If you are seeking a church home, we would be honored to have you as a member of our parish family. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about St. Mark's, please contact us or call the church office: 203.966.4515 or visit our website: www.stmarksnewcanaan.org. If you have a pastoral concern, please contact
Mother Anne Richards or Father Peter Walsh.
We Wish You A Blessed New Year
8:00AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:45AM Nursery Care
9:00AM Abraham's Tent
9:50AM Church School
10:00AM Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:15AM Coffee Hour
5:00PM Holy Eucharist Rite II
Nursery care is available for children through 3 years old from 8:45AM-11:45AM in the nursery wing.
Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Ralph L. Evans, Jr. by Patricia Milligan.
We Thank Those Who Are Serving This Sunday
8AM Celebrant & Preacher: The Reverend Peter F. Walsh
Lector: Paul Stein (Lessons), Bob Bayne (Prayers)
Minister of Communion: Eloise Killeffer
10AM Celebrant: The Reverend Anne Richards
Preacher: The Reverend Peter Walsh
Acolytes: Evelyn Luchs, Elizabeth Luchs, Richie Sautkulis, Katherine Sautkulis, Max Thorsheim,
Ministers of Communion: Kerry Robinson, Tom Berardino, Charlene Berardino, Laura Davis, Deb Luchs, Gary Ward
Lector: Rick DeNey (Prayers)
The Saint Mark's Choir Ushers: Jonathan Bitting (Head Usher), Lynn Donahue (UIC); Lisa Bitting, JP Lavielle, Bill Post, Paton Larkin, Richard Thomas, Duke Beecher, Eric Thunem
Greeters: Ann and Joe Kelly; Ellen McMahon, Marcia Fallon
Altar Guild: Judy Webb (Captain), Ellen Dunn, Mimi Haik, Laura Watt, Eileen Kennedy
Flower Guild (Monthly Team): Brooke DiCapua (Captain), Maureen Mayer, Marge Stein, Francie Thompson, Jan Maynes, Paula Page, Mariko LeBaron, Joan Freik
Coffee Hour Host: The Sautkulis Family
Sunday At St. Mark's
Abraham’s Tent: Jews Christians and Muslims in the World Today continues today at 9AM, and runs each Sunday at 9AM through the Spring. The speaker will again be Jacob Bender, an independent film director with deep experience of the Middle East interfaith dialogue. During the first session, he spoke as an American Jew about his experience of interfaith dialogue and how this resulted in his award-winning documentary, “Out of Cordoba”, about interfaith life in Spain in the Middle Ages. During the second session, he will speak about how interfaith initiatives are played out in the real world of the Middle East. He will also discuss the recent Israeli elections. (Note: You can find texts of Sam Dolbee’s presentations from the last 2 classes on the table in the back of Morrill Hall.)
The Lion’s Den offers a treasure trove of Lenten reading materials including Good Lord, Deliver Us, A Lenten Journey published by Forward Movement, N.T. Wright’s Lent for Everyone, and Martin L. Smith’s A Season For The Spirit. Many of our music CD’s are on sale. Stop by!
New Monday Class at 9:30AM: Join Mother Anne and a congenial group of parishioners for a discussion of Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” (available in the Lion’s Den). Come join this fascinating discussion about how we experience spiritual growth. Read chapters 1 & 2 for Monday the 28th. If you can’t do the reading, come anyway. Childcare provided.
Bishop Grein’s Wednesday Bible Class meets each Wednesday from 10AM-11AM in the Education Center. We are studying Mark’s gospel. New students always welcome!
Please keep these people in your prayers: Katharine, our Presiding Bishop, Ian, James, and Laura, our Bishops, Tyler Everett Austin, Betsy, Jeffrey Donahue, Helen Douglass, Anne Gargano, Michael Maggiore, and Hank Simpkins.
Did You Notice the Photographer? A couple of Sundays ago, we asked a professional photographer to be with us at the 10am service to take photos of the baptisms and of various classes, groups, and ministries. These photos will be used on our brand new website, coming soon!
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Events & Announcements
Josh Hill’s Ordination will be here at St. Mark’s on Thursday evening, January 31st at 7PM.
A Docent Tour of the church will next be next Sunday, Feb. 3rd. Please meet the docent outside the front doors of the church right after the 10AM service.
