Enrichment Groups

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Ways to gain friendships,
have fun, support parish
needs, and reach out to
others in Christ …

Christian Formation – Adult
Social & Fellowship
Pastoral & Parish Related
Facilities & Properties
Worship & Liturgy
Children & Youth
Outreach

NEW MEMBERS ARE
ALWAYS WELCOME!

CHRISTIAN FORMATION – Adult

For more information, contact the Parish Office here.

First Tuesday Lunch Book Group At noon on the first Tuesday of the month at someone’s home to report individually on whatever book each person has chosen to read. At each meeting, the secretary distributes a list of book synopses from the previous gathering as taken from a very short file card review that was handed in by each attendee. Everyone brings his/her own sandwich; the host/hostess provides salad, dessert and beverage.

Anice Ellis, Coordinator
For the coordinator’s contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

 

Fourth Monday Evening Book Group At 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at a member’s house for dessert, beverage and discussion of the book for the month, chosen earlier from recommendations by the participants. Members take turns being the discussion leader, providing information on the author, reviews of the book and questions to stimulate discussion. In addition, the group has a summer picnic, a holiday party and occasional outings related to one of the books, such as authors’ talks or movies.

Susan Galbreath, Leader
For the leader’s contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

SOCIAL and FELLOWSHIP

To participate in an event, contact the Parish Office here.

parishsocial_webSISTERS OF FAITH is a covenant women’s group that focuses on prayer, study, and discussion and sharing the presence of God in one’s life.

Pat Iams, Convener
For the Convener’s contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

 

SUPPER GROUP This is a great way to meet people at Saint Mark’s. Couples and singles, gather in small groups at people’s homes for fun, fellowship and food. A gathering of the whole takes place in September where members sign-up for hosting a particular month or two. Small groups are formed by the chairperson for October and November. Another large gathering takes place in December. The groups are rearranged for January, February and March and rearranged again for April and May. A grand finale picnic for the entire membership is held again in June. The host, who furnishes the entrée and beverages, is responsible for reminding group members of the date and place and assigning the side dishes. Singles often partner for hosting responsibilities.

Dianne Silliman and Barb Keyes, Co-Chairs
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Barb and Dianne talk about some of the unexpected joys of joining a supper group.

 

BRIDGE CLUB Sessions begin at 11:30 a.m. for 3-4 hours on the second Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall. This is a relaxed, low key group with two or three tables. Players play with someone different each round. Coffee and tea are provided to accompany the sandwich everyone is asked to bring, as well as something to share. New men and women are always welcome; however they need to call the coordinator in advance. Players can be monthly, seasonal or substitute and can even bring friends.

Marlene Marchak, Leader
For the leader’s contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

 

SOFTBALL LEAGUE Monday nights from mid-April through August. All men are invited to join our Roaring Lions’ slow-pitch team. Games are played (at varying times) at the Reed Rd. Old Timers’ Field, between the firehouse and Hastings Middle School. The League is part of the Northwest Church Softball Association; the other teams are St. Andrew’s, St. Agatha, First Community, U.A. Lutheran, Covenant Presbyterian, Northwest Christian and Trinity United Methodist.

Greg Smith, Team Captain
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ROLLING LIONS CYCLING GROUP Participants meet for recreation (not racing) for one or two rides per week—mostly on Saturdays—over country roads or bike paths. Cyclists may also support some charity events that involve cycling. Members of a variety of ages and average speed are welcome. Helmets required.

Bill Silliman, Coordinator
For the coordinator’s contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

 

GOLF LEAGUE Mondays at 6:00 p.m. for about $15 a round, at Raymond Memorial Golf Course.  The group plays for fun (no scoring). Both men and women are welcome to play on a full-time or substitute basis. Call Jim ahead of time to be sure space is available.

Jim Keyes, Leader
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Golf Leader, Jim Keyes asks: “Wouldn’t you love to do that?”

PASTORAL and PARISH-RELATED

For more information, contact Saint Mark’s Pastoral Deacon.

 

MEMBER CARE

The Member Care Meals ministry provides meals to parishioner’s who are in need of help with meals due to illness, recovery, a new baby, bereavement or other situations.  If you or someone you know is ill, recovering, or in need of help with meals, or if you would like to help in this ministry, please contact Michele Johnson (614-486-4624).   To request Member Care contact the parish office here.

The New Baby ministry provides a welcoming rose and muffins to families with a new baby in the house.   If you know of a family with a new baby or would like to help with this ministry, please contact Robbie Hurley  (614-374-3068). 

