August 20, 2014

September Sociables!


September Sociables Activity—the 150th anniversary re-enactment of the battle that saved the Union

The re-enactment will be Saturday, Sept. 27, with events all day Saturday and Sunday, with the battle of Fort Davidson beginning at 1pm.

BACKGROUND:  In September 1864, the Confederacy attempted to attack St Louis, hoping to weaken the resolve of the North to fight and vote Abraham Lincoln out of office in November.   Major General Sterling Price (a former governor of Missouri) led a force of 12,000 cavalry (including future Missouri Governor John Marmaduke, who was son of former Missouri Governor Meredith Marmaduke).  Price's army came upon Fort Davidson, guarded by only 1,500 Union troops, who despite being outnumbered eight-to-one, rejected several demands by Confederate leaders for the fort's surrender.   Southern losses at the Battle of Fort Davidson were approximately 1,000.  That, along with the three days of fighting, caused General Price to decide not to attack St Louis.

There are small diners in Pilot Knob for lunch/dinner, or you can bring a picnic lunch.

 It is highly recommended that you stop at Elephant Rocks State Park on the way to or from Ft. Davidson, as it offers spectacular views on a one-mile ADA accessible trail, and lots of climbing opportunities on granite rocks, some of which are bigger than a house.  Elephant Rocks was the quarry from which most of the cobblestones in downtown St Louis came.

From 270, take Missouri 21 (Tesson Ferry) 76 miles south to Elephant Rocks.  Fort Davidson is 4 miles south of Elephant Rocks, then 3 blocks east on Highway 221.

For more info, go to http://mostateparks.com/page/61836/battle-pilot-knob-civil-war-sesquicentennial , http://mostateparks.com/park/elephant-rocks-state-park 

or Darin Sorrell

August 16, 2014

Food Pantry Help in Ferguson


PLEASE HELP! The unrest in Ferguson is having a ripple effect on other parts of the community. The shelves of the food pantry at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church are almost bare.

The church, located at 33 North Clay in Ferguson, Mo., is looking for canned goods and boxed food. If you can, please bring whatever you can to church tomorrow. Phyllis Atkins has agreed to transport the donations to the pantry. 

Let's show how BIG the generosity of St. Mark's truly is. Share this with your family and friends! Let's spread the word.

May 15, 2014

announcements


Choir

Last choir rehearsal will be Wednesday, May 28, however, the choir will sing through June on Sunday mornings. Congregation members…plan ahead to join the Chancel Choir next fall beginning the first Wednesday, in September!

 

Service Opportunity

Mother's Day/Father's Day service project with A Little Bit of Haven.  This is the house for parents of hospitalized children where WELCA has "adopted a room". Council's goals this year included getting more involved in with our neighbors and also to find projects and causes that cross committees.  This sounds like a great project to get the whole congregation behind.  They need some landscaping.  We already have some volunteers.  Date: May 31st, 9-noon.  Contact Ruth Sorrell at 314-324-1352 if you have any questions or would like to participate. Come, give a few hours and help make this Haven a bit brighter for the families that stay there! 

 

May Food Barrel Focus

May is Children's Food Month – the children are home for the summer and many of them are used to receiving breakfast and lunch at school. Let's help the families that are unable to budget for these extra meals. Examples: foods such as mac & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, pudding, canned fruit, oatmeal, cereal, etc. Think kid-friendly foods!

 

Confirmation Schedule

Confirmation this year will be on Pentecost Sunday, June 8.

 

Mark Your Calendars!

Church Picnic Sunday June 1st!

Shaw Park in Clayton is the place for worship service, lunch, games, Bingo, cake walk.  Bbq meat, corn-on-the-cob and drinks provided. Potluck side dishes, white elephants for bingo prizes (some left from last year), and cakes (etc) for cake walk are welcome.  Also, Bring Your Own picnic ware, plates, utensils, even tablecloth, lawn chairs if you want to be comfy.  Chuck Yokota will be face painting (need a new look, anyone?). Volunteers to help with games and cake walk please contact Jan Mueller jmue56@aol.com or 314-368-6866 text or call.

