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

Upcoming Concerts at St. Mark’s

Saturday, December 21

The St. Mark’s Chancel Choir will team up with the 21st Century Consort on the weekend before Christmas. A pre-concert discussion takes place at 4 pm and the free concert starts at 5 pm. Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” will be interspersed with a variety of contemporary works.

Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

The choir will sing special music alongside a brass quintet at the 10 pm Christmas Eve service. Congregational Caroling and brass music begin at 9:30 pm.

And mark your calendar for these musical events early in the New Year…

Saturday, January 5

Armonia Nova’s 19th annual Twelfth Night concert will take place at 7:30 pm. This early music ensemble will perform seasonal selections for medieval and baroque harp, renaissance string instruments, and voice. Donation requested.

Sunday, January 12

The next Chiarina Chamber Players performance, “New Paths,” will be at 7:30 pm. Music for strings and piano. Receive a 60% discount off tickets by purchasing online using promo code STMARKS10.

Parish Life

Sunday, December 15th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

20s/30s Ice Skating at the National Sculpture Garden Rink – 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.

Sunday, December 15 following Sunday School

Come to the Stable — A Diverse Crèche Collection, 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

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