Invest In Hope: (Jesus and the apostles) went to Capernaum. When the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught, and they were astounded at his teaching. Mark 1:21-22
We who are stewards of Jesus’ kingdom continue to be astounded at his teaching. We are astounded each time we reflect upon his words and realize the great mission to which we are being called. We are invited to a life of care and concern for one another. How are we to live out that call?
UPDATE—COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) CLOSURE: MESSAGE FROM FR GERARDO: My dear brothers and sisters, we are holding in person worship services for Sundays, up to 50 people indoors. Masks and social distancing are required. We encourage you to bring your own copies of a BCP, bible and/or hymnal, if desired, However, we have everything you need on the screen. We will continue to provide online Wednesday and Sunday services through live streaming for those who cannot attend in person. This announcement also serves to invite everyone to come to church through a reservation by contacting the office. That being said, because we have to allow for staff and clergy, we can allow up to 45 people, on a first come, first serve basis in. We have had plenty of room each week, so if you decide last minute that you would like to attend worship services, please come to church! We have room for you! For now, Wednesdays will remain as a live stream online only with NO in-person worship. It is important to note that there still can be no coffee hour or shared meals or events involving food. 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
February 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: Thank you to everyone who participated in this match campaign capital funds drive. As a result of our collective efforts, we raised $42,096 which was matched by our generous benefactor. If you would like to help us achieve our full goal of $50,000, we are extending the campaign until March 31, 2021.
Looking for a Social Media Team for St. Mark's: If you are active on social media and love St. Mark's, we're looking for you! We want to develop a social media team to help coordinate our communication and engage our congregation on all our social media platforms - currently Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, in both english and Spanish. If you are interested in volunteering, have suggestions, or would like more information, please contact Anali Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Ash Wednesday, Feb 17 - Imposition of Ashes 10 am and 6 pm. Beginning Friday, February 5th, we will have ashes available in plastic bags for people to pick up from the office/church to use at home while watching the service online; I will sprinkle ashes on the "tonsure" of those attending in person if they choose, or parishioners attending have the option of a paper cup with ashes they can impose on their forehead themselves. For more on the history of the practice of imposing ashes, read this post by J. Neil Alexander. And here is a booklet to help you prepare for this season of lent: Keeping a Holy Lent.
CURRENT SERVICES: You can join us for services live at the following times, or watch the recording any time at your convenience:
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."