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the EPISTLE The Monthly Parish Newsletter of SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH DECEMBER 2017 • ISSUE 229



he new Episcopal resource “A Great Cloud of Witnesses” (which has replaced “Holy Women, Holy Men” —formally “Lesser Feasts and Fasts” - my goodness, such change!) helps us remember and celebrate significant figures in the life of our faith story. This week sees the annual commemoration of one of my own spiritual mentors. As I was reminded at seminary a few years ago, we do not have to have ever met or have been alive during the lifetime of spiritual mentors. For this I give great thanks, for the Oxford and Cambridge professor C.S. Lewis has certainly been such a figure for me for as long as I can remember. On this occasion I would like to share with you the information “A Great Cloud of Witnesses” offers about Jack (the name he gave himself as a child and went by for his lifetime). I would also like to suggest that if you are interested in an entry level look at his story you might read “Jack’s Life” by his stepson Douglas Gresham, or even go to primary Lewis material such as “The Screwtape Letters”, “The Great Divorce,” “Letters to Malcolm”, or for the child in all of us the beloved “Chronicles of Narnia”. From “A Great Cloud of Witnesses”: “You must make your choice,” C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity. “Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up as a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.” Lewis did not always believe this. Born in Belfast on November 29, 1898, Lewis was raised as an Anglican but rejected

night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” Two years later, his conversion was completed: “I know very well when, but hardly how, the final step was taken. I was driven to Whipsnade one sunny morning. When we set out, I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo, I did.”

C.S. Lewis “Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully, Dangers lie in wait for him on every side ... Amiable agnostics will talk cheerfully about ‘man’s search for God’. To me, as I then was, they might as well have talked about the mouse’s search for the cat.” “Surprised by Joy” - 1955

Lewis’s conversion inaugurated a wonderful outpouring of Christian apologetics in media as varied as popular theology, children’s literature, fantasy and science fiction, and correspondence on spiritual matters with friends and strangers alike. In 1956 Lewis married Joy Davidman, a recent convert to Christianity. Her death four years later led him to a transforming encounter with the Mystery of which he had written so eloquently before. Lewis died at his home in Oxford on November 22, 1963. The inscription on his grave reads: “Men must endure their going hence”.

With thanks for the lamps he lit and the Christianity during his adolescent years. signposts of life he marked… After serving in World War I, he started a long academic career as a scholar in medieval and renaissance literature at both Oxford and Cambridge. He also began an inner journey that led him from atheism to agnosticism to theism and finally to faith in Jesus Christ. “You must picture me all alone in that room at Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a Learn more about Lewis and his works second from my work, the steady, from The C.S Lewis Foundation unrelenting approach of Him whom I so HERE: earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that




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The Rev. Christopher C. Richardson We rarely stop to reflect on the Collect for Purity, but the first few prayers in “Prayers for a Privileged People” by Walter Brueggemann do an excellent job in opening up this prayer to us. Here is the first prayer from this book, titled Unto Whom All Hearts Are Open. The pastor says, “Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open…” We rush to the next phrase, but now we linger there. We ponder our hearts… our deepest feelings of love and devotion, out closest organ of vitality, our place of deep decision-making, our instrument of being fully ourselves. Our hearts – that throb for contact with you – our hearts are open. They are not always open by our choice, for we would like sometimes to close our hearts and our minds and our hands. But they are open, because our hearts cannot resist your steady care and address. Our hearts are open for you, very God. You are the one who has made us so that our hearts are restless till they rest in you.

Do your mysterious, majestic God-ing with our hears: reclaim, renew, re-enliven, that we may leave your presence transplanted, transformed, transposed, become by your attentiveness whom we have not yet embraced, open and receptive, honest and undefensive, unafraid and committed to obedience. Let the pulse of our heart throb now, according to the cadences of your rule; command and we will obey, overrule and we will yield, lead and we will walk where we never thought to go. Unto you… not unto each other, not unto our pet projects, not unto our favorite charity or passion. Unto you…our hearts are open; we are yours; be our God – yet again.

