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2018 Events
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Cathedral Day at St. Mark's, Seattle: (Saturday, 4/28/2018) 
There was a Eucharist with 80+ confirmations, receptions, and reaffirmations, followed by lunch from three food trucks of your choice and other activities. Bonnie, JIm, Connie, Lorna, and Gretchen had a great time with the event, and visiting on the trip up and back.  

Easter Season Events at St. Mark’s: (3/25-4/1/2018)
Palm Sunday Communion Service: March 25, 10am—Included the blessing of the palms (actually fern frons) and a reading of the Gospel of Mark Passion story.  See below for details!
Maundy Thursday Communion Service: March 29, 6pm—8 of us attended the moving worship service, including foot washing like Jesus did for his disciples, and a bountiful meal after the service.  
Good Friday Service: March 30, noon at St. Mark’s--4 were there for the short communion service, with the Gospel reading of the Passion. 
Good Friday Ecumenical Service: March 30, 7pm at Montesano Church of God
Easter Sunday Communion Service: April 1, 10:00am—31 attended this lovely celebration of the Risen Christ, renewal of Baptismal vows, and an Easter Egg hunt for kids, too! 

 
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Palm/Passion Sunday and Celebration of Ministries (3/25/2018, 10am) at St. Mark's
What a fun day!  About 70 people came for our Palm/Passion Sunday event, with lots of NW "palms" called ferns, the Passion reading, and concelebration of the Holy Communion.  Revs. Lorraine Dierick and Gretchen Gunderson had their 25th anniversary of their ordinations as priests this week and shared leading the service.  And, Rev. Joyce Avery, our Deacon, is in her 20th year and she also helped with the service.  After the service we had a reception for them, with lots of great food and desserts, gifts of silver engraved picture frames with their Bishop Rickel congratulation letters, brochures with their stories and lots of pictures, and a slideshow of lots of pictures over the years.  And some of the Montesano Church of God people from next door came by to celebrate with us.  Brochure

Ash Wednesday Service (2/14/2018, 6pm) at St. Mark’s
Our annual Ash Wednesday service with ashes and communion, followed by a soup and bread meal, as we began Lent.  15 attended, including 4 from the Church of God!  Wonderful food!
 
Ashes to Go on Ash Wednesday (2/14/2018) at the Montesano Post Office
Rev. Bonnie Campbell imposed ashes under the bridge in Aberdeen and at the Montesano Post Office (including the drive through) again this year.  

108th Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day Event (2/13/2018, 11:30am -6:30pm) at St. Mark's
Our 108th Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day event at St. Mark's was a success again this year, with the community’s help. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped us make this happen—especially the Church of God for the use of their dishwasher! We raised $1300 in net proceeds to give to local groups—Montesano Food Bank, the Children's Advocacy Center, and the Montesano School Emergency Fund.  A lot of pancakes, lots of fellowship, and plenty of tired feet--but a lot of fun, too for this Montesano community that comes together each year for this.
 
St. Mark’s Annual Meeting (2/4/2018, 11am) at St. Mark's, after Worshop
Our annual meeting reviewed the previous year’s finances and events, approved the 2018 budget, and determine our Bishop’s Committee and Delegates for the annual convention of the Diocese.  Kevin Varness is the new Sr. Warden, and Corby Varness is the new Clerk.  Lorna Wargo is an alternate for Convention this year.

 
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