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Sunday, July 7

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost


8am - Holy Eucharist Rite I with Coffee Hour to follow


10am - Diaper & Period Pantry Volunteer Meeting in the Library


11am - Holy Eucharist Rite II with Coffee Hour to follow


12:30pm - Earth Care Meeting in the Library

From Your Clergy

A Collect for the 4th of July

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Rev Merrill Wade Preaching and Celebrating July 7

Rev Wade is UT Austin graduate, a former rector of St Matthew's Episcopal Church in Austin, and the founder of the Soul of a Musician series. As a former landman for oil and gas companies, he has no lack of stories, and as a General Theological Seminary graduate, a deep and abiding love for scripture, reason, and tradition. You're going to love spending time with him at both the 8am and 11am services.

Meet our New Presiding Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York, was elected and confirmed the 28th presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church on June 26 for a nine-year term beginning Nov. 1. 

https://episcopalnewsservice.org/2024/06/28/81st-general-convention-wraps-up-in-louisville/

St Mark's Seeking a New Campus Ministry Intern

Pay: $20/hr

Hours: An average of 15/month

Days: Sundays 10:30-1 and 1-2 hours during the week. 

Timeframe: Aug 1 - Apr 30

Budget: $500/Semester


St Mark’s seeks a TXST student to serve as a College Ministry Intern to coordinate and participate in Sunday morning worship, to discern and address the spiritual needs of TXST students (with the help of clergy and ministry partners) through regular gatherings, and to plan and execute a monthly gathering for TXST students (with the help of the College Ministry Committee and ministry partners). Intern will serve on the St Mark’s Campus Ministry Committee with both voice and vote, and have the opportunity to meet with clergy mentors for developing church vocational skills. Intern will manage a budget to help with pastoral relationships (buying coffee or meals), and event execution. Finally, the intern will work to establish an official Episcopal Student Organization at TXST.


All interns must complete the Diocese of West Texas Safeguarding God’s People curriculum. Confirmed/Received members of The Episcopal Church preferred, but applicants willing to undergo the confirmation/reception process will be considered. A deep and abiding love for the Holy Trinity, College Ministry, and church work preferred and necessary. 


Interested parties should submit a resume and three references to christian@stmarkssanmarcos.org by Jul 21.

Curate Welcome Events

Jul 14 10am - Meet the Curate Forum in Parish Hall

Jul 14 12pm - Curate Reception and Pounding - please bring a uniquely St Mark's or San Marcos gift for the curate or her family. It doesn't need to be a pound of something, but bonus points if it is!

Jul 21 10am - Meet the Curate Forum in Parish Hall

Join Former Sr Warden, Carolyn Dobbs, as she walks us through the basics of church leadership addressing everything from prayers and conflict management to membership recruiting and Google Docs. This one-day intensive is highly encouraged for all current church leaders, and heartily open to anyone who has an interest in leading in the church. Please RSVP to office@stmarkssanmarcos.org so we can order enough food and drinks. 

St. Mark’s is offering a truly unique VBS that aligns with our St. Mark’s Episcopal identity.


We will create, grow, and sing together all the while learning about how God calls us to be caregivers of the earth and especially how we can be good stewards of our local river ecosystem. We’ll even prepare our own meals using local and sustainable ingredients!! 


Adult VBS programming will be offered in The Parish Hall Monday and Tuesday evening and then we will all head to the river on Wednesday evening for baptisms and dinner together. 

Register for VBS here
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From Your Family Minister

Camp Capers’ sessions for all grades 3rd through Senior High have spaces available for camps this Summer. 

Kids and youth from all over our diocese and country come together for an affordable experience like no other. Register at 

https://www.dwtx.org/what-we-do/children-youth/camp-capers

St. Mark's Labor Day Family Retreat in Mustang Island

Aug 30 - Sep 2, 2024

Register here


St. Mark’s is headed to Mustang Island Conference Center for a long Labor Day Weekend of beach time, friends, and enjoying God’s creation with your families. It’s an easy and laid back experience geared toward strengthening connection through time spent with loved ones. The food is tops too! 

Follow St. Mark's Youth on Instagram for the latest St. Mark’s youth news. @st.markx_familysmtx

Notes from your Music Director

Many thanks to all in the Music Ministry at St Marks. For the last 11 months you have all shown great faithfulness, participating on Sunday mornings, special services and wherever called throughout the year. Enjoy your month of Sabbatical-see you in August.


JennyAhlin J. Henderson

Music Director

Outreach with St. Mark's

St. Mark's Earth Care Team meets Sunday, July 7, at 12:30 pm in the Parish Hall Library. We're going to review the new Episcopal "Love God, Love God's World" program. Please join our team!

Adopt A Highway will meet on Saturday, July 20 at 8am in the Parking Lot Below the Rock House

College Students/Young Adults - Join the Manos de Dios team on our next mission trip to Honduras in 2025. Travel awards are now available for our 2 – 9 January mission trip. For more information contact Dean Lalich at dlalich@grandecom.net or Patricia Perea at ManosHonduras@gmail.com. Applications are now being accepted. Visit our Honduras Mission page for more information!

The Diaper Pantry always needs your help! 

Diapers are an essential item for families and one that is not provided or covered by government assistance programs like SNAP or WIC. For the last 4 years, this ministry has grown into a community staple and support network for 300+ families in our community. Please help us continue this vital ministry by donating to our fund using the link below, or bringing in a box of diapers to add to the pantry. Thanks so much for supporting the littlest members of the St. Mark's Community! 


Diaper Giving Page

We're Looking for New Ministry Partners

St Mark's Outreach Committee is seeking new ministry partners we can support with funds, volunteers, or promotions. We are especially interested in groups addressing food scarcity, creation care, or the well-being of kids and seniors. If you are active in a community service organization who you think would be a good partner, please fill out our new partnership request form here on our website at https://stmarks-sanmarcos.org/resources/parish-reports-forms/


Diocesan News

Apply for Camp Jobs Here!
How to Give

“All things come of Thee, O Lord…”


You can give to the ministry of God through StMark’s in the following ways:


You can place your gift in the Offertory Plates as they are passed around the congregation.


You can send a check to:

StMark’s Episcopal Church 

3039 Ranch Road 12

San Marcos, TX 78666


You can Text-to-Give

Text the word GIVE to 512-894-8770 to get started


You can Give online through the StMark’s Website: www.stmarks-sanmarcos.org/give


If you would like to help send a child to Camp Capers this summer, please include "Camp Scholarship" on the memo.

New Church Directory

Have you submitted your information for our new church directory? We are asking everyone (old & new) to submit their information for our new church directory at the link below. It will only take a minute to complete, so...

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Join us on Sunday Mornings

When you are ready and comfortable, please join us for Sunday Morning Services at 8am or 11am.


You can click this Facebook link to join us for live online worship on Sundays at 11am.

Photos

St. Mark's is collecting photos from our Parish events. If you have pictures that you would like to share, and that you give permission to be used on social media, eNews and overall furthering our joy; please send them our way. Please keep photos between 25MB-1MB and send to: office@stmarkssanmarcos.org.

Photo credits to Susan Hanson, Tamara Talasek, and others.

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