St. Mark's Episcopal Church
September 13, 2020
The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Join us this Sunday for a broadcast from the Sanctuary of St. Mark's at 10:30 a.m. through our website, Youtube or Facebook page

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Prayer and Picnic in Ada Park
September 13, 2020
St. Mark's in the Park is quickly approaching, and we are getting very excited. Please join us at Ada Park on Sept. 13 for fun, worship and an early fall picnic. Link below to register. Ada Park is located at 1116 Buttrick Ave SE, Ada.
Yoga at 9:15
All are welcome. Bring a mat, beach towel, or blanket and/or a chair, preferably without arms, as many poses can be adapted employing a chair for support. Donations are appreciated, but not expected.
Celebration Sunday
September 20, 2020
Join us for a virtual celebration as we kick off our program year. We will be transitioning from Morning Prayer to the Holy Eucharist which will be celebrated at the altar at the crossing. ~Christian+
Our friends at Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church are holding a car wash fundraiser to raise money to improve the playground at their new building. The car wash will be Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 am to 1 pm at Mayflower Congregational Church. Cost is by donation.
Neighborhood Pattern Days
An exciting formation opportunity for all ages is starting on September 22nd. Jeff Brown, our Director of Youth Ministries, has been working with Plainsong Farm, diocesan staff, and colleagues in the diocese the last few weeks to bring a free program-Neighborhood Pattern Days-to our parishes and families that will inspire them to create new ways to be prayerful in their local spaces and places. Read more and register at the link below.
Pilgrimage at St. Marks
A new offering for parishioners will be for individuals to be able to register and come to St. Mark’s for a time of reflection and meditation and maybe time in the St. Mary’s Garden. Stay tuned for further information, as this new ministry unfolds. ~ Christian+
Winter Clothing Collection 
Cold weather is coming and many of our Breakfast Cafe guests will be in need of warm winter clothing. Please consider donating new or gently used winter coats, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and socks for men, women and children. You may also make monetary donations which the church will use to purchase needed items. Donated clothing may be left in the church office during office hours. Thank you for considering the needs of those we serve!
The Rev. Lynette Sparks, Westminster Church
St. Mark's offers a welcome and asks for offers prayers for The Rev.
Lynette Sparks and her new ministry at Westminster Church as Senior
Pastor at Westminster Church. Lynette's live-streamed installation
will take place this Sunday at 10:00. May God bless Lynette and the
good people of Westminster in this new chapter of their life together.
~ Christian+
Mayors' Riverfront Cleanup  
The 17th Annual Mayors' Riverfront Cleanup begins next week and we would love to have a team of St. Mark's parishioners join in this opportunity to care for the place that we live. We will meet on Wednesday, September 16, from 6-8; exact location has not yet by finalized. All volunteers need to register here and join our team (St. Mark's Episcopal Church): Jeff Brown, Director of Youth Ministries, will be our team captain, so please reach out to him at with any questions.
Adult Formation Ministry at St. Mark's Announces Fall Wednesday Series
The Wednesday series will begin in October and presentations and
discussions will take place via Zoom from 7:00-8:15 and conclude with
prayer. Underpinning the series will be the new N. T. Wright book,
"God and the Pandemic". Each of the weeks will link the presentations
and discussions to current justice issues with aspects of Wright's
overarching theme of the pandemic and its impact on us as Christians
and as society. Stay tuned for further information to come! ~
Sign up to be an Episco-pal!
What is an "Episco-pal?" It's a prayer partner and pen-pal all in one! Sign up using this form and we will match you with another member of the St. Mark's congregation. Our goal is to create intergenerational friendships.
NOTE: Children must be in 4th grade or older to participate. Adults can participate at any age! hat is required? Once you know your partner, we ask that you pray for them daily and try to write to them at least once every-other week (or twice per month). The deadline to register is Sept. 30th. The Episco-pals program will run through the end of the year. 
A Big Thank You for all of the Diapers and Formula for our Community
Make a Difference: Volunteer Opportunity from the Dismantling Racism Ministry
Protect the right to vote and the integrity of the voting process by volunteering with Grand Rapids PROACTIVE, a nonpartisan voter empowerment organization. 
Save the date for Micah Opportunities
9/24/20 and 10/24/20
Midweek Eucharist on the Patio
Wednesday September 16, 2020
We wish to invite you for a small gathering for noon Eucharist on Wednesday on the patio (or in the Sanctuary if weather dictates). Because of limited space we will restrict this gathering to ten people and therefore, we will request that you register by calling the Parish Office at 616-456-1684 for a spot this Wednesday. I will confirm with you that I have secured a spot for you. If we have already filled our limited capacity, I would love to assure you are first on the list for the following week. Peace and Grace to all of you, Megan
African American History
Walking Tour
with Caroline Cook
Oct 4, 1 p.m.
In her presentation, Caroline will review the demographic changes over
the less-than-200 years that Grand Rapids has been a city on the banks
of the Grand River. She will also discuss the ethnic makeup of our
population having shifted dramatically over those years. The tour
specifically will examine the African American population from 1826
until present.  Many thanks to Michelle Gordon for suggesting this
and arranging it for us.Please, join us if you can!
From the Dismantling Racism Ministry: Back by popular demand – additional opportunities to discuss Kendi’s book “How to Be An Antiracist”. 
It is not too late to be a part of the discussion of this stimulating and informative book. Please link to the updated information below to learn about the opportunities to be a part of the discussion.
Prayer Continues During the Week

We are thankful to those who wish to offer an opportunity of prayer during the week. Please join us through our website or Facebook for a livestream time of prayer of the following days and times.

Monday 8:00 p.m. Compline
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. Midweek Eucharist
Thursdays 8:00 p.m. Compline
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.
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