St. Mark’s invites you to share a traditional pancake supper on Tuesday, March 4, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at 111 S. Jefferson (the church with the red door across from the public library).
Parish leaders will cook an all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes and all the fixin’s: sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. No charge—a free-will offering is welcome.
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.”)
The following day, Ash Wednesday will be observed with services of Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 AM, 12:10 PM, and 7:00 PM, marking the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. For those who can’t make it to the church building, we’ll offer the imposition of ashes downtown during the morning, noon, and evening “rush hours”: look for us in downtown Moscow.
Once again, Katherine Sterling and friends have planned a delightful evening of good food and good friends to cap the Christmas season. The Twelfth Night dinner and celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2014.
In keeping with this year’s theme, please wear something “gold” (lamé and extravagant jewelry are encouraged!); expect wonderful “incense” from the delicious dinner, and mirth from the delightful company. RSVP to Katherine or the church office so we know how much food to prepare. We hope all will be able to attend this celebration.
12 noon, Tuesday, Dec. 25: Hosted by St. Mark’s and open to the community. Come and bring a friend. If know in advance that you’ll be coming, please RSVP chefs Nate and Paul (892-4815 or firstname.lastname@example.org) so they have an idea how much food to prepare. But come at the last minute if you can—no worries. If you’d like to contribute, bring a dessert to share; best are ones that don’t need refrigeration which is at a premium! Also, please let Nate and Paul know if you can help set up or clean up.
December 22—Fourth Sunday of Advent
- 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
- 5:00 p.m. The Longest Night: A Blue Christmas service. (45 minutes) See below for details.
December 24–Christmas Eve,
- 4:30 p.m. Christmas music
- 5:00 p.m. Family-friendly Christ Mass with full choir. The children enact the Christmas story in a simple pageant. (60 minutes)
- 10:30 p.m. Christmas music
- 11 p.m., traditional Festal Christ Mass.(60 minutes)
December 25–Christmas Day
- 11 a.m. Celtic-style Eucharist, creation-centered, less formal than most Episcopal Church services. Recorded Celtic music. Meditation in lieu of sermon. Interjections of stillness. (50 minutes)
St. Mark’s invites the community to a non-denominational “Blue Christmas” service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. The service is for those grieving, hurting or lonely who may find Christmas to be burden, a sadness, or a challenge, as well as those who long for a quiet sanctuary from popular culture’s superficial commercialization of the season.
This candlelit quiet service will consist of short readings and meditations. It also will offer reflective musical interludes featuring musicians Amanda Cairo, Sue Anne Chen, and Bill and Linda Wharton on cello, Celtic harp, flute, and recorder.
Come, please. Bring a friend. Be still and know. “The single star that once guided lonely shepherds to find their hope and healing still shines. It shines quietly above all of the noise and laughter. Look up and see it. It shines for you” (The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston).
The Episcopal churches of Pullman and Moscow will join for a worship service and Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28. The congregations of St. James’ Episcopal Church of Pullman and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Moscow will gather at St. Mark’s for a service of Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. The Rev Robin Biffle of St. Mark’s will preside and the Rev. Mary Beth Rivetti of St. James’ will preach.
The service will be followed by a communal meal. All are welcome, invited and encouraged to attend. The traditional Thanksgiving feast will be provided by St. Mark’s, but we invite all to bring a side dish, dessert or salad to share – whatever makes the day special. If you’re preparing food for that day anyway, please make extra for St. Mark’s. St. Mark’s will provide the meats (Thank you, Amanda Cairo, Paul Collins, and Nate Wiltsie) but we still need:
- Side dishes and salads—desserts are covered; we don’t need more.
- Helpers to decorate and set up.
- Helpers to wash dishes and clean up
For more information, please call the church office at 208-882-2022.
St. Mark’s will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a Blessing of the Animals during worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.
“The service celebrates of the whole of God’s creation, as we honor Francis, the patron saint of animals, nature, and the environment,” said the Rev. Robin Biffle, rector of St. Mark’s. “We join other faith communities in blessing our companion animals to symbolize how we value all God’s creatures, and how we cherish the web of creation.”
Those who attend are invited to bring a gift of pet food, cat litter, etc., for donation to the Moscow Food Bank or Latah County Humane Society. An offering will be taken to purchase pet food for the two organizations. Over the past few years, St. Mark’s has donated several hundred dollars in cash and pet food.
For more information, or to arrange a home blessing for animals that would not do well in our lively worship environment, please call the church office at 208-882-2022.
Sundays, 9:30 a.m. in our main worship space. Celebrate the Holy Eucharist using liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer and from other Episcopal and Anglican Prayer Books from around the world. Choir and musicians offer special music. Active and vocal children of ALL ages are welcome during the service. (75-90 minutes)
Sundays, 5:30 p.m. in our main worship space. We offer Taizé, a candlelit service of brief meditations, stillness, and simple repetitive chants. Holy time, holy space. (30 minutes)
Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. at the Campus Christian Center (822 Elm St., on the University of Idaho Campus). This is simply Eucharist—no preaching. (30 minutes)
Thursdays, 12:10 p.m. in the chancel (where the choir sits on Sundays). This is a Celtic-themed Eucharist with opportunity for brief shared reflection. (50 minutes)
The congregations of St. Mark’s and St. James Episcopal churches will worship outdoors on Sunday, July 28, at McGee Park in Pullman. The service of Holy Eucharist, nicknamed “mass on the grass,” will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck picnic. The service will also be a celebration of the feast of St. James.
McGee Park is located on the corner of Lybecker and Upper Drive on Pullman’s College Hill. Parking is available at the park and on nearby streets.
The Rev. Mary Beth Rivetti, rector of St. James in Pullman, will preside; the Rev. Robin Biffle, rector of St. Mark’s in Moscow, will preach. The celebration of Holy Eucharist will conclude with a communal feast.
The Vestry of St. James will provide hamburgers, hotdogs and fixings for grilling. Members of St. James are asked to bring a side dish or salad to share; members of St. Mark’s should bring a dessert. “And if you’re coming for the first time, bring your appetite for good news and good food,” Rivetti said.
Regular services at both churches will resume on Sunday, Aug. 4. For more information, please call the St. James office at 509-332-1742.
The Rt. Rev. James E. “Jim” Waggoner Jr., bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, will visit St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 28.
Bishop Waggoner will preside over the Holy Eucharist, the Reaffirmation and Renewal of baptismal vows, and will preach. The service will begin at 9:30 a.m. He will also speak at 11:30 a.m. to an Enquirer’s class for those interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church.
Waggoner was consecrated 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 Bishop’s staff as Canon to the Ordinary, Congregational and Community Consultant, and Deployment Officer.
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.
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