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the EPISTLE The Monthly Parish Newsletter of SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH DECEMBER 2016 • ISSUE 217


mazingly enough, Advent and the Christmas Season are all in our headlights. After an election cycle that can be described as beyond contentious, we pause to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, and look forward to welcoming God’s presence more nearly into our hearts.

F ROM THE R ECTOR These are all valid questions for which we—as yet—have no answer. What we do know is the character and nature of the God we worship and embrace. This is a God of justice, compassion, respect, diversity, inclusion, and immense love. What you and I proclaim and do as disciples of that teacher and savior born in Bethlehem all those years ago will not change. Our world, and how we go about that discipleship may. Change happens. We face it together.

Advent has always been seen as a time of new beginnings, of seeking, anticipating, and hoping. Christmas is the reminder that God TOP is indeed with us, Morning Of Advent by Tancau Emanuel , from Fine Art in America wherever we go, and whoever are in places of LOWER LEFT leadership and public Nativity by He Qi, from Sacraparental: Social Justice for Parents and Kids trust. (Note: this blog has suggestions on how to talk about the 2016 election with children)

I am sure all of us are taking a big sigh of relief that in many ways life seems to return to “normal”. Let us find the At its monthly meeting in LOWER CENTER peace and hope that the November, Saint Mark’s Annunciation by Sandro Botticelli - Cestello from Low Churchman’s Guide holy seasons have always Outreach Committee pointed toward. As we members raised some interesting and enter the New Year let us do so with “Lo, in the silent night very timely issues. In the months and mindful and attention to what it may A child to God is born years ahead will their already broad and mean to be bearers of Christ’s prophetic And all is brought again challenging mission be changed? Will voice and compassionate heart in the That ere was lost or lorn their be new and yet unknown needs midst of uncertainty and change— arise in our communities that will need to seeking Christ in ALL people, to the best be addressed? One member even asked Could but thy soul. O man, as we each are able, to make Him known. that if necessary will we need to Become a silent night! participate in protests or demonstrations God would be born in thee around issues of social justice and civic And set all things aright..” liberties. 15th Century

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The Rev. Christopher C. Richardson As many of you already know, my wife and I are expecting our first child on December 17. The baby will be a boy, and we are going to name him Malachi McKinley Richardson.

As December 17 grows closer, you may begin seeing me around Saint Mark’s a little less often than usual. I am fortunate enough to be able to take some leave around the time of his birth. If you do not see me on a Sunday morning or at Crimson Cup on a Wednesday evening, I will most likely be at home bonding with my son and being with my wife, Sheena, as we enter into an exciting time of incredible transition in our lives. There are many areas of life at Saint Mark’s in which I am involved: Out of Office Hours, Saint Mark’s Youth, and the 20s and 30s Group to name a few. While I do not yet know what those aspects of Saint Mark’s will look like during my time away, they have not been forgotten. As soon as I have updates on if I’ll be at Crimson Cup on a given Wednesday, what the 20s and 30s group will be doing, and/or what the youth will be doing, I will be sure to let you all know.

Thank you all for the support you have already given us, and the support I know you will continue to give as Sheena and I prepare for an amazing adventure. We are beyond excited as we await the opportunity to welcome the newest Richardson into the world. I consider myself extremely blessed that I am able to share this joy with all of you.





