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Welcome! ... So much going on at St. Mark’s!

 

"For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

What time is it in your life? Is it time to be planted, time to root, time to grow? If so, St. Mark's may very well be the place for you. We are a congregation planted in the Springfield community, rooted in the word of God, and growing in love for God and neighbor.

Worship Schedule: We have two English Sunday services and one Spanish Sunday service during Fall 2018 along with Sunday School, adult forums, and other classes:

8:30 AM - English worship service
9:46 AM - English Adult Forum--"The 9:46 Crowd"
10:00 AM - English worship service
11:05 AM - Sunday School--English and Spanish
11:06 AM - English Adult Forum--"The 11:06 Crowd"
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service

Fourth Quarter 2018 Benevolence Recipient at St. Mark's is ELCA World Hunger Appeal. God richly provides for our daily bread—the earth can produce enough to feed everyone. Yet many still go hungry. Working alongside other organizations, ELCA World Hunger has already made a huge collective impact on hunger worldwide. But the rate of global progress against hunger is slowing in many of the world’s poorest communities. And here in the United States, one in six Americans aren’t always sure where their next meal is coming from. Many are forced to choose between paying for food and other basic necessities. There is more work to do here at home and around the world. And God invites us to participate and lead in this effort. As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and through our gifts to ELCA World Hunger, we commit to pursuing a world of justice where all are fed. Please give generously.  

Letter to President Trump from Bishop Graham regarding the situation of immigrants and refugees seeking entrance into the USA.

Synod Assembly: Click HERE for a synopsis from our Congregation President, Paul Palm.

A Resolution from the Synod Assembly, speaking out against the abuse of Palestinian children, specifically by the Israeli government.

Reflections on Family Separations at the Southern Border. See Pastor Albert’s comments to the 2018 Synod Assembly, Pastor Varinia’s call to pray for the families and for softening of the hearts of Administration officials, and a list of resources HERE.  You can also read a statement from The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) calling on the United States Government to “reunite children with their families and to establish a humane and just system to assist those seeking asylum and refuge in our nation."

Bite-Sized Landscaping Projects—YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Thanks to all who have stepped up to help with these bite-sized projects, but a few are still outstanding! Click HERE to see what 'bite-sized' projects around the church grounds STILL need your attention. Contact Al Van Nostrand at avannost@yahoo.com with questions.

Communion Cards. Please don't forget to fill out a communion card each time you worship. Cards are located in the pew racks. If your address has changed, you can include that information so the church office can update your records. In addition, use of the card allows the church office to enter your communion and attendance in the official church records. Thank you!

Have news to share with the congregation? Send it via email to communications@stmarks-elca.org to be published in the appropriate publication—E-Messenger, This Week, our website, and our Facebook page. Deadline is Tuesday at 5:00 PM, for same-week publishing5


* * SAVE THE DATE * *

December 5, 12, 19: Wednesdays during Advent: Soup Supper (6:30 PM) and Holden Evening Prayer Service (7:30 PM) … also: Servicio de Oracion para Adviento en el Santuario (6:30 PM) and Sopita de compañerismo en el Salon grande (7:15 PM)

December 16, after the 8:30 AM worship service in the Narthex, WELCA Tabita Circle Fundraiser: Carry-out Pupusas! See more info HERE!

December 16, 11:05 AM in the Sanctuary, Sunday Children’s Christmas Pageant, “Stars, Angels, and Shepherds”

December 21, 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary, St. Mark’s Montessori School Program: all are welcome—learn more HERE!

December 21, Friday, 7:00 PM, Tabitha Circle will celebrate their final meeting of the year with a dinner and “Secret Santa” gift exchange

December 24, Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 PM (Family Service with Children’s and Youth Choirs), 7:00 PM (Spanish Service), and 9:00 PM (Traditional English Service with Chancel Choir)

SAVE THE DATE! - Hypothermia Week at St. Mark’s: January 22-February 2, 2019

Attention Amazon Shoppers! There is a new way to support the ministry of St. Mark's as you shop online. Simply make your purchases at AmazonSmile, a website that offers the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com, with one notable difference: the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to St. Mark's. Most of funds generated through AmazonSmile will support the ongoing work of the church; 10% will be directed to Boy Scout Troop 881 in return for bringing this opportunity to our attention. It couldn't be easier to get started. Just use this link to declare St. Mark's as your charity of choice: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0625293. Then be sure to go to smile.amazon.com for your future shopping needs. Happy shopping!

 Seven Days of Events

Click HERE, print and fill out the GIFTS FOR MINISTRY form, then bring it to the office the next time you are at church.

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MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Church Office hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Click here for specific info.]

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

6:00 PM in Room 218
- ESOL Teachers Day

7:00 PM in the Narthex
- MIELA Círculo de Tabita, Women's Spanish Bible Study, Tabitha Circle (every Friday)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

10:00 AM-12:00 PM in the Sanctuary
- Children’s Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

2:00 PM in the Educational Wing
- Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts (every Saturday)

5:00 PM in the Narthex
- Discipleship (Discipulado) (every Saturday)

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 218 [one-time fee $5]
- ESOL Citizenship Class for our immigrant neighbors who speak basic English (every Saturday)

7:00 PM in the Narthex
- Estudio Bíblico Para Hombres (every Saturday)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
White House Ornament Sale and Children’s Christmas Pageant

8:30 AM - Worship Service with Communion (English)
9:46 AM - Adult Forum—The 9:46 Crowd (English) [NOT MEETING UNTIL JAN 13]
10:00 AM - Worship Service with Communion (English)
11:05 AM - Children’s Christmas Pageant (no Sunday School)
11:06 AM - Adult Forum—The 11:06 Crowd (English) [NOT MEETING UNTIL JAN 13]
12:00 PM - Worship Service with Communion (Spanish)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18

9:30 AM-2:00 PM in the Friendship House
- Quilts and More (every Tuesday)

6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
- Food for Others (every Tuesday)

6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration, Books $15]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESOL (every Tuesday) See more HERE!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19

7:30 AM in the Lounge
- Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study (every Wednesday)

10:00 AM in the Narthex
- Prayer Group (every Wednesday) Learn more HERE.

6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration, Books $15]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214-218
- ESOL (every Wednesday) See more HERE!

6:30 PM in the Lounge
- Soup Supper (every Wednesday in Advent)

6:30 PM en el Santuario
- Servicio de Oracion para Adviento (Cada miércoles en Adviento)

7:15 PM en el Salon grande
- Sopita de compañerismo (Cada miércoles en Adviento)

7:30 PM in the Sanctuary
- Holden Evening Prayer Service (every Wednesday in Advent)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the sanctuary
- Contemporary Worship Music Team (every Thursday) Learn more HERE.

8:00 PM in Sanctuary
- Chancel Choir Practice (every Thursday)