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the EPISTLE The Monthly Parish Newsletter of SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH FEBRUARY 2018 • ISSUE 231


ardly imaginable— Ash Wednesday is just two weeks away. This means that Lent is about to begin all over again—with all the opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal we all crave in a hectic and distracting world. This year we have dubbed our journey “The Great Lenten Experiment” (after a line from Star Trek III: The Search For Spock and the new controversial starship “The class Excelsior — filled with foibles and faults) as a way to describe the many, many ways Saint Mark’s is offering to participate in a closer walk with God. Christopher has just returned from a wonderful conference at Virginia Theological Seminary studying how 21st Century technology can enhance what we do together as a church. I will let him describe that in his own way—and refer everyone to the Lenten offering section in this Epistle. One portion I would like to highlight is a special invitation to participate in a part of “the experiment”.


Great Lenten

On Wednesdays this Lent we will be continuing the ancient tradition of spoken (without music) morning prayer at 7:30 am in the Chapel of Reconciliation—and to add a 21st Century twist not only will the service be available on You Tube, but an “experiment” will be underway to make it available LIVE on Facebook as well. People will be encouraged to participate in person OR online. Lent 2018 at Saint Mark’s will be all about finding ways way to connect and faithfully with our Experiment: 2018” spiritually tradition. The “experiment” part will offer new avenues of connectivity with things we find ancient: telling and sharing the Great Story of salvation in old ways, modern ways, and ways that we have never tried before. Some of these ideas will work— others not. Some will start off smoothly—others not. A little like life... It is my prayer that with everyone’s help, participation, and patience, we may all walk into the future with the most beautiful and moving parts of our past— and the constant presence of a gracious and loving God encouraging us toward the beloved community of all faithful people.

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The Rev. Christopher C. Richardson I spend a lot of time learning for myself and (hopefully) teaching others how to be followers of Jesus at church and in the world. Since I’m a parish priest, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone. That’s pretty much the expectation of every parish priest. Sure, some may focus more on outreach ministries. Others may focus more on building community among a certain demographic. Some others might be focused more on providing a meaningful opportunity for worship. All of these, however, are at least partly about following Jesus at church and/or in the world. I even incorporated this idea into the title of this monthly article. Now that I am three years into a marriage and the father of a one-year-old, I have realized that I have almost completely overlooked one key area: how to be a follower of Jesus at home with family. Fortunately for me, and for anyone else who is wondering about the same things I am, there are plenty of resources out there. Even better, some of those resources cater specifically to Episcopalians. My current favorite is a blog called Grow Christians which “[aims] to create an online community of discipleship focused on the practical details of life at home. Gathering reflections, stories, images and recipes from diverse Episcopalians, this group blog inspires generations to come together as they celebrate the presence of God through the Christian year.” With posts on parenting, discipleship, prayer, and even observing the liturgical calendar, I think they have hit the mark.

In a world culture where most families spend 2% or less of their week at church, having rituals and observances at home is vitally important to our spiritual development. If you find yourself looking for ideas, or even if you are simply curious what other families do, then I highly recommend you go to and take a look around. As Lent is steadily approaching, you could start by looking at their articles on Lent and read through their thoughts and reflections on the season.



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The coming month features several special music events that you will not want to miss, including a concert by the LancasterChorale (pictured above) and our annual Lenten service of Choral Evensong. With February also comes Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, and the Saint Mark’s Choir will provide the music for the 7:30 p.m. service on Ash Wednesday (February 14), with music by Joseph Clokey and Orlande de Lassus. LancasterChorale Concert at Saint Mark’s February 17 The LancasterChorale, a 32-voice professional chorus based in Lancaster, Ohio, will present a concert entitled “Symphony of Voices: Choral Landscapes and Transcriptions” at Saint Mark’s on Saturday, February 17, at 8 p.m. Music will include works by Samuel Barber, Stephen Caracciolo, Edward Elgar, Robert Schumann, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and others. Several members of the Saint Mark’s Choir are members of the LancasterChorale, including Steve Barker, Matthew Bester, Heather Chute, Jenna Freudenburg, and Margaret Wells. Note that this is a ticketed event; tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors). Visit for details and to purchase tickets. Tickets also may be purchased at the door. Choral Evensong on March 4 The Saint Mark’s Choir will lead a service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, March 4, at 4 p.m. Music will include the exquisite Second Service by William Byrd (1543–1623) and responses by Kevin Jones, Minister of Music at First Congregational Church in Columbus. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. A reception will follow. Don’t miss this beautiful and inspiring service.



