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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+
Sermon - 7 Easter
Greetings from Honduras! There has not been much public school the past six weeks due to civil unrest. The medical and education sectors have had peaceful protests due to the government proposing to semi-privatize both sectors. And there have been miscreants just stirring up trouble with looting, arson and other property damage. There have been times of gas and food shortages and no free movement of transportation. While inconveniences, I’ve never felt unsafe in my city. And thanks be to God, this past Friday was tranquil amidst rumors of heavy civil unrest. It was the Tenth Anniversary of the Coup d’etat where the former president was removed from the country by the military. Electricity cost has increased AGAIN! This is the second time in less than a year. Gas and Diesel are expensive. People are getting frustrated. More have left to join caravans to the US.
In May I asked you to lift me in prayer as I had many struggles. They were felt and I give you a gracious thank you. While I do my best to rely on my faith and trust in God at times I falter. We’re human. It happens. How we deal with it defines us and our ability to move past it. The past two months is the first time in thirty months that I have not been able to hand out food baskets and I was taking that very hard.
While questioning myself if I was really making a difference here, through much prayer and tears, God showed me I was where he wants me. At a recent weekly Bible study with the Cursillistas (Cursillo) we were going through Acts 8 and Romans 10. One of the men said “Look at David! He struggles sometimes to understand or communicate yet he continues to come to Bible studies and participate in the life of the Church. He is living a life of obedience!” One of the other men chimed in on how I give and give amidst difficulty. Within the same week at a Men’s Bible study one of the men commented how I choose to listen and serve. Y’all I was blown away. Those types of comments are not common here. And especially from men! It was God saying “Continue to trust ME! I have never left you. Keep working and sharing about me.” If you’ve ever experienced those God moments, you know that it is Him and Him alone.
Friends, please continue to pray for me. Pray for continued spiritual strength. Pray for finances, especially for August-September. This is my third summer here and donations typically drop off from July-September. I urgently need $500 towards the cost of building a water tower and buying a water tank to continue to meet our daily needs. We do not always receive water daily and the days we do it is only for eight hours maximum.
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 here, I am not financially supported by the Diocese. I live solely on the generosity of others.
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 PENTECOST 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
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
9:00 AM Book Study – Chasing Francis –
6:00 PM Youth - Grades 4 and up
6:00 PM Thursby Hall Support Group
We give thanks for those who participated in today’s worship:
LEMs and Lectors: 8 AM Clarice Costello, Jamye Rainwater, Susan Blakeslee; 10:30 AM Roger Johnson, Susan Davis, Acolyte, PC; Acolyte: 8 AM Susan Blakeslee;
Ushers: 8 AM Rich and Sandra Wagner; 10:30 AM KC Belle, Marion Hickman; Altar Guild: Lois Herring, Susan Blakeslee, Beverly Jones, Sandra Malphurs, Persia Morgan, Brendan Murphy; Flower Guild: Shirley Cardin, Sandra Malphurs, Maureen Rumbaugh; Coffee Hour Guild: Jim and Jeanne Kenaston, Brenda Kelley, Delores Spearman, Ed Stucke; Parish Musician: Linda Cox, Pianist: Nailah Love Clarke
And the people say…AMEN!!!
THE ALTAR AND CHAPEL FLOWERS are given to the Glory of God, and in loving memory of Ronald Stewart, by Vicki Stewart.
A BEAUTIFUL WAY to honor a loved one, glorify God, or to give thanks for an answered prayer is to make a contribution for altar or chapel flowers or the sanctuary candle. Please submit all requests in an envelope from the pew rack at least 2 weeks in advance to insure it will appear in the bulletin. Available Sundays can be seen on the Flower Calendar on the bulletin board.
ST. MARK'S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held on July 22-26, 2019 from 9 AM – 1 PM. There will be no charge to attend. To sign up, see Amy Stone, or email her: email@example.com
ST. MARK’S YOUTH NIGHTS: Everyone who will be in 4th Grade and up is invited to join us at St. Mark's on Friday nights from 6 - 9 PM during the month of July and on the first Friday in August. Bring your friends be ready to have fun!
Questions? Amy Stone: firstname.lastname@example.org
USHERS ARE NEEDED for Sunday services. If you would like to serve, please contact Don and Sandi Williams: DWms111OGL@aol.com
ALTAR GUILD: The Altar Guild is looking for individuals (both male and female) to serve on teams that have lost members due to individuals being relocated. We currently have four teams. If you are interested in joining the Altar Guild please contact Beverly Jones, 321-537-5220.
BOOK STUDY: St. Mark's book study group will be reading "Chasing Francis", by Ian Morgan Cron, in the Prayer Room on Fridays at 9 AM, starting June 7. See Liz Schorr for details.
CONFIRMATION: If you are interested in attending Confirmation classes, please sign up on the sheet on the hallway table.
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.
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 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.
GRIEF COUNSELING: If you, or someone you know, need 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.
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.
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.