Events & Announcements
Christmas Eve Receptions
When you come to worship on Christmas Eve (7:00 or 10:30) please arrive early and bring something to share in the receptions to follow each Mass. All are welcomed who would also help set-up, clean-up, or host.
We have a need for children's step stools for the restrooms to help our youngsters reach the sinks both upstairs and downstairs. If you happen to have a stool at home that is no longer in use that you would be willing to donate to the church, please bring it to the Parish Office.
Children’s and Youth Sunday School
Children’s and Youth Sunday School will be in recess December 21 through January 4 and will resume on January 11.
A note from the Altar Guild
The Altar Guild is in need of a few more people to help with preparations for the Sunday services. Your contribution can range from setting out the Communion vessels for the 8:00 am or 10:30 am services, washing and storing the Communion vessels or straightening the hymnals/prayer books in the pews after the 10:30 service (all generally on a once-a-month basis) to joining one of the four Saturday morning work groups.
Please join us after the 10 AM Mass on Saturday, Dec 20 for a light brunch to meet some of our members and find out what we do!
If you are interested, but cannot attend the brunch, stop by the Sacristy after the 8:00 or 10:30 services on a Sunday, speak with an Altar Guild member, or contact the Parish Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone (817-277-6871).
Greening of the Parish
Greening of the Parish follows the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, December 21. Plan to stay after Mass and join in the decorative festivities (the Cowboys play at 3:25, so there's plenty of time to decorate).
Epiphany, Tuesday, January 6, Mass is at 7:30 PM in the Church. This is another great opportunity to bring a friend to be enriched by the fullness of the catholic faith in the Anglican way. The Feast of the Epiphany is a glorious way to conclude our Advent preparation and Christmas celebration.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
Jesus doesn’t want you to be chained by memories of your abortion. He wants to set you free by healing any shameful memories. “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36) Let Jesus set you free on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. Next retreat April 2015. Contact Rachel Ministries at (817-923-4757). Confidentiality Strictly Observed.
Men’s Conference for the Diocese of Fort Worth will be January 16 and 17, 2015 at St. Peter and St. Paul. The Conference will feature keynote speaker Gary Randle, founder of HOPE Farm in Fort Worth, which serves at-risk boys from fatherless homes. Gary is a former TCU basketball star, former police officer, and an ordained minister. The schedule is Friday 7 - 9 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 3 PM. Cost is $25 which includes a boxed lunch. For more information, phone (817-821-1444).
Caregiver Support Group
A Caregiver Support Group meets at the Diocesan Office at 10:30 AM on the second Saturday of each month. The purpose of this group is to prove an ongoing safe venue for caregivers to share their experiences with others who have walked the same road, and as a group provide emotional and spiritual support to each other through shared experiences and prayerful discussion. Confidentiality is strictly observed. Sharing is completely voluntary. Contact Fr. Zeke Rogers, Rector of St. Gregory’s at (817-473-6205) for assistance and referrals.
2015 Holy Land Pilgrimage
Interested in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land? Brochures with information about the 2015 pilgrimage led by Fr. Darryl and Cynthia Pigeon with Bishop Ackerman are available on the Cornerstone in Kennedy Hall.
Christ teaches us to FEED THE HUNGRY! The Soup Kitchen needs your help! Please consider giving a couple of hours of your time on the 1st and/or 3rd Thursdays of each month to help this worthy ministry. For more information, contact the Parish Office via email email@example.com or via phone (817-277-6871).
St. Mark’s is now accepting credit cards. If you would like the convenience of making your pledge payments and other offerings from home, go to St. Mark’s website (stmarksarlington.com) and click on the DONATE button. It is quick and easy!
There is a link to the liturgical calendar on the Diocesan website. If you want to print your own Ordo Calendar, go to http://fwepiscopal.org/inserts.html.
Meals on Wheels
St. Mark's has hosted a Meals on Wheels pick-up site for over 25 years. Monday thru Friday, each morning, volunteers sort meals for pick-up by drivers who deliver the meals to individuals in South Arlington. Volunteers are needed to help with the sorting of meals into specific routes for pick-up. For more information, contact the Parish Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone (817-277-6871).
Pantego Bay Gulf Coast Cafe is offering 10% OFF your bill when you present your church bulletin AND will provide a matching 10% BACK to St. Mark’s! Pantego Bay Gulf Coast Cafe is located at 2233 W. Park Row Dr., Pantego, TX
Smiley Dental & Orthodontics
Smiley Dental & Orthodontics, located at 1900 E. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 100, in Arlington, will donate 15% of all proceeds back to St. Mark’s, if you tell them you are from St. Mark’s, when you have your dental work done at their facility. Call (682-558-8720) to make your appointment.
