lenten offerings

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Imposition of Ashes: 7 a.m., Noon, 7 p.m.

Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Faith and Parenting, Sundays at 10 a.m.

Join the Rev. Samantha Smith in the Flex Space all Sundays in Lent to explore faith and parenting in today's society. We will be reading and discussing Bless This Mess by the Rev. Molly Baskette and Ellen O'Donnell to help facilitate discussion and community. You can find it on Amazon in paper and digital formats. Please use your Amazon Smile page to purchase it and give back to St. Mark's Episcopal Church at the same time! Email Rev. Sam for more information.

Christian Meditation, Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Meditation is an ancient form of prayer. Its aim is to bring the distracted mind to silence and stillness and to rest in the presence of God. Even in our modern busy lives this is possible. Learn more with the St. Mark's Christian Meditation group in Margaret's Parlor Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., beginning the week after Ash Wednesday. Come for your own experience along with an intro series of instruction and discussion.

Love One Another Concert, March 1 at 7 p.m.

James Derkits and Billy Tweedie are returning to St. Mark's to share a musical reflection (AKA concert). The concert, "Love One Another" is a collection of songs about the Incarnation, Teachings, and Passion of Christ, perfect for Lenten devotion. James will be playing guitar, and mandolin as well as singing. Billy will be on banjo, guitar, and vocals. The concert will be in the Sanctuary.

Great Conversations for Lent, April 1 at 7 p.m.

Join members of the St. Mark's community as we read the book You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters by Houston author and Journalist Kate Murphy. We will gather for a discussion about listening led by the author on Wednesday evening, April 1, at 7 p.m. in Hauser Hall. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Copies of the book will be available in the church office for loan or purchase.


You may also purchase it through Amazon Smile. Amazon will contribute a certain portion of your purchase to your charity of choice through Amazon Smile. To make St. Mark's your charity, go to smile.amazon.com and in the search field type "St. Mark's Episcopal Church Houston".

Christian Formation

Nursery

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Sundays

8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Infants through age 3, Room C136


5 p.m., Margaret's Parlor

Children

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Sundays, Children's Chapel during 9 a.m. service

Ages 3 through 10

Enderle Chapel


beginning January 26, 2020

Sundays, 10:10 a.m.

PreK-Kindergarten, Room D157

Sundays, 10:15-10:55 a.m.

Grades 1-5 / Choristers (ages 6-12), Youth Room


Youth

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Sundays, 10:10 a.m.

St. Mark's Youth Chorale, 4:30-6 p.m.

St. Mark's Youth Group, 6:30-8 p.m.

both groups have dinner together at 6 p.m.

Sundays, 10:10 a.m.

Eighth Grade Confirmation Class, Religion Classroom, D 

Adults

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Sundays, 10:10 a.m.

Adult Formation, Church Office Parlor

Coffee Hour, Hauser Hall

Christian Meditation, Margaret's Parlor

Nursery

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Our Goal

Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for your baby or toddler during services and church sponsored events. All caregivers have undergone training, background checks, and are certified in the Safeguarding God's Children course. We help children develop a love for God through praise, prayer, and Bible stories.

Sign In

Each time you bring your child to the nursery, you will be asked to sign in. If the staff needs to contact you at any time, a text message will be sent to your cell phone. Children are signed in and out by their parents and, for the safety of the child, will only be released to a parent.

Children & Families Programming

At St. Mark's we aim to assist families in introducing their kids to Jesus Christ, to empower parents with the tools to talk to their kids about faith, to plant the seed of God's Word into their hearts, to model the love of Jesus through a team of caring volunteers, and to nurture and shepherd them into a lasting relationship with God.


Opportunities include family events, Children's Chapel, Choristers, and Vacation Bible School.

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Participate in St. Mark's Athletics!

Church and School students in grades 1-4 are encouraged to join a St. Mark's sports team. Soccer and basketball is offered through UCAL (United Christian Athletics League), and St. Mark's Episcopal School is forming teams for cross country and bounce ball.

Youth offerings

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SMYG & SMYC

St. Mark's Youth Group (SMYG) is a growing, diverse and lively group of students, grades 6 through 12, who like to learn, worship and have fun. We have enriched our lives together through annual mission trips, both locally and abroad, and by participating in service projects and retreats.


St. Mark's Youth Chorale (SMYC) is new to St. Mark's and designed for students in grades 7 through 12. The Youth Chorale will sing once a month at morning service, and for special holidays. Please see Joseph Rawley for further details.

Sunday Evenings during the School Year

Beginning September 8, 2019

SMYC will meet weekly in the Youth Room from 4:30 to 6 p.m.


SMYG meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both groups -- Jr. High and Sr. High --  eat dinner together at 6 p.m. in the Flex Space (please let Alex Hillis know if you have dietary restrictions). At 6:30 p.m., Jr. High and Sr. High will break out into groups in the Youth Room and Reeder Gym. We often play games, so tennis shoes and comfortable clothing is suggested.

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Happening

Happening is a weekend event for Sr. High students (grades nine through twelve). It is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and does not propose a new type of spirituality but provides a place where one's spirituality may be developed, nourished, lived, and shared in fellowship with Christians willing to dedicate their lives to God in an ongoing manner. Happening attendees listen to thought-provoking and challenging talks given by members of the staff and clergy followed by discussion in small groups. Happening takes place at Camp Allen three times a year and one time at various churches in our diocese.

Y.E.S.

Youth Encounter Spirit is for Jr. High students in grades six through eight. The focus is on "who Christ is." Y.E.S. helps foster a clearer appreciation of self, richer relationships with others, and a deeper relationship with Jesus. It takes place at Camp Allen three times a year and one time at various churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

weekday Adult offerings

Sundays

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Adult Formation with the Rev. Jim Nutter

10:10 - 11 a.m., Office Parlor


Tuesdays

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Women's Bible Study

 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Office Parlor

Contact: Kate Clarke


Wednesdays

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Rector's Bible Study

7:30 - 8:30 a.m., Office Parlor

Contact:  the Rev. Patrick J. Miller

Christian Meditation

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., 

Margaret's Parlor

Contact:  Linda Schmalstieg

Thursdays

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Religious Studies

10:30 a.m. - noon, Office Parlor

Contact:  Lynn Stevens

The Slant

The Slant is a literary reading series designed to amplify diverse voices

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while bringing readers and writers together across the religious and cultural spectrum. We started The Slant just after the 2016 election with the intention of creating more opportunities for dialogue and fellowship.

We are supported in part by Poets & Writers,

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and have welcomed renowned authors to St. Mark's such as Naomi Shihab Nye, Lacy M. Johnson, Hayan Charara, Chris Cander, Adrienne Perry, Jasminne Mendez, Louise Marburg and others.

Our upcoming season is chock full of wonderful readers, so stayed tuned for more information.

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If you'd like to volunteer with The Slant, or to learn more, email Cameron Dezen Hammon.