Ministering to Youth Summit - NOT just for parents! May 12th, 9 am-3 pm at St. Mark's Church I am convinced that the first step for us, as we seek t

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Ministering to Youth Summit - NOT just for parents!

May 12th, 9 am-3 pm at St. Mark's Church

I am convinced that the first step for us, as we seek to build up our ministry to children and young adults (which is a priority for us at St. Marks) - is that we must first be clear about what we believe "Children's and Youth Ministry" is.

What is the point?
What are we hoping to accomplish?
What is the role of the family and of the church?

Why do such a high percentage of young adults who grow up in Christian homes and are involved in their local church, leave the church when they graduate high school, not returning until their mid to late 30's (if at all)?

On May 12th, we will welcome 2 speakers/teachers to help us begin to think through these questions and more (The Reverend Brian Foos, Headmaster of St. Andrew's Academy, Lake Almanor, Ca) and The Reverend John Boonzaaijer (Rector of the Chapel of the Cross, Dallas, and Headmaster of The St. Timothy School).

You need not have children at home to attend - the body of Christ is an inter-generational family and all of you are invited to play a role in the instruction, care and formation of the children and young adults of our parish. If you are interested in "the next generation" of Christian disciples - please consider joining us.

Our day will begin at 9 am with Holy Communion and end at 3 pm with Evening Prayer. A more detailed agenda will be available in coming weeks. Lunch will be provided and onsite childcare is available - if you let us know ahead of time.

RSVP by May 5th to Fr. Patterson (jsspatterson@gmail.com or 215-884-7660).

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The Jewishness of Jesus

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Have you ever struggled to explain to your Jewish friends or family members why Christians believe that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah?

This Saturday, Canon Daryl Fenton will be here to deliver 4 talks that can be broadly titled ‘First Steps to Sharing the Gospel with Jewish People.’

We will begin at 9:30 am with Holy Communion and end at 3 pm with Evening Prayer.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Fr. Patterson (jsspatterson@gmail.com) or 215-884-7660.

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The Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist - April 25th

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Please join us for our Feast of Title.

Holy Communion at 6 pm, followed by dinner at the Rectory (RSVP if you plan to attend dinner).

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Women's Day Luncheon - May 4th

May 4, 2012 (10:30 am) - St. Mark's will play host to the annual REC women's conference. This year the conference will be led by Mrs. Jolie Grout and is entitled "The God for all Seasons: The Gospel Through the Church Year." For more information please click here, speak with Dawn Mitchell or call the church office.

You may view a printable registration sheet by clicking here.

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Altar Flowers

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A sheet on which you may sign-up to give Altar Flowers for any Sunday of the year is now located in the hallway just inside the back door. A $25 donation is suggested. Please be certain to indicate if the flowers are given in memory of, in thanksgiving for or in honor of a particular person, anniversary, birthday, etc.

You may also submit this information via e-mail at: secretary@stmarksrec.org

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On the Calendar:

Vestry - April 22nd.
Feast of Title (St. Mark) - April 25th, Holy Communion, 6 pm. All are invited to dinner at the Rectory following the service. RSVP to Fr. Patterson or the church office if you plan to attend dinner.
Women's Day Luncheon - May 4th, beginning at 9:30 am.
Ministering to Youth - the Family and the Church (day long seminar) - May 12th at St. Mark's. A full schedule will be published soon.
Feast of the Ascension - May 17th. Holy Communion, 7:00 pm.

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