As Thanksgiving comes and goes, and we begin to prepare for the coming of the Word made flesh, I pray this prayer for you, and I hope you pray it for me. May we all open our hearts to God and allow ourselves to be transformed into the people God is calling us to be. YOUNG ADULT COMMUNICATION NETWORK Saint Mark’s is hosting monthly Young Adult events for people who are post-high school through their 30s. Our next event is Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo on Friday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. 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.



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F ROM THE M USIC D EPARTMENT M ATTHEW B E STE R The season of Advent is nearly upon us, bringing with it beautiful and inspiring services in preparation for the Christmas season. With the coming of the new church year, the nave will ring anew with favorite Advent hymns, and the choirs will continue their recent tradition of beginning the 10:30 service on each Sunday of Advent with verses from “O come, O come Emmanuel.” As always, the most anticipated event of the Advent season will be our Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols, on Sunday, December 3, at 4 p.m. Modeled after the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve, this service brings together both choirs for a stirring afternoon of beautiful music and inspiring lessons. Don’t miss it! A complete list of special events in the coming weeks includes: Choral Eucharist for the Feast of Christ the King on November 26 On Sunday, November 26, at 10:30 a.m., the Saint Mark’s Choir will continue its tradition of singing a full mass setting (Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) as part of the regular service of Holy Eucharist on the Feast of Christ the King, the final Sunday of the church year. This year the choir will sing the beautiful Communion Service in C and F by the Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924). A Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols on December 3 The Saint Mark’s Choir and the Canterbury Choir will come together to lead our beloved Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 3, at 4 p.m. An annual parish favorite, the service of Lessons and Carols alternates Advent-themed lessons with beautiful and inspiring music, all in preparation for the Christmas season. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted in support of the Special Music Fund. An elegant reception will follow. Please save the date and invite some friends! Canterbury Choir Caroling at Tremont Center on December 19 On Tuesday, December 19, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., the Canterbury Choir will perform Christmas carols as part of the annual Christmas by the Clock celebration at Tremont Center (across from the church). Come out and support our young choristers as they represent Saint Mark’s for this fun community event, which features sleigh rides, live reindeer, treats from the Goodie Shop, and an appearance by Santa Claus. Christmas Eve at Saint Mark’s There are two evening services on Christmas Eve at Saint Mark’s. The 5 p.m. service includes music by the Canterbury Choir and features our beloved Christmas pageant with youth from the church school. The 11 p.m. service features the Saint Mark’s Choir and is preceded by a prelude of Carols for Choir and Congregation, beginning at 10:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

A Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols Saint Mark’s Choir and Canterbury Choir Music by Archer, Bach, Mawby, Palestrina, Sleeth, Susa, Victoria, and Wood Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church Donations will be accepted in support of the Special Music Fund



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ANNUAL OUTREACH COLLECTION PROJECTS: November and December: The Giving Tree.

