Confirmation and Reception Classes Announced
Are you thinking about being confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church? Classes will be starting January 28 at Saint Mark’s for all those who wish to explore their faith more deeply in relation to these options, even those who are very uncertain about making such a commitment. Classes will last about an hour and a half, and will be held on Sunday afternoons from January 28 to March 18 and from April 8 through April 22, after Coffee Hour. An informal information session will be held on Sunday, January 14 at 1 p.m. in the Library. Contact Mother Johnson for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yale Whiffenpoof Concert, January 28 at 7 p.m.
Saint Mark’s will host a concert of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella ensemble. The ensemble is comprised of fourteen Yale seniors and is one of the university’s most celebrated traditions. Tickets can be purchased directly from the Whiffenpoof’s website.
Solemn High Mass for The Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas), February 2 at 7 p.m.
On the night of Candlemas we keep the feast with a celebration that begins with the blessing of candles and a candlelit procession around the church. The Parish Choir will be augmented by the Choir of Boys & Girls, and our guest preacher will be our beloved friend, Fr. Rodger Broadley, the Rector of our neighboring parish of St. Luke and the Epiphany. A time of fellowship will follow the Mass. Please come to celebrate this feast, which falls this year less than two weeks before we’ll begin our much more sober observances of Lent, and offers us a time to reflect on the way that the light of Christ shines through the darkness of our winter nights.
Annual Parish Meeting, February 4 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall
The Annual Parish Meeting presents us with an opportunity to discuss the life and ministry of the parish in this our 170th year. Generally the meeting includes a presentation of the annual budget by the Rector’s Warden, some discussion by the Rector of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us in ministry, and an opportunity for questions and open discussion. It’s a lot to fit into 45 minutes, but it’s an important opportunity for communicating and sharing ideas. This year the Rector will introduce the upcoming Lenten discussions about the future of the parish. Please plan to come to the meeting!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, February 13 at 6 p.m.
As part of a tradition that goes back centuries, Saint Mark’s will once again be offering a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. Families of all ages are invited to come enjoy a meal of delicious of pancakes with the all the sides. Then join in the traditional Saint Mark’s pancake race!