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Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols All are cordially invited to our annual Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 4, at 4 p.m. Modeled after the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols that is held every year on Christmas Eve at King’s College, Cambridge, this special service alternates Advent-themed lessons with uplifting hymns and anthems. Both the Saint Mark’s Choir and the Canterbury Choir will provide music, which will include works by Johannes Brahms, Herbert Howells, Simon Lindley, Richard Marlow, Boris Ord, Bruce Saylor, Mark Sirett, and Charles Wood. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted in support of the Special Music Fund. Childcare will be available in the nursery for children ages 3 and under. An elegant reception will follow. Please join us, and be sure to invite some friends! No Promises Vocal Band Concert The Cincinnati-based a cappella group No Promises Vocal Band will perform a special Christmas concert at Saint Mark’s on Saturday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m. The eight-man ensemble, several members of which are alumni of the Ohio State Men’s Glee Club, sings a wide range of repertoire, including jazz, Motown, adult contemporary, and classical. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. Don’t miss this thrilling special event! Canterbury Choir to Carol at Tremont Center On Tuesday, December 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Canterbury Choir will sing Christmas carols at Tremont Center for their annual Christmas by the Clock celebration. The event features complimentary sweets from the Goodie Shop, live reindeer, and a visit from Santa! Come support our dedicated young choristers as well as our good neighbors at Tremont Center. Christmas Eve at Saint Mark’s Christmas Eve is a very special evening at Saint Mark’s, with two wonderful services of quite different character. The first service, which begins at 5 p.m., features our beloved Christmas pageant. The Canterbury Choir leads the music, which includes seasonal favorites such as The Friendly Beasts and Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, as well as numerous favorite carols. Attendance at the service has soared in recent years, so everyone is encouraged to arrive early in order to ensure good seating. Later in the evening, the Saint Mark’s Choir leads a beautiful service of Solemn Holy Eucharist, preceded by a half-hour carol sing for choir and congregation. The carol sing, which begins with the beloved carol “Once in royal David’s city,” starts at 10:30 p.m., and the service itself begins at 11 p.m. This moving service includes incense as well as candlelight. For many it is the high point of our Christmas observance at Saint Mark’s. For full details of the 2016–2017 .









You are cordially invited to

A Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 4, 4 p.m. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. A reception will follow.




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D ECEMBER H APPENINGS AT S AINT M ARK ’ S S AINT M ARK ’ S G ENTLE L ITURGY D ECEMBER 4 Everyone is cordially invited to Saint Mark’s Gentle Worship service on Sunday, December 4, at 9:00 a.m. in the choir area behind the main altar. The Gentle Worship service takes into consideration the presence of people with a “special need” - such as a person who falls along the Autism Spectrum Disorder - or a form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease. These liturgies tend to be shorter, simpler, have softer music and more easily designed communications. For more information, contact the Parish Office (614 -486-9452; or JANUARY EPISTLE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 19 Please submit all news, photos and articles to Melanie in the Parish Office by 12 noon on Monday, December 19 via e-mail if possible: Volunteers will fold the January EPISTLE on Thursday, December 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Canterbury Center. Please join us if you can! SUPPER GROUP BEGINS SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD WITH A CHRISTMAS DINNER Please sign up to bring an appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert of you choice. The sign up sheet will be in the Parish Hall. All are welcome, couples or singles. It is a great way to get to know others. SAINT MARK’S MONDAY NIGHT BOOK GROUP Anyone and everyone is welcome to join! Here is the schedule for the next couple of months: On Saturday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. we will have a Christmas Party at the home of Michele and Bruce Johnson. The main dish and beverages will be provided, please bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert. And on January 23 we’ll meet to discuss 1913: In Search of the World before the Great War at Pat Iams' home, Ross Bagby will lead the discussion.

I N AND A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S FLOWER MEMORIALS We will soon be entering the season of Advent and Christmas. An important part of that celebration is the decoration of the church. Contributions in memory of or in thanksgiving for loved ones help defray the cost of decorating the church. In addition to flowers in the church, contributions to the Flower Guild provide some of the funds needed for outdoor planting in and around the church. Again this year we will have special envelopes in the pews to receive your donations. The envelopes have a place on the back for you to write your designation. They can be placed in the offering plate or in that box which will be in the Parish hall on December 4, 11, and 18. Contributions in any amount are welcome and very much appreciated. Please make your checks payable to Saint Mark’s with Flower Guild written on the memo line. YOUNG ADULT COMMUNICATION NETWORK Saint Mark's is hosting monthly Young Adult events for people in their 20s and 30s. Want to know when these events will happen? Fill out a Young Adult Communication Network form so you can be added to the contact list. Online forms can be found at and paper forms can be found in the Parish Hall. The paper forms can be turned in by mail to the parish office, placed in the offering plate, or handed to Christopher Richardson. PARISH OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Our office manager Melanie is recruiting volunteers for staffing the office during days when she may be out of the office and for helping to prepare The EPISTLE once per month. Volunteers usually gather once per month (generally the third Thursday of each month) to help prepare The EPISTLE and other mailings that may need packaged. Contact Melanie if you are interested in either opportunity (614-486-9452).



