Announcements from 2008

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Support the troops this Christmas

The Xerox Corporation is offering this great service to send holiday greetings to the troops stationed in Iraq.

If you go to this web site,, you can pick out your favorite thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services. It is free and it only takes a few seconds. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them. Thanks for taking time to support our military!


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Christmas 2008

Wed., December 24, 7:30 p.m.

Special Pre-Service Music

The Procession of the Children to the Crèche

The Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord! Christmas

Sun., December 28, The First Sunday after Christmas Day

10:30 The Holy Eucharist with a special “Sermon in Song: a Celebration of Christmas Music” (All members of the congregation will be invited to choose the Christmas music that we sing.)

11:45 Coffee Hour

Sun., Jan. 4, The Second Sunday after Christmas Day

10:30 The Holy Eucharist with a Celebration of the Epiphany and our annual Christmas Pageant

11:45 Coffee Hour

Quiet Christmas Eve at St. Paul’s

12:00 p.m.

A quiet celebration of the Holy Eucharist with laying on of hands for healing is offered for those who find it difficult to enter fully into the Christmas joy in a more festive way. Those who have suffered a loss of any kind or who are suffering are invited to find God’s peace and light in the quiet and simple hope that Christmas offers. St. Paul’s is located at 33 W. Dixon in Oakwood. 


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Christmas Flowers

If you wish to contribute towards the cost of the Christmas Flowers, donations envelopes are in the pews. Also, the new Flower Chart for 2009 is on the bulletin board outside the church office. 


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Advent 2008

Dec. 21, The Fourth Sunday of Advent

9:30 Christian Education with Christmas Pageant rehearsal

10:30 The Holy Eucharist

11:45 Coffee Hour 


Rector Out-of-Office This Week

The Rector will be on vacation this week (December 8-14). For pastoral needs, please contact our Deacon, Mary Slenski.  For other needs, please contact one of our Wardens, Tony Rubino or Jim Rudd. 


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Puppet Show and Dinner

FREE Christmas Puppet Show and Dinner at Community United Methodist Church today Sunday, December 14th.  A light dinner will be served at 6:30pm and the Puppet Show will begin at 7:30pm. This is a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy.


Please remember to pick up the latest edition of the Lion’s Tale. The St. Mark’s mail box is located by the piano. Also, please remember to recycle your envelopes.  Thank you! 



St. Mark’s 2008 Fundraising Campaign

Contributions continue to come in. Since our letters of May and early September, we have received $7,295 from eleven contributors. This breaks down to $3,570 for the Capital Improvement fund, $825 for Buildings and Grounds, $2,300 for general expenses, $300 for Habitat for Humanity, and $300 for Seminary Support. Your Vestry thanks the providers of these donations for their extra giving.


Sunday, December 7  – – –  7:30 p.m.

“Sweet Sounds of the Holidays” 

The Kettering Advent Ringers join the Bach Society of Dayton singers in our traditional holiday concert. This year, the Kettering Children’s Choir Chorale, under the direction of Bruce Swank, will sing with us for the first time. St. Mark’s has been blessed with 3 FREE tickets to share. If you are interested in attending this event please contact the church office at 256-1082.


The Fellowship Committee and the Downtowners Foyer of Christ Episcopal Church would like to issue an invitation to all your members to join us for an early celebration of the Christmas season on December 10, 2008. 

We are meeting first for the noontime Wednesday communion service at 12:10 PM. Following the service, a full luncheon will be served in the Parish Hall at 12:45 PM At 1:30 PM a special musical program arranged by Percy Jones will be presented in the nave.

For more information on this event please call the church office at 223-2239. 


St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

Festival Holiday Tea

The tea will be held at the church on Saturday, December 6th from 11 am until 2pm. Tickets are currently available for $15 per person. There will be a Bake Shoppe, with an array of pastries, cookies, and candies for purchase. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase, for a chance to win a beautiful decorated tree, holiday basket, or a wreath. Please contact St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church for tickets or for any other information you may need.


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Please plan to join the other members of our church, together with members of Faith Lutheran,

Community United Methodist,

and St. Mark’s Lutheran

for a Service of Thanksgiving.

It will take place on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:00 pm at

Community United Methodist Church

339 Meyer Ave and Burkhardt.


Rector’s Continuing Education

All clergy in the Episcopal Church are expected to do two weeks of continuing education each year. This coming week, Mike will be fulfilling part of that requirement by participating in the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. He will be out of the office from this Wednesday afternoon until the following Wednesday (November 26).

