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SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH FALL 2020 • ISSUE 258

Transitional Meanderings Healers May we have the courage to open our eyes, roll up our sleeves, and engage in a vocation of love and mercy; to be wounded healers, showing the same compassion that our Savior has shown us. Br. Jim Woodrum Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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he above quote comes from a dear friend and a Brother of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Several years ago I had asked the Superior of the Order for a Brother to lead both a clergy retreat and a Parish Quiet Day. Brother Jim got the nod to make the trip to West Virginia. Little did I know that his family was originally from Athens, West Virginia which is the home of Concord College. There was even a Woodrum Building. We had a marvelous time with him and were greatly blessed. When I saw this posting on “Brother, Give us a Word” about Healing it hit a strong cord in this time. For me the simple words of “have the courage to open our eyes, roll up our sleeves, and engage in a vocation of love and mercy;...” remind me of a strength I just don’t have so many times but so desire to exhibit. I want to be a healer, have compassion and be the Christ for you and others have the Christ for me. Brother Jim reminds me that I am a Child of God in all my faults and that I am a wounded healer called to go forth into this broken world to roll up my sleeves, open my eyes, hear the cries of the needy and rejoice that God is always present. Blessings and Peace, Chris+ Transitional Priest-in-Charge

Prayer for a Time of Pandemic May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all. As fear grips our country, let us choose love. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen. Cameron Bellm


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SAINT MARK’S PHASED APPROACH FOR INCREASING IN-PERSON PARISH LIFE SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 We are pleased to announce that Saint Mark’s will return to in-person worship beginning with outdoor worship at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 6. Outdoor in-person worship at 8:00 a.m. On September 6 and September 13, the 10:30 a.m. service will continue online only and Father Chris will officiate an outdoor service at 8 a.m. Safety measures include:  Clergy and lay reader must be at least 20 feet from the worshippers  Face coverings are required  Strict observance of social distancing, including when arriving and exiting  Hard copy bulletins will be provided, with minimal handling; downloading is encouraged  “No contact” offering of greetings and peace instead of shaking hands or hugging  Instead of passing offering plates, a basket will be available and online giving is encouraged  All are reminded to stay home if not feeling well Return to indoor, in-person worship (Phase Two) at both 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., beginning September 20: This step is subject to change with little notice, as the public health advisory status or other guidance changes. Indoor worship is possible when public health indicators are favorable: for example, rates of cases, hospitalizations and death are declining and Franklin County is assessed at Level 2 (Orange).        

We will continue to refrain from singing and from sharing bread and wine Face masks will be required Social distancing will be achieved by marking off the available seats Efforts will be made for as much as “touchless” experience as possible, by propping open entry doors, limited handling of bulletins, removal of prayer books and hymnals from pews High contact surfaces, such as pews, will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each service A log of all visitors will be needed Worship assistants will guide attendees as they enter and exit to ensure social distance: the verger, acolyte and usher roles could be “re-imagined” to support this new role Virtual coffee hour will be offered

Saint Mark’s parish includes active ministries, such as Outreach, Mark’s Men, etc., which are meeting online at present. While no change in this online format is expected in Phase Two, summer and fall are ideal times for people to meet outdoors in groups of two or more, but less than ten. Also at this time, groups, primarily support groups such as AA, who have agreed to follow our safety guidelines, are being allowed to use our parish hall for meetings of 10 or fewer.


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Future of online worship: Because many in our church family may fall into a risk group and are expected to continue to choose to worship online in Phase Two, Saint Mark’s intends to provide an online means for worship for the foreseeable future. The latest instructions for online worship access can be found on the Saint Mark’s website home page. At present, there is a Facebook livestream of the 10:30 a.m. service, also broadcast via Zoom. This allows for maximum participation, including by telephone. The videos for all services are also available on-demand, immediately following each live broadcast on Saint Mark’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/saintmarkscolumbus/videos During this time of world health crisis, Saint Mark’s has kept the safety of our community in mind when our church was closed to in-person worship. This has represented an additional sacrifice during this extraordinarily difficult time. As we plan to increase our in-person parish life, Saint Mark’s is guided by direction from our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal. Bishop Breidenthal has provided a phased plan, which is designed to protect the spiritual health and physical safety of our church. The movement between phases is driven by the direction from public health officials, good science and pastoral care in our community and is subject to change, either backwards or forwards. In early July, the State of Ohio published a public health advisory system which assigns a status to each county in the state and is updated weekly, each Thursday afternoon. Bishop Breidenthal has asked the clergy and lay leadership in each church to determine how best to apply these guidelines. Accordingly, Saint Mark’s formed the “Open Hearts, Open Doors” Task Force in May. See the link on Saint Mark’s website for a list of task force members and other materials. We are blessed that our Diocese is vigilant about rapidly responding to the changing direction from the State of Ohio public health and other officials and ask for patience as guidelines are subject to change with very little notice.


