Dearest St. Mark’s Family,

Every day this week, I have tried to keep the students, faculty, and staff of Texas State University in my prayers. What a wonderfully bizarre and special time to be praying for this big part of our community. The prayer I have used is the beautiful one that comes from the prayer book on page 824.  

For Schools and Colleges

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities
and especially Texas State University, that they may be lively centers for
sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find
you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

What I love about this prayer is the humble wish that schools, colleges, and universities would be “lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom.” Certainly this wish is for the classroom and the laboratory, but I think it also applies for the campus, the hallway, the dorm room, and the occasional trip to Target.

Being a lively center of sound learning is really a good mantra for all of us in a college town. At St. Mark’s we hope to be a lively center of sound learning in our adult formation, our preschool, and even our worship. I hope that every time we connect to St. Mark’s, whether it be a “regular” gathering or one of our many facebook connections, it becomes for you a place of new discovery and the pursuit of wisdom.

When I pray this prayer every day, I have the bobcats in mind, but I also have the little lions of the preschool, and the wisdom schoolers who are little further removed from the days of dorm rooms and late night Whataburger runs. I hope that in this unusual time, we can take a minute to pray for the University to be a “lively center” for learning, discovery, and wisdom… but I also hope that we can claim our role as lively centers for such endeavors in our own lives.

I am so very aware of how our understanding of what constitutes a lively center has changed these days. Middle schoolers are learning to set up home offices, and families have “home-school chapels.” My prayer for all of us these days is that we will continue to create that sacred space in our homes for worship and an experience with the beloved community, AND we will extend that sacredness to our own “lively centers of sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of Wisdom.”

In all of our lively centers and sacred spaces, I hope you never forget…
You are Loved!
Peace,
Ben+
School Fuel is revving back up!
School Fuel is gearing back up for the fall - Prep starts in two week
In two weeks we will start back with our weekly schedule of prep and packing. If you are interested in details, please reach out to church office or Nick Hoover for dates and times.

As a reminder, we will continue with the schedule we had at the end of last semester, with prep at 5pm, and then 2 packing sessions; one at 6pm and another 7pm.

Because the number of volunteers is small, we will need every person who signs up, so if you need to cancel after signing up, please let us know ASAP so we can find a replacement.

All volunteers must be 16 or older.
Please bring your own mask, we will provide gloves.

*OUR GOAL
Our biggest goal here at School Fuel is growth. There may be as many as 2,000 students in San Marcos in need of weekend food support. Ultimately, we at School Fuel want to meet that need, and in order to do that, we need you!
St. Mark's Adult Formation Offering
St. Mark's School of Wisdom is open to the curious and the serious – to all seekers of Christian wisdom and spirituality. Our assumption is that everyone needs to find their own way, in their own way. Each course and spiritual practice is part of a transformational journey, a journey we are all on whether we are conscious of it or not.
The purpose of the School is to open our hearts and awaken our minds toward the growth of the soul. We explore our unique individual paths on common spiritual ground with others to:
Encounter the Divine
Question the ways we think and what we believe
Re-imagine our tradition
Co-create our world
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All are welcome to join us in learning and practicing the spiritual path that Christianity has to offer. 

All School of Wisdom courses will be held online for the
Fall 2020 semester.
 
There will be no meetings on campus. 
You will be sent sign-in instructions after you register.
Monday Evenings at 6:30 pm​
Wisdom on Wednesdays at 1:30pm
An Upcoming Offering
On Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm, beginning September 9, we'll open a Zoom room for an ongoing, weekly discussion, facilitated by Dr Brandon Beck, beginning with the book Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Rabbi Naomi Levy. Email tkdpower1@gmail.com for the Zoom invite. Book available on Amazon or Jewish Book Council.