Dec 272010
 

No Bible Study this week on Tuesday night at Peet’s in Novato.  No Morning Prayer on Thursday at the Church.  Sunday we celebrate the 2nd Sunday after Christmas, and the Octave Day of the Feast of St Stephen at 10:00 am at the Church.  Please come and join us as we near the Epiphany, which is a week from Thursday, January 6th.  We will also have Mass at 10:00 am on January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany.

We have begun our pledge drive for 2011.  Please submit your Pledge Card, so we can anticipate and plan our budget for the year.  Remember the Lord loves a chearful giver!  

Pledge cards are available at the church for the upcoming year.  We plan some exciting things for the New Year.  Your pledges help us in our planning.  Please consider an increase in your pledge as a thanksgiving for all that the Lord is doing in your lives and in His church.  We are confident that He will continue to bless us in the New Year, as we continue to  pray for His guidance.  We are stepping up our commitment by signing a two year lease with our landlord.  We believe this step in faith will let the community know that we are here to stay, with God’s help.  We plan to update our sanctuary with fresh paint, also the exterior trim of our church.  Please be part of our year with your pledge.

 Please also remember St Mark’s in your charitable giving as the calendar year closes.  The Church Year has already begun with the First Sunday in Advent.  There is a great opportunity to give a memorial to the church, as part of your will or trust.

Dec 202010
 

Sunday’s sermon is uploaded to the church web site.  Follow the link to hear or share it with others.  http://stmarkschurchlarkspur.com/?page_id=155

Reminder:  There is no Bible Study this Tuesday in Novato.  There is no Morning Prayer on Thursday at the Church.  Both will resume next week, as we prepare for the New Year.

Friday is Christmas Eve.  We will have a service of Christmas Carols, starting at 6:30 pm at the Church, followed by Christmas Mass.  This used to be Midnight Mass, the first Mass of Christmas.  For the convenience of the congregation, we have it earlier.  It will be a sung Mass, with incense.  The crèche will be out and it will be a time of celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.  Please consider inviting friends and family to join us for our celebration. 

The First Sunday of Christmas is Sunday.  We will have a low Mass.  It is the Second day of Christmas and my true love gave to me…  Come and find out what was given at the 10:00 am Mass.

Pledge cards are available at the church for the upcoming year.  We plan some exciting things for the New Year.  Your pledges help us in our planning.  Please consider an increase in your pledge as a thanksgiving for all that the Lord is doing in your lives and in His church.  We are confident that He will continue to bless us in the New Year, as we continue to  pray for His guidance.  We are stepping up our commitment by signing a two year lease with our landlord.  We believe this step in faith will let the community know that we are here to stay, with God’s help.  We plan to update our sanctuary with fresh paint, also the exterior trim of our church.  Please be part of our year with your pledge.

Please also remember St Mark’s in your charitable giving as the calendar year closes.  The Church Year has already begun with the First Sunday in Advent.  There is a great opportunity to give a memorial to the church, as part of your will or trust.

 Fr. Jim+

 ”Life is pretty much like a cafeteria line. It offers us many choices, both good and bad. The Christian must have a spiritual radar that detects the difference not only between bad and good but also among good, better, and best.” – Dennis Swanberg (1954-    )

Dec 142010
 

Gaudete Sunday past, that is Rose Sunday or the 3rd Sunday in Advent, we move closer to the Feast of the Nativity of our lord, Jesus Christ.  Last Sunday we enjoyed Joy in the Mass.  We then traveled to Leila’s lovely home for our Advent luncheon.  The company was grand, as was the food.  Many thanks to all that participated.  New recipes will be shared, of that I am sure.  Special thanks to Leila, who made us all welcome and hosted us for a time of refreshment and fellowship.

The Marin Oratorio’s Advent concert was fabulous as always.  Haydn’s The Seasons took us through the seasons and changes, giving us musical images and filling us with more joy in God and His creation and providence.  We are well reminded that He is always with us through all the changes in seasons and the seasons of our lives.  His love knows no bounds!

 We continue to have a lot to be thankful at St Mark’s Church.  God has been good unto us.  May He continue to bless us in the Christmastide and in the New Year.

Our Service schedule for the remainder of the month includes:

Tonight, Bible Study at Peet’s Coffee in the Hamilton Marketplace, at 6:30 p.m.   

Thursday, Morning Prayer at our beautiful chapel at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, Mass for the 4th Sunday in Advent at 10:00 a.m.  This is our last Sunday in Advent.  We will return to our tradition of singing the service music, having flowers adorning our altar, and celebrating our Lord’s Nativity.  Please bring Poinsettias for our Christmas altar.  We will be setting up the altar for the festivities to come, following Mass.

 The Feast Day of St Thomas, Apostle, is Tuesday and, even though we have no service planned, please read of Thomas and pray for all churches named for Thomas.  Remember all those named after Thomas and especially our Archbishop, James, the successor to the Apostles.

 Christmas Eve, Friday, we will have Mass, starting at 6:30 p.m.  We will have a service of the traditional Christmas Carols.  We then proceed into the Mass for the Nativity of Our Lord, when we sing more Christmas carols as hymns for the Mass.  Our organist, Miss Joanna Sitzmann, will accompany our voices for both as she so faithfully does each Sunday.  Our church is most beautiful at night.  Come and see.

 There will be no Mass on Christmas Day.

 We will have Mass on Sunday after Christmas, when we celebrate the Feast of St Stephen, Deacon and Martyr.  Having two friends recently ordained deacon in the Province of Christ the King, we will remember them and all deacons at Mass.  Please come and worship with us on Sunday, as we continue the Octave of the Nativity.

 Pray for our friends who are not able to be with us this Christmas.  Fr. Prudhomme will be visiting each before Christmas, bringing the Sacrament and greetings from the parish.  Liz, Bob, Royal, Mignon, and Ruth have been with us so many years.  They are our family.  We pray for health, safety and especially JOY.

Dec 052010
 

A special thanks to all who helped make ready our Sanctuary for The remainder of Advent and the Celebration of Christ’s Nativity.  Yesterday’s Clean-up day at the Church was a wonderful time for fellowship and good work.  The Church has been refreshed and is now ready for the Season. 

The Second Sunday in Advent is also known as “Bible Sunday.”  St. Mark’s Church welcomed Mr. Michael Ardito, a Gideon, to speak about the good work the Gideons are doing in Marin and all around the world.  We are to spread the Gospel to the ends of the world by Christ’s command.  The Gospel is the Good News and it gives us a mighty hope.  We support the work of the Gideons!  The sermon is on the “Sermon” page of this site. 

Bible Study, Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Peet’s Coffee in Novato (Hamilton)

Thursday, Advent Quiet Day at St Mark’s 9:00 am at the Church (until Noon).  Those who are able, we will lunch at a local eatery following the quiet morning.

Sunday next, “Rose Sunday,” Mass at 10:00 am at the Church, followed by a grand luncheon at Leila’s Home, then to the College of Marin for Hayden’s “The Seasons” Marin Oratorio Christmas Concert.