New Books at The Parish Press
Bishop and Jo Ackerman send greetings in the name of the Lord and invite everyone to check out the wide variety of books, DVDs, pamphlets, and other materials at www.theparishpress.com. New materials now available at The Parish Press include The King of Terrors & Other Essays (John H. Heidt), The Romance of Orthodoxy (Fr. Homer Rogers), Ancient Words for a Present Grace (Arthur Middleton), Surprising Merrily (A Play in One Act) (Ron Speers), and What We Believe and Why (George Byron Koch).
Kroger Community Rewards Program
It’s time to Re-Enroll your Kroger Plus Card to continue to help St. Mark’s! Follow the instructions to re-enroll at Krogercommunityrewards.com and you’ll start earning rewards for St. Mark’s on all qualifying purchases made using your Kroger Plus Card!
Benevolence Fund Request
St. Mark’s Parish family, I have recently received appropriate and needed requests for help from within the parish that I have had insufficient benevolence funds to meet. If this is a need that you can assist with, I would deeply appreciate the help, so that I can help others. The target recipients of this fund are members of our own parish family, with occasional help as appropriate and available going to those in the wider community. Thank you for your loving hearts and generous hands. Fr. C+
Reprints of Directory Photos
For any photos that were taken by Jack Unzicker for the directory, anyone is welcome to order prints from this website: jackunzicker.zenfolio.com/stmarksdirectory. It is best to purchase as many prints as you think you could ever need, as the prints are relatively inexpensive compared to the shipping costs. You may also minimize shipping costs by combining your order with friends who are also ordering. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jack at email@example.com.
Planning a vacation? Making travel plans? Don’t want to miss Father Crosthwait’s sermons? You may listen to them via St. Mark’s website (www.stmarksarlington.com) Just navigate to the home page, scroll down to the bottom, and click the “Listen To Sermons” button.
Sign Up for eNews
If you are not yet receiving our weekly eNewsletter and/or our Fine Arts Newsletter, you may now subscribe on our website, www.stmarksarlington.com. Just go to the Home page, scroll to the bottom left-hand side, and fill in the blanks! You may choose which eNewsletter you wish to receive after clicking the Submit button!
If you currently donate to St. Mark’s (or wish to do so) but do not have offering envelopes, please pick up a set of envelopes from the Visitors table in the narthex. Don’t forget to write your name on the envelope so that we can credit your giving record!
If you have books, books on tape, videos, or DVD’s cluttering up your home, please bring them to the bookshelf in the sitting area in Kennedy Hall or contact the Parish Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone (817-277-6871) for pick up. This is an ongoing fundraiser to supplement Operating Funds.
Grocery Store Card Links
Another great way to benefit St. Mark's with a minimum of effort! If you shop at Tom Thumb, pick up a Reward Card (or use your current one) and link it to #5052. If you shop at Albertsons, you can use a Community Partners Card similarly. If you shop at Kroger, pick up an instruction letter from the Narthex to have your card linked to St. Mark’s. If you have previously linked your Kroger Plus card to St. Mark’s, you will need to renew the link for another year beginning July 1. Inquire for details at the Parish Office (817-277-6871). In all 3 cases, a portion of your purchases will be donated to St. Mark’s Building Fund.
Money Saving Tips
1. At Kroger and Tom Thumb, if you purchase gift cards at those stores (except bank cards) you get bonus gas points. So if you get in the habit of buying and using gift cards for places you frequent all the time, you spend no more money, but actually save (due to gas credits) and also help St. Mark’s with the purchase. Pretty nifty!
2. Receive 10% off groceries at Albertson’s on Dallas Cowboys game day when you wear your Dallas Cowboys jersey (restrictions apply).
The Soup Kitchen serves lunch from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM every Thursday in Kennedy Hall.
Please take notice of the lovely alms boxes in both entrances to the nave. These are for free will and thank offerings of cash to support St. Mark’s Benevolence Fund.
The Printery House
St. Mark’s is a member of
The Printery House Affiliate Fundraiser Program.
Each time a purchase is made, and the St. Mark’s keycode
is given, we will receive a percentage of the sales.
If you go to our links page and click
on the Printery House link, we will automatically
receive a donation of 7% of whatever you purchase. Or
orders can be made via the
Printery House web site, toll-free number
(1-800-322-2737), or mail using the keycode AF1313. For
more information and catalogs, see the display in
Kennedy Hall or contact the Parish Office for details.
Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Candle
If you would like to make a donation to St. Mark’s Church in celebration of a birthday, wedding anniversary, or in memory of a loved one, please fill out the appropriate form which is on the table in the Narthex. Place the form in the offering plate with your payment. The cost of the flowers is $25.00 per Sunday. The cost of the candle is $5.00 per Sunday.
Forms for Recording the Anniversary of the Dearly Departed
Prayers for the departed are offered at Mass on the anniversary of their death. If you would like your departed loved ones registered for this remembrance, please contact the Parish Office.