Most couples ring the bell after their wedding! And on almost any given day, you can walk into the chapel and find someone who has stopped in to pray. What about you? For nearly 150 years St. Mark’s has been a place to ring out your joy to the world, or to offer your burdens and concerns to the Lord.
After the Civil War, the Rev. William Green and his wife came from Albany, New York as missionaries. They stepped off the train in Geneva and were met by a small group of Anglicans who needed a priest and a place to worship. Work began in 1867 and was completed a year later. We will mark the Sesquicentennial of the Chapel beginning this fall and culminating in a Weekend of Thanksgiving in April (27-29), 2018. I hope you will mark your calendar now and offer invitations to those you know who should be a part of this wonderful celebration and reunion.
With this letter, I am enclosing a list of dates and events that will be held in conjunction with celebrating the 150th! Put this “Save the Dates” reminder in your calendar and plan to join us for these activities and receptions.
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus’ first words are “The time has come. The Kingdom of God is near.” (Mark 1:15) What was true for the lives of believers in Geneva 150 years ago is certainly true today. I look forward to celebrating this anniversary year with you with excitement and expectation.