The Season of Advent: Music, Art, Fellowship, Outreach

Many ways to Await...
There is a lot going on at St. Mark’s Capitol Hill during the season of Advent, which begins on Sunday, December 1 and goes through December 24. Come, oh Come…!

Music and Arts

Cantate Chamber Singers Concert Titled “How Can I Keep from Singing,” Saturday, Dec 7 at 8 pm

This program explores joy, whimsy, and humor in music. In addition to two motets by J.S. Bach, the concert includes works by Gwyneth Walker, John Muehleisen, Jake Runestad, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ well-loved In Windsor Forest. Featuring guest artist David Jones, clarinet. Tickets at the door or through cantate.org.

Advent Lessons & Carols Service: Sunday, December 8 at 5 pm

 Please join us for this beloved annual tradition – a service of readings, seasonal hymns, and special music sung by the Chancel Choir. A reception will follow the service.

Chiarina Chamber Players present “Movement Reflected,” Sunday, December 8 at 7:30 pm

 A solo piano recital featuring works by J.S. Bach, Chopin, Bartok, and Ravel. 60% discount off advance tickets at chiarina.org using promo code STMARKS10.

Carols & Cheer: Wednesday, December 11 – Social, 6:30; Singing, 7 – 9:30 pm

Come join us for a fun evening singing your favorite Christmas carols while enjoying some snacks and drinks. Social time starts at 6:30 and singing goes from about 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Drop-in any time! Please bring a snack or beverage to share or $5.

Parish Life

Lambda Lions  Joint Thanksgiving/Christmas Celebration: “Gays-giving:” December 7th

The Lambda Lions is an affinity group of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) members of St. Mark’s parish. Please contact Mary Ellison or Brandon Knight with any questions. Learn more about the history of the group.

20s/30s Ice Skating at the National Sculpture Garden Rink – Sunday, December 15th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us for our winter social event. No previous ice skating experience required! $13 ($12 for students) for two 45-minute sessions of ice skating, broken up by a hot chocolate break in between. Email Emily McDuff if you are interested in attending.

Come to the Stable — A Diverse Crèche Collection, Sunday, December 15 following Sunday School

Young children with their parents and kids of all ages are invited to the Dozier Library in the Undercroft to see Crèches and Nativity Sets from around the world. Drawn from the collection of Linell Grundman, the crèches will be on display (together with some hands-on examples) from the end of Sunday School until 1:30 pm. Also on display (and available for check-out) will be children’s books relating to Christmas and winter themes. The Library Committee is sponsoring this event to celebrate the season and honor the children of St. Mark’s. Please join us!

Christian Education

Advent Half-Day Retreat: December 14, from 9 am to 1 pm in the Nave

During this year’s advent season, we will be offering a half-day retreat where we shall learn about and practice various forms of prayer and meditation in order to deepen our spiritual lives. We will have at least two periods of centering prayer, as well as a discussion on different forms of contemplation. We will do some walking meditation and a little bit of chanting.

The companion book to the retreat is The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, a modern-day mystic and Episcopal priest. Here is a quote to pique your interest, “When the field of vision has been unified, the inner being comes to rest, and that inner peaceableness flows into the outer world as harmony and compassion.” Contact: Patricia Catalano

Youth and Family Ministries

Pageant Sign Ups – Ongoing

Be sure to stop by the undercroft bulletin board (at the end of the Sunday School Hallway) to sign up for a part in our Christmas Pageant. Youth of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Christmas Cookie Decorating Party + Pageant Costume Pick Up + Lead Rehearsal – December 22
Christmas Pageant – December 24, 4 pm

Outreach

7th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm

Organized by the Newtown Foundation and hosted by St. Mark’s,  this 7th Annual Vigil marks the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. The event allows survivors from across the country to gather together in remembrance.

Learn more and get details about volunteering and/or attending.  Questions? Please contact Cecilia Monahan.

Creative Gift Ideas Through Sunday Suppers: Place orders by December 16

This year, you can give someone the gift of a donation to Sunday Suppers and receive a cute token from the organization to let your recipient know. Donations cover paper products for meals and insurance and upkeep on the van.

Learn more about this important work. Questions? Contact: Lisa Ramish

Be Santa to a Disadvantaged Family: By December 20th

Everyone Home DC (Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s new name.) is looking for elves to provide Santa to their client families. Choose a family size: small (2-3 people, probably a mom with 2 children), medium (4-5 people) or large (6+).

Contact Shelah Wilcox to let her know you want to adopt a family. She will send you a family’s wish list. Team up with others and have fun sharing the experience and expense of providing Santa to those in need.

Wrapped gifts can be delivered to Shirley’s Place (1338 G St SE) by December 20th. Look for a flyer in the tract racks. Questions or If you need help with the delivery, email Susan Sedgewick.

Advent sale of Olive Oil, Crèches, and Ornaments – Throughout Advent

The Mid-East Working Group is again selling olivewood and olive oil during Advent. This year the proceeds will benefit St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus. Located in the West Bank, it is the only charitable hospital in Nablus, serving a community of 350,000, including a large Palestinian refugee camp. Travel restrictions and checkpoints make everyday life difficult for the people of Nablus and surrounding communities. Ready access to comprehensive, quality healthcare at a local hospital is crucial. St. Mark’s is joining St. John’s Episcopal Church Norwood to help pay salaries for nurses.

Contact: Maureen Shea