Pentecost-23 (Yr C) Nov 13, 2022


The Celebration of Holy Eucharist

23rd Sunday after Pentecost



Thank you for your donations to Canterbury Court

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, November13, 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.



“Allegro”                                               Domenico Gabrieli


WELCOME:   The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor   


Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional



“Judge eternal, throned in splendor”                                                      The Hymnal 1982, #596


1          Judge eternal, throned in splendor,

                        Lord of lords and King of kings,

            with thy living fire of judgment

                        purge this land of bitter things;

            solace all its wide dominion

                        with the healing of thy wings.


2          Still the weary folk are pining

                        for the hour that brings release,

            and the city’s crowded clangor

                        cries aloud for sin to cease;

            and the homesteads and the woodlands

                        plead in silence for their peace.


3          Crown, O God, thine own endeavor;

                        cleave our darkness with thy sword;

            feed all those who do not know thee

                        with the richness of thy word;

            cleanse the body of this nation

                        through the glory of the Lord.



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: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


SONG OF PRAISE:     Please remain standing

“Through north and south and east and west”      Wonder, Love & Praise Hymnal, #822


All: Through north and south and east and west;

         May God’s immortal name be blessed:

              Alleluia, alleluia!

        Till ev’rywhere beneath the sun,

        God’s reign begins; God’s will is done: 

            Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



Please be seated



Reader:  For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days,  or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord–and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent– its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.      (65:17-25)

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


Please stand    



Reader: Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid.

Reader: For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense,  and he will be my Savior.

Reader: Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation.

Reader: And on that day you shall say, Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;

Reader: Make his deeds known among the peoples; see that they remember that his Name is exalted.

Reader: Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, and this is known in all the world.

Reader: Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.         (12:2-6)


Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.                                                                                                                                               

Please be seated



Reader:  Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.     (3:6-13)

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

Please stand



“Book of books, our people’s strength”   (v. 1-2)                                          1982 Hymnal,  #631


1          Book of books, our people’s strength,

                        statesman’s, teacher’s, hero’s treasure,

            bringing freedom, spreading truth,

                        shedding light that none can measure:

                                    wisdom comes to those who know thee,

                                    all the best we have we owe thee.


2          Thank we those who toiled in thought,

                        many diverse scrolls completing,

            poets, prophets, scholars, saints,

                        each a word from God repeating;

                                    till they came, who told the story

                                    of the Word, and showed his glory.



Please stand



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

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant: When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, `I am he!’ and, `The time is near!’ Do not go after them. “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.”                                                                         (21:5-19)

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



“Book of books, our people’s strength”   (v. 3)                                             1982 Hymnal,  #631


3          Praise we God, who hath inspired

                        those whose wisdom still directs us;

            praise him for the Word made flesh,

                        for the Spirit which protects us.

                                    Light of knowledge, ever burning,

                                    shed on us thy deathless learning.



Please be seated



“What Makes Affordable Living by ERS Great” 

          Susan Cleverly of Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS)

Manager of Foundation Relation and Annual Fund    


Please stand



All: We believe in one God the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.   With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.  We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.


Please kneel or stand      



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 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, the tech team, 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:  In the aftermath of fire, wind and flood this year, we pray for all who perished and those who grieve, those who lost their homes and livelihoods, and for all who continue to minister to them; 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: The Sharp family, Mary-Anna, Linda, the Berta family, Wayne, Don, 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, remembering especially Carol Ann Sharp, 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.


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.



“Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast”    Roy Henry Johnson                            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: Almighty and everliving God,

All: we give you thanks for the ministries of Episcopal Retirement Services and Canterbury Court who make it possible for older adults to live with dignity and comfort in a safe and nurturing environment. In Jesus’ name we ask your blessing upon the donations of food and monetary gifts offered this day in the hope that they may be a blessing to the residents of Canterbury Court. Amen.



