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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.
Pastor Triolo's Questionnaire and "In the Image of the Trinity" Sermon Series:  Click HERE to go the "In the Image of the Trinity" webpage for both English and Spanish survey links, for viewing ALL of the five sermons, and for viewing all of the three figures for sermons #3, #4, and #5 in BOTH English and Spanish.
Ministry Teams and Committees:  It is time to submit your annual reports. We are compiling the Annual Report and need all pertinent info from Committees and Ministries. Please send them in to Lucie at lbrown@stmarks-elca.org by February 28th--sooner, if possible. The sooner you send in your report, the happier our church secretary will be. ;-)
Worship Schedule:  We have two English Sunday services, one Spanish Sunday service, two Adult Sunday School classes, and one combined English/Spanish Sunday School--note that confirmation classes, first communion, and youth activities will also be combined English/Spanish:
8:30 AM - English worship service
9:46 AM - The 9:46 Crowd (adult Sunday School)
10:00 AM - English worship service
11:05 AM - Sunday School (combined English/Spanish), Confirmation Class, Youth Group, Parents' Sunday School
12:00 NOON - Spanish worship service
2018 Pledge Forms--Bring them to Sunday services.
2018 Benevolence Recipients at St. Mark's are:  Q1 - St. Montessori School and ELCA Youth Gathering, Q2 - Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Q3 - ELCA Disaster Response Fund, and Q4 - ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
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 publishing.

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February 28-March 21, 10:30 AM (English Morning Prayer), 7:30 PM (Holden Evening Prayer) - Mid-Week Wednesday Worship Services - Possible soup luncheon to follow 10:30 AM service; 7:30 PM service is preceded by soup supper at 6:30 PM.
February 25, Military Package Collection -  Learn more HERE
March 4, 11:00 AM, "Coffee with the Pastors" for visitors to learn more about St. Mark's, downstairs in the Blue Room
March 18, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, Town Hall Meeting #2, Fellowship Hall - Pot luck dinner with round table discussions--please bring a dish to share!
March 25, 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM (English), 12:00 PM (Spanish) - Palm Sunday Worship Services
March 29, 10:30 AM (English), 12:00 PM (Spanish), 7:30 PM (English) - Holy Thursday Worship Services
March 30, 12:00 PM (Noon Prayers, English), 6:00 PM (Stations of the Cross, Spanish), 7:30 PM (Tenebrae, English) - Good Friday Worship Services
April 15, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, Town Hall Meeting #3, Fellowship Hall -  Youth will serve dinner with round table discussions!
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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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25--
Youth Fundraiser:  "St. Mark's" shirt sale,
Military Care Packages Collection
[click here]
8:30 AM - Communion Worship Service (English)
9:46 AM - Adult Sunday School--"The 9:46 Crowd"
10:00 AM - Communion Worship Service (English)
11:05 AM - Sunday School/Confirmation/Youth Group/Parents Bible Study
12:00 NOON - Communion Worship Service (Spanish)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
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 $10]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESOL (every Tuesday)
7:00 PM in the narthex
- Bible Study:  Paul's Letters (every Tuesday)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
7:30 AM in the church Lounge
- Men's Prayer Breakfast (every Wednesday)
10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
- Mid-Week Worship Service (every Wednesday during Lent) followed by a soup luncheon
6:30 PM Soup Supper before Lenten service
7:30 PM in the Sanctuary
- Holden Evening Prayer (every Wednesday during Lent)
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration, Books $10]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 217
- ESOL (every Wednesday)
THURSDAY, MARCH 1
10:30 PM in the narthex
- Bible Study:  Paul's Letters (every Thursday)
FRIDAY, MARCH 2
6:30 PM in Narthex
- Men's Bible Study (Spanish)
6:30 PM in Narthex
- Women's MIELA Bible Study (Spanish) led by Pastor Varinia
SATURDAY, MARCH 3
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
- ESOL Citizenship Class for our immigrant neighbors who speak basic English (every Saturday)