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What’s happening at St. Mark’s this holiday season?

Campus Ministry Dinner Church — Sunday, December 1, at 5:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall
College students and adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to come to experience a new way to worship with Dinner Church! Join us in the Parish Hall on the first Sunday of each month during the school year as we share dinner, prayers, and discussion together. Setup and conversation begin at 5:30 p.m. with worship and dinner at 6 p.m. For any questions, contact Matt Phillips.

Advent Opportunity
Lectio Divina, or Holy Reading, is an ancient and meditative way to encounter Scripture. In this season of Advent where we anticipate the coming of God, give yourself a present and come to our three sessions where we learn the art of sitting with and learning from the spirit of the Biblical text. Our leader for each session will be Judith Miller, an experienced spiritual director. Sessions will be on Thursday nights in December (December 5, 12, and 19), from 6-7 p.m., in the Rector’s office. RSVP to Fr. Burch.

Adult Education: John the Baptist, The Second Coming and the Annunciation in Art
With paintings and music as our guides, this December our Sunday Adult Forums will explore how Advent challenges us to respond to the sometimes scary good news of God coming into the world. Lead by the Rev. John Hickey, sessions will be held on December 8, 15 and 22, at 11 a.m., in the Library.

Christmas Gifts for Eastside Clients
Each year St. Mark’s parishioners have purchased small gifts ($5-$10) for the older adult clients served by Eastside Senior Services. These gifts are delivered by the many ESS volunteers. Suggestions: non-perishable foods (no candy), gloves, scarves, hats, towels, small throw blankets, stationery with postage stamps, hand lotion, etc. There will be a table in the Parish Hall for these items. For some clients, this may be the only gift they receive. On December 8 during Coffee Hour, we will wrap and label the gifts. This is a great event for families. All wrapping supplies will be provided.

And don’t be surprised if St. Nick stops by to help wrap the gifts!

2019-2020 Advent and Christmas Diaper Drive
The diaper drive is back with an exciting goal — donating 6,000 diapers to local organizations! We will collect disposable diapers and wipes between December 1 (first Sunday of Advent) and January 12 (Epiphany Sunday). Sizes 5 and 6 are especially appreciated. Please drop diapers and wipes off in the crib set up in the Parish Hall.

Our diaper drive will benefit the Riverwest Food Pantry, Robyn’s Nest and HOPE Network for Single Mothers. As many as 1 in 3 families experience diaper need at some point. Plus, diapers are expensive, costing up to $1,200 annually, and are not covered by programs such as SNAP (food stamps) and WIC.

You can also support the drive by donating funds to buy diapers in bulk. Write “Diapers” on the memo line of your check or give electronically via the DONATE button on our website and select “Diapers” from the drop-down menu.

Advent Devotionals
We have received Advent devotionals from Living Compass, Practicing Peace with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. They are available on a first come, first served basis at the back of the church.

Advent Reflections | Campus Ministry + 20s & 30s
All college students and adults in their 20s & 30s are invited to join our Advent Reflections group. Join us from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the first three Mondays in December as we share dinner together while reading and discussing reflections from this year’s Living Compass Advent resource.

For any questions or to RSVP for any of these dinners, December 2, 9, & 16, please contact Matt Phillips.

Advent Lessons and Carols—Sunday, December 8, at 4 p.m.
Please come and join in this beautiful, traditional service of Advent readings, choir anthems, carols, and hymns. Attendance at Advent Lessons and Carols provides a reflective and prayerful celebration of the time of waiting and hopeful expectation which is our time of Advent. A cookie reception will follow.