Church News and Events
This week (01.24.21) Bible Study topic: The Liturgy of Death
We will discuss the Orthodox concepts of death and dying, Life in Christ, Resurrection and Eternal Life, Orthodox funeral services for the dead, and more.
You can download the excerpt from Fr. Jonathan's presentation to be better prepared for this session.(.PDF 90K).
Welcoming our new Priest, Fr. Jonathan, and his family
May 27, 2020
We welcomed our newly assigned pastor, Archpriest Jonathan Cholcher, his wife Diane, and their family to our church on May 24, 2020.
In spite of unusual circumstances of attendance at services, we look forward to overcoming our physical distancing by doing the usual in Orthodoxy – unity of faith and spiritual understanding with God’s help.
We extend our condolences to both Diane on the passing of her father James this past Sunday evening the 24th, and also to Fr. Jonathan on the loss of his father just recently as well.
May they be comforted by the timeliness of two Feasts of the Lord we celebrate right now: Christ’s Resurrection and Leavetaking of Pascha, and our Lord’s Ascension with his promise never to leave us orphaned.
Praying together and praying alone, for and on behalf of each other will help us along our life’s journey. Thank you for your patience, perseverance, and hope as we embark on our new chapter together.
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