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the EPISTLE The Monthly Parish Newsletter of SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH SEPTEMBER 2017 • ISSUE 226



bservant eyes have noticed that OUR projects along Tremont Road have now begun—complimenting the lovely work done by the city over the last few years. Thanks to Eagle Scout candidates C.W. and Andrew the “master plan” designed by a landscape architect in 2008 is beginning to come together. What does it include? A reflection “path” through the center of the lawn, encouraging people to wander by our church sign and perhaps take a rest on a memorial bench. Ornamental flowering trees will provide a burst of color each spring, and shrubs and flowers will help accentuate Saint Mark’s stone sign. Currently the Vestry is looking at ways of refinishing the sign to add to its impact and aesthetic value. What else might happen in the spring? The Vestry is also considering extending our irrigation system to the new beds that will be created. Also in the “dream phase” is the possibility of using LED technology to add color to the lights on the building (behind the sign). This would be for special occasions - such as red, white and blue for the July fireworks— or pink for the Komen Race for the Cure Day. Next summer, another scout project will be looking at creating a playground area for our younger children. Is there any way I can help? Yes! There are several ways to become a part of this project and make all the details a reality.

Above: Stones and scouts—soon to be having a “constructive” encounter!

Below left: The monument sign to be refinished. Below right: The watchful eye of quality control...

If you haven’t taken the parish survey yet—see the eConnect below, or pick one up in the Narthex or parish office. We need them by September 17th!!!

First, consider giving a memorial gift. While the walk and shrubs have been paid for through fundraisers, we are now looking for people to give trees and the 2-3 benches as a memorials. The trees are Miniature Flowering Crabapples, and will be dotted throughout the lawn and walkway area. For each gift of $300 we will be able to plant up to five trees. The next memorial level is a bench— they are identical to the Upper Arlington park’s memorial benches and of a very high quality. If you have not seen one, talk a stroll over to the library across Tremont Road. We can install a memorial bench for $1200. If you would like to make such a memorial, please speak to a member of the clergy. There is also a short service of dedication that may be used for each tree and each bench. These exciting projects are reflective of where Saint Mark’s finds itself this fall as programs, classes, and special events come onto the horizon. We are enthusiastic, energetic, and optimistic about growing God’s beloved community in our midst. Please take a moment and go through this September Epistle which is filled with ideas and opportunities to get involved. As we say on the back cover of every order of service, the minister’s of Saint Mark’s are the entire parish family. This is very true, and countless ministries are taking place through our parish family. May Christ bless them all, and all of us, on our journey toward the Kingdom.

eConnect Assist the Vestry in this vison/mission statement work—and take the parish survey HERE: e/1FAIpQLSfsOeJcvcoLfcQNRlzlzQ81u 3uy3tTe6kA2IRkNz_xilcYqoA/ viewform



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B EARING C HRIST View the youth events calendar HERE now available on the Saint Mark’s website!

The Rev. Christopher C. Richardson School has officially started, and we are gearing up for the start of our formation programs as well. This year, we will have a “Blessing of the Backpacks” on Startup Sunday, which is something we’ve never done before at Saint Mark’s. Since this will be the first one, I felt it would be appropriate to offer an explanation of what it is and why we are doing it. I like starting with the answer to why. So, why do we do a “Blessing of the Backpacks”? The simplest answer is that it is a way in which we can honor all of the students in our parish while offering prayers and blessings for a successful school year for them. More than just students, though, we also want to honor the teachers among us and to pray for them and the various institutions of learning in which many of our parishioners are students and/or teachers. Now that we know why we want to do this, we can look at how we achieve our goal. What is a “Blessing of the Backpacks”, and how do we do it? This is a special liturgy that will take place during the 10:30 service on September 10th. While this is called a “Blessing of the Backpacks”, we are not limiting people to just bringing forward their backpacks. We are inviting everyone who wishes to participate to bring forward whatever they use to carry the tools they will use in learning and/or teaching. This could be a backpack, briefcase, messenger bag, purse, satchel, etc. After everyone has brought their “backpack” forward and placed it with all of the others, we will say prayers and blessings over them. Also, it must be said that, despite the repeated mentioning of backpacks, we are, at heart, really blessing people. If you show up on the 10th and don’t have a backpack, briefcase, etc. with you, come forward anyway to receive a blessing for the coming year. I look forward to seeing you on September 10th and starting another exciting year of Christian formation. Come and join us and be blessed. Date Lesson/Activity 10-Sep Kickoff Sunday - Blessing of Backpacks & Potluck 17-Sep Mission Trip Overview Compassion & Mercy: Our Duty to God & 24-Sep People 1-Oct BIG EVENT! Bowling 8-Oct Mission Trip Discussion 15-Oct MONEY AND FOOD I: Baking the Bread of Life 22-Oct Weird Bible Stories 29-Oct Mission Trip Signup 5-Nov BIG EVENT! Scavenger Hunt 12-Nov Icons & Angels 19-Nov Meditation 26-Nov No Meeting - Sunday After Thanksgiving 3-Dec BIG EVENT! Board Games 10-Dec MY PURPOSE STATEMENT 17-Dec Ice Breaker Games 24-Dec No Meeting - Christmas Eve 31-Dec No Meeting - New Year's Eve



