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St Marks at the movies cancelled [Feb. 2nd, 2007|12:18 pm]
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Richmond VA

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Looks like, due to the impending doom and gloom of the weather, the first "St Marks at the Movies" has been cancelled. I haven't heard whether the schedule is going to be pushed back, or if we are just moving on to the next movie in the series. Does anyone remember what the next movie is going to be?

I have to admit, I don't really know much about the movie "Saved!."  I think the biggest draw at least for me is seeing MacCauley Culkin as an adult (pre-drug bust). I guess I shouldn't be so hard on ole MacCauley, his fate is already pretty grim, what with being a child actor and all.
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Pageant fun! [Jan. 6th, 2007|07:09 pm]
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Richmond VA

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For those of you who didn't catch the pageant last night, you really missed out. The kids were adorable, the food was good (especially the cous cous.. anyone want to take credit?), and the fellowship was the best. Are there any other upcoming noteworthy events?
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Remembering Bill Dance [Dec. 29th, 2006|11:36 am]
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Richmond VA

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[Current Mood |calmcalm]

from an email received today from St Marks.
We will celebrate the life of Bill Dance, commit his body to the ground and commit his soul to the Glory of God on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 11:00 AM, here at St. Mark's.
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Although I haven't been a member of St Mark's long enough to have really known him, I know many people had fond memories of Bill. Please offer any memories you have of Bill or a prayer you would like to share.
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Presiding Bishop's Christmas message points to 'God Among Us' [Dec. 26th, 2006|02:48 pm]
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(for those who might not have read this from the Episcopal News Service)

Christmas Message 2006
By Katharine Jefferts Schori

God loved us so much that he came to dwell among us, to tent among us in human flesh... There is a wonderful echo there of God's presence in the tent while Israel wandered in the wilderness. The gift of the Incarnation says that God is willing to take on the human tent of flesh and be one with and among us. 

That frail tent of flesh proves capable of holding divinity, but also capable of yielding up its spirit. Irenaeus and Athanasius insisted that the gift of Incarnation was that "God became human, that we might become divine." You and I are bearers of the image of God, and you and I share in Incarnation, for Jesus has walked this way before us. God is born in us as well.

The vulnerability of being born in obscurity, to a peasant refugee couple, in an out of the way place, says to us that God is with us in the smallest parts of life -- perhaps a reminder that we, too, may discover God in those humble and unexpected places if we are willing to go in search.

Matthew's story of the wise ones from the east who come searching for this new thing, this remarkable child, is equally a reminder that God's love extends to all, that God comes among us in human form for all humanity, not just for our co-religionists, not just for those who expect God's appearing in the same way we do, and not just in predictable ways at the altar.

Recently I watched and listened to a woman on a bus as she engaged in conversation with a three-year-old boy. The woman asked the child what happens at Christmas, but the boy, though highly verbal, wasn't able to say much. With his parents' apparent agreement, she asked him about Santa Claus, and began to tell him all about waking up on Christmas Day and finding presents. She didn't talk about St. Nicholas on his feast day, or about Jesus and his birth, but she did convey a sense of the wonder and love connected to Christmas.

That is an opening for those of us who claim to be followers of Jesus. It is the kind of invitation heard by the wise ones from the east. Even Santa Claus –- far removed though today's version of the story may be from the holy faithfulness of St. Nicholas -- can be another kind of star leading others to the humble stable where God comes among us. God continues to come among us in humility, God continues to be birthed in fragile opportunities that will need to be nourished and tended by others. The little boy on the bus has had his mind and heart opened to hear the bigger story about Christmas. Now, who will tell the old, old story of God's love to those so ready and eager to hear?

-- The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori is Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.


Please add your own comments and observations if you have any.

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Holiday events 2006-2007 [Dec. 26th, 2006|02:41 pm]
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Richmond VA

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Feast of the Holy Innocents, Mourning Our Children, Wednesday, December 27, 6:00PM.
A service for those who have lost children to death, miscarriage, stillbirth, adoption, drugs, runaway or any other
circumstance.

Our Epiphany Parish Party - Twelfth Night Celebration, January 6th at 5:00 PM.

