Announcements from 2010

Christmas Flowers

Our church is beautiful during the holidays, especially when accented by all the gorgeous flowers provided by the skilled hands at our next door neighbor, Flowerama.

If you would like to make a donation towards the Christmas flowers, there are envelopes in the pews.





Starting your Christmas shopping?

Try shopping online with!

Visit their web site by way of 

our web site:

By clicking on the “Shop at!” line on our menu page, 

you ensure that your purchase will provide at least a small contribution

from Amazon to St. Mark’s Church. 

Thank you!



Once again we will help needy families with gifts for their children and food for their larders. If you can help sort gifts on December 12, shop and sort food on December 22, or deliver gifts on December 22, please sign up on the bulletin board across from the Office.

There are still gifts to be chosen, so pick up a card (or two!) in the Lounge during Coffee Hour, or see Laura or Carol Nancarrow for details.

Please return all gifts to Church by December 12, as we will have a special blessing for the children who will enjoy them.



Community UMC invites the young and young-at-heart to a Christmas Musical of Hope, as they present the puppet show “Star of Wonder” on December 12.

Join them at 5:30 PM for a free light dinner, with the curtain at 6:30 PM.  

UMC is located at 339 Meyer Ave in Dayton. For more information contact the church office at 937-253-5169, or see




Bishop Breidenthal will be here this Sunday, to celebrate the Rites of Confirmation and Reception into the Church. Volunteers:  Please remember to bring your Coffee Hour goodies!



Be God’s hands in the recession: We ask your prayers for all in Ohio who are suffering job loss, hunger, foreclosure, and other distress, and for the Episcopal congregations and community partners who are working to help them weather the storm. Every dollar you contribute to the Episcopal Community Services Foundation’s annual fund this Advent will go into grants to aid the frontline ministries of Episcopal churches across this diocese to provide food, rental and utility assistance, aid to the medically uninsured, and job coaching for displaced workers like the thousands who are losing DHL jobs in Wilmington.

Here is a glimpse of the kind of people you will be helping: the Hillsboro family bringing a child with cystic fibrosis home from the hospital in winter with their home out of heating oil and their budget overwhelmed. Samaritan Outreach was able to use ECSF funds to buy a delivery of propane for that family. Or another: the working woman with no insurance who needed emergency cancer surgery and whose restaurant wages could not cover the medical bills for her co-payments. Trinity, Troy negotiated down her bills and used an ECSF grant to help pay off most, resulting in monthly payments she could afford to pay with dignity.

Go fishing in your mail stack for the cheerful ECSF Gift of the Spirit mailer with a picture of Trinity, Hamilton’s after-school homework club on the back, and drop a check in it. Each dollar buys at least 4 meals worth of groceries! Or visit our website at and give online. Thank you! Your gifts bring hope and relief to thousands of people of all ages in need across Ohio.



– – – Christmas Caroling Canceled – – –



Senior High Retreat

Who: Grades 9-12

When: December 3-5

Where: Procter Camp & Conference Center

Cost: $35 (scholarships available)

Jamie Simonton is the Design Team Leader for this wonderful retreat, so check out the website and get your registration in now!

For more information contact Rob Konkol at


2011 St. Mark’s 

Stewardship Campaign

Pledge In-Gathering

All pledges received to date will be gathered together and presented as a special offering during our worship service today, Dec 5.

Many thanks to everyone who supported the 2011 St. Mark’s Stewardship Campaign. If you have not submitted a pledge to date but would still like to do so, you are highly encouraged to submit your pledge ASAP.

Every pledge is greatly needed and appreciated to allow our parish to fulfill its mission to do God’s work.



Kemp School Partnership!

St. Mark’s is beginning its 8th year of a School-Church partnership with 

Kemp School in Dayton.  In addition to providing one-on-one tutoring to students at Kemp, we also donate much-needed supplies for the students. Can you help?


