UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
LAST UPDATED 3/6/2015...


THIS SUNDAY 
AT ST. MARK'S 

SUNDAY, MARCH 8th, 2015

3rd SUNDAY OF LENT 

 

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

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CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP   

9:30AM in Room 8 

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SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE

10:30AM in the Sanctuary   

    Mr. Kim Wolf will be preaching. 

Sermon Title:   

SimpliCity in a World of Many "Cities"
Scripture: Selections from
Matthew 5, 6, and 7 

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CHILDREN & YOUTH
SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30AM-11:30AM
Pre-K-K              (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade    (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade    (Room 3)
7th-12th Grade  (Youth Room 1-2)
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6:00 PM
SMALL THINGS
CAN BE BIG THINGS!


SATURDAY NIGHT, 3/7/15:  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS!
SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR!
Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time officially starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday. It is also a good time to check and replace batteries in smoke detectors.

Last Sunday around fifty stalwart souls braved the snow and gathered at St. Mark's for worship.  At the conclusion of the service, we sang the semi-annual Time Change Song, Here it is, to the tune of "God of Grace, and God of Glory." 

THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 8th & SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd, 9:30AM

NEW MEMBERS' CLASS - NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!

The wintry weather won last Sunday, and few were able to safely make it to church or to the new member class (or to the end of their streets). However, it is supposed to be almost 50 degrees by the end of this weekend! We believe we can safely reschedule the New Member Classes to Sunday, March 8 and Sunday, March 22 (and welcome new members in worship on Palm Sunday, March 29).

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Mark's, or learning more about that process, we hope you will join us in Room 12, at 9:30AM this Sunday and March 22. If you have a schedule conflict with a class or the joining date, we can work with you with your schedule. Contact Mary Beth Morgan at the church office. If you have children, preschool age or older, they are welcome to join Bridget McIntyre in Room 8 for Celebration! Worship for Children & Families during the class times. For families with young children, there is infant/toddler care in Room 25.

 

In the classes, we will spend time getting to know one another, learning more about the church and membership process, exploring questions, and talking with others about the many ways to get involved in the life and ministry of St. Mark's. We look forward to sharing this time with you, as we continue to grow as a church community!   

CONTINUING THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 8th, 9:30AM

NOMADS' SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS:

DISCUSSION ABOUT PHILIP GULLEY'S RECENT BOOK

The Nomads are reading & discussing Philip Gulley's recent book: Living the Quaker Way; Discover the Hidden Happiness in the Simple Life.  Extra copies of the book are available at $13.50. Scholarships are available. The Nomads start their discussions in Room 10 at 9:30AM, after coffee, snacks and announcements. Visitors are always welcomed.

THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 8th, 6:00PM

2ndSundays@6: WORSHIP THAT LEADS TO SERVICE

SMALL THINGS CAN BE BIG THINGS! 

2ndSundays@6 is a new worship experience that meets on the second Sunday of each month at 6:00PM. We begin with a half-hour worship service in the sanctuary (with great music, word and reflection) that connects us to living out our faith in the world. This week, Brad Ray, Aaron Comforty and Matt Andert will lead us in music! After we worship, all ages are invited to participate in hands-on service projects in Garton Hall.

 

The theme for March 8 is "Small Things Can Be Big Things." Come and learn about "Jail Bingo"; participate in the Shoebox Project to assist those transitioning from homelessness; or play a game of bingo that will lead to an opportunity to reach out to college students. Discover small ways you can make a big difference in someone's life. Plan to come, and invite your friends and neighbors! Contact Mary Beth Morgan if you have questions or would like to help with 2ndSundays@6.

 

  

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE MARCH 8th 2ndSundays@6 SERVICE PROJECTS

For our monthly service projects, we are partnering with local non-profits and addressing other community needs. This Sunday, we especially need toothpaste, bars of soap, shampoo, body wash, and full size candy bars (or items like Skittles, M&M's, etc. for Jail Bingo). Items can be placed in the 2ndSundays@6 box in Garton Hall, or bring them with you on Sunday. Contact Mary Beth Morgan with questions. Thank you!


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11th, 7:00PM

CHARLENE MARTIN CIRCLE MEETING AT BELL TRACE

The United Methodist Women Charlene Martin Circle will meet Wednesday, March 11th, at 7:00PM in the Sunshine Room at Bell Trace.  You are invited to join us for great fellowship and a presentation about the Midwest Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois. If you do not already belong to a UMW circle, come visit at this circle meeting.  Questions?  Contact Nina Taylor or the church office.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15th  (FIRST SUNDAY OF SPRING BREAK)

SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH

St. Mark's will offer a revised children's and youth morning schedule on March 15, as a number of our families and teachers will be away for the start of Spring Break week.