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F ROM THE M USIC D EPARTMENT M ATTHEW B E STE R

Congratulations and Farewell to Tyler August was a momentous month for our Organist and Assistant Director of Music, Dr. Tyler W. Robertson. Early in the month he realized a long-standing goal when he graduated from The Ohio State University with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting. Tyler studied with renowned conductor Dr. Robert Ward at Ohio State, and he wrote his DMA document on recent settings by American composers of canticles for the Anglican service of Choral Evensong (i.e., settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.) We celebrate all the hard work and dedication that it took for him to realize this significant professional achievement. A couple weeks later, our hearts were heavy to learn that Tyler had accepted a call to be the new Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church (Episcopal), Glendale, OH. The position presented a wonderful opportunity for Tyler to realize another important personal goal, to find a full-time Director of Music position at an Episcopal church with a strong music program. (Tyler and I both are part-time employees at Saint Mark’s.) Tyler’s last Sunday at Saint Mark’s will be October 11. Tyler has served Saint Mark’s with distinction since his arrival in 2014, following the retirement of longtime Organist Dr. Michael Murray. Tyler’s superb playing at the organ has enriched our worship services and parish community in innumerable ways over the past six years. He was the organist for the Saint Mark’s Choir’s residency trip to Lincoln Cathedral in 2015. He played a pivotal role in the planning and execution of the enlargement of the parish’s Casavant organ, which was completed in 2016. While this is sad news for Saint Mark’s, we are thrilled for Tyler as he embarks on this new opportunity. We wish him, his wife Julie, and his son Weston all the very best as they prepare to relocate to the Cincinnati area and begin this new chapter in their lives. Season Update Between the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and Tyler’s impending departure, the short-term future of music at Saint Mark’s is marked by uncertainty. It is not yet safe to resume either choral singing or congregational singing, so the majority of our music will remain instrumental for the time being. We will continue to reevaluate these policies as circumstances and diocesan guidelines evolve.


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CATCH COURT

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SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION SEPTEMBER 1-14

School this year looks so different for so many children. Parents, students and teachers are anxious. Everyone wants students to have a safe, normal and educational year. Even though many schools are teaching remotely at some point students will be back in their classrooms. We all need to be supportive of education this school year. As in the past, the Outreach Ministry is collecting limited school supplies. This year they will go to Huy Elementary in the Linden area of the Columbus Public School District. We are asking, if you are able, for you to purchase supplies and drop them in the box by the Education wing between September 1 - 14. Supplies needed are: 1-24 pack of crayons 4- #2 pencils 1- package of writing paper 2- dry erase markers 1-pack of colored markers 2 glue sticks 2 pocket folders Your generosity for this outreach project is needed this year more than ever. Thank you for you helping the students of Huy Elementary School.