Supplies needed include:

Book bags

School boxes

Pencil bags (with zippers)

No. 2 pencils (fat & skinny)

Crayons (boxes of 8, 16, or 24 only)

Colored pencils

Blue, black, and red pens

Pocket folders

3-ring binders (1-1/2 to 2 inches)

Wide-ruled loose leaf paper

Wide-ruled, one-subject notebooks

Portfolio-type folders with pockets

Steno or spiral notebooks

Large erasers

Blunt scissors (no points)


Glue sticks & white Elmer’s Glue

Small calculators

Protractors & compasses

Tissues, Baby wipes







Dayton Episcopal Community Garden!

Can you help?

The garden has been planted at 

St. Margaret’s Church. 

Our harvest will go to the 

Deanery food pantry, 

located at St. Andrew’s Church.

Everyone is welcome to help out with 

upkeep and harvesting. 

If you would like to donate time, 

supplies, or money, 

or need more information, 

contact Maureen Boyles at, 

or call the Church Office.





Thanks to your generosity we are sending $562.30

to the pantry at St. Paul’s UMC.  We collected $310.30 from 

the Day of Change, and $252 from the Thanksgiving Eve service.



Wednesday, November 24, 7:00pm

Join us as we welcome our Methodist and Lutheran neighbors for a community Thanksgiving Eve service.


St. Mark’s Adult Forum Fall 2010

Questions of Value

St. Mark’s current Adult Forum series, “Questions of Value,” led by Wayne Harper, will continue (and conclude) on Wednesday, November 17, and Sunday, November 21.

This week (November 3 and 7), while Wayne is away, Mike Kreutzer will explain how our Sunday liturgies are planned, and why. In addition to the familiar “red book,” our Common Prayer includes other official worship resources of the Episcopal Church. Among these are Enriching Our Worship, The Book of Occasional Services, and Holy Women, Holy Men. We also make use of other forms of the Prayers of the People and of conclusions to those prayers drawn from multiple sources.

Please join us to walk through the planning for the coming seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, along with the thinking and resources used to plan them. We will meet, as usual, in the Lounge, from 11:00 until 11:50 on Wednesday, and from 9:30 until 10:10 on Sunday.


Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed…

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Coffee Hour Hosts Always

Needed for Future Weeks!


This is a wonderful opportunity to meet & greet your church family members. If you would like more information on how to host a coffee hour please ask any Vestry Member. The sign up sheet is located on the bulletin board outside the church office.



Combined Services with St. Margaret’s

This Sunday, November 14 at 10:30 AM, we will join St. Margaret’s at 5301 Free Pike in Trotwood!



Day of Change

Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 7!  Remember that when we “spring forward” and “fall back”, we take up a special donation for the Food Pantry at St. Paul’s UMC.

So as you change your clocks, please bring in your change (or checks, or folding money!) and place it in the specially marked baskets at the front and rear of the sanctuary. Everything from pennies to $100.00 bills are welcome!


All Saints Day

This Sunday we will celebrate All Saints Day. It is our custom at St. Mark’s to include in that day’s Eucharistic Prayers the names of our parishioners, relatives, and friends who have died during the year.

If you have a loved one whose name you would like included, please contact the Office ASAP!


Remember next Sunday, November 7, to set your clocks back!


St. Mark’s Adult Forum Fall 2010

Questions of Value

What is it that gives something genuine value? What is worth striving for; what makes life worth living? Are there values that transcend cultural differences? Is there objective value or is all value subjective? Is ethics possible without religion? What happens when values conflict; what do we owe others? Is anyone ever better off dead?

Questions of Value consists of nine sessions offered on Wednesdays (11am – Noon) and Sundays (9:30 – 10:15am) beginning September 15, 2010.

Wayne Harper will be our guide & gadfly. Session materials can be made available (in advance) via email.

Ask Wayne for details.

No need to sign up – simply show up! Come early and often. 

All are welcome!






ECW 2010 Annual Conference

“Women in the Vineyard”

When: Saturday, October 23


Where: Procter Camp & Conference Center

Fee: $25.00

Who are the Women in the Vineyard?

Women have a special calling by God. We are mothers, daughters, spouses, priests, deacons, nurturers, care givers, managers, instructors, clothed with strength and honor, appropriately fearing the Lord and full of wisdom to further the kingdom of God. Come and hear Robin Holland teach us ways we can serve God in the Vineyard.


Women in the Vineyard: Robin Holland will continue her morning’s talk, and bring it to a more personal level.

