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the EPISTLE The Monthly Parish Newsletter of SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH JANUARY 2018 • ISSUE 230

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ne of the most clichéd rituals of New Year is attempting resolutions. Recently the New York Times published (with all the suitable apologies for being cliché) reason why such endeavors are usually futile and offer suggestions (see box). The pitfalls, according to Tim Herrera, typically follow this patter: “First, we set resolutions based on something an external force (society, friends, whatever) is telling us to change, rather than something we want to change. Second, we set ambiguous goals without clearly defined markers of success. And third, we are simply unrealistic in our aims.” While taking the risk of falling into the first pitfall, I would like to offer up a set of “Saint Mark’s Resolutions” that each of us could consider on an individual basis, with the shared goal of building up not only our community, but also deepening (in modest ways) our relationship with God and one another. To accomplish this we have created a “Godly Resolutions Card” with five resolutions to choose from (you may choose more), a practical “reward” for keeping the resolution, and a date for celebrating our progress: Advent IV— December 23, 2018. This may seem like a bizarre idea—but in giving this considerable thought I believe this to be a very worthwhile parish exercise. It meets the criteria of being more than a “suggested” idea, but one that will benefit both our parish family and ourselves as individuals, as well as modest, attainable and measurable. The “Godly Resolutions” are:

I will wear my nametag on Sunday mornings.

I will update my online profile using the Saint Mark’s eDirectory (and call Melanie if I need help).

I will attend a worship service at Saint Mark’s at least once that happens at a time other than Sunday morning (Evensong, Lessons & Carols, Taize, etc.)

I will be welcoming to a guest at Saint Mark’s and give them a welcome mug.

I will attend an Outreach event I have not participated in before.

Resolutions Should Be: Specific: Set concrete, clearly defined goals with specific points of success. Measurable: Whatever the goal is, find ways to measure progress. Achievable: Aim high, but within reason. Your goal should be a stretch, but something you could actually achieve. Relevant: Find a goal that matters enough to you that you’ll be motivated to stick with it. Time-bound: Set a reasonable timeline for your goal, and focus on the small wins along the way. “ Tim Herrera The New York Times, December 18, 2017

The “Godly Resolutions” tangible acknowledgments will be: 1 or 2 resolutions – an Episcopal bumper sticker. 3-4 resolutions– an Episcopal lapel pin. 5 Resolutions a Saint Mark’s polo shirt.. Cards are found in this issue of The Epistle and will be available in the Narthex. I suggest posting them on refrigerator doors! May we all look for the Spirit moving among us as we embark on these resolutions together!

eConnect Read more about The New York Times “Smarter living” series go to:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/ smarter-living/how-to-stick-with-newyears-resolutions.html


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B EARING C HRIST

The Rev. Christopher C. Richardson I have mentioned multiple times in sermons, forums, articles, and casual conversations that, prior to going to seminary, my bachelor’s degree was in computer engineering. Science, technology, math, and logic are subjects that were easy for me to understand. For all intents and purposes, my mindset would have been described as that of a geek or nerd. Switching from engineering to theology was difficult for me because it was a completely different way of thinking. I was leaving a world of definitive answers and entering into a world of indefinite answers. Eventually, I was able to get a grasp on the whole theology thing, but my core mindset has not changed. My mindset could still easily be described as a geek or nerd. I just tend to be geeky or nerdy about church things now. Being considered geeky or nerdy is not, in my mind, negative. In fact, it’s something that I think is one of my better characteristics. As luck would have it, being part of the Episcopal Church gives me so many opportunities to be a complete church nerd. Imagine my excitement when I discovered a book called “The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (The Episcopal) Church”. This book (written by an Episcopal priest) does a fascinating job of laying out how geek/ nerd culture and church culture go hand-in-hand. Not only does the author, Jordan Haynie Ware, go over how similar these two cultures are in terms of a mindset, but she also expertly weaves them together into one, amazing culture. If you are at all interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church and/or geek/nerd culture, I would highly recommend you read this book. I would also be more than happy to talk with you, either about the book or the topics the book covers. If enough people are interested, there’s more than enough material to cover to do an extended series on this. As we enter this new calendar year and you think of ways to make 2018 better than 2017, I encourage you, in some way, shape, or form, to make part of your goal to engage with the church (and, by extension, encounter God) more. May you seek and be found by God, and may God’s blessings surround you.

