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December 2022
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December 2022


Dear Ones,

I write this just before Thanksgiving.  We are about to enter the season of Advent.  Advent comes from the Latin and means “to come.”  During Advent we wait and watch for the coming of the Christ Child, God with us.  This is not a passive process.  Jesus reminds us that you and I are to be constantly awake and ready for when he comes again.

Here are some suggestions for how you and I might use Advent to prepare our hearts and minds this year:

*Watch “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas.”  I especially love the part when Linus shares the story of Christmas with Charlie Brown and his friends.

*Read “A Christmas Carol,” perhaps aloud with your household.  There are also several movie versions Dickens’ classic tale.

*Listen to your favorite music.  The Christmas portion Handel’s Messiah is a must for me at this time of year.

*St. Mark’s is collecting new or gently used toys.  Bring your offering to church and brighten Christmas for a local child.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list.  These suggestions are to get your thoughts going.

Faithfully Yours,

All are welcome to join us as we get our hearts
and minds ready for Christmas. We’ll get a jump
start by beginning on Wednesday, 9 November at
7pm. The Advent study is by Zoom only due to
the early darkness and chancy weather we can
have here.
We are using Adam Hamilton’s The Journey
series. Hamilton is the Senior Pastor of The
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in
Leawood, Kansas. The Journey includes short
videos filmed in the Holy Land and discussion.

Please let Dawn-Victoria know if you’d like to participate so she can send you the Zoom link. The link will also be published in the bulletin and on Realm. There is a companion book available for those who may want to dig deeper, however it is not necessary for participation.

Ladies Brunch Bunch 
Tuesday December 13, at 8:30am 
Join us at St. Mark's undercroft for quiche, fruit, and some holiday treats!  Please RSVP to Kathy or Dawn. 

Sponsor a Poinsettia and Help Altar Guild

You can sponsor a poinsettia!  St. Mark's Altar Guild is sponsoring poinsettias for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.  If you would like to purchase a poinsettia through the Altar Guild as an expression of celebration or memorial, please sign up on the bulletin board at church or contact Sue Phelps. 
The costs are as follows:
 6 inch pot = $7
 8 inch pot = $15
10 inch pot = $20

We would like you to take your ordered plant home after Christmas.  Purchased plants will be used to decorate our altar and sanctuary!

NOTE:  Payment is due by December 15th to the Altar Guild at St. Mark's.

Prices for flowers has gone up (along with everything else).  If you can't sponsor a plant please consider donating to the Altar Guild to help them with expenses.  You can submit a form to dedicate flowers to loved ones past and present.  Forms are located on the bulletin board.  


St. Mark’s is collecting toys for Project Concern’s Christmas Toy Giveaway.  You can donate by placing new or gently used toys in the gray bin in the foyer or you can donate directly to Project Concern.  Last day to accept toys is 12/15

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Services

Christmas Eve -- Saturday 

4pm -- geared toward families with children
8pm -- Holy Eucharist & music

Christmas Day -- Sunday

9am -- Holy Eucharist -- 9am service ONLY


Annual Meeting and Election

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us, either in person or via Zoom, for St. Mark’s Annual Meeting and Election.  We’ll enjoy food and fellowship as we hear reports about 2022 and look ahead to 2023.  New leadership will also be elected as we vote in new members to the Vestry.

The Annual Meeting is Sunday, 22 January 2023 after the 10am service.
Coffee Hour is back!!  Please be sure to sign up to host.  Just bring some sweets or other treats and leave them on the table in the undercroft.  Coffee, hot water, and bottled water are always available.  Easy Peasy!! 
Dawn-Victoria is now blogging!!  You can catch her blog at  A new blog comes out about every other week.  She covers a wide range of subjects including Episcopal trivia, liturgical matters, and general musings about church life.  Sign up and follow her today!  Feel free to suggest a topic for her to cover.
Video Volunteers Needed!
We are still looking for people to record Sunday Services.  We stream to FB and YouTube and need people to fill in on Sunday morning.  We will train you on using the cameras and iPad to record.  It's as easy as turning on the cameras and hitting the record button.  
Please contact Kathy at 607-648-4400 or to volunteer.
December Birthdays

12/4        Larry Sweet
12/10      Renee Dallimore
12/12      Arabella Laine
12/14      Chris Brom
12/14      Chase Van Kleeck

12/17         Phoebe McKee
12/20         Gerry Cooney
12/29         Chris Sweet
12/30         Steve Carr
12/30         Chris Allen
December Anniversaries
12/22/1961      Dave & Peggy Knox
12/23/1982      Eric & Judi Laine
12/28               George & Ann Dohanich                                   
12/30/1972      John & Lorrie Spear

St. Mark's Calendar

 1 Dec     Thurs        Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
 4 Dec     Sun          Holy Eucharist - 8 & 10 -- 2nd Sunday of Advent
 4 Dec                      Kids Christmas Party -- Carols and Cookie Baking
 6 Dec      Tues        Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
 7 Dec      Wed         Bible Study - 7pm in the lounge & online
 8 Nov      Thurs       Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
11 Dec     Sun          Holy Eucharist - 8 & 10 -- Third Sunday of Advent
13 Dec    Tues         Ladies Brunch Bunch 8:30am
13 Dec     Tues        Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
14 Dec     Wed         Bible Study - 7pm in the lounge & online     
15 Dec     Thurs       Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
18 Dec     Sun          Holy Eucharist - 8 & 10 am -- Vestry Mtg 11am
20 Dec     Tues         Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
21 Dec     Wed          Bible Study - 7pm in the lounge & online
22 Dec     Thurs        Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
24 Dec     Sat           Christmas Eve Services -- 4pm (Family Service)                                        and 8pm (Holy Eucharist & Music)
25 Dec     Sun          Christmas Day -- Holy Eucharist -- 9am ONLY
27 Dec     Tues         Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
29 Dec     Thurs        Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
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