St. Mark's Rector, Father Gary Jackson
I am pleased to announce the arrival of St. Mark's CAN!
INSPIRE FLORIDA'S SPACE COAST AND THE WORLD!
We invite you to join us on this exciting journey. Please take a few moments to explore the website - click on the St. Mark's CAN! button below.
Every blessing to you.
Greetings from Honduras!
It will be an exciting week here in Siguatepeque. On Wednesday school begins at St. John’s School. It will be a relaxed day of the students settling in their classrooms. Mrs. Sandra, our director, Ms. Cherry, our administrator, and Father Francisco will meet with all of the parents to discuss the new school year and I imagine the school board will meet briefly as well. There are many changes happening this year which will set the school up for success in the future with a team effort and collaboration.
On Friday we will celebrate the Feast of Saint Bartholomew at our very own Iglesia Episcopal San Bartolome. The walk down the mountain to the church is great. It’s walking back up to my apartment, not so much!
Regarding last month’s transportation strike, this month they raised the fees on the local buses. For me that equates to paying about $0.25 per day more. It is “different” to think like that but living in an environment where you live from day to day, it is a challenge for most.
During the first week in August I went to a rural mountain community to help build a water purification system that uses no energy, only gravity and Chlorine to purify the water. In this community, the water board will most likely sell the water for Five Lempiras ($0.22) per Five Gallon Bottle. This will make a huge impact on the community health as large bottles of water are not available in that area.
Two Sundays ago (Proper 14) the OT reading was Deuteronomy 8:1-10. (The Spanish BCP lectionary is not always the same as the US version.) This scripture hit me as I have been struggling (I must be honest) with discerning some needed ministry changes for 2019. Through prayer, two different scriptures also came to me that reaffirmed my desire to stay obedient and faithful to the mission field. Those were, Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” What I have continually experienced is that by opening myself up, my vessel, and allowing God to pour into me, things happen. God happens!
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 https://secure-q.net/Donations/SAMS/11026. Please email or call me if you have any specific questions.
Faithfully, your brother in Christ,
David Ledwitz, Missionary in Honduras
214.763.6912 (text and voicemail)
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.
PRAYER LIST: The Prayer Request Box is in the entrance hallway of the church. Fill out a prayer request slip and drop it into the box. You may still call in critical needs to Susan Phillips at 321 459-2669 or the church office 321-636-3781.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED: We need volunteers to bring perishable items to the kitchen on Sunday mornings (orange juice, milk creamer, etc.) for use following the morning masses. These purchases will be reimbursed by the parish. If you can help, please contact Roger Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sandy Baldwin (email@example.com). We would be happy to discuss this ministry with you.
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 will resume Wednesday September 5 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.
BOOK STUDY St. Mark's Bible Study group will resume meeting in the Prayer Room on FRIDAYS at 8:30 AM. All are welcome. If you have questions or want to order a book, contact Liz Schorr: 321-636-6752.
We will be reading and discussing Between a Rock and a Grace Place by Carol Kent. Carol and her husband, Gene, are living what some would call a heartbreaking life—their son, Jason, a young man who initially had so much promise, is now living out a life sentence for murder in a maximum security prison. All their appeals have been exhausted. But despite their hopeless situation, the Kents live a life full of grace. With hope, joy, and a sense of humor, Carol helps you find God’s “grace places” in the midst of your worst moments.
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.
THE SPACE COAST INSPIRATION AWARDS will be presented Saturday, October 13, featuring a 6 p.m. reception and 7-9 p.m. program, at Cocoa Civic Center, Historic Cocoa Village. General admission tickets are $50 and VIP seating $75; Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey will be the master of ceremonies. Proceeds will benefit restoration of historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Community campus, Cocoa Village, inspiring community leadership since 1878. Awards will be given in four categories: St. Mark’s; Historic Cocoa Village; Florida’s Space Coast and The World!
We give thanks for those who participated in today’s worship:
LEMs and Lectors: 8 AM Gwynne Barber, Dori Bisbey, Peta Adovasio; 10:30 AM Susan Davis, Marcia Sweeting-Somersall, Acolyte, PC; Acolytes: 8 AM Bill Borger; Home Eucharist: Stephen Anstey; Ushers: 8 AM Dianne Coots, Ray Knodel; 10:30 AM KC Belle, Marion Hickman; Altar Guild: Lois Herring, Susan Blakeslee, Dianne Coots, Liz Fine, Beverly Jones, Sandra Malphurs, Persia Morgan, Brendan Murphy, Patti Praetorius, Maureen Rumbaugh; Flower Guild: Shirley Cardin, Sandra Malphurs, Maureen Rumbaugh; Coffee Hour Guild: Patti Praetorius, Jim and Jeanne Kenaston, Jacquie Allen, Wendy Delano, Delores Spearman, Sandy Baldwin, Ed Stucke; Organist: Linda Cox
And the people say…AMEN!!!
THE ALTAR AND CHAPEL FLOWERS are given by Steven and Sherry Russo, to the Glory of God, and in thanksgiving, and by Earl Johnson, to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Peggy Johnson.
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.
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.
PRAYER TEAM: If you want to join the Team, please contact Carolyn at the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-636-3781.
SAIL: Senior Adventures In Learning (SAIL) of Melbourne is an interfaith, not-for-profit organization that serves senior adults (50+) throughout Brevard County. Local churches and synagogues sponsor this organization and some provide a campus where these learning opportunities take place. Participants have fun learning foreign languages, studying history, painting in art class, discussing current events and foreign affairs, writing their memoirs, exercising, learning how to use a computer and much more! The instruction for all of these activities and classes are mostly seniors themselves; using the valuable skills that they have cultivated throughout their lifetime. The genius of the program is that it is a ministry by and with older adults rather than just a ministry to them. The participants feel a sense of ownership as they set their own course. SAIL rejects the myth that senior citizens are frail, lonely and dependent, sliding down the hill to the end of life. People of all faiths work together in SAIL to help older adults sustain and celebrate life! The primary purpose of SAIL is to enrich the later years with opportunities for service to others, self-expression, meaningful work, and close friendships. An equally important goal is to help older adults remain independent in their own living situation as long as they choose. The Fall term of SAIL begins on September 25, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera. This term lasts for 7 weeks on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. NO EXAMS or HOMEWORK!! More information, and application forms can be found at http:// www.sailofmelbourne.org/. Please plan to join us. Please feel free to contact Roger Johnson for additional information at email@example.com.
For an Election
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States (or of this community) in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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