Theology of Bread: Lead by Rev. Terri Thornton, part of this workshop involves learning the steps for baking Communion bread.

For information, contact

Milicent Eason

Online registration:


Ladies of the Parish

You are invited to an

Interfaith Luncheon

Hosted by Community UMC

339 Meyer Ave, Riverside

on Tuesday, October 19 at 11:30am




Please forgive me for this belated but much deserved THANK YOU! Your loving kindness expressed in your cookies, brownies, rice krispy squares, prayers, and monetary support brought the powerful and life-giving love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into the prison at Lebanon on September 16-19.

Sixty Kairos team members from all over the Miami Valley from many different denominations and churches joined together in our shared love of Christ to bring his love to 42 residents/inmates. I can tell you that God showed up. Satan was pushed back. Hearts were opened. Wounds were healed. Lives were saved. For Christ. Miracles happened. God used you and us to be instruments of his mercy and grace.

Thank you and God bless you. Your efforts and your love for these men that you don’t even know and that our culture wishes to throw away is making a difference.

Yours in Christ Jesus, 

Pastor George Brewer

(There is a thank-you letter signed by the members of Kairos #41, hanging on the Community bulletin board)



Come join us for our annual

wine–and-dine at 

Valley Vineyards!

When: Saturday, Oct. 9

Where: 2276 East US 22 & 3 

Morrow, Ohio 

Cost: $29.50 per person

$59.00 per couple

Price includes wine, 

your choice of steak or salmon, 

sides, and dessert bar.

Sign up on the bulletin board across from the Office.

For more information, 

see Tony or Katherine, or check out


John and Vivian Kovach

will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary on Oct 2.  

If you would like to drop them a note or send a card, please phone the Church Office to get their mailing address.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!



Wednesday, Sept 15 at 7:30 begins the choir’s first rehearsal. If you have never been part of a choral group, now is the time to join. If you cannot commit to singing every week, how about through the Fall, or Advent? Please consider joining a wonderful group of music makers who joyfully lead this congregation in praise of Almighty God.



There us a critical need for tutors for St. Paul UMC’s English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. The ESOL tutor training will be held Sept. 16, 23, 30, & Oct. 7 at the Miami Literacy Council.

If you are interested in this very rewarding volunteer opportunity, please call the Council to register, or call St. Paul’s for more information.


2010 St. Mark’s 

Midyear Stewardship Campaign

The goal of the subject campaign is $10,000 to cover the projected deficit for the year. If successful, this will be the first year in the past eight years without a deficit.

We received 16 pledges totaling $4,960 to date, leaving us $5,040 short of our goal. Hence, 50% of the goal was achieved. All pledges were submitted as an offering during our worship service last Sunday (September 12, 2010).

Many thanks for your generous support of this campaign. All contributions are greatly appreciated as they help enable St. Mark’s to fulfill its mission to do God’s work.


It’s Kairos Cookie Time Again!

The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them.

For several years, St. Mark’s has supported the work of the Kairos by providing many dozens of cookies for the Rev. George Brewer, the Pastor of Eastmont UMC, to take to Lebanon Correctional Institution (LCI) for Kairos weekends.

The next Kairos weekend is September 16-19 Cookies need to be turned in on Sunday, September 12 or no later than Tuesday, September 14. Bags and instructions for the cookies will be available in the church office or on the Ushers Table.


13th Annual

Praise & Picnic

in the Park

When: Sunday, Sept. 12 10:30am

Where: Indian Riffle Park Shelter #1

Who: St. Mark’s parishioners & guests

Why: To kick off the new program year


Since 1998, St. Mark’s has begun each new “program year” with this fun event. We start with an informal worship service – please bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on. Then we move to lunch. The church provides the hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks, and you are invited to bring a side-dish or dessert to share. We continue the celebration with whatever games and events you choose to bring with you – or to organize on-the-spot.

Indian Riffle Park is located at 2801 East Stroop Road in Kettering, just west of Leonora Drive (across from Wagner Road). The site includes a large children’s play area.

This annual celebration is a wonderful opportunity for you to invite friends and neighbors to join us. Please bring someone(s) with you. The informal setting and atmosphere is a great way to introduce them to our welcoming St. Mark’s community!

Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board across from the Office—please let us know how many people are coming and what goodies you can bring.


Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice

It takes the whole person to 

Sing and Rejoice!

There are only a few Sundays left 

before the Choir returns, so

if you can sing or play an instrument,

share your talents with our congregation.

Sign up on the bulletin board 

outside the Office.


St. Andrew’s Summer Film Series

Four Great Movies of Faith

Sunday, August 29

12:00 pm: after church

“THAIS 2009”

Metropolitan Opera extravaganza starring Thomas Hampson as an early Christian monk who leaves his desert retreat to go to Alexandria, convinced he can turn a glamorous courtesan (Renee Fleming) from her life of sin and pleasure. The story opposes the hedonistic and ascetic, the physical and the spiritual, at their most extreme.



Saturday, August 14

Many thanks to everyone 

who helped make our 

Annual Yard Sale

a success!

Despite the deluge, heat, and humidity, 

we earned $2460!



7th Annual Summer Arts Camp!

at St. Margaret’s!

All 4th – 8th grade students 

are invited to join us

July 19 – 23, 8am – 3pm.

We will have workshops in: 

drawing, clay, dance, 

videography, & air-brushing,

all taught by professional,

well-known local artists. 

Local college & high school artists will serve as mentors and

group leaders for the week.

Breakfast & lunch will be provided.

You can register online at

(There is a $15 materials fee)

If you have any questions, 

please contact St. Margaret’s at 



Prayer List

We will update the list of family and friends within the next few weeks, so if you would like to keep someone on the list, please let us know by July 18.


(For security purposes the site is password protected.  The password will be announced at our Sunday Services or it may be obtained via. e-mail from St. Mark’s Webmaster.)


Young’s Dairy!

Just a quick reminder that Sunday, July 11 is our annual get together at Young’s Dairy in place of Coffee Hour.  It’s a great time for family and friends.  Hope to see you there!



Dayton Dragons 

Friends & Family Package game.

For $10 you receive:

a ticket, 

Dayton Dragons Cap, and a 

McDonald’s Extra Value Meal coupon

Please sign up on the bulletin board 

across from the Office.


St. Andrew’s Summer Film Series

Four Great Movies of Faith

Wednesday evenings 

6:15 pm — 9:00 pm

July 7: “Doubt”

The 2008 film written and directed by Patrick Shaneley about a priest in a Catholic school suspected of pedophilia. The story raises questions about how to proceed when such abuse is suspected: Is the suspicion justified, or is it based on an overactive imagination? Does one destroy a reputation or career on mere suspicion, or does one just keep quiet?


Reading Rocks Update!

The very first Reading Camp 

sponsored by the Diocese and 

held at Procter was a huge success!

28 youngsters were there for the week of June 21-25 to improve their reading skills. Each child went home with a bag filled with books and other fun things. They had a wonderful group of volunteers, from elementary school teachers to the Canon for Life Formation.

They also got to play in the afternoons: lots of swimming, fishing, arts & crafts, and all the other great activities that Procter is known for!



July 6: 

Softball game

July 7:

Movie night at St. Andrew’s

July 11:

Young’s Dairy Outing


Reading Rocks!

The Diocese of Southern Ohio

is sponsoring a Reading Camp for

3rd-4th graders, June 20-25, at Procter.

This camp is designed to help children who are struggling readers

improve their literacy skills.

Since there is no cost to the campers, 

we need your help in sponsoring them: 

the cost for the 5-day residential camp is $350, which includes housing, 

varied camp activities, 

a backpack and t-shirt, and 

books to take home.

Contributions of any amount can be mailed to 412 Sycamore St

Cincinnati, OH 45202

(Please indicate Reading Camp on the check)

For more information contact

Rev. Diana Shirley via. St. Mark’s Church Office!



Are you celebrating

a graduation soon?

Please contact the 

Church Office at 254-1082

with all the details!


Prayers for Peace

Friday, June 18, 2010

Prayer Service at noon in 

Chapel of Reconciliation

Vigil following in Chapel 

or private homes until 6 pm

This vigil is a joint effort of 

the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and 

the Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN) 

as an act of non-violent resistance to 

the violence in our world and another way 

to support our service men and women. 

