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In the Bleak Midwinter: Open Our Hearts, O God – An Advent mini retreat

Saturday, Nov. 28 and Sunday Forum, Nov. 29 Pre-recorded program for use on Saturday (Advent Eve) available on YouTube, …

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Thanksgiving Day Service, 10am, November 26th

Our historic Thanksgiving Day Service will be available on St. Mark’s YouTube channel. We will remember our spiritual …

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Children’s Chapel – Hannah and Samuel: A mother and son story

As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new Children’s Bible Story …

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Food Closet

Continued Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you can …

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Annual Giving Tree

Every year St. Mark’s creates a Giving Tree during Advent to encourage donations to organizations during important outreach …

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Don’t miss our Advent Festival: an evening of celebration, creativity, and community!

Join us for a safely distanced but communally shared Advent experience! Where: The St. Mark’s campus When: Saturday, November …

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Thoughts on Stewardship by Ron Hodges

Ron Hodges was born in Kansas City, MO, and now lives in Palo Alto.  He is a chemist, …

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Thoughts on Stewardship by Julia Hartung

Julia Hartung has worked at Stanford in the development office for almost 28 years. She is married to …

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Confirmation & Connection for Youth

Our youth – like the rest of us – are seeking peace, joy, grace, rest, wisdom, and growth. …

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Work Day – Saturday, December 5th

Due to health considerations the Buildings and Grounds Commission has not held a Work Day in quite some …

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Children’s Chapel – The Parable of the Talents

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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THoughts on stewardship by Gail Grant

Gail Grant has been a member of St. Mark’s and singing in the choir since 1988.  She is …

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Thoughts on Stewardship by Lena Kuhar

Lena Chow Kuhar is phasing out her healthcare marketing communications business after three decades. In January 2021, her …

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Forum – conversations and documents you need to have. how to prepare for death and dying

Although our culture teaches us to avoid talking about it, the fact is that we are all going …

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Children’s Chapel – The Story of the Ten Bridesmaids

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Gratitude and Outreach in this time of Covid-19

This November, we invite the St. Mark’s community to join together in a practice of gratitude by writing …

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Youth Group Update!

Youth Group Families hiked together in Huddart Park last Sunday!  It was wonderful to meet together in person …

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Thoughts On Stewardship by Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller lives in Los Altos with her husband John. She works at West Valley College as the …

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Thoughts on Stewardship By Jonathan Luk

Jonathan Luk is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles, and happily settled in the Bay Area since …

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Where We Are, Where We Want To Be: Thoughts and Prayers post election

Join Rev. Matthew McDermott and others in a Zoom Forum on Sunday, November 8th, 2020 at 11:15 am …

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171st Convention of the Diocese of California

On October 17, the Diocese of California held its 171st annual convention.  Because of the CoV2 pandemic, the convention …

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Sign Up for Sunday 4:30pm Service and Other In Person GatheringS!

You are invited to attend our outdoor services on Sundays at 4:30pm. You must sign up in order to attend …

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How to make a pledge to ST. Mark’s

There are several different ways you can make a financial Pledge to St. Mark’s and/or set up automatic …

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Children’s Chapel – the Beatitudes

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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24 Hour PRayer Vigil

Please consider committing to one hour of prayer, as our community holds vigil on election day. Sign up for …

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Join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness

Leaders to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and …

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Special Stewardship Zoom Event!

Special stewardship zoom event on Sunday, November 1st, at 11:15am! Join our clergy, our treasurer and a virtual …

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Thoughts On Stewardship – Carol Scott

Carol Scott has been a member of St. Mark’s for 10 years, has served on the vestry and …

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Sacred Space at Home and All Souls Altar at St. Mark’s

Stop by St. Mark’s between 10am and noon on Saturday, October 31 to pick up materials for creating a sacred …

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Thoughts on Stewardship – Brent Welch

Brent Welch is married to Jolene, and they have three grown boys.  Brent works at Google.  At St …

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Youth Group Family Hike

Youth Group Families – Let’s go for a hike together!  Live!  In person! We are meeting at Huddart …

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Children’s Chapel – What’s Most Important

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Food Closet

Continued Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you can …

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All Souls’ Day Service

At 9 am, Saturday, October 31st, we will again observe All Souls’ Day at St. Mark’s. You are …

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Inquirer’s Classes

Inquirer’s classes offer an opportunity for those wanting to learn, or learn more, about their faith and the …

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Prayers For Our Nation

As a faith community, we pray during this election season for God’s wisdom, grace, and peace to guide …

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Youth Group Update

Today we talked about the importance of taking quiet time to be in the presence of God. Since …

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Forum: Canopy Urban Forestry

In California, 80% of the population lives in urban areas, making trees a vital part of daily life …

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Sign Up for St. Mark’s Traveling Journal!!