 

Shaw Park is only about 3 miles from church off Brentwood Blvd.  We have our usual great pavilion reserved with picnic tables, restrooms. 

 

Vacation Bible School -   June 12 - 14                                                 

God made some WEIRD ANIMALS!  Do you happen to be one of them?  Everyone feels different at one time or another.  Come find out how JESUS LOVES US NO MATTER WHAT! 

 

Join us for Vacation Bible School on June 12, 13, & 14 (Thur - Sat).  We will begin with dinner at 6:00pm on June 12 & 13 with the evening events winding down around 8:15.  Saturday morning we'll start with a light breakfast at 9:15 and close with lunch at 11:30.  Please call the church office ph#721-6974 or Mary Dallmann ph#646-1504 to register.

 


--
Carol Johnson
 

May 05, 2014

Get ready for the Annual Church Picnic! 

Sunday June 1, 2014 our worship service, lunch, games, Bingo, face painting, Cake Walk and fellowship will all take place at the beautiful Shaw Park in Clayton, just off Brentwood Blvd at Forest Park Pkwy.  
We have a picnic shelter reserved with picnic tables, rest rooms, electric outlets, water source. 
BBQ meat, drinks and corn on the cob will be provided.  Bring a potluck side dish, your own picnicware, lawn chair and cake or other item for the cake walk.  Wrapped white elephants also welcome for bingo prizes. 
Jan Mueller for info 314-368-6866

April 10, 2014

announcements

Seder Dinner

Join St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for our annual Seder dinner on Holy Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 PM.  We will celebrate a complete Seder in a family style setting.  The celebration includes a delicious dinner of lamb, salad, potatoes, and a variety of desserts.  A free will offering is requested but not mandatory. No one will be turned away.  Please contact Marsha Balluff to make reservations to join us in this ancient celebration to thank God for His Mighty acts in leading His people out of slavery in Egypt.

 

April Food Barrel Focus

Hygiene supplies in conjunction with the Girls Scouts April showers.  Think soap, shampoo, toiletries, toilet paper, etc.

 

April Sociables  - Dinner & Theater – Saturday, April 26

Everyone is invited for an Italian dinner at the home of Lou and Wilma Prifti, Saturday, April 26 at 5:30 PM.   Enjoy dinner from 5:30 to 6:45 and then enjoy ‘Into The Woods,’ book by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Cost is $7.00 per person that includes dinner entrĂ©e, drinks, and tickets to the theater.  We ask you to bring a salad or dessert.  Please make reservations by April 22 with either Lou or Wilma at wprifti@att.net or 314-821-1261.

 

Easter Tree To Benefit St. Philips Neighborhood Outreach Ministry

This Lenten Season the Service Committee is collecting school supplies to benefit the Immanuel/St. Philip Neighborhood Outreach Ministry. This organization is housed at St. Philips ELCA (the organization is separate financially from the church, but is a part of the ELCA), located at 2424 Annie Malone Drive, St. Louis, in the historic Ville Neighborhood about 5 miles NE of St. Mark’s.  This organization provides the following outreach activities for the community in which it is located - a Sunday breakfast weekly, clothing giveaways 2x annually; school supply giveaways 3x annually; Thanksgiving food baskets; Christmas toy giveaway; VBS; etiquette classes; GED classes; resume assistance, etc.   Please take an Easter egg ornament off the Easter tree and purchase $5 to $10 of the designated item and return to church in the labeled containers.  Supplies will be delivered to the organization a few days after Easter.   Additionally, the Service Committee will host a Fellowship Hour today to benefit this organization.  They have a part-time social worker whose salary has been paid the last several years by a grant from a grass roots organization.  The grass roots organization provides seed money to new ministries.  Once the ministry is established, the ministry needs to provide its own funding.  St. Philips Neighborhood Outreach Ministry has reached this level starting next year and has asked all local ELCA congregations to pledge support of its ministry.  Unfortunately the request came to St. Marks after the budgeting process for 2014. 

