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Can you help the Easter Bunny?
The Easter Bunny can use your help. As you all know, St. Mark's Church hosts one of the most hippy and hoppy Easter Egg Hunts around! Of course this is only because the bunny receives much help every year from the parish. We are in the mode of collecting eggs now, so if you could and would drop off plastic eggs (filled with candy or empty) and candy for the empty eggs, the Easter Bunny would be eternally grateful! A few extra baskets and soft Easter Bunny/Duck/Chick/Lamb toys would also be appreciated. Boxes will be in Stacy Hall and the back of the church. Your help does not stop there, anyone wishing to volunteer to help hide the eggs on Easter Sunday, please call Dave Bemis 680-9685 firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Beth Johnson 895-1712 email@example.com or simply come to Stacy Hall at 8:30 am on Easter Day, April 16 to join in on the fun.
Saturday, May 6, 11 am - 3 pm
You (& your neighbors & friends) are invited to May Faire!
St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Church and Preschool present the popular May Faire on Saturday, May 6, 11 am to 3 pm. Everyone is invited to a day for the family with food, music, games and a 50/50 raffle. Questions? Call Yvonne Lowe, 688-1815.
Are you a baker?
St. Mark's Women's Guild invites your help with May Faire
The Women's Guild is organizing the May Faire Bake Sale. Should you be a baker, please sign up in the church narthex. All baked goods can be delivered to Stacy Hall on Friday, May 5.
Friday, April 28, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Parenting with Purpose continues April 28
Our Educational Series for Parents - open to all families in the Valley - meets one Friday each month from 5:30-7:30 pm at St. Mark’s Stacy Hall. All faiths or none - all welcome!
Parenting with Purpose: Come kick-off the weekend with snacks and beverages, great conversations and childcare available. We will focus on a different book each month:
April 28: “The Principles for Spiritual Parenting”
May 12: “Growing Compassionate Kids”
Summer times & locations TBA: pool, beach, & park gatherings
To find out more or sign up:
Emily Harwell firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Stacy email@example.com
Rector on sabbatical March 1 through May 31
The Rev. Michael Corrigan and The Rev. Paul Collins serving in April and May
St. Mark’s agreement with our Rector provides for a three-month sabbatical after each five years of service to the parish - a refreshing experience for both the Rector and the parish in a variety of ways.
The Rector’s sabbatical began March 1. The Rev. Michael Corrigan is providing liturgical and pastoral ministry through Lent and Easter Day. The Rev. Paul Collins will provide clergy leadership for the Easter season, through Pentecost. The Wardens and Vestry will lead other aspects of the work of the parish with the support of our Business Manager, Leslie Zuller, and other staff. The Preschool, of course, will continue its program as usual, with the expert leadership of Director Yvonne Lowe.
New Wardens and Vestry
Thanks be to God for our leadership team
At our parish Annual Meeting last Sunday, we elected Barbara Brown, Mary Beth Johnson and Kate O’Neill to the Vestry. This weekend the Vestry has met for their Vestry Retreat to plan for the year ahead. Matt Allen has accepted the Rector’s invitation to serve as Senior Warden, the Vestry elected Linda Stafford Burrows to serve as Junior Warden and re-elected Chad Stacy to continue as Treasurer and Emily Harwell to continue as Clerk of the Vestry.
An important and rewarding ministry
Meals on Wheels drivers welcome
St. Mark's provides drivers for Meals on Wheels on a rotating basis. Anyone who is interested in participating in this wonderful service on an occasional basis, please call Rinda Brown and she will provide both details about scheduling and show you how it’s done. Rinda Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org or 688-1225 or 451-4229). Billy Hurbaugh organizes a route each Monday with a group of drivers; if you would like to be in that group, email him at email@example.com or text him at 805-245-4099.
For the homeless in Santa Barbara
We are collecting cold weather items (coats, sweaters, blankets, hats, gloves)
You will find the collection box at the back of the church. Sarah Spisak personally delivers the coats to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission - so you know they get into the intended hands.
Can you host refreshments after 8 or 10?
Anyone is welcome to host and snacks need not be elaborate - for about 25 people for the 8 am service or 45-50 after the 10 am service. Vestry members and others will help make coffee (simple - like using a "Mr. Coffee" machine). The sign up is in Stacy Hall. Questions? Contact Kate O’Neill (425) 422-2035.
More on the Rector’s Sabbatical...
What is a Sabbatical? The word “sabbatical” comes from the biblical word, Sabbath. The word Sabbath means “to cease” or “to rest.”
