St. Mark's Episcopal
Church will hold its annual outdoor
Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m. on
Wednesdays throughout the Lenten
Season from February 14 through
March 27. Everyone in the community is
welcome to participate.
Victoria Tester is leading the Stations
of the Cross this year. During
inclement weather the event will move
indoors, where the stations have been
reframed in red frames, which are much
Coleman High School held a signing
ceremony for Jackie Horne on January 19,
2024. She signed with Southwestern
Oklahoma State University to run track for
the Lady Bulldogs. The entire
student body, family and friends were in
the gym to congratulate Jackie for her
accomplishments. (Coleman Today
While at CHS, Jackie competed in the Long
Jump, 100 Meter Dash, 200 Dash, 400 and
800 meter relays, as well as being a top
Congratulations to Jackie and their
parents, Kim and Lanham Horne!
School Senior Jackie Horne signed with the
Lady Bulldog track program for
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
this morning at the CHS gym.
Pictured are, front: coach Taylor Neal,
Jackie Horne, her family, Kim, Haisten and
Lanham Horne; rear: coaches Weldon
Thompson, Cameron Lowman and AD John
Elder. (Coleman Today Photo)
(center), family and Coleman High School
friends and classmates.
Forms for Christmas Altar Flower
donations are on the table in the
Narthex. If making a donation,
please fill it out and put it in the
offering plate or give to Carole Horne.
Offering Fall Ingathering
If you participate in the UTO offering
project, please put your money in an
envelope, label it UTO, and place it in
the offering plate.
This is a
ministry of The Episcopal Church and a
way for others to benefit from your
blessings, both small and large.
L. Prehn Elected as TLC’s Board President
L. Prehn speaks in a promotional video for
Saint James School in Maryland
of the Living Church Foundation has
elected the Rev. Dr. Walter L. (Chip)
Prehn, a veteran educator and education
consultant, as its new president. Be
sure to read about Chip's thoughts of this
position, at The
Living Church online. Chip is
the Priest-in-Charge at St. Mark's in
Hands on Deck!!!
Luncheon will be held on October 15,
beginning at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Chip
will be at St. Mark's that day, holding
a Eucharistic Service beginning at 9:30 instead of 10:30.
I am sure all those hands know their
jobs. Christine Manley is the
Chairwoman for the event. There
will be no Bible/Book study that
An early reminder
... Bishop Mayer will be at St.
Mark's on November 5.
... St. Mark's had not one, but two young
people in the Coleman High School
Homecoming courts this year ... both
Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King
talented, friendly members of St. Mark's
are both Seniors ...
Jackie Horne, daughter of Kim and
Lanham Horne and
Brent Bouldin, son of Amber and Monte
Jackie Horne and her dad, Lanham at CHS
Brent and his
Mom, Amber Bouldin at the CHS Homecoming
Congratulations to both of these young
people and their parents!
Episcopalians cooking in a baptist church
kitchen ... Lunch for the CHS football
Kim Horne, Amber
Bouldin, Kristin Barnett
story from Ann Watson)
Adult Bible Study will begin on Sunday,
September 17th at 9:30am to 10:25am in the
Parish Hall. We will use a book
authored by Chales Colson entitledLoving
book has a study guide along with it.
may know this author as Chuck Colson from
the Nixon era and on several occasions
speaks how his Watergate experience
affected him as a Christian. I
have read this book numerous times and
always find it interesting and
challenging. I've never used the study
guide so this will be new for me and I'm
looking forward to doing so.
study will be a little different than past
studies. Each week you will need
to read the chapters in the book that
coincide with the study guide;
otherwise, I think it will be difficult to
engage in discussion. The study guide
questions reference the book and combined
with the scriptures will not be as impactful
if you've not read the assignment.
me know if you want a book and I will order
them. St. Mark's will cover the cost
so there's no expense to you.
I've not included everyone, please forgive
me and be sure to forward them the
e-mail. Also, if you have a friend or
family member that might benefit and be
encouraged by a group study, please invite
them. Everyone is welcomed.
look forward to hearing from you and to
beginning what I think will be an
I received this from Amy
Reynolds at 9:11 on the night of June 7!
"Baby BOY Reynolds made his way into the world
(and delivered by Jack) at 4:47pm!
"He weighs the exact same weight that his big
sis Rinny was at delivery - 8.15lbs!
"We are so tired but so happy and can’t
believe he is here! Thank you God for a safe
delivery of this precious soul.
"Now we just need to figure out his name hah"
Willie Weldon Reynolds
Willie is inspired by my grandmothers maiden
name and my cousins first name, Wilson!
(Metta Ann Wilson Shudde and Wilson Shudde)
Weldon is in honor of my grandfather, Weldon
Shudde and my brother, Weldon Grady Skelton.
Teacher and St. Mark's LEM and LR,
Gary Strickland Flies High!