If you have any pastoral needs during this time (or on any Thursdays throughout the year) please contact our Deacon, Mary Slenski. Her home phone number is 429-5513. For any other issues, needs or concerns, please contact one of our Wardens, Tony Rubino or Jim Rudd. Our secretary, Rachel Huffman, is in the church office Monday through Friday from 8:30 until 12:30.


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Service of Prayer and Remembrance

This afternoon, Sunday, November 16

4:00 pm

Here at St. Mark’s

This service celebrates The Lesser Feast of All Faithful Departed which sets aside a particular time to remember the saints who are close to us. It’s one thing to hear of saints from years and ages gone by and we remember by name those close to us who died in the last year in the All Saint’s necrology. It’s another when it’s someone we knew personally, when there is or was an emotional attachment. Time goes by but they are still part of our lives. The words of Scripture and our tradition, voiced as a conversation with God in the office of Evening Prayer, allow us to express that emotional reality while we who still walk this earth, live without their daily presence but still in the hope of that same resurrection.


Ethics after Easter, Vol. 9 by Stephen Holmgren: Book Cover

St. Mark’s Adult Forum 

Fall 2008

Ethics after Easter: an Introduction to Christian Living

In baptism, we commit ourselves to a new way of living, one modeled on the teaching and example of Jesus. This eight-part series of discussions will enable us to explore that way of living and how we can make ethical decisions, based on that way, in our lives.

The Rector and Assistant will lead this series together, using as a basis Stephen Holmgren’s book Ethics after Easter, from the New Church’s Teaching Series. Like this entire set of books, this one is written for the average member of the church.

Sessions will take place in the Lounge on Sunday mornings from 9:30 until 10:00, and again on Wednesday mornings from 11:00 until 11:50, beginning on Sunday, September 21 (and Wednesday, September 17).

Further information about the book, and a sign-up sheet to order it (for $12), is posted on the main bulletin board, across from the church office. We would like it if you would sign by Sunday, September 7, so that we can have the books available a week before the first session. (There is a copy of the book on the bookshelf between the two offices.)

*** You will notice that this series begins a week later than our Youth Program, Sunday School and Nursery. This allows us to use Sunday, September 14, for a special Adult Forum session in the Lounge from 9:15 until 10:00 (and Wednesday, September 10, from 11:00 until 11:50). We will review the current status and life of the Church from two different perspectives. We’ll start with a brief review of what happened and did not happen at the recent Lambeth Conference, and conclude with a look at the Parish Self-Assessment that our Vestry recently completed. Knowing where we are right now is a good first-step as we set out on the journey of this coming year! ***


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Rummage Sale

Immaculate Conception Church 

November 8th from 9am-4pm

All are invited to attend.

For more information on this event please contact Pat Askren.


Fall Toiletry Collection

Please help us with a special collection of toiletries and personal care items to be distributed through our St. Andrew’s/St. Margaret’s Food Pantry. These items are often expensive and are not covered by food stamps, so are desperately needed by guests at our food pantry. This collection will be sorted as one of the ministry tracks at our upcoming Diocesan Convention, November 7-8. We are looking for any size (travel size, hotel samples, or regular size) of the following items:

> Soap, hand soap, or body wash

> Shampoo/conditioner

> Toothpaste/toothbrushes/ mouthwash/dental floss

> Razors/shaving cream

> Feminine care products

> Hand or body lotion

> Toilet paper or tissues

You may leave your contributions in the marked box in the narthex.


All Saints Day

This Sunday, November 2nd, we will be celebrating All Saints Day. Our custom at St. Mark’s is to include in that day’s Eucharistic Prayer the names of our parishioners, relatives and friends who have died during the past year.


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Today is the Day of Change

The change collected will be used to help feed the hunger. Thank you for your generosity.


Contributions Needed for the Students of Kemp Elementary School

St. Mark’s, along with Community United Methodist Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Helen’s Catholic Church and Corinth Presbyterian Church, is beginning the seventh year of a School-Church Partnership with Kemp Elementary School in Dayton. In addition to providing one-on-one tutoring to students at Kemp, we once-again plan to provide much-needed supplies for the students. The following items have been requested:

(Please place donated items in box in back of church.)

