What’s happening at St. Mark’s this season?
20s & 30s Advent Discussion Group
Tuesdays in Advent, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall
All people in their 20s and 30s (and college students) are invited to join our Advent discussion group over four Tuesdays leading to Christmas. Join us at church from 7-8:30 p.m. to prepare for Christmas by sharing dinner as we read and discuss selections on the following topics and figures:
November 27 | Expectation
December 4 | Mary the Blessed Virgin
December 11 |Saint Joseph
December 18 | Emmanuel
Please join us for any or all these dates. We will meet in the Parish Hall. To RSVP or for questions about this event, please contact Matt Phillips.
We have received Advent devotionals from Living Compass, Practicing Generosity with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. They are available on a first come, first served basis at the back of the church.
Adult Education: Thinking Christianity with Augustine—Then and Now
Sundays, December 2, 9, & 16, at 11 a.m., in the Library
Besides Jesus and Paul, no one has influenced the western Christian imagination more than the fourth and fifth century north African bishop and intellectual, Aurelius Augustine. His voluminous writings have set the conversation for how virtually all western Christians have understood topics as diverse and important as: the being of God, the problem of evil, the promise of salvation, the inheritance of sin, the gift of grace, the nature of the church, the ambiguities of sex, and the limits of politics. In three classes, we will discuss a few of these topics and look at how Augustine’s legacy is still shaping us. The first class will focus on how Augustine thought about God and creation, the second on Jesus, sin, and salvation, and the third on the Holy Spirit and salvation. Special attention will be given to the relevance of questions about gender, sexuality, and politics throughout. Classes will meet on December 2, 9 & 16, at 11 a.m., in the Library.
Chapel Rededication and Advents Lessons & Carols
December 2, at 4 p.m.
The crowning event in our year-long 125th anniversary celebration will take place Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. At this wonderful service, we will enjoy the Advent Lessons and Carols liturgy lead ably by our choir and Bishop Steven Miller. During the liturgy, our bishop will name and rededicate our newly-remodeled side chapel.
Gift-Wrapping for Eastside Senior Services
Sunday, December 9, at 11 a.m.
Each year St. Mark’s parishioners have generously responded by donating small gifts for our older adult clients on the east side. During coffee hour on December 9, we will wrap the gift — please bring gifts unwrapped so they can be labeled appropriately. This is a great event for families. All wrapping supplies will be provided. Between now and then, bring these small ($5-10) items to the Parish Hall. Gifts most appreciated are gift cards to local businesses, non-perishable foods (no candy), gloves, hats, towels, small throw blankets, stationery with postage stamps, etc. For some clients, this may be the only gift they receive. Questions? Contact the office.
And don’t be surprised if St. Nick stops by to help wrap the gifts!
Sunday, January 6, following the service
January 6 marks the Feast of the Epiphany, and we at St. Mark’s will celebrate with an Epiphany Brunch at 10:30, following the service. Please come into the Parish Hall and enjoy the festivities: champagne, music, brunch buffet, and traditional King Cakes!