 

Please donate at this fellowship hour.  We hope to raise a couple hundred dollars for the ongoing success of this ministry.  Thank you.

                                                                        The Service Committee

 

Central States Synod Assembly Delegates

Thank you Mark and Emily Endres for being our voting members to attend the 2014 Central States Synod Assembly. We appreciate your willingness to represent St. Mark’s!


--
Carol Johnson
 

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule

 

 

Seder Dinner, Thursday, April 17, 6:00 PM

Join St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for our annual Seder dinner on Holy Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 PM.  We will celebrate a complete Seder in a family style setting.  The celebration includes a delicious dinner of lamb, salad, potatoes, and a variety of desserts.  A free will offering is requested but not mandatory. No one will be turned away.  Please contact Marsha Balluff to make reservations to join us in this ancient celebration to thank God for His Mighty acts in leading His people out of slavery in Egypt.

 

 

Good Friday, April 18, 7:00 pm

On this day of powerful meaning for God’s people and the whole creation, we gather to ready the account of Jesus’ crucifixion and death as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.

 

 

Prayer Vigil, Saturday, April 19, 1-3:00 pm

Holy Week is a period of time in which we generally reflect on our lives in Christ and His ultimate sacrifice for our sins.  In keeping with that spirit the church will once again be open from 1-3:00 pm for somber prayer and reflection.  As in previous years there will be meditative music and prayer literature available.  All are welcome.

 

 

Easter Sunday, April 20

We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, the center of our faith and hope, with festival worship and praise.

            8:30-9:45 am - Easter Breakfast. Donations support our Youth                                            Ministry.

              9:30 am – Easter Egg Hunt for young children.

            10:15 am – Festival Worship

Bring a friend to join in our joy!


--
Carol Johnson
 

March 13, 2014

announcements

Announcements

 

Lenten Services

The midweek Lenten services will continue through April 9th.   Prior to each service there will be dinner at 6 PM.  The worship service will feature Holden Evening Vespers. 

 

March 19:  Change of Habit     Luke 6:46-49

March 26:  Change of Circumstances   Luke 12:22-34

April 2:  Change of Heart   Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

April 9:  Change of Plans   Mark 10:32-34

 

Dinner hosts:                    

March 19th            Mark Endres

March 26th            John and Marian Bleeke

April 2nd               Andy and Arlene Ford

April 9th                         Jan Mueller

 

Choir

During Lent, the Bell Choir will rehearse on Sunday mornings following the worship service. Chancel Choir will continue to rehearse on Wednesday nights at 7:15 pm following the Lenten service downstairs.

 

This Easter season, the choir will once again sing the Faure´ Requiem on Palm Sunday since the program was snowed out last year.

 

Easter Tree To Benefit St. Philips Neighborhood Outreach Ministry

This Lenten Season the Service Committee is collecting school supplies to benefit the Immanuel/St. Philip Neighborhood Outreach Ministry. This organization is housed at St. Philips ELCA (the organization is separate financially from the church, but is a part of the ELCA), located at 2424 Annie Malone Drive, St. Louis, in the historic Ville Neighborhood about 5 miles NE of St. Mark’s.  This organization provides the following outreach activities for the community in which it is located - a Sunday breakfast weekly, clothing giveaways 2x annually; school supply giveaways 3x annually; Thanksgiving food baskets; Christmas toy giveaway; VBS; etiquette classes; GED classes; resume assistance, etc.   Please take an Easter egg ornament off the Easter tree and purchase $5 to $10 of the designated item and return to church in the labeled containers.  Supplies will be delivered to the organization a few days after Easter. 

Additionally, the Service Committee will host a Fellowship Hour on Palm Sunday to benefit this organization.  They have a part-time social worker whose salary has been paid the last several years by a grant from a grass roots organization.  The grass roots organization provides seed money to new ministries.  Once the ministry is established, the ministry needs to provide its own funding.  St. Philips Neighborhood Outreach Ministry has reached this level starting next year and has asked all local ELCA congregations to pledge support of its ministry.  Unfortunately the request came to St. Marks after the budgeting process for 2014. 

