the EPISTLE The Monthly Parish Newsletter of SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH SEPTEMBER 2013 • ISSUE 178
hortly after All Saints Day in 2012 Saint Mark’s commissioned Columbus artist Deborah Anderson to create a new banner for the Chancel in memory of those souls whose ashes are interred in the Memorial Garden. (It will hang on the Gospel side of the church—left when facing the Altar— where currently a montage of paraments from the 1950’s and 60’s are displayed). Since that time a committee of parishioners has been working with her on a stunning contemporary design which combines architectural elements of the reredos (the wall behind the altar of a church), the “fractured cross” that Saint Mark’s has hanging over the high altar, and the Canterbury cross motif that now appears in many areas of our campus. To learn more about the Canterbury cross and other historic objects at Canterbury Cathedral, visit the Archives at http://www.canterburycathedral.org/conservation. Deborah has been hard at work and presented a number of designs and literally hundreds of color and fabric samples. The finished product— replete with lush golds and reds, and incorporating several small patches of each of the liturgical colors (for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Pen-
F ROM THE R ECTOR tecost, Lent, and Easter)—is nearing completion well in time for a In order to fully appreciate the dedication on All Saints Day of this richness of color, open a PDF of this year (November 3). Epistle on our website—or even better, subscribe to the new Recently Deborah sent us a series of Interactive Epistle through Constant photographs of the banner underway Contact (also on the website) and in her studio. Several of them are receive this publication every month presented for everyone here. As we via email—complete with high look at them, note the motifs definition photographs and artwork! mentioned, and the overall effect of the lines of the cross “blossoming As we begin a very busy and exciting new program year at Saint Mark’s, may our new “banner to be” represent the blossoming and growing of our life together in Christian fellowship, faith and service.
Notes from artist Deborah Anderson on the photographs (clockwise from left to right): “Still some perimeter areas to be filled and then satin stitched.” “Imagine the central cross.”
outward” into the body of the banner—symbolizing our own growing in love and service to God, and taking God’s message of reconciliation into the world.
“Fluorescent lighting has altered the colors—the divided “petal” area will carry the eye outward.” “Red form will be smaller—it hasn't been stitched and trimmed.”
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F ROM THE M USIC D EPARTMENT M ATTHEW B E STE R As we begin the new program year at Saint Mark’s, there is much excitement in the choir room about what promises to be a very special year. In addition to our regular slate of Special Music events, including services of Choral Evensong, Choral Eucharist, and our beloved Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols, we are looking forward to several additional special events that are scheduled throughout the year. Several of these events will be in celebration of Michael Murray, who last month announced his plans to retire as organist at Saint Mark’s at the conclusion of the upcoming choir season in June 2014. On the afternoon of Sunday, September 22, we will honor Michael’s 30 years at Saint Mark’s with a grand Hymn Festival and Ice Cream Social, led by the Saint Mark’s Choir (see below). Then, on the evening of Saturday, February 8, Michael will give a special organ recital (his first public recital in 15 years and his first ever at Saint Mark’s), which promises to be the most anticipated musical event of the season. We also are excited to announce that the Saint Mark’s Choir has accepted an invitation to sing Choral Evensong at First Congregational Church on Broad Street on Sunday, January 26, as part of their annual concert series. In the spring, meanwhile, Cappella San Marco (the chamber chorus of the Saint Mark’s Choir) will present a special program to benefit the Saint Mark’s Choir’s residency trip to Lincoln Cathedral, England, in summer 2015. For a complete schedule of Special Music Events at Saint Mark’s for the coming year, we encourage you to visit http://musicseries.saintmarkscolumbus.org. If you would like to receive periodic notices regarding Music at Saint Mark’s, please sig n up to become a Friend of Music at Saint Mark’s at http://friendsofmusic.saintmarkscolumbus.org. Hymn Festival and Ice Cream Social (Sunday, September 22) On Sunday, September 22, at 4 p.m., the