St. Mark's Episcopal Church
October 11, 2020
The Nineteenth Sunday
After Pentecost
Join us on Sunday through our website, Youtube or Facebook for Eucharist celebrated at 10:30 a.m.

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

St. Mark's in the Park in October

October 11th - Gordon Park
9:15 a.m. Yoga
10:30 Park Service and children's activities
followed by bring your own picnic
17150 Northland Drive
Sand Lake MI

October 18th -
184th Anniversary Celebration
Palmer Park
   Wyoming - Grandville area 

October 25th - Millennium Park
NW area 

Hope you can be with us!
On All Saints Day, Nov. 1 we will print a list of all the names of those who have gone before us over the last year and will read these names to the toll of our tower bell during the Service. Please submit the names of your loved ones who have passed away within the last twelve months to
Potential Chancel Extension
photo courtesy of Kenny William-Buck
This fall, we are exploring bringing the high altar and communion rail to the front of the chancel with chancel extension. The photo of the platform represents the height of the potential platform. The white lines indicate the shape of the platform. The kneelers indicate where the congregation would kneel to receive communion. Please be sure to worship with us on Sundays to experience how celebrating Eucharist is currently being celebrated. Preliminary approvals thus far include the Staff, Worship Ministry, Property Ministry, and the Vestry. Opportunities for in person dialogue will take place on October 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please, come if you are able. Many thanks.
A Note from Monica
To all of St. Marks Episcopal Church, It is with mixed emotions that I bring you the news of my departing. With excitement I look forward to relocating to North Carolina. North Carolina has always been a desired place for me to live. With the many changes in 2020 I saw this as a perfect time to move. I am sad to leave many friends and coworkers. With a warm heart I thank all of you who have poured into me, gave me warm hugs and beautiful smiles. I thank you for the opportunity to be part of this community. Sincerely, Monica Peak
Adult Formation Ministry Fall Wednesday Series

The Wednesday series will continue through November 18. 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 a society. Stay tuned for further information to come! 

Midweek Eucharist
Wednesday October 14, 2020

We wish to invite you for Eucharist on Wednesday at noon. We request that you register by calling the Parish Office at 616-456-1684 and speak with Megan to register. She will confirm with you that a space has been secured. Please join us if you can.
Prayers During the Week

We are thankful to those who wish to offer an opportunity of prayer during the week. Please, join us on Facebook for a livestreamed prayer on the following days and times.

Monday 8:00 p.m. Compline with Doug Karsen
Tuesday 8:00 p.m. Compline with Ethan McDonald
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. Midweek Eucharist
Thursdays 8:00 p.m. Compline with Bea Rocco
Pilgrimage at St. Marks

Parishioners are invited to register and come to St. Mark's for a time of reflection and meditation. Please, contact Father Christian to schedule a time, and he will also be available for a spiritual chat or Rite of Reconciliation.

Coming To You During the Week of October 26
  St. Mark’s Racial and Social Justice Survey
At the request of the Vestry, the St. Mark’s Dismantling Racism Ministry and Micah Ministry  have developed a brief, anonymous electronic survey to get feedback and guidance on where we are as a congregation and where we need to go in responding to racial and social injustice and making our congregation and communities places where all people feel welcome and can thrive. Please check your email during the week of October 26 for more information and access to the survey. We ask for your prayerful response.  
I received this very sweet note from Margarett Tanase today and wanted to share the message with you. Christian+

Dear Fr. & St. Marks Family,
I sure enjoyed your card. I miss being there and Cathy very much when she would bring communion. I get these cards from friends who drop them off. This one is a sympathy one because of this whole virus mess. I wish I could be at church. Sometimes they have a service here on TV I'll watch. I hope we can all be together again soon, and hope you all keep well. I wanted to say I hope a person is getting better. She was ill, and I cannot remember her name. I'm getting old. But, you all are
in my prayers everyday.  
Love & Blessings to all. Margarett Tanase
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! What 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 Episco-pals program will run through the end of the year. 
Winter Clothing for our Neighbors

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 brought to the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please drive to the middle back door of the Parish House, Winchester Alley, and ring the doorbell.
Thank you for considering the needs of those in need!
Strategic Plan Ministry Responds to COVID-19

The Strategic Plan Ministry met this past week to consider how its draft strategic plan should be modified to meet the challenges COVID-19 presents for our life as a Christian community. Chairs of ministries will soon be hearing about possible changes. They’ll also be invited to submit their own ideas. These changes will be discussed at an in-person All Ministries Meeting, Thursday,
November 5, 7:00 p.m.
--Catherine Frerichs, Chair, Strategic Plan Ministry
Micah Ministry
Zoom Launch Meeting, October 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   
Dismantling Racism Ministry: 
The “Did You Know- It Happens Here” Blog

Link below for the weekly Dismantling Racism Ministry blog from St. Mark’s parishioners about experiences and facts that shaped their own understanding of race and racism. If you have a relevant experience or insights to share, please send a paragraph or two to Anne Hiskes at

This weeks Blog........On my way home from work one day I heard a story on the radio that forever changed my thinking. A Black women had lost her baby and nearly died herself. To learn more about infant mortality in Kent County..........
Potential Amendment to Parish By-Laws
In keeping with the Canons of the Church, please see this amendment which was initially approved by the Vestry at the September Vestry Meeting and must be presented to the Parish as part of the process for final approval by the Vestry. The bolded text indicates the change in language for the amendment.  

If you have any questions, please, feel free to contact Chris Trevathan, Senior Warden of the Parish or me. ~ Christian+ 
Grand Rapids Community College Fall 2020 Diversity Lecture Series
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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