YOUTH CONFIRMATION Bishop Breidenthal is scheduled to visit Saint Mark's on May 27th, 2018. This means it is time to start preparing for a Confirmation Class for those who are 7th grade and up. Confirmation, in the Episcopal Church, "is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop." (From the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer, p. 860) In other words, it is an opportunity for members of the church to make the vows for themselves that were made on their behalf at their baptism. Confirmation Class will be a time to learn more about and experience Christian community as expressed in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition. We will also be looking at other world religions, the creeds, the East/West schism, the Protestant Reformation, etc., etc. By the end of the class, they will have a fuller understanding of what, specifically, they would be committing themselves to so that they can decide if they are ready and willing to do so. We will begin meeting in March and continue through May as we prepare for the Bishop's visit. If you or your child(ren) are interested in participating in this year’s class, please get in touch with Christopher Richardson.


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

As usual, December was a very busy month for the choirs and music staff at Saint Mark’s. Our annual Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols on December 3 was a tremendous success, and both choirs sang beautifully for the occasion. The Canterbury Choir impressively sang two difficult anthems by Malcolm Archer and Natalie Sleeth, while the Saint Mark’s Choir provided wonderfully varied music spanning more than 400 years by Johann Sebastian Bach, Colin Mawby, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Conrad Susa, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Charles Wood. Lessons and Carols remains one of the great highlights of the year at Saint Mark’s, and this year’s service was particularly wonderful in every respect. Thank you to everyone who made the evening so special. Special thanks go to Tyler Robertson for his superb playing at the organ and to Joanne Drew, Julie Moll, and their team of hospitality volunteers for organizing such a wonderful reception following the service. Another December highlight was the caroling event by the Canterbury Choir as part of the Tremont Center’s annual Christmas by the Clock celebration. The kids represented Saint Mark’s very well while adding some Christmas mirth to the event. I was very impressed by how well they sang throughout the 90-minute event. At the time of this writing, both choirs are busy fine tuning their preparations for Christmas Eve services. The Canterbury Choir is brimming with excitement to lead the annual pageant service, for which they will sing anthems by Malcolm Archer, Audrey Snyder, Robert Wetzler, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. For the 11 p.m. service, the Saint Mark’s Choir will sing beautiful music by Herbert Howells, Hugh MacKinnon, Gerald Near, Alice Parker, and Peter Warlock. The service will be a liturgical and musical tour de force, including plainchant, Anglican chant, beloved carols, soaring descants, beautiful anthems, stirring organ music, and incense. Don’t miss either of them! There is much to anticipate in the New Year, but I’ll highlight just a couple of our upcoming events here: A Service of Light in the Taizé Tradition on January 7 On Sunday, January 7, at 5 p.m., Saint Mark’s will present a special evening service with music from the Taizé tradition. For those who are unfamiliar with services in the Taizé tradition, the music consists of short, repeated melodies that are led by a cantor and instrument(s) and sung by everyone. The melodies are easy to learn, and repetition provides a frame for meditation on the divine. Taizé services also include an important visual element, with the presence of one or more icons illuminated by numerous candles. The contemplative style of Taizé is a wonderful way to begin the season of Epiphany. 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. The service of Choral Evensong is a particular favorite of mine, and I warmly invite all of you to join us for an evening of beautiful, contemplative music and liturgy. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. A reception will follow.


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O UREACH M INISTRY

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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.

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. NNEMAP Our January outreach collection is for baby food, formula, cereal and baby food snack items. NNEMAP does a wonderful job of supplying the basic food needs for families, but one of the areas they do not supply is baby food and formula. They rely on the many churches who donate food items to send these items in. Too often the shelves stay empty for long periods of time. Our clients with young children are always so grateful when there are a few food choices on the shelves for infants. Cereal, formula, treats and jars of food are always needed. Lets see if we can stock the infant food shelves for a few days in January to give our smallest clients some healthy food! Please bring your items to the outreach table and pit them in the basket. As always we thank you for your support of NNEMAP. If you have questions please contact Bill Karl or Barb Keyes. 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.


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Harmony For Hunger Benefit Concert Recap Thanks to all who attended our 8th annual benefit concert at Worthington Presbyterian Church. The concert was truly amazing, so thanks to all of the performers. And the staff and volunteers at Worthington were wonderful! Grooming Kits Update We have had such a great response from all of our supporting churches. And two of our OSU volunteers challenged their class to support our program for extra credit, and have brought in almost 500! Thanks to Ryan and Alessandro! Shop on Amazon? Support NNEMAP! Did you know that you can buy on Amazon and give .5% of your purchase to a non-profit? Go to smile.amazon.com for your purchase this holiday season and throughout the year! CHRISTMAS SMILES Thanks to the generosity of so many Saint Mark's families over 150 gifts were sent to NNEMAP for their Christmas Shop. They were able to give over 600 children two gifts and a stocking stuffer. That put a smile on many parents’ faces. I had the opportunity to be a helper assigned to shop with parents. Every single parent was so grateful to be able to choose gifts for their children. The smiles and thanks truly made for a wonderful Christmas experience. Thank you again from all the families we helped to all of our Saint Mark's family who chose such wonderful presents! Barb Keyes UTO TOTAL FOR 2017 The Outreach Committee thanks those 11 donors who contributed $265.40 to the United Thanks Offering on November 19, 2017. The money you collected from September to November will support projects to be chosen by the UTO grants committee that will help people in need in throughout the world. In acknowledging God’s blessings to you, you will bring blessings to others.

