St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Celebrating 185 years of Service
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
A Proud History and A Bright Future!
May 8, 2022
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.
Mothers Day Sunday
On Sunday we will offer all women in the Parish a pink carnation to honor the gift and role of women in our lives, especially those who are mothers and those who have been mother figures in our lives. Following the 10:30 Service,
a special Social Hour in the Parish Hall will offer Mother's Day cake.
Join us if you are able.
Friday, May 6 is St. Marks movie night in the Parish Hall. Food and beverages will be offered beginning at 6, with a showing of The Princess Bride starting at 6:20. Our evening will conclude at 8. More details to follow.
Catherine Frerichs
Please Join us as we Celebrate the Life of Catherine Frerichs on May 7th. Visitation is from 1 p.m.to 2 p.m. and the Service will be at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow.
Organ Concert
On Friday, May 13th you are invited to hear our organ scholar, Alexis VanZalen, perform in the inaugural concert of the Chamber Orchestra of Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church (1120 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525). The ensemble is dedicated to performing works from the 17th and 18th centuries, and at this concert you’ll hear a Bach orchestral suite, a Telemann concerto for two flutes, and a Haydn symphony. There is no cost, but donations are gladly accepted.
Walk for Good Food 2022
There's still time to support the Access of West Michigan Walk For Good Food! They still need our help to reach their goal of $100,000 raised and they are not quite two-thirds of the way. Our team has raised over $3,000, which puts us in 4th place among 40 teams. Thanks to all who have donated, walked, and volunteered so far. You can still lend your support by visiting the link below. Jeff Brown will also be collecting donations and previously pledged amounts after both services this weekend.. Proceeds benefit our Breakfast Café and other great organizations combating hunger in our community. Many thanks for your generosity!
Join Father Christian at 12:15 p.m. Sunday May 8 on the third level Guild Room to learn about Episcopal Core Beliefs and a review of Episcopal History. All are welcome.
United Thank Offering Ingathering
If you took home one of the Lenten gift bags over Lent, there was a United Thank Offering (UTO) collection box inside. UTO is a ministry of the National Church that helps fund special outreach projectsat the local level and 100% of funds raised are used to support innovative mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. We will have an ingathering of these boxes, for all who have collected, on Sunday, May 15. It's not too late to collect for this and we will have extra boxes, if you need one, on the welcome desk the next two Sundays. So, check under the couch cushions and car seats for a great cause!
Family Fun Gathering: May 21st
Parents and children, meet us at Wilcox Park (100 Youell Ave) on Saturday, May 21st from 2-4 pm. This is a chance for kids to play and parents to connect in a relaxed, purely social setting. We'll have snacks and drinks! 
Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation
in the Episcopal Church, May 22, 4:00 p.m
Please, pray for our candidates who will have completed the 'All Things Episcopal: An Inquirer's Journey' in preparation for a special Service with Bishop Singh at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Flint on May 22 at 4:00 p.m. Join us for the celebration if you are able and join with me in thanking all those who have completed this special adult formation opportunity. May God bless them in their lives of faith! ~ Christian+
Garden Workday May 22nd: We would appreciate help after the 10:30 a.m. Service to clean up our garden spaces for this summer. Trimming, planting, painting and other general freshening up are very much needed. Please consider being of help. Questions? Contact Marie McKendall. 
The Church Cracked Open Discussions Continue
Last Wednesday night, another in a series of discussions on the disruption, decline and new hope for the church took place in the Parish Hall sponsored and hosted by Dismantling Racism Ministry. Additional opportunities are available this coming Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and on Sunday, May 22. Link below for further details.
Together West Michigan's Community Walk and House Meeting Campaign Results.
On Saturday, May 14th, Together West Michigan members plan to gather in the 49507 zip code to go out and knock on doors and talk to people about what's happening in their community and what is on their mind. Paul Turner will be leading us in an online Zoom training for how to do a community walk on Thursday, May 12th at 6 p.m. You can register for both at https://forms.gle/QXQCLfcEQbdTVSuJA and you will receive the information you need to join. Also, Save the date June 30 at 7:30 we will announce the results of the House Meeting Campaign and commit to the issues we will begin working on. We expect 500+ people to be present including key leaders in the community. St. Mark’s goal is to bring 50 people to this event. If you have been to any of the many events in the last four years or are just learning about this please join us for the culmination of our work to date.
If you have questions please contact Deacon Jan.
Snoxell Library: With thanks to our parish librarian, Charles Brown, we have many new books and periodicals for you to borrow from the Parish library. Did you know that there are over 1400 books available to you which have been carefully catalogued and organized? Instructions are available to check the book out as well as a card catalog. Many beautifully illustrated children’s books are also featured. Please come and see. 
Kaufman Interfaith Day Camps: In past years, our group had participated in the Grand Valley State University Kaufman Interfaith Service Day Camps and found them to be an invaluable, moving experience. The camps are back this year and are being held in June. Please contact Jeff or Evan for more information. 
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 evank@stmarksgr.org
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

Five Ways to Give to St. Mark's

1.)  Mobil App Square Cash - Cashtag: $stmarksgr Web address: cash.me/$stmarksgr
2.) Online at our website at www.stmarksgr.org 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 
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
616-456-1684
https://.www.stmarksgr.org
https://www.facebook.com/stmarksgr/
meganth@stmarksgr.org