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SAINT MARK’S MEMBER CARE Saint Mark’s Member Care ministry provides meals to parishioners who are in need of some help due to illness, recovery, or other situations. If you or someone you know could use some help with meals, please contact Michele Johnson. We have a team of parishioners who are happy to serve in this way. We also have a New Baby ministry which provides a welcoming rose and muffins to families with a new baby in the house. If you know of a family with a new baby, please contact Robbie Hurley with this information. In addition, if you are interested in helping with either meals or the new baby ministry, please contact the parish office, 614-486-9452. WELCOME KNITTERS (AND OTHER NEEDLEWORK ENTHUSIASTS) The Saint Mark’s Knitting Circle meets the first and third Thursday of each month in members’ homes. We meet from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to work on prayer shawls, baptism blankets and lap blankets for church members and others in need. We are also knitting scarves, hats, and other warm apparel to distribute to the community in the fall and winter. We welcome knitters of all ability levels including beginners! THE CANTERBURY CAFE IS OPEN—ENJOY A CUP OF FRIENDSHIP SOUP! The Canterbury Choir will be serving generous samples of Friendship Soup during fellowship hour in the parish hall after 10:30 a.m. services on Sundays from November 20 through December 11. Soup mixes, handmade by the choristers, will be available for sale at that time. The mixes are a great way to make an easy dinner on a busy schedule! They also make excellent holiday gifts for friends and family, as well as great appreciation gifts for teachers, students, babysitters, etc. Cost for the mixes is $7 for a pint size or $10 for a quart. Proceeds benefit the Canterbury Choir Fund, which supports the training and enrichment of the choir, including its annual spring outings. Do good work. Eat good food! SACRED CONVERSATIONS FOR RACIAL JUSTICE In February of 2016 The Trinity Institute conference was held. The conference title this year was Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice. The daylong panel discussion and small group breakout discussions were streamed live and parishioners from St. Philip hosted here in Columbus. Many of the people from Columbus site wanted to continue the discussion. Since February they have been meeting once a month to read and learn from one another about the issue of racial injustice. They have used two books, “Waking up White” and “The New Jim Crow” as catalyst for discussions. As followers of Jesus the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry encourages us to build on the progress made over the past years but never settle for the way things are. He asks us to boldly turn and face the future together with love and compassion. Certainly the issue of racial justice is a critical one for our country. Several parishioners from Saint Mark's now participate in these discussions. We are inviting you to join with us. On Tuesday December 13 at 7:00 p.m. We will be gathering here at Saint Mark's to begin viewing and discussing the documentary “13th”. If you would like to be a part of conversations on this critical issue we welcome you! If you have question or would like to participate please contact the parish office.



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We welcome the following children into the Body of Christ through baptism: V. Dooley, son of Rupert and Amy Dooley, was baptized Sunday, October 30, 2016. V. was born April 3, 2016. We offer condolences to: The family of Richard Hutchinson who passed away October 19, 2016. His memorial service was held Friday, October 28, 2016. FROM THE PARISH REGISTER is a new printed project to enhance communication among parishioners. It comes from a long standing tradition in the Church of England where certain public records were officially recorded in the great ledgers of their parish church. You can sign up for weekly email updates about Saint Mark’s on our website, click on “Join Our Mailing List.”


Saint Mark’s has always been a very generous church. When we ask you to support one of our various outreach programs, you are always there with support. To make it easier for those who like to plan ahead and shop the sales, we have prepared an annual calendar of the Outreach collection projects. They are as follows:         

January: Baby food collection for NNEMAP February: Dental supplies collection (toothpaste, brushes and floss) for NNEMAP March: Bar soap and shampoo collection for NNEMAP April: Dish soap or laundry detergent collection for NNEMAP May: Collection for Guatemala starts: Children’s shoes, dental supplies or Spanish books June: School supply collection, filling book bags. Also, the Respite Birthday bags. July: School supply collection continues. Guatemala collection concludes. August through October: Grooming kit collection for NNEMAP. November and December: The Giving Tree. Items collected are based on the ornaments chosen.

