Pentecost-15 (Yr C) Sep 18, 2022


A Celebration of Holy Eucharist

The 15th Sunday after Pentecost



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, September 18, 2022, 10:30am


Note: the service is being livestreamed and recorded and will be available on our Facebook page.


If you’re new to St. Mark’s please see an usher for a welcome packet so we might acknowledge your visit and include you on our email list for weekly updates and information regarding St. Mark’s and the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The RESTROOM is located to the right as you enter the building.


Throughout the service the people’s responses are in italics; directions are in bold italics.


If you prefer a gluten-free host please notify an usher prior to the service.



“My Heart is Ever Yearning”                Johannes Brahms


WELCOME:   The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor  


Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional



“Jerusalem, my happy home”  (v. 1-3)                                        The Hymnal 1982,  #620


1          Jerusalem, my happy home,

                        when shall I come to thee?

            When shall my sorrows have an end?

                        Thy joys when shall I see?


2          Thy saints are crowned with glory great;

                        they see God face to face;

            they triumph still, they still rejoice

                        in that most happy place.


3          There David stands with harp in hand

                        as master of the choir:

            ten thousand times would one be blest

                        who might this music hear.



The Liturgy of the Word


Please remain standing


Celebrant:  Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.  (with gusto!)


Celebrant:  Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy Name through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Celebrant:  The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray.

All: Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



“God, my King”                                                                                    1982 Hymnal, #414


All: God, my King, thy might confessing, ever will I bless thy Name;

day by day thy throne addressing, still will I thy praise proclaim.


Full of kindness and compassion, slow to anger, vast in love,

God is good to all creation; all his works his goodness prove.



Please be seated



Reader:  My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick. Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: “Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not in her?” (“Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?”) “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored? O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!                                 (8:18-9:1)

Reader:  The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.


Please stand    



Reader: O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance; they have profaned your holy temple; they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble.

Reader: They have given the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the air, and the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the field.

Reader: They have shed their blood like water on every side of Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them.

Reader: We have become a reproach to our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to those around us.

Reader: How long will you be angry, O Lord? will your fury blaze like fire for ever?

Reader: Pour out your wrath upon the heathen who have not known you and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your Name.

Reader: For they have devoured Jacob and made his dwelling a ruin.

Reader: Remember not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us; for we have been brought very low.

Reader: Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name; deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name’s sake.                                                                     (Ps. 79:1-9)


Please be seated



Reader: First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all — this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.                              (2:1-7)

 Reader:  The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.   

Please stand



“Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness”  (v. 1-3)                                  1982 Hymnal,  #492


1          Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness,

                        wake your noblest, sweetest strain,

            with the praises of your Savior

                        let his house resound again;

            him let all your music honor,

                        and your songs exalt his reign.



2          Sing how he came forth from heaven,

                        bowed himself to Bethlehem’s cave,

            stooped to wear the servant’s vesture,

                        bore the pain, the cross, the grave,

            passed within the gates of darkness,

                        thence his banished ones to save.



3          So, he tasted death for mortals,

                        he, of humankind the head,

            sinless one, among the sinful,

                        Prince of life, among the dead;

            thus he wrought the full redemption,

                        and the captor captive led.



Please stand



Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant: Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, `What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, `How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, `A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, `Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, `And how much do you owe?’ He replied, `A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, `Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”    (16:1-13)

Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, Lord Christ.               



“Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness”  (v. 4)                                      1982 Hymnal,  #492


4          Now on high, yet ever with us,

                        from his Father’s throne the Son

            rules and guides the world he ransomed,

                        till the appointed work be done,

            till he see, renewed and perfect,

                        all things gathered into one.



Please be seated




Please stand



“I believe in God almighty”                                             Wonder, Love, & Praise,  #769


1          I believe in God almighty, author of all things that be,

            Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky and sea.

            I believe in God’s son, Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ,

            of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life.



2          I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified;

            taken from the cross, was buried— True Life there had truly died.

            I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave,

            then ascended to God right hand. He will come to judge and save.



3          I believe in God’s own Spirit, bonding all the saints within

            One church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin;

            in the body’s resurrection, for the breaking of death’s chain

            gives the life that’s everlasting. This the faith that I have claimed.



