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Compline and Bible Study via Zoom during Epiphany 2021

Compline

Guide us waking and guard us sleeping
That awake we may watch with Christ
And asleep we may rest in peace.

As part of our Digital Ministries at St. Mark’s program, we are offering two new activities via Zoom beginning the first week of January 2021.

We will host a weekly Compline Service via Zoom and Facebook at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings starting January 5, 2021 and continuing through February 23, 2021. The service of Compline is the “goodnight prayer of the church.” It is a contemplative service that emphasizes spiritual peace. Churches throughout the Diocese, across the country and around the world have added Compline to their digital offerings. To participate in this service, contact Lisa Bell-Loncella at etbell57@gmail.com in advance of the service  to obtain the meeting ID and password.”  

Epiphany Bible Study

The Gospel of Mark

Throughout the season of Epiphany we will join with The Good Book Club as we journey through the Gospel of Mark. This is the Gospel appointed for Year B in the Revised Common Lectionary.  Mark is the earliest and shortest of the four gospels. Mark is our namesake so this study seems appropriately fitting.

Bible Study will be held on Thursday evenings from January 7 through February 11, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:00p.m. via Zoom. We will gather for some fellowship, begin with a short video that sets the stage for the week’s readings, share in discussion and reflections, and conclude with the service of Compline.

About the Gospel of Mark— The following is taken from a two-page introduction to the Gospel of Mark developed by Forward Movement.

If you like the sparse literary style of Earnest Hemingway, you’ll love the Gospel of Mark. The shortest of the four gospels, Mark is a just-the-facts approach to telling the stories of Jesus as miracle-worker and Messiah. Mark doesn’t begin with an account of Jesus’ divine birth but instead dives right in with the start of Jesus’ public ministry, his baptism by John the Baptist. In the first chapter alone, we read of his baptism, temptation in the desert, selection of his disciples, and several healing stories. Mark doesn’t add much context or reflection on the actions (or even very many adjectives): the gospel reads like a slide show presentation. Jesus heals many at Simon’s House. Next slide. Jesus preaches in Galilee. Next slide. Jesus cleanses a leper. Next.

Coupled with this succinct writing style is a clear message: Jesus is the Messiah. Viewing Mark as a three-act play, the first chapters reveal the miracles and preaching of Jesus to the crowds, then his transfiguration and teaching among his disciples, and finally the crucifixion, the ultimate expression of the suffering servant. Interestingly, early versions of the Gospel of Mark end with the women fleeing the empty tomb. But a longer ending, likely added sometime in the second century, includes the resurrection, commissioning of the disciples, and Jesus’ ascension. This could well be the first instance of the ultimate Director’s Cut.

Our study is part of a larger study, The Good Book Club, sponsored by Forward Movement  and partner organizations from across the Episcopal Church. To learn more about The Good Book Club check out https://www.goodbookclub.org/ For the daily readings (with links) check  https://www.goodbookclub.org/readings/ If you would like a head start on our study, check out this overview of the Gospel of Mark, created by the Bible Project: https://youtu.be/HGHqu9-DtXk

To participate in this Bible Study, contact Lisa Bell-Loncella at etbell57@gmail.com in advance of the study to obtain the meeting ID and password.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mark’s is closed for in-person worship and study.

Holy Eucharist Rite II for the Second Sunday after Christmas January 3, 2021

Join us via Zoom for Holy Eucharist. To participate in this Zoom service, please e-mail The Reverend Nancy Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net in advance of the service to obtain the meeting ID and password. Sign in will begin one half hour prior to the beginning of the service. Please be patient as it may take a few moments to get everyone signed in. The worship service bulletin is available here and under Worship.

If you would like to support the ministries of St. Marks, you can do so online by going to the Donate section of our Main Menu or you can make an annual pledge by going to the Stewardship section.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mark’s is closed to in-person worship until further notice.

Christmas Lessons and Carols via Zoom Sunday December 27, 2020 at 10:00a.m.

Join us for for a traditional service of Bible readings and Christmas Carols via Zoom on Sunday December 27, 2020 at 10:00a.m. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus are told in short Bible readings or lessons from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns. The worship service bulletin is available here and under Worship.

To participate in the Zoom service, please email The Reverend Nancy L. Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net in advance of the service to obtain the meeting ID and password. Sign in will begin at 9:30a.m. Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to get everyone signed in.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mark’s is closed to in-person worship.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist Rite II Thursday December 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

Join us via Zoom for Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist Rite II with live pipe organ music. Sing along at home. To participate in this Zoom service, please e-mail The Reverend Nancy Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net in advance of the service to obtain the meeting ID and password. Sign in will begin one half hour prior to the beginning of the service. Please be patient as it may take a few moments to get everyone signed in. The worship service bulletin is available here and under Worship.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mark’s is closed to in-person worship until further notice.

Blue Christmas Service via Zoom Monday December 21, 2020 at 7:00p.m.

This liturgy is a quiet meditative service especially for those for whom the Christmas season is a profoundly sad and lonely time, a reminder of loss and brokenness. The death or impending death of a loved one, loss of health or employment, family crises, separation or divorce, and depression are some of the many reasons that Christmas can be painful and isolating. Our lighting of candles during the service offers an opportunity for remembrance, reflection, prayer and spiritual healing. One can grieve knowing they are not alone and be comforted and strengthened by the love of Christ and those present. A light shines in the darkness. Join us for yourself, for someone you love or for those who suffer around the world. All are welcome.

