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News & Announcements

Sanctuary Update
Join The Rev. Canon Nancy Ross and Steering Committee Co-Chair Phillip Lienau for an update on ideas, trainings, and community-building activities as we head into a new year of Sanctuary and stand in solidarity with immigrants and their families.

Listening for the Holy Spirit
Brown bag lunch at 12:15 p.m.; group begins at 12:30 p.m. This holy listening group is saturated with silences and reflection on one’s sharing, holding space for the compassionate stream of God’s love. All are welcome. For more information, contact Phillip Lienau at

20s & 30s Dinner at the Deanery
Join Saint Mark’s members in their 20’s and 30’s and meet other young adults at a casual gathering at the home of Dean Steve Thomason. Good food and great fellowship. After dinner, some may choose to attend Compline at 9:30 p.m. afterward. 901 Federal Ave. E. (a short three-block walk from the cathedral).

Construction Corner
What’s happening on the construction site?
The elevator is now operational, as are the power doors into Narthex (southernmost doors) and into the office suite (to be renamed the Hoerster Annex).
The stone work on external walls is nearly complete. Caulking requires dry weather so this will likely take a few more weeks. The trailer on the front lawn has been removed, and the lawn will be reseeded as weather permits. Landscaping will begin around perimeter of cathedral in the coming weeks. Hand rails for the east terrace (front patio) are in fabrication and will be installed this month. Asphalt repairs and restriping of the south lot will occur once all the construction workers have completed other aspects of the project. We appreciate your patience as we draw this major project to a close.
Have questions about the project? For background information about the project, visit For weekly updates, follow along on Saint Mark’s Facebook page,, or email Turner Construction Company’s project email

2018 Annual Parish Meeting and festive meal
You’re invited to join a festive parish meal and the 2018 Annual Meeting.
The meeting will include an election of Vestry members and Delegates/Alternates to the Diocesan Convention. You must be present to vote–there is no provision for absentee ballots. We’ll also hear ministry reports, and the 2018 budget. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our vibrant parish while visiting with old friends and getting to know new members. A brochure featuring the candidates is available in the back of the Nave.
Please bring something to share at the potluck lunch. We suggest the following guidelines: Potluck items should feed at least 8-10 people. To ensure balanced options:
A-I last names, please bring a dessert
J-R last names, please bring a main course
S-Z last names, please bring a side or salad

Choir School Open House events
Is your child a future Saint Mark’s Cathedral chorister? We hope so! Parents and children are invited to observe or join a rehearsal with cathedral choristers at our Open Houses this month held in the St. Nicholas building Choir School room.
Junior Chorister Open House, for K-2nd graders
Tuesday, January 16, 4:45-6 p.m.
Senior Chorister Open House, for 3rd-8th graders
Wednesday, January 17, 4:45-6 p.m.
Schola Open House, high schoolers & changed voice boys
Wednesday, January 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Learn more at or contact Rebekah Gilmore, Choir School Director,

Saint Mark’s Evensong Choir will sing all 720 hymns in The Hymnal 1982 in one day. They will start at 8:00 a.m. and anticipate crossing the finish line at 6 p.m. The Hymnathon is a fundraiser for their trip to England this summer, where they will sing daily services as choir-in-residence for a week at Ely Cathedral, and a week at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. In preparation, choir members are securing pledges-per-hymn-sung from friends and families. The Hymnathon is open to the public. Come sing with the choir for some or all of the day, listen, and/or pledge your support for their life-changing adventure as singing leaders of worship.

Sanctuary Volunteers 2018 Kick-Off Meeting
Sanctuary volunteers and those interested in joining this important work: come for our 2018 kick-off meeting as we plan out our Safe Space action, our community events together with Casa Latina, new trainings, and more. Questions? Contact The Rev. Nancy Ross,

Storytelling as Social Conscience
Optional community dinner, 6-6:30 (Adults $7, Children $5,
Max Family $20). Free program from 6:45 – 8:15 p.m.
Our bodies and identities are socially and culturally constructed. We are gendered, racialized, sexualized, politicized, represented, colonized, contained, controlled, and inscribed. As a result of the relationship between our lived experiences and our social actions, we may be both shaped by and resist social and cultural constructions. Parishioner and ministry leader Bob Chapman will lead participants in developing an autobiography of self (e.g., a poem, collage, song, etc.) in C. Wright Mills’ sense of connecting “private troubles” with “public issues.” That is to recognize that your identity is a reflection of (and perhaps a resistance to) society, culture, and politics, all of which have, to a certain extent, shaped our experiences.

A Festive Evensong Celebration of Gratitude for All Who Have Supported the Capital Campaign
6 p.m. Special Evensong of Thanksgiving, 7 p.m. Festive Dessert Reception A joyful celebration of the culmination of the Living Stones Capital Campaign and completion of Cathedral restoration. Featuring awe-inspiring music from the Saint Mark’s Evensong Choir and the Cathedral Choir and a sumptuous dessert reception. All are invited to an event eagerly anticipated since 1928. Admission is free.