Please stand or kneel



Reader:  In peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the peace of the world, for the unity of the church of God, and for the well-being of all peoples; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For Joe, our President, for the leaders of nations, and for all in authority; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For this gathering of the faithful, and for all who offer here their worship and praise; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For all the baptized, for all who serve in the church, remembering especially the wardens, Libby and Kendall, for the officers, Don and Dave, for the vestry, for all committees and councils, and for all who serve to support the worship of this community: acolytes, readers, chalice-bearers, ushers, musicians, and the altar guild; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the city of Riverside and the surrounding communities of Dayton and for those who live in them; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the good earth that God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to care for it and rightly use its resources; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For those who travel by land, water, or air, remembering especially those in this congregation who are traveling, that they may return home safely; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the aged and infirm, for those who are widowed and orphaned, and for those who are sick, grieving, or suffering from any adversity, remembering especially:

All: Linda, Libby, the Berta family, Wayne, Don, Carol S, Ruby, the Phillips family, the Darnell family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, George, and Vern.

Reader:  Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the poor and oppressed, for those who are unemployed and destitute, for those who are imprisoned and captive, for refugees and those seeking asylum, and for all who remember and care for them; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For all who have died in the assurance of the resurrection, and for all the departed; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Celebrant: Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: 

All: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.            



Celebrant:  Let us confess our sins to God, our neighbor, and all our relations.

All:  Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves; we are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.


Celebrant:  Our Lord Jesus Christ has bestowed power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to those who are truly repentant, absolution and remission of sin.  Therefore, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, be reconciled to God through grace and “go and sin no more.” Amen.


Please stand



Celebrant:  The peace of the Lord be always with you.  And also with you.

The congregation offers the peace of God to one another.


Please be seated




ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                Libby Nicholson, Sr. Warden



Celebrant: O Lord our God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power; because you have created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.


Thank you for your generous weekly gifts.

The day-to-day mission and ministry of St. Mark’s

 is funded primarily by gifts received in the offering plate each week.



“It is Good to Sing Your Praises”            David Paxton                         Laura Leach, voice

 Please stand



Celebrant:  Let us pray.  Most Holy God, the author of life and creator of all that is, receive and bless my offering this day; that the currency of worldly value may become the currency of transformation through the worship  and work of this community. Amen.



Celebrant:  Remembering Jesus, who fed friends and strangers on the hillside, accept our gifts of food for the hungry in our community. 

Celebrant:  United in Christ, instill in us sincere appreciation for the food on our tables and the will to provide for those who are hungry.   Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away.



The Liturgy of the Table


            To receive the sacrament, please approach the celebrant by way of the center aisle and returning to your seat by way of the side aisle. The common cup is available for those who feel comfortable drinking from it; please do not dip the wafer in the wine – per Bishop Smith.

            Those not receiving the sacrament in either kind are invited to come forward for a blessing; cross your arms across your chest to indicate this to the Celebrant who will administer the blessing.  If you are unsure about receiving the sacrament please make an appointment with The Rev. MacGregor who would be delighted to speak with you.


Please remain standing



Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Celebrant: God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.            

People: Glory to you for ever and ever.

Celebrant: At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

People: By your will they were created and have their being.

Celebrant: From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

People: Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

Celebrant: Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.      

People: By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.

Celebrant: And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:


THE SANCTUS:                                                               Wonder, Love, & Praise,  #851


All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of pow’r and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest. 



You may stand or kneel


Celebrant: And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

Celebrant: After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the

forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Celebrant: Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

People: We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

Celebrant: Lord God of our Fathers and Mothers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

People: Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

Celebrant: Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN!   (with gusto!)



All:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,  your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.


FRACTION ANTHEM:                                                                    

“Christ our Passover”                                                       Wonder, Love & Praise,  #866


All: Alleluia. Alleluia.  Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia. Alleluia.  Alleluia.



Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the People of God.

The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.



(to be said by those at home)


Blessed Jesus, with your faithful people at every altar of your church where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I offer my praise and thanksgiving.  Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.  Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you.  May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come.  Amen.


Please stand



“You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord”        Wonder, Love & Praise Hymnal,  #810


1          You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,

            who abide in this shadow for life,

            say to the Lord: “My refuge,

            my rock in whom I trust!”



   “And I will raise you up on eagle’s wings,

    bear you on the breath of dawn,

    make you to shine like the sun,

    and hold you in the palm of my hand.”


2          Snares of the fowler will never capture you,

            and famine will bring you no fear;

            under God’s wings your refuge

            with faithfulness your shield.     Refrain


3          For to the angels God’s given a command

            to guard you in all of your ways;

            upon their hands they will bear you up,

            lest you dash your foot against a stone.     Refrain




Celebrant:  Let us pray. 

All: Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


Celebrant:….. +And may the blessing . . .



