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Above you see an icon of the Baptism of our Lord (this Sunday's gospel text is Mark 1:1-11 which describes this event). Icons are full of meaning and symbolism. In this icon: "The dove represents the Holy Spirit and the ray of light from above represents God’s declaration: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with Whom I am well pleased.’ Christ is standing in the river as a symbol of deliverance from the murky waters of death. The small male figure on the left symbolizes the Jordan and the female figure on the right represents the Red Sea, both of which God parted to bring His people to the promised land. It is an allegory of the new life we have by Christ’s death and resurrection. Also, Christ is making the symbol of His name in His right hand and thereby is blessing us to follow in His example, thus He’s ordaining baptism as a practice for the Church.”

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Winter Camp 2012

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What: Winter Camp is a youth ministry of our Diocese in which students (6th-12th grade) from across the diocese gather for a long weekend of fun, and christian instruction (Games, Bible Study, Sports, Singing, Bon Fire, Paintball, and more).

When: Friday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 4th. We will depart St. Marks at approximately 3 pm on Friday and return at approximately 4 pm on Sunday.

Registration: Don’t delay!!! Youth interested in attending Winter Camp should turn their registration in to Fr. Patterson by February 12th.

Fr. Patterson will be attending this year's Winter Camp and is available (along with Sara) to help transport youth to/from St. Marks.

Click here for more information and registration forms.

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Parish Work Day - this Saturday

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Please come out and lend a hand as we clean the church - this Saturday beginning at 10 am. Bring a bag lunch.

RSVP to Sara Patterson (336-465-2840).

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Please Remember!

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If you made an Advent Wreath - please return the plastic tray and candlestick holders! We will use these again next year.

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Altar Guild - Informational/Organizational Meeting

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Women interested in serving in the (soon to be formed) Altar Guild are invited to attend an informational meeting immediately following the service on January 22nd.

For more information, please speak with Fr. Patterson.

The members of the Altar Guild are charged with one of the most sacred duties of the laity, namely caring for the linens and vessels used during Holy Communion. Duties include set-up/take down for all services, cleaning/laundering/repairing of altar linens, and cleaning/polishing of sacred vessels.

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Potluck Lunch - January 29th

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Please join us on January 29th, immediately after the service for a Potluck Lunch, followed by an address to the parish from Fr. Patterson.

Please sign-up for the Potluck in the library.

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On the Calendar:

Parish Workday - January 14th at 10 am.
Altar Guild meeting - January 22nd.
Vestry Meeting - January 22nd.
The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul - January 25th, Holy Communion at 6 pm. (The Right Reverend David L. Hicks - celebrant and preacher.)
Potluck Lunch and an address to the Parish by Fr. Patterson - January 29th, immediately following the service.
Winter Camp - March 2nd - March 4th 2012. More information.

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