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Celebrating 186 years of Service

Event Highlights

Open Discussion about the Transitional Process

May 21st at 12:15 pm, Following the 10:30 Service

Book Bonanza! Sunday, May 21 at Social Hour

Bring up to 5 books you would like to donate. We will have a table set up in the dining room for you to place your books at coffee hour and find other books to take home!

We think it will be a fun event and may be repeated in the fall if this proves to be something everyone enjoys!

~Parish Life Ministry


Garden Day

Saturday, May 27 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lend a hand to clean up, mulch and plant the gardens at St. Mark's. If you are able to help, please let Marie McKendall ([email protected]) know or sign the sheet on the welcome desk.

More Upcoming Events:


May 25 (Date change) East Leonard School Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, 9:30 a.m.

May 25 Volunteers Needed: East Leonard School Food Truck, 4-6 p.m.

May 28 Feast of Pentecost, Sacrament of Holy Baptism

June 2nd–4th Festival of the Arts Parking Lot Fundraiser

June 11 Celebration, Fr. Christian’s final Sunday at St. Mark’s

June 18 Bishop of the Diocese presides at both Services 

Be the Help & Grow Our Community!

Food Pantry Items needed for the Month of May: Pasta and Pasta Sauce (canned preferred)

Food Truck at East Leonard School

May 25th, 4:00-6:00 p.m. We need to help unload the food to tables, assist when families arrive and clear the space at the end of the drive. If you know of a family in need, you may send them to this event as well. Call the church office or e-mail Judy Freeman: [email protected]


Date Change for Volunteer Appreciation Brunch at East Leonard School, now Wednesday, May 25: If you have volunteered at East Leonard School this school year, please join us for a Volunteer Brunch at the school on Friday, May 25 at 9:30am. This should be a great celebration to all of us who have helped them with the beginning stages of the tutoring program. Hope to see you there! 

Additional calls for volunteers will be posted at the Welcome Desk. If you'd like to give of your talents, and build stronger connections at St. Mark's, but aren't sure where to begin, contact Kate at the front desk. ([email protected], 616-456-1160)

From Your Ministries


Change in the Eucharist Offering

Worship Ministry met on May 4. It was decided that as of June 2023, the practice of adding wine to wafers will be discontinued. The Intinction Cup for 'dipping' will continue to contain consecrated wine and be offered. A return to offering a Common Cup will be delayed for now. The current bulletin format will remain as it eliminates multiple worship aids for visitors, our senior parishioners and all at worship. ~ Worship Ministry

Safe Church, Safe Communities

Required Training

Every 3 years, all church clergy, staff, vestry and everyone volunteering with children or vulnerable adults must recertify their Safe Church training. Compliance is audited by the diocese annually. Training options:

Sunday, June 4th from noon-3:30 p.m.

at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on 3 Mile. St. Mark's welcomed.

RSVP to Deacon Alex Quick, [email protected].


Please reach out to Evan Knill or Jeff Brown, evank @stmarks.org or [email protected].

This fall at St. Mark's, details to come. 

Please "friend" St. Mark's on Facebook and subscribe to the YouTube Channel. Many thanks! ~ Communications Ministry

Safety Ministry Monthly Showcase

Mental illness is a health issue that will affect most of us personally at some time in our lives, and it certainly impacts our whole community. The closing of mental health institutions, instead of reforming them, leaves many folks without needed mental health resources. Click the article below for one such tragic (and violent) story. ~Respectfully, Saint Mark's Safety & Security Ministry

Link to the article "‘My Friend’s Descent into Madness and Bloodshed’: An American Tragedy"

Announcements & Celebrations

Graduate Recognition & Celebration:

May 21st during 10:30 service

Congratulations and best wishes to each of these graduates as they take the next step in their journeys, to their friends and family who supported them in their achievement of these milestones, and to all other St. Mark’s graduates and families not specifically mentioned below. 

Middle School: Carter Dillet, Chloe Falkenstern, Addy Henry, Reece Hoyt, Rowan Kozminski, Caroline VanderVelde.

High School: Xavier Almonte, Ian Brown, Judy Visser.

College: Meredith Armour, Sophie Bell, Lydia Dykema, Ethan McDonald, Silas Sheffer, Grahm Staib.

Graduate School: Ben Armour.

Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation Candidates

We celebrate the following individuals who completed the Episcopal 101: An Inquirer's Journey and all others who will be presented by Fr. Christian for Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation on June 4 at St. Gregory's in Muskegon or the Nov 11 Service at St. Timothy's in Richland, MI:

 Linda Bos, Sue Poll, Heather Tafel, Michael Reale, Grahm Steib, Rachel Brewer, Chris Brewer, John Brewer, Sam Brewer, Carolyn Muyskens, Matt Schrauben, Shawn Miller, Rex Miller, Jane Kotarski, Dan Stauffer, Lori Freye, Laura Rozeboom, Allison Cole Baker, Zachary Luke Mathys.

Farewell Celebration Invitation
2023 Pledge Card

If you have not yet pledged for 2023, we are graciously still accepting pledges towards our life together. Pledge cards are available at the Resource Table and the Welcome Desk. 

Please join us as you are able!

New to St. Mark's? Welcome!

Sunday Services at 8:00 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. (recorded live)

Healing Prayer during Holy Communion, near the piano in the South Transept

Mid-week Eucharist at noon on Wednesdays

St. Mark's Episcopal Church is a growing, welcoming, and affirming community of faith in a vibrant urban community. In our worship and in our service to the community, we proclaim that all people are worthy of God's love. We celebrate and uphold the dignity of all people whose ethnicity, cultural heritage, and denominational traditions are examples and celebrations of God's love. We welcome visitors and parishioners from all social, political, and educational backgrounds, and all abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. We affirm all people and celebrate diversity, as we work to fulfill God's love for all people as a community of faith.  

Parking and Restrooms on Sundays

Please, respect the handicap parking spaces at St. Mark’s, especially on Sundays. These are needed by many parishioners.

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 Sundays only, white validation tickets for the Ellis lot can be found from an usher or greeter.

Main floor restrooms are limited. The second floor has additional restrooms.

Sunday Children's Opportunities

During the 10:30 Service, in the Lower Level. 

For more info and to volunteer, contact Evan Knill, Director of Children's Formation: [email protected].

Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth

For info on virtual and in-person youth group meetings as well as events and activities, contact Jeff Brown, Director of Youth Ministries at [email protected]

Baptisms at St. Mark’s

The next opportunity for the Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be at the Festival of Pentecost on May 28 at the 10:30 Eucharist. If you are interested for yourself or your child, see Fr. Christian.

Thank you for your continued support


St. Mark's!

Please see the ways to give to St. Mark's in the link below.

Link Here for Financial Update

Ways to Give to St. Mark's

1.)  Mobile App Square Cash - Cashtag: $stmarksgr Web address: cash.me/$stmarksgr or use the top QR code

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 (Search: St Marks Episcopal Church - no punctuation) or use the QR code below

Or go to app.myvanco.com (use invite code EVDBRF)

5.)  Pay by text - text 616-205-9714 from your phone and send in a payment

6.)  Mail in a check to the church 

7.) Gifts or Transfer of Stock

8.) Remember St. Mark's in your Estate Planning

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

134 N. Division Avenue

Grand Rapids, MI 49503




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