lentThe Lenten Series this year will be entitled, “The Mountain Top Experiences” as witnessed by various holy men of the Bible. Included in this series are: Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Jesus and Paul. Each one experienced God in a real and inspiring way on numerous mountains in the Holy Land which marked a turning point in their lives of faith.

Wednesday Evening Schedule In Lent

  • 5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner in the Parish Hall, hosted by parish groups
  • 6:30 p.m. Lenten Speakers in the Parish Hall
  • Children’s activities in the Gilbert Building and Nursery
  • Nursery available 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Lenten Speakers

patrickhall250February 25: The Reverend Patrick M. Hall

The Reverend Patrick M. Hall was ordained a priest in January of 2008. He currently serves as the Episcopal Chaplain to Rice University. Patrick is also a writer. His pieces are occasionally published, to great consternation and dismay among the sensible reading public. In his spare time, he enjoys making incendiary, cynical witticisms on the Twitter, via internet technology, and playing guitar while warbling into a microphone in front of half-drunken strangers.

johnnewton250March 4: The Reverend Canon John Wharton Newton, IV

The Reverend Canon John Wharton Newton, IV, a lifelong Episcopalian, was baptized and confirmed at St. Mark’s.  John has served as the program coordinator for the Episcopal College ministry as well as Campus Missioner at the University of Texas. Currently, John is Bishop Andy Doyle’s Canon for Lifelong Christian Formation in the Diocese of Texas. In 2014 John published a book entitled New Clothes: Putting on Christ and Finding Ourselves. John is married to his best friend, Emily. They reside in Houston with their golden retriever Scout.

howardcastleberry250March 11: The Reverend Howard Castleberry

The Reverend Howard Castleberry is the Rector at Christ Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Prior to entering the priesthood, he cofounded an industrial development company in Houston where he developed 77 industrial properties. Before that, he was a photojournalist for 19 years at The Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and interned at National Geographic magazine. He has been married to Joanne Wilson of Houston for nearly 21 years and they have four children together aged 19 to 11.

richardelwood250March 18: The Reverend Richard Elwood

The Reverend Richard Elwood was ordained nearly 50 years ago in June 1966. He served as St. Mark’s Rector from 1984-2000. He has also served as the Rector of Christ Church, Tyler, and Church of the Good Shepherd in Kingwood and as an associate at St. Martin’s in Houston.  He has been the  interim rector at St. Barnabas in Fredericksburg and now as a part time assistant at St. Francis’ Houston.  We look forward to having Dick and his wife, Jane, back in Beaumont.

susankennard250March 25: The Reverend Susan Kennard

The Reverend Susan Kennard is a native Houstonian and lifelong Episcopalian. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1976, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, with High Honors, and practiced nursing for over 20 years. She was ordained to the Priesthood in December of 2004 in the Nave of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church! She now serves as Rector of Trinity, Galveston. She and Bill are the proud parents of Sarah Wright and the very proud grandparents of Ashley and Will Wright.