Nativity Care Bags
If you are on your way to visit someone who is sick or lonely, or if you know a child who is sick and in need,
please visit the St. Mark Book Store and purchase a Care Bag and bring a little gift of joy and healing along
with you. Care Bags are $25 each and Care Bags for children are $18 each. Here is a description of what
is inside each bag:
$25 Care Bag: 1 "praying for you" greeting card, 1 "Mother of God" Icon from the Holy Transfiguration
Monastery, 1 jar of local honey from Hornstra Farms, 1 canister of tea, 1 bag of chocolate covered cherries
$18 Child Care Bag: 1 Nativity greeting card, 1 Guardian Angel Icon from the Holy Transfiguration
Monastery, 1 Christmas bear, 1 bag of chocolate chip animal crackers, 2 organic lollipops.
Plymouth Area Coalition Children's Holiday Fund
Deadline is on December 18th
This year at St. Mark we are sponsoring a homeless family with 4 children. They need our help to make this Christmas
season a very special one for their children who are in great need. We are expecting every parishioner to participate
in this special fund. If you are part of the St. Mark family, then please find it in your heart to choose at least one tag
from a Christmas stocking hanging in the Book Store. Instructions have been emailed to you, but you may also review
them in the Book Store. The requests on each tag gives us an opportunity to give back not only to these beautiful
children and their parents, but also to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who said:
"For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was in
prison and you came to Me." (Matthew 25:35-36)
This Nativity season, please make it a priority to pick up a tag, or two, and show your loving kindness to others.
Thank you and God bless.
Saturday, December 15: Luminary Night at 5:00 pm (please arrive an hour early if you would like to park in the church parking lot, as the road closes at 5:00 pm - see below for more details)
Monday, December 24: Eve of the Nativity of Christ with Compline & Matins at 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 25: Nativity of Christ Liturgy at 10:00 am | Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Sunday, December 30: Fr. Kevin Kalish will be serving Divine Liturgy | Book Club Meeting
Saturday, January 5: Reader's Vespers at 6:00 pm with Subdeacon Peter Condrick
Sunday, January 6: Theophany and the Great Blessing of the Waters (you may bring your own water bottles to the service and some will be distributed at the church)
Sunday, January 20: Annual All-Parish Meeting | All-Parish Photograph will be taken on this day | Patronal Feast of St. Mark of Ephesus | Potluck Fellowship Hour
Sunday, February 3: Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple | Blessing of the Candles
Sunday, February 10: Zacchaeus Sunday
Sunday, February 17: Publican and Pharisee - The Beginning of the Lenten Tridion
Sunday, February 4: Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Saturday, December 15 at 5:00 pm
Please make every effort to volunteer and attend this community event.
Luminaries on Main Street at Christmastime began 28 eayrs ago by the Kingston Firefighters who hoped to do something special in the area.
The first year, they lined Christmas luminaries on one side of Main Street, from the Hose House to the police station, creating a glorious trail
of light. By 1994, the luminaries were places on both sides of the street. During this night, local churches on Main Street are open to the public
with refreshments and music to add to the festivities and provide shelter from the cold. The Kingston Fire Department organizes Luminary Night,
but asks the community to help. One and all are invited to come and join the festivities by strolling along Main Street and experiencing
Kingston's very own gift to her friends and neighbors.
Here at St. Mark, our Choir sings liturgical Nativity hymns, refreshments are served, there will be a visit from St. Nicholas and, if you are new
to St. Mark and the Orthodox Faith, Subdeacon Peter and Ron Lepage will be there to answer any questions.
Visitors may also browse our church book store.