DECEMBER 19th, 2014: IN THIS ISSUE...
THIS COMING SUNDAY:
DECEMBER 21st, 2014,
THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
SPECIAL MUSIC WITH THE BELL CHOIR,
DAN NARDUCCI AND THE CHANCEL CHOIR.
PLUS A FEW SURPRISES!



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:15AM  Pilgrims (Room 13)

9:15AM  Nomads (Room 10)

9:30AM  Bible Banter (Room 11)  

  

INFANT/CHILD CARE 

9:30AM  (Room 25)

 

BREAKFAST

9:30AM served in Garton Hall

 

9:30AM (Room 8)

CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP  


SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE

10:30AM in the Sanctuary 

Reverend Mary Beth Morgan 

will be preaching.

 

Sermon title: Let Us Go to Bethlehem 

 Scripture: Luke 2:8-20  

 

CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

10:30AM - 11:30AM
PreK-K  (Room 4)*
1st-2nd Grade 
(Room 9)*
3rd-6th Grade 
(Room 3)
7th-12th Grade 
(Youth Room 1-2)
*Please note room change!

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CHURCH OFFICE HOURS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

The church office will close at noon on December 24th and will remain closed on December 25th & 26th. The church office will also close at noon on December 31st and will remain closed on January 1st & 2nd.  

 

If you have an emergency and need the assistance of a minister, call the office number (812-332-5788) and you will  receive instructions about reaching one of the  pastors.

 

The church will resume normal operating hours on Monday, January 5, 2015.

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UPDATE:  CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING ACCESS

There are now four accessible parking spaces on the circle drive, adjacent to the covered drop-off. Please do not park along the curb. There are now two lanes on the circle drive, with one being a drop-off lane. As a reminder, the far North entrance into the building (known to some as the "choir door") will be closed in inclement weather this winter season. The new concrete will not allow us to put down the necessary ice melt for a safe path. Contact the church office for more information (332-5788).

 

Thanks to all who are making Project St. Mark's a reality! If you have not contributed or pledged previously, please consider supporting these important improvements to the church building. Pledge cards are at the Welcome Center Desk or from the church office.

2015 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

Thank you to each individual and family who has turned in pledge cards for 2015! This information guides church leadership committees in important budget decisions for the year ahead. Your financial commitment enables St. Mark's to continue and expand ministries inside our building and beyond: worship, mission outreach, hospitality, programs for all ages, and more. If you have not yet turned in your 2015 pledge card, you are invited to do so in the offering plate on Sunday, or anytime to the church office. Additional pledge cards are available in Garton Hall or from the church office (332-5788).

SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT!

All children and youth (preschool through senior high) are invited to be part of the Christmas Eve Pageant (December 24 at 5:30PM)! There are both speaking and non-speaking parts, with roles being age appropriate and matching the interest of the child or youth. Any child/youth who wants a speaking part may have one. You can also share music, help with tech. support (ie. lights), be a greeter, etc. There are roles for Everyone! Sign-up sheets for children & youth are in Garton Hall, in Sunday School classrooms, or you can contact Mary Beth Morgan or Bridget McIntyre.

 

There will be a pageant dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 20 at 10AM. If you cannot attend the rehearsal, contact Mary Beth or Bridget. Invite friends to be part of the pageant. Grandchildren, or other family members coming in town for Christmas, are welcome to join in the pageant on Christmas Eve. We look forward to sharing in this special evening together!

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT HELP NEEDED

Regardless of your skill set, the Christmas Eve Pageant needs you! Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if you can help with any of the following:

 

Before the pageant

  • Help children/youth choose costumes
  • Make simple costume repairs, wash or iron
    • Bring snacks for pageant participants (ie. fruit, cheese, crackers, veggies)
    • Help with simple set-up of sanctuary

During the pageant and rehearsal

  • Be an adult helper for main speaking roles
  • Be an adult helper for angels
  • Be an adult helper for shepherds
  • Be an adult helper for manger animals
  • Be an adult helper for tech assistants

After the pageant

  • Help reset the sanctuary
  • Collect costumes

CONCLUDING THIS SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 21st, 9:30AM

YOUNG GIRLS GROWING WITH GOD

Young Girls Growing with God is a peer facilitated faith sharing group for upper elementary and middle school girls. The group will meet from 9:30AM - 10:20AM on Sunday mornings through December 21 at St. Mark's in Room 3.

