11-9-17 News of the Week


Dear Friends:

Here is the news of the week:

  • News from the Stewardship Committee at the end of week three of the pledge drive:   In 2017 we had 53 pledges and through the first three Sundays of the pledge drive, we have received 26 pledge cards.  Two were new pledges and of the 24 returned from current pledgers, 13 increased their pledge (average increase of 18.4%!!!) Everyone’s thoughtful and gracious contribution in support of St. Mark’s is truly appreciated.
  • Check out this week’s stewardship video!! 
  • On Sunday, November 19 there will be a celebration of a successful pledge drive.  There will be one service that morning at 9am followed by brunch and a pie eating contest.  Want to participate in pie eating contest?  Let Steve Paasch know.  paaschstefan@sbcglobal.net
  • Due to a scheduling conflict, coffee hour hosts are needed for this Sunday. There are apples and clementines in the refrigerator plus coffee fixings.   The rector is very grateful to all Sunday ministers but asks that if you need to change your dates, that you find a substitute.  If you cannot find a substitute, please let the rector know.
  • Also needed is an intercessor for the 10am service. Please let the office know if you are available to serve.
  • Coffeehouse Concert this Sunday at 5pm.   Join emerging musicians who are new to public performances for an informal concert in the chapel.  Want to perform–it is not too late to sign up.  Please speak with Sarah Kaufold.  And do bring your friends.
  • On Saturday, there is another concert at St.Mark’s –join UConn’s Rolling Tones, a coed a cappella group, for fun evening of music and laughter.  This concert starts at 7pm.
  • Last call for Haiti signups–if you are interested in the mission trip to Haiti next May, please contact Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine.
  • Rev. Brian is hosting a webinar on Building Bridges and how to have a more gracious dialogue among people with different perspectives, passions and experiences.  The date is November 21 at 7:30pm.  For more information, please speak with the rector.
  • News from Quiet Corner Refugee Resettlement:  the refugee  family in Willimantic had to vacate their home while asbestos was removed. Once resettled they will need a HEPPA filter vacuum.  Contact Sondra Boyer for more information or if you have a vacuum to donate.
  • The Outreach Bulletin Board has been resurrected.  It is the bulletin board just as you enter Goodwin Hall and has lots of information on organizations needing assistance.  The Outreach Committee, Sondra Boyer, Joan Doiron and Helene Marcy, welcome your ideas and suggestions.
  • Walk for Warmth sign up sheets are on the Outreach Bulletin Board.
  • Please remember a nonperishable food item for the UConn Community Outreach Food Drive.  This is the last Sunday of the drive.  St. Mark’s has already filled three boxes this year.
  • The office will be closed tomorrow in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Best wishes, Linda