Saint Mark Orthodox Church
7124 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20817-4770
Upcoming Events at St. Mark and In The Community

 
The below listed are events taking place at St. Mark and in the local Orthodox Christian community.
For a schedule of church services at St. Mark, please refer to the St. Mark Calendar by clicking here
 
 
Sun Feb 22

During Liturgy

Special Collection for Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) 

  • Sunday, February 22nd is designated as OCMC MISSION SUNDAY, and as such, St. Mark will be holding a special collection with proceeds going towards OCMC missionary work.
Wed Feb 25

8:00 PM

(following Presanctified Liturgy)

St. Mark Lenten Lecture Series - Lecture 1 of 5

The Lenten Lecture series continues this year following Wednesday Pre-Sanctified Liturgies.  The St. Mark tradition of bringing a sack "lunch" continues as well, but for those who are visiting or who forget their dinner, peanut butter, jelly and bread for sandwiches, as well as hot soup will be provided.

  • Speaker:  Fr. Timothy Perry
  • Topic:  "If I Read One Book of the Bible, Which Should It Be?"
Sat Feb 28

6:30 PM

(following Vespers)

St. Mark FOCA Chapter Meeting

  • Location:  Fellowship Hall.
Sun Mar

1,8,15,22,29

11:30 AM

(following Liturgy)

Basics of Orthodoxy Class

  • Facilitator:  Fr. Tim Perry.
  • Location:  Church Nave.
Sun Mar 1

11:30 AM

(following Liturgy)

St. Mark Outreach Meal Delivery to Stepping Stones Shelter

  • Signup on Outreach Bulletin Board.
  • Meal:  Beef Pot Roast Dinner.
Sun Mar 1 5:00 PM 

Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at SS Peter & Paul

At this annual lenten observance, the clergy and faithful of all Orthodox jurisdictions within the Washington DC area celebrate the end of the iconoclastic controversy and the restoration of icons through the decisions of the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787.   Vespers will be followed by a lenten reception in the church hall.
  • Location:  SS Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac, MD.
  • Speaker:  Bishop ANTHONY (Michaels) of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest (Antiochian Archdiocese). 
Mon Mar 2  7:45 PM

St. Mark Choir Rehearsal

  • Location:  Church Choir Loft.
Tue Mar 3

10:30 AM

Bl. Mat. Olga Prayer Group

  • Location:  Church Nave.
Wed Mar 4

8:00 PM

(following Presanctified Liturgy)

St. Mark Lenten Lecture Series - Lecture 2 of 5

The Lenten Lecture series continues this year following Wednesday Pre-Sanctified Liturgies.  The St. Mark tradition of bringing a sack "lunch" continues as well, but for those who are visiting or who forget their dinner, peanut butter, jelly and bread for sandwiches, as well as hot soup will be provided.

  • Speaker:  Mark Helba
  • Topic:  "Military Saints in the Orthodox Church"
Sun Mar 8

11:30 AM

(following Liturgy)

St. Mark Choir Rehearsal
  • Location:  Church Choir Loft.
Sun Mar 8

11:30 AM

(following Liturgy)

 St. Mark Rummage Sale Meeting

  • Location:  To be announced.
Wed Mar 11

8:00 PM

(following Presanctified Liturgy)

St. Mark Lenten Lecture Series - Lecture 3 of 5

The Lenten Lecture series continues this year following Wednesday Pre-Sanctified Liturgies.  The St. Mark tradition of bringing a sack "lunch" continues as well, but for those who are visiting or who forget their dinner, peanut butter, jelly and bread for sandwiches, as well as hot soup will be provided.

  • Speakers:  Karen & Mark Phinney, Barbara & George Freimann 
  • Topic:  "Reflections on an Orthodox Pilgrimage to the Holy Land"
Sat Mar 14 3:00 - 5:00 PM

St. Mark Lenten Discussion

  • Location:  Fellowship Hall.
  • Facilitator:  John Hudak
  • Topic:  Introduction to Orthodox Prayer.
    • What is the Orthodox view of salvation (Theosis)?
    • Why is prayer important?  How should we pray?  What should we pray for?  
    • We will pray six Orthodox prayers and discuss their meaning.
  • Light Rrefreshments will be served. 
Mon Mar 16  7:45 PM

St. Mark Choir Rehearsal

  • Location:  Church Choir Loft.
Tue Mar 17

10:30 AM

Bl. Mat. Olga Prayer Group- Akathist

  • Location:  Church Nave.
Wed Mar 18

8:00 PM

(following Presanctified Liturgy)

St. Mark Lenten Lecture Series - Lecture 4 of 5

The Lenten Lecture series continues this year following Wednesday Pre-Sanctified Liturgies.  The St. Mark tradition of bringing a sack "lunch" continues as well, but for those who are visiting or who forget their dinner, peanut butter, jelly and bread for sandwiches, as well as hot soup will be provided.

  • Speakers:  Nick Kosar & Larisa Looby 
  • Topic:  "The Orthodox Church in Japan, from Inception to the Present Time"
Sat Mar 21 3:00 - 5:00 PM

St. Mark Lenten Discussion

  • Location:  Fellowship Hall.
  • Facilitator:  John Hudak
  • Topic:  Introduction to Orthodox Life.
    • Review of Salvation (Theosis).
    • Seeing with Spiritual Eyes - Repentance, Confession, Communion & Forgiveness.
    • Personal Ministry-  Witnessing, Stewardship, Charity.
    • Personal Relationships - Do people see you as an icon of Christ?
    • Dealing with difficult people - praying for our “enemies”.
    • How can we discern God’s will?
    • So...what is the “Orthodox Life”?
  • Light Rrefreshments will be served.
Sun Mar 22

11:30 AM

(following Liturgy)

 

St. Mark Women's Book Club Meeting

  • All women are welcome to participate in the book club discussions. As always, even if you haven't been able to complete the book, you are welcome to join the discussion.
  • Location:  Parish Library.
  • March's Book:  Great Lent A School Of Repentance by Fr. Alexander Schmemann.
  • For more information contact Mka. Sasha at: asafchuk@hotmail.com.
  • For a list of future month's books and meeting dates, CLICK HERE.
Mon Mar 23  7:45 PM

St. Mark Choir Rehearsal

  • Location:  Church Choir Loft.
Sun Mar 29

11:30 AM

(following Liturgy)

St. Mark Souper Sunday

The St. Mark church school is hosting a soup dinner following Liturgy.  Proceeds will go towards a charity to be determined.

  • Location:  Fellowship Hall.
  • Soups on Menu:  Red Lentil, Tomato with Alphabet Noodles, Mushroom Barley, and Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder.
  • Cost:  Free-will donation.
Mon Mar 30  7:45 PM

St. Mark Choir Rehearsal

  • Location:  Church Choir Loft.
Wed Apr 1

8:00 PM

(following Presanctified Liturgy)

St. Mark Lenten Lecture Series - Lecture 5 of 5

The Lenten Lecture series continues this year following Wednesday Pre-Sanctified Liturgies.  The St. Mark tradition of bringing a sack "lunch" continues as well, but for those who are visiting or who forget their dinner, peanut butter, jelly and bread for sandwiches, as well as hot soup will be provided.

  • Speaker:  Fr. Basil Summer
  • Topic:  "Prayer, A Holy Mystery"

 

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