Share dinner and break bread with the Three Kings as they arrive bearing gifts to share with the Christ Child.
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Thoughts on today's devotional passage. [Dec. 21st, 2006|10:43 am]
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Richmond VA

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[Current Location |work]
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[Current Music |Size Too Small - Sufjan Stevens]

Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the orphans your prey! What will you do on the day of punishment, in the calamity that will come from far away? To whom will you flee for help, and where will you leave your wealth,

–Isa. 10:1-3

When I first read this, I immediately thought of politics and politicians. How many times has legislation been passed that benefits the wealthy and denies the needy from justice? We have lobbyists that influence our representatives for all sorts of interests that often have nothing to do with what benefits the people (pharmaceuticals anyone?).
 
One example affects me personally is student loans. Through the efforts of lobbyists for student loan providers, caps on student loan interest rates were raised, thus allowing banks to charge recent college grads (like myself) over double what they could previously in interest. Furthermore they scrapped grace periods so that a student who graduates today is immediately expected to begin repayment before they can even find a decent job. This immediately comes to mind when I read "Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right..."
 
What fascinates me is how so many passages from the Bible relate to my life almost 2000 years after they were written. I guess some institutions never really change; they just wear different adornments.

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Ideas for this journal [Dec. 19th, 2006|11:10 pm]
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Since creating this journal, I've had several ideas of things it could be used for.  Besides being an announcement board, I'd love to see this as a place where members can come together to discuss topics that affect the community and the Episcopal church at large. Maybe you have a question about the Gospel reading? Ask it here and see what others think. Have an outreach experience you'd like to share? Want to talk about how awesome Buck's accent is? Here's the place! There's no set format for this livejournal, just the goal of bringing the spiritual community of St Mark's together. Think of it as the extended post-service coffee hour.
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Apologies in advance for the ads [Dec. 19th, 2006|02:49 pm]
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[Current Mood |disappointeddisappointed]

I just noticed as I'm working on this page that some people may see advertising at the top and bottom of this page. I suppose Livejournal has to make a buck somehow, and I've done my best to add keywords to maybe guide the ad content, but really don't have any control over it. Livejournal basically pushes its subscription services ($20/year) to get rid of the ads. So if any of the ads are racey or otherwise inappropriate, my apologies in advance. There's not really much I can do about it. Sorry!
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Welcome! (plus rules and disclaimer stuff) [Dec. 19th, 2006|01:36 pm]
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Richmond VA

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Welcome to the community page for Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA. I created this page so that members and friends of the parish could have a common, informal place to talk about events, issues, or anything else that might interest other members. Please feel free to post and be active! The more people involved, the more interesting this will be.

I look forward to seeing what you all have to say and thanks again for visiting!

-- Berkeley Goodloe

P.S. - Below are some statements to cover any potential bumps in the road that could arise. Please take a gander:

Rules, policies and disclaimer

- Although there aren't any strict rules on what you can post here, please be mindful of your audience and respectful of those whose opinions differ from your own.

- This is a fully moderated board, meaning that membership, new posts, and comments all must be cleared by me or another moderator. This supervision is mainly intended to prevent vandalism. Barring vulgarity, excessive expletives, slander or inflammatory language, I intend to approve all messages (regardless of potential controversy). That being said, if you don't like what somebody says on here, don't come to me asking why I approved it- we are each responsible for our own posts!

Disclaimer:
- While this board is for the benefit of members and friends of St Mark's, it does not officially represent the views of St Mark's Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Virginia, or the greater Anglican communion. Nobody in the church staff or vestry has sanctioned, authorized or taken part in the creation of this online community. Any thoughts or views expressed here are that of the poster's alone and do not represent those of any organization or it's members (unless otherwise stated). In other words, I made this myself, so unless an official from St Marks comes on here and posts something on behalf of the church, the original poster owns it and you can't hold it against the church, k?

By joining this Livejournal community, you agree to everything stated herein. Furthermore, these rules and disclaimers are subject to additions, amendments or deletion at any time. If at any time you disapprove of these policies, it is up to you to remove your membership from the community. Inaction is considered agreement to these policies.


Now that all that's been said, please enjoy!

-Berkeley
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