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Presider The Reverend Justi Schunior, Associate Rector
Guest Preacher Mr. Grady B. Hedgespeth, Senior Warden
Director of Music Mr. Jeff Kempskie
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WELCOME to ST. MARK’S!
Wherever you are on your faith journey, please know you are welcome to celebrate life with us.
Please sit anywhere in the Nave—if you use a hearing aid with a T-setting, you need to sit within the front three rows to access our tele-loop system. You may also ask an usher to borrow one of our infrared headsets.
We offer open communion, which is our way of inviting any and all to partake in the Eucharistic supper: this is God’s meal. We gather around the altar and you are most welcome regardless of your religion, beliefs, or practices.
Childcare: the Nursery is closed during July because of Undercroft renovations. See the Announce-ments for additional information.
Announcements are at the back of this service bulletin and you will hear some oral announcements during the service. To become more informed and engaged, you are invited to subscribe to our weekly electronic newsletter at www.stmarks.net/gospelnewsletter.
Construction at St. Mark’s. We are about to complete a major renovation of our parish hall wing so things will be a bit chaotic until late summer: porta-potties are outside and to your right; the basement restroom is closed in July & August due to renovations in the Undercroft; water-coolers are on either side of the baptismal font.
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10:00 am Holy Eucharist is without sermon.
11:00 am Sermon Seminar. Following a short break, the sermon is preached, followed by time for comments and discussion. Sermon Seminar will be held on all Sundays in August, September 7 & 14. The days that we don’t have Sermon Seminar, the sermon will be preached during the 10:00 am service.
5:00 pm Contemplative Eucharist, often celebrated by candlelight, with limited music and a homily and is followed by “Holy Happy Hour,” frequently with shared food and beverage.
In August and September, we will celebrate Sunday Eucharist at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Sermon Seminar will be held all Sundays in August, September 7 & 14.
We resume two morning services and one evening service the first Sunday in October.
WORSHIP IN THE ROUNDWORSHIP IN THE ROUNDWORSHIP IN THE ROUNDWORSHIP IN THE ROUND
has been part of our community since 1965. The center altar allows a changing hanging…for Pentecost, it is the Honduras Cross, which symbolizes St. Mark's connection with the broader Anglican Communion and our obligations to our sisters and brothers around the world, particularly with our sister congregations in the San Marcos Cluster in Honduras. Eileen Blumenthal and the 2000 Mission to Honduras designed the cross, and Eileen commissioned its construction in Honduras as a gift to St. Mark's community.
An abstract Resurrected Cross stands in front of the lectern. Created by Lynda Smith-Bugge from local burled maples and black walnut, its closed vertical has opened as rays and circles lift the outstretched arms of the cross symbolizing the opening of arms to Lynda’s family and others in our community.
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The Liturgy of the WordThe Liturgy of the WordThe Liturgy of the WordThe Liturgy of the Word Prelude Theme from Game of Thrones Ramin Djawadi Opening Hymn LEVAS 112 Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest Lambillotte
Presider God asks, “Who do you say that I am?” People You are the one in whom we live and move and have our being. All Be still, and know that I am God. Amen. The Collect from Prayers for an Inclusive Church
Presider God be with you. People And also with you.
Presider Let us pray, All Passionate Lord, walking to Golgotha in the midst of our confusion: free us from our images of you which keep you enthroned in idle power, apart from the pain and sin of the world; lead us to embrace the scandal of the cross and let our violence die that greater life might rise; through Jesus Christ, who took the form of a slave. Amen. The First Reading adapted from “The Prodigal Son,” James Weldon Johnson
Read by Raiford Gaffney The Second Reading Genesis 32:22-31 Read by Nat White
The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and like-wise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me." So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." Then the man said, "You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed." Then Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved." The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping be-cause of his hip.
Reader Here what God’s Spirit is saying to us People Thanks be to God.
The Gospel Matthew 16:21-28
Gospeller The Gospel of Jesus. People
Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you." But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
"For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will re-pay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
Gospeller The Gospel of Jesus. People Prayers of the People from A New Zealand Book of Prayer, adapted
Led by Jackie Boddie Leader Gracious God, enliven the Church for its mission People That we may be the salt of the earth and light to the world.