Sign up to have St. Mark’s Traveling Journal visit your house! There are two Traveling Journals and our …

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Children’s Chapel – Belonging to God

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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FORUM: The Covid-19 Vaccine – What You Need To Know

The federal government is telling states to start getting ready to distribute a vaccine as soon as late …

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Youth Group Update

This week we talked about Psalm 23, which was included in the lectionary. We watched a video and …

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Join the Episcopal Impact Fund for a Night of Light

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Night of Light will be a 100% virtual event free …

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Why We Do What We Do: A Walk Through the LIturgy

Do you have questions about how we worship? Do you ever wonder why we use the songs, prayers, …

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Food Closet

Continued Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you can …

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Children’s Chapel – Be Joyful!

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Youth Group Update

Happy St. Francis and St. Clare day! In honor of St. Francis and St. Clare, we watched some …

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Children’s Chapel – St. Francis and the Wolf

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Make a Prayer Flag….extended through October!!

You are still invited to come by St. Mark’s and make a prayer flag!  Prayer flags are ancient …

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Food Closet

Urgent Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you …

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Rev. Nikky Zoom Office Hours

Rev. Nikky will be hosting Open Zoom Hours on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 10am – noon. All are …

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Youth Group Update

Come to “Zooth Group” Sundays at 11:15am to share highs, lows, and hopes! Pray together to celebrate, support and …

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Blessing of the Animals!

This Sunday, Oct. 4 from 4 – 4:45pm: Drive through the St. Mark’s parking lot with your pet for a blessing …

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Children’s Chapel – Jesus The Healer

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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What’s happening in Zooth Group?

In keeping with the lectionary this week, we watched and discussed the story of the prophet Jonah. Our …

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Personal Retreats this fall At Bishop’s Ranch

Bishop’s Ranch is open this fall for personal retreats. Visit their website to learn what weekend’s are available, …

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Presiding Bishop Curry Visits Grace Cathedral

This Sunday, Sept 27th, St. Mark’s will hold our regular morning livestream service at 10am, and then you are …

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Upcoming Forums!

Here’s a look ahead at the Sunday 11:15a (post-livestream) zoom forums St. Mark’s plans to host in the …

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Francis, Clare and the Blessing of the Animals: Send Pictures Now!

Help us to celebrate the faithful, inspiring and ever timely ministry of Saints Francis and Clare!! Join us …

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Democracy and the 2020 Election: resources for Faith Communities

“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get …

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Food Closet: Needs This Week

Urgent Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you …

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Children’s Chapel – The Generous Landowner

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Mid Peninsula CROP Hunger Walk

Register for the St. Mark’s Team or donate on your computer or mobile phone. The virtual walk funds …

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Forum: How to Make Your Voice Heard

Now more than ever, it’s important to fight for the civic issues that reflect our spiritual values and …

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Children’s Chapel – A Story of Forgiveness

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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St. Mark’s Youth Welcome Hotel De Zink Guests

Thank you to all who participated in making our Hotel de Zink guests feel well fed and comfortable …

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Palo Alto Safe Parking

At next Monday’s meeting, the Palo Alto City Council will consider establishing a safe parking area for unsheltered …

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Food Closet: Needs This Week

Urgent Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you …

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Still Parenting in Hard Times: A Conversation for Strength and Solace

Well, here we still are, parenting through a global pandemic, a national crisis over racial injustice, massive wildfires, …

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Community Faire on Zoom!

Hospitality, Humor and the Holy Hosts When: Sunday, September 13th, 11:15am The present limitations for gathering will not …

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Children’s Chapel – The Ten Commandments

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Regathering OUtdoors – Begins on Sunday, September 13th!!

