Beginning Sunday, April 28, we begin a new formation series, Mystagogy: Leading into the Christian Mysteries. In the ancient church, the bishop taught the newly baptized the nature of the liturgy and sacraments in Eastertide. This Eastertide we will focus on the same thing. What is liturgy and why do we do it? Let’s explore this together this Easter season.
Come for breakfast on the deck (weather pending). Pick up a taco in the Parish Hall. We’ll watch your kids! Adults can stay and visit or join the Formation class in Grace Chapel. Family Taco Hour includes the opportunity to sign in children for supervised play time on our amazing playground, organized by our Safeguarded adult volunteers. Look for the sign in sheet near the tacos.
St. Mark’s ECW (Episcopal Church Women—that’s you!) are heading to Wimberley for Market Days, Saturday, May 4. Meet at the church parking lot @ 7 a.m. to carpool. We will browse, shop and lunch! What is Market Days? Check it out here: http://www.shopmarketdays.com/about.html Please sign up in the Parish Hall or contact Debbie Thornal for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your teams together for a day of golf in support of the Men’s Scholarship Endowment Fund, supporting our high school graduates with scholarships as they begin their college careers. Tournament details: Plum Creek Golf Course, Foursome Scramble, 8 am Shotgun start. Not a golfer? Support the fund through sponsorships! Registration & Sponsorship forms are in the Parish Hall.
This will be a stunning liturgy of choral music, hymns, scripture and prayers. The service marks the end of the emptiness of Holy Saturday and leads into the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
Please join us for this last of the soup supper series, followed by a meditative worship service. Soup is served in the Parish Hall at 6 pm (accompanied by delicious breads, pimento cheese, and pb&j for the kids). At 7 pm. come to Grace Chapel for worship.
Easter Home Groups are an opportunity to take a deeper dive into community. Groups will meet once per week for the Easter Season—about six meetings total. The agenda is light: get to know one another over dinner, ending in prayer. Deadline to sign up is Palm Sunday, April 14. Groups will be determined by geographical location and availability. First meeting begin the week of April 29-May 4.
This Lenten formation series will be a guided tour through the catechism of the early church, as part of our parish-wide preparation for the Easter Vigil. Co-taught by The Rev. Dr. Nathan Jennings & Fr. Zac.
Women’s Group Wildflower Day Trip to Llano: Join us on a bluebonnet tour of the hill country. Meet at the church at 7:45 a.m., we will carpool to Fredericksburg to connect with the Willow City Loop for the wildflower tour, then on to Llano, for shopping and lunch, returning to Austin late afternoon. Please sign up in the Parish Hall or RSVP to Debbie Thornal: email@example.com.
Take a night off from cooking and join us in the Parish Hall for pancakes, sausage & fresh fruit! Prices: $4 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-12, and a maximum of $12/family. Shrove Tuesday is a day of indulging in the rich, fatty foods that were traditionally abstained from during Lent. Making pancakes was a way to use up butter, milk, sugar and eggs before the 40-day fast. For more about the history of Shrove Tuesday: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/article/pass-syrup-%E2%80%94-its-shrove-tuesday
Sundays @ 10 a.m. March 3: Final class in this series. Grace Chapel.
This is an Anglicanism 101 class. What is unique about being an Episcopalian? What do we have in common with other denominations? What history led us to this point? What unique gifts might the Episcopal church have to offer the greater Christian family? This course counts as Confirmation preparation for adults. Co-taught by the Rev. Dr. Nathan Jennings and Fr. Zac.
The Day School is having a party and parishioners are invited! Lion's Pride will be held at the High Road on Dawson on Saturday, March 2. The theme is “True to Austin” featuring local favorites in the silent auction, décor, and food. For tickets or to sponsor the event: https://stmarksdayschoolaustin.org/support-us/lions-pride-event. Last year over $22,000 was raised for our cherished school!
New to St. Mark’s? Relatively new to St. Mark’s? Been here a while, but getting reacquainted? Join Fr. Zac on Wednesday nights in February for dinner, conversation, and some introductory teaching about things from the Episcopal Church in general, to how you might get involved at St. Mark’s in particular. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Email Fr. Zac if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the 9:00 service on Jan 27th we’ll celebrate Preschool Sunday! We’ve invited our special friends from St. Mark’s Day School to join us and to sing for us. The Head of School, Karon Hammond, will be in attendance to give special greetings, and the School building will be open for you to explore during the Sunday School hour.