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"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

See a message on the worship scheduling and a change in the church pew configuration from Paul Palm, Council President HERE.

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."

Fourth Quarter 2018 Benevolence Recipient at St. Mark's is ELCA World Hunger Appeal.

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 * *

November 18, CROP Walk - This also supports ECHO! Learn more how you can help HERE!

December 8, Winter Property Cleanup - Come and join others to beautify our church grounds! Learn more HERE!

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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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

ALL ACTIVITIES CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

6:30 PM in Room 117
- Girl Scouts (every Friday)

6:30 PM in the Narthex
- Men and Women's Spanish Bible Study (every Friday)

6:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen
- MIELA Women's Spanish Bible Study, Tabita Circle (every Friday) Nutrition Classes

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

2:00 PM in the Friendship House/Fellowship Hall
- Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts (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)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

8:30 AM - Worship Service with Communion (English)
9:46 AM - Adult Forum—The 9:46 Crowd (English)
10:00 AM - Worship Service with Communion (English)
11:05 AM - Children’s Sunday School (English and Spanish)
11:06 AM - Adult Forum—The 11:06 Crowd (English)
12:00 PM - Worship Service with Communion (Spanish)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

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!

7:00 PM in Narthex
- "Dwelling in the Word" Bible Study (every Tuesday)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

7:30 AM in Rooms 214-218
- 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, 216, 217
- ESOL (every Wednesday) See more HERE!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Happy Thanksgiving! The church office is closed, and our regular activities will not meet.

10:30 AM in Narthex
- "Dwelling in the Word" Bible Study (every Thursday) - not meeting on Thanksgiving

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the sanctuary
- Contemporary Worship Music Team (every Thursday) Learn more HERE. - not rehearsing on Thanksgiving