“I love thy kingdom, Lord”                                                         The Hymnal 1982,  #524


1. I love thy kingdom, Lord,

the house of thine abode,

the Church our blest Redeemer saved

with his own precious blood.


2. For her my tears shall fall;

for her my prayers ascend;

to her my cares and toils be given,

till toils and cares shall end.


3. Beyond my highest joy

I prize her heavenly ways,

her sweet communion, solemn vows,

her hymns of love and praise.


4. Jesus, thou friend divine,

our Savior and our King,

thy hand from every snare and foe

shall great deliverance bring.


5. Sure as thy truth shall last,

to Zion shall be given

the brightest glories earth can yield,

and brighter bliss of heaven.




Celebrant: Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God. Alleluia!



“Voluntary in Bb Major”                   Anthony Giamanco


THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to

indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ and is dedicated this day by Susan Kendall in honor of her daughter’s wedding anniversary: Lori and Anthony Kendall, Sept. 27.


THE ALTAR FLOWERS THIS DAY have been given in love by Ginny Tuxhorn: “In loving memory of Bill Tuxhorn an d granddaughter Nichelle Tuxhorn-Keller.”



Prayers for the Week of Sept. 18:


FOR PEACE.  For those who have died; For all those who died by suicide: remembering especially teens and young adults who took their own lives this week; For the people of the Ukraine – and all nations striving for peace and just governance; For medical and wellness practitioners, who are assisting people with mental, physical, and financial conditions and issues related to the Covid pandemic; For the homeless: remembering especially those who lost their homes due to flooding and fires in this nation and around the world in recent weeks; and the homeless of Dayton; For all those addicted to heroin, remembering especially the youth who died this week from overdose; For our enemies; For the safety of all American military and civilian personnel where ever they serve, remembering especially all those serving at Wright-Patterson AFB; For those who struggle with the basic necessities of life after natural catastrophic events, especially those misplaced by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, drought, fire, mudslides, and tornadoes; For those who suffer from a lack of water without which there can be no life, we remember especially the people of Jackson, MS; For the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and for the millions of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide who wander the lands of the earth in search of safety, food, water, employment, and family, and whose suffering is greater than we can ever know.


For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for Christ Church, Springfield, Grace Church, Cincinnati, St. James Columbus;


For St. Mark’s Families in our parish prayer cycle;


For those celebrating birthdays;


For those celebrating wedding anniversaries;


For those on our parish prayer list;


For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity.


For faithful animal companions and those who care for all animals.


For the mission work of this congregation: CARE House, Canterbury Court, St. Paul UMC Food Pantry, Hope 4Riverside; and for all the non-profit groups who use our Community Building;  For our Diocesan Bishops: for the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, Bishop Provisional; The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, the Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, and the Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs; For our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry; For all postulants and candidates for holy orders in this Diocese: Phoebe Myhrum, Martha Camele, Maggie Gough, Brad Gough, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim, Molly Cook, Victoria Lewis, Kate Meeks, Kyle Schenkewicz, Gregory Williams. 


For all faith communities as we navigate the way forward in a world being transformed by a number of crises – that we remain faithful in our devotion to God and open to constant change and ongoing self-evaluation.






Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Ushers:  Ginny Tuxhorn and Jim Rudd

Acolyte(s):  Gary and Stephanie Welch

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                              OT/PS: Don Nancarrow

                              EP/POP: Jackie Hoskinson

Chalice Bearers: Jim Rudd and Jackie Hoskinson

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                          Carol Williamson, as available

 Tech/Facebook Live: Katherine and Elizabeth Wagner

Counters: Janet Reuter and Gary Welch

Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino

Coffee Hour Host: OPEN

Open/Close: Rudd/Reuter




Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Ushers:  Ginny Tuxhorn and Jim Rudd

Acolyte(s):  Jackie Hoskinson and Elizabeth Reuter

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                              OT/PS: Elizabeth Wagner

                              EP/POP: Carol Williamson

Chalice Bearers: Carol Williamson and Judy Rudd

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                         Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: TJ Walch

Counters: Tony Rubino and Mary-Anna Welch

Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino

Coffee Hour Host: OPEN

Open/Close: Welch/Rubino

Candle Dedication: Libby Nicholson

Altar Flowers: Mike and Katherine Wagner



Happening this Week at St. Mark’s:


THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost 15, September 18): HOLY EUCHARIST – FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION SUNDAY, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; FIRST DAY OF YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL, Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am


MONDAY:  PARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm; SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge;  AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


TUESDAY:  PARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm; TOPS MEETING, 10am, Lounge; NA MEETING, STUDY OF LUKE, 7:15pm, Zoom; 7:30pm, Parish Hall






FRIDAY:  PARISH OFFICE CLOSED; there are no events scheduled this day.