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O UREACH M INISTRY The Outreach Ministry (Committee) meets the second Sunday of each month after the 10:30 a.m. service in the Canterbury Center. 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, y regional, national, and international projects, but the emphasis is always on being present o j the s. g n i r t with our partners in each endeavor. Please join us for information and fellowship. We the bra Cele elping o promise not to put you in charge of anything---at least not in the beginning! Please contact Pat of h Iams or Marilyn Smith (current Chairs) if you have questions.         

ANNUAL OUTREACH COLLECTION PROJECTS: 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.

DENTAL HEALTH MONTH February is National Dental Health Month. Saint Mark's will be collecting dental health products for the clients that use NNEMAP. Toothbrushes (adult and children's sizes), toothpaste, and dental floss are in high demand. Many of you contributed some of these items during our collection of personal grooming kits in October Since that time the bins for these items have been empty more often than full. While we routinely keep these items on hand for our families, many of our client families go without these items in an effort to make their limited funds stretch the furthest. You can't imagine how happy it makes someone to have a new toothbrush or some toothpaste! To our clients, these are luxuries they can't afford. We would like to collect 100 toothbrushes and 100 large tubes of toothpaste during the month of February. If you would like to help with this collection please bring your items during the month and place them in the Outreach basket in the parish hall. If you have questions or concerns please see Bill Karl or Barb Keyes. Put a bright smile on someone's face!

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NNEMAP 2017 was another very busy year at our pantry! Here are some of the key numbers to give you an idea: We served 3,080 unique families who visited an average of 4.7 times last year. That means we had 14,475 family visits to NNEMAP. We served 8,600 individuals in those families who came 4.7 times. That totals distributing food to over 41,000 people. We had 1,529 new families, so the word is spreading to our service area. We added zip code 43224, North Linden to our service area. We expanded our schedule to five days a week. We gave Christmas gifts to 269 families and 764 children! We distributed over 1,800 grooming kits! We distributed 450 backpacks! We made $6,700 parking cars for the Ohio State Fair!



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All of this happens with an incredible volunteer staff, wonderful support from our church sponsors, a very active board, and terrific NNEMAP staff! Thank you! Current Needs in the NNEMAP Pantry: Canned meats and ravioli cans Canned Beans Canned Vegetables and Fruits Cat Food Toilet Paper 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 all of those who participated in the Street Church Lunch held on a very cold New Year's Eve 2017 at Broad and Central. Pat Iams headed up the preparations and execution of the meal. Marilyn Karl, Anice Ellis, Karen Gephardt and Roberta Morton all cooked pork that was transformed into pulled pork. On Saturday, December 30, Pat Iams, Barb Keyes, Karen Gephardt, Marilyn Smith and Marilyn Karl put together the rest of the meal and created the cole slaw. On Sunday, December 31, in the bitter cold, the following people helped to serve at least 40 Street Church congregants who gathered at Broad and Central: Pat Iams, Sally and Cullie Rechner, Dot and Dave Yeager, Mary K. Tustison, Pam Thurston and David and Cheryl Boop. Every morsel was consumed!! Our next commitment at Street Church is February 25, 2018. If you are interested in this vital, hands-on ministry, please contact the parish office (614-486-9452). Helping hands in every aspect of the ministry are appreciated.


We celebrate the following marriage: Congratulations to Courtney Holzmeier and Johnny Ginter, Jr., who were married at Saint Mark’s on January 20, 2018! We offer condolences to: The family of Mary Jane Weals, a long time member of Saint Mark’s who passed away on January 7, 2018. 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.”