STREET CHURCH Saint Mark's provided a meal and hospitality for St. John's Columbus Street Church on Sunday, October 30. Thanks to Jill Hinton, Andi Waller, Barb Keyes, Roberta Morton, Anice Ellis, Marilyn Smith, Marilyn Karl, Karen Gebhart, Pat Iams, and Dianne Silliman, we had 10 crockpots of chili to which we added shredded cheese and oyster crackers. We hard boiled eggs and provided Mandarin oranges. About 40 local residents attended the service at Broad and Central, and by the time "Thanks be to God!" rose above the sound of unmuffled cars and sirens, about 80 folks were in line for lunch. Lunch helpers included Pam Thurston, Ellen Berndt, Molly Iams, Pat Iams, and Annabelle and Ben Leibowitz. Thanks to ALL! A CHANCE TO TOUR NNEMAP We have such generous compassionate people in our Saint Mark's family. Whenever there is a drive for goods you always support the work of NNEMAP. Now you have a chance to visit the NNEMAP pantry and see for yourself where your book bags, grooming kits, toothpaste etc. end up. See how our client families are able to choose groceries and goods that they need to help them out in emergency situations. Transportation will be provided. The pantry is open Monday through Saturday in the morning hours. If you are interested in a tour please contact Bill Karl or Barb Keyes to make arrangements. We would love to have people see what wonderful work we are doing! COOKIE WALK Come and have some fun at the annual Cookie Walk on December 11, 2016 after the 10:30 service. As you think about your Christmas baking, plan on making some of your finest cookies or candies to donate to the walk, and then round out your assortment by filling a box or two with goodies baked by your fellow parishioners. The funds raised from the walk will support Outreach programing.



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CATCH COURT CATCH Court is the Franklin County specialty court that provides alternative two year probation to prostitutes (usually trafficked at an early age). Saint Mark's has been providing breakfast or lunch to the participants about once a month for the past year. The opportunity to accept and interact with the women is a gift, and the chance to see Justice served is inspiring. Friday, November 4, we brought breakfast, which gives us a chance to serve them. Barb Keyes and Marilyn Smith made egg casseroles. Joan Maynard, Gretchen Hall, and Sally Rechner made muffins, Michele Johnson provided fruit. Thank you! Gretchen also took poignant notes as the women described some of their experiences before choosing CATCH Court.  Imagine being required to face all your addictions at one time: alcohol, smoking, drugs, sex, parental issues.  Imagine never knowing or experiencing unconditional love.  Imagine not knowing there are safe people and places in this world. Instead, always looking behind your back.  Imagine dealing with pain and fear 24/7.  Imagine losing one friend from an overdose, while another is in the hospital simultaneously, knowing it could have been you.  Imagine having a child you can't care for at this time.  Imagine never experiencing an authentic relationship or conversation.  Imagine not ever knowing a father and mother's approval.  Imagine misplacing or not understanding the terms surrender and compliance.  Imagine that the first time you ever heard the words, "I'm proud of you. "You are awesome." "You are beautiful" -from someone credible--is in a court room, with your hands shackled. Some of God's humblest people are in that Courtroom. If you wish to visit the Court at some point, please contact the Parish Office, 614-486-9452.

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Ushering can lead to unexpected, memorable moments.

Patrick Hreachmack Once, while I was ushering and at my post before the steps to the alter, one of our elderly parishioners patted me on the arm and said she was glad to see me there because she knew I was always ready to help her in case she had problems on the steps. On another occasion, a young lady of six or seven, came up to me immediately after the service and said she didn’t get her envelope out in time. She asked if I could still accept it and take it to the plates. Of course I did.