 

MEMORIAL RECEPTION VOLUNTEERS Members bake cookies, make sandwiches, create vegetable or fruit platters, as well as work in the kitchen or serve to offer grieving families and their friends an opportunity to get together and share after a Memorial Service.

Cindy Anderson, Leader
For the leader’s contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

 

347_webWEDDING COORDINATION VOLUNTEERS Members meet with the engaged couple and clergy to get all of the details of the upcoming wedding. They provide a tour and a general overview, and help to coordinate access for vendors, the rehearsal and the bridal party. One person is on-site early on the wedding day for last minute help and direction.

Diane Hartney, Coordinator
Contact the Wedding Coordinator here.

Learn more about weddings at Saint Mark’s.

 

FELLOWSHIP HOUR GUILD Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. service. Members provide coffee, tea, fruit punch, cookies, etc. for the fellowship hour. Men and women (and sometimes their children) volunteer to make or buy cookies, help set–up and serve, or help with clean-up once a month.

Barb Keyes, Coordinator
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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY 7:30 p.m. on first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Bishop’s Library. Participants knit or crochet shawls and enjoy the fellowship of knitters with various levels of experience. At the completion of a prayer shawl, all hands touch it while the knitters pray over it. The shawls are distributed to parishioners and others who would benefit from the symbol that they are covered in prayer. New knitters, even beginning ones, are welcome.

Barb Keyes, Facilitator,

Joy Sargent, Coordinator Emeritus
For the coordinator’s contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

 

PRAYER CHAIN VOLUNTEERS Confidential intercessory prayer every day for people who have specific issues such as death, illness, job, or family-related issues. Anyone can request these special prayers. Typically a name stays on the list for a month. Prayers can come from the Book of Common Prayer if desired, but do not have to be of a certain form nor said at a certain place or time. Members can pray with whatever words come from the heart and whatever time of day the member chooses and wherever the person may be—for example at a red traffic light. The prayer chain is confidential and is a separate ministry from the Sunday morning prayer list.

Gretchen Hirsch, Head
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LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITORS Members assist the clergy DSC05184with bringing Holy Communion to the sick, shut-in, and others unable to attend worship for an extended period of time. Special training is available, and licensing by the diocese is required.

Diane Silliman and Joan Maynard, Leaders
For the leader’s contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

Learn more about receiving Home Communion.

 

STEPHEN MINISTERS Assist the clergy by providing a ministry of Christian listening to members of the parish who may be going through a difficult period in their lives. Those who feel called to this ministry apply to the clergy to participate in the training course led by the Stephen Leaders.

Pat Barton, Michele Johnson, and Joan Maynard, Leaders
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FACILITIES and PROPERTIES

To get involved, contact the Parish Office here.

parishfac_webLAY WEEDERS AND PLANTERS Volunteers help with the upkeep of flower pots and gardens by the front entrances. They choose the type of flower and plant them in the pots or gardens. Also many volunteers are needed for watering every two or three days throughout the summer. Help is welcome from responsible members of all ages.

Rick Wheeler, Coordinator
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OFFICE VOLUNTEERS A variety of opportunities are available such as answering the phone, folding the EPISTLE (our monthly newsletter), assisting with bulk mailing projects, mailing birthday postcards, etc. People can volunteer on a single occasion, be an office “regular” or be a “back-up” volunteer when scheduled volunteers are unavailable, especially during busy weeks prior to Christmas and Easter.

Melanie Jacobs, Office Manager
For more information, contact the office manager here.

WORSHIP and LITURGY

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FLOWER GUILD Volunteers make the floral arrangements for the altar each month. The captain for the month calls and assigns whoever that month’s volunteers may be, depending on the number of Sundays. The Guild meets in September, December, the Easter season and before “Art in Bloom,” a special exhibit in which the Guild makes flower arrangements to complement an assigned art object at the Columbus Museum of Art. Trips to places like Franklin Park Conservatory, the Liturgical Art Guild, etc. are often taken and there is a Guild luncheon in June.

Diane Hartney, Director
Contact the director here.

 

ALTAR GUILD Maintains the vestments and altar vessels and assists in preparations for the Worship Service each Sunday and on special Services. No experience is required; an assigned partner helps train a new volunteer. Assignments are usually once a month with special occasion assignments as necessary. The Guild is open to both men and women and children may come along as apprentices.

Gloria Wylie
For the director’s contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

Click here for information on the ministry of the Altar Guild.