Book bags (large enough for many papers)

School boxes

No. 2 pencils

Boxes of crayons (8, 16 or 24 colors only; no fluorescent colors, please)

Colored pencils 

Blue or black pens

Red pens

Pencil bags

Pocket folders 

1 ½ to 2 inch 3-ring binders

Wide-ruled loose-leaf paper

Portfolio-type folders with pockets

Wide-ruled, one-subject notebooks

Steno or spiral notebooks

Large erasers

Blunt scissors (no sharp points)


Glue sticks

Bottles of white liquid Elmer’s glue 




Small calculators

Please do not send trapper keepers or pencil sharpeners.

Thank you.


School-Supplies Needed 

Kemp School is in need of additional school supplies for those students whose families cannot afford to buy them.

Specifically, they need:

>> crayons <<

>> pencils >>

>> wide-ruled loose-leaf paper <<

You can place the supplies in the box in the narthex.

Thank you!


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This Sunday we will be celebrating the 85th Birthday of John Cobb. John started preaching here at St. Mark’s in 1963 and retired after 32 years of faithful service in 1995. Please help us to make this a wonderful birthday for him and his family by donating food to share. There is a food sign-up sheet located across the hall from the church office. Thank you!


“Safe Church” Session to be Held at St. Mark’s

We at St. Mark’s have been greatly blessed with many wonderful children and young adults. We have a corresponding responsibility to provide a safe environment for all of them. In response to that obligation, we continue to ask everyone who works with our children and young adults to read and sign their assent to the diocesan document “On the Nurture and Care of Children.” This sets down basic principles for protecting our children, our volunteers and our church from abuse of any kind.

In addition, and in compliance with diocesan policy, we ask everyone who works with our children and young adults, both paid staff and volunteers, to participate in the diocesan “Sexual Misconduct and Child Abuse Prevention” (SMCAP) program. This is a one-time requirement: i.e. if you have participated in one of these sessions in the past, you do not need to do so again.

There are several SMCAP sessions available this fall, including one at St. Mark’s on Saturday, October 11, and one at Christ Church in Springfield on Saturday, October 25; both of them are scheduled for 9:00-3:00. If you are able to attend either of them, please notify the church office as soon as possible, and we will make sure that you are registered. The church will pay the $15 registration fee, which includes lunch.


Kemp @ Grant


What: Walk to raise funds to help children and families worldwide

When: October 11, 2008

Registration: 9:30 AM

Grand Send-Off: 10 AM

Where: Island Metro Park @ Helena and Riverside

Cost: $25 per participant or raise as much as you can from sponsors

For more information on this event

please contact Percy Akoto.



Please remember to check the St. Mark’s Mail for the latest addition of the Lion’s Tale and the 3rd Quarter Contribution sheets. Thank you.


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Kemp @ Grant

Kemp @ Grant School

4309 Arcadia Boulevard

Dayton. Ohio 45420-3116


Volunteer Tutors Needed to Help Children with Reading or Math

Now in its seventh year, the Kemp School Community Partnership brings together members of five area churches, students from the University of Dayton, and other community volunteers to assist students at Kemp Elementary School with their reading or math. Member churches are Community United Methodist Church, Corinth Presbyterian Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. It is one of St. Mark’s three principal Outreach ministries.

Kemp is a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade Dayton Public School. It is currently located in a temporary location at the former Grant Elementary School at 4300 Arcadia Blvd. in the Linden Heights neighborhood. Plans are for Kemp to move at the end of October into a completely new building on Gondert Avenue at Shedbourne Avenue in the Eastern Hills neighborhood, just 1 mile from St. Mark’s.

We invite you to consider giving just one hour of your time each week to sit down with a child and help him or her learn to read or perform basic math. We are happy to work with you to accommodate your preferred day-of-the-week and time, subject, and grade level.

For more information, please contact Mike Kreutzer.

Thank you.


P.A.T. News

The Parish Action Team received a total of $425 towards the Betsy Jones Memorial Fund. In turn, this money has been donated to St. Mark’s Building and Grounds Fundraiser. Betsy Jones was a very active member of our church family and this is how she would have liked us to celebrate her life. 


Prayer Chain

If you have someone you’d like to add to the prayer chain, please contact Linda Benavides.


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Youth 2 Mission Bike Ride

What: Diocesan bike ride to raise funds for youth mission trips. Helmets recommended.

