Upcoming Events and Serving Opportunities
New Sunday Sermon Series: Imagine a Church like Jesus Envisioned
This is an important time for St. Mark's! This four-part series beginning Sunday, February 18, is intended to challenge our thinking and imagination as we prayerfully consider the possibilities and challenges that are before us. We will dream and ask, how is God leading us and how is He directing us? Based on God's Word we will consider the Church that Jesus envisioned and, by His grace, humbly pursue the Lord's vision for us!
Wednesday Lenten Worship Series
'Tis the season for the Olympics! These athletes have certainly dedicated themselves to training - and God calls us into training - as His disciples! WE, together, are training to . . . worship Him, reach others with the Good News of His love, serve Him and those around us, grow in our relationship with Him and believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior! Get ready and join us in the adventure of a lifetime as we are "Training To . . ." follow Him. Wednesday Lenten worship services (lunchtime and evening) will be based on Hebrews 12:1-2!
Wednesday Lenten Schedule: February 21-March 21
- 12:25 pm - Traditional service in Faith Worship Center (immediately following 11:45 am Lenten Lunch in The Crossings)
- 7:00 pm - Contemporary service in Life Worship Center
- 1:00 pm - "10-minutes of Prayer" (Discovery Room)
- 5:30-7:40 pm - Children's/Middle School Ministries (includes meal and midweek Lenten Worship)
- 5:30 pm - Alpha Meets
- 7:00 - 9:00 pm - The Edge (High School Ministry - includes Lenten Worship)
- 7:45 pm - Chancel Choir meets
**Wednesday, March 14 - Family Night! - Children's/Middle School/High School Ministries and Alpha will not meet - Families are encouraged to attend Lenten worship together.
50+ Fellowship Potluck
Join in the fun of the 50+ Fellowship Group! The next potluck will be held in The Crossings on Thursday, February 22 at 11:30 am! Bring a dish to share and your own table service.
St. Mark's Winter Blood Drive is Friday February 23!
Our Winter Blood Drive is upon us and we are going for Gold!! We have increased our giving by 15% from 2016 to 2017 and are looking to do the same from 2017 to 2018! That equals 512 lives saved! So... we need 43 donors at each blood drive! We can do this! Click here to sign up!
Kirk Cameron: Connect
Do you know what your child is up to on social media? Do you have a hard time even figuring out what app to look at or follow? Kirk Cameron in his movie, Connect, tackles the difficult questions of parenting in the age of social media. Connect is showing on February 27 and March 1 at Marcus Theatres at 7:00 pm. Click the above logo for tickets and to see the trailer. The film is recommended for ages 12 and up. Join members of our children's and youth ministry staff in the Marcus Theatre Lobby on Thursday, March 1 at 6:40 pm. On Sunday, March 4 at 9:45 am, Jenny Lensch and Pam Schulz will host a follow-up session in Café Ablaze. Contact Jenny Lensch firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Mission of Hope Meal
Our next serving opportunity at Mission of Hope is Friday, March 16. If you are able to donate food, or help prepare or serve the meal, (Stay tuned for signup link!) If you have any questions, please contact Marlys Fruhling at 447-0100 or email@example.com.
If you know of someone who is in the hospital, has cancer, lost a loved one, had a baby, or just got married, please bless them with this special gift. Shawls are available in the church office. If you know how to crochet or knit, and are interested in joining our Prayer Shawl Ministry, either at home or our monthly gathering, please contact Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Days for Girls
Every girl and woman has inherent worth and dignity. Days for Girls celebrates this by providing washable menstrual hygiene solutions, health education, and social enterprises to help them reach the last mile in their own communities.
If you would like to help put together (sew) Days for Girls kits, you are invited to join in on any of the following workshops at St. Mark's:
- Saturday, February 17th, 9:00am-12:00pm
- Monday, March 12th, 3:30–6:30 pm
- Saturday, March 31st, 9:00am-12:00pm
- Monday, April 9th, 3:30–6:30pm
- Saturday, April 21st, 9:00am-12:00pm
- Monday, May 7th, 3:30–6:30pm
- Monday, May 14st, 3:30-6:30pm
Eight Days of Hope XIV and XV
Information Meeting CHANGED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018 AT 5:30 PM DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER ON MONDAY.
Eight Days of Hope (8DOH) is organizing and mobilizing for an all out effort in Houston, Texas after the disastrous flooding from hurricane Harvey. This hurricane dumped 50+" of rain on the Houston area damaging 350,000 homes and causing $160B damage! For perspective, the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids caused about $5B in damage! The 8DOH Rapid Response team was in Houston for 6 weeks last fall providing immediate response and preparing homes for rebuilding.
St Mark's has actively supported 8 Days of Hope with volunteers and financial support. It is a rewarding experience that will change you forever! Several people have already stepped forward, to spend a week or so in Houston in March. Planning is just beginning to take place and travel arrangements are being discussed.
There are two full weeks of rebuilding efforts planned for 4000 volunteers during 2 periods:
- 8DOH XIV March 10-17
- 8DOH XV March 17-24
Lodging and meals are all provided, all that is needed is a helping heart and transportation to Houston. Volunteers of all ages are requested (under 18 with an adult) and a minimum of 3 or more days volunteering is needed.
Please consider joining us, or if not able to participate this trip, please consider making a donation. This is a volunteer organization with only 2 staff positions! Finally, please pray for the people affected and all those able to provide assistance. If you have questions about the trip, please contact Tom Brennom at email@example.com.
More information on this great opportunity can be found at: http://eightdaysofhope.com/ or
GreifShare is a grief recovery group that is for anyone who has lost a loved one. The winter session is open for all to attend. They meet on Sundays, at 3 pm in the Library. There are 13 sessions and each one is "self-contained," so you do not need to attend in sequence. For more info, contact Sarah Bartlett: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mat Making for Haiti Children!
Break out those crochet hooks and join us in this project from the heart - that also helps save the planet! Join us on March 12, from 6-7:30 pm as we make mats for the children of Haiti. Questions? Contact Sarah Bartlett at 447-0100 or email@example.com.