 

MUSIC MINISTRIES Includes opportunities for involvement such as Saint Mark’s Choir, the Canterbury Choir for children and youth, and the Friends of Music at Saint Mark’s.

Matthew Bester, Director of Music
Contact the Director of Music here.

 

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS volunteer in the following ministries:

  • ACOLYTES lead the procession with cross or candles and assist the clergy at the Altar during every Worship Service. Adults assist at the 8 a.m. service; typically teens or mature younger children assist at the 10:30 a.m. service. Volunteers usually serve twice per month on Sundays, plus special services. Practice sessions are held two or three times yearly. A volunteer can become an Acolyte at any time of the year.
  • LECTORS are given brief training in public speaking. Prior to the Worship Service, volunteers are expected to study and practice their assigned reading for clarity, understanding, feeling and expression. Before training can begin, volunteers must be approved by the Rector.
  • LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS assist with Communion by administering the Chalice. Volunteers are welcome but must go through several steps: be approved by the Rector, attend training and then receive a license from the Diocese.
  • USHERS start with offering a friendly greeting while providing bulletins, information and any needed physical assistance, as well as to assist with Offerings and Communion. Ushering duties are typically handled by assigned teams which serve one Sunday per month. Men, women and children are welcome to volunteer.
    Bill Silliman, Head Verger
    For more information, contact the Head Verger.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION – Children and Youth

Learn more about children’s formation here.

Contact the Youth Ministers here.

CHURCH SCHOOL STAFF VOLUNTEERS Help teach the “Godly Play” curriculum to children of pre-school age through 5th grade. The curriculum utilizes interactive storytelling with props and figures. Church School is held during the first
part of the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service, except on the first Sunday of the month when the Canterbury Choir sings and there is a children’s homily instead of the usual sermon. Cathy Utgard and Seth Wymer, Vestry Representatives

For the Vestry Representatives’ contact information, log in to the eDirectory here.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is a high-energy, entertaining and learning volunteer opportunity, which takes place for one week of the summer, usually in June from 9 a.m. until noon. The curriculum follows a theme that is supported by Bible stories, dramas, movies, crafts, singing, snacks and games. Adults and teenage volunteers are needed.

Jim Keyes & Roberta Morton, Coordinators
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Click here to learn more about Vacation Bible School.


Watch Vacation Bible School FUN!

 

YOUTH GROUP participation is for all 6th through 12th graders and is divided into two groups: Middle School &
High School Youth. Activities range from movie night to bowling, to hosting a Halloween festival after church for children and their families.

The Rev. Christopher Richardson, leader
Contact the Youth Leader here.

 

OUTREACH

Outreach

 

Contact members of the Outreach Committee through the Parish Office here.

 

 

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FRIENDS OF LA LABOR Founded after Saint Mark’s first trip to Guatemala in 2008, the Friends support the health care, educational and ecological ministries of the Sisters of the Precious Blood in La Labor. The group is open to anyone who is interested, and many members have participated in the annual service trip to Guatemala held in July. Humanitarian supplies and projects take place throughout the year in preparation for travel, and a Gal luncheon celebrates the ministry of the travelers upon their return.

Jim and Joyce Acton, Co-Chairs
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Books collected at Saint Mark’s arrive in the county library and Maria do Mattias Educations Institute in La Labor.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Volunteers on these Saturday projects, beginning at 7 or 8 a.m., bring their own tools and are responsible for their own health. In addition to laborers, volunteers are also needed to provide lunch food that is delivered to the work site.

Bill Ryan, Parish Contact
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ST. JOHN’S TOWN STREET DINNER Volunteers help feedStJohn20091 the hungry at St. John’s Episcopal Church in inner city Franklinton, just west of downtown. Every few months, on a Wednesday night, Saint Mark’s provides food, prepares and serves it, cleaning up afterwards. Sign-up sheets are in the Parish Hall before each date; volunteers can sign up for early preparation, serving, or clean-up or help with more than one of these phases.

Sally Rechner, Coordinator
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STREET CHURCH Volunteers prepare food at Saint Mark’s to feed the hungry at Street Church, and some travel downtown to attend Street Church on a regular basis.

Roberta Morton, Pam Thurston, and Kelly Kelleher, Parish Representatives
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NNEMAP Food Pantry Volunteers support the Near Northside Emergency Material’s Assistance Program by collecting goods at Saint Mark’s, conducting seasonal drives and volunteering weekly at their headquarters at 1064 N. High Street.

Bill Karl, Coordinator
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