We will be part of the Virtual Peace Vigil 

taking place prior to the consecration of

the Bishop-elect of Federal Ministries (formerly Armed Services) Jay Magness

at the National Cathedral on June 19. 

Christ Church, Dayton has been a 

Center for Reconciliation of CCN 

for over 30 years. 

Questions about the local vigil or 

want to sign up? 

Contact the Rev. Mary Slenski at 

Christ Church, Dayton 223-2239. 

For information on the event in Washington , go to



St. Helen’s Festival

St. Helen’s Festival (and their use of our parking lot for it)

will take place this year on:

Friday, June 11, 6:00 pm. – midnight 

Saturday, June 12, 1:00 p.m. – midnight



5K Run/Walk for Kids

To benefit CARE House, 

our community’s advocacy center

for child victims of abuse and neglect.


WHEN: Friday, June 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Brixx Ice Company, 

500 E. First Street, Dayton

Pre-Registration: $20 by June 4

(includes t-shirt and party),

Late Registration: $25 

(includes t-shirt while supplies last, and party). 

Team Registration: $55 

(includes 3 t-shirts and party).


Sunday School Recognition


Ice Cream Social!

Sunday School Recognition


Ice Cream Social!

Wear your playclothes to church 

this Sunday, June 6, 

as we celebrate 

the end of the Sunday School year!

Join us for ice cream and games

in the courtyard right after the

10:30 service.

We’ll have lots of bubbles, 

water balloons, and a tug-o-war 

featuring the students vs. the teachers.

So bring your appetite 

and be ready to play!


Sixth Annual Community

Service of Remembrance

Memorial Day Eve

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 

456 Woodman Drive (at Burkhardt), 

will host the sixth annual 

Memorial Day Eve 

“Community Service of Remembrance”

at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. 

The service lasts about 30 minutes. 

We invite you to join us.

Members of VFW Post 657 and 

American Legion Post 776, 

along with several area churches, 

gather on this occasion to remember

and honor those who have given 

their lives for the freedoms 

that we enjoy. 

Veterans open the service 

with an honor guard

and conclude it, outside the church, 

with a 21-gun salute 

and the playing of “Taps.”

If you have any questions, please 

contact St. Mark’s Church at 256-1082.


Prayer List Reduction Notice

Family and Friends:  **Most of the Names on our Prayer List have been there for several months. If you want to keep someone’s name on the list, please notify the Secretary by Tuesday.  Thank you**




SUNDAY, MAY 23 @ 11:00 AM

Join members of 

all eight Episcopal churches 

in Montgomery County for a

combined celebration of 

the Holy Eucharist, 

with Bishop Tom Breidenthal 

celebrating and preaching.

Continue the celebration afterwards with food and fellowship!

St. Mark’s will provide paper products 

for Coffee Hour,

at an approximate cost of $230. 

If you would like to contribute to this cost,

Please see Katherine in the Office.


 Adult Forum — February –


During the months of February and March (at those same times), we will continue our walk through the Old Testament as we explore the book of Exodus. This epic story became the core of Israel’s self-understanding and provided a foundation for Christians’ observance of Lent and celebration of Easter.  Please join us!



Everyone is invited to bring a flower to church.  During the service, all will be invited to bring their flower forward and, with the help of our acolyte, will place the flowers into the holes in our large wooden cross. That cross will gradually burst forth in life, as a beautiful sign of our resurrection in Christ.

We will also use this service as an opportunity to take a PARISH PORTRAIT.  So come dressed in your best and be a part of 

our St. Mark’s Family picture!


Today, on this Third Sunday of Easter, we welcome the parishioners of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church who are joining us in our Sunday worship service.


Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Don’t Be Late!

You are cordially invited to

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

May 8, 2010 at 1pm

St Christopher Church

1501 N. Broad St

Fairborn OH

The cost is $5

RSVP 864-2029


 National Rebuilding Day

Rebuilding Together Dayton is the only organization in the Miami Valley dedicated to rehabbing owner-occupied homes for low-income homeowners at no cost. St. Mark’s has agreed to join our sister churches of the Dayton Deanery to rehab a house. This is a call for volunteers to do the work.