When: October 5, 2008, 1:00 PM

Where: Carillon Park, picnic after ride

Cost: $20 per participant or $100 raised from sponsors or A participating family may raise $200 from sponsors

For more information on this event

please contact Percy Akoto.


IF YOU LOVE THE PERSON YOU’RE MARRIED TO. . .YOU’LL LOVE A MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND! Get away from jobs, kids, chores, and phones, focus only on each other —and learn how to add extra warmth to your marriage. For greater depth, growth, and enrichment in your relationship, you’ll appreciate the difference a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend can make. Upcoming Marriage Encounter weekends in the Columbus area include a Catholic Expression Weekend in Columbus on April 18-20 (full with a waiting list already), an Episcopal Expression Weekend in Worthington on May 16-18 and Catholic Expression weekends on July 18-20 and September 26-28. Please note that couples of any faith can attend weekends of any Expression. If you are interested let us know as soon as you can! For more information or to register, contact Larry and Patti Cooper at 740-369-0832 or visit the Episcopal Expression website at


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The walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 945 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. For more information about this walk please contact Eric Harvey.



German Dinner !!!

Saturday, September 27th 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Meal includes:

Rolladen (Beef, pounded and seasoned and stuffed with onion, parsley, bacon and a pickle. Served with gravy.)

– or –

Rollbraten (pork, pounded and seasoned and rolled up. Served with gravy.)

German Potato Salad Green Beans Salad and Dessert

Cost is: $ 8.00 adult or $ 4.00 children

Limited tickets are available at the door. A sign-up sheet is located across from the church office. Payment needs to be submitted by Wednesday, September 24th. If paying by check, please put payable to “Community United Methodist Church” (and in the memo section please put “German Dinner”). For more information about this event please contact Rachel Huffman.



You Summer Music


Each summer while the choir is on recess, we invite St. Mark’s parishioners to share their musical talents with us during our Sunday Worship. We have had vocal soloist, duets and small choral groups; we have had a great variety of instrumentalists, from piano to guitar to clarinet to bassoon to violin to harmonica – and we have appreciated and loved them all. 

If you have some sort of musical talent that you might be willing to share with us, please select a Sunday and sign the sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office or across from the Usher’s table. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Browning. 

Many thanks for sharing your gifts with us!


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Please pick up the September Lion’s Tale located next to the doors near the piano. Also please recycle your envelope – this recycling effort has helped St. Mark’s keep down the cost of postage, labels, and envelopes. Thank you!


Parish Action Team

meeting after the church service in the Lounge on September 21st.

All are welcome to attend


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Christian Education

Discussion & Listening Session

We at St. Mark’s are blessed in many, many ways. Among them is the gift of all our children and young adults. At a time when so many other churches have few or no children at all, we currently have 56 members from newborns through seniors in high school. That means that about 1/3 of our parish is 18-years-of-age or younger — that’s extraordinary!

On Sunday, August 31, I invite our parents, Christian Education teachers etc. to gather in the Parish Hall during Coffee Hour to talk about how we can best respond to this great gift. As our Christian Education program has evolved over the years, we now have Adult Education (Adult Forum) from 9:15 until 10:00, Sunday School classes from either 9:30 or 9:45 until 10:15 or so, and Nursery and Children’s Chapel from 10:30 until “the Peace”. We need to figure out a way of making Sunday mornings a worthwhile and enjoyable time for all of us, without parents having to adjust to different schedules for various-age children in their families.

I hope we can come to a better “shared schedule” for our Christian Ed. offerings. I would also be interested in how we can best provide for parents, some with younger children, who are here with nothing to do while their older children are in Sunday School or the Youth Program. If you choose not to participate in the current Adult Forum series, would you, for example, like to have the Nursery available for you to gather with other parents of younger children? Would you like to have a section of the Parish Hall where you can gather with others for a relaxed time of conversation and getting to know one another better?

These are topics for us to consider. I hope you can join us as we work together to celebrate the great gift that God has given us at St. Mark’s!



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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, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen.

For several years, St. Mark’s has supported the work of Kairos by providing many dozens of cookies for the Rev. George Brewer,the Pastor of Eastmont United Methodist Church, to take to Lebanon Correctional Institution (LCI) for Kairos weekends. We also include the entire Kairos team, and those to whom they minister, in our prayers during the weekend.

