St. Mark's Episcopal Church
The First Sunday after Epiphany
The Baptism of our Lord
January 10, 2020
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. - The Baptism of our Lord
Monday 8:00 p.m. - Compline
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. - Noonday Prayer
Tuesday 8:00 p.m. - Compline
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - Midweek Eucharist
Thursday 8:00 p.m. - Compline

Epiphany Proclamation 2021
Please, take a look at this ancient practice of proclaiming the church calendar for the year on January 6, The Feast of the Epiphany. The practice dates from a much earlier time and is often chanted on The Feast of the Epiphany. Fascinating fact in our history as Church. ~ Christian+
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. As of Friday, January 8, 2021, we have received 135 pledges for a total of $460,526.
Complete your 2021 Stewardship Pledge online
Fr. Christian with Fred Stella on WGVU-FM
Please, join in listening to the Kaufman Interfaith Institute and Common Threads radio broadcast on Jan. 10 for part two in the series on the Anglican Tradition and how the Netflix Series, 'The Crown', can be seen through that lens. The program will air on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. on WGVU-Fm 88.5 and 95.3. If you missed part one, here is the link, https://www.wgvunews.org/post/father-christian-brocato-crown. Want to learn more about our Tradition and us St. Mark's as part of the worldwide Anglican Church? Join in to listen. Thanks!
Writers Needed for the Lenten Devotional
In the next few weeks the editor for the 2021 Lenten Devotional will be compiling the writings from Bethlehem Lutheran, St. Mark's and St. Andrews Catholic Cathedral to create the annual booklet. We are in need of 16 brief devotions on preselected Scripture. Currently I am in need of 8 more writers. Please consider being part of this meaningful reflection booklet. If you are able to help, please call Megan at the Parish office at 616-456-1684. Thank you.
Join us for a Prayer Vigil for the Inauguration
January 19, 5:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Parish House
Parish Annual Meeting: January 31, 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
Every year, every Parish in the Anglican Tradition gathers to celebrate its life, giving thanks for the previous year and looking forward to the current year. Link below for more information about this years meeting.
Peace and the Nation: A Parish Zoom Discussion
Please, consider joining in a discussion about the need for peace for our nation, a non-political or partisan discussion. There is no reason for us as church to place blame, but as church to seek truth, reconciliation and healing. The meeting is slated for Tuesday, January 12, from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Here is the information. ~ Christian+
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 831 2741 4325
Passcode: 243758  
Feeding America Food Truck Help Needed at St. Mark's
January 23rd, 2021 
GR Community College Diversity Lecture Series
Wednesday January 27 @6 p.m.
You are invited to the Ordination of
Eileen Marie Bowman Stoffan
Philip Matthew Zoutendam
Radhajyoti Trapaga-Deitenbeck Kaminski
January 16, 2021 4 p.m.
Adult Formation:
Epiphany Series on Wednesdays in January
Please, join us for three evenings of discussions using Mark Nepo's book, 
Drinking from the River of Light, as the backdrop of our time together. 
Purchase of the book is not required but you may wish to read it. 
I highly recommend it to you. If you need assistance with Zoom,
please, let me know, and someone will be in touch, so that you can join us. 
Please, mark your calendar for Jan. 13, 20 and 27
from 7-8:30 and join us! ~ Christian+
Coming in January
Exceptional opportunity for:
         Learning…
         Spiritual Growth….
         Building Community….

What: SACRED GROUND: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith

When:Twice monthly (either 2nd and 4th Sundays from 3:00-5:00 or 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00) for 10 sessions beginning in January.
Upcoming Digital Workshop
Mr Biden Goes to Washington:
What a New Administration Means for the Church
Monday, January 11
3:00pm EST
Dismantling Racism Ministry: 
The “Did You Know- It Happens Here” Blog
Link below for the weekly Dismantling Racism Ministry blog from St. Mark’s parishioners about experiences and facts that shaped their own understanding of race and racism.
This weeks blog is from Anne Hiskes. "I generally don’t make New Year resolutions. I feel badly when only a week or two into the new year these resolutions have fallen by the wayside. I am making an exception this year, and this is why. Several years ago, I returned to live in my hometown of Grand Rapids after an absence of 40 years. In my youthful and naive memories, Grand Rapids was a virtuous town of churches and philanthropy where Dutch immigrant families could..."
Save the Date for our next Parking Lot Services
January 24
Feb 14
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!

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Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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