Adult Learning

Wednesday Bible Study 

Members gather on Wednesdays in the library to study the Bible. Rev. Suzanne leads the group in a greater understanding of scripture. We are a sharing, supportive, and caring group and encourage others to join us at 10 a.m. in the church library. We break in time for the 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer service.

Mug & Muffin

This women’s group meets weekly to explore, through books, video and other sources, a variety of topics that apply to Christian life. We meet in the Church Library with our own cup and have tea; homemade scones are often supplied. Service projects include bringing breakfast donations for the food pantry and preparing the Lion’s Roar for mailing bi-monthly. Come and join the conversation.

2016 Current Programs

Friday Evening Bible Study, The study will encourage us to grow in our intimacy with God. Open to men and women, and bringing friends is encouraged. Fridays during the program year at 7:15 p.m. in the Library.

St. Mark’s Summer Reading

#JesusSentMe: Haiti


From the rector: 

We all know that summer is the perfect time to read a good book! As we prepare to launch a new mission partnership with HOPEH in Juampas, Haiti, I’ve compiled a list of four books about theology, Haiti, and the rewards and challenges of mission work. I hope you’ll consider reading one as preparation for our future work in Haiti. 


The books on this list are not the usual light summer beach reads. You may raise a few eyebrows if you bring them on vacation and read them poolside!  But prayerful reflection requires time and an unhurried pace, something summer days are good at providing. Take your time. Read, reflect, and inwardly digest. The ideas you encounter will offer a firm foundation for our growth in faith and in mission this fall.  ~ Suzanne


Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder.  (Reading level: High school.)

From amazon.com’s summary: “In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder’s magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”–as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.This compelling and inspiring book, now in a deluxe paperback edition, shows how one person can work wonders. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize—winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.”


Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It, by Robert D. Lupton.  

From the back cover:  In his four decades of urban ministry, [author Robert] Lupton has experienced firsthand how our good intentions can have unintended, dire consequences. Our free food and clothing distribution encourages ever-growing handout lines, diminishing the dignity of the poor while increasing their dependency. We converge on inner-city neighborhoods to plant flowers and pick up trash, battering the pride of residents who have the capacity (and responsibility) to beautify their own environment. We fly off on mission trips to poverty-stricken villages, hearts full of pity and suitcases bulging with giveaways—trips that one Nicaraguan leader describes as effective only in “turning my people into beggars.” 

In Toxic Charity, Lupton urges individuals, churches, and organizations to step away from these spontaneous, often destructive acts of compassion toward thoughtful paths to community development. He delivers proven strategies for moving from toxic charity to transformative charity.


The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, by Jonathan M. Katz. (Reading level: High School.) 

This award-winning book offers a firsthand account by an American news correspondent of the January 2010 earthquake and its aftermath.  From the amazon.com summary: More than half of American adults gave money for Haiti, part of a global response that reached $16.3 billion in pledges. But three years later the effort has foundered. Its most important promises--to rebuild safer cities, alleviate severe poverty, and strengthen Haiti to face future disasters--remain unfulfilled. How did so much generosity amount to so little? What went wrong? 

The Big Truck That Went By presents a hard hitting investigation into international aid, finding that the way wealthy countries give today makes poor countries seem irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the money to uncover startling truths about how good intentions go wrong, and what can be done to make aid "smarter."


Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference, by Titus Presler. (Reading level: Challenging.) 

From the amazon.com summary: From Haiti mission teams to companion churches in Kenya, congregations everywhere are breaking through walls of difference and engaging in mission that transforms lives around the world, around the corner, and in the pews. And they’re not waiting for a national church body to lead the movement.

In this stimulating new work, Titus Presler has listened closely to church leaders and activists within and beyond the Anglican fold, and then mined his own rich experience as a scholar, priest and leader in global mission efforts. The result is a book that equips congregations with theological background for building mutual relationships across borders of difference, even as it explores fresh models and practical tools for joining and participating in God’s mission. 


 

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