Book Club: The Hate Crimes & Hate Speech De-escalation Ministry
Join us in reading New York Times best-selling author Chris Hayes’ book, A Colony in a Nation. Hayes contends our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order, fear trumps civil rights, and aggressive policing resembles occupation. Discussion on the book will be facilitated by Amanda Clark and held at the cozy home of Bob Chapman; light snacks and refreshments will be provided. For RSVP, directions and more information, contact Amanda at

Stations of the Cross–Sculptural Reliefs by Virginia Maksymowicz
From Ash Wednesday through Good Friday, 2018, Saint Mark’s will exhibit Virginia Maksymowicz’s Stations of the Cross, cast sculptural reliefs in a tradition of religious imagery that dates back to the 13th century. Maksymowicz worked with a variety of models, culled from a wide range of ages and ethnicities. She explains, “I wanted the narrative of Christ’s passion and death to be represented in a way that is tensioned between the “specific” and the “universal.” Audio guides will make them accessible to visually impaired people as well. For more information, or to participate in group experiences with the stations, contact Canon Daugherty,, or Vi Lynk,

Becoming an Atheist about the God of Rewards and Punishments
Facilitated by The Rev. Ed Bacon
Fee: $50 includes Saturday breakfast and lunch. Register at:
Drawing on themes from Cynthia Bourgeault’s latest work on Centering Prayer, including her emphasis on Oneness, and tapping Ilia Delio’s work on Wholeness as well as Ed Bacon’s own work on love and fear, this workshop is designed for those seeking to integrate a life of both contemplation and action and phenomenal levels of energy (a literal “well of water gushing up full of eternal life-energy”). We seek to become atheists about the God of rewards and punishments, split off from both science and other faiths as we articulate a new narrative of experiential faith for a transformed church. The Reverend Ed Bacon is an Episcopal priest who has preached prophetically and tirelessly against a fear-based tribalism and its proclivity to dualisms that often lead to violence. He has appeared on Oprah television and radio, and he is the author of Eight Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind.

Inquirer’s and Confirmation Class
SUNDAYS, FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 18, 12:30 – 2 P.M.,
BLOEDEL HALL (Light lunch included)
All are welcome to come to these classes, which cover the basics of the Christian faith through the Episcopal/Anglican lens. Following these classes, many decide they want to become an Episcopalian through confirmation or reception into the church. Some who attend are experiencing a revival of the soul and may desire to reaffirm their baptismal vows. Interested? Contact The Rev. Cristi Chapman,

Join the Justice Ministries Coordinating Team!
Noel House, Hunger Offering, Mideast Focus, Racial Reconciliation, Refugee Resettlement, Homeless Advocacy, Sanctuary, Mission to Seafarers. These are just a few of the areas of justice work here at Saint Mark’s. In an effort to collaborate, communicate, and work more effectively, we also have a Justice Ministries Coordinating Team. This committee, which includes designated Vestry members, meets monthly to coordinate the justice work at Saint Mark’s and collaborate with various other ministry areas and allied community groups. We would love to have some new members! To learn more about this work, see the justice page on the Saint Mark’s website Please contact Justin Mills at if you are interested in joining our team.

Noel House Homeless Shelter
Do you enjoy cooking soup? Please join us! The 20-year old Noel House Ministry at SMC has been asked to increase the number of women we shelter each night from 30 to 40. We offer the women a simple soup and salad meal; to serve 30 women each month means cooking approximately 100 quarts of soup, prepared monthly by the Soup Team. The space in the SMC kitchen cannot currently accommodate preparing a larger quantity at one time. Do you feel called to be part of a second soup team? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Norva Osborn,, cell 206-915-2366.

Saint Mark’s welcomes new part-time sexton
The Facilities team at Saint Mark’s has a new part-time member! Craig Ackermann owns and operates a mobile food company, which uses Washington-grown products and that serves most of the neighborhood farmers markets in Seattle. He will be working in facilities for the next three months, in service and to assist in the care and upkeep of our facilities. Craig began attending Saint Mark’s in 2013 and was confirmed here in 2014. Craig says, “I’m grateful to Glenn Sands and Dean Thomason for the opportunity to participate in the functions of my church in a personally meaningful way, and I look forward to meeting and working with more of those who spend their time at the Cathedral in friendship as well as fellowship.”

Saint Mark’s seeks applications for music positions
The cathedral music program is pleased to announce four positions of employment. Several of these positions are the result of a grant awarded by the Diocese of Olympia to further the growth of the Choir School. The Choir School seeks to hire musicians to serve as Rehearsal Accompanist and Assistant Children’s Choir Conductor. Also to be filled are two administrative positions—Choir School Administrator and Music Series Manager. These part-time positions may be filled by separate individuals or may be combined to suit the qualifications of interested applicants. For job descriptions and hours, please see