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+
Gifts from the Heart Christmas Shop
St. Mark's Episcopal Community will again be supporting the Gifts from the Heart Christmas Shop this year. While it seems early to be thinking about Christmas, donations need to be in by the end of November so there is time to make sure they go to the right places.
Gifts from the Heart Christmas Shop is a unique partnership between nine local nonprofit organizations. Each organization serves families who live on the economic margins of our community. During the Christmas season, parents and guardians of children served by the nine organizations are offered the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for their children at a greatly reduced and affordable cost at our Gifts from the Heart Christmas Shop. Each gift purchased is, in essence, two gifts – a gift for the child and the gift of joy and an affirmation of dignity for the parent.
Yet there is still one more gift – the joyful blessing donors to the program receive, knowing that they help not only to make Christmas possible for the children, but made affording Christmas possible for the parents! It is no wonder that the watchwords inspiring the Gifts From the Heart Christmas Shop come from the lips of Jesus himself who said “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35b, NIV).
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 600 children served by the nine (9) partner organizations.
There are 3 ways to help:
1. Donate by giving via the Amazon, Target and Walmart registries for GFTH, on their website
2. Select a Giving Tree ornament and bring the gift to St. Mark's
3. Send a monetary gift
Questions? Click on the button below and check out the “How To Help” page.
Greetings from RAINY Honduras!
I don’t know about y’all but September went by quickly. On the 1st, after moving sand for a project, I was hit with Sciatica. First time in my life. Ouch. I’m finally getting better thanks to being taught some stretches. And a local nurse who has helped with pain injections. And I am most grateful for neighbors who have brought me meals. I hadn’t been out of the house for three weeks and had dry groceries but nothing fresh.
October 1 will mark Day 200 of mandatory in-home lockdown. The government has now changed the circulation days to include two ID numbers per day. Although that allows more frequency to go to the stores, complaints persist about lack of compliance and enforcement. The Bishop approved in person Morning Prayer only on Sundays with compliance per current rules set by the government. I am most grateful that he has leaned on the side of abundant caution for the diocese. Unfortunately, some of our churches and members not complying with the government rules.
At the end of September, I was able to install a new water tank for a family, thanks to the generosity of others. Their existing “container” was not installed properly and very old. They also received a sensor to automatically turn on their pump to fill the tank from the cistern as their neighborhood only receives water every three days.
Cases of Dengue Fever have risen in my city and across the country. Our community was recently fumigated. Many of my neighbors have been sick with the common cold. And again, due to the generosity of others I have been able to keep a supply of OTC meds at home to distribute. Food bag distribution has continued but at lower quantities. I have also purchased more 5-gallon water bottles to distribute. Sawyer water filters may happen in 2021!
I am currently waiting on my Religious Worker Visa annual renewal. The process is slow since it now starts online, and offices are only open by appointment only. Some Missionaries have waited two months for their new cards. My two teams for January and February have understandably cancelled. I know one is already raising project funds to send. This does cause me concern as they normally cover two months of my expenses. Yet I know God provides!
This has been a truly challenging and extraordinary season of life. Your prayers and your sacrificial giving have lifted me. I bid your prayers for God’s providence, peace and trust in God as I continue serving and to meet needs personally and for ministry work.
PRAISES: God’s love and providence! Health.
PRAYER REQUESTS: Peace and trust. Bountiful giving to resume ministry projects. USED iPhone 7 or newer.
Faithfully, your brother in Christ,
David Ledwitz, Missionary
Episcopal Diocese of Honduras, Comayagua Deanery
firstname.lastname@example.org 214-763-6912 text/voice messages
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.
In-person services have resumed on Sunday at 8 and 10:30 AM and Wednesday at 5:30 PM
No reservations needed.
The 10:30 AM Sunday service may be viewed online.
Drive through communion will be offered for 20 minutes following the service.
The service may be viewed online.
Drive through communion will be offered for 20 minutes following the service.
There will be online services at 10:30 AM each Sunday.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation, Your safety is our priority, and we are hard at work continuing to seek the best steps to take.
St. Mark's Facebook Page:
How to watch Facebook Live:
Sunday Morning Prayer
Go to Facebook and “like” St. Marks Episcopal Church, Cocoa FL. Then go to our page at 10:30 AM on Sunday.
St. Mark's YouTube Channel:
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 via Realm. Click the button
or text lions to 73256, followed by the gift amount to give online via text.
You may also 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: 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.
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
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