 

Please donate at this fellowship hour.  We hope to raise a couple hundred dollars for the ongoing success of this ministry.  Thank you.

                                                          The Service Committee

Facebook Friends!

Be a friend of St. Mark's on Facebook! Did you see photos from our ice skating event or our trivia night last month? Become our friend on Facebook and never be out of the loop again. We share church news and ELCA news, events, reminders, scripture and encouragement. If you have any questions about our Facebook page contact Matthew Hibbard.

 

March Food Barrel Focus

Green Foods (green beans, brussel sprouts, peas, jello, lucky charms, canned corned beef, box potatoes, rice packets with herbs or broccoli, etc, etc)

 

Attention Thrivent Members

Some benefit members may still have dollars in the Choice Dollars Program from 2013 that have not been directed to your desired location (ie, St Marks or favorite charity).  This needs to be done by the end of March or Thrivent will dispense it to one their charity programs.  You can do this on-line or by telephone to Thrivent Choice Dollars.

 

Seder Dinner

Join St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for our annual Seder dinner on Holy Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 PM.  We will celebrate a complete Seder in a family style setting.  The celebration includes a delicious dinner of lamb, salad, potatoes, and a variety of desserts.  A free will offering is requested but not mandatory. No one will be turned away.  Please contact Marsha Balluff to make reservations to join us in this ancient celebration to thank God for His Mighty acts in leading His people out of slavery in Egypt.


--
Carol Johnson
 

March 08, 2014

Seder Dinner

Join St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for our annual Seder dinner on Holy Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 PM.  We will celebrate a complete Seder in a family style setting.  The celebration includes a delicious dinner of lamb, salad, potatoes, and a variety of desserts.  A free will offering is requested but not mandatory. No one will be turned away.  Please contact Marsha Balluff to make reservations to join us in this ancient celebration to thank God for His Mighty acts in leading His people out of slavery in Egypt.



February 27, 2014

announcements

Ash Wednesday Breakfast—March 5, 2014

We invite all of our members to attend this inspiring event at St. Mark’s on Wednesday, March 5.  Begin your Lenten Season with this meaningful communion service followed by a breakfast that includes egg casserole, hot cross buns, fruit and your choice of beverage.  RSVP to  Kathy Steinke at 314-843-5257 or cell 314-422-2835 or kathy_aka_patho@hotmail.com.  Please indicate if you are reserving for the 7:00 AM or 9:30 AM service/breakfast.  Proceeds from the free will offering will benefit a local charity. There will be an Ash Wednesday evening service at 7:00 PM.

 

Safe Connections Guest Speaker at WELCA General Meeting

St. Mark’s Women of the ELCA will have a general meeting immediately following the Ash Wednesday breakfast (after the clean-up).   WELCA voted to donate proceeds from the Ash Wednesday breakfast to Safe Connections.  Deb Cottin with Safe Connections will join us at the meeting at about 11:00 AM to give us information about the organization.  Please plan to join us.  Because we’ve had the breakfast, there will be no luncheon following the meeting.

 

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is looking for a couple members to join the team. Our main goals are to dispense important information within the congregation as well as represent St. Mark's to the community. If you've been looking for an opportunity to serve, this is a great chance to get involved! If you are interested or have any questions please contact me at jps130@hotmail.com or talk to me after church.   -J.P. Schott

 

Security Alert! Security Alert!

Please make sure when you leave the church building that the doors are closed and latched behind you. Even if you’re not the last one out! There has been more than one occasion in the last couple of weeks where both the front door and back door are left ajar.  They will automatically lock when pushed shut. Let’s all be vigilant about locking up and checking the doors after walking out before we have an incident that could have been avoided.

 

Choir

During Lent, the Bell Choir will rehearse on Sunday mornings following the worship service. Chancel Choir will continue to rehearse on Wednesday nights at 7:15 pm following the Lenten service downstairs.

 

This Easter season, the choir will once again sing the Faure´ Requiem on Palm Sunday since the program was snowed out last year.


