Message of the week from "Prayers by the Lake" by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
To a silent tongue and a contemplative mind, You draw near, O All-Holy Spirit, bridegroom of my soul. You avoid talkative tongue as a swan avoids a stormy lake. Like a swan you swim across the quiet of my heart and make it fruitful.
Oh my Light, chase the darkness out of my blood.
What the stars write across heaven, the grass whispers on earth. What the water gurgles in the sea, fire rumbles beneath the sea. What an angel says with his eyes, the imam shouts from his minaret. What the past has said and fled, the present is saying and fleeing.
Tuesday, September 28: Ven. Chariton the Confessor
Thursday, September 30: Hieromartyr Geoge the Illuminator, Bishop of Greater Armenia | St. Michael, First Metropolitan of Kiev (992)
Friday, October 1: The Protection of the Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary | Ven. Romanus the Melodist ("Sweet-Singer - 5th c.) | Ven. John (Koukouzelis) the Hymnographer of Mt.Athos (Albanian - 12th c.) | The Appearance of the Pillar with the Robe of the Lord under it in Mtshketa in Georgia (fish, wine, oil allowed)
Saturday, October 2: Righteous Warrior Theodore Ushakov (1817)
Sunday, October 3: Hieromartyr Dionysius
For today's scripture readings, please click on the following link: https://www.oca.org/readings
Please remember in your prayers: Paul, Simon, Vasily, Alexandra, Peter, Francis, Alban, Alexandra, Cecelia, Robert, Matushka Eleanor, Preist Antony, Reader George, Vasily, Ramon, Maria, Peter, Alexandra, Conor, Nicholas; the kidnapped Hierarchs Metroplolitan Paul (Boulos Yazigi) & Archbishop John (Yohanna Ibrahim); the suffering Christians of Egypt and Syria; Archpriest James (deployed as a military chaplain); Ian (recently deployed in the US Army); Travis; newly-illumined Kathering; newly departed Linda, newly departed Jason; those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, those killed in Afghanistan, Victims of Hurricane Ida and those who continue to suffer.
Great Vespers with Confession will be on Saturday, October 2 at 5:00 pm. Note: Dates may change, so please check our website frequently.
The Women's Group will be meeting on Saturday, October 3 during coffee hour
St. Mark Annual Harvest Fair will take place during coffee hour on Sunday, October 31. Details will be posted soon.
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 arive sometime in the fall. We have pre-ordered 12 new service books from St. Tikon's Monastery. These service books are available for purchase in the St. Mark Bookstore this fall.The cost of the books are $20 each, but because of a generous donation from a founding member of our parish, these books will cost parishioners only $5.00 per book. The $5.00 payment will be collected when the books arrive. If you would like to reserve a copy, please email Catherine.
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.
St. Nicholas Church School Celebration - Sunday, December 5
Women's Group Ornament Swap - Sunday, December 12 (hosted by Catherine - 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.