Our house has been selected and possible rehab projects include:

window repair, external door replacement, storm door replacement, roof repair, and wall repair. The majority of work will be done between 8am – 5pm on Saturday, 24 April 2010. Don’t be concerned about your skill level; there will be plenty of jobs for everyone. Lunch will be served and this year if you work eight hours Disney is offering a one day pass to a theme park.

A sign-up sheet and added information has been posted outside the rector’s office. Please sign up before the March 29 deadline. If you have any questions contact Wayne Harper, or ‘House Captain’ George Slenski by email: or phone. You can find out more about the program at Rebuilding Together Dayton website:


 Love your neighbor: Bake Chocolate!

ECSF’s beloved Chocolate Fest is set April 17 at St. Thomas, Terrace Park. This is a unabashedly scrumptious Eastertide fundraiser with all proceeds going into grants to churches aiding people in need throughout the Diocese.

Hear ye: if ye Bake Well or Have Stuff, your talents and products are Holy and Needed Now.

Here are three ways you can Do Good Through Chocolate:

• donate a silent auction item by March 22 or have your business sponsor the event

• enter the bake-off by April 5 with your favorite chocolate recipe

• come, munch, and bid!

New this year: our auction goes online! The auction website is already live and we are adding new items every day for people to browse. Businesses donating goods and services have the potential for thousands of views over the next few weeks. Sponsor logos will be posted with a click-through to your company website.

You can easily enter, contribute to or visit the auction, or order tickets through ECSF’s website, Just click on the banner with the gorgeous cake. Or call ECSF’s Ariel Miller at 513-221-0547.




“”Follow the Muse” 

on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 4:00pm.

If you are interested in these tickets please let the church secretary know either by phone 256-1082 or email This is a first come first serve offer.


Holy Week and Easter, 2010

March 31, Wednesday in Holy Week

Noon The Holy Eucharist

7:00 p.m. The Way of the Cross

Maundy Thursday

April 1, 7:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist commemorating the Last Supper

è At Christ Episcopal Church,

68 Church Street in Xenia

April 2 Noon

The Good Friday Liturgy, including the reception of Holy Communion

Saturday, April 3 7:00 p.m. 

The Great Vigil of Easter including the First Holy Eucharist of Easter

Sunday, April 4 10:30 a.m. 

The Holy Eucharist

Parents, please note:

There will be no Children’s Chapel service on Easter Morning so that our children and those who lead the service can be with the entire church on that special day.

Following our worship service on Easter morning, there will be an Easter-egg Hunt for our children – complete with a visit from the Easter bunny!




Easter Flowers

If you wish to contribute towards the cost of the Easter Flowers, donations envelopes are in the pews or at the Usher’s Table.


 2010 Episcopal Calendars

are now available for only $2.00 each. If you are interested the calendars are located on the Ushers Table.


 2010 Offering Envelopes

2010 Offering Envelopes are now available to pick up at the table at the back of the church. If you are a regular loose plate offerer and would like the convinces of an offering envelope please let the parish secretary know and we will be happy to get a box ready for you.


The 2010 Church Directories are now available;

located by the piano.


Lent 2010

Worship Services

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Christ Episcopal Church 

(68 E. Church St., Xenia)

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 

5401 N. Broad St. (Fairborn)

Ash Wednesday, February 17

Holy Eucharist with the (Optional) Imposition of Ashes

St. Mark’s — Noon and 7:00 p.m.

St. Christopher’s — Noon and 6:30 p.m.


St. Mark’s – Wednesdays, Noon, 

Holy Eucharist

Christ Church – Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m., Healing Prayer Service

St. Christopher’s – Tuesdays, Noon and 5:30 p.m., Healing Prayer Service

The Episcopal Church in Dayton Lenten Series: 

Dying to Old, Rising to New: Life in the Spirit

In every generation, God’s people discover the truth of the resurrection. We experience death and God offers us new life, a life empowered by the Holy Spirit. Things change and a new way emerges to live as God’s people. This Lent, join us to discover the new way emerging for the Episcopal Church in Dayton. We will use Scripture, History, and Art as three ways of understanding what God is doing in our lives and in our church. The Lenten Series will be held on five Tuesday nights during Lent. The program will begin with prayer and a simple soup supper from 6:00 – 6:45 pm. The program will have three separate tracks to choose from between 6:45-8:00 pm.