What does spiritual renewal look like for the Rector? A sabbatical rest will be a time to disengage from 31 years of ordained ministry, including the eight years of leadership at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley. Generally, the goal is to cease from the usual routine of sermon preparation and preaching, meetings, counseling, giving advice, weddings and funerals, the administration of day-to-day church affairs and the daily shepherding of people. It is a time for a complete break from ministry at St. Mark’s, for rest, reflection, evaluation and travel, quality time with family and friends, attention to unfinished personal projects, getting recharged by new experiences and developing a renewed focus and vision for St. Mark’s – dreaming dreams and nurturing vision.
It is not considered to be a time of extended vacation, sick leave, focusing on negative aspects of ministry, or doing things that distract from the central purpose of rest and renewal.
Rewarding service on your own schedule and by email
Coordinate our prayer list and prayer group?
This work is done almost entirely on email and entirely on your schedule. If you are interested contact: The Rector firstname.lastname@example.org
or Wardens Matt Allen email@example.com or Linda Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org).
Morning food delivery ministry expanding
“Glean” from stores for hungry neighbors
Do you have 40 minutes or so one morning a week to provide a regular delivery of food for hungry neighbors? Three local businesses give their “day old” bakery, deli, and produce to pickup and take to neighbors who receive it each morning in the People Helping People parking lot. This hands-on ministry is quick and easy - and you meet new people. Contact the Rector for more details or if you want to help: Call or text 805-245-4921 or email email@example.com.
Adding St. Mark's to your estate planning
Planned giving is enormously important to the long-term life of St. Mark's-in-the-Valley. A healthy endowment assures our campus and our service to the community will have a perpetual base of financial support. Have you named St. Mark's as a beneficiary in your estate plans? Are you interested in learning more and considering such a gift? If so, please be in touch. Additional information is available for all who may want to consider naming St. Mark's as a beneficiary, but need some guidance on the best way to do that. For more information contact Chad Stacy firstname.lastname@example.org or 245-9796.
St. Mark’s Choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7 pm
St. Mark's choir has its rehearsals on Thursdays at 7 pm in the church. All singers and friends welcome! Choir is not necessarily an every week commitment. Sing for a season or when you can. In the meantime, enjoy gathering with others and learning more about singing and choral music. For more information, contact Director of Vocal Music, Nichole Dechaine (email@example.com) or Director of Music and Organist Bev Staples (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also of Interest
At St. Mark’s 7:30 pm Tuesday evenings
Gamblers Anonymous group meeting now available
A new Gamblers Anonymous meeting is gathering at St. Mark's on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm in Stacy Hall. The group organizers will appreciate your help in letting people know this community resource is available at St. Mark's. For more information call Sandy M. at 896-8122.
Parkinson's Support Group meets 2nd Tuesdays each month
Patients and caregivers of people with Parkinson's Disease gather on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm in Stacy Hall here at St. Mark's. Contact Justin Redmond, group coordinator at 303-909-3862 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Clergy and staff email addresses
Randall Day – email@example.com
Leslie Zuller – firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne Lowe – email@example.com
Beverly Staples – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nichole Dechaine – email@example.com
Pete McCarthy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Silvia Lucatero – email@example.com
General Information – firstname.lastname@example.org
Epiphany Proclamation 2017
Dear friends in Christ, the glory of the Lord has shone upon us, and shall ever be manifest among us, until the day of his ultimate return. Through the rhythms of times and seasons let us celebrate the mysteries of salvation.
Let us recall the year’s culmination, the Easter Triduum of the Lord: his last supper, his crucifixion, his burial, and his rising celebrated in 2017 between the evening of April 13 and the evening of April 15.
Each Easter – as on each Sunday – the Holy Church makes present the great and saving deed by which Christ has for ever conquered sin and death. From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will occur on the first day of March. The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on May 25. Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on June 4. And, this year the First Sunday of Advent will be on December 3.
Likewise the pilgrim Church proclaims the passover of Christ in the feasts of the holy Mother of God, in the feasts of the Apostles and Saints, and in the commemoration of the faithful departed.
To Jesus Christ, who was, who is, and who is to come, Lord of time and history, be endless praise, for ever and ever. Amen.
Ash Wednesday, March 1
Easter Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil), April 13-15
Easter Day, April 16
Ascension Day, May 25
Pentecost, June 4
Advent 1, December 3
Advent 4 and Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24
Christmas Day, Monday, December 25
The Feast of the Epiphany, Saturday, January 6
Thanks be to God for those committing to give some of their time, skills and resources to help St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley serve people and change lives.
Donate here to the Barrett Family Fund in memory of Millie.
Donate here to the Sophie Phillips Fund in memory of Rochelle Fontes Phillips.