Welcome!

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

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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.

Click HERE for photos from our February 10th Celebration!

BRIDGES is coming! … St. Mark’s will be hosting some of Lynbrook’s (and some of St. Mark’s own) elementary school age children for “BRIDGES—Harmony through Music” after-school sessions for homework and chorus-ensemble rehearsal. Learn more HERE!

Congregational Report to the ELCA: Each year the congregation submits a report to the ELCA on a variety of items. Each year there is a section in which we are asked to describe the congregation. While this can be completed by a single person, it is more helpful to let technology lend us a hand and get as many responses as possible. Please click the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser) to help us by completing 15 multiple choice questions. Thank you. Go to https://goo.gl/forms/3RBHHP08dioDD67E3.

Worship Schedule: We have two English Sunday services and one Spanish Sunday service Fall 2018 through Spring 2019 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

Benevolence Recipients for 2019: The Congregation Council approved the four quarters’ benevolence recipients as recommended by the Stewardship Committee from St. Mark's as follows: Q1—Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), Q2—Caroline Furnace and Mar-Lu Ridge, Q3—FACETS and The Lamb Center, Q4—ELCA World Hunger. See more information on these selection HERE.

First Quarter 2019 Benevolence Recipient at St. Mark's is ECHO, the Ecumenical Community Helping Others, of which St. Mark’s is one of the nine charter member congregations when it was formed in 1968. ECHO is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) charity, which gives food and financial help to people with short-term emergencies and provides clothes and household items to people with low incomes. In our current situation of the government shutdown, ECHO is helping by also offering emergency financial needs among people who are normally self-sufficient. ECHO’s only requirement is that the caller live within the boundaries of their service area. Please give generously.

February 2019 Council Meeting summary on the status of the facilities upgrade as well as results of council actions and approvals is found 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."

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.

QUICK LINKS:

INFORMATION FOR YOU … GIVING OPPORTUNITIES …

VOLUNTEERING … YOUTH …

 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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TUESDAY, MARCH 26

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)

6:00 PM in the Green Room
- Coro en Espanol (every Tuesday)

6:30 PM to 7:00 PM [Registration, Books $15]
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Rooms 214, 216, 218
- ESOL (every Tuesday) See more HERE!

7:00 PM in the church Lounge
- “Dwelling in the Word: Bible Study” (every Tuesday)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27

10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
- Lenten Service in English followed by a soup lunch in the Fellowship Hall

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

10:00 AM in the church Lounge
- 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 Fellowship Hall
- Soup Supper for both English and Spanish worshipers followed by simultaneous services at 7:15 PM:

7:15 PM in the Sanctuary
- Lenten Service in English

7:15 PM in the Church Lounge
- Lenten Service in Spanish

THURSDAY, MARCH 28

10:30 AM in the Narthex
- “Dwelling in the Word: Bible Study” (every Thursday)

5:45 PM in the sanctuary
- Contemporary Worship Music Team (every Thursday) Learn more HERE.

7:00 PM in Sanctuary
- Adult Bell Choir Rehearsal (every Thursday)

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

FRIDAY, MARCH 29

6:00 PM in Room 218
- ESOL Teachers Day

6:45 PM in the Narthex
- MIELA Tabita Circle

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

2:00 PM in the Friendship House
- 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, MARCH 31—MILITARY CARE PACKAGE COLLECTION TODAY!

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
12:00 PM - Worship Service with Communion (Spanish)

12:00 PM in Room 2017
- Youth Choir and Youth Bell Choir Rehearsals

* * SAVE THE DATE * *

March 31, 2019, Sunday, Military Care Packages Collection * SAVE THE DATE! *

April 7, 2019, Sunday, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Annual Spring Congregational Meeting with Youth Group dinner fundraiser * SAVE THE DATE! *

June 23-27, 2019, Vacation Bible School … “ROAR! Life is Wild * God is good” … * SAVE THE DATE! *

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