St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Celebrating 185 years of Service
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 31, 2022
A Proud History and A Bright Future!
At this time we are offering both Services
on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
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.
This July, we’re glad to continue our annual collection of backpacks and supplies for children who likely wouldn’t otherwise have a new backpack or other basic school supplies. Our goal is to donate 100 filled backpacks for scholars from kindergarten through 8th grade, and we need your help! There are several ways to get involved:

  • Shop for you donation of backpacks and basic supplies (pencils, crayons, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, rulers, etc.) and bring it to St. Mark’s by Sunday, July 30 when we’ll bless the backpacks. Keep an eye out for sales at local stores soon!
  • Click and donate! Check out our Amazon wish list here. You can simply add items to your cart from the list and, when you purchase them, they’ll be shipped directly to St. Mark’s!
  • You can donate money for our shopping crew to use to purchase items.
  • You can be part of our shopping crew! Join us on Wednesday,
August 3, at 3 p.m. (please note time change to 3 p.m. from 2 p.m.) at
the Meijer at 5531 28th St. (28th and Kraft, just east of 96). We’ll meet
outside4 the “Home” entrance (just look for the St. Mark’s poster!) and
use donations to purchase items that we still need. We’d especially love
to include as many of our children as possible! Please contact 
Rachel Ravellette (812-890-4161) if you have any questions.
  • You can be part of our packing and moving crew! We’ll meet at
St. Mark’s to pack and then transport backpacks on Friday, August 5, at
1 p.m.
  • You can join the Back-to-School Party! Come meet and connect with some of our neighbors at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and enjoy the back-to-school festivities on August 6 and 7. (Time and location details will be announced soon!)
Camp Chickagami Day Camp at St. Mark’s-August 3 & 4

We are excited to announce the Camp Chick traveling day camps will once again make a stop at St. Mark's this summer. Our days with them will be Wednesday, August 3, and Thursday, August 4, from 10-2 each day. This event will be open to those entering 1st-8th grades in the coming school year.
Please contact Evan Knill for more information and registration at
Hunger Walk Results

The results are in, and after completing all of our goals through our partnership with ACCESS OF WEST MICHIGAN, they will be distributing funds in the amount of $4,000 to St. Mark’s Breakfast Café. 
A BIG THANK YOU to all who supported the Walk by walking, pledging, sponsoring, and volunteering!
 ~Scot Gugle
Recap of Progression Mission Trip

We returned from our nearly week-long bi-diocesan Progression Mission Trip for high schoolers last week Wednesday. This is the first time we were able to hold this trip in three years and it was a wonderful return to a treasured event. This year, we started out with some bonding and games at St. Andrew's. The following day found us weeding the vegetable beds at Plainsong Farm and learning about their ministry. At St. Timothy's in Richland, we placed wayfinding signs for the hiking trails and canoe launch, painted walls, and placed benches along the trails. In Mount Vernon, Ohio, we stayed at St. Paul's, a parish founded in 1829, where we cleaned and waxed the pews in their sanctuary. There were some leisure activities and recreation sprinkled in between our service projects: a concert by a Beatles tribute band, barbecues, bonfires, a trip to the breathtaking Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio, and a day at Cedar Point. Thanks to our friends at St. Andrew's Toledo for hosting us on our way home. This trip will take a hiatus next year as the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held in Baltimore the first full week in July (plan for 3-9) and will be open to all those in high school the 2022-2023 school year. Save the date!

~Jeff Brown, Director of Youth Ministries
Did you know?

The large Bible we see on display at St. Mark’s represents the word of God in English for all to read and appreciate. It was mandated by Henry VIII in 1539, a great symbol to the people that the Scriptures in the vernacular should be on display as well as prayed and proclaimed in every church throughout the land. Our current Bible on display is the former Bible used at the lectern for the readings on Sundays. The Great Bible was supposed to be the largest one available in a local Parish. As we revere both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures, we see this large Bible as a symbol of the word of God in our midst for all to see and hear.