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Among other exciting things, the start of the new program year means the return of the choirs to worship at Saint Mark’s. Both choirs will return to action for the first time on Startup Sunday on September 10, with each choir contributing an anthem to the service. They also will join forces to sing the psalm in Anglican chant. The Canterbury Choir will begin its season with its annual Choir Camp the weekend of September 8–10. Held at Saint Mark’s, the camp weekend consists of copious rehearsal, theory instruction, team-building activities, vestment fitting, a group picture, and a pot luck supper for families. Over the course of Friday and Saturday, the group learns everything it needs in order to lead worship that Sunday morning, including new anthems, psalms, hymns, and service music. Every year at camp I am amazed by how quickly they are able to learn all this difficult new material in just two days. At the conclusion of camp of Saturday, the group gathers for a pool party, in recognition of all the hard work they have done. It’s not too late to join the Canterbury Choir for the upcoming season. Open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14, the Canterbury Choir rehearses on Wednesday afternoons and sings for the 10:30 a.m. service on the first Sunday of every month, from September to May. Participation in the choir offers an excellent opportunity for children to learn not only about the basics of singing and music theory but also about the Episcopal faith and its liturgy. The choir is open to all members of the community, regardless of religious affiliation, and there is no cost to participate. No musical background is required. For more information, visit or contact Matthew Bester ( or 614-486-9452, ext. 309). The Saint Mark’s Choir has another exciting year ahead. Some of the highlights of the upcoming season will include services of Choral Evensong in November and March, a service of Choral Eucharist in November, our annual Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols in December, and a service of Choral Matins in May. Rehearsals begin on Thursday, September 7. The choir is open to adults and high school–age singers who are able to make a regular commitment on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. Singers of all voice parts are welcome (particularly basses this year!). If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact Matthew Bester (; 614-486-9452, ext. 309) to arrange a meeting. Visit for more information. I invite you to save the following dates for special music events in the fall: Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints Sunday, November 5, 4 p.m. Saint Mark’s Choir

Choral Eucharist for the Feast of Christ the King Sunday, Sunday, November 26, 10:30 a.m. Saint Mark’s Choir

A Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. Saint Mark’s Choir and Canterbury Choir



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O UREACH M INISTRY ANNUAL OUTREACH COLLECTION PROJECTS:  August through October: Grooming kit collection for NNEMAP.  November and December: The Giving Tree.

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ST. JOHN’S TOWN STREET DINNER Fall is just around the corner with St John's dinners starting up again. Wednesday, September 20th is the date which we will serve a dinner at their church in Franklinton. As you may remember, sign up times are 4:30-6 set up and 6-7:30 serving and clean up. We appreciate any help. Sign up will be at the Outreach kiosk starting early September. Thanks! Sally Rechner NNEMAP New NNEMAP Hours Began on August 7th! We have added hours overall and will have a more consistent and easy to remember schedule. We will begin with the following schedule for the entire month starting Monday, August 7th:  Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 9am until 12 noon  Always Closed Thursdays!  Saturday Produce Mart will continue to be open from 11 to 1. There are more hours in this schedule to accommodate the existing need. Plus, we are adding a new zip code to our service area. North Linden, zip code 43224, will join 43201, 43211, and 43215. We hope to continue adding support to the Linden community. Bourbon and Barbeque Fundraiser on Saturday, September 16th We invite all of you to spread the word about this wonderful garden party at the home of Michele and Michael Leach in Marble Cliff, 1449 Arlington Ave. This family have been long time supporters and volunteers at NNEMAP. Included in this event will be food provided by City Barbeque, a bourbon tasting, and libations from Watershed Distillery, Seventh Son Brewery, and Twisted Vine wines. Valet parking, music, and a wine silent auction will be available. Tickets are $75 each, or become a table sponsor for four at $500! Go to event will showcase the work done by Landfare Landscaping company at the Leach’s home. And they are the presenting sponsor! Current Needs in the Pantry: canned meats and ravioli - pop-top cans, canned beans, canned vegetables and fruits Note: other hygiene items are always low! We always need dental items, razors, and shampoo. We can also use feminine hygiene items.