The next Kairos weekend at LCI will take place on September 11-14. Cookies need to be in the church office no later than Tuesday, September 9. Bags and instructions for the cookies are available in the church office.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting this life-changing ministry.


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Our Annual Parish Picnic is Sunday, September 7th. We are having our IO:30am service at the Shellabarger Park, followed by a picnic.

*  PLACE: Shellabarger Park on Burkhardt Road. Sign-up sheets and

directions are posted across from the church office.

*  WE WILL PROVIDE: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Condiments, Chips, Water, and all Paper Products.

*  YOU SHOULD BRING: Lawn Chairs and/or a Blanket, A Side Dish or Dessert and your favorite 2-liter soft drink for your family to share (if you do not want water).  We would also like someone to bring tomatoes, lettuce, and/or onions.

Any questions, please contact Vic Howarah or any member of the Vestry.


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Sunday Worship at 10:30 beginning This Sunday

With our September 7 Worship and Picnic at Shellabarger Park, we return to our regular 10:30 time for Sunday morning worship.


New Choir Director Named!

St. Mark’s is pleased to announce that our very own Christine Browning will be directing the choir for at least one year while she is student teaching.  Congratulations Christine!  St. Mark’s is very fortunate to have such talent right in our own congregation!


Summer Sundays Worship Schedule

During the months of July and August, our Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist begins at 9:30. This year, that includes the Sundays from July 6 through August 31.


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Yard Sale !!! 

Thank you to everyone who donated their items and time towards the Yard Sale on Saturday. Without you we could not have had such a successful sale.  Thanks again!


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Thank you to all who volunteered for the Kemp Kickoff Cookout on Friday, August 8.


A note from Deacon Mary:

My office hours have settled into:

· Monday 8:30 am – 3 pm

· Tues-Thurs 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

· Friday Off

This morning, you are invited to bring your coffee and pay a visit to my office on the 2nd floor, directly over the parish offices. Come see storage room turned penthouse! Many thanks to Mike and Don Nancarrow for moving what was stored there and to Don for installing air conditioning, blinds and curtain rods and carpet cleaning.



Please remember to pick up your 2nd Quarter Contribution Sheets and latest addition of the “Lion’s Tale.” The box of envelopes is located by the piano. Also, please remember to recycle your envelope.


Young’s Dairy Outing!!!

All are welcome to join us next Sunday, immediately following the 9:30 AM service, for our annual outing at Young’s Jersey Dairy, just north of Yellow Springs. Directions to Young’s are available on the main bulletin board, across from the church office.


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Congratulation to Scott & Kate Canale Who were married yesterday at St. Mark’s.


Rector on Vacation!!!

The Rector will be on vacation from Monday, June 23, through Sunday, July 6.

· For Pastoral needs, please contact Deacon George Snyder or Deacon Mary Slenski.

· For other needs, please contact one of our Wardens, Tony Rubino or Jim Rudd.

· Next Sunday, June 29, George Snyder will be leading Morning Prayer at 10:30.

· On Sunday, July 6, Bill Bumiller (a retired priest in our area) will serve as celebrant for the 9:30 celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

· On Wednesday, June 25 there will be No Noon Service

· On Wednesday, July 2, Mary Slenski will be leading Morning Prayer at noon in the Lounge.


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Happy Father’s Day

In Memory of Evan (Eddie) Miles from his loving son Mark Miles.

In remembrance of Eddie’s belated birthday on May 25th. Eddie would have been 88 this year.


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6 – 8 PM





On Tuesday, June 17, Christ Church in Xenia will be hosting a Life Line Screening. For more information or to set up a screening session please call 1-800-897-9177.


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Happy 90th Birthday 

To Vivian Kovach!


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to Lauren Rubino

on her May 31 Graduation

from Beavercreek High School!


Please Note: The church office will be closed this Thursday, June 5.


FREE Epson Ink Cartridges!


T0604-cyan (blue)

These ink cartridges will work in Epson: C68.C88, CX3800, CX3810, CX4200, CX4200, CX4800, CX5800F, or CX7800 printer machines. The ink cartridges are located in the church office if you are interested.


St. Mark’s is now accepting new or renewal subscriptions for the Episcopal Life newsletter. You will receive 12 issues of this subscription for only $15.00. Episcopal Life is the independently edited, national monthly newspaper for the Episcopal Church. Come and find out what the Episcopal Church is doing in our country and around the world. If you are interested in starting or renewing a subscription, please contact the Church Office at 256-1082.


