February 3, 2013 The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple We Welcome You To St. Mark's If you are seeking a church home, we would be

February 3, 2013
The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

We Welcome You To St. Mark's

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 Mary Helen Bettridge in celebration of what would have been her 100th birthday by her daughters Alicia and Mary, and her sons James, William, Thomas, David, Gerald, and Jack.

We Thank Those Who Are Serving This Sunday

Celebrant & Preacher: The Reverend Anne Richards
Lector: Jon Fleming (Lessons) David Kalal (Prayers)
Minister of Communion: Eloise Killeffer

Celebrant: The Reverend Peter F. Walsh
Preacher: The Reverend Anne Richards
Acolytes: Richie Sautkulis, Katherine Sautkulis, Ned Thunem,
Nick Ranieri, Max Thorsheim, Grace Drugge
Ministers of Communion: Nancy Cox, Cindy Tye, Stan Twardy,
Carlyn Tiefenthaler, Jill Sautkulis
Lectors: Julie Brand, Nancy Cox, Ann Fuller
The Saint Mark's Choir
Greeters: Charlene and Tom Berardino, and John DeMarino, Katie
and Elizabeth DeMarino

Altar Guild: Sara Smith (Captain); Barbara Noble, Lisa Bitting, Priscilla Thomas, Cynthia Wright
Flower Guild (Monthly Team): Marge Stein (Captain), Sarah deMenocal,
Anne Brokaw, Cathie Pike, Francie Thompson, Wendy Gidez, Paula Page,
Mariko LeBaron
Coffee Hour Host: The Philippon and Scheckner Families

Sunday at St. Mark's

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Abraham’s Tent: Jews Christians and Muslims in the World Today will continue today at 9AM with "Sunday Morning at the Movies". Jacob Bender, an independent film director with deep experience of the Middle East interfaith dialogue, will present the first half of his award-winning film, “Out of Cordoba”. The conclusion will be presented next Sunday at 9AM. “Out of Cordoba” is a documentary film about the legacy of the Spanish city of Cordoba and its meaning for our times. The film explores the dramatic biographies of Averroes (Ibn Rushd) the Muslim, and Moses Maimonides the Jew (the Rambam), the two leading personalities of medieval Islamic Spain, and its heritage of convivencia (religious coexistence). A discussion with Jacob Bender will follow the second screening on Feb. 10th. (to view the trailer, please click here)

Docent Tour Today immediately following the 10AM service. Please meet the docent right outside the front doors of the church.

Maranatha House Churches convene again for Lent. Join a small group of parishioners who meet weekly for 6 weeks in a parishioner’s home for conversation and prayer. Please submit a form. Amanda Sutton, this year’s coordinator, will assign you to a house church. You can reach Amanda at acmsutton@gmail.com.

The Lion's Den celebrates St. Valentine's Day with a jewelry sale. 50% off all items in our jewelry counter. Great savings!

Please keep these people in your prayers: Tyler Everett Austin, Betsy, Jeffrey Donahue, Helen Douglass, Mario Fanone, Anne Gargano, Michael Maggiore, and Irene Tilley.

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We have officially launched the new St. Mark's website! Pease check it out— www.stmarksnewcanaan.org.

Join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter! Get the latest news from St. Mark's by "liking" our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/St-Marks-Episcopal-Church-New-Canaan-CT). Or you can follow us on Twitter (St.MarkNewCanaan).

Events and Announcements

Tonight (Thursday, January 31st) at 7PM, St. Mark's will host the ordination of Joshua Ashton Hill. A reception with live jazz will immediately follow in Morrill Hall. His family will also be here. All are welcome to attend.

St. Marks Lion Guitar Flyer 2

St. Mark’s Rocks! Mark your calendar for this Friday, Feb. 8th, 5:30-9PM 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 John Layng.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will take place in Morrill Hall on February 12th from 5–7PM. $5 per person and $20 per family. All you can eat! Gluten free options are available. For more information contact Cyra Borsy (cborsy@stmarksnewcanaan.org; 203-966-4515 .

Ash Wednesday is February 13, 2013. Services at 9:30AM (in the chapel) and 7:30AM (main church).

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 www.ctmomsonline.com/marchforchange. The fare is $26 round trip. The website for the march is www.marchforchange.org. Contact Miki Porta for more info: enginebooks@yahoo.com.

Lenten Workshop with Bishop Grein: On Saturday, Feb. 23rd from 10:00AM-Noon in the Library, Bishop Grein will offer a workshop on the Daily Office, the daily prayer of the church. It's back by popular demand. If you came to last year’s workshop, come back for a refresher. If you are new to the practice of prayer, this is for you! Everyone is welcome.


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 (ehpk1@att.net; 203.966.3792).

Food Pantry Wish List: juice boxes, taco kits, laundry detergent, canned fruit, kids snacks, large bags of snacks (pretzels, chips, etc). 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.

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 8:45-11:45AM in the Nursery room found at the end of the hall. Sarah Williamson and Rachel Mihaeles will be there to greet you and your children this week.

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!


St. Mark's Nursery School drew the recent winter storm.

This week in Church School:
Godly Play: Parable of the Great Pearl
Weaving God’s Promises: Jesus Makes People Well

Questions? Please feel free to contact Sally Farrell at 203-972-7888 or email at sfarrell@stmarksnewcanaan.org.

Youth Ministries


TotalChaosInTheNameOfTheLord has its annual Souper Bowl of Caring collection today right after church. Grab a soup pot and ask folks to donate! All money collected will be donated to Feed My Starving Children. "Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world." For more information you can go to www.fmsc.org.

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) does not meet today. Check out what’s under TotalChaosInTheNameOfTheLord!

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) It’s Super Bowl Sunday people! Come by a 5PM service, activity, and light supper!

Maranatha Movie Series: begins February 24th directly following the 5PM service. Movies will be shown in the library. Join us for some great films, food and discussion!

Save the Date for Mission Trip to New Orleans – June 22 – 29, 2013

High Schoolers and Parents: Please join us on Facebook. Search St. Mark’s Episcopal Youth Community and Request to Join! Always check your events and RSVP or just come! Follow St. Mark's on Twitter too! (StMarkNewCanaan)

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