CHS Engineering, Research
and Design students Neveah Eldred and
Bethany Jones recently flew their official
qualifying flights to enter the 2023
American Rocketry Challenge. TARC (The
American Rocketry Challenge) is the
world’s largest rocket contest, with
nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing
annually. The contest provides students in
6th-12th grades the opportunity to design,
build, and launch model rockets and gain
hands on experience solving engineering
problems. After official qualification
flights are submitted to TARC, the top 100
teams in the nation are invited to attend
the National Finals in Washington, D.C.
The teams selected for the national
competition are selected based on their
lowest combined qualifying scores. The
teams invited to advance to the national
contest will be announced April 12, 2023.
Each year the rules vary
slightly to provide a new challenge to
competitors. The 2023 rules require teams
to design, build, and launch a model
rocket that carries one raw egg to an
altitude of 850 feet, stays airborne for
42-45 seconds, and return the rocket to
the ground safely with the egg intact. The
rocket must use two body sections, one
containing a single raw egg and altimeter,
and the second must contain the rocket
motor. The two sections must separate
after apogee and be recovered separately,
with no harm to the egg, both by
parachute. Teams are penalized for every
foot above or below the goal altitude and
for each second outside the airborne
The 2023 CHS rocketry team
is comprised of seniors Neveah Eldred,
Bethany Jones and junior Austin Graham.
Gary Strickland is the CHS Engineering,
Research and Design teacher who oversees
the class and project. He stresses that
the students do all of the work from
design to launch. Coleman High School has
competed in TARC since 2016 and has
advanced two teams to nationals. In 2022,
the CHS Team placed 5th at the National
Contest and was awarded $7,500 in prize
money. The students and Mr. Strickland
would like to extend a special thank you
to Barbara Cox for volunteering as the
official NAR (National Association of
Rocketry) observer for the qualifying
I have settled on
the Book of Philippians for our next
Sunday Morning Bible Study. This
study will have a familiar feel and look
similar to the Luke study since it is
authored by N. T. Wright as well. I
will be glad to order the lesson books but
will need to know those who are interested
in having one.
If you are
interested in joining the study of
Philippians and would like a lesson book,
let me know so I can account for you in
the order. I'd like to order the
books by the end of this week (March
10). The books are in the $8.50
Also, I would
like to begin the study of Philippians on
Sunday, March 19, 2023.
In celebration of Mardi
Gras at St. Mark's Episcopal Church the
Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper was
hosted by the men of St. Mark's on
Tuesday, February 21, 2003 from 5 to 7
p.m. Men helping were Jack Horne
(who is the organizer and lead worker),
Mario Tanzi, Henry Dodson, Ralph Terry,
Anthony Strawn, Gary Strickland and Ross
Jones. Much work goes into this
night ... buying supplies and mixing
batter ahead of time, making pancakes
and coffee, serving visitors, waiting
tables, gathering up and washing dirty
dishes and cleaning up the hall
of visitors has been small since
Covid-19, but over 40 people were
served, with many carry outs, raising
over $500 with meals and
donations. Fr. Chip Prehn came
in during the evening.
This annual fund raiser is
held the night before Ash Wednesday to
open the Church's season of Lent.
This night is held to get all the fat
out of the house in preparation for
fasting and self-discipline during
Lent. The Episcopal Church, Roman
Catholics and many Protestant faiths,
observe the season of Lent with self
examination, self discipline, prayer,
fasting, meditation, sacrifice and
penance. Lent comes to an end
after the observances of Holy Week,
which culminates with the resurrection
celebration, on Easter Day. The
following day Ash Wednesday service was
held at noon.
Jackie Horne was inducted into National Honor Society at Coleman High School on February 9. This young lady, who was confirmed at St. Mark's in December, has it all ... beauty and brains! Way to GO, Jackie. (Below is a picture from Kim of the family with Jackie.)
St. Mark's Phillip Tester
Brownwood Art Exhibit
Phillip Tester has had one
of his saints sculptures, carved from
accepted into the Stars of Texas Juried Art
Show at the Brownwood Depot Civic and
Cultural Center. The VIP
Reception and Awards Ceremony was held
February 4th by invitation only.
This Juried Art Exhibit has been held since
1999 by the
Arts Council of Brownwood. An exhibit
of paintings, sculptures and
photographs will be on display at the
Center from Sunday, February 5
through Saturday, February 11.
More details later.
Image from Victoria Tester
High School Hall of Honor 2023
The late Judia Terry will be honored as a 2023
inductee into the Coleman High School Hall of Honor on
February 11. She will be the sixth recipient of
this distinction, who are or were members or spouses
of members of St. Mark's. Five past recipients
from St. Mark's of only 20 in this select group ...
Terry Scott, Charlotte Strawn, Ralph Terry, Marianna
Wilson Jones, Jim Allison Smith (husband of Jare Horne