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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+
Diocesan Response to Hurricane Dorian
Greetings from Honduras!
Public schools resumed somewhat in the past two weeks. Last month was my annual three-day silent retreat with clergy and lay pastoral leaders; Truly a time of reflection and refreshment. I could not have gone this year if not for a generous donor from St Mark’s! It was a blessing to have three of our deans in attendance. Now it is time to put together and share what plans are being formed for late 2019-2020.
The big thing happening right now is we are under a state of emergency due to a very severe Dengue Fever epidemic. As of this writing there has been close to 29,000 cases this year and already over 50 deaths from Hemorrhagic Dengue Fever. There has been a big emphasis, across multiple media platforms, to educate on the severity of this and cleanup and prevention methods.
Where I live, we have received very little water over the last four days. In fact, today was a trickle. There is a problem with the supply line and the water board is confident we’ll receive “normal” (meaning for 6-8 hours a day) water in a day or two. I took a leap of faith that I’ll receive more donations soon and bought a water tank as part of the future water tower for myself and another missionary. Currently we share a tank with a neighbor. I installed the tank and plumbing, now we just need water! And to top it off, we lost power and internet for a good part of the day.
Please continue to pray for finances, especially for August-September. This is my third summer here and donations typically drop off from July-September. A generous ($1500) annual donor who always gives in the summer to cover the lull has had a major life situation and cannot give at this time. I urgently need $500 towards the cost of building a water tower to meet our daily needs. We do not always receive water daily and the days we do it is only for eight hours maximum.
PRAISES: God’s providence! Growing relationships within the church and community.
PRAYER REQUESTS: Funding for needed projects at the school. For Bishop Allen as he faces many challenges for self-sufficiency and growth. For peace amid the current turmoil and protests.
As I continue to serve in faith, I bid your prayers for more supporters, prayerfully and financially, to walk alongside me in Honduras. Serving here, I am not financially supported by the Diocese. I live solely on the generosity of others.
If you feel led to walk alongside me financially, the tax deductible giving link is located at http://chasinggod.org/giving/ and click on the Give Now button. Select “General Fund” from the dropdown option. If you prefer to mail a check, please make it 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). Please email if you have any questions.
Faithfully, your brother in Christ,
David Ledwitz, Missionary in Honduras
214.763.6912 (text and voicemail)
14 PENTECOST HIGHLIGHTS
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist - Rite I
10:25 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist - Rite II
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
6:00 PM Al Anon
5:30 PM Vestry
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist - Rite I
10:00 AM Prayer and Holy Eucharist
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
Friday Father Gary's Sabbath
9:00 AM Book Study – Prayer Room
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
10:30 AM Douglas Hendriksen Service
The Altar and Chapel Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Douglas Hendriksen, by BJ Hendriksen.
Thank you for wearing your name tag.
We give thanks for those who participated in today’s worship:
LEMs and Lectors: 8 AM Bill Borger, Clarice Costello, Peta Adovasio; 10:30 AM Rich Davis, Michael Lawley, Acolyte PC; Acolytes: 8 AM Susan Blakeslee, 10:30 AM Jack Riggs, Ellie Riggs, Keira Davis; Home Eucharist: 8 AM Peta Adovasio, Jamye Rainwater, 10:30 AM Brendan Murphy; Ushers: 8 AM Jackie and Rick Crogan; 10:30 AM Jennifer and Todd Riggs; Altar Guild: Mary Lu Tombleson Harvey, Teresa Anstey, Tracey Canada, Marla Glover, Brenda Kelley, Betty Moxley, Carolyn Ward, Linda Wise; Flower Guild: Gail Beagley; Coffee Hour Guild: Anne Burmont, Pat O’Brien, Jean Bowden, Brenda Kelley, Delores Spearman, Ed Stucke; Parish Musician: Linda Cox
And the people say…AMEN!!!
A BEAUTIFUL WAY to honor a loved one, glorify God, or give thanks for an answered prayer is to make a contribution for altar or chapel flowers ($25 each) or the sanctuary candle ($10). Please submit all requests in an envelope from the pew rack.
WARM UP YOUR VOCAL CORDS and join us for parish choir rehearsal on Thursdays at 7:15 PM. Questions? See Linda Cox or a choir member.
KIDS’ CHOIR rehearses on Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 PM. Questions? Leah Hernandez: 321-634-2346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFIRMATION: If you are interested in attending Confirmation classes, please see Father Gary.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS at St. Mark’s will be held on Tuesday, October 1 at 2:30 PM.
SECOND SATURDAY SERVICE: A Saturday Night Worship service for school-age kids and their families! All are welcome to our nextt Saturday Night Kids and Family service on October 12 from 6 7 PM. Then, from 7-9 PM we will have food and youth activities while parents can have a night in Cocoa Village.
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING (DOK) ATTENTION LADIES!!! We welcome ladies of St. Mark's to join the Order of the Daughters of the King. It is an opportunity for growth in your commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. Meetings will be held every 3rd Sunday after the 10:30 AM service. Our next meeting is on Sunday, September 15.Yours in Christ, Marcia Sweeting-Somersall, President, DOK
BOOK STUDY: St. Mark's book study group meets in the Prayer Room on Fridays at 9 AM. See Liz Schorr for details.
PREFER ONLINE GIVING? It is available via Parish Giving www.parishgiving.org for St. Mark's Episcopal, Cocoa or use online bill pay to have your financial institution send a check to St. Mark's. Thank you!
MEN'S BREAKFAST: ST. MARK’S MEN meet at 9:00 AM on Mondays at Debbie’s Diner, 118 E Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, FL 32952, (321) 459-3209. All are invited.
THE CENTRAL BREVARD SHARING CENTER desperately needs personal hygiene items. Please bring items to St. Mark's and they will be taken to the Sharing Center.
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: email@example.com 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.
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.