Calendar items:
December—Neighborhood Bridges “Stuff the Care Closet Month”


December 3—Advent I and CARE House collection
December 10—Advent II
December 17—Advent III
December 24—Advent IV, 10:30am; Christmas Eve, 5:00pm
December 24—Food Pantry collection day
December 31—Christmas II



Upcoming Events


Our Advent/Christmas Project: Fill up the Care Closet for Neighborhood Bridges
The supply drive for Neighborhood Bridges’ Care Closet begins this week and lasts all
month! Neighborhood Bridges helps meet basic needs of lower income students in
our community. Their Care Closet is running low on some specific supplies. We have
a mini-Closet with the Care closets most urgent needs represented as cutouts – you
can take one as a reminder to throw an extra item in your shopping cart or there are
rough dollar estimates listed on the back. Contact Meg Hull Ortiz
at with any questions.


Adult Forum: The Revelation to John
Beginning December 3rd and continuing through Epiphany: The Revelation to John.
The final book of the Bible is 24 chapters of some very creative prose and symbolism.
It can’t be read, marked, or inwardly digested in a few weeks. A syllabus will be available
next week. Please join us for this wild ride of a Bible Study.


Welcoming Bishop White
Bishop White begins her ministry with the diocese on December 1st. Rev. Derrick Fitz
has asked all congregations to shower her with gifts from our region. Are there items
we at St. Mark’s might like to send? It would be lovely to send a basket that represents
our ministries here. Please give Rev. Cricket as many ideas as possible.




2024 Looms Large—Cricket needs schedules for Sunday Ministers.
If you are in charge of scheduling people for Sunday mornings, please send the updated
assignments as soon as possible. If you are interested in trying a new ministry,
please see the following persons:

Cricket Park—Acolytes, Tech Table
Elizabeth Wagner-Weber—Open/Close
Kendall Rubino—Lay Readers, Chalice Bearers
Dave Reuter—Ushers
Don Nancarrow—Counters


UDOLLI -Winter 2024 Session
UDOLLI, the University of Dayton’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, provides a wide
variety of enrichment opportunities for those who are “50 years old or better.”
Complete information on UDOLLI is available at…

Among the topics addressed in the more than 70 seminars that will be offered in the Winter 2024 Session (January 16-February 26) are: Art and Photography; Current Events; Film and Theater; Health, Wellness, and Exercise; History and Social Sciences; Music; Psychology; Religion and Philosophy; Science; and Travel, Sports, and Leisure.  The complete Winter Program Catalog is available.



Calling all singers, puppeteers, techies, and folks who love to have fun. This year’s Christmas Pageant is the story of the Nativity as inspired by the rock band Queen.  Bethelemian Rhapsody tells the story of Jesus’ birth in a whimsical way. People of all ages are welcome to participate.


If you have puppets, please let Rev. Cricket know.  We need to fill the “roles” of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Shepherds, Angels, Magi, and (of course) Sheep. There’s room for everyone.


Don’t like being on stage? We could use help with the staging itself and technology.
Join Janet Reuter, the Walches, and your fun-loving priest to spread the gospel musically
this Christmas Eve. Please email Rev. Cricket (see address below) if you’re willing to participate.