Jim Keyes, Bill Karl We brought our dogs Lucy and Maggie to the Blessing of the Animals service. It happened that regularly scheduled ushers were absent that day, so we were recruited to fill in. Then there we were with Lucy and Maggie passing the offering plates. Some folks said “hello” to our pets. Lucy and Maggie also participated in bringing the offering and elements to the altar. Then came the highlight: when it was time for ushers to take communion, each of us had our dogs with us. And each sat politely under the rail.

We had a smile on our face on the way home. And when we got home, Lucy and Maggie took a nap.

Jim Keyes While walking up and down the aisle sharing the peace with folks, I noticed a very young gentleman standing in the aisle with his hand reaching out to me. With no hesitation and a happy look on his face, he said: “Peace.” And shook my hand. Now, I look for him (he’s always in the same pew) and we greet each other. I feel like I have made a new friend. The young man is George and Irina Reed’s six-yearold son.

Darlene Sullivan My God ushering moments happen when we're processing with the offering and elements. It is humbling to consider their connection with the communion and that they are gifts from God to be shared with everyone. It is also a reminder that we have so many gifts that God has given us.



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Outreach Committee Presents

Advent 2016 The Giving Tree About The Homeless Families Foundation The Homeless Families Foundation is a “transitional” organization whose primary goal is to assist families who find themselves suddenly homeless. They help families obtain shelter and meet their basic needs of food and clothing. When families arrive at the HFF shelter, they are provided a bag of bedding, a box of food and a caseworker who assists them with resources throughout the community for medical needs, permanent housing and additional food. These families may receive assistance for up to 80 days as they get their feet back on the ground and re-establish their lives. They have a very strong educational component of tutoring and afterschool assistance to support the children in their families so that they stay in school and continue their education regardless of their location. Our Giving Tree will have ornaments on it which will describe an item The Homeless Families Foundation has requested on behalf of the families to receive as Christmas gifts. There are also ornaments which request basic needs of cleaning supplies and bedding. We are asking members of our parish to take as many ornaments as you wish, purchase the items and return them to the tree (unwrapped) with the original ornament attached. All gifts must be put under the tree no later than the 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 11, so that they can be delivered the next day to the “gift store” (described below). Here is what happens next: Each year, the Homeless Families Foundation sets up a Holiday gift store and provides vouchers where mothers and fathers can go shopping to choose gifts for their children, as well as fulfill their own particular family’s needs (sheets, towels, cleaning supplies, wrapping paper, etc.). Last year they provided for more than 90 families in need and the need continues again this year. This could not be done without community support. We are blessed to have the opportunity to help fulfill these needs.



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F INANCE R EPORT Finance Report for the Period ended October 31, 2016, submitted by Dot Yeager, Treasurer

Overall results: Year to date receipts of $441,127, including self-sustaining fund reimbursements of $8,181, compared to disbursements of $470,872, resulted in a deficit of $(3,608) year to date. As budgeted, $19,720 was transferred from the Staff Fund and $6,417 in unrestricted bequests were used.  Year to date revenue from pledged member contributions of $373,346 was higher than the estimate of $340,628 by $18,100, due to favorable timing compared to previous year giving trends. No revision to the total budgeted member contributions for the year is indicated at this time.  Both Redding Road rent income and special purpose offerings are higher than estimated.  Expenditures are consistent with the 2016 budget overall. Building projects:  The Organ Project has been completed and the “bridge” funding from the Endowment Fund, in the amount of $65,000, has been received.  Earlier this year, both the vestry and the Endowment Fund trustees agreed to address the gap between the timing of pledges and other funding sources and the completion date of the project by providing this “bridge” funding.  The Endowment Fund Trustees and the Church agreed that the Church intends to repay the Endowment Fund, at a rate of 4.5%, as pledges to the Organ Completion Project are fulfilled and through future fund raising efforts on behalf of the Organ Completion Project, with the understanding that the repayments should be completed by December 31, 2022. Other:  Contribution statements have been mailed. Members are encouraged to notify the Treasurer if there are differences with their records.  To date, 103 pledges have been received for 2017, including 6 new families. The total amount pledged represents a net 11% increase when compared to the previous year. Members who have not yet pledged are encouraged to offer an estimate of giving for next year as soon as possible to assist in the church’s budget and planning efforts. Year-end giving to Saint Mark’s: Donations to fulfill your 2016 pledge or to prepay your 2017 pledge can be made until December 31th. A donation of stock can be made by contacting Dot Yeager, preferably prior to December 16, to allow adequate time to transfer. The Columbus Foundation handles stock transfers for payment of pledges or other gifts, on behalf of Saint Mark’s. Please contact the church office or Dot Yeager (614-596-0826). Please remember Saint Mark’s for any end-of-year giving that you may have in your plans. Unrestricted donations are always welcome, for they give the church the greatest amount of flexibility to address its constantly changing needs. For those who may prefer a targeted approach, there are funds for reserve or long-term-planning purposes that you might consider, including:  