We celebrate the following good news: Dale Hartney was inducted into the Upper Arlington Schools Athletic Hall of Fame in early January 2018. Congratulations to Dale! PARISH RELATED NEWS reprises the tradition at Saint Mark’s to share important information that may be of interest to members of the parish. If you know of the birth or marriage of someone related to the parish (but not a member as recorded in the parish register), a job change, retirement, achievement, student news, etc., we invite you to share it with us (and with the permission of the individuals involved, of course!) so we may pass along the good news. Information may be sent to the Parish Office at 614-486-9452 or



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I N AND A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S ANNUAL PARISH CELEBRATION S UNDAY , F E BRUARY 11 11:30 A . M . IN THE P ARISH H ALL The Annual Report will be distributed to those individuals, couples, and families attending. Attendees will vote on Vestry Nominees and Convention Delegates. Refreshments will be provided. Annual Meeting reports are due Monday, February 5 by 12 noon. MARCH EPISTLE DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 26 Please submit all news, photos and articles to Melanie in the Parish Office by 12 noon on Monday, February 26 via e-mail if possible: Volunteers will fold the March EPISTLE on Thursday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the Canterbury Center. Please join us if you can! VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR NEEDED FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018 The Formation Committee is looking for someone willing to co-ordinate Vacation Bible School at Saint Mark’s for Summer 2018. If you think you might like to participate in this ministry in this position, please contact the office (614-486-9452) or speak with one of the clergy. This ministry has had lots of energy in the past and there is currently room for lots of creativity and fun. There will also be support from previous staff members. Thanks for considering serving the children and families of our parish in this capacity. 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 (614-486-9452) with this information.

MARK’S MEN Mark your calendars! The Mark’s Men will be serving up an All-Parish Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on Tuesday, February 13 at 6:00! Shrovetide is a pre-Lenten period that culminates on Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the season of Lent. It gets its name from the old English word ‘shrive,” which means “to confess” or “to impose penance.” Traditionally viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday has become regarded as the last day for celebration and feasting before entering the Lenten season of spiritual discipline, reflection, fasting, penance, and prayer. It was also a time to use up foods of indulgence, such as meat and sugar and foods with fat like milk, butter, and eggs, which would otherwise spoil. (This is why some refer to Shrove Tuesday as Fat Tuesday, or it’s French translation, Mardi Gras.) Pancakes were seen as an easy way to use up milk, butter, eggs and sugar in one meal. So, however you like your pancakes: with lemon juice and powdered sugar or maple syrup and loads of butter, Nutella, whipped cream, or all of the above -- come and celebrate this pre-Lenten tradition! There is no charge to attend, however, donations to cover costs will be accepted. Note: The nursery will NOT be staffed as we have great high chairs and we love kids and kids love pancakes! 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 parish office: 614-486-9452 or for further information.



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I N AND A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S TUESDAY BOOK GROUP The Tuesday book group will be held February 13th at 12:30 pm at the home of Jeanne Brandes. Please bring a book you have read recently to share with all. A light lunch will be served. For more information call the office (614-486-9452). All are welcome! EPISCOPAL NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY MARCH 23, 2018 - BRAHMS “REQUIEM” Announcing the Third Annual Episcopal Night at the Symphony, Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at the Ohio Theater in Columbus - The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing the Brahms’ "Requiem." This event, for Episcopalians in Central Ohio is once again being hosted by Fr. Bruce Smith of St. James, Columbus and Fr. Paul Williams of St. Andrew's, Pickerington. Ticket prices for Orchestra Seating (we have reserved a block of seats) are $45 per person and include food at the reception, 2 drink tickets (beer and wine are 2 tickets, non-alcoholic drinks are 1 ticket. Other alcoholic drinks are available for cash.) We also are working on guest speakers to be with us before the concert as we have the last 2 years. More details coming soon, but please MARK YOUR CALENDARS now. If you have questions, or would like to send in your reservation early, please contact Fr. Bruce Smith – the Royal Keeper of the Reservations at STEWARDSHIP OUR SELVES: OUR SOULS AND BODIES Christian Stewardship is more than just a time to pledge funds for the maintenance and mission on the church. Stewardship is really our grateful response to all that God has given us, and involves our care for the planet, the church, our bodies and our lives. Another definition of a steward is … “a person morally responsible for the careful use of money, time, talents or other resources, especially with respect to the principles and needs of a community or group.” As we head into Lent, we plan to explore the season of stewardship that focuses on our physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Watch for programs to be announced on this topic in the coming weeks!