Due to the “excessive heat warning” that our area is under for this weekend, we will NOT be gathering in …

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Jim Welch to Perform the Six Trio Sonatas for Organ by J. S. Bach – Livestream on September 6th

On Sunday, September 6, at 3 p.m. (Pacific time), Jim Welch will present a live-streamed concert of Trio …

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Eagle Scout Project Seeks Your Support!

Our very own Michael Luk, who grew up at St. Mark’s, is working towards an Eagle Scout badge. …

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Children’s Chapel – Moses and the Burning Bush

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Sign Up For Sacred Ground

This fall, St. Mark’s will be launching Sacred Ground, an anti-racism curriculum created by The Episcopal Church. We …

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Youth Group FAll Kick Off

Welcome back to a new school year!  Join us this coming Sunday, Aug. 30, 11:15am for our special school year …

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Fire Relief Donations

In addition to your prayers, our neighboring dioceses are in need of financial support to assist in relief …

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Children’s Chapel – Who is Jesus?

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Forum august 23rd: Sacred Ground

Join us on Sunday, August 23 at 11am (immediately following the livestream service) for a forum on Sacred …

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Food CLoset: Top Needs This Week

Urgent Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you …

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Children’s Chapel – Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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In Remembrance of Darby Dye

Darby passed away on August 5th surrounded by her husband, Gron, her daughter, Bryn, and her sisters, Dana, …

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Update Your CCB Account!

Now that so much of our communication is digital, we need you to help us to stay in …

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Children’s Chapel – Jesus Walks on Water

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Memorial Evensong for Covid-19 Victims

A special Memorial Evensong will take place on Sunday, August 16 at 3 p.m. to honor those have …

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Good Reads Book Discussion Group

This is a great time to revisit some classic books. The Good Reads Book Discussion group meets bi-monthly …

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Tuesday Scripture Discussion Group

Would you like to explore your understanding of scripture? Join us! Our group meets bi-monthly via Zoom on …

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food closet: Top needs this week

Urgent Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you …

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Children’s CHapel – The Good Samaritan

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Stewardship PRayer

Stewardship Prayer O God, Help me to remember it is you who leads me on the path ahead,to …

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Breath prayer

In last week’s sermon the Rev. Liz Milner reflected on how prayer without words can sometimes be more …

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We have been asked to collect towels for Hotel de Zink

Our guests at Hotel de Zink will be showering at the Opportunity Center.  The Opportunity Center launders the HDZ …

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Children’s Chapel – The prodigal son

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Forum july 26: impact of COVID 19 on the homeless

Join us for a Forum on July 26th, at 11am (immediately following the livestream service!). We will begin with a …

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food closet: top needs this week

Urgent Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you …

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Children’s Chapel – The Story of Jonah

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Hotel de Zink (HDZ) Coming in August

This August, St. Mark’s will welcome 15-20 otherwise homeless guests to have dinner and rest and sleep in …

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Sunday Forum Follow Up

In last week’s forum, we had a discussion about incarceration and how it intersects and is affected by multiple other …

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food closet: top needs this week

Greetings Super Shoppers and Dedicated Cash Donors: Please, if you can donate the need is urgent – the …

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Parenting in Hard Times: A Conversation for Strength and Solace

Friday, July 17th, at 7:30pm on Zoom Let’s name it: these last few months have been tough.  A …

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Survey results

Dear St. Marks, Thank you to everyone who completed a survey! Overall, the responses were quite positive, and …

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children’s chapel – the parable of the sower

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Parish Summer Book Reads on Racism (and Beyond)

Given the state of affairs in our country with the much needed conversation on race and police brutality …

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Forum july 12: impact of COVID 19 on the incarcerated

Join us this Sunday, July 12th at 11am (immediately following the livestream service!). We will begin with a …

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food closet: top needs this week

Urgent Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Team up with the St. Mark’s Outreach Alliance in …

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Children’s Chapel – Friends who help

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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St. Dorothy’s REst Offers “Virtual Camp”

St. Dorothy’s Rest is offering a virtual summer camp program during the month of July!! “At St. Dorothy’s …

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Children’s Chapel – The Boy who Shared HIs Lunch

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Children and family news

Children and Parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a …

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The Episcopal Church supports the Dream Act

The Episcopal Church has long advocated for legislation that protects Dreamers and offers a pathway to citizenship. Through …

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Children’s Chapel – Jeremiah

children and parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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What is Happening with the Episcopal Church, Police reform and you?