Pat Iams attended a presentation on "The Justice System-Based Interventions for Survivors of Human Trafficking." The first speaker was Emily Dunlap, a young lawyer who helps trafficked teenagers who have been arrested to get into a Diversion Program rather than sentenced to Juvenile Detention. Some of the takeaways from her presentation were: Human trafficking was only recognized in Ohio as a crime in 2010. The victim's will is overcome by fear, fraud, or coercion (threats against family, etc.). The perpetrator grooms the girls, then treats her as property. In 2012 the legislature passed the SAFE HARBOR law which allows the Court to intervene to prescribe counseling, alcohol/drug treatment, and mentoring. The child may stay at home if it is safe. Each has a Guardian ad Litum (CASA Program in Columbus) for 9 months. The second speaker was Vanessa Perkins, a graduate of CATCH Court who now serves as the bailiff of the Court, and is well known to many of us who have gone to the Court. Vanessa told her tragic story and credited CATCH with saving her life. She said the pimp exploits the victim by attacking her vulnerabilities such as negative self-esteem, loneliness, or drug abuse. The complex trauma that many of the women suffer often has its onset in childhood. She said her Mentors from CATCH helped her learn to trust. What heard from these women made her feel proud that St. Mark's has become involved with CATCH and Freedom a la Cart! While we are not able to be as involved with the Court right now, we are still involved with Freedom. If you would be interested in joining us, please contact the office.

ST. JOHN’S STREET CHURCH LUNCH

The next Meeting of Outreach is September 15 at 7:00PM via Zoom. To be added to the connection email, contact Bill Karl. Everyone is welcome to join us at the meeting or to work on a particular project that might interest you.

St. John’s Street Church is working a little differently these days. Rather than having the individual churches prepare and serve lunch, St. John’s is asking for donations so they can purchase box lunches from local Franklinton businesses. Continuing to honor our pre-pandemic schedule, St Marks purchased the meal to accompany the service the last week in August. There’s so much going on with outreach that we ran out space! For one more St. John’s update, see page 11.


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development program.

TRINITY EPISCOPAL SENDS A THANK YOU

The pandemic delayed our visit to Trinity Episcopal to deliver layette items, so our group sent a box of supplies to Trinity to assist our friends as they fill layette bags for needy new mothers in Vinton County. We received the following thank you note: Dear Ladies of St. Marks, The Layette Committee received your generous gift of baby items. We have serviced four families so far from it with many more due in the coming months. Looking forward to maybe getting together soon!

To subscribe go to Freedomalacart.org or call 614-992 -3252. Enjoy a great dinner on cook's night out! Thank you for your continuing support for the work of Freedom Ala Cart!

Buy this encouraging, helpful and ridiculously comfy t-shirt and NNEMAP Food Pantry gets 10 percent of every purchase thanks to our friends at Nayked Apparel! Amazing! https://www.naykedapparel.com/…/mens-ridiculously-soft100-…

Blessings Celia Stiltner

NNEMAP AT YOUR SERVICE FREEDOM ON THE MOVE

Freedom Ala Cart was established to aid survivors of human trafficking. They provide workforce development and life skills training enabling women to become self sufficient and productive members of society. As a catering company they have provided box lunches to many business and groups in the Columbus area. With the COVID 19 crisis their business, like many others, was severely impacted. But being resilient as their employees they have developed another revenue stream call Freedom at Home. Freedom at Home is a chef-designed meal service. Each meal is prepared by the survivors in the kitchen of Freedom Ala Cart and delivered to your door ready for you to finish cooking and enjoy in less than 30 minutes! One day a week for the month a volunteer will bring your Freedom bag to your door and hang it on your doorknob and ring the bell to let you know your have dinner ready! You can select adult size portions for serving 2,4 or 6 people. Monthly themes might include, grill'n, pasta, tacos, or focaccia pizza. Meal pricing is $25.00 for 2 people, $50.00 for 4 and $75.00 for 6 people. Freedom At Home meals provide paid job training to survivors of human trafficking in their workforce

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“She lives pretty close to me, so with a slightly alternate route, I drove right by her street on my way home. Just a few minutes out of my way at most. But probably hours of time saved for our customer. “Oh, thank you so much,” she said as she helped me carry in the groceries. “You have no idea what this means to us!” Actually, we kinda do–and that’s exactly why we are doing it”. NNEMAP customers are often short on time, money, and other critical items as well such as limited or no transportation options, no childcare, or medical challenges. Personal mobility challenges. Throw in a pandemic and you have a whole new level of challenges. Transportation and childcare vanished, and the threat to personal health skyrocketed. For customers who can’t get out, are afraid to get out or are quarantined and not supposed to go out, NNEMAP Food Pantry is bringing home the bacon. And the eggs, milk, bread, produce, pasta…well, you get the idea. Delivery isn’t easy. Delivery isn’t cheap. But it is indispensable service for customers right now. If you’d like to pitch in, contact NNEMAP.


