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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Gary Jackson+
Greetings from Honduras!
May you have a blessed Eastertide.
Our deanery wide Stations of The Cross Processional went well, although it was very hot. I turned “water boy” and was handing out cups of water as we continued the Holy Friday services in the church. I often wonder if I am being a proper example. Two young boys came and helped, and I was grateful to see the boys serving others.
This week there are major protests, with burning of buildings, in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. One of the primary reasons is that the Congress has announced plans to attempt to privatize healthcare and education. I have never understood using destruction and violence “to be heard”. Saint Mary’s Episcopal School cancelled their classes on Tuesday as a result of the protests. Wednesday is Labor Day in Honduras.
Please lift me in prayer. This past month has really weighed heavy on me with struggling personal finances and issues at the school. Stagnation in the deanery, along with an overall unwillingness to make changes and grow are also challenging. I am grateful for time with the Bishop to talk and pray about the challenges. While we may not always understand the reasons for struggles, we must rely on our trust and faith in God to continue doing his will. It is not easy so again I bid your prayers. Please.
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 at the school, I am not financially supported by the Diocese or the school. Thanks to generous giving, I am now only short $525 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)
5 EASTER 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
Father Gary's Sabbath
6:00 PM Al Anon
5:30 PM Vestry
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist - Rite I
6:30 PM Potluck
6:45 PM Bible Study
7:15 PM Choir
10:00 AM Intercessory Prayer and Holy Eucharist
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
8:00 AM Academy Final Chapel
11:00 AM Dismissal
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
We give thanks for those who participated in today’s worship: LEMs and Lectors: 8 AM Jamye Rainwater, Susan Blakeslee, Peta Adovasio; 10:30 AM Marion Hickman, Susan Davis, Acolyte, PC; Acolytes: 8 AM Bill Borger; 10:30 AM Jack Riggs, Ellie Riemenschneider, Helaina Ellis; Ushers: 8 AM; 10:30 AM Stephen and Teresa Anstey; 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: Pat O’Brien, Fred and Lou Prudhomme, Jane Peltz, Jean Bowden, Anne Burmont, Brenda Kelley, Delores Spearman, Ed Stucke; Parish Musician: Linda Cox, St. Mark’s Parish Choir
And the people say…AMEN!!!
CONFIRMATION: If you are interested in attending Confirmation classes, please sign up on the sheet on the hallway table.
DO YOU LOVE TO SEW? Do you have cotton fabric or trims you could donate? Dress a Girl Around the World is a world-wide charity whose goal is to help impoverished children around the world by sewing and delivering simple, hand-made dresses and small “pocket dolls” to young girls who are in desperate need. In many cases, our dresses provide for better educational opportunities for these girls. The chapter on Merritt Island has been in existence for over 4 years and we have distributed over 1000 dresses worldwide. In 2018, we sent 30 dresses to our partner academy at St. John’s in Honduras and we have plans to send more this year. If you have fabric or trims to donate, please contact me and I will be glad to pick them up; Beth Moore 321-452-6095. If you are a sewer and would like to join us, we meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 2pm at Sew Central, 355 E. Merritt Island Cswy. (SR 520), MI. We also happily accept monetary donations.
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.
DO YOU LIKE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE?
Would you like to greet visitors to St. Mark's and help them feel welcome and at home? Join us as we let those who are new to St. Mark's Episcopal Community know we are glad they are here. Questions?
Mary Lu Tombleson Harvey: 321-480-7424
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!
FORWARD DAY BY DAY: Daily devotions are available online: http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/forward_day_by_day.php
GRIEF COUNSELING: If you, or someone you know, need grief counseling, call Lou Prudhomme at 218 590 7763. Lou is a certified grief counselor.
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.
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.
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: 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.