A NOTE FROM THE TREASURER Our Annual Parish Meeting is only weeks away and I will present a detailed review of our financial picture at that time. As we are wrapping up our pledge in-gathering, it appears that our pledged financial support will be about the same as last year, so I will present a budget on that basis. We are always hopeful for a pleasant surprise to appear, which seems to happen every year or two, but we have to plan based on what we know now. By the time you receive the Epistle, you should have received your 2017 Statement of Giving. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let me know. In last month’s Epistle I reported the very good news that our Staff Christmas Gift donations had grown to the point where we would be able to fund gifts averaging 3% of our staff member’s annual compensation. I am now excited to announce that in the few days that followed that writing, the fund grew to an amount which allowed us to pay over 5% on average! The staff members were very excited about those gifts: “. . . with so many thanks for the outpouring of affections expressed in my Christmas gift” “(My spouse) and I were both amazed by the generosity of the people of Saint Mark’s” “. . . thanks to you all for the generous gift I received this month. I was really overwhelmed to see the level at which the parish responded and am so fortunate to work in a church where I am so greatly supported” Thanks to everyone who supported these gifts! Phil Glandon, Treasurer

27 en # t ard n e m ial G o M r d mo o G Me e Th Interesting Facts About the Memorial Garden A church’s Memorial Garden is a place where all of Christian life can be lived out. It is appropriate for other activities – weddings, worship, fellowship and a quiet place for meditation. It is a place where we can experience our trust in the Resurrection of our Lord who will bring new life to the departed. We believe that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and those who are living. On July 20, 1987 the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning approved the church’s application to design and build the Garden. Since then, 82 people have been interred there. Seven had been buried at the church prior to the building of the Garden. There is no fee. Each year on All Saint’s Day, November 1, families of those interred in the Garden, along with parishioners and others, visit the Garden for service of remembrance. This service celebrates the powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and those who are living. Parishioners care for the Garden. They visit the Garden regularly to keep it clean and orderly and to tend to the plantings. The Garden requires tending-to weekly on a year-round basis. Only white flowers may be planted. The Garden is open and available for anyone to visit at any time.



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During the season of Lent, a number of offerings for spiritual disciplines and growth will be made available on many platforms. Among them are: ERD Lenten Lent Madness The Bible Project Meditations Learn about the saints [A] non-profit animation studio Episcopal Relief recognized by the Church that produces short-form, fully & Development in a fun way, loosely based animated videos to make the (ERD) 2018 on the NCAA basketball biblical story accessible to L e n t e n tournament of a similar everyone, everywhere. Great if Meditations name. Great if you have 5you have 5-10 minutes to watch booklets will be 10 minutes a day to read a video. Can be accessed ava ila b le about the saints and vote through the Saint Mark’s outside the on which ones you think website. chapel. Pick one should advance to the next up to guide you spiritually through round. For a full this Lenten season. Great if you descript ion of Lent have 5 minutes to read a daily The Daily Office from Madness, see page 10. meditation. Mission St. Clare A resource for doing the Daily Office (Morning, Pray as You Go Noonday, and Evening The Good Book Club A daily prayer and meditation Prayer, and Compline) as Join others across the Episcopal resource. Great if you have 10 found in the BCP. Great if Church as they read through the minutes a day to listen to a you have 20-30 minutes a Gospel of Luke during the season of prerecorded meditation based on day. Can be accessed by Lent and the Acts of the Apostles Scripture. Can be accessed on the website and Android/iOS during Easter. Great if you have 5-10 Saint Mark’s website and via the app. minutes a day to read Scripture. Android/iOS app. Reading schedule is available online.

