HABITAT consortium of churches formed with St. Mark’s, First Community, Mountview Baptist, Covenant Presbyterian, Upper Arlington Lutheran, Holy Trinity Lutheran and Riverside Methodist.
Pastoral Care and Evangelism Commission became Member Care.
Michael Jupin becomes the fourth rector of Saint Mark’s.
Saint Mark’s celebrated its 40th or Ruby Anniversary.
Women could now be ushers. By 1999 or thereabouts children of responsible age could join their parent(s) as ushers.
Third Avenue Community Church on North High Street having been formed, Saint Mark’s served lunch to neighboring families at least once a year. This activity terminated a few years later. Sometime later the congregation and all activity disbanded. However, NNEMAP (Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Project) had begun a food pantry in the undercroft of the church building. It continues its work there. Saint Mark’s has an ongoing food drive for NNEMAP.
Together with St. John’s Church in Franklinton Saint Mark’s purchased the house 163 Avondale Avenue directly across West Town Street form the church. It was then furnished and was intended to house a family in need of assistance as they worked to reestablish themselves. “Transition House” was rededicated in 1995, The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Lester Price, Jr., Bishop Suffragan, officiating.
First annual sale by Canterbury Choir of submarine sandwiches on football’s Super Bowl Sunday.
The system of dividing the Diocese into four Regions ended. Several Deaneries were set up instead. Columbus was divided into East and West Deaneries, but they combined several years later, thus effectively reviving the formerly active COREC.
May 2 Diocesan Mission Convocation was held at Saint Mark’s. The Rt. Rev. Craig Anderson, Diocese of South Dakota, was the featured speaker. (He later became Dean of General Theological Seminary in New York City.)
May 31 a reception honored Marian Tipton (Mrs. Clyde R., Jr.), long time head of Saint Mark’s Preschool (see “Once Upon a Time”). The Preschool was closing after 41 years.
Vestry approved placing a plaque in the Oratory on which would be the names of those whose ashes are interred in the Memorial Garden.
Commissions became Ministries and the care of the buildings and grounds became the responsibility of Trinity Guild.
Licensed Lay Eucharistic Ministers were authorized by the Bishop to take consecrated bread and wine to shut-in persons, an extension of the regular Sunday Service. Licensed were Margo Baldwin, Jack Folkerth, Joy Sargent (Mrs. Robert), Robert Stamper and Barbara Jupin (Mrs. Michael, wife of the Rector.)
The complete Eucharistic Service for each season of the church year were placed in the pews, thereby making use of the Book of Common Prayer unnecessary. This usage was discontinued in 1999.
It was decided to use real, baked, unleavened bread in the Eucharist rather than the wafers used heretofore, the bread being prepared by various women of the parish.
Center City Summer Work Adventure August 10-15, a Deanery effort, enabled a number of parishioners to be housed at Mt. Carmel Hospital School of Nursing so that they could work in nearby Franklinton area helping some householders in need of assistance. So great was this experience that it was repeated in each of the next four years.
“Via Crucis,” paintings and drawings by Paul-Henri Bourguignon were exhibited in the nave. These modern interpretations of the traditional Stations of the Cross added greatly to the congregation’s spirituality.
Audio taping the Sunday morning service began in November.
Prayer chain was reactivated.
Deacon Joan Maynard, chaplain in Ohio State University, High Risk Pregnancy Unit, requested Christmas gifts for the women and their children. Parishioners responded and supplying gifts for the Unit has become an annual occurrence.
Empty Cradle Ministry also responds to a need expressed by Deacon Joan. Various women of the parish make clothing and receiving blankets for babies that did not live beyond the 5th month of gestation. The Ministry caught on with women not of the parish, so Saint Mark’s women now only make the tiny clothing and the commemorative “blanket” for babies miscarried before the 5 months.
September 22 Sait Mark’s 45th anniversary celebration
A truck purchased form the outreach portion of previous Capital Campaign Funds transports HABITAT building materials from warehouse to building site.
A concordat was proposed to the Evangelical Lutheran Church. An agreement was reached in 200 whereby Lutherans and Episcopalians can now officially serve each other.
Large print and Braille Service Books were made available so that ushers could provide “on call” assistance.
The congregation was saddened by the death of its first Rector, The Rev. Eldred Wayne Johnston, Jr. on October 4 after 90 years, 10 months and 1 day of a varied and useful life.
June – Michel Jupin retires
Parish Health Ministry initiated. Blood pressure readings, flu shots and other health related outreach is offered.
First “Pumpkin Party,” a time on an October Sunday when children and adults can carve jack-o’-lanterns, decorate cookies, and have a good time. The party is now an annual event.
Vacation Bible School was once again offered. The offer was repeated in 2000 and 2001.
Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Franklin Graham through his Samaritan’s Purse, results in shoe boxes filled with a variety of gifts suitable for a boy or girl of a certain age. Twenty-three boxes were filled for distribution overseas and in the United States. In 2000, parishioners filled 27 boxes.
Plates of cookies were given in November to each of the merchants in Tremont Shopping Center in appreciation for the use of their parking lot all these years.
In April the capital Campaign Memorial Plaque in the Narthex was blessed and the mortgage/loan paper burned. Bishop Thompson was the honored guest.
Vicky Smith arrives as fifth rector of Saint Mark’s.