Leader Breathe fresh life into your people. People Give us power to reveal Christ in word and action.
Leader Lead us and every people into ways of justice and peace. People That we may respect one another in freedom and truth.
Leader Awaken in us a sense of wonder for the earth and all that is in it. People Teach us to care creatively for its resources.
Leader Inspire with your wisdom those whose decisions affect the lives of others People That all may act with integrity and courage.
Leader Give grace to all whose lives are linked with ours. People May we serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.
Leader Comfort and restore all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. People May they know the power of your healing love.
Leader Make us willing agents of your compassion. People Strengthen us as we share in making people whole.
Leader We remember with thanksgiving those who have died and those who mourn. People Bring them peace in their time of loss.
Leader We invite everyone to offer prayers, silently or if aloud, saying “This is my prayer” to which all will respond “This is our prayer.”
A time is reserved for individual prayers.
Leader Let us pray. All We offer our prayers in the faith that you, O God, love us, that Jesus our risen brother walks with us, and that the Holy Spirit strengthens us. Amen. The Peace
Presider The peace of God be always with you. People And also with you.
All, one with another, exchange a sign of peace.
Welcome Associate Rector’s Greeting
Liturgy of the TableLiturgy of the TableLiturgy of the TableLiturgy of the Table
Offertory Anthem Shout for Joy! American spiritual, arr. Alan Bullard Summer Choir
O Lord! Shout for joy! Early in the morning, Shout for joy! Late in the evening, Shout for joy! Feel like shouting, Feel like praying. Please stand as able.
Presentation Hymn 371, v. 3 Moscow
Spirit of truth and love, life-giving, holy Dove, speed forth thy flight! Move on the waters' face bearing the gifts of grace, And in earth's darkest place, let there be light! Eucharistic Prayer from Prayers for an Inclusive Church
Presider God be with you. People And also with you.
Presider Lift up your hearts. People We lift them to God.
Presider Let us give thanks to God. People It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Presider We praise you, God of freedom, for you breathed life into the void and showed yourself as the one who loves in freedom.
From the nothingness of slavery you called a people into being and led them to springs of life; the presence of your glory went with shattered exiles into strange and distant lands and gathered from the valley of despair the flesh and blood of living hope.
In Jesus, you confronted the powers that killed and oppressed; you spoke to those considered dead and helped them stand again; he taught us to die that we might live.
He gave himself for us tortured and forsaken, but he could not be confined by death; in the garden he speaks our name, in the breaking of the bread he shows himself among us; by the lakeside, in the new day, he calls us to take up his work.
Therefore, with all who lost faith, all who walked away in sadness, with the women at the tomb, and the men who hid in fear we confess ourselves surprised by the suddenness of dawn and join the undying song of heaven:
Sanctus S 130 From Deutsche Messe, Franz Schubert; arr. Richard Proulx
Presider We ask that your Holy Spirit will fall upon us and upon these gifts that these fragile, earthly things may be to us the body and blood of our lord and brother, Jesus Christ; who, on the night he was betrayed, gathered with his faltering friends for a meal that tasted of freedom. Calling them to his table, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
In the same way after supper, he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant of my blood. Do this, whenever you drink it, to remember me.” As on that night, so here and now he offers himself in touch and taste beyond all words can hold.
Great is the mystery of faith.
All Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
Presider Therefore, we come to him in whom all is created in heaven and earth, whose cross and resurrection make all things new.
We offer this to you, asking you to smile upon the gifts we bring, for you alone are the Giver and Christ’s the gift through which we live once and for all.