St. Mark’s Rocks! Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 8th, 5:30PM-9PM for a parish-wide event in Morrill Hall. Rock concert featuring parishioners of all ages, plus supper. Our house band for the evening will feature Tor Newcomer and fellow musicians from the Dressing Room Restaurant in Westport. This is a fundraiser for Youth Ministry. If you want to perform, call Mother Anne or
March for Change in regard to gun control will take place on Feb. 14th in Hartford. Buses are going from our area, and one will stop at St. Mark’s. Reserve a spot on the bus by going to http://www,ctmomsonline.com/marchforchange. The fare is $26 round trip. The website for the march is www.marchforchange.org. More details forthcoming.
Storm Season is Here and we continue to refine our parish emergency response program. Please call PERT (Parish Emergency Response Team) coordinator Heather Lauver at 704 806 9630 if you would like to be on a list of parish households offering overnight accommodations to another parishioner in the event of loss of power in the next big storm. Or speak to Mother Anne. Please note: You can create a Preparedness Profile with info about your specific medical conditions and needs, pets, vehicles, photos, and more at www.smartprepare.com. This profile can be used by the town to assist you in the event of an emergency.
The Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) in Stamford (the sole provider of domestic violence services in New Canaan and neighboring towns) invites participation in rallies to end the worldwide epidemic of violence against women, to be held on February 14th in Stamford and Norwalk. Go to the event website (www.onebillionrisingct.org) for further information, or contact Eloise Killeffer (firstname.lastname@example.org; 203.966.3792).
Food Pantry Wish List: juice boxes, taco kits, laundry detergent, canned fruit, kids snacks, large bags of snacks (preztels, chips, etc), juice boxes, and laundry detergent. Donations should be brought to the Food Pantry in the undercroft. As always, financial gifts are appreciated. Please make your check out to: New Canaan Food Pantry, 77 Main St., New Canaan, CT 06840.
Children's & Family Ministries
In the Episcopal Church, all baptized children are invited to receive the bread and wine of Holy Communion. Please complete the Church School/Youth Registration in the narthex or outside Morrill Hall, or click here for a PDF of the form.
This week, Critter Caravan is coming to entertain your children during the Annual Meeting. They will bring wonderful exotic animals from around the world for the kids to learn about. Bring your children to the library at 11:00AM, if interested.
Nursery Care: St. Mark’s has a wonderful group of childcare professionals ready to take good care of your children, ages three and under. It is available from 8:45AM-11:45AM in the Nursery room found at the end of the hall. Sarah Williamson and Krista Carmel will be there to greet you and your children this week.
What a great turn-out for our One Room School House!
Godly Play children: (3 yr. olds through 2nd grade) Please gather in the library.
Weaving God’s Promises: (3rd through 6th grades), go to Education Center and Outreach Room.
Look for your children to join you in the church at the passing of the Peace!
This week in Church School: Godly Play: The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Weaving God’s Promises: Loved and Forgiven, Forgiven and Loved
St. Mark’s Rocks! Attention all youth! We are looking for music acts to play at the St. Mark’s Rocks event February 8th! If you sing or play an instrument let Mother Anne know! Maybe do an act with a few friends…..This event is replacing Jam Jam and is a fundraiser for Youth Ministry.
Pre-Confirmation Class (7th grade) Susan Lovejoy and David Park will lead the class today! Today will be about Mary Mother of Jesus! Class is from 11:30AM – 12:30PM.
Confirmation Class (8th grade) meets with Justin Crisp today at 11:30AM in the Library. Lunch will be served.
EYC (Episcopal Youth Community, 9th -12th grade) will be doing it’s thing
this evening. Come to the 5PM service and break some bread together
while playing Quelf.
Save the Date for Mission Trip to New Orleans: June 22nd – 29th, 2013
Worship & Education
Meditation Group meets every Thursday (9:00AM-9:30AM) and Saturday (8:00AM-8:45AM). Both groups meet in the church. We follow the meditation method of the World Community for Christian Meditation, www.wccm.org. Everyone welcome,
Holy Baptism is next administered on Sunday, April 7th; and then again on Sunday, May 19th. Contact Mother Anne.