EVERYONE WANTS TO BE CLEAN Dignity is a fragile feeling. Everyone deserves it but many are denied through no fault of their own. Why should any man, woman or child lose their dignity because they are not clean. There are so many things we take for granted. We are privileged to live in comfort and not have to worry about shelter food or the most basic of needs, personal grooming. How many of us have scramble for soap to wash or bathe. How many men do we know who don't shave because they have no razor or cream? Imagine trying to comb your hair with no comb or brush, brush your teeth with no toothbrush or toothpaste. These are everyday worries for the clients of NNEMAP that causes a loss of dignity. NNEMAP relies on the generosity of area churches and donations from businesses like Giant Eagle for what they can provide for our clients. While people and business are very generous, many smaller, shall I say less important items, do not always get stocked. Once a year NNEMAP gives families grooming kits that contain toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, lotion, washcloth, soap, deodorant, and a razor. It amazes me how delighted our clients are when it is grooming kit time. They know that they will receive some much-needed basic grooming essentials. Saint Mark's has pledged to provide 100 grooming kits to aid in this effort by NNEMAP. Beginning August 27 and running through September 24th we will be collecting grooming items. We will provide a plastic bag with a list of needs enclosed. If you are able to participate in this drive, please stop by the Outreach table and pick up one or more bags to fill. If you have questions please contact Bill Karl.



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Labor Neighbor Day – Help Heal Hunger 9 Annual Bake Sale to Benefit Feeding Programs in Southern Ohio th

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2 On Labor Day (Monday, September 4), as the UA Arts Festival is going on across the street in Northam Park, our doors will be open for the 9th annual Saint Mark’s Labor Neighbor Day - Help Heal Hunger Bake Sale. All proceeds benefit feeding programs for Southern Ohio at St. John’s Town Street, St. Philip, and Trinity in Columbus. Over 25,000 people attend the Upper Arlington Arts Festival each year, and many of them pass by Saint Mark’s. We invite all in to enjoy a reprieve from the heat of the day and a cold drink of water, and we offer home-baked goods for sale. Make People Happy – Make Tasty Food So get ready to make your favorite pie or cake or jam or jelly or bread or quiche (yes, dog biscuits are popular) and anything else you dream up. There is a sign-up in the parish hall and sign-up cards will be distributed in the weekly Epistle.

You Don’t Need to be The World’s Best Cook, But You Do Need to Use the World’s Best Ingredient:


UNITED THANK OFFERING SEASON 2017 Two years ago, Saint Mark’s Outreach Ministry revived the United Thank Offering (UTO) ingathering in memory of parishioner Betty Webber, longtime Outreach Committee member and Diocesan UTO Coordinator. The UTO is a personal and family devotional program of the Episcopal Church that begins with daily prayers and gifts of Thanksgiving. This year’s Ingathering at Saint Mark’s will take place at our worship services on Sunday, November 19, 2017. In September, UTO boxes will be on display in the parish hall which parishioners can take home to hold their daily offerings of coins and bills as symbols of thankfulness for their blessings. After the Ingathering, the money we collect will join that of other parishes across the country to be given away in the form of grants which support the mission and ministry of the Church throughout the world. (Programs in our Diocese of Southern Ohio have been past recipients along with other programs that respond to people’s needs in many states and countries.) Make this Thanksgiving Day especially meaningful. Be sure to pick up a UTO box, or more than one, so that you or your entire family can feel the spirit of “thanks” and “giving” at the UTO Ingathering on the third Sunday of November. “Keep each of us ever thankful for all the blessings of joy and challenge that come our way.” --a line from the UTO prayer