To participate in this Zoom service, please e-mail The Reverend Nancy Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net in advance of the service to obtain the meeting ID and password. Sign in will begin one half hour prior to the beginning of the service. Please be patient as it may take a few moments to get everyone signed in. The service bulletin is available here and under Worship.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mark’s is closed to in-person worship until further notice.

Holy Eucharist Rite I for the Fourth Sunday of Advent via Zoom December 20, 2020

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mark’s is closed for in-person worship. We are offering our services via Zoom. All are welcome. To participate in this service, please e-mail The Reverend Nancy L. Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net in advance of the service to obtain the meeting ID and password. Sign in will begin one half-hour prior to the beginning of the service. Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to get everyone signed in. The worship service bulletin for the service is available here and under Worship.

Upcoming Advent and Christmas Worship Services via Zoom

Holy Eucharist on the Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:00a.m.

Blue Christmas Service Monday, December 21, 2020 at 7:00p.m.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist Service Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 6:00p.m.

All are welcome. To participate in these services, please e-mail The Reverend Nancy L. Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net to obtain Zoom sign-in information for the services. Sign in will begin one half-hour prior to the beginning of the service. Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to get everyone signed in. Worship service bulletins for the services will be available via links on this page and under worship closer to the time of the events.

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mark’s is closed for in-person worship.

A Pastoral Letter from The Reverend Nancy L. Threadgill

December 12, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of St. Mark’s,

            My latest pastoral letter to you was sent in May and at that time we were making plans to open church once again for in person worship.  In the interim we did just that and I have enjoyed seeing you in church and on Zoom.  It has not been “normal” but closer to it.

            Unfortunately, Covid-19 has spread even farther than it did in March and we are being advised by Gov. Wolf and Bishop Dorsey to close the church to in person worship once again.  It is with sadness that I write to tell you that after this Sunday, December 13th, we will be closing until further notice.  We will continue our Zoom services as before and I will continue to send out bulletins to those who do not have access to computers, tablets or smart phones.

            We hope and pray that this closure will be shorter than the previous time which was six months.  With the anticipation of a viable vaccine, mitigation efforts and better treatments, that may be the case.  However, we will have to do our part by continuing to wear masks, wash and/or sanitize our hands frequently, refrain from touching our faces, avoid crowds, and stay at least six feet away from other people.

            Pandemic fatigue is very real.  We want to let our guard down but we cannot and we must not.  If you think that you are unable to handle one more day, please call, email or text me. (See end of this letter.)  You are not as alone as you may think.  God is always present with you to provide courage, strength, and comfort.  Even if you do not feel God’s presence, God is beside you holding your hand.  God is behind you gently pushing you forward.  God is in front of you making a path.  God is below you holding you up.  God is above you shining a light to guide your way.  If you feel unable to pray, just open your heart and mind.  God knows you intimately and discerns your prayer even without words and answers it.  There will be an end to this and when it comes, we will rejoice together once more.

            I pray for all of you daily.

Love, In Christ,

Mother Nancy

251 422-2689  Cell

814 255-1349  Home

revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net

Holy Eucharist Rite II for the Third Sunday of Advent December 13, 2020

St. Mark’s Sunday December 13, 2020 10:00a.m. Holy Eucharist will be available for in-person worship in the Main Sanctuary located at 335 Locust Street in downtown Johnstown and via Zoom. The bulletin for the service is available here and under the Worship menu. Due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, all future services will be offered via Zoom only until further notice. Directions for attending via Zoom are shown below.

If you plan to attend in-person, we ask that you wear a mask, maintain social distancing, enter through the courtyard door, use the hand sanitizer available just inside the door, pick up a bulletin and take it home with you or dispose of it in the trashcan on your way out. Pledges and donations should be placed in the wooden box located in the hallway leading into the Nave. Please do not sing during the service. Prior to coming to a service for the first time, please read the additional information about our COVID-19 Pandemic safety protocols located at the “St. Mark’s Reopening Plan Effective September 2020” tab under the Worship menu.

We also are live-streaming the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service via Zoom. To join the Zoom service, please e-mail The Reverend Nancy L. Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net in advance of the service to obtain the meeting ID and password. Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to get everyone logged in.

Holy Eucharist Rite II Second Sunday of Advent December 6, 2020

St. Mark’s 10:00 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist is available for in-person worship in the Main Sanctuary located at 335 Locust Street in downtown Johnstown and via Zoom. The bulletin for the service is available here and under the Worship menu.

If you plan to attend in-person, we ask that you wear a mask, maintain social distancing, enter through the courtyard door, use the hand sanitizer available just inside the door, pick up a bulletin and take it home with you or dispose of it in the trashcan on your way out. Pledges and donations should be placed in the wooden box located in the hallway leading into the Nave. Please do not sing during the service. Prior to coming to a service for the first time, please read the additional information about our COVID-19 Pandemic safety protocols located at the “St. Mark’s Reopening Plan Effective September 2020” tab under the Worship menu.

We also are live-streaming the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service via Zoom. To join the Zoom service, please e-mail The Reverend Nancy L. Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net in advance of the service to obtain the meeting ID and password. Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to get everyone logged in.