 

St. Mark' high school senior, Anna Cron, and her mother, Tina, are facilitating weekly sessions during Advent that encourage young girls' faith. Girls in 4th - 9th grades are welcome to attend, and their parents are encouraged to attend for the last 15 minutes from 10:00AM- 10:20AM. This is an additional way to experience Advent and grow closer in our community with a small group. Sessions include journaling, discussion, and hearing personal experiences of growing up and relying on God. Navigating through school, peer pressure, relationships, friendships, and other stuff that goes with growing up as a young lady will be a part of the peer facilitated conversations. If you have any questions, please contact Bridget McIntyre, Tina Cron, or the church office.

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 11:30AM - 1:00PM

SENIOR HIGH GIRLS GROUP

All girls in 9th - 12th grades are welcome to join us for lunch and good conversation. Immediately following Sunday school, or the 10:30AM worship service, we will carpool to Ellen and Jane Scheid's home (daughters of Kathy and Rick Scheid), about 10 minutes from St. Mark's.   Senior High Girls Group is a great way to get to know each other better and talk about topics of particular interest.

BRING ITEMS FOR OUR "MUSH" CHRISTMAS TREES

There are three MUSH Christmas trees at St Mark's: in the sanctuary, Garton Hall and Nursery School Hallway. Bring in new Mittens, Underwear, Socks, and Hats for children and adults in need of these items. You are welcome to hang hats and mittens on the trees, and place underwear and socks under the trees. Items will be donated to Monroe County United Ministries and the Shalom Community Center.

SIGN UP FOR APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT 2015!

The sign-up sheet for those interested in being part of the Summer 2015 ASP trip is located on the ASP bulletin board in Garton Hall. The trip dates are Sunday, July 5 through Saturday, July 11. This year we will travel to Kentucky. Participants must be at least 14 years of age. More details will be forthcoming. Contact Larry Ingram for more information.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 5:30PM

CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT SERVICE

Plan to be here for this wonderful service! It is a special ministry of our children and youth (Preschool through Senior High) to share the story of Jesus' birth on Christmas Eve.  Children and youth will share special music; the congregation will sing hymns; the angels will bring good news; the sheep will baa; the cows will moo; the camels will say whatever camels say; the shepherds will keep watch; the innkeeper will have no room; the magi will bring gifts. We will all welcome Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus (and their donkey). As we end our celebration, we will light candles as we sing Silent Night together.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 11:00PM

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

Carols, liturgy, and the story of the very first Christmas as told in Luke's gospel will guide us through the final hour of Christmas Eve and into Christmas morning. A meditation will focus on how Christmas Eve night makes all of life better. Lighting of individual candles during the singing of Silent Night will remind us that the "Light has come into the world and the darkness cannot overcome it."

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28th   

NO CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL or CELEBRATION!

Children and youth are welcome to join their families in the sanctuary worship. Children and Youth Sunday school and Celebration! Children's and Family Worship will take a Christmas Holiday. Infant and Toddler care will still be available in Room 25. Regular schedules for Celebration! and Sunday school classes will resume on Sunday, January 4.

MONDAY, JANUARY 19th, 8:30AM - 11:30AM & 1:00PM - 4:00PM

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE

Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through acts of service for others. St. Mark's invites everyone to participate in our day of service opportunities. There are options for all ages! The day begins with a light breakfast at St. Mark's followed by two hours of volunteer opportunities. Participants can choose volunteer options in the community or on-site at St. Mark's. All projects will serve people in need in our community and beyond. Lunch is available at St. Marks beginning at 11:30AM. In addition to the morning projects for all ages, a special youth volunteer project begins after lunch from 1:00PM - 4:00PM. More information and volunteer options will be available in January. Contact Bridget McIntyre, Mary Beth Morgan or the church office for more information.