St. Mark's Rector, Father Gary Jackson
I am pleased to announce the arrival of St. Mark's CAN!
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Every blessing to you.
Greetings from Honduras! The rain seemed to be relentless the first three weeks of October but luckily it has slowed and rainy season should be ending soon. The temperatures are already getting cooler, which includes our river water source in the community where I live. It makes bathing a challenge on some days.
It is an exciting time in the Diocese of Honduras. In October we had two Deacons ordained to the Priesthood. We have three more in November and one more in December. There are three more scheduled for 2019. One of the tasks of the Priests in the Diocese is to move their congregations towards self-sufficiency, not relying on the Diocese so much financially. It has been a goal of Bishop Allen for many years.
Life continues to be exciting at Saint John’s School. The kids recently had their first week of exams and I think they are relieved that part is over. I am helping with more English classes where we are focusing on spelling, grammar, reading and speaking. Sometimes I go it alone so if they ask me something in Spanish that I do not know, I have to find the answer. The daily hugs, smiles and greetings are the best form of payment. Weekly I bake muffins for the teachers, which they love.
Recently I was reached out to help a family in need about an hour away from me in a rural mountain community. The mother recently had surgery, was unable to work, and had five kids living at home. The family lives in a simple Adobe home, cooks on a wood stove, no refrigerator and was barely getting by. I was able to bring enough dry goods to feed them for several weeks, soap to bath and wash clothes and some Chocolate Cookies for the kids. Please pray for improvement for the Galeano family. I hope to help them again in late November with more food. It is times like these that I am grateful for your support that enables me to serve others. It is humbling.
PRAISES: God’s providence-Living on Faith! Deeper friendships, Messages of encouragement from home (Thank You!), Renewed Religious Workers Visa.
PRAYER REQUESTS: To continually seek God in everything I do, financial provision (I am currently short $500 for the year), more positive collaboration between the church and school. Please prayer for Bishop Allen as he faces many challenges.
As I continue to serve in faith, I bid your prayers for more supporters, prayerfully and financially, to walk alongside me in Honduras. 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)
Gifts from the Heart Christmas Shop
GIFTS FROM THE HEART CHRISTMAS SHOP is a unique partnership between eight local nonprofit organizations which serve families who live on the economic margins of our community.
How To Help
Gifts from the Heart Christmas Shop needs the generous support of our community to be able to stock the Christmas Shop with enough toys to provide at least three (3) NEW gifts each to the over 500 children served by the partner organizations. That is a tall order, but we are confident that our community will rise to the occasion. Please prayerfully consider supporting Gifts From the Heart Christmas Shop. http://www.giftsfromtheheartshop.org
DONATE TOYS VIA OUR GIFT REGISTRIES!
Our biggest need is toys! We will begin receiving new toys September 15th. During the month of August, we will be surveying the parents of the children to gain insight into favorite toys and use that information to build gift registries at Target and Amazon.com. We would greatly appreciate your using the gift registries, but of course all new toys are welcome. Please target gifts for children ages 2-17, and please be aware that the 12-17 age group comprised 37% of toy need in 2017.
Shopping online is easy, convenient and the way many of us shop. Just use the gift registries at Amazon.com and/or Target.
If you have any problems accessing the online registries, please call 321-345-0094 or email email@example.com for assistance.
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.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of James Pinkerton, by Linda Pinkerton.
We give thanks for those who participated in today’s worship:
Celebrant and Preacher: Father Gary Jackson; LEMs and Lectors: 8 AM Clarice Costello, Bill Borger, Herbert Wright; 10:30 AM Billy Mims, Marcia Sweeting-Somersall, Acolyte, PC; Acolytes: 8 AM Jamye Rainwater; Home Eucharist: Clarice Costello; Ushers: 8 AM Dori Bisbey, Chuck Jones; 10:30 AM Rich and Sue Davis; Altar Guild: Nancy Loiselle, Peta Adovasio, Gwynne Barber, Shirley Buchanan, Kris Davis, Dianne Eswine, Betty Harrison, Susie Leifer, Paula Pekar, Judy Ridder, Delores Spearman, Lucinda Wallen; Flower Guild: Gwynne Barber, Wendy Delano, Liz Schorr, Livy Stevens; Coffee Hour Guild: Pat O’Brien, Fred and Lou Prudhomme, Jean Bowden, Anne Burmont, Delores Spearman, Sandy Baldwin, Ed Stucke; St. Mark’s Parish Choir; Parish Musician: Linda Cox
And the people say…AMEN!!!
WEDNESDAYS AT ST. MARK’S: We have a said Eucharist at 5:30 PM commemorating a saint, which is followed by potluck food and a study beginning at 6:15 PM. The evening concludes at 7:15 PM unless you are in the choir. Choir practice begins at 7:15 PM. Also, youth choir begins at 4:30 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. Through December 5th, Father John will lead: A Spirit that Soars! "Unbroken Path to Redemption", a Bible Study and film, based on the 2016 film "Unbroken" which was the screenplay based on the true life's story of Olympian and WW II hero Louie Zamperini. Through the 4 weeks we will explore our brokenness, our misplaced hope, our redemption, and forgiveness.
SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS: The Salvation Army Christmas stockings are available for you to fill. If you want to help, see Clarice Costello: 321-799-2149.
SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE: The Salvation Army needs help at the Angel Tree in the Merritt Island mall. St. Mark’s needs volunteers to take an hour shift between 10 AM and 8 PM on either November 23 or 24. If you can help, call Clarice Costello: 321-799-2149.
GIFTS FROM THE HEART CHRISTMAS SHOP, a unique partnership between eight local nonprofit organizations which serve families who live on the economic margins of our community, needs the generous support of our community to be able to stock the Christmas Shop with enough toys to provide at least three (3) NEW gifts each to the over 500 children served by the partner organizations. Please prayerfully consider supporting Gifts From the Heart Christmas Shop by:
340-642-0106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. MARK’S JAZZY CHRISTMAS: Friday, November 30, St. Mark’s Restoration Committee will host a night filled with jazz, laughter and gourmet goodies. Seating will be limited to 100.
JINGLE* & MINGLE: You are invited to St. Mark's Community Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, December 13, 11:30 AM - following the 10 AM Intercessory Prayer Service. Please RSVP to St. Mark's Episcopal Academy Office: 321-639-5771 or email@example.com *Jingles provided by St. Mark's Episcopal Academy students.
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.
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 GRIEF GROUP: resumes meeting on Wednesday, November 14th at 4:00 PM. After that we will continue meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
CHOIR: ST. MARK'S PARISH CHOIR meets on Wednesdays at 7:15 PM. Questions? Linda Cox (321) 635-9738 / firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. MARK'S CHILDREN'S CHOIR meets Wednesday from 4:30 PM-5:15 PM. Questions? Leah Hernandez (321) 634-2346 / email@example.com
ADULT BELL CHOIR (18 years old and up) will be forming at St. Mark's in the Fall. If you would like to be in the
"St. Mark's Ringers," please contact Linda Cox: firstname.lastname@example.org / (321) 635-9738, or Leah Hernandez: email@example.com /
(321) 634-2346. Members do not have to be experts at bell playing, but need to have some knowledge of note reading and rhythm (counting). There will also be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Approximately 10 members are needed. The Bell Choir will be playing near holidays and on other special occasions.
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.
DO PREFER ONLINE GIVING? It is available via Parish Giving. Visit http://www.stmarkscocoa.org and click on the Parish Giving logo.Thank you!
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.
Bishop Brewer's 2019 Sabbatical Plans
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