1. The Story of People of God in Scripture: We will use Scripture as our guide and study together the new ways that emerge to be the people of God in every age, from Abraham through the Exodus, from the kingdom of David through the Exile. We will study how God’s way is recognized throughout time.

2. The Story of the People of God in Dayton: We will study the history of the Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio and work to discern the new life that God is inviting us to in our time. We will also discuss how the social changes in Dayton have shaped the churches here in the Miami Valley.

3. The Story of God’s People in Art and Culture: We will look at examples of art and culture in the Dayton area, especially how art and music have been used in our churches. Art is a vehicle through which perceptions are challenged and new expressions or ideas are made known to the world. We will discuss the impact of artistic expression and innovation on our understanding of God’s call to us today.

This program will be held at several of our deanery churches. 

We invite you to join us as you are able on this special Lenten pilgrimage! 

February 23: St. George’s

March 2: Christ Church Dayton

March 9: St. Christopher’s

March 16: St. Margaret’s 

March 23: St. Paul’s

If you are planning to attend one or more of the services listed above, please fill out the following form by clicking on the link below.  This will help the planners prepare for the soup supper being served.

Thank you!

Dying to Old, Rising to New: Life in the Spirit

Click on the picture to learn more!



 Sparkle Day 2010

Saturday, March 27


Every year about this time, it’s been a St. Mark’s tradition to spend a Saturday morning “sparkling up” our church sanctuary in preparation for Easter. We invite all parishioners — young and old — to assemble, roll up their sleeves, and assist in this very worthwhile (and fun) activity. Plus, pizza and soft drinks will be served when our work is complete. For more information please contact Wayne Harper.


St. Margaret’s

REMINDER!  We will be worshipping at St. Margaret’s this Sunday.  Rides will be available at St. Mark’s if you need transportation.


Pancake & Sausage Supper

When: Today, March 14th after the church service

Suggested donations of:

$3.00 per person Or $10.00 per family


Don’t forget to set your clocks 

for the

Day of Change 

Please bring in your loose change this Sunday

to help the hunger right here in Dayton.


Day of Caring

Pancake Luncheon

At Community United Methodist Church 

Hosted by the Mad River Lion’s Club

Sunday, February 28th 

10am – 2pm

All proceeds go towards helping the homeless

and hunger here in Dayton.


Today’s Luncheon Hosted by 

the Chapel Kids Sunday February 21

Please join us following the service for a delicious luncheon prepared and hosted by the Chapel Kids. The cost is $3 per person or $10 per family. The proceeds will benefit Episcopal Relief and Development and will be designated for the Haiti relief efforts.


 Annual Spaghetti Dinner at St. George’s

The annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Prizes, raffles, and more! Our most popular event at St. George’s.

All proceed benefit the Social Issues Commission’s outreach to the community. Contact Jean Tarr  or Julie Powers ( with questions or offers of help. Contact Bryan and Susan Daly  with contributions for the silent auction.  Phone St. Mark’s Church Office for phone numbers.


Prayer in


You’re invited to come by the church anytime between 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Tuesdays during the month of January for prayer, prayerful reading or prayerful conversation.

See Mary for more info or if you have any questions.


 Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday, January 31

One of the most important events in the life of a parish is its Annual Meeting, in which the members elect their leadership for the coming year. This year’s gathering will take place on Sunday, January 31. There will be no Christian Education sessions that day. We will begin by joining together for the Holy Eucharist at 9:30. That celebration will be followed by the Annual Meeting and will conclude with lunch at about noon.

Our candidates this year are:

Senior Warden: Jim Rudd

Junior Warden: Wayne Harper

Vestry Members: Carol Nancarrow and Joyce Probst MacAlpine

Diocesan Convention Delegates: Don Nancarrow, Joyce Probst MacAlpine and Katherine Wagner (The Senior Warden is an ex officio delegate.)

Deanery Delegates: Linda Stevens and Katherine Wagner