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 Hymnal,  #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, 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. 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 Hymnal,  #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



“O Jesus, joy of loving hearts”                                                             1982 Hymnal, #649


1          O Jesus, joy of loving hearts,

                        the fount of life and our true light,

            we seek the peace your love imparts,

                        and stand rejoicing in your sight.


2          We taste in you our living bread,

                        and long to feast upon you still;

            we drink of you, the fountainhead,

                        our thirsting souls to quench and fill.


3          For you our restless spirits yearn

                        where’er our changing lot is cast;

            glad, when your presence we discern,

                        blest, when our faith can hold you fast.


4          O Jesus, ever with us stay;

                        make all our moments calm and bright;

            oh, chase the night of sin away,

                        shed o’er the world your holy light.




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 . . .



“Holy, Holy, Holy!”                                                                              The Hymnal 1982, #362


1          Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

                        Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee:

            Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,

                        God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.


2          Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,

                        casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

            cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,

                        which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.


3          Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,

                        though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see,

            only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,

                        perfect in power, in love, and purity.


4          Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

                        All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;

            Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,

                        God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.




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



“Recessional On ’Sanford’”               Franklin D. Ashdown


THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by the Carol Williamson in thanksgiving for all the blessings in life, and the hope of each new day.


THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to  indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ and has been dedicated this week by Carol Williamson in memory of her father, Buel, and in honor of her mother, Mary, whose love and guidance have never faltered.



Prayers for the Week of November 13:


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 Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Patrick’s, Lebanon, Holy Trinity, Cincinnati, St. John’s, Worthington;


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: Canterbury Court, CARE House, St. Paul UMC Food Pantry, Hope 4Riverside, and Neighborhood Bridges; 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 Transitional Deacon(s): Don Carlson;


For postulants for holy orders in the DSO: Phoebe Myhrum Bentley, Martha Camele, Maggie Gough, Brad Gough, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim, Molly Cook, Victoria Lewis, Kate Meeks, Kyle Schenkewicz, Gregory Williams, Iva Staats, Michael Tigner, and Amy Cochran.  


For the search for a new bishop for the DSO: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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

Acolyte(s):  Jackie Hoskinson and Will Day

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                             OT/PS: Jim Rudd

                             EP/POP: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Chalice Bearers: Carol Williamson and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                                     Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Katherine Wagner

Ushers:  Carol Williamson and Tony Rubino

Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Dave Reuter

Altar Guild: Norma Peachey and Ginny Tuxhorn

Coffee Hour Host(s): Carol Williamson

Open/Close: Wagner/Reuter




Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Acolyte(s):  Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Scott Kelly

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                              OT/PS: Don Nancarrow

                              EP/POP: TJ Walch

Chalice Bearers: Don Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                                    Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Gary Welch

Ushers:  Dave Reuter and Ginny Tuxhorn

Counters: Dave Reuter and Gary Welch

Altar Guild: Norma Peachey and Ginny Tuxhorn

Coffee Hour Host(s): Tony and Kendall Rubino

Open/Close: Rudd/Reuter

Candle Dedication: Welch

Altar Flowers: Rubino



Happening this Week at St. Mark’s:


THIS SUNDAY (23 Pentecost, November 13): HOLY EUCHARIST and CANTERBURY COURT SPEAKER and COLLECTION, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am; COFFEE HOUR, after worship, Fellowship Room


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


TUESDAY:  PARISH OFFICE,10am-1pm; TOPS MEETING, 10:am, Lounge; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge; YOGA FOR 12 STEPS, 7:30pm, Parish Hall, FINAL STUDY OF LUKE CLASS, 7:15pm, Zoom




THURSDAY:  PARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm; SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge


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


SATURDAY:  148th DSO CONVENTION: In-person at Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati or via Zoom; HIDDEN GEMS, 12pm, Parking Lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


NEXT SUNDAY (24 Pentecost, November 20): HOLY EUCHARIST and FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am; COFFEE HOUR and Mary Sones Birthday Celebration, after worship, Fellowship Room