Through him who was emptied to bear your fullness we make our prayer with all created life to the glory of the God who fills all in all now and for ever. All Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Presider Now, in the words Jesus taught us, we pray, All Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours. Now and for ever. Amen. Breaking of the Bread Agnus Dei S 164 From Deutsche Messe, Franz Schubert; arr. Richard Proulx
Invitation to Communion
Presider Here at St. Mark’s, we observe an open Communion. Whomever we are, from wherever we have come, and whatever we believe, we are invited and welcome to receive the bread and wine of this Table. The Communion
Everyone is invited to God’s Table. For our visitors: Please gather around the altar platform. Remain until everyone has received the bread and the wine. You may consume the bread, then receive the wine by taking a sip from the cup or you may hold the bread, which will signal that you wish to dip it into the cup. If you wish to receive a blessing rather than communion, simply cross your arms across your chest.
Music During Communion
Hymn 707 Take my life, and let it be Hollingside
Like the murmur of the dove’s song Words by Carl P. Daw, Music by Alan Smith Summer Choir
Like the murmur of the dove's song, like the challenge of her flight, like the vigor of the wind's rush, like the new flame's eager might: come, Holy Spirit, come.
To the members of Christ's Body, to the branches of the Vine, to the Church in faith assembled, to her midst as gift and sign: come, Holy Spirit, come.
With the healing of division, with the ceaseless voice of prayer, with the power of love and witness, with the peace beyond compare: come, Holy Spirit, come.
LEVAS 136 I Have Decided to Follow Jesus Indian Folk Melody, arr. Norman Johnson Post Communion Prayer from Prayers for an Inclusive Church
Presider Together, let us pray. All Risen Christ, whom we have seen with our eyes and touched with our hands; the word of life in whom our joy is complete: send us out to declare your truth, your unshakable faith in the world you love. Amen. Closing Hymn 456 O Love of God, how strong and true de Tar The Blessing from Prayers for an Inclusive Church
Presider May the living God remove the suffocating shroud that lies upon our world; may the risen Savior draw the sting of death, bringing all to life in him; May the flowing Spirit set us and all creation free and seal our hearts with faith; and the blessing of God, our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Sustainer be with us always. All Amen. Dismissal
Announcements Please limit announcements to one minute each.
Sermon Grady B. Hedgespeth, Senior Warden
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Guest Preacher & Senior Warden Grady Hedgespeth was raised in historic Grace Episco-pal Church in Norfolk, Va. which gave us our African-American hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing. He has severed on the Vestry at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston and here at St. Marks. Most of his career has been in the private sector in banking and finance. For the last seven years he has served as a Senior Executive at the US Small Business Administra-tion. Grady lives on Capitol Hill with his wife Sheila and their precocious Parson Russell Ter-rier, Ms. Sallie.
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Liturgical Leaders and Worship Participants
Verger Margaret Wood
Acolyte Liz Layton, Crucifer,
Altar Guild Mary Jo Detweiler
Beadles Scilla Adams
Bread Kenn Allen & Maureen Shea
Wine Joe Tarantolo
Greeters Nora Rumpf, Mary Thuell
Lay Servers Bill Dickinson, Rick Rutherford, Maureen Shea
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Lolita Abernathy (Paul’s mother) • Frederica Barrow • The Reverend William Baxter (Ninth Rector of St. Mark’s) •
Announcements, not to exceed 120 words, are to be submitted to email@example.com by 5:00 pm on the Tuesday preceding the Sunday you wish the announcement to run.
Move Related Announcements
1. HOW TO REACH CLERGY WHEN THE OFFICE MOVES. During the move from the trailers to the new office, clergy and staff phone and internet/email service will be interrupted. To reach clergy for pastoral emergencies during this time, please send an email to the web-based account that will forward your email message directly to clergy's per-sonal phones. Please note that this system will only be in operation when the St. Mark's office phones and internet/email are not working. If phones and email are working in the office, this emergency email address will not be moni-tored. The emergency email account is set up with a message to automatically respond, letting you know when the account is not currently being checked and asking you to email clergy and staff at their regular email addresses or to telephone the office. What is a pastoral emergency? A pastoral emergency is a death, a sudden illness or decline in health, or a request for immediate financial assistance (which may or may not be available during this time). All other requests will be forwarded to appropriate clergy or staff person once our systems are operational. To notify clergy and staff of a pastoral emergency during an internet/email/phone outage, simply sending an email message to: StMarks911@gmail.com. Please include the nature of the emergency as well as phone and email contact information in your message.