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This has been a hard year, but we still have so much for which we should be thankful. It’s time for us to focus on those things for which we should be thankful. It certainly will help us feel better during this difficult year. So if you haven’t supported UTO in the past, it’s time for you to learn about UTO and to start a new tradition in your household. The United Thank Offering (UTO) is one of the oldest ministries of The Episcopal Church. It supports the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. Over those 130 years UTO has collected $140,177,924.73 and given it all out in grants that have changed and continue to change lives around the world every day.

Reflection by UTO President, Sherri Dietrich

Gratitude is life changing. When you make gratitude the first lens through which you see the world you begin to see more and more of the good things around you. When you notice more good things you feel happier and more hopeful about the world. When you feel happier and more hopeful you are kinder and more grateful to the people you encounter each day. When you are kinder and more grateful to the people around you they also begin to feel happier and more hopeful about themselves and the world, and then they become more grateful for the good things around them and are kinder and more grateful to the people around them, and so on. Gratitude is a virtuous circle.

Pick up your UTO box when you drop off your school supplies. If you can’t get to the church to pick up a box, let us know and we will get one to you. Each day think of something for which you are grateful, say the UTO prayer and put a coin in your box. In November we will collect the boxes of coins at an ingathering. If you like, take two boxes. Fill one with slips containing the items for which you are grateful and the other with the coins.

United Thank Offering Blue Box Prayer Almighty God, I give you praise for blessing me in many ways. Create in me a grateful heart and with this gift a blessing start. Amen.


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A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S WOMEN OF SAINT MARK’S

PRAYER LIST

A social (virtual) gathering for the women of Saint Mark's. Tuesdays at 3:00 pm. If you are dialing in, dial 312-626-6799 and then add 918 6326 1255 # #. If you are joining by internet, click HERE. For additional information, please contact Michele Johnson.

SUPPER GROUP

Sisters in Faith is a small group of women dedicated to discussing books of a spiritual nature. We meet once a month on the third Monday at 7 pm until about 8:30 p.m. Currently, we are reading Bible Women: All their Words and Why they Matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman. We usually discuss a book for about an hour, then share current needs for prayer. All sharing is kept confidential. If you are interested in joining us, contact Pat Iams. Our next meeting is on Zoom on September 21st.

The parish prayer list ill be reinstated in the live streamed Sunday morning worship service. Only first names will be read at this time. If you would like to have a loved one’s name included in the reading of the prayer list please contact the parish office.

SISTERS IN FAITH

We are resuming our group this fall and are planning a Zoom Cocktail Party on Sat., September 12th at 6:30 pm. All ages, singles, and couples are welcome. If you are interested in joining us, please forward Gloria Wylie your email address and she will include you in future meeting notifications.

SAINT MARK’S CHILDREN AND YOUTH 2020-2021 FORMATION YEAR

We are pleased to announce that Saint Mark’s will resume Children Formation in remote format, following Bishop Breidenthal’s guidelines. Children and youth formation will kick-off in remote format on Sunday, September 27th.  Children gather via zoom at 9:45am for greeting  10am Children’s song led by formation teachers  Breakout into age-appropriate sessions: Godly Play (preschool), Sunday School/Children’s Chapel (elementary school). There will be two adults in each break-out session.  10:25 End so that children may join the 10:30 church service Questions? Email: Formation1@saintmarkscolumbus.org  Coffee hour for children and families after church on Sunday, September 20th Look for an email with further instructions on signing up for formation.

PARISH DIRECTORY HELP NEEDED

We are looking for someone organized, motivated, and savvy with databases to help us update our new cloud-based parish directory. If you’re interested, please contact the parish office (614-486-9452 or OfficeManager@SaintMarksColumbus.org).

BUTTERFLY GARDEN

If you have wandered around the church grounds this summer you may have noticed that a plot of land near the Ark has been tilled. We are planting a butterfly garden! This is a long-term project and anyone interested is welcome to help. With outstanding assistance from Dave Yeager and Scott, Peter and C.J. Milburn, we’ve tilled the space, provided irrigation, and amended the soil to prepare it for planting. A few parishioners have agreed to donate plantings from their gardens either this fall or next spring. Among other varieties, we are looking for: Milkweed, Asters, Coneflowers, Phlox, Viola, Coreopsis and Dianthus. If you have butterfly or other pollinator-friendly plants that you might be dividing, please let us know by contacting Ellen Berndt.