Please join with other members of St. Mark’s and of Community United Methodist Church for the second-annual “5 for the Kids” 5k (3.1 mile) walk or run, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30. The proceeds will benefit CARE House, the focus of one of St. Mark’s principal Outreach ministries.

CARE House, located across from Children’s Medical Center, is the service agency that cares for abused and neglected children from throughout the greater-Dayton area. It brings together the resources of Children’s Medical Center, Montgomery County Children’s Services, the Montgomery County Prosecutor, the Montgomery County Sheriff and the Dayton Chief of Police to serve, in an integrated way, the needs of these young victims of violence, neglect and abuse.

Several members of St. Mark’s participated in the walk last year and found it to be, not only a great way to support the vital services that CARE house provides, but also an enjoyable way to walk and talk together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Refreshments available afterward provide a setting to continue the fellowship.

If you have any questions, or to register for our “team”, please contact Percy Akoto ( There is a sign-up list for your convenience. We would like to register our participants by May 18, although you can register yourself (for $25) on the night of the race.


The office will be Closed in observation of Memorial Day on Monday, May 26th.


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Each year, St. Mark’s joins with VFW Post 657, American Legion Post 776, Eastmont United Methodist Church, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in hosting a brief (30 minutes) Memorial Day Eve service. This observance provides a way for the entire community to come together in a faith-filled setting in order to focus on the significance of this special day and to honor those who gave their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy.

Please make plans to be with us at St. Mark’s on Sunday, May 25th at 7:00 PM, and bring your family and friends with you, for what is always a moving event for many. The service begins with the posting of the colors and concludes outside the church with the playing of taps and a 21-gun salute.



St. Mark’s will be collecting used computer ink cartridges. Instead of throwing them away bring them to church. There is a box near the Ushers table and one in the church office if you are interested. Thank you.


If you wish to have mentioned in the bulletin the name and occasion of why a candle or flower was purchased, please contact the secretary by Tuesday.  Thank you.

Rachel Huffman, Secretary



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Please remember to wear something red this

Sunday for The Day of Pentecost.


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Join us for a celebration of the Life of Betsy Jones

At an Open House Reception 

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 10

Aullwood Audubon Center

Drop in, meet, and reminisce about Betsy with Hayward and their children.

Aullwood Audubon center is located at 1000 Aullwood Rd. (near Englewood): feel free to explore the beautiful building and grounds. Casual attire is appropriate.



Flower Sunday May 11

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A long-time St. Mark’s custom is to include in our worship on Mother’s Day a “Flowering of the Cross”. We have a simple wooden cross that is placed at the front of the center aisle. It has many small holes drilled in it. All those attending are invited to bring a flower with them to church that day and, during the Offertory, to come forward and place it in one of the holes. The result is always a beautiful sign of the abundance of God’s love and of the joy of the resurrection.


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6 Free Tickets for Sunday, May 11, 2008

“A Celebration of Spring”

Starting at 7:30 p.m.

Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist church

3939 Stonebridge Road, Kettering

In a refreshing change of pace, the Bach Society presents a “mostly 20th Century” program of music, from the serious to the joyous. The Vaughan Williams “Mass in G Minor” is a fitting capstone to our 6th season, and the Dello Joio “A Jubilant Song” will send you out the door wanting to come back for more.


A Special Dayton Deanery

Adult Formation Opportunity

Confirmation and Renewal:

Glorious Companions

Beginning Thursday, April 3, and continuing for a total of 6 sessions, the Episcopal Church of Dayton will be offering a special Adult Formation series. It will provide an overview of our Anglican heritage and specifically of the Episcopal Church. All sessions will take place on Thursday evenings from 7:00 until 8:30 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakwood.

(Click HERE to visit our Adult Ed Archives!)

Topics and presenters will be:

April 3: The History of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion

> The Rev. Michael Kreutzer, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

April 10: The Polity and Life of the Episcopal Church

> The Rev. John Koepke, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

April 17: Anglican Foundations and Liturgy

> The Rev. John Paddock, Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton

April 24: Anglican Spirituality and Temperament

> The Rev. Benjamin Speare-Hardy, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

May 1: Anglican Poets and Writers

> Carol Ganim-Nelson, English Professor at Miami University

May 8: Anglican Prophets and the Baptismal Covenant

> The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, St, Andrew’s Episcopal Church

All are welcome. Optional reading: “Glorious Companions.”