CATCH COURT CATCH Court is a Restorative Justice program established by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. CATCH stand for "Changing Actions to Change Habits." It is a challenging two year probation for women who have been arrested for theft, drug possession, but who are also known to have been trafficked and abused. They have the choice of probation or jail time. From a start-up of 3 women in 2009, the program now serves 60+ women, in various stages of trauma recovery. Saint Mark's takes lunch to Court once a month to provide nourishment, interaction, and a social setting for the women before the official work of the Court begins. Our last visit was August 10th. Thanks to Leslie Winters, Marilyn Karl, Marilyn Smith, and Pat Barton for their receptivity to the ladies at Court. Thanks to Sally Taylor, Anice Ellis, Barb Keyes, Patti Blakey, and Diane Hartney for providing food for the lunch. Our next opportunity to make lunch and to go to Court is September 21st. For more information, please contact the parish office (614-486-9452 or



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S E PT EM BE R HA P P E NI N G S AT S A I NT M AR K ’S SUPPER GROUP KICK OFF September is just around the corner. Our Supper Group Kick Off will be on Saturday, September 9th at 6:30 p.m. We will have it in the Parish Hall unless someone would like to host at their home. We will again do a pot luck and there will be a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall on Sunday August 6th. If you have any questions please speak to Gloria Wylie or Patti Blakey. OCTOBER EPISTLE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 25 Please submit all news, photos and articles to Melanie in the Parish Office by 12 noon on Monday, September 25 via e-mail if possible: Volunteers will fold the October EPISTLE on Thursday, September 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Canterbury Center. Please join us if you can! SUMMER PARISH DINNERS ARE HERE! Due to tremendous response to the parish dinners this year, additional dinners and hosts are being sought. If you would be willing to host a dinner, please speak to one of the Stewardship Committee Chairs, Ellen Berndt or Scott Milburn. PARISH HALL BOOK TABLE A variety of books that were part of Paul’s recent degree program (and a few from Saint Mark’s library) are available for people who would like to have them. Please feel free to take what you like – and if you are interested in placing something in the basket on the table, the proceeds will go toward the school library in La Labor, Guatemala. WOMEN'S QUIET DAY The women of Saint Mark's are invited to a Quiet Day Saturday October 14th from 9:00 until 4:00p.m. in the Coventry Manor Party house in Hilliard. A Quiet Day is a deliberate intention to share with people a day that will include times to be quiet together and space for individuals to be quiet on their own. A time of reflection and renewal, this day we will hear and consider several of the parables of Jesus. We will search for meaning in the context of our present time, listen for truths and lessons that might heal us, heal our neighbors and heal the world. Our topic for the day will be The Parables of Jesus for Our Times: Power, Politics and Personal Perspectives. Led by Robin Holland from St. Phillip Episcopal Church, there will be a short lesson at the beginning of each hour followed by an opportunity for silent reflective meditation. Quiet Days lead to refreshment of the body, soul and spirit. Continental breakfast, lunch by Freedom A LA Cart and an option for dinner together provide a time for fellowship. Cost will be based on number of attendees. If you have questions of would like further information please contact Anice Ellis or Barb Keyes.

“God in the Final Frontier: A Theology of Star Trek at 50″ Explore how the values of its “secular humanist” creator Gene Roddenberry, and offer an outline of positive human growth and evolution. We will also watch several episodes in high resolution Blue Ray with enhanced special effects and new musical score. Beginning September 24 for six sessions 2:00—4:00 Canterbury Center Note: The rector will NOT be in his uniform...



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SAINT MARK’S ADULT FORMATION SUNDAY MORNINGS 9:30—10:15 PARISH HALL The Outreach Committee and Adult Formation are excited to announce a series of speakers coming to Saint Mark's in September and October! These speakers are from agencies that we work closely with, and will be speaking about their organizations, how they operate, how we are currently helping them and further opportunities for Saint Mark's to be agents of change. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn more about where our time, talent and resources are being used! Each of these sessions will begin at 9:30 in the parish hall. Sessions will end at 10:15 and will have opportunities for questions. We hope each of you will be able to join us and give these speakers a warm Saint Mark’s welcome! September 10 Introduction to Fall Schedule—Paul St. Germain 17 “The Christian Heart”—A Theology of Outreach, Part I —Joan Maynard 24 “Catch Court” —Susan Trianfo, Manager, Freedom a la Cart, introduced by Pat Iams “Theology of Star Trek” series begins at 2:00 on September 24th in the Canterbury Center These six ninety minute sessions will continue through the fall