Saint Mark’s Choir will lead a special Hymn Festival, followed by an Ice Cream Social, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Michael Murray’s first Sunday playing organ at Saint Mark’s (July 16, 1983). Hosted by the Organ Completion Committee, the event will benefit the Organ Completion Fund and will include a silent auction. A pre-event silent auction will run from September 1 to September 15 for the opportunity to select one of the hymns for the Festival program. Watch the bulletin for more details! Canterbury Choir: New Choristers Welcome Canterbury Choir Camp may be over, but it is not too late for your child(ren) to join the Canterbury Choir! New choristers are always welcome. No previous musical experience is necessary, and there is no cost to participate. Rehearsals are on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://canterburychoir.saintmarkscolumbus.org. Saint Mark’s Choir Seeking New Members The Saint Mark’s Choir is looking to add new members for its exciting 2013–14 season. The choir is open to adults and to high school–age singers of all voice parts. Tenors and basses especially are encouraged to join. Rehearsals take place Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Interested singers should contact Matthew Bester (email@example.com or 614-486-9452, ext. 309) to arrange a meeting. For more information, visit http://music.saintmarkscolumbus.org. Special Music Events, Autumn 2013 Hymn Festival and Ice Cream Social Sunday, September 22, 4 p.m. Saint Mark’s Choir Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints Sunday, November 3, 4 p.m. Saint Mark’s Choir
Choral Eucharist for the Feast of Christ the King Sunday, November 24, 10 a.m. Saint Mark’s Choir Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 8, 4 p.m. Saint Mark’s Choir and Canterbury Choir
W HAT W OULD Y OU L IKE T O D O A T S AINT M ARK ’ S ? 1st TUESDAY LUNCH BOOK GROUP
4th MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP C.S. LEWIS READING GROUP CHURCH SCHOOL STAFF VOLUNTEERS SISTERS OF THE FAITH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP BRIDGE CLUB
CYCLING GROUP GOLF LEAGUE SAINT MARK’S COFFEE HOUSE SOFTBALL LEAGUE SUPPER GROUP
MEMBER CARE MEMORIAL RECEPTION VOLUNTEERS PRAYER CHAIN VOLUNTEERS PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY STEPHEN MINISTERS WEDDING VOLUNTEERS
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ST. JOHN’S TOWN STREET DINNER STREET CHURCH NNEMAP FOOD PANTRY
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I N AND A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S S UPPER G ROUP B EGINS IN S EPTEMBER Saint Mark’s Supper Group will kickoff on September 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. A sign up sheet is posted in the Parish Hall. Please bring your calendar and be ready to sign up for two dates to host a small group. We look forward to another year of great food and friendship. If you have questions please call Dianne Silliman 488-8589 or Barb Keyes 459-1189. S AVE THE D ATE - S EPTE MBE R 29 - T ASTE OF G UATEMALA Our Guatemala travelers have returned and are anxious to share their experiences with you. Please join them after church on September 29 for a "Taste of Guatemala" reception when they will celebrate and share the opportunities they had to serve in this mission effort. For more information about the Health Care P r o j e c t i n G u a t e m a l a , v i s i t http://www.health-care-project-guatemala.org. T HERE I S A N EED FOR C HRISTIAN C ARE Every day you see people who are hurting, Stephen Ministers are God's representatives who bring love to those who are hurting. God is waiting to make a difference in their lives through you! If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-to-one care-giving ministry, contact Joan Maynard 725-1834, Pat Barton 457-8055, or Larry & Cindy Anderson 777-5513 today. N OMINATING C OMMITTE E S EEKS N AME S Saint Mark’s Nominating Committee is seeking names of people who might be interested in serving on Vestry beginning in February 2014. If you are interested or know someone you would like to recommend, please let one of the members of the Nominating Committee know. If you are recommending someone besides yourself, please check with that person before submitting their name. If you have questions about serving on Vestry, please talk with Paul or a member of the Nominating Committee: Elizabeth Anstaett, Jill Hinton, Aaron Porterfield, and Karen Swartz.
ALTAR GUILD FLOWER GUILD MUSIC MINISTRIES
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS LAY WEEDERS AND PLANTERS OFFICE VOLUNTEERS
For descriptions and leadership information, check the “Small Group” kiosk in the Parish Hall.