F ROM THE P ARISH R EGISTER

We celebrate the following births: Arlo W., son of Seth and Melissa W. was born on Friday, November 17, 2017. Congratulations to the new parents!!! Wesley R., son of Chris and Celeste R. and grandson of Sally and Cully R., was born November 21, 2017. Congratulations to the entire family!! 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.”


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I N AND A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT Thank you to all of the families who helped with the Christmas Pageant, especially Irina Reed for taking the lead this year and Amy Keller for her past 10 years of leadership as well as Vicki and Ron Linville.

FLOWER MEMORIALS Thank you for all who so generously gave to our Christmas Flower Memorials. The money was used not only to decorate the church for Advent and Christmas, but also for the flower pots outside at the front door and along the Parish Hall windows, and for the Memorial Garden. Please take a look if you haven’t already! If anyone would like to take home one of the Norfolk pines (located behind the crèche) after Epiphany, please let me know. Thank you again for your generosity. Diane Hartney, Saint Mark’s Flower Guild

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 call the office. 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 for further information. FEBRUARY EPISTLE DEADLINE IS JANUARY 22 Please submit all news, photos and articles to Melanie in the Parish Office by 12 noon on Monday, J anu ary 22 via e - mail if possible: officemanager@saintmarkscolumbus.org. Volunteers will fold the February EPISTLE on Thursday, January 25 at 9:30 a.m. in the Canterbury Center. Please join us if you can! 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, Convention Delegates, and the 2018 Annual Budget. Refreshments will be provided. Annual Meeting reports are due Monday, February 5 by 12 noon.


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I N AND A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S LETTERS FOR DEACON JOAN MAYNARD Joan would love cards and notes from her Saint Mark’s family and would also like to have copies of the paperback books that the Saint Mark’s Book Club has read. Please bring the paperback books to the office. “BAD BEHAVIOR?” Addiction to anything is not simply “bad behavior”. It is a chronic brain disease. And it is an epidemic afflicting Ohio and the United States. It impacts pubic policy, social systems, healthcare, education and employment. Two presentations in January will focus on understanding the addicted brain so that we can move from blame and frustration to compassion and hope. On January 23, the UA Library will present “Squirrel Logic, addiction and the brain”. On January 30, the topic will be “The Social Impacts of Addiction.” The presentations will be in the Friends Theatre at 7:00 p.m. ADULT CONFIRMATION Bishop Breidenthal is scheduled to visit Saint Mark's on May 27th, 2018. This means it is time to start preparing for a Confirmation Class for adults who are interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church. Confirmation, in the Episcopal Church, "is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop." (From the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer, p. 860) In other words, it is an opportunity for members of the church to make the vows for themselves that were made on their behalf at their baptism.

A Service of LIGHT In the Taizé tradition

Celebrate the First Sunday after Epiphany: Baptism of Our Lord and the spread of the Good News of Jesus Christ into the world with a Taizé Service of Light. This beautiful and moving liturgy comes to us with music from the Taizé Community in France and prayers from the Anglican tradition.

See the Chancel and Choir filled with almost one hundred candles illuminating icons of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. A cantor and flutist will help transport the congregation into “the mysterium” of ancient liturgy and experience more nearly the presence of God.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s class, please get in touch with Paul St. Germain.

January 7, 2018 5 p.m. The Choir “Come, our long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; From our sins and fears release us, let us find our rest in thee. Born thy people to deliver, born a child, and yet a king, Born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.” Charles Wesley, 1745


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Vestry Nominations Sought The Vestry is the governing body of the congregation and consists of 15 members of the parish who are elected by the congregation. It is the vestry’s responsibility to be the final decision-making body, which approves the parish budget, makes parish policy decisions, and spends the parish’s money on mission, ministry and maintenance. Ideally, the vestry should reflect a cross-section of the congregation and the varieties of experience, skills, and interests of our faith community. While Saint Mark’s practices a shared leadership model with our clergy, the church canons assigns certain responsibilities to the rector, specifically worship and spiritual life. The Vestry consists of three wardens and twelve members. (Think of the Senior and Junior wardens as president and a vice-president.) The Youth Warden (high school age) is included to represent the voice of our youth. Each warden is elected for a one-year term. The other 12 members of the Vestry are elected for three-year terms. Each year, four new parishioners are elected. The vestry also appoints a treasurer and a clerk annually. Information about current vestry members can be found on Saint Mark’s website at the About Us tab: http://saintmarkscolumbus.org/vestry/. What are the attributes of a Vestry candidate?   