2. OFFICE CLOSED THIS WEEK. The church office closed as of 5:00 pm, Friday, August 29 and will remain closed through 9:00 am, Monday, September 8. Clergy and staff will not be able to accept visitors or deliveries, and phone and email service will be interrupted during the move.
3. REQUESTING CHECKS DURING THE MOVE. The bookkeeper will issue checks on the regular schedule during the transition from the trailers to the new office suite, however you will not be able to pick up checks between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7, when the office will be closed. Any time-critical check requests that need to be processed during week of Sept. 1-5 may be e-mailed to the Bookkeeper (firstname.lastname@example.org) for processing on September 6. Checks can be picked up after 10:00 am, Monday, Sept. 8. The office will not be able to accept deliveries of any kind Sept. 2-7, includ-ing expense vouchers, so please plan to submit those before Aug. 29 or after Sept. 8.
5. GIVE-AWAY DAYS: We stored lots of things we weren't certain would be needed. Now it turns out that 2020 has purchased new desks, chairs, filing cabinets, lamps, etc., so we need to find new homes for these old but useful items. On Saturday Sept.13th and Sunday Sept 14th (hours to be announced) we will hold a first-come-first-served give away. Come prepared to haul away (we do not deliver) whatever you may want before we open the giveaway to other churches… and trash the remainder.
6. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: At various points in the moving in process, Transition could very well use your assis-tance. We can't predict precisely what days and/or how many people so…if you can be available during the day Mon-days thru Saturdays between Sept. 2nd and Sept. 19th, email us (email@example.com) clearly stating when (which days, what hours) you can show up. If we need help on the day(s) you offer, we'll call you to schedule you; please don't just show up unless you've been called since we don't want folks making the effort to get to St. Mark's only to find that they're not needed.
7. BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS. The bulletin for September 7 was printed last week in anticipation of the move. Bulletin announcements for this service bulletin were due August 20. If you have a last-minute announcement, please forward it to Angela in the office. If space permits, it may be included on an announcements insert that will run those that Sunday. Space will be limited, so inclusion cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best! Questions? Contact An-gela in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From the Office
8. SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER: There will be there will be two Sunday services during the sum-mer and through September- at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Sermon Seminar will run through September 14, following the single 10:00 am service. Two morning services and one evening service resume Sunday, October 5.
9. IF YOU USE ONLINE BILL-PAY TO DONATE TO ST. MARK’S: a. Do not use the check’s “memo” field. (Many banks do not print it!) b. Use the “Payable To” field to indicate how you want your money credited – and make this line as SHORT as possible. (Many banks cut it to just the first few words you type!). For example, make your checks payable to “St. Mark’s Canvass 2014” or “St. Mark’s V2020” (if paying your membership or Vision 2020 pledge). c. The first time you send in a check using online bill-pay, contact me to make sure your check accurately reflects your
wishes. Thank you very much, Susan Block, Parish Administrator for Finance and Membership, (202-543-0053, ext. 305 or email@example.com). 10. RECTOR RETURNS FROM SUMMER LEAVE. The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, who has been away from the parish since June, will return when the office reopens after the move, September 9. Please contact him after September 4 via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (202-543-0053, ext. 301) if you wish to schedule an appointment after he returns. Until the Rector returns, please contact Associate Rector The Reverend Justi Schunior for pastoral concerns and office staff for assistance.
Discernment & Search Committee
11 THE SEARCH FOR OUR NEXT RECTOR: St. Mark’s is forming a Discernment and Search Committee(DSC) to look for our new rector. This 9-member Search Committee will be chaired by Nadine Hathaway and Jim Ashley. It will meet weekly beginning in October and continually the next year. The Vestry appointed a small Nominating Group to help find and recommend names of parishioners to serve on the Search Committee. The Nominating Group is chaired by Bill Jordan and includes Gwen Dillard, Jim Steed, Louise Walsh and Caitie Whelan. If you are interested in serv-ing on the Discernment and Search Committee, please complete an application form. You will find the form in the tract rack in the Nave or online (enter ‘search committee’ at www.stmarks.net). The first item is a message from our Senior Warden describing the search process along with a link at the bottom for an application form. You can now email your completed form to: email@example.com. If you complete it by hand from the tract rack in the Nave, you can always give it to a member of the Nominating Group before September 15. If you have questions, please con-tact a group member (see their names in the above announcement) Thank-you!