--
Carol Johnson
 

February 13, 2014

Sociables Trivia Night

Trivia Night

Saturday March 1, 2014

7 pm—doors open at 6:30

at

Word of Life Lutheran School  (Willy Sorrell's school)

6535 Eichelberger

St. Louis, MO 63109

 

Soda, water, popcorn, and pretzels, provided

$20 per person or

$150 per table of 8

 

Contact Darin Sorrell  darinsorrell@hotmail.com for more information


--
Carol Johnson
 

announcements

Fair Trade Sale

Students from Lutheran Campus Ministry St. Louis are visiting on Sunday Feb., 16. They are going to Guatemala in March to help build 3 houses. They will sell fair trade crafts in Fellowship Hall  to help fund the trip.

 

Service Committee

February Food Barrel Focus-Cold Weather Foods (Soups, Stews, Chili, Pasta Meals, Canned Vegetables and Fruits, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Hot Chocolate Packets, etc).

Area Food Pantry List-a comprehensive new area list is now available to reference. (Thank you Shanon).

 

Sociables Activities for 2014-15

Feel free to invite friends and family. Events are GENERALLY the 3rd Saturday of the month. Contact Program Chairman Darin Sorrell, or the event sponsor for information.

*March 1 (note different weekend than normal) Trivia Night at Word of Life Lutheran School; Jamieson and Eichelberger; see Darin Sorrell for info

*April 26 (note different weekend than usual) “Into the Woods” play at Webster University, sponsored Wilma Prifti

May Gateway Grizzlies baseball game, sponsored by Darin Sorrell

June Anheuser Busch brewery tour, sponsored by Fred Steinke

July Fairmount Park, sponsored by Marsha Balluff

August Swing-Around Fun Town, sponsored by Mary Dallman and Emily Endres

*September 27 (note different weekend) Battle of Fort Davidson 150th anniversary reenactment, and Elephant Rocks trip, sponsored by Darin Sorrell

October bike riding on the Katy Trail, sponsored by Jan Mueller

November (exact date TBD) Tamburitzans, sponsored by the Kuglers

December 20, Christmas Caroling, sponsored by the Bleekes and Davises

January 2015 planning party at Fred & Grace Steinke’s house

February 2015 Bowling, followed by game nite; sponsored by Mary Dallmann

Exact times, dates, details tba. Watch the bulletin for more information               

--
Carol Johnson
 

January 23, 2014

Announcements

2014 Congregational Meeting & Dinner

This Sunday, Jan. 26,  immediately following Worship we will be receiving reports for 2013 and electing a new 2014 Council.  Please join us for our Congregational Dinner immediately following the meeting.

                            

Southside Youth Cluster

The Sr. High youth group at Trinity Lutheran, Kirkwood, is hosting a Super Bowl party on February 2nd.  All Sr. High youth from the Southside Cluster churches are invited to join us.  The party will begin at 5:30 pm and end after the game.  Trinity will provide pizza and youth are invited to bring a snack or drink to share.  No need to RSVP.  Come as you are and we'll have a good time!

 

Sociables  - Ice Skating (and history) at Forest Park - Feb. 15

Come join us for a winter adventure at Steinberg skating rink in Forest Park on Saturday, February 15.  We'll meet at 3:00pm at the ice rink. (See Mary Dallmann for a map)  Admission is $6 per person if you're going to skate and $5 for the skate rental.  ($11 total per skater unless you have your own skates).  If you don't wish to skate, join us anyway.  There is no fee and you can enjoy watching the rest of us try to stay upright while you sit inside sipping hot chocolate!  The Snowflake Cafe has a simple menu with pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and other assorted appetizers and snacks; beverages include hot chocolate, sodas and beer. Steinberg rink is a cash only establishment (an ATM is available). Also, if you don't wish to skate (or even if you do), you might enjoy a visit to the history museum before joining us at Steinberg Rink.  It is the opening weekend of the exhibit celebrating St Louis' 250th birthday.  Admission is free and there will be family activities all day from 10am to 3pm.  Contact Mary Dallmann for more information or if you're interested in carpooling from the church.  Ph# 314-646-1504.


