News and Reflections from St. Marks Episcopal Church in Moscow, Idaho.
St. Mark’s will sponsor its annual rummage sale this weekend. Volunteers are needed to set up all day Friday, Aug. 28. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 29.
Sorters, sales folk, and clean-up hands are needed. If you can help, please call the church office at 882-2022. Donations of clean, useable items are welcome, especially:
• Clean, useable clothing and shoes (esp. coats, boots, hats, gloves—and baby & maternity items)
• Furniture (call the office to check, if it’s especially large or heavy)
• Kitchen items of all kinds
• Sports equipment and bicycles (working order)
• Home and garden supplies (Clean them up first, please!)
• Books, CD’s, DVD’s, etc.
• Craft items and fabric/yarn
• Small kitchen appliances (coffee makers, mixers, etc. in working order)
• Lamps and fans
• Collectibles and jewelry
The Rev. Robin Biffle was a deputy from the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in Salt Lake City. Here is her report on major actions:
For more details, please see this summary from Episcopal News Service: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2015/07/07/general-convention-wrap-up-historic-actions-structural-changes/
Things slow down at St. Mark’s during the summer:
• Sunday evening liturgies are on hiatus
• Campus ministry is done for the year
• There are no regular formation classes for adults or children
• The choir doesn’t rehearse
• Theology on Tap doesn’t meet
But some things continue:
• Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m.
• Our ministries in Family Promise
• Our ministry at the Food Bank
• Our Thursday mid-day worship at 12:10 p.m.
• Our ministry at the care centers
• Our First Friday Friends and Family (a lunch ministry) at Good Samaritan
• Our Friday Lunch Bunch (a lunch ministry) at Fairview Village
• Our Eucharistic Visiting ministry
• Our Coffee Break gatherings at Café Artista
• Our Vestry meetings (although we may take a month off!)
And some things happen only in the summer:
• Our “Weekend backpack meals” ministry. Demand has tripled this year—from 30 bags to 90. Donations are MUCH appreciated—and help with shopping, packing, delivering, etc.
• Spur-of-the-moment outings such as bike rides, hikes, litter pick-ups
• Mass with St. James’ (the last Sunday in July)
• Mass-on-the-grass (the last Sunday in August) AND parish picnic
• We go to the County Fair together (Sept. 17-20)
We hope you will join us this summer—doing less, perhaps, but doing what you do more deeply, taking God’s own sweet time, with joy.
The Rt. Rev. James E. “Jim” Waggoner Jr., bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, will visit St. Mark’s on Sunday, April 26.
Bishop Waggoner will preside over the Holy Eucharist, including confirmation, and will be the morning’s preacher. The service will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s, 111 S. Jefferson, across from the Moscow-Latah Public Library.
Waggoner was consecrated the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Spokane in October of 2000. A native of Ohio, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University and Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Divinity degrees from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. Before entering seminary, he served in the U. S. Navy for six years.
Prior to his election as bishop, Bishop Waggoner served 21 years in the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, 12 in parish ministry and nine on the Diocesan staff assisting the bishop.
In his ministry, Bishop Waggoner emphasizes effective leadership grounded in ongoing Christian formation as being essential to empowering all members for the mission to which God has called us: proclamation of the Gospel by word and example. In his teachings, he emphasizes the baptismal imperative to respect the dignity of every human being and the call to live this out in our words and our work.
Sunday, March 29: Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday 9:30 am Procession of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
Monday–Friday, March 30-April 3: (daylight hours) Stations of the Cross: A guided, individual encounter
Thursday, April 2: Maundy Thursday Liturgy with (optional) foot-washing, 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m. (with choir)
Friday, April 3: Good Friday Liturgy with Communion from the Reserved Sacrament,7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (with choir)
Saturday, April 4: Holy Saturday Liturgy, Noon
Sunday, April 5: The Great Vigil with Holy Baptism, 6 a.m.; Festal Eucharist with flowering of the cross, 9:30 a.m.
Ash Wednesday, which begins the penitential season of Lent, will be observed Wednesday, Feb. 18.
St. Mark’s will offer services of Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. For those who can’t make it to one of those services, the Rev. Robin Biffle will offer the imposition of ashes in downtown Moscow for an hour or so beginning at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Look for her near the intersection of Sixth and Main streets.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church invites you to share a traditional pancake supper on Tuesday, February 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
We’ll serve a yummy all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs. No charge—donations are welcome to support St. Mark’s outreach in Family Promise—a community-wide ecumenical ministry among homeless families.
In the Episcopal Church tradition, the day before Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday. The word “shrove” comes from the Old English and means to seek pardon and absolution—a reference to the traditional practice of penitence during Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. On the last day before Lent families use up their eggs, butter, and other fats in anticipation of a 40-day Lenten fast. (In France, the occasion became known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.”)
St. Mark’s is at 111 S. Jefferson—the church with the red door across from the public library. Handicapped access for the dinner is available through the Parish Hall door on the west side of the church, on the alley between Washington and Jefferson streets. For more information, call 882-2022.
Mark your calendar for our annual Epiphany Dinner on Monday, January 5.
Evening Prayer begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the festive dinner at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Light.”
Once again, Katherine Sterling has kindly offered to oversee this event, so early reservations are requested. Tickets are $12/adults; $6/ children (ages 3 and under free); $30/family. Call or email the office (882-2022; stmark [at] moscow.com) for reservations.
Need a ride? Contact Bette Hoskins (208-484-0472; jbhoskins [at] frontier.com).