12. RENEWAL WORKS SURVEY STARTS SEPTEMBER 20. The letter to the Ephesians describes the Christian community as the body of Christ, growing, dynamic, changing, evolving, building itself up in love. We invite all mem-bers to participate in the Renewal Works program by taking an anonymous survey that will be available starting on September 20th. The Renewal Works program is an Episcopal planning tool for examining the life of the congregation. This survey will provide each one of us with an opportunity to think about where we are spiritually as individuals and help us identify where we are most dynamic as a congregation. For more information: please visit http://renewalworks.org/ or contact Jim Ashley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nadine Hathaway (email@example.com).
Vision 2020 and Transition
13. OPENING OUR DOORS: If our schedule holds, the first Sunday that we will open doors for you to see our new space is September 7. Some areas will be for preview only as final finishing work is needed before moving in. Other areas will be ready to use. Come and see!
14. FURNITURE DELIVERY: New furniture for our new space was delivered on August 21 and August 25. It must be staged, assembled and put into place. Some furniture, like staff work-stations, require more assembly after delivery.
15. THE FINISH LINE: And so, as we approach the end of our major building project, it’s the final things, finishing the details like properly keying all the doors and installing their hardware.
16. TOUCHING UP, CATCHING OOPSES: The process of building a punch list at the end of a construction project is figuring out what needs touching up or fixing. Our contractor, Monarc, and the St. Mark’s Construction Com-mittee will do separate walk-throughs and look for punch list items. Then the architects will go through the building, observe and write down what needs correcting. From all these separate punch lists, a consolidated list will be created and given to our contractor. The staff, too, in the first week they occupy their new space, may discover things that need adjusting. This is all a normal part of the building process.
17. EAGER TO SEE OUR NEW SPACE?: Volunteer to help Transition with the move in! See announcement #6
18. THANK-YOU: We again want to thank those of you who are able to accelerate your 2014 Capital Campaign payments. These early payments help us delay for another month or two the accrual of interest on our loan! Thank you so much.
24. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 2014-2015 CATALOGS. The new Christian Education catalog will be available in early Sep-tember in tract racks, and then will be posted on the St Mark's website (www.smarks.net/ministry-and-programs/course-catalog) Pick up your copy of the catalog of classes, workshops and retreats for the coming year, illustrated with artwork from Sunday School banners, and beautifully designed by Karen Falk.
Teacher Training and Orientation 19. CHRISTIAN ED TEACHER & STAFF KICK OFF. Teachers, supervisors and Christian Ed support staff, plan to come to a brief but very important gathering to launch you into your role in the program this year. Topics include Safe-
guarding God's Children training, how to get art and other supplies, handling money and expenses, how to recruit and other key procedures. We promise you good snacks and beverages and a well organized presentation. When: Sun-day, September 7, noon - 12:50 pm. Where: Meeting Room C (new undercroft). Leaders: Kitty Donnelly, Peter Sherer, Christian Ed staff. Fee: none.
20. NUTS AND BOLTS OF FUNCTIONAL EDUCATION explores the fundamentals of the functional method of Christian Education: writing an issue, identifying ways we may act when caught between competing pulls of a decision, and develop-ing class plans. This class is an excellent introduction or refresher for functional education for new teachers, supervisors, and others interested in the functional method education used at St. Mark's. When: Wednesdays, September 10, 17, 24, 7:30-9:30 pm. Where: Adams Room. Leaders: Kit Arrington, Bruce Sherman. Fee: none.
Adult Bible Studies 21. WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will study the Gospel of Matthew using discussion notes from Bishop John Spong (retired) and other sources. This ongoing Bible study and discussion group is open to everyone. When: September 10 through May, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm, brown bag lunch follows until 1:00 pm. Where: Adams Room during September. Leaders: Paul Abernathy, lay leaders. Coordinator: Raiford Gaffney. Fee: $25.