--
Carol Johnson
 

January 16, 2014

Sunday Morning at 9:00AM

Jonah is one of the shortest books in the Bible, but it might be much more important than you realized.  The familiar part about Jonah being swallowed by a whale (a fish, actually) that most of us learned in Sunday School is far from the most important aspect of this book.  It speaks powerfully about who God is and about the role of God's people.  Jesus mentions it at an important moment in his ministry.  

Want to know more about it?  Come to the adult class on Sunday morning at 9 am.  All questions welcome.

--

Fair Trade Sale Announcement

Fair Trade Sale

 

Have you run out of the chocolate and coffee you bought at the last fair trade sale? You can re-stock at the sale the Service Committee is holding this Sunday, January 19. We still have a large selection of chocolates, coffees, nuts and teas. So please stop by after the service today and replenish your goodies. Come prepared with your $$$$!  Thanks!

 

The Service Committee

--
Carol Johnson
 

January 14, 2014

January Sociables

January Sociables

January Dinner & Planning Event. Mark your calendars for the annual potluck dinner and fellowship get together on Saturday, January 18 at 6:00 pm hosted by Fred & Grace Steinke at their home, 9713 Fall Ridge Trail, Sunset Hills (63127).  Meat and beverages will be provided and you are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

 

This is the time when we plan our monthly events for 2014. Be prepared to bring your ideas for activities that you want to do. Everyone is invited to come!!

 

Please RSVP to  Fred & Grace so they can have enough seating.  Telephone: 314-843-5053 or e-mail:  fhsgems@aol.com If you have ideas for events, e-mail them in advance to Fred and he will compile them as a starting point for the planning.

 


--
Carol Johnson
 

Annual Meeting


2014 Annual Meeting & Dinner

Sunday, January 26, 2014

 

Immediately following 10:15 am worship

 

                        Mark your calendars now!

                 And please try to make this a priority!

                      

 Agenda:  We will receive reports for 2013 and elect

new Council Leaders.

 

                  

All Council members, Committee Chairs and Organization Leaders  need to turn in their report to the office as soon as possible.


Dinner will be a potluck. Meat, bread & drinks provided.
You are welcome to bring a dish!!

 


--
Carol Johnson
 

November 27, 2013

Announcements

Advent Devotionals

Family and individual Advent devotionals are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick one up!

Congregational Meeting:  Sunday,  December  8,  2013  

There will be a congregational meeting immediately following worship on Sunday, December 8 for the purpose of adopting a budget for the coming year. All members are asked to attend. Copies of the proposed budget will be available.

Adult Bible Class

Next Sunday, December 8 – How Much Do You Really Know About Christmas? (What's in the bible and what is legend or tradition). The adults meet at 9:00 am downstairs.

Food Barrel Emphasis - December

Holiday Food - Pumpkin, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Gravy, & Canned Vegetables  

Calling All Elves!!  Let's Decorate!

Mark your calendars for December 8th.   We are decking the hallowed halls of St. Marks following worship service that Sunday.  We will need all the help we can get to get the Christmas tree and decorations up for the holidays. Grab a quick cup of coffee after the service and join us to hang the greens and trim the tree. 

 

December Sociables - Christmas Caroling to our Homebound & Chili  Supper

Saturday, December 14, Christmas Caroling to our homebound

Meet at the Bleeke's home at 3:00 pm for caroling or at 6:00 pm for Chili Potluck supper. Chili provided. Bring a dish to share. Please RSVP with Marian Bleeke

The Best Story Ever! Christmas Pageant - December 15, 2013      

Come one, come all on December 15 to hear the children tell about the birth of Jesus in The Best Story Ever!  It will be performed during our regular Sunday morning worship service.

Parents, please be reminded that there will be rehearsals on Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14 from 9:30 am to 12 noon.   All children 1st grade and older should plan to attend both rehearsals.  The kids will rehearse lines and staging as well as be fitted for costumes.  (Younger children -kindergarten and pre-school- need only attend the second rehearsal.)  Also, please plan for your child to attend Sunday School on December 8 as we will have additional rehearsal/staging time during the Sunday School hour.  (Contact Mary Dallmann or Lisa Albers if you have any questions.)