 

ALL-AGES SUNDAY SCHOOL, PRE-SCHOOL-3RD GRADE

MARCH 15th, 10:30-11:30AM, ROOM 4

Children in Pre-school - 3rd grade are welcome to an ALL-AGES Sunday School in room 4.

 

UPPER ELEMENTARY AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL NOT MEET

Children and youth in grades 4-6, middle school and high school are encouraged to stay in sanctuary worship with families. Regular Sunday school schedules will resume on Sunday, March 22nd. Enjoy your break!

 

Infant and Toddler care will continue as regularly scheduled in room 25 on March 15.

 

CELEBRATION! WORSHIP WILL NOT MEET ON MARCH 15th

 

Celebration! Worship for Children, Families and Friends will take a break on Sunday, March 15th. We will resume on Sunday, March 22nd at 9:30AM in Room 8.

PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 29th, 10:30AM

SANCTUARY SUNDAY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

NO CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

On 5th Sundays (4 times a year), Children and Youth are invited to stay in the sanctuary for the whole worship service. Children's activity packets and books are available in the back of the sanctuary. Nursery and toddler care continues to be available in room 25. Childcare is also available in room 4 for children in preschool-3rd grades.

 

The 5th Sunday this month, March 29th, is Palm Sunday, and Children and Youth Worship Leadership will be celebrated. Please contact Bridget McIntyre or Mary Beth Morgan if your child or youth would like to have a special role in this worship service.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH, 4:30-6:30PM AND 6:30-8:00PM

YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT

FOR INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER

All youth, including confirmation youth, will be making 6 gallons of chili from

4:30-6:30PM in the St. Mark's kitchen. At 7:00PM, we will bring the meal, and set up beds for the shelter guests at First United Methodist Church. Youth can choose to come for part or the entire service project. Youth and youth families are needed to contribute cheese cubes, crackers, cookies, apples and oranges for the shelter meal. Please contact Bridget McIntyre if you can participate in the service project; donate chili ingredients or other meal items; or drive youth to FUMC.

SAVE THE DATES! JUNE 15th-18th, 9:30AM-12:00PM

2015 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

CREATION STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Save the date and join us for an exciting week of VBS at St. Mark's! Preschool children up to 6th grade students are welcome to participate. Older youth are encouraged to participate as volunteer leaders. All children and youth are welcome; share with your friends and neighbors. Registration forms will be available in April.

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:30AM
"BIBLE BANTER" SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The BIBLE BANTER adult Sunday School class meets in Room 11 each Sunday morning from 9:30-10:15am.The class uses the Scripture text for the morning's sermon as a discussion-starter.

 

We look at the passage in its larger context, and sometimes explore a bit of Bible-writing history. We offer some thoughts on what the morning's sermon might look like, based on the Scripture the pastor has selected.We leave time to discuss implications of the Scripture for our own lives, and often even delve into topics far afield of the morning's original topic.You are invited to bring some breakfast goodies into Room 11 and join the conversation.

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:15AM
"PILGRIMS" SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Pilgrims Class is viewing and discussing "Augustine: Philosopher and Saint," a 12-part video lecture series by Dr. Philip Cary. This series paints a rich and detailed portrait of the life, works and ideas of Augustine, whose own search for God profoundly shaped Western Christianity. Augustine's Confessions will be the topic for this Sunday focusing on "The Road Home".

 

The Pilgrims meet at 9:15AM in Room 11. All are welcome! You can find a complete list of the upcoming topics for this series at the Welcome Desk.

2015 BUDGET AND STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
The church leadership committees are now meeting to determine St. Mark's operating budget for 2015. Budget projections are based on submitted pledges. Thank you to each individual and family who has turned in pledge cards for 2015!

 

If you have not yet turned in your 2015 pledge card, it is not too late to do so. Pledge cards can be put in the offering plate, or mailed to the church office. Additional pledge cards are available in Garton Hall or from the church office.

SIGN UP FOR APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT:  

ASP 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.

HOST OR SPONSOR A SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST!

Sunday morning breakfast before our 10:30AM worship service has become a St. Mark's tradition over the last year--an opportunity to catch up with long-time friends and welcome newcomers.  Did you know that the wonderful food each Sunday is there through the generosity of volunteers?  And did you know that it is also is a way for ministry groups and non-profits organizations to collect donations to sponsor important outreach programs or special projects?  And did you know that YOU can be one of those hosts or sponsoring groups?  Providing breakfast is easy and very much appreciated.  

 

The menu is completely up to you.  The office can help you with guidelines on what to provide and how much to prepare or buy.  For those not sponsoring a breakfast as a fundraiser, there are some funds available to assist with food costs. Serving begins between 9:15AM and 9:30AM every Sunday in Garton Hall.

 

Sign up on the poster board in Garton Hall, or contact Ned Steele for details.