January: Baby food collection for NNEMAP

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The Outreach Ministry (Committee) meets the second Sunday of each month after the 10:30 a.m. service in the Canterbury Center (Our next meeting will be in January). We want to invite any and all of you to attend the meetings. Discussions center around our wide-ranging projects, which are mentioned regularly in the Sunday Bulletin. The common ground of almost every project is that, whenever possible, we wish to have parishioners participating in the ministries. We have local, regional, national, and international projects, but the emphasis is always on being present with our partners in each endeavor. Please join us for information and fellowship. We promise not to put you in charge of anything---at least not in the beginning! Please contact Pat Iams or Marilyn Smith (current Chairs) if you have questions. THE GIVING TREE Believe it or not it's time for the Giving Tree to come back to Saint Mark's! It seems like with this warm weather Christmas should not be on the horizon. But, for those agencies who serve needy families Christmas is right around the corner! This year our Giving Tree will support the Christmas store for NNEMAP. They open their store in December and families are able to select toys, books, and games for their children. Our tree will be ready for your ornament selection on Sunday November 26th. As in years past, please select an ornament from the tree. Return your gift and the tag to under the tree by Sunday December 10th. Please don't wrap your gift. Parents will see a selection of things to choose from at the store and will wrap their gifts themselves. HOLIDAY COOKIE WALK December 10th following the 10:30 a.m. service. Needed: happy cookie bakers, happy cookie buyers, and happy helpers to set up, arrange, sell, and clean up. Sponsored by the Outreach Committee. Proceeds benefit NNEMAP. ST JOHN’S TOWN STREET On Wednesday, October 18th, ten of us served dinner at St John’s Town Street. All went well and I feel many were very appreciative of our efforts to serve a hot, healthy meal. Thank you to Marilyn Karl, Dianne Silliman, Barb Keyes, Ellen Berndt, Pat Iams, Jack Lutz, Bill & Linda Ryan and Cullie Rechner. I truly appreciate the consistency of our workers. Many of the same volunteers are there and it seems to go so smoothly. Again thanks! 2018 dates are not assigned yet however I will let you know when they are. Sally Rechner OUTREACH ADULT EDUCATION OCTOBER 15, 2017 ROY CLARK, DIRECTOR OF NNEMAP The essential message is the “Power of One!” Each of us can make a difference in the world. What began as a small organization after I-670 tore Flytown in half was reorganized by the Near Northside Coalition of Churches to become NNEMAP. It was opened in the basement of a church on the Short North side of High Street at 3 rd and High. There it stayed for 30 years. In 2014, NNEMAP moved to the VFW Building south of the Fairgrounds, closer to the need. NNEMAP receives 6 pallets of free produce a week from Mid-Ohio Food Bank. 20% of the food is from churches. Board has added the Northland area to its community.  Volunteer Opportunities: register clients on the computer; front desk-greeter, resource materials; assist shoppers; stockers-work in the back, assist in deliveries; pick-ups from Mid-Ohio.  Programs: Book bags, Grooming Kits, Christmas Shop (700 kids), Dental Care items.  Professional Resources: public health nurses, reading room, Celebrate One, food stamp outreach team (make 1500 referrals a year).  Saint Mark’s has at least seven volunteers at NNEMAP. Please join them once a month or once a week! Contact Bill Karl or Barb Keyes for more information.



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NNEMAP Christmas Shoppe at NNEMAP Each year we create a place for our families to shop for Christmas during December. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church leads this effort, but needs much support to serve the over 700 children who receive gifts each year. Please let your congregation and friends know there is a place to donate gift items for all ages. There is an attachment along with this one that can be used to publicize the shop. The Big Give Was a Success! Thank you to all who supported this year’s Big Give. We received almost $15,000 which will go to good use during the busy 4th quarter! New Break Down Policies We have worked with Mid-Ohio Food Bank and Worthington Presbyterian Church to create a new policy for breaking down flour, sugar, and coffee. We no longer can break down detergent. Please contact NNEMAP for details. Current Needs in the Pantry: Canned meats and ravioli-pop top cans Canned Beans Canned Vegetables and Fruits Cat Food Note: Other hygiene items are always low! We always need dental items, razors, and shampoo. We can also use feminine hygiene items. STREET CHURCH Many thanks to those who made and helped serve Community Chili for St. John's Street Church lunch held on Sunday, October 29. The following people made chili: Pat Iams, Anice Ellis, Leslie Winters, Jill Hinton, Marilyn Karl and Roberta Morton. Those who helped serve the meal at Broad and Central were: Ellen Berndt, Kelly Kelleher, Pam Thurston, Dot and Dave Yeager and Dan and Roberta Morton. Our next time to serve at Street Church is New Year's Eve, December 31. The plan is to make pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw. The meal will be augmented with hard boiled eggs and fruit. If you would like to help fix and/or serve the meal, please contact the office (614-486-9452). This ministry is a rewarding and valuable, we would love to see new loving faces and helping hands!

F ROM THE P ARISH R EGISTER We celebrate the following good news: Sara Wheeler was featured a Dispatch article on November 5, 2017. In it, she tells of her family’s focus on SIDS and her recent run in the New York Marathon in memory of her son, Collin, who died of SIDS in 2006. Sara’s story will be featured in an upcoming Epistle. Special recognition goes to: Diane Young has recently written and subsequently published her second memoir. Cancer Hope: Discovering Survivor Skills is a series of 15 inspirational essays that reflect her journey with Stage 3-C uterine cancer. Her treatment (hysterectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation} was challenged by her single lung transplant which occurred in the fall of 2010. Diane expresses unfailing gratitude for the love and support received these past seven years and she notes that “change” - both positive and negative occurs on God’s timeline, not ours,” Her writings reflect this realization. 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.”