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SAINT MARK’S MEMBER CARE

The Saint Mark’s Member Care ministry has provided meals for a number of parishioners over the past months. A big thank you to Marilyn Smith, Marilyn Karl, Robbie Hurley, Roberta Morton, Dot Yeger, Pat Iams, Dianne Silliman, Stephanie Bester, Ellen Berndt, and Kelly Kelleher for meals prepared. We welcome anyone who might be able to fix and deliver a meal or provide a gift card for a meal. If you or someone you know could use a few lovingly prepared meals, or if you would be willing to help, please contact Michele Johnson. 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 Regan Bohnert with this information. In addition, if you are interested in helping with either meals or the new baby ministry, please contact Regan.

THE MARKSMEN

The Marksmen are a group of guys that get together to just "hang out" and chat. Typically the group gathers on the fourth Wednesday of each month, but during this time, they are meeting each week at ~7:45pm via Zoom. All should feel free to simply "drop in" for some good fellowship. Send an email to: "thestmarksmen@gmail.com" for more information.

‘LAY WEEDERS’ (GARDEN HELPERS) NEEDED

If you have driven past the church campus lately you may have noticed that we could use some help in the landscaping. If you have free time that you’d like to spend pulling weeds or pruning, maybe you’d like to be on our ‘Lay Weeders’ list. This is a perfect COVID-19 activity since it’s outdoors, you can schedule the time at your convenience, and physical distancing should not a problem. We do ask that you have a mask and that you let us know when you visit the property by completing a campus log-in form. If you’re interested in being added to the Lay Weeders list, please contact Ellen Berndt.

SAINT MARK’S STEPHEN MINISTRY IS VERY PLEASED TO WELCOME THE REV. CHRIS THOMPSON.

Chris has experience with Stephen Ministry and has already met with our 14 Stephen Ministers and their Stephen Leaders. Our Stephen Ministers have continued in their visits with members of Saint Mark’s who may be experiencing a loss or difficult life situation. The Stephen Ministers are staying in touch through phone calls, driveway chats, and walks to provide a listening ear and to share God’s love with those in need. This ministry is completely confidential. Because of the current situation, many people may be experiencing pain, loneliness, and loss, without someone with whom to talk. If you or someone you know might like a Stephen Minister, please contact our interim priest in charge, Chris Thompson. If you would like more information about the Saint Mark’s Stephen Ministry you may contact Chris Thompson or one of the Stephen Leaders: Pat Barton, Michele Johnson, Dianne Silliman.

STAYING CONNECTED

Many activities at St. Mark's continue to take place in some form in spite of social distancing and closures, and many more will resume as restrictions are eased. In an effort to match parish members with interest groups, we are requesting that small group leaders or contact people check the St. Mark's website: Enrichment Groups | Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Columbus and review the information about your group. If it is lacking, or inaccurate, please send corrections, especially updated contact information, to Marilyn Karl or Jay Iams. Thank you for helping to keep us connected!

“ST. MARK’S COLUMBUS OHIO SPIRITUAL SHARING” FACEBOOK GROUP

A Facebook group for members of Saint Mark’s who wish to communicate about spiritual matters outside of church time.


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In-person worship services have been suspended. But Saint Marks activities have continued robustly. Saint Marks Golf League Jim Keyes Sacred Conversations Nadya Richardson Book Club Michele Johnson Virtual Communications Committee Mark Drew Marks Men Mark Drew Women’s Fellowship Michele Johnson Stephen Ministry Diane Silliman, Pat Barton, Michele Johnson Sisters In Faith Pat Iams Migration Minstries Jim & Joyce Acton Member Care Michele Johnson Butterfly Garden Ellen Berndt Landscape Maintenance Ellen Berndt Alcoholics Anonymous Central Ohio Group Fellowship Phone: (614) 253-8501 Email: cogf@aacentralohio.org But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today.” Hebrews 3:13

