St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Celebrating 185 years of Service
Christ the King Sunday
Stewardship Commitment Sunday
Stewardship Season: A Proud History and A Bright Future!
November 21, 2021
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 Sunday November 21

We will celebrate Christ the King Sunday. This is also our Stewardship Commitment Sunday which will include a message from our Stewardship Ministry Chair David Buller and both of our Social Hours provided by the Stewardship Ministry Team in celebration and thanks for your commitment to St. Marks. During the social hour we will have an "Advent Workshop" to make wreaths for the Advent Season.

At 9:30 a.m. join Rich Hiskes as he presents part II of this discussion of his book "Suffer the Children: A traditional foundation for the Human Rights of the child."

Please join us either in person or through Facebook or YouTube.
Stewardship Commitment Sunday and Financials for 2022

As we approach Stewardship Commitment Sunday, November 21, please, see the attachment for a link to the budget and financial needs of the Parish for 2022.
The Finance Ministry, Treasurer and Finance Manager, have worked hard to draft a balanced budget for 2022 based on projected pledged income of $500,000 along with other income. As of November 18, 96 pledges have been received for a total of $382,928. We have a critical need for many more of us to be invested in the financial future of St. Mark's in 2022. 
Please, prayerfully consider a pledge if you have not already pledged. If you have pledged and can increase your pledge, please consider doing so.
A projected 74% of the operating budget is based on pledged income, demonstrating the need for financial commitments for 2022. 
Please, join us in prayerfully giving to St. Mark's for 2022. 
~  St. Mark's Finance Ministry

Copies of the Budget and Financial Needs for 2022 will be available Sunday on the welcome desk for you to take.
Stewardship at St. Mark's
A Proud History; A Bright Future

Please take a moment now to consider your own financial stewardship as part of St. Mark’s in 2022. If you’ve not pledged before, what better year to begin than this anniversary year -- even if you start small! And if you’re renewing your pledge, we hope you’ll consider an increased pledge, so we can move with confidence into the next year of that “bright future” God has for all of us at St. Mark’s


"Every generous act of giving, with every perfect git, is from above..."
James 1:17 NRSV
The pledge goal for 2022 is $500,000. To date we have received 96 pledges from parishioners for a total of $382,928 in 2022 pledges. Thank you to those who have pledged for 2022.
Mid-Week Eucharist and Thanksgiving Service at St. Mark’s: Nov 24
Please, consider a quiet contemporary Eucharist followed by a light lunch this Wednesday beginning at Noon.  Come and give thanks for the many gifts which are ours individually and as a community of faith. ~ Christian+
The Staff of St. Marks wish all of you a meaningful
and Happy Thanksgiving.
The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday Nov. 25 and Friday Nov. 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Advent 2021
The Season of Advent will begin on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 28. Advent is a four-week season of prayer, reflection, hope and anticipation. Link below for Father Christians message.
A Prayer for the End of the Pandemic      
 
O God, hear the prayers of your people all over the world who are crying out in need for an end to the virus pandemic. Comfort those in isolation, those who have lost livelihoods, those who are sick and those who may die this day unloved or unattended. Comfort those in mourning, those for whom the virus has brought deep and utter sadness, families, villages, cities and countries. Give strength to those in the rescue and medical professions to keep them safe from harm as they work to bring safety and health to those in need. Give us all a greater sense of connectedness as we strive to be safe from harm and as we await the end of the suffering of millions of people throughout the world. Amen.  
Calling All Volunteers!!!!
We are so excited to be starting preparation for our Christmas season. As many of you know, that includes our Children & Youth Christmas pageant. It takes many hands to put this together, and we are looking for volunteers to help us in making this a fun and wonderfully successful event. If you'd like to volunteer your time and talents, we would love to have some help with organizing costumes, set building, and anything else you may have to offer! If interested, please contact me, Evan Knill, or come say hello after the 10:30 service on Sundays! Evan Knill, Director of Children's Formation, evank@stmarksgr.org
Outreach and Event Opportunities
for Community and St. Marks


Westminster Food Pantry Fall Drive - Please consider helping the hungry in Grand Rapids. See how you can help below.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: November 22, 7:00 p.m.
Advent Workshop November 21st
Advent Retreat December 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Adult Advent Series: "The Psalms of Advent" Dec 5,12 & 19; 9:30 a.m. to 10:15
Giving Tree: Collecting hats, mittens, scarfs and socks for our neighbors.
An Evening in December: Maranatha: Dec 9 for panel discussion and prayer at the Catholic Information Center from 6:30 - 8:30
A Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols: Dec 19 at 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve Services: Dec 24 at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Afghan Refugees in West Michigan
Advent Prayer Booklet
Please, find a new beautiful small booklet for Advent, “The Gospel of Advent.” My hope is that this resource for prayer and reflection will be
meaningful for Advent, a special time and opportunity
to walk together as a Faith Community at prayer. 
The booklets can be found on the Resource Table of the Sanctuary. ~ Christian+
You are invited to enjoy the 2021 Advent Devotion
and Daily Reflections Booklet.
Thank you to all of the St. Marks parishioners
who have given of their time and talent to add a devotion
to this meaningful publication.
Link below for to reflect and enjoy.
(We are no longer given a printed booklet and encourage you to print your own hard copy from the link below)
Dismantling Racism Ministry Blog

Walking my path… Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality
This Weeks Blog from Rich Hiskes
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
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
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