Gateway Class 22. INTRODUCTION TO LIFE AT ST. MARK'S. This Sunday afternoon class offers newcomers an overview of the St. Mark's community: who we are, what we do, and how we do what we do. Near the end of the class, parish leaders join us to talk about ways to become involved in our parish life. When: Sunday, September 14, noon - 3:00 pm. Where: Meeting Room A (new undercroft). Leader: Paul Abernathy. Fee: none.
Adult Classes 23. BEYOND THE FRAME. Join us to witness a new form of bead art in Uhbuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Inde-pendence at the Anacostia Community Museum. In these magnificent, vivid bead tapestries, the Uhbuhle ("Beautiful") com-munity of women in rural Natal, South Africa, tell stories. By living and working together, the women, many stricken with HIV/AIDS, provide for their families though this highly personal art form. Among the pieces on display is a wall-sized tapes-try of the Crucifixion. Following our morning visit to the museum, we will picnic on the museum grounds or return to Capitol Hill for a lunch discussion and an afternoon art session inspired by the art we have seen. When: Saturday, September 13, 9:30 am. Where: Meeting outside St. Mark's to carpool to Anacostia Community Museum. Leaders: TBA. Fee: $25.
Sunday School 24. CHRISTIAN ED SUNDAY, SUNDAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION. All are invited to visit the new or newly painted and carpeted classrooms. We will have registration/release forms for parents to complete so children and youth can participate in Sunday School and other parish activities in the coming year. Please bring health insurance policy numbers and phone numbers for your family doctor and dentist so you can complete and submit the form. When: Sunday, September 21, 11:00 am. Where: Undercroft Classrooms, refreshments in the Adams Room
25. SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES BEGIN SUNDAY OCTOBER 5. After Bishop Mariann Budde dedicates St Mark's reno-vated spaces on September 28, on the following Sunday, October 5, Sunday School classes for children and youth and Bible study commence. This Sunday also marks the return of two morning services at 9:00 am and 11:15 am.
26. MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION. Come meditate with others in a quiet place. When: Mondays, 7:30-9:00 pm. Where: Nave. Leaders: Fee: $10 donation/class, shared by leaders, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, St. Mark's.
27. THURSDAY MORNING MEDITATION sessions are on temporary hiatus and more information will be made avail-able later in the fall
Youth and Family Ministry
27. SAFEGUARDING GOD’S CHILDREN – Mandatory Training for Working with Kids at St. Mark’s. Please sign up to attend the child abuse and sexual misconduct prevention to be offered at St. Mark’s (we usually have to go to another par-ish to take the class.) The Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW) and our church policy REQUIRE ALL adults who teach or otherwise work with teens and children take this course – including classroom volunteers, lock-in supervisors, teen and ski trip chaperones. First Timers: If you have never taken the course and you are a parent or a teacher or would like to be a volunteer to help with the youth-related events, sign up to take the class at St. Mark’s. To Renew: If you took the course more than 3 years ago, your certification has expired and you can renew online. Contact Susan Block, Parish Ad-ministrator for Finance & Membership (firstname.lastname@example.org) to take the online renewal course. When: Saturday, Oc-tober 18, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Where: Parish Hall. More information: www.edow.org/for-clergy-and-parish-leaders/safe-church/safeguarding-gods-children-training or contact Pam Lacey (email@example.com).
If Your Last name begins with Bring enough to share:
A Cold Water or iced tea –flavored or plain (gallon jug containers – or larger water jug with a spigot)
B, C, D, E Beer: 2 six-packs – or 2 bottles of wine
F, G Soda or flavored mineral water: 2 six-packs or 2 one-liter bottles
H, I Platter of sliced tomatoes – with or without fresh mozzarella and basil and balsamic
J, K, L Main course with protein (e.g. sliced grilled steak or chicken or vegetarian bean or legume salad, etc.)
