On Sunday, March 14, at the Congregational Church in Middlebury, Rev. Bert Marshall will perform the New Testament's Gospel of Mark from memory. "Gospel of Mark Alive" will begin at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. The event is open to the public. There is no charge and donations will be accepted.
Marshall committed the Gospel of Mark to memory while on a three-month sabbatical in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2003.
Marshall is a native of Weeping Water, Neb. He has played professionally in a regionally-popular rock 'n roll band based in Lincoln, Neb. The band opened for groups such as The Who and Herman's Hermits. In 1997 Marshall and his band (known as The Chancellors) were inducted into the Nebraska Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.
Marshall spent 10 years driving tractor-trailer trucks for a New England health-food distributor. Prior to that he apprenticed on Vermont dairy farms, co-managed a small farm and country inn in northern Vermont, and worked with troubled teenagers from New York City at a residential setting in Pleasantville, N.Y.
He is a graduate of Yale University Divinity School, where upon graduation he was awarded the top prizes in "religion and the arts" and in "the public recitation of scripture". Marshall was pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC in Lee, Mass., from 1997 to 2006; he is now New England regional director for Church World Service, an international disaster relief and economic development agency.
For more information, contact the church at 388-7634 or visit gospelofmarkalive.com.