St. Mark's Weekly Update - The Second Week of Advent God's Glory - Our Response: An Advent Retreat What is the purpose and meaning of Christian wors

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St. Mark's Weekly Update - The Second Week of Advent

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God's Glory - Our Response: An Advent Retreat

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What is the purpose and meaning of Christian worship?

It is not too late to join us - this Saturday (10 am - 4 pm) as we gather to consider such questions as:

What is true worship and what makes worship "good?"
How does God's revelation affect our worship?
Should worship reflect a "theology of glory" or a "theology of the Cross?"
How can the message of the Reformers instruction instruct our worship?

The Retreat will begin in the sanctuary at 10 am with Holy Communion.

Lunch is provided. Click here for more information.

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Bethany House Angels

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The Bethany House Angel program is a local ministry that provides us with an opportunity to share the love of Christ with young children at Christmas.

Read more.

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Bishop Nicholas of Myra

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Behind the popular legend of "Santa Clause" lies a real historical figure - Nicholas who was born during the third century in the village of Patara (this is now the southern coast of Turkey). His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.

Read more.

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A Fun (and meaningful) Family Event - December 17

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Please join us on Saturday, December 17th (2-3:30) for:

1. A Live Nativity Pageant at which the Archangel Gabriel will dramatically recount the birth of Jesus (2-3pm)
2. Hot cocoa and cookies and a special visit from St. Nicholas who will share with the children about the meaning of Christmas (3-3:30pm).

All are welcome! Bring a friend. Read more.

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Youth Event - Report

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This past Saturday, Fr. and Sara Patterson took a group of our Jr. High students to Grace Church (Collingdale) to help with their weekly food pantry collection.

We picked up 3 car loads of donated bread and then joined a group of Jr. High students from Grace to sort the bread. What you see to the left is about 1/4 of all the bread sorted.

Then we all had a great time bowling at a nearby bowling alley. Stay tuned for more opportunities to join together with Grace Church for ministry (and fun).

And Please Remember: we are always collecting canned goods to be given to Grace's Food Pantry. The collection box is located in Cranmer Hall.

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On the Calendar:

Advent Retreat - This Saturday (Dec 10, 10am-4pm).
Live Nativity Pageant & a Visit from St. Nicholas - December 17th, 2-3:30pm. Click here for more information.
Christmas Eve services - 5 pm (with the Jr. Choir) and 10 pm.
Christmas Day - Holy Communion at 10 am.
Epiphany - January 6th. Holy Communion at 6 pm.

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