Apple Festival Bake Sale and Blessing of the Animals Saturday October 2, 2021 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Join us for our Apple Festival Bake Sale and Blessing of the Animals on Saturday October 2 from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. in the church courtyard. All things apple and assorted baked goods will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale will benefit St. Mark’s Digital Ministries. Everyone is invited to bring their beloved pet of any species for a special blessing by St. Mark’s priest The Reverend Nancy L. Threadgill. No purchase is necessary to receive a blessing. Please keep dogs on leashes and other pets gently restrained as appropriate for their species. Please wear a mask and socially distance during this event.

When the Parallel Converge Readings & Book Signing by author Laura Dabundo, PhD Saturday October 2, 2021 at 1:00p.m.

Dr. Dabundo will read selections from her book When the Parallel Converge followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Copies of her book will be available for purchase for $10 each. The book also is available on-line.

When the Parallel Converge spans the author’s spiritual pilgrimage. It begins with her childhood under the care of her indomitable grandmother in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, site of the Great Flood in which ancestors died. From there, the reader shares a dark night of the soul when the author is marooned at a major airport after missing a connection from Dublin following a Celtic pilgrimage. Last, the author writes of her hospitalization and recovery from a nearly fatal infection, when she was much older, which tested her soul. Several poems on related themes also are included. The author learns lessons of life, loss, grief, faith, hope, charity, and grace, along with laughter and joy.

Laura Dabundo grew up in Johnstown, baptized and confirmed at St. Mark’s.  She graduated from Westmont Hilltop and went to Bucknell University (BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa); then she earned her MA (Bryn Mawr College) and PhD in English (Temple University). Her speciality is English Romanticism. She became a professor at Kennesaw State University outside Atlanta, GA, from which she has now retired and where she makes her home with two rescue cats. While working, she taught in study-abroad programs in England and Ireland and delivered academic papers in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Ireland. She loved teaching and writing and has five books to her credit:  The Encyclopedia of Romanticism; Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and their Sisters; The Marriage of Faith: Christianity in William Wordsworth and Jane Austen; Jane Austen: A Companion; and When the Parallel Converge. The last two were both published in April 2021, and the last one is entirely different from the others for it is a spiritual memoir, and the first two thirds of it is about her childhood in Johnstown with her indomitable grandmother.  She is a lifelong Episcopalian and a lay companion of the Anamchara Fellowship, a dispersed, Celtic-inflected, monastic community for women and men.

The event is free. All are welcome. If you plan to attend, please wear a mask and social distance.

Holy Eucharist Sundays at 10:00a.m. In-person and via Zoom

Join us at 10:00a.m for Holy Eucharist in-person or via Zoom. Most services are Rite II. The fourth Sunday of each month is Rite I. If you plan to join us in-person, please wear a mask and social distance.

To join us via Zoom, please email The Reverend Nancy Threadgill at in advance of the service to obtain the meeting ID and password. Login will begin at 9:30 a.m. Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to admit everyone.

The worship service bulletin is available here and under Worship.

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