SATURDAYHIDDEN GEMS, 12pm, Parking Lot;  AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


NEXT SUNDAY (Pentecost 16, September 25): HOLY EUCHARIST – COMMISSIONING OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS CLERGY DISCRETIONARY FUND COLLECTION, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL, Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes,




Places to be, things to do:


FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION SUNDAY: Don’t forget to bring some non-perishable goods to worship THIS Sunday, September 18; forgot? no problem, financial donations also welcome. Thank you for your donation!


THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FALL SEMESTER KICKS OFF THIS Sunday, September 18.  There are three youth classes, covering all ages, on Sunday mornings:

  • the older youth are led by Katherine and Elizabeth Wagner, meeting at 9:30am,
  • the elementary-aged youth are led by Janet Reuter and Kendall Rubino, meeting at 10:30am,
  • and the early education youth are led by Susan Kendall and Sandy Bultman, meeting at 10:30am.

Rowena+ will be leading both adults and youth with the following offerings this fall:

  • Study of Luke via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:30pm, beginning Tuesday, September 20 – November 8.
  • The Church Cracked Open book discussion group shared with St. Margaret’s and open to the diocese, via Zoom, on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:30pm, beginning Wednesday, September 21 (meets every other week) – November 16.
  • Confirmation/Reaffirmation Class – in-person, for youth and adults (if you are interested in joining the Episcopal Church, want to learn more about it, or wish to reaffirm your commitment to Christ and the Church, this class is for you). Schedule is participant dependent.\


COMMISSIONING OF TEACHERS: The annual commissioning of the Sunday School Teachers will be NEXT Sunday, September 25 at the 10:30am service. The Christian Ed Director, TJ Walch, is out of town this week so it was moved back a week.


NOTE: THE EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY CLASSES offered by Deb Johns have been cancelled this year.


VESTRY MEETING: The vestry will hold their regular meeting at 7:15pm in-person, on Wednesday, September 28.

ANIMAL BLESSING:  On Sunday, October 2, St. Mark’s will hold the Blessing of the Animals at the 10:30am service. Dogs must be on a leash and cats and other small animals must remain in a carrier or cage.

ANNUAL PARISH DINNER AT VALLEY VINEYARDS:  It’s that time of year once again to dine together in style at the vineyard on Saturday, October 8 at 5pm. To register call the Vineyard directly at 513-899-2485 by Thursday, October 6.  There’s a sign-up sheet in church lobby with the menus – please sign up on the sheet so we know how many are attending AND call the vineyard to register. The contact person for this event is Tony Rubino.

CALL FOR HOMEMADE KAIROS COOKIES: The cookie collection bags with instructions will be available in September in preparation for the collection dates of Sunday-Tuesday, October 9-11. Kairos is an international prison ministry. Once a year, locally, a special weekend is held in the prison, led by lay ministers, in which the cookies play a significant role. St. Mark’s has been participating in this missional work for many years and all are invited to bake and pray for the men, women and youth who are incarcerated and those who minister to them. 



The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds:


THE MINUTES OF THE AUGUST VESTRY MINUTES are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex; please contact the church office to get an email copy.


COFFEE HOUR HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES: All Sundays are currently open for September and three available in October. Consider sharing with someone else if you would not want to host by yourself. Coffee Hour sign-ups are in the narthex.


CANDLE/FLOWER OPENINGS: The Eternal Light dedication ($5) and Altar Flowers ($30) remaining in October: Candle -10/23; Flowers – 10/2. This is a lovely way to honor a loved one or a special occasion. The flower arrangement is yours to take home after the service. The signup sheet is located in the entry to the sanctuary (narthex) on the bulletin board.


THE SUNDAY READINGS can be found at  The readings for next

Sunday, September 18 are: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15, Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, and Luke 16:19-31. Reading at least the gospel lesson in preparation for worship can be a useful spiritual practice.



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

456 Woodman Drive

Dayton, OH 45431


Email:, Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am-1pm

Office closed on Friday, 937-256-1082

(Please contact The Rev. Rowena MacGregor directly to report a pastoral emergency.)


The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge, 570-404-2025,


Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,


Jill Dryden, Sexton,

Contact via church office


Libby Nicholson – Senior Warden,

Kendall Rubino – Junior Warden,




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