Regular attendance at church Be an active participant in Saint Mark’s parish life Support Saint Mark’s financially at a level consistent with their means and capacity: annual giving to Saint Mark’s should be one of their top three charitable causes

What is expected of a Vestry member? A person who is selected to the Vestry should be called to make a sacrificial commitment to the role, and perform the following duties:      

Represent all parishioners, not specific groups within the parish or specific interests: think, pray, act in the best interests of the parish as a whole. Attend significant parish events Accept responsibility for committee work Attend vestry meetings, the annual retreat, and faithfully fulfill “Vestry Person of the Week” duties on a minimum of four Sundays throughout the year Serve a full three-year term Assist in recruiting new vestry members

Next steps: Election of new members to vestry will occur at the Annual Parish Celebration on Sunday, February 11, following the 10:30 a.m. service. If you would like to discuss in detail or offer a nomination, please see the Nominating Committee: Dwight Anstaett, Ted Meyers, Scott Milburn, Jill Hinton or Dot Yeager.


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My husband, Erik and I, lost our first child, Collin, in 2006 from SIDS during his first week of daycare. He was a healthy, happy four month old. He smiled and giggled at us, had a favorite bumble-bee toy to play with in the car and filled our hearts with love and purpose. We imagined him as a 6 month old, a toddler, a boy and a man. It was with enormous despair that we realized the experience of watching him grow would never occur. Our sense of joy was suddenly replaced by an overwhelming sense of grief. We were forced to accept that we had only the memories of him to sustain us for the rest of our lives. But, we are comforted by the fact that Collin only ever knew love. Over the years Over the years I have struggled to find what I can do to honor Collin’s memory and make a positive impact on others as a result of our tragedy and give some purpose to his short, sweet life. I have participated in research, volunteer as a bereavement contact with First Candle and with the Baby’s First Network. My First God Moment As a lifelong runner, I saw the opportunity to run the New York City Marathon for the First candle team and raise money. I knew THIS is where I can make an impact. This was my God moment.

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I teared up reading the call for runners to apply for the race bib. I knew I would get it because this is what I was called to do. I had no doubt that I would be accepted. So I applied for the race bib, not even sure if I really wanted to train for a marathon or if we could manage a trip to NYC. But I knew this was God’s plan for me. First Candle is important to us as this is where we turned when Collin died. We needed support and information, needed to know research and what to do next. They even gave me encouragement as I wrote the obituary for our firstborn. Another God moment comes along Here is where our family rainbow story aka another God moment comes in. A couple days before Collin died of SIDS at daycare, he and I were in Sedona, Arizona as we tagged along with my husband for a business trip. Our last day there, Collin and I saw a beautiful rainbow over those red Sedona rocks. I remember holding him close and taking in the beauty of that rainbow. A few days later at home after his death, our crying and trying to figure out how to keep on living, I saw double rainbows… A couple days in a row! In fact, every time our family needed hope over the years, we saw these double rainbows. It has never failed.

Romans 5: 3-4 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”

Then, Three Rainbows Aka Three God Moments Fast forward 10 years and I'm standing in Sedona for the first time since that trip, reading an email that I can run and raise money for the First Candle team. Now, I wish I could tell you I saw a heaven-sent rainbow that day, I didn't. But I looked over and saw my three rainbows, my children Theo, Gwendolyn, and Veronica, smiling back at me. I knew this was God's plan for me and how I could show hope, faith as well as raise awareness, and give purpose to Collin's short life. I r a n t h e NY C m a r a t h o n in 3:40:38 with hope and joy in my heart and Romans 5: 3-4 written on my shirt.