Places to be, things to do:


NOVEMBER IS CANTERBURY COURT RECOGNITION MONTH: In an effort to revive the missional work of the congregation at Canterbury Court since the pandemic slowed things down, St. Mark’s will host a guest speaker, Susan Cleverly of Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS), Manager of Foundation Relation and Annual Fund , THIS Sunday, November 13.  Thank you to Jim Rudd, Chair of the Friends of Canterbury Court, a collaborative organization of the local Episcopal Churches, for setting this up. A special collection is being taken up THIS week for the following items to support CC: Large cans of mixed vegetables, green beans, corn, etc. and fresh sweet potatoes. Monetary gifts will be also be collected through November in remembrance of this valuable housing opportunity in our community through Episcopal Retirement Services.


THE 148TH DSO CONVENTION IS THIS WEEK on Saturday, November 19. It will be held both in-person at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati or via Zoom. Delegates include The Rev. Rowena MacGregor, Libby Nicholson, Sr. Warden, Kendall Rubino, Jr. Warden, Tony Rubino and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber; alternates are Katherine Wagner and Carol Nancarrow.


MARY SONES’ BIRTHDAY will be celebrated at coffee hour on Sunday, November 20.


ADVENT SERIES: AN INCARNATIONAL JOURNEY: This Advent season, join us as we explore what it means to be spiritual beings having human experiences. Jesus came to teach us this, to show us the Way of Love and how to be wholly human. As we prepare for his birth, we will contemplate our own formation, together.  with Amy Howton & Miriam McKenney on Sundays from 7-8:30pm; November 27 – December 18. Amy is in her 4th year as the director of Becoming Beloved Community (BBC) for the DSO and is a gifted group facilitator; she led a Zoom vestry retreat for St. Mark’s in 2021. Miriam is an educator and also works with Forward Movement; she is deeply involved in the work of BBC as an instructor and contributor. The Zoom link will be shared close to the first gathering. Register at the link on the DSO Formation E-Newsletter. Rowena+ will be attending this offering and encourages the people of St. Mark’s to participate as well.


CHILDREN’S WINTER WEAR COLLECTION: You are invited to donate hats, gloves and socks for the local children in the Mad River School District who are in need of winter wear. Please leave your donations in the designated collection basket in the narthex.  THANK YOU! for the donations already received!!  And thank you to Fred and Phyllis Berta who delivered the first load to the Board of Education office this week. The collection continues through Sunday, December 11.



The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds:


THANK YOU!! to everyone who so generously supported the Sunday School kids’ Gifts for Life fundraiser last Sunday. Once all the funds have been collected and counted the kids will chose the animals they wish to donate to those in need globally through Episcopal Relief and Development. Thank you to Janet Reuter and Kendall Rubino for organizing and kids of all ages for working the event; thanks to all those who cooked and provided food, beverages and all things necessary for the meal; and most especially thank you to all those who contributed donations and participated in the meal. It was loads of fun!


THANK YOU!! for your generous donations for the Day of Change, special donation last Sunday for the St. Paul UMC Food Pantry. These funds allow the pantry to buy a substantial amount of food for local individuals and families in need. Thank you to Judy Rudd who oversees the Day of Change.


THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: Two goals for this year’s stewardship campaign are 36 pledges and a total amount pledged of $150,000. We have received 33 pledges (92% of goal) and a total amount pledged of  $131,008 (87% of goal) to date. A third goal is to increase the total amount pledged from last year by 10%. For the 33 pledges received to date, the increase in their total amount pledged from last year is 7.3%. We have 6 families who pledged last year but have not responded this year to date. If you would like to pledge but have not yet done so, please submit your pledge ASAP and help our parish achieve its three goals. Thank all of you for your generous support. Jim Rudd, Stewardship Chair






St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

456 Woodman Drive

Dayton, OH 45431


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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,

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