F ROM THE M AILBAG “Thank you for Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church’s generous contribution of $776 to Episcopal Relief & Development. Your commitment to fighting poverty and disease is essential as we continue our work in support of the Millennium Development Goals and communities around the globe.” - Episcopal Relief & Development “The NNEMAP Food Pantry would like to thank you so much for your continued support and your recent generous donation of $630. Your gift is gratefully acknowledged and we truly appreciate your recognizing the importance of helping the hungry and less fortunate members of our community.” - NNEMAP Food Pantry
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O UTREACH M INISTRY F IVE Y EARS
H ELPING H EAL H UNGE R
The Saint Mark’s Labor Day Bake Sale tradition continues this year. So, too, does the need for support of programs that address the hunger issue in Columbus. The date is September 2. It starts at 9 a.m. and runs until the supply of donated food runs out. The Bake Sale depends on food donations from parishioners – more baked goods mean more support for hunger programs. And more volunteers mean more fun and less work for everyone. Sign up sheets for donations and volunteering are in the Parish Hall. So the question now is what would you like to bring and what would you like to do. Information: Jill Hinton, firstname.lastname@example.org or 442-0561 S T . J OHN ’ S T OWN S TREE T Many thanks from the Outreach Committee for the overwhelming response to our participation in the St. John's Town Street Church lunch on July 28. We made 120 sandwiches, prepared fruit. and served that along with hard boiled eggs, condiments, and chips and pretzels. Thanks to Anice Ellis for helping to shop for food. The following people were among those who helped to make sandwiches and/or helped to serve the lunch after the service at Central Ave and W. Broad St. Thank you for the enthusiasm and willingness to serve that was evident in this group! Volunteers included: Lynn Glandon, Marilyn Karl, Betty Baker, Karen Gebhart, Beth Hylton, Deborah Morton, Elizabeth Anstaett, Carolyn Laughlin, Fabiana Simoes, Katie Turner, Carolyn Botti, C.J. Botti, Joe Botti, Pam Thurston, Martha Lentz, Ellen Berndt, Marc Drobny, Kathy Drobny, Sarah Drobny, and Mary Drobny. It is a blessing that we have the opportunity to be part of this ministry in Franklinton. N OTICE THE B OX P AT B ARTON I S H OLDING It is called a “Blue Box.” It dates back to the 1920’s. It is small. It contains money. It is, in fact, Pat’s UTO offering for this year. Like her mother before her, Pat has been putting coins in the box each time she wants to say: “Thank You” to God. The UTO Blue Box is an Episcopal tradition that originated in 1889. Back then, the exercise of noting thanks to God was called “box work.” Since then, the box has gone through many design changes. But its purpose has remained constant. We are to drop a coin in the box each time we say a prayer of Thanksgiving to God. One coin in a small box may seem, perhaps, a bit like a fly on the back of an elephant. But, last May, the world-wide UTO program raised over $1.5 million. This funded grants around the USA and the world to support humanitarian disaster relief. For example, help for victims of the recent Oklahoma tornado. One coin/“thank you” to God. Could that tradition find new energy at Saint Mark’s? UTO boxes are in the information booth at the Parish Hall. Take one home. Whenever a “thank you” to God is called for, drop a coin in your box. Then bring your box to church on Sunday, November 17, and take it to the altar. That will be a good thing. To learn more about UTO (United Thank Offering) please visit http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/united-thank-offering.
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J2A Journey To Adulthood J2A
Young Adults In the Church Grades 10-12
Goals of J2A:
Celebrate the transition from youth to adulthood Train young people in the skills of adulthood Explore the mystery of our faith heritage Establish our experience in the strength of community & liturgy
The Seven Skills:
The Four Areas of Discovery
Active listening Negotiation Assertion Leadership Research Information Mgt Partnership
Information: J2A & YAC Kathy Drobny Email: email@example.com 614-214-6963 Rite 13 Jim Keyes Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 614-459-1189 http://leaderresources.org/j2a_youth
Self Spirituality Society Sexuality
The Nine Affirmations:
I know how to listen to God, myself and others. I work to my strengths. I recognize strengths in others and will help them to work to theirs I make a difference. I have something of value to contribute. I actively build relationships. Community is a key to a successful life. I recognize there are four steps to a task: the need, the plan, the process, the result. I practice compassion, celebration of the mystery of life.
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S E P T E M B E R B I R T H D AY S H APPY B IRTHDAY
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Birthdays are not included in Saint Markâ€™s online version of this publication to ensure privacy of our parishioners.
F INANCE R EPORT Finance Report for the Quarter ended June 30, 2013, Submitted by Dot Yeager, Treasurer Overall results: Year to date receipts of $271,477 compared to disbursements of $270,345 resulted in net income of $1,132, about the same as the budgeted net income of $1,795. Member contributions were in line with the amount estimated year-to-date. Ministry expense is lower than budgeted due to the vacancy created by the retirement of the associate rector. Administration expense is higher than expected due to the timing of postage, office and computer supplies expenses. A detailed review of these expenses is underway. Facilities expense is higher than expected year-to-date, due to furnace repairs ($2,800) and sound system repairs ($1,800), net of insurance reimbursement. Overall, utilities expense of $18,510 is about the same as last year. Other: The annual audit is underway and on track to meet the reporting deadline of September 1.
