the coat room and the other on the third floor?

See more details on Facebook

Click here for YouTube Video on how to use AED

Full-Time Job Opportunity at St. Mark’s 

Parish Administrative Associate 

The Parish Administrative Associate presents St. Mark's "face" to the community, serving as building receptionist during published office hours. The person in this position reports to and assists the Rector in his/her role as leader of the parish, compiles and publishes bulletins and documents, keeps the church calendar up to date, and provides administrative support to the parish staff and ministry groups. 

Minimum requirements at least two years’ previous office experience, competency with Word, Constant Contact, Gmail and calendaring, plus strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to pay special attention to accuracy and details and to multi-task in a busy environment with regular interruptions. Familiarity with Episcopal liturgy helpful. 

For more information or to obtain the full job description, please contact

Marie McKendall, HR Ministry Chair, at or phone


Part-Time Job Opportunity at St. Mark’s

Operations Manager


The Operations Manager will coordinate and perform a diverse set of support tasks, concerning people, property, and events. This position supports the Rector by helping facilitate the efficient operations of the Church.  

For more information or to obtain the full job description, please contact

Marie McKendall, HR Ministry Chair, at or phone


Social Hours at St. Mark's Assistance

Please, consider offering to host a Social Hour either after the 8:00 or the 10:30 on Sunday mornings. You might partner with another parishioner or whichever ministry in which you might be involved might sign-up as well. Coffee is always provided, and really as simple as cookies, cheese and crackers, or whatever is all that's needed. With receipts, costs can be reimbursed by Pam Stevenson, Finance Manager. 

There's a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk of the Parish House. Please, consider offering your gifts for this important ministry at St. Mark's. 


Newcomers' Welcome & Social Hour
February 12, at 12:00 p.m. 
If you are new to St. Mark's over the past year, the Parish is hosting a special welcome to you during Social Hour following the 10:30 a.m. Service.
Please, join us if you can. If you are unable to join us, please know that you are most welcome at St. Mark's, and we look forward to seeing you at other times.
All parishioners, new and not-so-new, are encouraged to wear their name tag each week to help newcomers get to know everyone more quickly and easily. 
~ Kathryn Marmion & Welcome Ministry 

Man Cave

February 25

St. Mark's “Man Cave” is for our male neighbors in the homeless community. Guests will be invited to spend the day in the Parish Hall, where they may receive a haircut, attend the foot care clinic, select clothing items and enjoy a home-cooked meal. If you have gently used men's winter clothing items, please consider donating them for use at Man Cave. Jeans, sweatshirts and winter shirts are especially welcome. Donations may be left in the cloakroom.  

If you are interested in volunteering that day, please sign up at the Welcome desk or speak to Mother Sue or Sharon Bossemeyer.


Sunday Children's Opportunities

During the 10:30 Service, opportunities for children are offered in the Lower Level of the Parish House. Please plan to be with us, parishioners of all ages!

For more information and to volunteer to be of assistance, please contact Evan Knill, Director of Children's Formation at

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.
Prayers Requested

Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth

For information on our Virtual and In-person Youth Group Meetings as well as events and activities, please contact Jeff Brown, Director of Youth Ministries at

Pledges for 2023 

If you have not yet pledged and would like to offer a pledge for 2023, we are graciously still accepting pledges towards our life together. Pledge cards are available at the Resource Table and the Welcome Desk. 

Please join us if you are able!

2023 Offering Envelopes

For those who have requested envelopes, they are available on the Resource table in the Sanctuary.  Thanks again to all who have made their 2023 pledge. If you haven’t filled out a pledge card, and would like to do so, there are some available on the Welcome desk and Resource table in the Parish Hall.

Ways to Give to St. Mark's

1.)  Mobil App Square Cash - Cashtag: $stmarksgr Web address:$stmarksgr

2.) Online at our website at through PayPal 

3.)  Electronic Giving (email Pam for form – see the attachment in our e-news)  

4.)  Vanco Mobile App from any mobile device (Search: St Marks Episcopal Church - no punctuation)

Or go to (use invite code EVDBRF)

5.)  Pay by text - text 616-205-9714 from your phone and send in a payment

6.)  Mail in a check to the church 

7.) Gifts or Transfer of Stock

8.) Remember St. Mark's in your Estate Planning

2023 Pledge Card

Thank you for your continued support


St. Mark's!

Please see the ways to give to St. Mark's in the link below.

Link Here for Financial Update
Electronic Giving Form

Parking on Sundays

Limited parking is available in the Parish Lot. Therefore, consider the free metered parking on Pearl, Ionia, Lyon, Fountain and other streets near the church, the upper and lower levels of the GRCC building on Fountain Street and the Ellis Parking Lot at 210 Ionia just west of Lyon Street.

For the Ellis Lot, please, pick up an exit ticket from an Usher, a Greeter or on the little table where the bulletins are in the north transept. Parking is free on Sunday only. A white ticket is required to accompany the parking ticket and to exit the lot.

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

134 N. Division Avenue

Grand Rapids, MI 49503