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A Community Common Prayer Service Commemorating the 130th Anniversary of the 1889 Johnstown Flood

St. Mark’s 1874

On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at 335 Locust Street, Johnstown, PA 15901, will host a special Community Common Prayer Service commemorating the 130th Anniversary of the 1889 Johnstown Flood and the special role that St. Mark’s played during and in the aftermath of the flood. The service will be a memorial to Father Alonzo Potter Diller, Rector of St. Mark’s, his wife Mrs. Marion Diller, their children, all of whom perished at St. Mark’s, and all 2209 victims of the 1889 Flood. It also will be a service of healing prayer for the community, the nation and the world. A brief written history of St. Mark’s will be provided to those who attend the service.

In the aftermath of the 1889 flood and despite considerable damage to the 1874 church building and rectory, the death of its Rector, and over half of its communicants, St. Mark’s congregation continued meeting in the “Ark,” a temporary small wooden structure furnished by the American Red Cross (ARC). The response to the 1889 Johnstown Flood marked the first time the ARC was mobilized. The head of the ARC, Clara Barton decided to build “Red Cross Hotels” to house the homeless of Johnstown and surrounding areas. Bishop Whitehead of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh gave the St. Mark’s site to the American Red Cross for use in the Johnstown recovery efforts. The first “Red Cross Hotel” was built on the St. Mark’s site.

“Ark” 1889

Later, the site of St. Mark’s was returned to the Diocese and the present day church was built and consecrated on May 31, 1891, the second anniversary of the 1889 flood. During the 1936 and 1977 Johnstown floods, St. Mark’s sustained property damage but no communicants were loss. The present day church contains two architectural features original to the 1874 church and many appointments dating back to 1891 that are memorials to the 1889 flood victims. Guided tours of St. Mark’s will be available following the May 19 service.

The May 19, 2019 Community Common Prayer Service is free. All are welcome.


April 2019 Special Observances and Events

Invitation to a Holy LentEvery day throughout LentThis booklet is intended to provide you with opportunities for Prayer and Study during Lent
2019 Lenten Meditations
from Episcopal Relief &
Development
Every day throughout LentReceive daily via e-mail
The Stations of the CrossThroughout LentMay be walked anytime the Church is open or call (814) 535-6797
(church office) to schedule a time
Flower and Plant FundraiserCoupons available now.
Expire 6/01/2019
Hanging basket/pouch and Flat (8 market packs) or five annuals in 4 1/2″ pot coupons are available
from the church office
Coffee Shop Bible StudyMondays, April 1 and 8
Tuesdays, April 16, 23, 30
10:00 a.m. at Millhouse Cafe
Lenten Learning Series
Tuesdays, April 2 & 9

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Lenten Lunches

Wednesdays, April 3 & 10

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pet Food Pantry Tuesday, April 9 and
Thursday, April 11
9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Palm Sunday Holy EucharistSunday, April 147:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Holy Week Holy Eucharist
Service of Forgiveness and
Reconciliation of a Penitent
Monday, April 1512 noon and 6:00 p.m.
Holy Week Holy Eucharist
Healing Service
Tuesday, April 166:00 p.m.
Holy Week Holy Eucharist Rite IIWednesday, April 1712 noon
Agape Meal (Love Feast)Wednesday, April 176:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist
with Foot Washing
Thursday, April 1812 noon
Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist
with Foot Washing & Stripping of
the Altar
Thursday, April 186:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday
Garden of Repose in Lady Chapel
Thursday, April 18 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Good Friday Liturgy and Stations of the CrossFriday, April 1912 noon and 6:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday Easter VigilSaturday, April 205:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday Holy EucharistSunday, April 217:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m
Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 21Following 10:00 a.m. service

March 2019 Special Observances and Events

Invitation to a Holy LentWednesday, March 6 –
Saturday, April 20
This booklet is intended to provide
you with opportunities for Prayer
and Study during Lent

Ash Wednesday
Holy Eucharist Rite II
with
Imposition of Ashes  

Wednesday, March 6

12:00 noon &
6:00 pm  

Ashes to Go

Wednesday, March 6

7:30 am – 9:00 am
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
2019 Lenten Meditations from
Episcopal Relief & Development
Every day throughout LentReceive daily via e-mail
The Stations of the CrossThroughout Lent May be walked anytime the
church is open or call (814) 535-6797
(church office) to schedule a time

Ham Loaf Sale

Sunday, March 10

Deadline to Order  

Pet Food Pantry

Tuesday, Wednesday,
& Thursday,
March 12, 13, & 14

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Lenten Learning  Series

Tuesdays,
March 12 – April 9

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Community
Common Prayer:
Celtic Service

Sunday, March 17

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Diocesan Lenten Learning Day
St. Brendan’s, Franklin Park, PA
Saturday, March 239:00 am – 4:00 pm
Film: “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific
Garbage Patch”
Free screening at
Church of the Redeemer,
5700 Forbes Ave.,Pittsburgh, PA
Monday, March 257:00 pm

Lenten Lunch

Wednesday, March 27

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lent Quiet Day

Saturday, March 30

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

PRAYER SERVICE FOR ANIMALS (wild & domestic) & THEIR CARETAKERS

Sunday, February 17, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Join us for this special service of prayer and healing for all animals (wild and domestic) and those who care for them. This service also is held in memory of Steven Hoover who, along with his wife Gina, founded the St. Mark’s Animal Welfare/Pet Food Pantry Ministry. The service is part of our Community Common Prayer series and will be followed by coffee and conversation. Everyone is welcome! (Please leave your pets at home.)