October 1 First Sunday 8 “St. John’s Town St.” and “Street Church”—Guest Speakers, introduced by Roberta Morton 15 “NNEMAP” —Roy Clark , Director, introduced by Barb Keyes and Bill Karl 22 “Women’s Respite Program” —Terri Davis, Program Director, introduced by Anice Ellis 29 “The Christian Heart”—A Theology of Outreach, Part II —Joan Maynard November 5 First Sunday 12 “Women of the Exodus I” —Mary Lynn Dell 19 “Women of the Exodus II” -— Mary Lynn Dell 26 Thanksgiving break December 3 First Sunday 10 “Women of the Exodus III ” — Mary Lynn Dell 17 “Exodus and the Church of 2017” —Paul St. Germain, Christopher Richardson, Mary Lynn Dell 24 Christmas Eve LOOKING AHEAD Spring programs will include guest speakers from Saint Mark’s Outreach Ministries through “CRIS” and “My Brother’s Closet” as well as a look at “Future Church” as it immerges from our diocesan convention “Exodus” conversations. Topics and speakers are subject to change



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F ROM THE P ARISH R EGISTER We celebrate the following marriage: David Thurston was married to Kate Gunby on August 5 in Seattle, WA where they both live and work. Our former interim rector Mary Johnson and her husband Wayne drove out from North Dakota to be with the family for the celebration. Congratulations to David and Kate! We welcome the following children into the Body of Christ through baptism: Alexander N. was baptized on August 20, 2017. Blessings! We celebrate the recent new members: Erik Colin and Olga Kamenchuk N. and their son, Alexander N. Welcome!! We offer condolences to: Amanda Foss and family whose father, Larry Krueger, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 in Austin, TX. The family of Dick Funkhouser who passed away August 4, 2017. Dick and Lucy and family were longtime members of Saint Mark’s. Sheena and Christopher Richardson on the loss of Sheena’s father, Richard Loudy on August 10, 2017. 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.”

P ARISH R ELATED NEWS We celebrate the following birth: Welcome to Ella Jane Y., great granddaughter of Jane Krastel. Ella Jane was born August 11, 2017. Congratulations to Jane and family! 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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The Road Less Traveled It could have been a golf course and residential development. But that was not meant nt e to happen. m Mo Stratford Ecological Center is on Liberty Road south of Delaware. In 1990, a real estate d Go developer purchased the 236 acres on which the Center is located. His plan was to build a golf course and a residential community. At about the same time, the developer’s daughter visited an ecological center in California. She was impressed and excited, feelings she shared with her father. The two arrived at a “father-daughter fork in the road”. The daughter prevailed on the matter and the Stratford Ecological Center came into being. We had never been there but had heard recommendations from friends. So we took our two granddaughters there during their recent visit. As we started our hike around the place, there came over us this thought: “This is a God Moment, for sure.” It appeared as if the only change to the land had been the clearing of trees from the paths. There also was a shed or two for programming/teaching events and equipment storage. Except for that, the land seemed pretty much the same as it always has been. Golf course and residential development OR ecological center? Father and daughter took the road less traveled. If you would like to share your God Moment, And that made all the difference. please contact Jim Keyes

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Stewardship of God’s Good Earth “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. … And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:1-10 “We don’t have a Plan B because we don’t have a planet B.” Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

Happening Now: Recycling In the Parish Hall !! In addition to the blue recycling containers that we’ve had in the parish hall for several years for paper and glass, we now have boxes for your dead batteries (especially those that are rechargeable) and burned-out CFL light bulbs. Deposit them in the designated boxes on the God’s Good Earth display table and one of our dedicated church members will get them to the SWACO recycling center. Did You Know…?      