M, N ‘Good Carbs’ – e.g. sesame noodles, or potato salad, or whole grain pasta salad, or sliced crusty bread
O, P Green salad or mixed salad
R Coleslaw – traditional or your foodie iterpretation
S Cookie – 2 dozen
T, U Watermelon – platter of sliced watermelon please
V - Z Brownies – 2 dozen
28. SAFEGUARDING GOD’S CHILDREN TRAINING AT OTHER LOCATIONS: EDOW-required training will be of-fered at St. Mark’s (10/18/2014). If you are unable to attend this class, additional locations at parishes throughout the Washington Diocese will be announced. Check back here or www.edow.org/for-clergy-and-parish-leaders/safe-church/safeguarding-gods-children-training for more information.
29. YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRY BRUNCH AND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM: On Sunday Sept. 21, we will have an open house and refreshments downstairs to learn about Sunday School offerings for teens and chil-dren, and upstairs in the Nave, we will have a Pub Picnic Brunch and information about the Youth and Family Ministry pro-gram this year. Parents and kids – please stop by both spots to learn about the great things happening here at St. Mark’s. When: Sunday, September 21, after Sermon Seminar. Where: Nave. What: Brunch and YFM Information. Contact: Pam Lacey, Interim Youth and Family Ministry Manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
30. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP for those caring for seriously ill or otherwise incapacitated loved ones usually meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month. Contact: Mary Welker (email@example.com, 202-387-4083). When: September 8, 7:30pm. Where: Due to the Undercroft renovation, we will meet at Starbucks at 3rd & PA Ave SE, 2nd floor conference room.
31. PARISH FUN FAMILY PICNIC TODAY in GARFIELD PARK! Weather permitting, please come to our St. Mark’s celebration of the end of summer, play games and share in a laid back, pot luck picnic. Bring a picnic blanket, picnic fare to share, and have fun playing with Frisbees, or play beach volleyball or basketball, play on the jungle gym, or just chat with new and old friends. When: TODAY!!, Sunday, August 31, 12:15 pm (immediately following Sermon Seminar). Where: Garfield Park (3rd & G Streets SE, near Results Gym). Rain Date: There isn’t one. If it just mists, we will go ahead with the picnic. If it pours, we will have our picnic lunch in the Nave. Contact: Pam Lacey, Parish Life Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). What to Bring: Don’t worry, if you didn’t bring something from home, there are stores at Penn Ave & 4th, as well as East Capitol & 4th St). Parish Contribution List: Last Name designates what you’re asked to contribute.
Contact the Director of Music, for further information: email@example.com
33. BOYS & GIRLS CHOIR RETREAT Nadine Hathaway and Jeff Kempskie will lead a day-long retreat for all children inter-ested in singing in the Boys & Girls Choir. In addition to singing songs, we'll play games, watch a movie, and enjoy pizza and ice cream for lunch! All kids in grades 1-8 are welcome. You may come for just part of the day if your schedule is limited. Please RSVP to Jeff Kempskie. When: Saturday Sep. 6, 2013, 10am-3pm. Where: Classroom 1 (AM) and Nave (PM).
34. DO YOU SING OR PLAY AN INSTRUMENT? If so, we want to know! Singers of all voice parts are needed in the Chancel Choir (rehearses Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm in the Nave beginning Sep. 4). Children are invited to sing with the Boys & Girls Choir (rehearses Sundays, 11-11:45am beginning in Sep). More ringers are needed in the Handbell Choir (rehearses Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm starting in Sep.). No prior experience necessary. There are also opportunities to play solo instrumental pieces year-round.
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED PARISH OFFICE CLOSED PARISH OFFICE CLOSED PARISH OFFICE CLOSED THIS WEEK THIS WEEK THIS WEEK THIS WEEK
In the interest of a smooth and efficient transition into the new office suite, the parish will closed Friday, August 29 at 5:00 pm Friday, August 29 at 5:00 pm Friday, August 29 at 5:00 pm Friday, August 29 at 5:00 pm and will remain closed until Monday, September 8 at 9:00 amand will remain closed until Monday, September 8 at 9:00 amand will remain closed until Monday, September 8 at 9:00 amand will remain closed until Monday, September 8 at 9:00 am. This means:
1. No email or phones for staff and clergy – some or all of the time during this week.
2. For Pastoral EmergenciesPastoral EmergenciesPastoral EmergenciesPastoral Emergencies contact firstname.lastname@example.org (see announcement #1, page 13 for more information)
3. Clergy and staff will be unavailable to meet or receive visitors the week of the move.
4. The bookkeeper will issue checks on the regular schedule, however you will not be able to pick up checks between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7. Any time-critical check requests that need to be processed during week of Sept. 1-5 may be e-mailed to the Bookkeeper (email@example.com) for processing on September 6. Checks can be picked up after 9:00 am, Monday, Sept. 8. The office will not be able to accept deliveries of any kind Sept. 2-7, including expense vouchers, so please plan to submit those before Aug. 29 or after Sept. 8.
5. Deliveries cannot be accepted during this time because we will have no place to put them. (Deliveries include correspondence, mail, expense vouchers, donations, bulletin announcements, space/maintenance requests.). If it’s important enough to deliver, it’s important enough to keep safe, so keep it at home until the office is functional.
6. Office equipment, including the copiers, will not be available to the parish this week; the small copier in the Undercroft may be available.
7. Please do not drop by unannounced to help; the Transition Team is coordinating volunteers to unpack. To volunteer, please contact TransitionTeam2020@gmail.com.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as clergy and staff transition from the trailers to the new offices. We look forward to getting up to speed as soon as possible so that we can focus on the work important to our community.
THIS WEEK AT ST. MARK’S: THIS WEEK AT ST. MARK’S: THIS WEEK AT ST. MARK’S: THIS WEEK AT ST. MARK’S:
August 31 August 31 August 31 August 31 ———— September 7September 7September 7September 7
Sunday, August 31Sunday, August 31Sunday, August 31Sunday, August 31
10:00 am — 11:00 am 11:00 am — 12:00 pm 12:15 pm — 3:00 pm 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Holy Eucharist Nave Sermon Seminar Nave Parish Pot Luck Picnic Garfield Park, 3 & G Streets, SE Contemplative Eucharist Nave
Monday, September 1Monday, September 1Monday, September 1Monday, September 1
Labor Day — Office Closed
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm Caregivers Support Group Off-Campus
Tuesday, September 2Tuesday, September 2Tuesday, September 2Tuesday, September 2
Holy Eucharist Chapel (in Nave) Thursday Yoga Class Capitol Hill Presbyterian Annex, 201 4th St SE Choir Rehearsal Nave Players Rehearsal Adams Room
Friday, September 5Friday, September 5Friday, September 5Friday, September 5
6:45 am — 7:45 am 3:00 pm — 6:00 pm 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Friday Yoga Class Nave Dance Studio Registration Nave Women’s AA Meeting Adams Room Dance Rehearsal Nave
Saturday, September 6Saturday, September 6Saturday, September 6Saturday, September 6
8:00 am — 10:00 am 9:00 am — 12:00 pm 9:00 am — 4:00 pm 12:00 pm — 3:00 pm 7:00 pm — 8:00 pm 7:00 pm — 10:00 pm
Saturday Yoga Class Capitol Hill Presbyterian Annex, 201 4th St SE Dance Studio Registration Nave Boys & Girls Choir Retreat Classroom 1, Nave Dance Rehearsal Nave AA Meeting Adams Room Players Rehearsal Nave
Sunday, September 7Sunday, September 7Sunday, September 7Sunday, September 7
Commissioning of Liturgy Planning Team
10:00 am — 11:00 am 11:00 am — 12:00 pm 11:00 am — 12:00 pm 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm 7:30 pm — 10:00 pm
Holy Eucharist Nave Youth Outreach Service Event Meeting Rooms A, B, C Sermon Seminar Nave Christian Ed Teacher Orientation Meeting Room C Contemplative Eucharist Nave Yoga Class Capitol Hill Presbyterian Annex, 201 4th St SE Players Rehearsal Nave
CHURCH OFFICES CLOSED SEPT. 1 THROUGH SEPT. 5 FOR MOVING