RESCUING HEIRLOOMS IN THE SAND

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We are promoting the efforts of asylum seekers who are being held at our Southern border, usually with small children and without means to provide food or shelter. They are not permitted to enter the U.S., nor are they able to return to the country they are fleeing because of fear and persecution. When borderland residents began to find exquisite embroideries (mantas) left behind in the desert south of Tucson - heirlooms in the sand – they vowed to find a way to bring attention and respect to the makers. These mantas are traditionally used for “swaddling” food for one’s family. They have become cherished table centerpieces, and for many, they are devotional. As described by one of our committee members “They are quite beautiful. It would make a great cover for warm rolls, say at Thanksgiving, at least, and to hold them up in our prayers.” We will have an opportunity to help these vulnerable families who are using their healing power of creativity to restore grace and dignity through the work of their hands, solidarity among the artisans, and respect for cultural and familial arts across borders. Artisans Beyond Borders is a non-profit border arts ministry started by a parishioner at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tucson. We are making arrangements for a virtual gathering with our parish and Grace St. Paul’s to discuss this ministry, learn about some of the artisans and view some of their handiwork. Details will be announced soon. We encourage everyone who would like more information or is interested in this Ministry to contact Joyce Acton.


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

ST. MARK’S BOOK CLUB

St. Mark's has a Book Club which meets monthly to discuss member-recommended books. We welcome any new visitors and members. We meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Because of COVID19, we will continue to meet on line via Zoom until we can once again meet in members' homes. We read all sorts of books, each one suggested by a member and selected by the group. During 2020 and 2021, we will read:

ST. JOHN’S TOWN STREET DINNERS

St. John’s Dinners will be back soon for us with our dates being October 14th and November 11th. At this point we will be making sack lunches and giving them out at St. John’s. We will need volunteers to make at least 75 meals (recommendations are sandwiches). This will probably occur on the mornings of the Wednesdays mentioned above. If you are interested in helping and available, please let me know. Thank you! Sally & Cullie Rechner

September 28th, 7:30 p.m. - My Antonia by Willa Cather. Barb Mayr will lead the discussion. October 26th, 7:30 p.m. - The Pioneers by David McCullough. Pat Iams will lead the discussion. November 23rd, 7:30 p.m. - The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz. Barb Keyes will lead. December: Christmas Party January 25th: 1984 by George Orwell. Marilyn Smith will lead. February 22: The Presidential Fringe. Mark Stein. Ross Bagby will lead the discussion. March, April, May, June (4th Monday of each month): To Be Decided. Please call Pat Iams (614-582-5738 cell) or e-mail (pati51@aol.com) for more details.

F ROM THE P ARISH R EGISTER We celebrate new members: A belated welcome to the Mouncey Family; they transferred from St. Paul’s in Central New York in January. 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 www.saintmarkscolumbus.org, click on “Join Our Mailing List.”


SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2151 Dorset Road Columbus, OH 43221 Phone: (614) 486-9452 E-mail: info@saintmarkscolumbus.org Web: www.saintmarkscolumbus.org

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RETURN ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED 9/15/2020—9/22/2020

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 Dot Yeager, Senior Warden – 614 596 0826 Mark Drew, Junior Warden – 614-301-2675 David Boop, Outreach – 614-867-3211 Pam Thurston, Outreach – 614-266-9232 Jay Wilcox, Stewardship – 571-228-1201 Irina Reed, Formation – 330-990-6593 Rachel Dwyer-Markwardt, Formation– 614-505-6792 Marilyn Karl, Member Connection – 614-562-1942 Jay Iams, Member Connection – 614-271-0849 Anice Ellis, Search Committee Liason – 614-563-6984 Judith Grant, Parish Life – 614-956-6844 Bill Mayr, Communications – 614-537-0045 Phil Glandon, Treasurer – 614-486-5806 Barbara Hyre, Clerk – 614-488-1567