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) work by driving an electric current through a tube containing argon and a small amount of mercury vapor, which generates ultraviolet light that excites a fluorescent coating on the inside of the tube which then emits visible light. CFLs need a little more energy when they are first turned on, but once the electricity starts moving, they use about 70% less than incandescent bulbs. You maximize the lifetime savings and effectiveness of your CFLs by keeping them on for 15 minutes or more at a time. CFLs are sensitive to extreme temperatures, so place them in open fixtures indoors to avoid creating a hot environment which can reduce the life of the bulb. CFLs contain small amounts of mercury, which is considered hazardous waste. Recycling CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs allows the reuse of the glass, metals and other materials that make up fluorescent lights. Virtually all components of a fluorescent bulb can be recycled. *





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

I N AND A ROUND S AINT M ARK ’ S BOOK BAG THANKS 104 children of our NNEMAP client families will return to school in the next couple of weeks with big smiles and a book bag full of new school supplies. I wish I could share snapshots of some of these children who were so excited to choose their book bag and then explore it's contents. One little 4th grade girl was so excited she could hardly verbalize how happy she was that she had new supplies for the first day of school. As her dad helped on with her book bag she smiled and said " IT FITS! And it's so HEAVY!" Thank you to all who shopped or contributed money for this NNEMAP project. These children will get off on the right foot this fall thanks to your generosity. 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 Michele Johnson (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 Robbie Hurley (614-486-9452) with this information. In addition, if you are interested in helping with either meals or the new baby ministry, please contact Michele or Robbie. 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 Michele Johnson (614-486-9452) for further information. MARK’S MEN The Mark’s Men is a men’s social group at Saint Mark’s that meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at The Old Bag of Nails in the Tremont Center at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome! If you would like more information, please contact Mark Drew at

S EPTEMBER 2017 Sunday

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Preacher: Paul St. Germain 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 8:00 PM AA Groups










4 Labor Day - Office Closed Rector's Day Off 9:00 AM Help Heal Hunger Bake Sale 5:30 PM AA - Men's Group

5 9:30 AM Al-Anon 10:30 AM Saint Mark's Staff Meeting and Lunch

6 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 6:00 PM Christopher’s “Out of Office” Office Hours


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

13 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 12:30 PM Bridge Club 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 5:00 PM Stephen Ministry 6:00 PM Christopher’s “Out of Office” Office Hours


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

20 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM St. John’s Town Street Dinner 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 6:00 PM Christopher’s “Out of Office” Office Hours

25 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

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

27 12:00 PM Noonday Eucharist 4:30 PM Canterbury Choir Rehearsal 6:00 PM Christopher’s “Out of Office” Office Hours 7:30 PM Mark’s Men

10 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Preacher: Christopher C. Richardson 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Saint Mark’s Choir and Canterbury Choir 11:30 AM Fellowship Hour 11:30 AM Outreach Meeting 8:00 PM AA Groups 17 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 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 6:00 PM AA Groups 24 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 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 Usher’s Meeting 8:00 PM AA Groups

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

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

Friday 31

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


8 Assistant Rector's Day Off 9:00 AM Canterbury Choir Camp 1:00 PM Chair Volleyball 8:00 PM AA Groups


15 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


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

28 9:30 AM Epistle Folding and Fellowship 6:15 PM AA 7:30 PM Saint Mark’s Choir Rehearsal 8:00 PM AA

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

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

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

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


9 9:00 AM Canterbury Choir Camp 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up 6:30 PM Supper Group Kick Off

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

9:00 AM Parish Hall reserved for a private event 9:30 AM OA 12:00 PM Altar & Flower Guild Set-Up

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




SAINT MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2151 Dorset Road Columbus, OH 43221 Phone: (614) 486-9452 Fax: (614) 486-4023 E-mail: Web:



Part of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, Saint Mark’s held its first worship service in 1951 in a converted Methodist church in Grandview. Ground was broken in 1953 for the Parish Hall (now the Education Building) where services were held until the current Nave and Sanctuary was completed in 1958. Office space in an adjacent building was purchased in 1989. Major renovations of the entire facility occurred in 2004 and 2008 creating a campus today that empowers Christ’s ministry within and beyond our parish.

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


The Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain, Rector The Rev. Christopher C. Richardson, Assistant Rector The Rev. Dr. Mary Lynn Dell, Priest Associate The Rev. Michael Ellis, Affiliate Priest (614) 529-9597 The Rev. Joan Maynard, Deacon Dr. Matthew Bester, Director of Music Tyler W. Robertson, Organist & Assistant Director of Music Gary L. Garber, Organist-Choirmaster Emeritus Dr. Michael Murray, Organist Emeritus Bill Silliman, Head Verger Bill Ryan, Campus Manager Melanie Jacobs ,Office Manager

September 2017 Epistle  
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