Ancient Faith – Open Minds The ancient tradition of spoken Morning Prayer – Wednesdays 7:30 am in the Chapel of Reconciliation. LIVE STREAMED from Saint Mark’s FACEBOOK page here: saintmarkscolumbus

Practicing the Presence of God: A Spiritual Retreat in Lent A day-long retreat during which you can reflect on your experience of God’s presence and learn new ways of deepening your relationship with God, and with yourself. Offered on four different Saturdays during Lent, each held in a different location around the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Great if you have a Saturday (9am – 3pm) to go on a retreat. February 17: St. Philip, Columbus February 24: Church of the Good Shepherd, Athens March 10: Calvary, Clifton (Cincinnati) March 17: St. Margaret’s, Trotwood (Dayton)

Ash Wednesday Wednesday, February 14 “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return…” 7:30 a.m. The Holy Eucharist with Administration of Ashes 12:00 noon The Holy Eucharist with Administration of Ashes 7:30 p.m. The Holy Eucharist with Administration of Ashes Music by Saint Mark’s Choir



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

LENT MADNESS 2018 THE SAINTLY SMACKDOWN IS BACK! By now you’ve heard that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day coincide this year. The real Lenten love, however, kicks off the next day on February 15. Why? Because for the ninth year running, people of faith are gearing up for Lent Madness, the beloved “saintly smackdown!” With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures. Throughout Lent, thirty-two saints will do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout this penitential season. This year Lent Madness features an intriguing slate of saints ancient and modern, Biblical and ecclesiastical. 20 heavyweights include John the Evangelist, Margaret of Scotland, Richard Hooker, Katharina von Bora, and the apostles Peter and Paul. This online devotional has been featured in media outlets all over the country including national television, the Washington Post, NPR, USAToday, and even Sports Illustrated (seriously). More importantly thousands of people have been inspired by the saintly stories of those who have come before us in the faith. If you’re looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey. Lent needn’t be all doom and gloom. After all, what could be more joyful than a season specifically set aside to get closer to Jesus Christ? Saint Mark’s will offer two, non-exclusive ways to participate. The first, just play and learn about saints throughout the Lenten Season. The second, play, learn about saints, AND, for $5.00 an entry, participate in the SMLM (Saint Mark’s Lent Madness) Pool! Pool winner(s) will earn the right to designate funds to one of Saint Mark’s Special Ministry Funds. If you miss the Ash Wednesday pay to play deadline, or decide to play late, there will be a 4 day grace period. Pay to play completed brackets will be accepted through Sunday, February 18, for $10. Brackets will be available in the Parish Hall for those interested in participating or you can visit to print out a bracket.

F EBRUARY 2018 Sunday

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6 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club

11 The Last Sunday After the Epiphany 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 Annual Parish Celebration 8:00 PM AA Groups

12 Rector's Day Off 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 5:00 PM Spiritual Direction Meeting 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group

13 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch 12:30 PM Noonday Book Group 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 6:00 PM Shrove Pancake Dinner

14 Ash Wednesday 7:30 AM Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist 12:00 PM Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners 7:30 PM Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist with Saint Mark’s Choir

18 The First Sunday in Lent 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 11:30 AM Outreach Meeting 12:00 PM Youth Group 8:00 PM AA Groups

19 Rector's Day Off 12:00 PM Epistle Deadline 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:00 PM Sisters in Faith

20 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club

25 The Second Sunday in Lent Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 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

26 Rector's Day Off 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:30 PM Monday Night Book Group

27 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club

4 The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany Preacher: Christopher C. Richardson 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 9:30 AM Formation 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Canterbury Choir 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 12:00 PM Youth Group 8:00 PM AA Groups

Rector's Day Off 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:00 PM Vestry Meeting





2 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 8:00 PM AA Groups


9 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 8:00 PM AA Groups

10 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up


16 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 7:00 PM Lancaster Chorale Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA Groups

17 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up 8:00 PM Lancaster Chorale Concert

21 7:30 AM Morning Prayer 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 5:00 PM Stephen Ministry 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners

22 9:00 AM Stephen Ministry 10:00 AM Epistle Folding and Fellowship 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