Sara Wheeler Warren New York City Marathon 2017 Bib #19580 November 5, 2017


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J A N UA R Y B I R T H D AY S H APPY B IRTHDAY

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

Dear Members of Saint Mark’s:

F ROM THE M AILBAG

On behalf of the Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle, President of the Society, I would like to express our appreciation for your contribution to the Compass Rose Society for its work throughout the Anglican Communion as it supports the global ministry of our world-wide church. Thank you for your support. Sincerely yours, Anglican Communion Compass Rose Society, Inc. Robert J. Biehl Treasurer

F ROM THE T REASURER

January brings the excitement and anticipation of a new year, and with it a lot of planning! As of this writing we are still busy collecting a number of outstanding pledges that could make the difference between a fully funded budget or more cuts. If you have not made a pledge yet, please do so as quickly as possible. Our staff deserves to know how much we are able to compensate them during the coming year. We have currently collected pledges equal to about 85% of last year’s total and I am fairly confident that we will receive additional pledges that will get us to the same total as last year. We are hoping for some increases from those remaining pledges to give us a little room for raises. We have received a number of donations for the Staff Christmas Gift Fund and will continue to accept them through the end of 2017. Based on what I have seen so far, I expect have enough to give a Christmas gift to our five paid staff members of about 3% of their annual compensation. Through 11 months of 2017 our expenses are just $3,219 above our receipts. December is typically a very strong month for revenue and I feel confident that we will end up the year very close to breakeven as we budgeted. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018! Phil Glandon, Treasurer


J ANUARY 2018 Sunday

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7 The First Sunday After the Epiphany Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 5:00 PM A Service of Light in the Taizé Tradition 8:00 PM AA Groups 14 The Second Sunday After the Epiphany Preacher: Christopher C. Richardson 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:30 AM Formation 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 11:30 AM Outreach Meeting 12:00 PM Youth Group 8:00 PM AA Groups 21 The Third 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 Fellowship Hour 12:00 PM Youth Group 8:00 PM AA Groups 28 The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany Preacher: Christopher C. Richardson 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:30 AM Formation 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 12:00 PM Youth Group 8:00 PM AA Groups

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2 8:00 AM Jr Explorer Club Winter Break 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch

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

10 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 12:30 PM Bridge Club 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 5:00 PM Stephen Ministry 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners

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16 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch

17 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners

22 Rector's Day Off 12:00 PM Epistle Deadline 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Monday Night Book Group

23 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch

24 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 5:00 PM Stephen Ministry 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners 7:30 PM Mark’s Men

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

31 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 6:00 PM Wednesday Weekly Dinners

Office Closed New Year’s Day 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Rector's Day Off 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:00 PM Sisters in Faith

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

8:00 AM Jr Explorer Club Winter Break 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist

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8:00 AM Jr Explorer Club Winter Break 1:00 PM Knitting Group 6:15 PM AA 8:00 PM AA

9:30 AM Stephen Ministry 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

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

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5 Assistant Rector's Day Off 8:00 AM Jr Explorer Club Winter Break 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups

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

13 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up

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19 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 5:00 PM HolzmeierGinter Wedding Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA Groups

20 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up 3:00 PM HolzmeierGinter Wedding

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26 Assistant Rector's Day Off 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 4:30 PM Early Music in Columbus Board of Trustees Meeting 8:00 PM AA Groups

27 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up 12:00 PM OSU Women’s Club Event

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RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED 12/26/17—1/12/18

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

SAINT MARK’S STAFF

The Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain, Rector rector@saintmarkscolumbus.org The Rev. Christopher C. Richardson, Associate Rector assistantrector@saintmarkscolumbus.org The Rev. Dr. Mary Lynn Dell, Priest Associate priestassociate@saintmarkscolumbus.org The Rev. Michael Ellis, Affiliate Priest (614) 529-9597 The Rev. Joan Maynard, Deacon deacon@saintmarkscolumbus.org Dr. Matthew Bester, Director of Music directorofmusic@saintmarkscolumbus.org Tyler W. Robertson, Organist & Assistant 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 Bill Ryan, Campus Manager campusmanager@saintmarkscolumbus.org Melanie Jacobs ,Office Manager officemanager@saintmarkscolumbus.org


Godly Resolutions Card 

I will wear my nametag on Sunday mornings.

I will update my online profile using the Saint Mark’s eDirectory (and call Melanie if I need help).

I will attend a worship service at Saint Mark’s at least once that happens at a time other than Sunday morning (Evensong, Lessons& Carols, Taize, etc.)

I will be welcoming to a guest at Saint Mark’s and give them a welcome mug.

I will attend an Outreach event I have not participated in before.

The “Godly Resolutions” tangible acknowledgments on December 23, 2018 will be: 1 or 2 resolutions – an Episcopal bumper sticker. 3-4 resolutions– an Episcopal lapel pin. 5 Resolutions a Saint Mark’s polo shirt..

January 2018 Epistle  
January 2018 Epistle