St. Mark Of Ephesus Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
261 Main Street, Kingston, Massachusetts 02364

Church Telephone: (781) 585-8907

Church Email: stmarkofephesuskingstonma@gmail.com

Donations: PayPal or Credit Card

Administrator and Dean: Archpriest Vasily Lickwar 

Church Warden: Catherine Condrick

Divine Liturgy: Please see the below schedule for upcoming services; Beginning in September of 2021, St. Mark will be resuming its schedule of having services every Sunday at 10:00 AM with the Third and Sixth Hours beginning at 9:30 AM

 

St. Mark of Ephesus is blessed with a small, but actively participating congregation. We are a warm, family-oriented body of faithful believers and our members are of all age groups and we embrace many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The parish conducts a regular and traditional cycle of Orthodox liturgical worship throughout the course of the year. The St. Mark parish participates regularly in several community charitable ministries such as on-going charities to aid local shelters, grocery collections for our on-going food pantry, and visiting the ill and shut-ins in our community. All these inititatives are supported by the free-will offerings and volunteer assistance of the parishioners. 

 

 

Message of the week from St. John Chrysostom

When the sun rises it spreads its bright rays everywhere and encourages everyone to work. The farmer then grasps his mattock and goes out, the smith takes up his hammer, every worker picks up his own tools. And the sluggard, what does the sluggard do? He is no sooner up than he rushes to fill his belly, like a pig. Only animals for the slaughter house, those that are only useful as food, behave like him. Other animals carry weights and give people their help. No sooner is the night over than they too go to work. The sluggard, by contrast, rises when the sun is already at full strength and we are by now worn out with fatigue. He gets up like a fattened pig. I speak like this to teach you to shun a lazy and useless life. What is sadder than someone who does nothing? What is more depressing and more contemptible? The soul is active by nature and does not take kindly to inactivity. 

Weekly Calender 

Monday, October 18: Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

 

Friday, October 22: The Holy Seven Youths (Seven Sleepers) of Ephesus | The Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos

 

Saturday, October 23: Memorial Saturday - Demetrius Saturday | Holy Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord

 

Sunday, October 24: Martyr Arethas and his Companions | Blessed Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia | Icon "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" | Fr. Kevin, Celebrant | Church School

 

For today's scripture readings, please click on the following link: https://www.oca.org/readings

 

Please remember in your prayers: ill & shut-in, Priest Narcis Stoica (critically ill in Romania with Covid), Paul, Simon, Alban Frank, Robert, Matushka Eleanor, Priest Antony, Reader George, Alexandra, Conor, Peter; the kidnapped Hierarchs Metropolitan Paul (Boulos Yazigi) & Archpriest John (Yohanna Ibrahim); the suffering Christians of Egypt/Syria; deployed Archpriest James and Travis; New England Diocesan Assembly, 10/29-30, Southbury, CT.

Parish Announcements 

Great Vespers with Confession: TBA - Note: dates may change, so please check our website frequently.

 

Pledge Envelopes: This coming January of 2022 we will be using the pledge system. Pledge envelopes will be arriving sometime around November 1, 2021. These envelopes may be picked up in the bookstore. However, if you need your box to be delivered to you, please contact the church warden.

 

St. Mark Annual Harvest Fair will take place during coffee hour on Sunday, October 31. There will be candy bags, ice cream and apple cider for the kids. Family members and friends are welcome, too! We hope all of you will come and join us for the festivities. 

 

Annual Meeting: The St. Mark Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, January 16, 2022 inside the church during coffee hour. On this day, we will also be celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Mark, Archbishop of Ephesus.

 

The Saint Mark Bookstore is open. Come and browse the bookstore any time after services. We have books, icons and much more. If you would like to purchase something at the bookstore, please speak with Catherine or Nicholas.

 

New Service Books for the Faithful: Our service books will arrive after October 15th from St. Tikhon's Monastery. The books are $5.00 per book (because of a special donation). Many parishioners are already on the list to receive their reserved copy; if you would like to be added to the list, please email the church warden.

 

We are collecting items for distribution to those in need via a local food pantry. Please leave the items you wish to donate in the large blue bin located in the nave of the church. It is important that we continue to care for those in need during these difficult times.

 

We need volunteers to help with coffee hour and church cleaning. If you would like to help, please speak with the church warden. 

 

The Parish Council will meet on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. 

 

Upcoming Events:

St. Nicholas Church School Celebration - Sunday, December 5

 

Women's Group Ornament Swap - Sunday, December 12 (hosted by C. Condrick - details will be forthcoming as the season approaches)

 

Annual Christmas giving in support of the Plymouth Area Coalition - Christmas Stockings will be hung in the Bookstore - thank you to everyone who has participated in this very special giving througout the years.

 

 

 

 

Directions

From the North

Take Route 3 South to Exit 9 (route 3A). Take a right at the end of the ramp towards Kingston. After passing two stoplights, you will come to a fork - bear left onto Routes 106 and 27. That is Main Street. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile. After passing the Police Station on your left, our Church will be 50 yards up on your right.

 

From the South

Route 3 North to Exit 9 (route 3A). Take a right at the end of the ramp towards Kingston. After passing two stoplights, you will come to a fork - bear left onto routes 106 and 27. That is Main Street. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile. After passing the Police Station on your left, our Church will be 50 yards up on your right. 

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