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I N AND A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S SUPPER GROUP Supper Group will hold their annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 2nd in the Parish Hall, starting at 6:30 pm. Pot luck sign up sheet is in the Parish Hall. All are welcome. If you are interested in joining Supper Group there is also a sign up sheet for that. 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 5 through December 3. 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!

BRIDGE CLUB Saint Mark’s Bridge Club is seeking new members! We meet the second Wednesday of the month from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please contact the office if you’re interested (614-486-9452). SAINT MARK’S BOOK CLUB Our Christmas Gathering will be Friday, December 15, at 6:30 P.M. at the home of Bruce and Michele Johnson. Bring either an appetizer, salad or dessert and spouse or significant other (We’ll provide the main dish and drinks). RSVP:

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 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 the box which will be in the Parish Hall on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th. 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.

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 the office (614-486-9452) 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 the office (614-486-9452) with this information. In addition, if you are interested in helping with either meals or the new baby ministry, please contact Michele Johnson, Pat Barton or Robbie Hurley.



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I N AND A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S JANUARY EPISTLE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 18 Please submit all news, photos and articles to Melanie in the Parish Office by 12 noon on Monday, December 18 via e-mail if possible: Volunteers will fold the December EPISTLE on Thursday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the Canterbury Center. Please join us if you can! 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! Anyone who is interested in this ministry, please contact the office (614-486-9452) for further information. A NOTE FROM THE TREASURER December is busy and hopeful month for the Treasurer and Vestry. Busy because it’s time to begin putting together a budget for next year and hopeful because we are hoping that we collect all of our pledges for the current year and that we receive enough new pledges that we are able to plan for 2018 without having to consider cuts to our budget. As of October 12th it appears that budget cuts may again be necessary next year, however there are still about 35 pledges from members who typically pledge that we are still anxiously awaiting. If you are one of the many members who wait until December to get caught up on your paying your pledge, please consider doing so sooner rather than later. If you are unsure how much you have left to go, please send me an email at and I will respond as quickly as possible. Thank-you! Also, please consider an additional year-end gift to Saint Mark’s if you have had a better year than expected. Unrestricted gifts are especially welcomed but of course we are happy to honor any special request for your additional gift. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and Merry Christmas! Phil Glandon

SAINT MARK’S ADULT FORMATION SUNDAY MORNINGS 9:30 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. PARISH HALL December 3 First Sunday 10 “Women of the Exodus III ” — Mary Lynn Dell 17 “Exodus and the Church of 2017” —Paul St. Germain, Christopher Richardson, Mary Lynn Dell 24 Christmas Eve LOOKING AHEAD Spring programs will include guest speakers from Saint Mark’s Outreach Ministries through “CRIS” and “My Brother’s Closet” as well as a look at “Future Church” as it immerges from our diocesan convention “Exodus” conversations. Topics and speakers are subject to change.

CELEBRATION HONORING THE REV. DR. PAUL ST. GERMAIN A festive coffee hour will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2017, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service, to mark the ten year milestone of Paul’s ministry here at Saint Mark’s. Reflections and photos will be presented to Paul on that date (see Dot Yeager for details). Please plan to share in this joyous occasion. JOURNEY TO GENEROSITY THANK YOU & REMINDER On behalf of the Stewardship Committee, Vestry and Clergy, we want to thank everyone who has, to date, participated in the 2018 Stewardship Campaign themed, “Journey to Generosity”. We found it especially inspiring, uplifting and affirming to see so many people walk to the front of the church with their pledges on Ingathering Sunday. In the coming weeks, you will be updated on the status of the pledged income and what it means for the Saint Mark’s budget, programming, etc. in 2018. If you missed Ingathering Sunday, you are strongly encouraged to submit your pledge cards as soon as possible to allow Phil Glandon, the Wardens and Vestry adequate time to finalize the budget for 2018. Your pledge truly does make a difference! Thank you.



