St. Mark’s is seeking a spiritual leader able to share what the Holy Spirit is saying through scripture and its impact on our daily life. Our rector will help us feel the love of Christ through sermons and daily interactions. He or she will be warm, friendly and welcoming through participation in parish and community activities. Therefore, living in our community is essential. St. Mark's congregation consists of parishioners of all age groups. A youth vision is important, and our new rector will support and inspire all parishioners and use this strength to attract new members.
Pastoral administration is another important talent our new rector will bring to St. Mark’s. He or she will be available to parishioners through consistent office hours. Making pastoral visits, managing daily church activities, working in harmony with the Vestry and various church groups is essential. Maintaining the finances of St. Mark’s while working with the financial bodies of our church will be required.
We are excited and encouraged about our new rector and about the future of St. Mark’s.
Sixty-four years ago a small group of Christian brothers and sisters left St Paul’s Canton to form a new Episcopal Church family. Their first meeting was outside on a Sunday morning in May. Subsequently, services were held in two schools. Our church was finally built and the first service was held on December 11,1960. Since then seven rectors have served our church. Many weddings, funerals, baptisms, and confirmations have been recognized and celebrated. Our St. Mark’s family has been dedicated to serving God in His church.
As St Mark’s grew, we added an education wing and library. A day school was established using our classrooms and facilities. Later on, a family room was added to provide a comfortable place to gather for fellowship and a chapel was built in the woods. We constructed the columbarium to provide an eternal resting place for those that want to be close to St. Mark’s. Many other extensive remodeling projects have happened over the years to keep our church up to date. In the last two years the education wing was remodeled for Weaver Child Development Center, to whom we rent this space.
Presently we are in the second year of a Restoration Campaign. The funds raised through this campaign are being used to complete major repairs.
Our St. Mark’s family continues to serve God in His church. We are a beacon for Christian outreach in the Canton community and a source of comfort and caring to each other in times of sorrow and joy.
Many challenges and opportunities await us in the future. How we resolve them will show our strength and commitment to each other. As a family we look forward to growing spiritually and attracting new members. We will continue to respond to God’s call for us as a community, both inside and outside our parish.
Joe Hoot, Chair
Grace Giammarco, Vestry Representative
All Inquiries to The Rev. Percy Grant
Diocese of Ohio
Canon for Ministry
PRAYER FOR THE RECTOR SEARCH PROCESS
Almighty God, look graciously on the people of St. Mark’s. Be with us and lead us as we seek the next rector for our church. Grant our Search Committee and Vestry the desire and ability to truly hear each other and those who have entrusted them with this process. Come Holy Spirit. Open the hearts and minds of all who are part of the search process, including candidates, so that they may hear and be guided by your voice. Give them the faith and courage to follow your call. We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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