Communication Committee

Join the St. Mark's website and receive notifications electronically of upcoming events and announcements.

Here's how:

Go to stmarkselca.com

Click the "news" tap

On the right you will see "subscribe via email"

Enter your email address and that's it!

 

Can you help? 
Would you be interested in changing the front sign? You would change it weekly for a month and we have a calendar already set up with what the message would say.   How are your computer/PowerPoint skills? Would you like to be a part of the communications committee and lend a helping hand to keep our TV message board up to date? I am looking for volunteers to take the message board responsibilities for a month a time.  If you are interested in either of these talents, please get in touch with Beverly Velloff.

 

Youth

Holiday Service Project

Southside Youth Cluster Holiday Service Project for Humanitri for all middle and high school students, today, December 1, 2013 from 3-5 pm at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on Hampton. We will be baking/ decorating cookies to benefit the holiday party being given by Humanitri.  Each congregation has been asked to donate cookie dough or cookies (10 dozen).  Is St. Mark's up to the challenge?  Are there a few students who would like to join me in the effort to serve others in our urban community?

We are also asking each student to bring a gift or toy for a child age 0-17 to be donated to the Parents Shop which helps parents provide gifts for their children during the holiday season.

On Sunday, December 8 from 6-8 PM, there will be a High School Open House at the home of Rhonda Dunbar, 114 College Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301

New Church Directory

All information regarding appointment dates, times, sample directory's and alternate photo dates are available at the Lifetouch table in the narthex.  

Stop by and make an appointment and pick up valuable information.

 Choir News

No Bell or Chancel rehearsals on Wednesday, December 25 or Wednesday, January 1.  Rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Newcomers are welcome to join the Chancel Choir on January 8th.



--
Beverly Velloff
Communication Chair
 
Led by the Spirit to share Christ's love!

November 18, 2013

Everything & the Kitchen Sink- Nov. 23 from 9-4

Spread the news...
Bazaar this Saturday, 11/23/13 at St. Mark's!
 
Silent Auction
Baked goods
Christmas Items
Odds and Ends
Jams and Jellies
Candies & More
Linens & Towels
Herb Garden
Teas, Coffee, & More
 


--
Beverly Velloff
Communication Chair
 
Led by the Spirit to share Christ's love!

November 11, 2013

Thankoffering Service-Nov. 17, 2013

Please join us this Sunday, Nov 17, while we celebrate the annual WELCA Thank-offering service at St. Mark's. This service gives us an opportunity to show gratitude for God's blessings. The guest speaker will be Sarah Heger. She belongs to the Sisters of St. Joseph.

--
Beverly Velloff
Communication Chair
 
Led by the Spirit to share Christ's love!

October 25, 2013

Rob and Dixie Farewell

Just a reminder to stop by The Halversons Saturday afternoon  from 2:00 - 5:00 to wish Rob and Dixie farewell -- hope to see you!
 
John and Eunice Halverson
 636-825-9554
1257 Green Vale Court
Fenton, MO  63026

--
Beverly Velloff
Communication Chair
 
Led by the Spirit to share Christ's love!

October 24, 2013

Pot Luck this Sunday!

This Sunday, October 27 we are having a Pot Luck immediately following Worship.  You are welcome to bring a covered dish. Drinks and rolls provided.  See you Sunday!

--
Beverly Velloff
Communication Chair
 
Led by the Spirit to share Christ's love!

Save the Date!

 Our Bazaar—Everything AND the Kitchen Sink—kicks off on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 am—4:00 pm. We still need saleable items for the following booths.

 

Silent Auction            Odds & Ends             Linens & Towels

Baked Goods             Jams & Jellies            Herb Garden

Christmas Items        Candies & more…    Teas, Coffee & more

 

Food for lunch can be purchased while shopping for all your holiday needs.

 

We need workers for the booths. Please call Marsha Balluff or Phyllis Atkins to volunteer. Please bring items (not perishables) to the church as soon as possible. We have locked storage and in the case of the Silent Auction, we will need to catalog the items.

