For the Means of Grace, and for the Hope of Glory
Building Love & Mercy through the Capital Campaign at St. Mark's
The line above comes from the General Thanksgiving prayed daily at Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. It beautifully sums up the work we do as a church. We live for the means of grace, Jesus Christ, and we strive for the just kingdom of God, the hope of glory. The statement honors our past, but it also reflects that we are a future-oriented people, always keeping our sight on the hope we have for the world through Jesus Christ.
We have a rich history at St. Mark's. Our worship is unparalleled in Honolulu due to its intentionality and reverence, and no other church in the diocese offers the rota of weekday masses and daily offices as we do. However, our worship is not our only strength. As we worship God on Sunday and throughout the week in the beauty of holiness, we honor the human family each and every day with dignity and honor. Outreach is just as central to our identity as is our worship, whether we are serving the homeless and hungry, advocating for the oppressed, or caring for God's creation.
The time has come to do a capital campaign in order that we might honor our heritage, but also so we might empower our future. We are fortunate to have a strong capital campaign ministry team. They, along with the vestry and the rector, continue to shepherd us in this process. Through their leadership, and through consultation with the entire congregation, a wide variety of voices at St. Mark's have been honored and heard. To this end, St. Mark's has identifed three key areas for the work of our capital campaign.
- We desire to renovate our kitchen and update the Parish Hall in order to increase our outreach ministries.
- We want to update the Church so we can strengthen the faith of our parishioners, visitors, and seekers.
- We want to reduce, and eventually eliminate, our debt on our newly-acquired Campbell Avenue property in order to maximize the long-term ministry opportunities available for St. Mark's.
We are in the middle of the campaign, and we are grateful to those who have given. For more information please speak with the Rector, Father Paul Lillie, or with our Campaign Chair, Theolinda Matsumoto. May we continue to give thanks to God "for the means of grace and for the hope of glory."