Please inform yourself and follow up these suggestions with your own ideas and active support. Take Action Today …

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Children’s Chapel – Abraham and Sarah

Children and Parents, As we continue to shelter at home, please check out our St. Mark’s YouTube channel for a new …

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Youth Group this summer!

Wishing all youth and families a very Happy Summer! Lily will continue Zooth Group this summer. Stay connected. …

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food closet: top needs this week

Team up with the St. Mark’s Outreach Alliance in supporting the All Saints Food Closet with your donations. …

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Outreach corner

Our focus on our neighbors who are homeless and insecurely housed continues during this time of crisis. If …

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Union of Black Episcopalians position on the eradication of racism in the Church and society

The Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), whose members are of African descent, has fought to eradicate racism for over …

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Creation Care – watch this environmental film from June 8-June 17

The Diocese Commission on Creation Care is making available free of charge a viewing of the acclaimed documentary …

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Children’s Chapel – the creation story

Children and Parents, This Sunday, we celebrate the Trinity, a great mystery and a great truth of our faith.  On …

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A call to faithful action – from multi-faith voices for peace & justice

Online ~ at Home ~ on the Streets Many of us are unsure how to most faithfully protest …

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New – St. Mark’s Companion Groups!

Seeking, serving, and loving our neighbors as ourselves While we remain physically separated, we continue to live as …

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Agape meal liturgy to try at home

Dear community, I have heard from many of you a desire for a ritual you can do at …

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Resources for parents in these challenging times

Dear Parents, grandparents and others who care for children, These are, needless to say, painful and challenging days. …

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Social justice reading list

Here’s a list of books that the social justice group has read. Most of these books are available …

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A sad day in america

Dear Friends, If you have been watching the news you know what happened today in Washington D. C. …

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Children’s Chapel – Pentecost

Children and Parents, As we continue to shelter in place, here’s a reflection for you to use at …

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Youth group news

Zooth Group (“Zoom-Youth” Group) this Sunday! Stay connected. Pray together. Same time, same place:Topic:  Youth Group Meeting Time: Sundays at 11:15 AM …

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New: give using tithe.ly!

St. Mark’s has implemented a new online giving platform, Tithe.ly, that may provide an easier way for you …

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labyrinth walk contemplation and prayer!

Need to get out? Need an active way of prayer and contemplation? Come walk a solo Labyrinth at …

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dinners-to-go for our community members in need

The local Palo Alto Elks recently started a program to provide freshly-cooked dinners on Tuesday and Thursday evenings …

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food closet: top needs this week

Urgent Need for Drop Off and Donations by Check Team up with the St. Mark’s Outreach Alliance in …

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st. mark’s book club – June 2020

Looking ahead, our next meeting will be on Thursday, June 18th, at 7:30pm, and our book will be A …

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Children and family news – may 24, 2020 – Jesus taught us how to pray

Children and Parents, As we continue to shelter in place, here’s a reflection for you to use at …

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Outreach corner

Our focus on our neighbors who are homeless and insecurely housed continues during this time of crisis. If …

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food closet: top needs this week

Urgent Need for Drop Off Donations Team up with the St. Mark’s Outreach Alliance in supporting the All …

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Reading while sheltering

Recommendations from St. Mark’s Folk Reading recommendations for this challenging time. Rowan Williams – Tokens of Trust: An Introduction …

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Youth Group News

Join us for Zooth group! Zooth Group (“Zoom-Youth” Group) this Sunday! Stay connected. Pray together. Same time, same place:Topic:  …

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Children’s Chapel – Jesus teaches us to love one another

Children and Parents, As we continue to shelter in place, here’s a reflection for you to use at …

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children and family news

Children and Parents, As we continue to shelter in place, here’s a reflection for you to use at …

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children and family news

Children and Parents, As we continue to shelter in place, here’s a reflection for you to use at …

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Outreach Corner

St. Mark’s Outreach Commission Our focus on our neighbors who are homeless and insecurely housed continues during this …

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Children and Family News

Children and Parents, As we continue to shelter in place through Eastertide, here’s a reflection for you to …

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Virtual Office Hours

Rev. Nikky will be hosting virtual “office hours” next week on Wednesday April 22, from 10am – noon. Stop in …

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From the Clergy

What happens when this is all over? Will we be changed? Will we heed the lessons of a …

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