 

We need your help and support to have a truly fine event. WE are calling all St. Mark's members to get involved. The kitchen has needed updating for years and now is the time to do it. We're putting our "best foot forward" for our new Pastor (when chosen).  Thank you in advance!


--
Beverly Velloff
Communication Chair
 
Led by the Spirit to share Christ's love!

August 29, 2013

Announcements

Announcements

 

Service Committee

Our September Service Committee Focus will be to collect Personal Care Items, such as soaps, hand lotion, deoderants, toothbrushes, toothpastes/mouthwash, hand sanitizer, shampoo, combs, Bath Towels & Washcloths in order to provide at least 50 Personal Care Packets for the homeless women and children served by the Gateway 180 - Homeless Reversed organization.  

 

Of course, we will continue to collect food items in the Food Barrels, both in the Narthex and by the lower level rear entrance (under the coat hangers)!  The Summer food collected was taken to Feed My People, South County by Laura Brannan.

 

                                                            The Service Committee

 

 

September Sociables

A Murder Mystery Dinner              

You are cordially invited to the La Sprerenza Restaurant (temporarily relocated to John and Sue Davis' home at 8 Grove Ave, Webster MO 63119) to honor the dearly departed Guiseppe (Pepi) Roni, and to enjoy some fine Italian food with his family and friends.  And maybe just maybe unearth some clues about Pepi's death. Join us for a night of Pasta, Passions and Pistols, Saturday, September 21st at 6 pm. 

 

Aspiring actors and actresses wanting to help put this production on please contact Sue or John.  Or feel free to volunteer a friend or a relative!

 

Coming in September!

Wednesday, September 4thChoir Practice Resumes

                        6:15 pm           Bell Choir

                        7:15 pm           Chancel Choir – New Members Welcome!

Wednesday, September 4th – Confirmation Class begins at Gethsemane.

Sunday, September 8th, 9:00 am – Rally Day and Intergenerational Sunday School

Sunday, September 15th, 9:00 am – Regular Bible Study and Sunday School Class resumes.

 

Learning

Next Sunday,  Rally Day, everyone should bring old shoes for The Shoeman Project and VBS attendees should bring their Christmas boxes from VBS filled to be sent overseas!  There will be a Sunday School parent meeting during Fellowship on September 8th as well. 

 

Confirmation Resumes

Confirmation classes will be held on September 4 and 18. The schedule will remain the same as last year, with a light supper available at 6 pm, and class time from 6:30 to 8 pm.  This year we will meet at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.  The primary topics will be the sacraments and the 10 commandments.

 

Southside Cluster Middle & High School Kick-Off

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 from 5-7 PM

Christ Lutheran's Mead Center

1 Selma Avenue; Webster Groves 63119

 

Come and hear the band Stealing Silver! We will also have door prizes, ice cream and fellowship. All youth 7th grade through high school are welcome!

 

Sundays in September

Sept. 1:  Luke 14:1, 7-14;  Faith in the Workplace

Sept. 8:  Luke 14:25-33;  Focus and Commitment  

Rally Day; Intergenerational Sunday School; VBS Songs;

Pr. Roger Ruff, guest preacher; 25th Anniversary of the ELCA

 

Sept. 15:  Luke 15:1-10;  Building Bridges

                 Pr. Elizabeth Reinking, special guest

Sept. 22:  Luke 16:1-13;  Using Money, Making  

                 Friends

Sept. 29:  Luke 16:19-31;  Keep Your Eyes Open

                 Megahan' s visit

 

Adult Learning in September-Sundays at 9:00 am

Sept. 8:    Intergenerational Sunday School

Sept. 15:  Bible Grab Bag – share a favorite Bible story and why it's important to you.

Sept. 22:  Building Bridges 1: The Story of "The 

                 Bridge"

Sept. 29:  Building Bridges 2: What Have We

                 Learned?

Oct. 6:     Building Bridges 3: What Can St. Mark's 

                 Learn?