23 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 8:00 PM AA Groups

24 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up

28 7:30 AM Morning Prayer 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners 7:30 PM Mark’s Men




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


1:00 PM Knitting Group 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

9:00 AM Stephen Ministry 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 6:15 PM AA 6:30 PM Women’s Respite Planning 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

11:00 AM Holy Eucharist at First Community Village 1:00 PM Knitting Group 3:00 PM Jr Explorer Club 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

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


2018 V ESTRY N OMINEES DOT YEAGER, SENIOR WARDEN NOMINEE In addition to serving as Saint Mark’s Treasurer since 2005, Dot also helps with ushering, altar guild, and whenever possible, St. John’s Street Church, and loves the chaos of the Blessing of the Animals. After growing up in the Roman Catholic church, Dot and spouse Dave were received into and married in the Episcopal Church in 1989 (Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh, PA). Upon relocating to Columbus, from Charleston, West Virginia, they, with son Tom, joined Saint Mark’s in 2003. Dot’s mother, Dorothy, also became a member in 2013, when she relocated from Florida. In her professional role as the Chief Business Officer for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Dot is very blessed to have the opportunity to help make a difference. SCOTT MILBURN, JUNIOR WARDEN NOMINEE Scott has served on Saint Mark’s vestry as Stewardship co-chair for the last three years. Scott Milburn and his wife, Stephanie, have attended Saint Mark’s since relocating to Upper Arlington in 2010 from the Washington, DC-area. They previously attended St. George’s in Arlington, Virginia, where Scott chaired the Stewardship Committee. Scott was raised in the Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches, and he and Stephanie began attending the Episcopal Church when they were married 19 years ago. Scott works in state government and Stephanie works at The Ohio State University. They have two boys, Peter and C.J., who attend Greensview school. JAY WILCOX, VESTRY NOMINEE Jay and his wife, Barbara, joined Saint Mark’s in 2013 and find it to be a vibrant and welcoming church community with a top-flight music program. Jay was received into the Episcopal church in 2003 at Saint Paul’s of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He grew up in NE Ohio, earning an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, and an MBA from Kent State. Following his 2011 retirement from the aerospace / defense industry, Jay and Barbara moved from Leesburg, Virginia to Westerville, where they enjoy having family nearby – all three of their children and six grandchildren live in Clintonville and Grandview Heights. Jay serves as a Saint Mark’s usher, works with the treasurer on financial record-keeping, and looks forward to service on the vestry. DAVID BOOP, VESTRY NOMINEE My extensive background includes work experience in the non-profit, regional government, and higher education sectors of the economy. The majority of my vocational experience has been spent in collegiate career development. Over two decades in higher education, I improved the effectiveness of three different college career centers. The culmination of my formal educational journey led me to earn a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Georgia. I have successfully coached college students and alumni of all ages to reach career fulfillment. My success in working with clients stems from my desire to develop an understanding of the unique talents each person possesses. I feel a great sense of joy when I know I have guided a client to career realization. My background in the Strengths Development/ Positive Psychology movement began over twenty years ago. I was one of the first 200 people worldwide to complete the process to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach in 2014. My coaching practice includes services as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and individual coaching. My practice includes work with individuals and teams. Recently, I taught a graduate-level Positive Psychology course at a university in Ohio. In an era where life-long learning is essential for career success, I continually invest time and energy to upgrade my knowledge to benefit my clients. In addition to being a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, I am certified as an International Protean Career Coach and a Dependable Strengths Articulation Process Facilitator. In my spare time, I enjoy running, swimming, church activities, and playing vintage baseball. PAM THURSTON, VESTRY NOMINEE Pam is an attorney in Columbus and has been a member of Saint Mark’s for many years. She has served in numerous capacities, most often on the altar guild and with a strong commitment to Saint Mark’s outreach ministries. She is a strong advocate for members of the community who are facing the complications of having been incarcerated. She looks forward to bringing her deep care for God’s people to her role on Saint Mark’s Vestry.

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

February 2018 Epistle  
February 2018 Epistle