Events & Announcements
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Daylight Saving Time begins and Standard Time ends at 2:00 AM, Sunday, March 09. Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour prior to retiring Saturday night. Also, this is a great time to replace batteries in all of your safety detectors (smoke, fire, gas, etc.) and all battery operated radios and clocks!
First Wednesday Parish Evensong
Since the first Wednesday in March is Ash Wednesday, the March Parish Evensong will be offered Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00 PM. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 6:30 PM that evening. Parish Choir rehearsal will follow at 7:30 PM.
Friday Lenten Series
Friday Lenten Series begins at 6:30 PM with Stations of the Cross and Benediction followed by a simple dinner in Kennedy Hall and book study.
Sign-up sheets in Kennedy Hall
Sign-up sheets are on display in Kennedy Hall seeking hosts for the Friday Night Lenten Dinners, servers for Stations of the Cross & Benediction each Friday during Lent, Maundy Thursday foot washing, and the Maundy Thursday/Good Friday Prayer Vigil.
Diocesan Churchwomen Lenten Day Retreats
Diocesan Churchwomen invite you to attend one or both of the Lenten Retreats being offered this year. The first is March 22 at St. Anthony’s – Alvarado, and the second offering is April 12 at St. Andrew’s - Grand Prairie.
St. Anthony’s Lenten Retreat (March 22) will feature Ralph and Miho Clatworthy, Anglican Missionaries to Japan since 1987. Experience a real Japanese Tea Ceremony, hear Japanese Christian music and learn of their ministry to bring the Japanese peoples to Christ. To register, contact Jennifer Spivey at firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Anthony’s is located at 129 Percifield Trail in Alvarado (off Hwy. 67 west of I-35). The retreat will be from 10 AM until 2 PM and the cost is $15.00 and includes lunch.
St. Andrew’s - Grand Prairie Lenten Retreat (April 12) will feature Shelly Sorem, a Christian author and devotional writer from Grace Anglican Church, Katy, TX. Shelly will help you to map your spiritual journey. She has written a devotional book, Deeply Rooted, and has a well-followed blog at http://sssorem.wordpress.com. To register, contact Jane Coffey at (972-262-1788). St. Andrew’s – Grand Prairie is located at 727 Hill Street in Grand Prairie. The retreat will be from 10 AM until 2 PM and the cost is $15.00 and includes lunch.
Friday Lenten Series
Stations of the Cross with Benediction will begin this coming Friday (March 7) at 6:30 p.m. The dinner afterward will be hosted by the 8 O’clockers.
One of the highlights of our Friday Lenten Series each year is the presentation in conjunction with Stations of the Cross, of the musical setting the the Stabat Mater by G. B. Pergolesi, with soloists, treble choir, and string ensemble. This year that offering will be Friday, March 28, 2014, beginning at 6:30 PM. Soloists Heidi Klein, soprano, and Katrina Kledas, mezzosoprano, will again be with us as well as a string ensemble including Martha Walvoord, violin, Jack Unzicker, bass, and Linton Powell, organ. Please plan to attend and invite friends to experience this deeply moving service and music.
Angel Martinez has been named 2013 Texas High School Tennis Coach of the Year for his work at Grapevine High School. He is also a past recipient of the prestigious Starfish National Coaches Award for the implementation of his “no-cut” policy.
Children’s Sunday School will be in recess on March 9 for spring break. Emily Crosthwait is looking for a few more teachers for next year. If you are interested in being part of a teaching team, please talk with Emily.
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.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
"I prayed for forgiveness and I found mercy. I prayed for mercy and I found peace. I prayed for peace and found love." Come to a Rachel Weekend Retreat, experience healing from abortion, mercy, peace and the love of God. For more information or to register for the retreat, please call (817-923-4757). Next Retreat is March 14. Confidentiality is strictly observed.
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 email@example.com 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or via phone (817-277-6871) for pick up. This is an ongoing fundraiser to supplement Operating Funds.
Kroger Community Rewards Program
It is time to link your Kroger Rewards Card with St. Mark’s new NPO number 84994. All supporters must have a registered Kroger Plus card account online to be able to link their card to an organization. Do you use your phone number at the register? Call (800-576-4377) and select option 4 to get your Plus Card Number. If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card, you can obtain a digital Kroger Plus Card when creating an account online or at any Kroger store. Link your card at www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com. Find your State and click on the “Enroll Now” button that is below it. If you have an existing account, clock on “Sign In,” otherwise click on “Register.” For additional information, see the PINK handout in the Narthex.
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.
Cartridges For Kids
Cartridges for Kids (a Waste Management Company) is an ongoing fundraiser at St. Mark’s. We mail items to the company, they mail us back a check. Below is a list of just some of the items we can send and be paid for. Please leave items for donation on the bookshelf in the sitting area in Kennedy Hall. This is an easy way to help St. Mark’s and clean out your closets too!
“For the good earth which God has given us, and for wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.” BCP pg. 384.
Non-working/working digital cameras, Playstations and Sega, Sony PS non-working/working and handheld, Nintendo-Super-Gameboys, Wii non-working/working, Xbox and Atari, IPOD 1st to 6th generation and non-working any model, all types of cell phones, Laptops: Dualcore & NW, I series and N, Netbook, Pentium & M/AMD Tablets, Ink cartridges: Canon, Dell, HP, Lexmark, Sharp, Toners: Apple, Brothers, Canon, Dell, HP, IBM, Lexmark, Minolta, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Xerox, etc.
Any questions, please contact Margaret Hearn or contact the Parish Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone (817-277-6871).
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.