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A Taste of St. Mark's
St. Mark's Rector, Father Gary Jackson
My prayer for you, dear friends, is that your 2019 will be a year of discovery, rediscovery, and many memories will be made in unplanned encounters with God, life, and love.
Warmly in our Lord,
Fr. Gary Jackson+
Greetings from Honduras! February has passed by so quickly. The first week of the month we were blessed to finally clean the well and perform much needed repairs. We have clean water and pressure. This happened because of the generosity of the Mountain of Hope Water Ministry of St Peter’s Episcopal in Lake Mary, Florida. Since the repairs we have had three water line breaks so I have asked the vestry to help with replacing the old lines during Holy Week as school will be out. Please pray that men will step up and help.
A team from Richardson, Texas came to serve for their third year in an area that the church is growing quickly (Two new churches!). In addition to Christian Education to over 80 kids daily, work was started on a septic system and bathroom building. In meeting with the men, the prayers and desire is to start construction of a third church in 2020 and a fourth in 2022 to support Bishop Allen’s vision of growth and sharing The Gospel. It is refreshing and uplifting to work alongside communities that want to serve God in a big way!
Knowing the team members from Texas, I was afforded the opportunity to sit and talk honestly about the challenges, especially emotional, of living and serving on the mission field. The prayers, the gifts, the affirmations, the hugs were a cherished blessing. I really needed to be loved on and prayed over. And I was able to admit it and ask for it. Serving here is not easy yet it is rewarding! I am truly blessed to serve.
PRAISES: God’s providence! God’s love for his servants. Growth in the Diocese. Growing relationships within the church and community.
PRAYER REQUESTS: Funding (Grants) for needed projects at the school and other communities. For Bishop Allen as he faces many challenges for self-sufficiency and growth. For improved communication and relationships between the church and school. A newer model iPhone. My iPhone 5 is barely hanging on making daily communication a challenge.
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 returned to serve at the school. I am not financially supported by the Diocese or the school, as it is beyond their ability. Thanks to generous giving, I am now only short $250 a month, or a flat $1000, to meet expenses until school ends in June.
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)
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:55 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist - Rite II
2:00 PM Meeting in Thursby Hall
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
6:00 PM Al Anon
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist
6:30 PM Potluck
6:45 PM Study
7:15 PM Parish Choir
10:00 AM Intercessory Prayer & Holy Eucharist
4:00 PM Academy Drama Club
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
Friday Academy Student Holiday
5:30 PM Stations of the Cross
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
10:00 AM Riverfront Park Car Show
We give thanks for those who participated in today’s worship:
Celebrant and Preacher: Father Gary L. Jackson;
LEMs and Lectors: 8 AM Gwynne Barber, Steven Heisler, Dori Bisbey;
10:30 AM Susan Davis, Steven Heisler, Roger Johnson;
Acolyte: 8 AM Dori Bisbey; Home Eucharist: Jamye Rainwater;
Ushers: 8 AM Alfred and Livy Stevens; 10:30 AM KC Belle, Marion Hickman; Altar Guild: Lois Herring, Susan Blakeslee, Dianne Coots, Beverly Jones, Sandra Malphurs, Persia Morgan, Brendan Murphy; Flower Guild: Shirley Cardin, Sandra Malphurs, Maureen Rumbaugh; Coffee Hour Guild: Vicki Stewart, Shirley Cardin, Rick and Jackie Crogan, Janise Brenneis, Delores Spearman, Sandy Baldwin, Ed Stucke; St. Mark’s Parish Choir; Parish Musician: Linda Cox
And the people say…AMEN!!!
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: 5:30 PM Each Friday during Lent.
TASTE OF ST. MARK’S: FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 6 – 9 PM. Tasty Tastes and Delectable Desserts.
BOOK STUDY: Fridays in St. Mark’s Prayer Room, from 9 – 10:30 AM. We will be studying “Plant Dreaming Deep” by May Sarton.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: 5:30 PM Holy Eucharist; 6:30 PM Potluck Supper; 6:45 PM Study; 7:15 PM Choir
DO PREFER ONLINE GIVING? It is available via Parish Giving www.parishgiving.org. Our Parish is listed as St. Mark's Episcopal, Cocoa or
Use online bill pay to have your financial institution send a check to St. Mark's:
1. Log in to your bank account,
2. Navigate to its online bill pay feature and
3. Add St. Mark's by plugging in the account number (your pledge number) and billing address (4 Church Street, Cocoa FL 32922), then authorize to send payments for you. You may choose a one-time payment or set up a recurring one. Thank you!
THE GRIEF GROUP: St. Mark's is ending its grief support group and offering individual grief counseling in its place.
If you, or someone you know, needs grief counseling, call Lou Prudhomme at 218 590 7763. Lou is a certified grief counselor.
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.
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.
FORWARD DAY BY DAY: Daily devotions are available online: http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/forward_day_by_day.php
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 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.
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.