SAINT MARK’S STAFF The Rev. C. Christopher Thompson, Transitional Priest-in-Charge rector@saintmarkscolumbus.org Dr. Matthew Bester, Director of Music directorofmusic@saintmarkscolumbus.org Dr. Tyler W. Robertson, Organist & Asst. Director of Music organist@saintmarkscolumbus.org Gary L. Garber, Organist-Choirmaster Emeritus emeritusmusic@saintmarkscolumbus.org Dr. Michael Murray, Organist Emeritus emeritusorganist@saintmarkscolumbus.org Bill Silliman, Head Verger headverger@saintmarkscolumbus.org Melanie Jacobs, Office Manager officemanager@saintmarkscolumbus.org


Saint Mark’s online calendar is updated often, to view the calendar for upcoming events, click here: http://SaintMarksColumbus.org/calendar/. For Zoom login information, visit www.SaintMarksColumbus.org.

S EPTEMBER 2020 Tuesday, September 1st 3:00 PM: Weekly Staff Meeting (Zoom), Women of St. Mark’s (Zoom)

Wednesday, September 2nd 7:45 PM: The Marksmen (Zoom) 8:00 PM: Prayer Group (Zoom)

Thursday, September 3rd 6:15 PM & 8:00 PM: AA (Parish Hall)

Friday, September 4th 8:00 PM: AA Groups (Parish Hall)

Sunday, September 6th Preacher: The Rev. C. Christopher Thompson 8:00 AM: Liturgy of the Word (St Mark’s Campus) 10:30 AM: Liturgy of the Word (Facebook Live and Zoom) 11:30 AM: Virtual Coffee Hour (Zoom)

Monday, September 7th

Wednesday, September 16th 7:45 PM: The Marksmen (Zoom) 8:00 PM: Prayer Group (Zoom)

Thursday, September 17th 6:15 PM & 8:00 PM: AA (Parish Hall)

Friday, September 18th 8:00 PM: AA Groups (Parish Hall)

Sunday, September 20th Preacher: The Rev. C. Christopher Thompson 8:00 AM: Liturgy of the Word (St Mark’s Campus) 10:30 AM: Liturgy of the Word (Facebook Live and Zoom)

Monday, September 21st 5:30 PM: AA - Men's Group (Parish Hall) 7:30 PM: Sisters in Faith (Zoom)

Tuesday, September 22nd

5:30 PM: AA - Men's Group (Parish Hall)

3:00 PM: Weekly Staff Meeting (Zoom), Women of St. Mark’s (Zoom)

Tuesday, September 8th

Wednesday, September 23rd

3:00 PM: Weekly Staff Meeting (Zoom), Women of St. Mark’s (Zoom)

1:30 PM: Stephen Ministry Meeting (Zoom) 7:45 PM: The Marksmen (Zoom)

Wednesday, September 9th

Thursday, September 24th

7:45 PM: The Marksmen (Zoom)

Thursday, September 10th 6:15 PM & 8:00 PM: AA (Parish Hall)

Friday, September 11th 8:00 PM: AA Groups (Parish Hall)

Sunday, September 13th Preacher: The Rev. Bruce Smith Priest Associate, St. James, Clintonville 8:00 AM: Liturgy of the Word (St Mark’s Campus) 10:30 AM: Liturgy of the Word (Facebook Live and Zoom)

Monday, September 14th 5:30 PM: AA - Men's Group (Parish Hall)

Tuesday, September 15th 3:00 PM: Weekly Staff Meeting (Zoom), Women of St. Mark’s (Zoom)

5:00 PM: Stephen Ministry Meeting (Zoom) 6:15 PM & 8:00 PM: AA (Parish Hall)

Friday, September 25th 8:00 PM: AA Groups (Parish Hall)

Sunday, September 27th Preacher: The Rev. C. Christopher Thompson 8:00 AM: Liturgy of the Word (St Mark’s Campus) 10:30 AM: Liturgy of the Word (Facebook Live and Zoom)

Monday, September 28th 5:30 PM: AA - Men's Group (Parish Hall) 7:30 PM: St Mark’s Book Group (Zoom)

Tuesday, September 29th 3:00 PM: Weekly Staff Meeting (Zoom), Women of St. Mark’s (Zoom)

Wednesday, September 30th 7:45 PM: The Marksmen (Zoom)

*Saturdays are not listed as there is not currently any programming or meetings happening on that day of the week.

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