~ Christian+ 
Another benefit of being a part of downtown
Grand Rapids

We often have people pop in to have a peek at our historic space. Last week I had two very meaningful visits. One visit was a couple from Ireland whose son had moved to Grand Rapids and despite being Catholic, they remarked that they would worship with us if they lived here. Upon leaving, they gave us a very generous cash donation. A second visit was from a young man, his mother and sister. He had survived a rather serious motorcycle accident and they were out for a walk from Butterworth and happened by the church. He was so fascinated with our history and building that he came back the next day with another sister and friend and then joined us for worship on Sunday. The beauty of our sacred space is very moving to those who visit so please remember to invite your neighbors and friends to come and worship with us. Let’s get the word out about St. Marks.

Knitting Ministry

Please join us Sunday July 31st after the 10:30am service for what will hopefully be the first of many Knitting Ministry gatherings. We will gather in the Canterbury room, this is a stash busting event, some yarn will be provided as well as free hat patterns. The goal of the first meeting is to get started on some winter knitting to donate to local shelters closer to Christmas. All crafters are welcome, please reach out to Jessica Hunter at (269)207-5479 or with any questions.
Safety and Security Measure

The security guard will lock the Parish House doors 10-15 minutes after the Services begin on Sunday. He will remain on duty at the doors throughout the Services. In addition, we are in the process of hiring a second security guard.

~Safety Ministry Team
Sudanese Grace Anniversary Celebration, August 27

Please, join in the celebration as our sisters and brothers at Sudanese Grace celebrate their 2nd Anniversary in their current building on Saturday, August 27, 2022. The Church is located at 1550 Oswego St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504. The Service of Thanksgiving will be at 11:30 a.m. and followed by Sudanese cooking demonstration and food and drumming,

~ Christian+
186th Anniversary Sunday

Please, consider joining us for worship on October 2, 2022 at either the 8:00 a.m. or the 10:30 a.m. Service, as we formally celebrate the 186th Anniversary of St. Mark's, originally established on October 6, 1836. A new plaque is being considered for the façade of the Church and a hoped-for historical marker from the Michigan Historical Society is being considered as well. The Anniversary dinner will be that evening at 5:00 p.m. at the Kent Country Club where we only pay for the dinners and not the rental of the ballroom. Look for registrations in the future. 
Join us if you are able. 
Eucharist For All Ages Continues on August 21 and September 18:

We invite you to join us for our special Services this summer led by children and youth. This is a chance to worship together as an all-ages church family. Parents, if your child (or family unit) would like to participate, please contact Laura Kozminski.
We need children and youth to serve in all aspects of these services. 
Summer Office Schedule

From June 10 through September 2
Parish offices will be closed at noon on Friday. 
Summer Sunday School

This summer we will continue to provide nursery care for children under 3 in the downstairs classroom. Sunday School during the 10:30 services for school-aged children will take place outdoors in the St. Mary's Garden. We'll run, play, sing and worship together!
Join us!
Church Safety Workshop Sept. 17 
Celebration Sunday and Annual Picnic Sept. 18
Ministry Fair Sept. 25
 186th Anniversary of St. Marks Oct. 2
All Saints Day Evening Prayer Nov. 1 
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.
Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth News and Updates
Stewardship for 2022
A Proud History/A Bright Future

We are asked to pledge to our life together in 2022. We need as many of us as possible to financially commit to our ministry at St. Mark's. Please, consider a financial commitment to God at St. Mark's, as we continue to do our best to be the mission of God in Christ at St. Mark's.
 ~ Christian+ & Stewardship Ministry

"Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above..."
James 1:17 NRSV

Seven 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 
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.) Transfer of Stock
Thank you for your continued support of St. Mark's!
Please see the ways to give to St. Mark's in the link below.
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.
St. Mark's is a part of the
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
134 N. Division Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49503