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F ROM THE M AILBAG A Brief Note of Thanks from the Good Friday Offering Thank you for your parish’s generous response to the Presiding Bishop’s call for support of the Good Friday Offering. On behalf of all those whose lives are improved throughout the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, please accept my profound and sincere appreciation. Faithfully, The Rev. Canon Robert D. Edmunds Middle East Partnership Officer Presiding Bishop’s Staff The Episcopal Church A Thank You Letter from Episcopal Relief & Development: Your gift helped in so many immediate and practical ways. Vulnerable families and individuals received gift cards to buy food, water, and basic hygiene products as well as cleaning supplies and power tools -- whatever they needed most. Other people benefitted from shelter or a prepared meal that churches offered. And as soon as it was safe to travel, trained teams of local community members went out to provide pastoral care and help in cleaning homes and removing debris. As we continue to stand with those affected in the coming weeks and months, ensuring that we reach underserved communities and those vulnerable, your gift will sustain our efforts. Please continue to pray for impacted communities and for our local church partners as they respond to ongoing needs. Thank you again for your gift to Episcopal Relief & Development and those we serve in God’s name.

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

A DVENT AND C HRISTMAS AT S AINT M ARK ’ S S AINT M ARK ’ S C HRISTMAS P AGE ANT Below are the dates for the Christmas Pageant sign-up and rehearsals. Sunday, December 3 Sign-up during Sunday School (9:30-10:30 a.m.) or immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, December 10 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 17 Full rehearsal with Canterbury Choir immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, December 24, 4:00 p.m. Dress Rehearsal Sunday, December 24, 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Pageant Children and families may also sign up by contacting the parish office (614-486-9452) Every effort will be made to honor requested roles. Please contact the office with questions. 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—SUNDAY, 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—MONDAY, DECEMBER 25 Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:30 a.m.

Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I


10 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 Cookie Walk 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 12:00 PM Youth Group 2:00 PM Star Trek Adventure 8:00 PM AA Groups

Rector's Day Off 12:00 PM Epistle Deadline

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





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




Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Canterbury Choir 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 12:00 PM Youth Group 4:00 PM A Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols with the Saint Mark’s Choir and Canterbury Choir 8:00 PM AA Groups




19 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch

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

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

12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 12:30 PM Bridge Club 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 5:00 PM Stephen Ministry Supervision 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners

12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners






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21 9:30 AM Epistle folding and fellowship 11:00 AM Holy Eucharist

9:00 AM Stephen Ministry Supervision 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

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




22 Assistant Rector’s Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball

15 Assistant Rector’s Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 6:30 PM Book Club Christmas Gathering 8:00 PM AA Groups

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

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


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

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

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

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






24 Christmas Eve Preacher: Christopher C. Richardson 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 5:00 PM Holy Eucharist with Christmas Pageant for the Eve of the Nativity with the Canterbury Choir 8:00 PM AA Groups 10:30 PM Carols for Choir and Congregation 11:00 PM Solemn Holy Eucharist for the Eve of the Nativity 31 Preacher: Paul St. Germain 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 1:00 PM St. John’s Street Church 8:00 PM AA Groups

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 8:00 PM AA Groups

Christmas Day 10:30 AM Christmas Day Holy Eucharist 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group

26 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch



6:00 PM Canterbury Choir caroling at Christmas by the Clock celebration in Tremont Center


5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:00 PM Sisters in Faith

12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 5:00 PM Stephen Ministry Supervision 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners

6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners


27 9:00 AM Stephen Ministry Supervision 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA




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


29 Assistant Rector’s Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups

8:00 PM AA Groups

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:



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 Jill Hinton, Senior Warden – 614-442-0561 Dot Yeager, Junior Warden – 614-921-1485 Mary D., Youth Warden – 614-459-2056 Dwight Anstaett, Onboarding/Welcoming –614-538-0564 Joanne Drew, Hospitality – 614-301-5346 Julie Moll, Hospitality – 614-940-8707 Bryce Sullivan, Communications – 614-581-0376 Bruce Johnson, Communications – 614-486-4624 Leslie Winters, Outreach – 614-459-4123 Ted Meyers, Enrichment Groups -– 917-523-8731 Scott Milburn, Stewardship – 614-670-8587 Ellen Berndt, Stewardship – 614-459-9418 Laura Skoracki, Formation – 614-583-8801 Bex Barker, Formation – 330-671-3416 Phil Glandon, Treasurer – 614-486-5806 Barbara Hyre, Clerk – 614-488-1567


The Rev. Dr. 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

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