Invest In Hope: Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but I tell you, seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22
Seventy-seven times is a lot of forgiveness. Sometimes, just one time is a lot of forgiveness too! Is there one big forgiveness hurdle we can’t seem to get over? Perhaps this Sunday would be a good time to lay that particular burden to rest.
UPDATE——COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) CLOSURE: MESSAGE FROM FR GERARDO: My dear brothers and sisters, We have received excellent news from the Diocese: we are approved to return to in-person worship of up to 50 people indoors.
First, let us assure you that all cleaning and sanitizing procedures will be carried out before and after each service in the sanctuary as well as any common areas like the narthex and restrooms.
There is still NO congregational singing or choir allowed, but music will still be provided and a virtual choir may be utilized in a similar fashion as we have been doing.
Additionally, masks and social distancing will be required.
Parishioners are further encouraged to bring their own copies of a BCP, bible and/or hymnal, if desired. The powerpoint will still be available and have everything you need on the screen. Secondly, let us further assure everyone that we will continue to provide online Sunday services for those who cannot attend in person. You can continue to watch our English service at 10:00 AM on our Facebook page. (You don't need a Facebook account to watch- just click the "Join online services" button on the right!). You can also watch the service on YouTube!
This announcement also serves to invite everyone to come to church through a reservation. Please let us know you're coming each week by contacting the office and leaving a voicemail, sending an email to email@example.com, or call Gloria McManus at 480-560-9505. That being said, because we have to allow for staff and clergy, we can allow up to 40 people, on a first come, first serve basis. If anyone is turned away based on space, then they will have first choice the following Sunday. Please be patient with us while we try to accommodate as many parishioners as we can while maintaining a safe environment.
It is important to note that there still can be no coffee hour or shared meals or events involving food. We are a congregation with vulnerable members. The Task Force states the intent of their work is to help us gather safely, caring for every person. It is also important to remember that there is no way to absolutely ensure the safety of those who gather. The data the Task Force Document refers to when granting churches permission moving from Phase I to Phase II is from Arizona Department of Health Services. That data and how it is being applied will be what matters as we move forward. We all need to respect that there are a variety of opinions about our situation. Some will believe we should all get out and get going and have things open again. Others will be cautious and follow the CDC order to stay at home. We look forward to seeing everyone very soon. For Pastoral Emergencies, please call Fr. Gerardo Brambila at 602-405- 4588. If you have additional questions, you may also call Parish Administrator, Gloria McManus at 480-560-9505.
September Tithing: St. Mark’s is still present and desperately needs your support. If you normally bring an envelope with a check to church, you can instead mail that envelope to the church office, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 322 N Horne St, Mesa, AZ 85203. If you usually give loose cash to the church, you can instead write a check and mail, or you can donate via the PayPal button on the right or here through FaithStreet - on the "Choose a Fund" drop down menus, scroll to choose "St. Mark's, Mesa". You can also do online payments through your bank, through the Bill Pay option. You could even set up a recurring payment through your bank if you wish, so you will not forget. God Bless and Stay Safe, Dianne Nunez, Stewardship/Finance Chair
Invest in Hope Matching Capital Campaign: We have a family in our parish that is willing to move their bequest forward from their deaths into 2020, where it will be sorely needed. But they would also like to have other parishioners participate. So they invite and challenge us to give to the campaign, and they will match our donations dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 on their part. Write "Match" in the memo line of your check to identify your contribution or if giving cash, place in an envelope and write your name and “match” on the front. You can mail your donations or pledges to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 322 N. Horne St., Mesa, AZ 85203, or using either PayPal or through the Diocese of Arizona using FaithStreet. PayPal sends your donation directly to St. Mark's. For FaithStreet, please select "St. Mark's Mesa" from the drop down menu under "select a fund."".
Upcoming Ministry Meetings: NONE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Mark Your Calendars:
Our Food Pantry will continue to operate by outside, drive-through food distributions on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month until further notice.
CURRENT ONLINE SERVICES:
Full announcements and prayer list (pdf)
We appreciate your secure online donation to St. Mark's, using either PayPal or through the Diocese of Arizona using FaithStreet. PayPal sends your donation directly to St. Mark's. For FaithStreet, please select "St. Mark's Mesa" from the drop down menu under "select a fund."
September-October 2018 (pdf)