Haiti Pilgrimage: The St. Mark's Outreach Team is planning a pilgrimage to Juampas, Haiti, with a tentative date of late December 2016. The primary goal of the trip is for St. Mark’s to develop an ongoing relationship with HOPEH in Jumps, Haiti. HOPEH operates a vocational school and nutrition program in this area. We will meet with their staff,learn about their work, and seek out opportunities to learn about the lives of people in Juampas. We will also offer our labor and assistance in a project that HOPEH identifies, perhaps participating in painting or renovation of classrooms or activities with children. We believe that is is important that the project be chosen by local staff and correspond to local priorities.
This will be an intergenerational trip for ages 16 and up. It will be a relatively small group, but it is anticipated that there will be openings for participation outside the church. St. Mark’s has first hand knowledge of and experience with HOPEH, and is confident that it will be both valuable and enriching. Financing will come from the participants themselves, the Episcopal diocese, and from St. Mark’s. For information about the pilgrimage, e-mail Rev. Suzanne Wade at RevSuzanneWade@gmail.com
Raffle Tickets: In conjunction with our benefit concert, we are holding a raffle featuring several great prizes, including Lowell Spinners tickets, Nashoba Valley Ski Area Lift Tickets (usable this winter), brunch for four at the Colonial Inn, and a spectacular painting by our very own Mary Arnold. Tickets are $1 apiece or $5 for 6, and all proceeds will support our #JesusSentMe: Haiti fundraising effort.
Prayer Walks: Do you find being outside in the natural world invites you to be aware of God’s presence? Rev. Suzanne will once again lead monthly Prayer Walks this summer on several of Westford’s beautiful hiking trails. Each prayer walk will incorporate pauses for prayer, readings, and opportunities to observe the beauty of our surroundings. Walks are typically easy hikes of 1.5 miles or less. Dates for this year are: July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 18, and Oct. 16 at 3 p.m
Community Garden: Once again, St. Mark's has a plot in the community garden and is growing vegetables for the Westford Food Pantry. Help weeding and watering is always welcome. For information, see Brenda Martin or email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.