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St. Mark's Rector, Father Gary Jackson
As we continue the fast pace toward of the end of Church year I want to take a moment to pause and say thank you. Morris West said that, “At a certain age our lives simplify, and we need have only three phrases left in our spiritual vocabulary: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” I am very grateful for each and every one of you who have made St. Mark’s Episcopal Community a very special place for my family and me. I wish you all the best during this busy season and pray that in the coming weeks you too will find gratitude in your heart for what St. Mark’s has meant to you and your relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Advent blessings to you!
Fr. Gary Jackson+
Greetings from Honduras! Happy New Year! May you have a most blessed season of Epiphany. Have you ever thought about the Magi being Missionaries? It is something that has me thinking so I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
At Saint John’s School, after the kids completed their exams, we closed out the “partial” with a family Christmas event. The evening weather was nice, and we had a large turnout of families. The tradition to closing out such events is with fireworks. There was also a burning of a life size doll (Effigy) that represents the old year going away. It is also packed with fireworks; certainly an interesting tradition. School will resume on January 7th. Public schools will resume in February.
During the season of Advent, The Episcopal Church in Honduras has a tradition of Posadas. That is where a church member opens their home, provides a light meal and several different people share scripture appropriate for the season and discuss it. In this deanery they appeared to be very well attended. And the families I visited during December and New Year’s fed me very generously!
I attempted to play the part of “Secret Santa” by preparing food baskets and delivering to families I knew had a need. I was able to help Twelve families with a whole chicken, carton (30) of eggs and other basic daily staples. Helping less families than last year, but with more food, seemed to be a much better endeavor.
Attached are pictures showing how packed the market was at Christmastime and a photo of Fr. Francisco, at the Feast of Saint John, wearing vestments that were donated to me.
PRAISES: God’s providence and a blessed end to 2018!
PRAYER REQUESTS: Growth in the Diocese. Funding (Grants) for needed projects at the school. For Bishop Allen as he faces many challenges. Positive collaboration between the church and school.
As I continue to serve in faith, I bid your prayers for more supporters, prayerfully and financially, to walk alongside me in Honduras. I have been invited back to continue serving at the school. I am not financially supported by the Diocese or the school, as it is beyond their ability. I have included a link to You Tube videos from Saint John’s school:
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. 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 or call me if you have any questions.
Faithfully, your brother in Christ,
David Ledwitz, Missionary in Honduras
214.763.6912 (text and voicemail)
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We give thanks for those who participated in today’s worship:
Celebrant and Preacher: Father Gary Jackson; LEMs and Lectors: 8 AM Brendan Murphy, Susan Blakeslee;
10:30 AM Liz Schorr, Pat Gauzens, Acolyte PC;
Acolyte: 8 AM Susan Blakeslee;
Home Eucharist: Jane Perdue; Ushers: 8 AM Dianne Coots, Ray Knodel; 10:30 AM KC Belle, Marion Hickman; Altar Guild: Clarice Costello, Libby Clark, Catherine Jones, Johnnie Naumann, Pat O’Brien, Jane Perdue, Jennifer Quimby, Liz Schorr, Jamye Rainwater; Flower Guild: Libby Clark, Jeanne Kenaston, Johnnie Naumann, Betty Sutton; Coffee Hour Guild: Pat O’Brien, Fred and Lou Prudhome, Jean Bowden, Delores Spearman, Sandy Baldwin, Ed Stucke; St. Mark’s Parish Choir; Parish Musician: Linda Cox And the people say…AMEN!!!
PRESIDING BISHOP BUS: sign up if interested in chartering a bus to Orlando to see The Most Reverend Michael Curry on Friday, February 1, 2019.
BOOK STUDY: Fridays in St. Mark’s Prayer Room, from 9 – 10:30 AM. We will be studying “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant.
MEN'S BREAKFAST: THE ST. MARK’S MEN'S GROUP will 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. Bring a friend.
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It is available via Parish Giving. Visit www.parishgiving.org and click on the Parish Giving logo. Our Parish is listed as St. Mark's Episcopal, Cocoa.
Use online bill pay to have your financial institution send a check to St. Mark's:
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THE GRIEF GROUP: We resumed meeting on Jan. 9th in the Prayer Room on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 4:00 PM. If you have questions please call Lou Prudhomme at 218-590-7763.
COFFEE HOUR GUILDS: Please check the list in the kitchen to make sure your contact information is correct. New members are welcome. Questions? Contact Brenda Kelley, 321-636-2855.
WEDNESDAYS AT ST. MARK’S: We have a said Eucharist at 5:30 PM commemorating a saint, which is followed by potluck food at 6:30 PM and a study beginning at 6:45 PM and concluding at 7:45 PM. As to the potluck - bring whatever covered dish you want us to nibble on. We will always have water, and sometimes tea and coffee.
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.
THE SHEPHERD'S TABLE: If you would like to support this local outreach, donations are welcome - memo: The Shepherd's Table. Tim, our brother on The Shepherd’s Table, is an excellent handyman and maintenance expert. If you need some maintenance in your home or have yard work that needs to be completed, he is available to work for you. 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 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.