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You’ve Got Mail !!!

Please check the envelope box next to the piano for a special letter from St. Mark’s. If you would like to help St. Mark’s save on mailing expenses please recycle your envelope. Thank you!


Starting on April 20th there will only be one Holy Eucharist service at 10:30 AM!


…to pick up your latest copy of the Lion’s Tale.  Also, please help St. Mark’s save money on postage and envelopes by placing your envelope in the recycle folder.

Thank you!



3rd Annual Dayton Deanery Clergy Swap

This Sunday, April 27, the churches of the Dayton Deanery will be holding our third annual Clergy Swap. In a schedule created by our Deanery Provost, Randy Young, the priests of the Deanery move to different churches for the Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

In the past two years, the Revs. Ruth Paulus and Jane Gerdsen have visited St. Mark’s. This year, the Rev. Jack Koepke, from St. Paul’s in Oakwood, will be our guest celebrant and homilist.

At the same time, Mike will be substituting for Jack at St. Paul’s.


Please join us in congratulating Grandparents Joy & Carl Brown on the birth of their 12th grandbaby, Reese Katherine Brown on March 28th 2008.  Zach & Tara Brown and older sisters Alynna (3 yrs) and Reagan (2 yrs) are all doing well.


All are welcome to attend the St. Helen Altar Rosary Society Annual Interfaith Luncheon on Tuesday, March 25th at 11:30 AM.  Please RSVP at 254-6233 or 253-9471.


8:00 AM Service Moving to Children’s Chapel

Beginning Sunday, February 3, the 8:00 AM celebration of Holy Eucharist will take place in the Children’s Chapel.  We recently made the same move for the Wednesday Noon Service, and our regular participants liked the setting.  It is warmer and more intimate than in the nave, and it saves the expense of running two sanctuary furnaces early on Sunday mornings and the expense of turning on the 118 (!) light bulbs in the nave and narthex!


Holy Week & Easter Services

Palm Sunday, March 16

Quiet Holy Eucharist at 8:00

Holy Eucharist at 10:30

Wednesday, March 19

Holy Eucharist at Noon

Stations of the Cross, 7:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, March 20

Holy Eucharist at 6:30 p.m.

At St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

(1501 N. Broad St. in Fairborn)

Good Friday, March 21

Proper Liturgy at Noon


Great Vigil and First Holy Eucharist of Easter

Saturday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m.

Quiet Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.


St. Mark’s Adult Forum

Lent 2008

The season of Lent has long been a time during which converts to the Christian faith are prepared for the sacrament of Baptism, and current members of the Church prepare to renew their baptismal commitments at Easter. For centuries, an important part of that observance has been the Sunday gospel readings that we hear this year: a special series taken from the Gospel according to John. They speak to us in vivid and powerful images of central baptismal themes.

Our Adult Forum series this Lent will once again focus on those themes, examining in detail each Sunday the Gospel reading for that day. Our journey will lead us through:

>> February 10: “The Season of Lent and the Gospel According to John”

>> February 17: “Born from Above: John 3:1-17”

>> February 24: “The Water of Life: John 4:1-42”

>> March 2: “The Light of the World: John 9:1-41”

>> March 9: “The Resurrection and the Life: John 11:1-44”

>> March 16: “John’s Passion and Resurrection Narratives”

All sessions take place on Sunday mornings from 9:30 until 10:00 in the Lounge. (Wednesday sessions will take place in the Lounge at 11:15, beginning February 6). Please bring a Bible and join us!



We are receiving donations for Easter Flowers. If you are donating, please print the name of the person for whom the flowers are given, whether in thanksgiving or in memory. We need the names by March 16th to include them in the Easter Bulletins. Thank you.



There is a new and simple volunteer opportunity for the members of St. Mark’s. Kairos is collecting bags of cookies from different churches throughout Dayton; for Kairos ministers to take to the Lebanon Correctional Institution. (Our local contact is Rev. George Brewer, Pastor at Eastmont UMC).

Kairos is an ecumenical ministry that conducts special, intensive, weekend programs for those in prison, praying with them, talking with them, and helping them to turn their lives around through a turning to God. The next Kairos weekend will take place from March 13 -16, 08.

If you are interested in baking cookies; bags are available on the ushers table. Each bag will need 2 doz. Cookies.