Y OUTH N EWS C HURCH S CHOOL B EGINS S EPTEMBER 8 Mark your calendar for September 8, the date Church school begins for the 2013â€“2014 school year. Children age three through the fifth grade meet in the education wing during the first half of the Sunday morning service. Registration forms are available at http://formation.saintmarkcolumbus.org and in the Parish Hall. Please contact Elizabeth Anstaett (538-0564 or email@example.com) or Anne Botti (457-6227 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. R ITE 13, J2A, AND YAC B EGIN S E PTE MBE R 8 Rite 13 is designed for youth in the 6th to 7th grades, J2A is designed for youth in the 8th to 9th grades, and YAC is designed for youth in the 10th to 12th grades. The groups meet at 9 a.m. each Sunday (except the first Sunday of the month) before church. The curriculum is designed to celebrate the individuality of each person and their creative potential, while exploring Biblical stories of God and God's people. The groups will combine for service projects that focus on food and water conservation. Registration forms are available at http://formation.saintmarkscolumbus.org and in the Parish Hall. For more information please call Kathy Drobny (J2A & YAC) at 214-6963 or Jim Keyes (Rite 13) at 459-1189.
S EPTEMBER 2013 Sunday Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II 11:15 AM Fellowship Hour 8:00 PM AA Groups
8 Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:00 AM Journey to Adulthood 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:15 AM Fellowship Hour 11:15 AM Outreach Meeting 8:00 PM AA Groups 15 Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:00 AM Journey to Adulthood 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:15 AM Fellowship Hour 8:00 PM AA Groups 22 Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:00 AM Journey to Adulthood 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:15 AM Fellowship Hour 4:00 PM Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social 8:00 PM AA Groups 29 Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:00 AM Journey to Adulthood 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:15 AM Fellowship Hour 11:15 AM GT6 Celebration Luncheon 8:00 PM AA Groups
Rector's Day Off 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group
Rector's Day Off 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:00 PM Vestry Meeting
Rector's Day Off 12:00 PM Epistle Deadline 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:00 PM Sisters in Faith
23 Rector's Day Off 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Book Group
Rector's Day Off 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group
9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch 12:00 PM Noon Day Book Group 5:00 PM Weight Watchers 7:30 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry
6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA
12 11:00 AM Holy Eucharist at Friendship Village 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA
13 10:00 AM Stephen Ministry Training 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups
14 9:30 AM OA Annual Workshop 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up
17 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch 5:00 PM Weight Watchers 7:00 PM Stewardship Committee Meeting 7:30 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry
18 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Stephen Ministry Supervision 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA Group 7:30 PM C.S. Lewis Reading Group
19 11:00 AM Holy Eucharist at First Community Village 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA
20 10:00 AM Stephen Ministry Training 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups
21 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up
25 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA Group 7:30 PM C.S. Lewis Reading Group
26 9:30 AM Epistle Folding 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA
27 10:00 AM Stephen Ministry Training 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups
28 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up
9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch 5:00 PM Weight Watchers
9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up 6:30 PM Supper Group
9:00 AM Tremont Parent Meeting 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Stephen Ministry Supervision 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA Group 7:30 PM C.S. Lewis Reading Group 11 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 12:30 PM Bridge Club 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 7:00 PM AA Group 7:30 PM C.S. Lewis Reading Group
9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch 5:00 PM Weight Watchers
10:00 AM Stephen Ministry Training 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups
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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 Phil Glandon, Senior Warden – 486-5806 Kelly Kelleher, Junior Warden – 598-1069 Trent Porterfield, Youth Warden – 457-9598 Cecily Alexander, Stewardship – 459-5215 Elizabeth Anstaett, Formation – 538-0564 Martha Belury, Stewardship – 353-4800 Anne Botti, Formation – 457-6227 Anne Davidson, Enrichment Groups – 486-3336 Jill Hinton, Outreach – 442-0561 Pat Iams, Outreach – 486-1532 Jim Keyes, Communications – 459-1189 Martha Lentz, Enrichment Groups – 354-8614 Aaron Porterfield, Hospitality – 457-9598 Sam Slee, Communications – 442-8338 Karen Swartz, Hospitality – 457-5121 Dot Yeager, Treasurer – 921-1485 Barbara Hyre, Clerk – 488-1567
SAINT MARK’S STAFF The Rev. Paul St. Germain, Rector firstname.lastname@example.org The Rev. Dr. Mary Lynn Dell, Priest Associate email@example.com The Rev. Michael Ellis, Affiliate Priest (614) 529-9597 The Rev. Joan Maynard, Deacon firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Matthew Bester, Director of Music email@example.com Dr. Michael Murray, Organist firstname.lastname@example.org Gary L. Garber, Organist-Choirmaster Emeritus email@example.com Don McConnell, Head Verger firstname.lastname@example.org Brad and Crystal Essex, Youth Ministers email@example.com Bill Ryan, Campus Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Stephanie Arps, Office Manager email@example.com