Weekly Email, Church News

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Church News is updated every Thursday.

“Our Heritage, Our Faith, Our Future” Campaign Needs You! Recently, we announced the inauguration of our capital campaign with a goal of raising $800,000. This campaign will allow us to address significant repairs to our beloved tower so that it can stand for over another 100 years and continue to welcome into our parish those searching for God. In addition to this project, we have a number of other improvements to our parish facilities that will enhance our mission and outreach.

Our parish will host a series of receptions to share more personally with you the work to be completed and our fundraising plan. Your presence would be greatly appreciated as we embark together on this important endeavor. Light refreshments will be served! Please return an RSVP card or sign up in our Parish Hall foyer. The remaining receptions to be held in the library are: Thursday, May 30 at 6 PM and Saturday, June 1 at 9:30 AM.

Adult Faith Formation, Sunday, 9:45. The final session in our end-of-life series, for adults of all ages, is this Sunday. Father Phil will speak about funeral and memorial planning and the many decisions that can be made in advance to make things a bit easier at a sorrowful time.

St. Mark’s Bargain Box. The Bargain Box is a seasonal resale clothing shop located in the lower level of the Parish Hall. The last day to shop this spring season is Sunday, June 2, 12-2pm ($5/bag). The shop will re-open in the fall. For more information, see the Bargain Box flyer on the church website or the Facebook page. 

Newcomer Events, June 1 and 2. Please join us for these newcomer events:
Saturday, June 1, 6 pm: Dinner for newcomer adults at the Rectory and Sunday, June 2, 12 to 3 pm: Class for newcomers.

Youth Group Car Wash & Bake Sale, June 1. Come to the Youth Group Car Wash & Bake Sale on Saturday, June 1, 8:30 am-4 pm, at the Southborough Transfer Station, 147 Cordaville Road (Rt. 85). Let us wash your car; enjoy homemade baked goods! Car wash is $8, or $5 paid in advance. Proceeds will support the Youth Group summer mission trip to South Dakota. For more information, contact Diane Root or Melissa LaBelle.

Special Recognitions on June 2. At church on Sunday, we will recognize our graduating high school seniors, Sunday School teachers, and Youth Group leadership team. Please join us for worship and be recognized for your efforts!

Youth Group Events, June 2. On Sunday, the Youth Group will have youth forum at 9:45, and then at 10:45, welcome the Right Rev. Dr. Carol Gallagher, a regional canon in our Diocese and a member of the Cherokee Nation. Come join in this discussion as we prepare for our cross-cultural mission trip this summer to work with members of the Sioux Nation. The discussion will be followed by a lunch and games and end-of-year Youth Group Party. RSVP to the team app or to Melissa.

St. Mark’s Church Picnic, June 9. Come to the St. Mark’s Church Picnic on Sunday, June 9, after the 10 am service (only one service). Come for food, fellowship and fun! We provide the burgers, hotdogs, buns, paper and plastic items. Bring a side dish. If you last name begins with:
A-I: Salad; J-N: Appetizers/Finger Foods; O-Z: Dessert, Drinks

Senior Luncheon, June 12. Seniors are invited at 11:30 am, Wednesday, June 12, to a Holy Eucharist followed by fellowship and a luncheon. Bring a friend or two! Let us know if you have food allergies or need a ride. RSVP to the church office, 508-481-1917 or office@stmarkssouthborough.org. Parishioners, if you are interested in lending a hand on the day of the luncheon, let us know!

Prayer Shawl MinistryNext Meeting is June 22. Do you knit, crochet or quilt? Even if you don’t, please join us throughout the year for fellowship as we create prayer shawls for those who are ill or home-bound. Our next meeting is Saturday, June 22, 9:30-11 am, in the Parish Hall. For more information, contact Rosemary Nelson, rosemaryjnelson@gmail.com, 617-840-6665. Prayer Shawl Ministry schedule for the remainder of the year: September 14, October 26, and November 16.

Vacation Bible School, August 19-23, “To Mars and Beyond!” August 19-23, 9am-12pm. For kids age 4 to those entering Grade 5. Enjoy Bible stories, games, crafts, songs, snacks and more! Early bird discount if you register by June 1! Looking for campers and volunteers. For more information, contact Melissa.

Parking at St. Mark’s During the Week. During the week, while the bell tower is being repaired during May and June, please park on the outside edges of the parking lot, rather than in the center of the lot. Thank you.

Church Office Hours for Spring.
Monday, Thursday: 8am-12pm
Tuesday: 1-5pm
Wednesday: 11am-3pm

You may reach the Parish Coordinator, Cynthia Whitty, by email or phone, 508-481-1917.

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