The Trinity Guild Fund: This fund was established to provide reserve funds for major capital maintenance and repairs. The projected balance at the end of the year will be approximately $27,000. The Saint Mark’s Endowment Fund: This fund was established in 1978 to protect the long-term financial health of Saint Mark’s and is managed by separately elected Trustees. The fund’s yearly investment income is transferred to Saint Mark’s for use in the operating budget as needed. As of October 31, the permanently restricted portion of the Endowment was approximately $275,000. In Grateful and Generous Hearts, The Rev. Dr. John H. Westerhoff has this to say about planned giving, not just for today’s needs but for future generations. “By giving toward the churches’ endowments we can be in community with those who will come after us. We demonstrate our trust that God will be present and active in the church after we are gone, inspiring another generation to live faithfully.”

The church also keeps an informal wish list for those interested in funding individual projects that are not currently in the budget. If you have any questions, please contact the Rector at 614-486-9452.



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Birthdays are not included in Saint Mark’s online version of this publication to ensure privacy of our parishioners.


S AINT M ARK ’ S C HRISTMAS P AGE ANT Below are the dates for the Christmas Pageant sign-up and rehearsals. Sunday, December 4 Sign-up during Sunday School (9:30-10:30 a.m.) or immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, December 11 Sign-up, costumes, and scripts passed out during Sunday School (9:30-10:30 a.m.) or immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, December 18 Full rehearsal with Canterbury Choir immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service Saturday, December 24, 4:00 p.m. Dress Rehearsal Saturday, December 24, 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Pageant Children and families may also sign up by contacting the Parish Office,, or 614 -486-9452. Every effort will be made to honor requested roles. Volunteers are needed! If you can assist with costuming, backstage organization, snacks, or clean-up, please contact the office. C HRISTMAS E VE AND C HRISTMAS D AY S E RVICE S A T S AINT M ARK ’ S CHRISTMAS EVE—SATRUDAY, DECEMBER 24 Holy Eucharist, Rite II Saint Mark’s Annual Christmas Pageant 5 p.m. Music by Canterbury Choir Carols for Choir and Congregation 10:30 p.m. followed by Solemn Holy Eucharist, Rite II 11 p.m. Music by Saint Mark’s Choir CHRISTMAS DAY—SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:30 a.m.

D ECEMBER 2016 Sunday

Monday 27

4 Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 9:00 AM Gentle Worship 9:30 AM Formation 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Canterbury Choir 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 12:00 PM Youth Group & J2A 4:00 PM A Festival of Advent Lessons & Carols with Saint Mark’s Choir & Canterbury Choir 8:00 PM AA Groups 11 Preacher: Christopher C. Richardson 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:30 AM Formation 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 11:30 AM Cookie Walk 11:30 AM Outreach Meeting 12:00 PM Youth Group & J2A 8:00 PM AA Groups 18 Preacher: Martha Lentz 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:30 AM Formation 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 12:00 PM Youth Group & J2A 8:00 PM AA Groups

25 Christmas Day Preacher: Christopher C. Richardson 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 8:00 PM AA Groups

Rector’s Day Off 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:00 PM Vestry Meeting

