St. Mark's Episcopal Church
The Sunday of the Passion
Palm Sunday
March 28, 2021

The 10:30 Service from the St. Mark's Sanctuary, is available to you through our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
This Service will be also available in person with Registration on line. Please see the link below to register if attending in person for Palm Sunday.
Holy Week and Easter 2021
Please, note where registration is required, registration must take place online and in advance of the Service. There is limited seating of 100 for all Services held within the Sanctuary itself at this time. Registrations for parishioners will be on a first come, first serve basis. Visitors will be welcome if space allows with sign-in registration on a limited basis.
 
Palm/Passion Sunday: March 28, 2021
Celebration of Holy Eucharist, 10:30 a.m.
(In-person with registration required and live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube; Limited seating available)
 
Parking Lot Service with Holy Communion, 5:30 p.m. 
(Sign-in registration required for those not in cars; Limited availability)
 
Monday of Holy Week: March 29, 2021
Guided Stations of the Cross, 1-7, 7:00 p.m.
(Live via Zoom; https://grcc.zoom.us/j/97355077024?pwd=WDB1YS95REZzOElHNnhRdis0QnlIZz09#success)
 
Tuesday of Holy Week: March 30, 2021
Noon Day Prayer
(Live-streamed via Facebook)
 
Guided Stations of the Cross, 8-14, 7:00 p.m.
(Live via Zoom: https://grcc.zoom.us/j/97355077024?pwd=WDB1YS95REZzOElHNnhRdis0QnlIZz09#success)
 
Wednesday of Holy Week: March 31, 2021
Mid-Week Eucharist, 12:00 p.m.
(Live-streamed on Facebook)
 
Tenebrae (Service of Shadows), 7:00 p.m.
(Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube)
Maundy Thursday: April 1, 2021
Celebration of Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m.
(In-person with registration required, live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube)
 
Keeping Watch at the Altar of Repose, 8:15-10:30
(Continuation of the Eucharist and live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube)
 
Good Friday: April 2, 2021
The Seven Last Words of Christ, 12:00 p.m.
(Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube)
 
Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday 7:00 p.m.
(In-person with registration required, live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube)
 
Easter Celebrations
 
Holy Saturday: April 3, 2021
The Vigil of Easter with Holy Communion, 7:00 p.m. 
(Parking Lot Service, sign-in registration required for those on foot; Limited availability)
 
Easter Sunday: April 4, 2021
Celebration of Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m.
(In-person with registration required; Limited seating)
 
Festival Holy Eucharist, 10:30 a.m.
(In-person with registration required and live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube;
Limited seating)
Holy Week Reminder for Ministries
It is the custom at St. Mark's to dispense with scheduling and holding meetings during Holy Week. We want everyone to be as much at prayer as possible. We have thirteen Services with which to participate and pray.  If you have a scheduled meeting during Holy Week, please, consider rescheduling it, so that you and your ministry members can focus on the powerful journey of Holy Week to Easter. Many thanks. Christian+

Making a Joyful Noise in Church
Though we are well aware of how worship is enhanced by singing, we ask that all those attending in-person worship refrain from singing during the Service even though wearing a mask. Consistent with CDC guidelines concerning the spread of COVID-19, we ask that all attending Services meditate on the hymn texts while the hymns are played on the organ and led by a solo voice on our behalf. Thank you.  ~ Worship Ministry
Holy Week Lenten Retreat
March 27
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
Please join Christian for this meaningful Lenten Retreat. The retreat will involve a combination of scriptures, artwork, silence and shared reflections. RSVP to Christian at christianb@stmarksgr.org in advance to receive the zoom link.  
St. Marks Hosting Feeding America Food Truck
March 27th
Join us for the Social Hour on Sunday at 11:30 on Zoom. We will use the same link each week (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
The 2021 Walk for Good Food will be a virtual walk again this year, with participants walking in their own neighborhoods. The Walk will be held from May 2rd through May 12th. The Walk is traditionally a 5K, and you can do it all at once or break it up over several days, however you prefer. You’re encouraged to walk individually or with your household. Please click on the two links below to learn more about becoming a sponsor for the Walk or to join or Support the St. Mark's Walk Team.
Good Friday Offering
Assisting the Work of the Church in the Middle East:
The history of the Good Friday Offering reaches back to 1922 when, in the aftermath of World War I, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. Please link below to learn more and consider making an offering in support of the work of the Church in the Middle East. 
May God bless us in this mission. 
~ Christian+
Mid Week Eucharist
will be available to you in person as well as through facebook live starting on March 31st. Please contact Megan by email meganth@stmarksgr.org or phone 616-456-1684 to register. Mask and social distancing will be required.
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 Blog
Link below to read the testimony and story from parishioner Jim Lozer of how blacks veterans were treated with injustice with the GI after returning home from war time.
The Newcomers' Ministry
Established in January, has 8 members who have welcomed ten new parishioners and families even during the months of remote services. We look forward to welcoming these newcomers to in-person services as soon as they feel comfortable attending. After Easter, we plan to welcome them at an upcoming 10:30 service so all who worship at St. Mark's will have a chance to welcome them. 
If you know of any newcomers, or potential newcomers, do please let me know: 
Kathryn Marmion 
Opportunities for Worship at Plainsong Farm
Stewardship at St. Mark's

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