NOTE:  Please return the cookies bags by WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12th to St. Mark’s.  At the 10:30 service we will pray over the cookies before they are given to the inmates and staff at the Lebanon Correctional Institution.


The Kairos motto is Matthew (25: 34-36) ‘Come you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

Please take the time to bake some cookies and make a difference in someone’s life today.


This Sunday begins Daylight Savings Time.

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward!



This Friday, March 7th

St. Mark’s Lutheran at 1pm.

All are invited to attend. 


Day of Caring

Annual Pancake Brunch


Sunday, February 24th

Hosted by the Mad River Lion’s Club

From 10am till 2pm

at Community United Methodist Church

Adult Ticket: $6.00

Senior or Child: $4.00

You can either pay at the door or you can purchase your tickets in advance through Rachel Huffman our church secretary.

All proceeds from these Brunches benefit the local community’s Hunger and Housing Coalitions. The intention of the Day of Caring and the Pancake Brunch is to increase awareness of the pressing needs of the hungry and homeless.


Scouting Sunday

We extend a special WELCOME today to the members of Cub Scout Pack 5555 and their families. Thank you for joining us for our worship celebration. We hope you will be able to join us also for some refreshments following the service!


Ash Wednesday Services

Noon and 7:00pm


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 5, 2008 

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Pancakes and Sausage 

Suggested Donation:

$ 3.00 per person or $10.00 per family.


Episcopal Retirement Homes’ Parish Health Ministry and Canterbury Court Staff would like to invite you and a guest to the following…

The 2nd Annual Canterbury Ministry Opportunity and Training Event to be held here at St. Mark’s on Sunday, February 3rd, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

This event is to express gratitude for Canterbury Court volunteers and inform others of volunteer opportunities. For more information on this event please contact Rhonda Johnson at (877) 461-3862.


Now available is the 2008 Episcopal Kalendar Church Year Guide. If you would like to purchase one of these calendars they will be located by the usher’s table. The cost for this informative calendar is only $2.00 each. Thank you!




Sunday, January 27

Please try to attend.  Your vote counts!

9:30 AM:  ….Holy Eucharist with special music led by our young adults

11:00 AM:  ………………………………………………….  Annual Parish Meeting

12:00 Noon:  ……………………………………………………………………….  Lunch

Candidates for 2008:

Senior Warden:  Tony Rubino

Junior Warden:  Jim Rudd

Vestry (3 to be elected):

Percy Akoto

Wayne Harper

Eric Harvey

Deanery Representatives:

(2 to be elected)

Janet Reuter

Kendall Rubino

Diocesan Convention Representatives:

(4 delegates to be elected;

up to 4 alternates to be elected)

Gary Browning

Don Nancarrow

Libby Nicholson

Kendall Rubino

Tony Rubino

Jim Rudd

Carol Sewell


2008 St. Mark’s Stewardship Campaign

On behalf of the 2008 St. Mark’s Stewardship Committee, I thank each of you who submitted your pledge in support of our Parish’s mission for the coming year. Your support of our Parish in fulfilling its mission to do God’s work here on earth is greatly appreciated. If you have not submitted your pledge as of yet, please consider doing so. Your contribution will enable our Parish to more effectively serve as a good steward of the bountiful blessings God has bestowed upon this Parish.

Jim Rudd

Stewardship Chairperson


A Wish List from St. Paul UMC


* Canned Fruits

* Canned Meats (tuna, spam, etc.)

* Canned soups ( chicken noodle, creamed )

* Sugar

* Spaghetti sauce

* Crackers

* Sugar free foods (for diabetics)

* Vegetable oil, Crisco

* Drink mixes

* Jalapeno peppers, hot sauce

* Diapers (all sizes)

* Laundry soap

* Toothpaste, toothbrushes

* Shampoo

* Deodorant

* Plastic bags with handles

* Brown bag


Meijer Rewards

Are you a frequent shopper at Meijer?

Well this is a great way for you to help raise money for the church. Ever time you shop just scan your card into the machine and the church will get a percentage of what you have spent. Please fill out the free application forms located at the back of the church, and we would be happy to mail them for you. Thank you for your support!


“Hunger Sunday”

Please remember to bring in non-perishable food items to be donated to the Food Pantry at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at Fourth and Huffman in East Dayton. Thank you for your generosity!


“Office Closed” Dates…

The  Church Office will be closed on Tuesday, December, 25th and Tuesday, January 1st.