Rector's Day Off 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group

Rector's Day Off 12:00 PM Epistle Deadline 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:00 PM Sisters in Faith

Rector's Day Off 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group








6 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch

7 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 6:00 PM Christopher’s “Out of Office” Office Hours at Crimson Cup 7:00 PM AA


13 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch 12:30 PM Noonday Book Group

14 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 12:30 PM Bridge Club 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 5:00 PM Stephen Ministry 6:00 PM Christopher’s “Out of Office” Office Hours at Crimson Cup 7:00 PM AA


20 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch


27 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch

12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA


28 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:00 PM Preparation of Open Shelter Lunches 7:00 PM AA 7:30 PM Mark’s Men

1:00 PM Knitting Group 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

6:15 PM AA 7:30PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

9:00 AM Stephen Ministry 11:00 AM Holy Eucharist at First Community Village 1:00 PM Knitting Group 6:15 PM AA 7:30PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

6:15 PM AA 7:30PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

6:15 PM AA 8:00 PM AA




2 Assistant Rector's Day Off 10:00 AM Tremont Elementary Parent Talk 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups


9 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups

10 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up 6:30 PM Monday Night Book Group Christmas Party


16 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 3:00 PM Tremont Elementary Girl Scout Troop 8:00 PM AA Groups

17 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up 7:00 PM No Promises Vocal Band Conert


23 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups

24 Christmas Eve 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up 5:00 PM Holy Eucharist with Christmas Pageant for the Eve of the Nativity with the Canterbury Choir 10:30 PM Carols for Choir & Congregation 11:00 PM Solemn Holy Eucharist for the Eve of the Nativity with Saint Mark’s Choir


30 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups

31 New Year’s Eve 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up

9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up


SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2151 Dorset Road Columbus, OH 43221 Phone: (614) 486-9452 Fax: (614) 486-4023 E-mail: Web:


RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED 11/21/2016—12/5/2016

Part of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, Saint Mark’s held its first worship service in 1951 in a converted Methodist church in Grandview. Ground was broken in 1953 for the Parish Hall (now the Education Building) where services were held until the current Nave and Sanctuary was completed in 1958. Office space in an adjacent building was purchased in 1989. Major renovations of the entire facility occurred in 2004 and 2008 creating a campus today that empowers Christ’s ministry within and beyond our parish.

SAINT MARK’S VESTRY MEMBERS’ PHONE NUMBERS Craig Zimpher, Senior Warden – 614-488-5773 Jill Hinton, Junior Warden – 614-442-0561 Mary Drobny, Youth Warden – 614-459-2056 Dwight Anstaett, Onboarding/Welcoming –614-538-0564 John Olmstead, Onboarding/Welcoming – 614-488-3429 Laura Skoracki, Stewardship – 713-838-0288 Karen Gebhart, Hospitality – 614-459-9097 Joanne Drew, Hospitality - 614-301-5346 Robbie Hurley, Communications – 614-374-3068 Leslie Winters, Outreach -- 614-459-4123 Bruce Johnson, Communications – 614-486-4624 Ted Meyers, Enrichment Groups -– 917-523-8731 Scott Milburn, Stewardship – 614-670-8587 Cathy Utgard, Formation – 614-338-8299 Seth Wymer, Formation – 740-624-5818 Dot Yeager, Treasurer – 614-921-1485 Barbara Hyre, Clerk – 614-488-1567


The Rev. Paul St. Germain, Rector The Rev. Christopher C. Richardson, Assistant Rector The Rev. Dr. Mary Lynn Dell, Priest Associate The Rev. Michael Ellis, Affiliate Priest (614) 529-9597 The Rev. Joan Maynard, Deacon Dr. Matthew Bester, Director of Music Tyler W. Robertson, Organist & Assistant Director of Music Gary L. Garber, Organist-Choirmaster Emeritus Dr. Michael Murray, Organist Emeritus Bill Silliman, Head Verger Bill Ryan, Campus Manager Melanie Jacobs ,Office Manager

December 2016 Epistle  
December 2016 Epistle