Church News and Events
Preparing for Great Lent
2022 Great Lent Begins on Monday, March 7, 2022. We prepare ourselves for a spiritual journey with our Savior to meet the Holy Pascha on April 24, observing the lenten fast rules established by the Orthodox Church centuries ago. Fr. Johathan has written a comprehensive document, "Disciplines of Greate Lent", that can be used as the reference guide by all of us. Click here to read the printable guide or download the PDF file.
St. Mark Church Lenten Project
Council has approved two Lenten projects. One is the purchase of four processional torches/candles and stands at a cost of approx. $1370.00. The second is a camera security system which is still being priced.
St. Mark Church Memorial Garden Project
We are making preparations for our chruch's Memorial Garden dedicated to our departed loved ones.
Download the Memorial Garden Schematic Plan:
You may now place an order for bricks to be placed in the new St. Mark Memorial Garden. Bricks can be ordered for anyone departed person(s) you want included, Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike.
The deadline for this initial order is October 1, 2021.
The memorial brick company “That’s My Brick!” has supplied us with a brochure that explains the process of personalized brick engraving. It contains the order form.
- Download brochure / order form (PDF, 613KB).
You can also order your personalized brick using the dedicated website:
RETURNING TO OUR REGULAR SERVICE SCHEDULE:
Message from subdeacon James
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Beginning in June, St. Mark will begin to return to a normal Liturgic cycle of services with Vespers on June 6 and every Saturday thereafter. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated every Sunday and on special feast days and specific commemoration days. Vigils will be held on days prior to major feast days and commemorations.
A June calendar has been posted on the St. Mark website. Since we are still unable to print and distribute bulletins and calendars at Church, please make sure you check the website for the calendar for specific holidays and Church services.
As we move forward, I will no longer be sending weekly e-mails; however, anyone wishing to attend services must contact me by Thursday at 5:00 to reserve a spot. Also, keep in mind that the doors of the Church will be CLOSED and LOCKED five (5) minutes prior to each service. Once the doors are locked NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED into the Church. These are guidelines established by the OCA Synod and the Diocese of the South. Please adhere to them.
Messaage from Fr. Stephen Plumlee
My brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am writing to you today to contact and remind you that we are a spiritual family in Christ and although physically apart, we can keep in contact with each other and keep each other in our prayers.
I can always be reached by telephone so we can pray together and strengthen our ties.
This verse is from the Prophet Isaiah, chapter 40, verse 31:
Those who wait on God shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not hunger.
Indeed it is a reminder to us, that we are all in God’s care and that together we remain strong for Him. We will be back together in our beautiful church to receive Christ within and to thank Him for His love.
Faithfully in Christ,
Message from Fr. Elias
Dear Parishioners of St. Mark,
Just a short reminder that even though I am ordered to remain at home, You are all in my & Matushka Marion’s prayers.
Remember to pray for us,
Anniversary Commemorative Book
We have extended the deadline for purchasing an ad in the 40th Anniversary Commemorative Book to Sunday, June 23. If you have not yet purchased an ad, please see Willard immediately after Liturgy