New Worship Guidelines

New Worship Guidelines

Following our hospital levels and the covid.cdc.gov website regarding Jefferson County has shown a steady and significant decline in COVID cases in our county. If you are not readily familiar with the CDC website, it categorizes the community spread in counties in four levels: blue (low), yellow (moderate), orange (substantial), and red (high).

Because of where we are right now, beginning this Sunday, November 7, masks will be optional inside for anyone that is vaccinated. Following the CDC guidelines as well, masks are still expected for those that are unvaccinated. Our social distancing protocols have been relaxed as well. As long as our county remains in the moderate to low levels, we will proceed in this way.

As our parish moves forward, please continue to do what is best and safest for you and your family. We will continue to livestream our 10 AM service. If you wish to wear a mask, please do so. We will continue to provide masks for anyone who did not bring one but wishes to have one. Thank you to everyone as we walk together during this time.

Fr. James Pevehouse

Christian Formation

Christian Formation

St. Mark’s will offer Christian Formation opportunities for kids and adults. Lauren Johnsen will oversee a time for kids and Fr. James will offer a series for adults called, “Walking with the Saints.” Each Sunday, we will be introduced to a different person on our Episcopal Church calendar. We will begin with a discussion as to how someone is added to the Episcopal calendar. We will look at their faith journey where they were challenged to grow and then reflect together as to how the examples of the different “saints” can impact our own faith journey.

Serving Christ, Community And Chili!

Serving Christ, Community And Chili!

It’s Chili Time! November 11th will be our 80th Annual Chili Supper and Bazaar. Serving Christ, Community and Chili is an important part of the mission of St. Mark’s. An old family recipe, dating further back than the chili supper itself, is the secret to our success. That success enables us to give back to our neighbors in Southeast Texas and the surrounding areas.

Due to Covid concerns, on October 15th we will make the decision to serve in person or do drive thru only as we did in 2020.

Our famous Frozen Chili in now on sale! You can get yours at The Treasure House Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or Amelia Farm and Market Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Order online and pick it up at St. Mark’s Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Friday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Visit St. Mark’s Chili Store at https://store.stmarkschili.com.

 

New Rector

New Rector

We, the Vestry-Search team, are excited to announce that the Reverend James M. Pevehouse is our newly elected Rector (Priest in Charge) of St. Mark’s Church, Beaumont. 

Reverend Pevehouse joins us from the congregation at St. Paul’s Church, Waco, Texas. 

Father James and his wife Brandy have 3 sons, William (6), Samuel and James (4). 

Please Join the Vestry in welcoming Father Pevehouse and his family to our St Mark’s family and to Beaumont. 

The Pevehouses will begin their new mission at St. Mark’s on Sunday August 29th.

New Worship Guidelines

New Worship Guidelines – July 29, 2021

Parish Notice
July 29, 2021

New Worship Guidance in Response to Rising Spread of COVID-19 and Delta Variant

Dear Friends,

On July 28, Bishop Andy Doyle sent out a diocesan communication to heads of congregation responding to the latest CDC guidance for COVID-19. These guidelines recommend that fully vaccinated people wear a mask indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission due to the rising spread of COVID-19 and the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant. Our region is currently an area of substantial or high transmission. While the bishop is not at this time issuing a mask mandate for congregations in the Diocese of Texas, he has charged your leadership “to make safe and appropriate decisions” on your behalf.

We, therefore, recommend the following for the people of St. Mark’s Church effective immediately:

1.  Per the CDC: “As of July 27, 2021, the CDC recommends that all persons (even those fully vaccinated) wear a mask indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission.”

2.  Unvaccinated people have always been expected, for their own safety and to protect the health and safety of others, to wear masks and maintain social distancing from others in the congregation at all times.

3. Ushers, choir, altar party, musicians, and priests will return to wearing masks while serving until further notice.

4.  Communion will continue to be by intinction only at the altar rail. You may choose to receive the bread only as we believe the grace conferred in communion to be effective in either kind.

5. Pew signs will return to limit seating to every other pew.

We understand that this feels like a step backward, but we know that we cannot do nothing. We trust that there is enough latitude here for individuals to make the decision that is right for them while also introducing some necessary barriers to transmission. We believe that the most important thing for us to do now is to pull together and pull ourselves back from the brink. We have made great strides in our pandemic response, but we are not out of the woods yet. Only by limiting the transmission of the virus will we be able to finally move beyond it.

Yours in Christ,

Laurel Shrontz

Senior Warden

Shea Kent

Junior Warden

The Rev. Clint Brown
Curate

New Worship Guidelines

New Worship Guidelines

Parish Notice
May 27, 2021

Mask Mandate Lifted for those who are Fully Vaccinated

Dear Friends,

On May 18, Bishop Doyle issued new guidelines for congregations in the Diocese of Texas. We appreciate your patience and understanding for following the guidelines as determined by our Bishop and parish. We are pleased to offer the following changes in this Phase of the Pandemic.

Bishop Doyle writes: “Clergy have the authority to make decisions for liturgy. We recommend you continue to make decisions in conversation with your people.”

We recommend the following for the people of St. Mark’s Church:

1.  Fully vaccinated1 people will no longer be required to wear masks at services and events, indoors or outdoors. 

2.  Unvaccinated people will be asked, for their own safety and to protect the health and safety of others, to wear masks and maintain social distancing from others in the congregation at all times.

3. We ask that everyone recognize that the wearing of a mask does not necessarily mean someone is unvaccinated. The wearing of a face covering continues to be appropriate for anyone who desires it for reasons of personal comfort and safety. Please be respectful of anyone’s choice to wear a mask or face covering or continue to socially distance.

4.  If persons are able to participate in worship not wearing a mask, they do not need to wear a mask to sing.

5.  We will continue to serve communion only by intinction with bread and wine. You may choose to receive communion by bread only.

6. Church activities where all persons are vaccinated can resume without the use of masks or physical distancing, especially in small groups of 50 or less.

7. These recommendations are to be understood as applying to all church buildings and functions, including, but not limited to, weekday visits to the church office.

These changes will go into effect on Sunday, May 30, 2021. If have you any questions, please contact the church office or one of the clergy of St. Mark’s Church.

Note:  New office hours – Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30, Friday 8:30-12:30.  The church office will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Mark T. Crawford
Interim Rector

1 “Fully vaccinated” is understood as meaning two weeks out from the last dose of your vaccine.