St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Celebrating 186 years of Service

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 22, 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.


Warrant for the Annual Meeting of the Parish

January 29, 2023

12:00 p.m.

The Annual Parish Meeting of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan will be held at noon on January 29 following the 10:30 Eucharist with the purpose to accomplish a review of submitted Annual Reports, to elect necessary Vestry members and Delegates to the Diocesan Convention and to hear all such business as my properly comes before the Annual Meeting of St. Mark's Parish including the approved Budget for 2023.


In keeping with the Canons of the Episcopal Church, the Annual Meeting will be chaired by the Rector of the Parish. The meeting will be governed by Robert's Rules of Order with Attorney Mark Stopples overseeing the meeting.


All St. Mark’s Parishioners are strongly encouraged to attend. Since it is a potluck, all are encouraged to sign-up to bring a dish. Canonical qualifications for election and voting are posted in the Parish House and will be found in the Annual Meeting Report and are consistent with the Constitution and Canons of the Church as well as the By-Laws of St. Mark’s.  


May God bless us in this important work of St. Mark’s Parish.


Signed: Christian F. Brocato, Rector

Annual Meeting and Potluck Lunch

January 29, 12:00 p.m.

Each year, every Parish in the Episcopal Church is required to hold an

all-Parish meeting called the Annual Meeting. Reports from all ministries are being solicited and will be presented in written form along with the proposed budget for 2023 and the candidates for Vestry. The reports become an official record of activities over the past year. The budget for 2023 will have had a

five- to six-month process and will be approved by the Vestry at its upcoming meeting on January 24. The candidates for Vestry 2023, Laura Kozminski, Penny Larsen, and Dan McDonald, have been fully vetted and will be presented to the Parish for approval at the Annual Meeting. Bios will soon be available and posted on the main Foyer bulletin board.

A sign-up sheet is at the Welcome Desk. Please, consider signing up to bring a dish of some kind to share with fellow parishioners. 

Climate Witness Project

 February 5

Please join parishioner Steve Mulder and others for a session on how

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

All are welcome!

Food Pantry News

Gratitude from Westminster Food Pantry

Thank for your overwhelming support of the Downtown Food Pantry during the November Thanksgiving Ingathering. We are so thankful for our downtown church neighbors for helping to fill the shelves of the Downtown Pantry.

January Food Pantry Ingathering

The Monthly Pantry Ingathering items for the Month of January are Pancake

mix, syrup, canned fruit and boxed rice mixes. 

Please continue to bring your contributions to the entry of the Sanctuary for


Thank you for your ongoing generosity!

Together West Michigan

Pizza Luncheon

January 22 at 12:30

Please join Together West Michigan after social hour, this Sunday, at 12:30, for a pizza luncheon and updates on the progress the various issues teams have made since our house meetings last spring. We will hear presentations from Housing, Mental Health, Childcare, Immigration, and Safety Teams, and discuss ways to get further involved.

Find out what’s happening in the First Edition Of our newsletter

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+ 

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


Newcomers' Welcome and Social Hour February 12, at Noon 
If you are new to St. Mark's over the past year, we'd love to extend a warm welcome to you at a festive Social Hour on Sunday, February 12, following the 10:30am Service. Please, join us if you can and be sure to wear your nametag, always a plus. 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. 

~ Kathryn Marmion and Newcomers Ministry

Man Cave

February 25, 2023

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.

Ellis Parking Lot on Ionia

Apologies for the expired vouchers for the Ellis Lot at 220 Ionia. Updated vouchers are now available. If you wish to be reimbursed, please, contact the Parish Offices. 

Thank you!

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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