St. Mark's Rector, Father Gary Jackson
Welcome to St. Mark’s Episcopal Community, a Church and an Academy, working together to proclaim God’s love in learning, word and sacrament.
Established in 1878,
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
is a beautiful, historic parish, filled with love, tradition, scripture, prayer, and fellowship. We are a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida,
The Episcopal Church U.S.A., and centered on common worship and prayer as found in The Book of Common Prayer.
Our parishioners serve God and our neighbors in many ways. From preparing the Altar to feeding the homeless, from visiting the sick to singing hymns of praise, from assisting the priest at the Altar to preparing and serving refreshments for church fellowship, we live out the acts of service our Lord commanded us to do.
There are a variety of opportunities for you to grow in love of God, serve others, and to develop supportive friendships. Seeking spiritual growth is an important aspect of our worship. Through weekly bible study, book discussions, and Wednesday evening educational programs, our parishioners explore, enhance, and deepen their faith.
We invite you to join us.
Please call our parish office at
321-636-3781 or e-mail us at email@example.com
Fr. Gary Jackson+
Greetings from Honduras!
Well my friends, where do I begin? We have Coronavirus, Dengue Fever, wildfires, no rain, no water, above normal temperatures, closed church buildings, closed schools, people out of work and hungry. And WE HAVE Jesus Christ! He continues to reign, and as such we must continue to praise him on bended knee. We must! My “lack of” worldly needs, true necessities during this now 46+ day mandatory stay at home quarantine has evoked questions like “why? and “are you hearing me?” along with tears of frustration, desires and unmet needs. Yet when I stop, breathe in and pray, I find solace. I might not receive what I need, but I receive comfort. And comfort is needed during this unprecedented time.
Our first cases of COVID-19 were announced on March 11th, schools shut down on the 13th. I spent two days buying a lot of shelf stable foods. I am glad I did. It allowed me to help neighbors after week one. The national quarantine started on March 16th. That meant most non-essential and non-approved businesses closed, including all means of public transportation. Based on our ID number we are allowed out of our homes one day a week. One day to go to the bank, buy gas, buy groceries and medicines. That day has meant up to two hours in line on the highway just to pass through a military checkpoint and fumigation in order to enter town. Up to one and a half hours in bank lines and grocery store lines. Usually no more than 25 people at a time allowed in the grocery stores. And being allowed only twenty minutes inside the grocery store. And to re-enter the neighborhood, a fumigation checkpoint as well! All challenges and tests of patience. Two weeks ago, at a food supply warehouse when the owner found out that I was making and distributing food bags he donated two flats (60) of eggs. Yeah, I teared up because God was present, and He knew the need I couldn’t fulfill that week. He heard the pleas and prayers.
For over five weeks I have been helping 20-25 families and I’ve lost count at around 114 people. Basic food items like corn meal, rice, beans, salt, sugar, coffee, spaghetti, bouillon, tomato paste, instant soup. And when possible, eggs (protein), shortening, flour, laundry and dish soap, bleach and toilet paper. When someone comes to my gate at night asking for help, I remember Luke 11:5-10 and I give what I can. Weekly I have been preparing simple meals like spaghetti or bean and rice soup for various neighbors. Along with food and juice for the neighborhood “guards”. I’ve been on the receiving end as well and it is humbling to ask for help. I used funds intended to start a storage building/”soup kitchen” to purchase food. It costs on average $25 to feed a family for ten days, sometimes longer. My big dream is to be able to give each family a flat (30) of eggs and a whole frozen chicken for Mother’s Day. That is about $14 here (Approximately $350)
There are no stimulus checks, unemployment benefits or programs here to help the people. It is the body of Christ (churches and ministries) stepping up to help bridge the gap. My current debt burden weighs heavy on me. I know there are many challenges all over the world during this difficult time, please consider a gift to help with personal and ministry expenses, the largest being food bags to continue to help the least of these.
PRAISES: God’s providence! Health!
PRAYER REQUESTS: Bountiful giving to eliminate debt incurred. Continued provision for food supplies. Rain to end drought and extinguish wildfires.
If you feel led to walk alongside me financially, for gifts NOT requiring a tax donation, please use my PayPal at paypal.me/ChasingGod. I will receive these gifts in 1-3 days. For TAX DEDUCTIBLE gifts please mail a check, made in the name of and sent to: Running For Him 24-7 Ministries, 255 Pleasant Dr, Aliquippa, PA 15001 and include a separate note that it is for my ministry (David Ledwitz 43025). I can also provide a link to give tax deductible gifts online. Please email or text me if you have any questions.
Faithfully, your brother in Christ,
David Ledwitz, Missionary
Episcopal Diocese of Honduras, Comayagua Deanery
Historic Cocoa Village Association Tour
St. Mark's is part of the Historic Cocoa Village Association Historical Tour. Scan the QR code below to access information about St. Mark's.
We will stream one service of Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM until we resume Eucharist when we can meet in-person again. We will alternate between Rite I and Rite II on Sundays, and this Sunday we will use Rite II. Please join us via Facebook Live or YouTube at 9:00 AM.
Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM - Morning Prayer Rite I
The Altar and Chapel Flowers are given to the Glory of God, and in celebration of St. Mark's Episcopal Academy 2020 graduates: Jordan, Suzy, Chase, Max and Noah, and Jamye Rainwater, this year's recipient of the SMEA Distinguished Alumni Award, and in loving memory of those honored on Memorial Day.
Daily Prayer for May 24, 2020
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St. Mark's Feast of the Resurrection, April 12, 2020
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Processional: Hymn 207 Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Gradual: Hymn 204 Now the Green Blade Riseth
Recessional: Hymn 210 The Day of Resurrection
Remember don’t panic, but pray. My cell phone is 863-512-9325. Please call me if you want me or the deacons to bring you communion. I miss you already!
Fr. Gary L. Jackson, Jr.
St. Mark's Episcopal Community
4 Church Street
Cocoa, FL 32922
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that's counted truly counts." Einstein
ALL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELED.
AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE WHEN THEY RESUME.
Thank you for wearing your name tag.
PREFER ONLINE GIVING? It is available for St. Mark's Episcopal, Cocoa via Parish Giving www.parishgiving.org or use online bill pay to have your financial institution send a check to St. Mark's. Thank you!
Volunteers are needed to join the counting teams. If you would like to learn more about the duties involved, please contact Liz Schorr.
GRIEF COUNSELING is available. Call certified grief counselor, Lou Prudhomme at 218-590-7763.
Enjoy the entire service from our Keep Saying Yes to Jesus Revival: featuring worship compilation by Josh Head, and the message of love by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
Sermon only: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UePoOjDsCWI
THE SHEPHERD'S TABLE: If you would like to support this local outreach, donations are welcome - memo: The Shepherd's Table. For information call Dori Bisbey 321-258-7330.
SMILE AND HELP ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL ACADEMY: AmazonSmile is a simple way to support them every time you shop, at no cost to you. Shop at smile.amazon.com, select St Marks Church Foundation Trust and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to St. Mark's Episcopal Academy.
PRAYER LIST: Look for the Prayer Request Box in the entrance hallway of the church. Simply fill out a prayer request slip and drop it into the box. All prayer requests are utterly confidential. You may still call in critical needs to Susan Phillips:321-459-2669 or the church office: 321-636-3781.If you want Home Communion, please contact Jamye Rainwater, Lynda Bender or Jane Perdue.
PRAYER TEAM: If you want to join the Team, please contact Carolyn at the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-636-3781.
O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength as we pray through Christ our Lord.
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