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Keep up on what is going on at St. Mark’s. Texting “CONNECT” to 419-550-1116.  Once you are connected St Mark’s will be able to keep you up to date on special events, church outings and changes.  So stay connected.  Text “CONNECT” to 419-550-1116.


The offering envelopes for these services are for gifts that go above and beyond our regular Sunday giving.  

These offerings are designated for Mission Support.  Each week during lent, the Sunday bulletin will contain an insert featuring a Story of Faith in Action.  These are stories of the ministries of the ELCA which our Mission Support offerings help to fund


“Walking In The Footsteps Of Jesus”

12:00 & 7:30 p.m.

Mid-Week Lenten Services on March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and April 1st 9th with suppers prior to 7:30 services.

April 5thPalm Sunday

April 9thMaundy Thursday Communion 

April 10thGood Friday

          8:00 PM Tenebrae Service of Shadows

April 12th—Easter Sunday

         Services at 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 

         Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. & Sunday School at 9:15.

Mid-Week Lenten Services:

Our 12 noon and 7:30 p.m. Mid-week Lenten services at St. Mark’s will be “Walking In The Footsteps of Jesus”.  During the sermon Pastor will present biblical teaching on the life of our Lord along with photos and video of these ministry locations from Crystal and his recent Holy Land journey.  Together we will not just hear, but also see, the story of Jesus—from Bethlehem to the Jordan River, the wilderness to his home in Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee, and more.  It will be a delightful experience of worship, faith formation, and fun.  Bring a friend beginning Wednesday, March 4th in the gathering area!

St. Mark's Blessing Box
St. Mark's Blessing Box

Please consider donating non-perishable food or personal hygiene items to our Blessings Box Community Outreach. 

There are donation baskets placed by the church doors for your convenience. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity with this community outreach

How To Use Text Giving

St. Mark’s Text Giving Number-419-273-9947

First Time Donors

The first time you text an amount to 419-273-9947; you will receive a link for you to provide your name, address, and your debit or credit card number that you wish to use with Text Giving. Once you have entered this information you will receive another text message stating, “St. Mark’s appreciates your gift”

Texting a Donation Amount

You can text an amount to give to St. Mark’s As Pledged.  For example, you can text: $250 or 250 to give $250.00 to St. Mark’s As Pledged.

Texting a Donation Amount to a Specific Fund

You can also text a gift to a specific Fund.  By simply typing the word “Funds”

419-273-9947. A list of your active Funds will be returned: Or, if you wish to give $250 to the AIM Committee you would text: “250 aim”. 

However, if you wish to give to a fund that is not stated a message will be sent to you which outlines your available Funds.  This list also provides a numbered listing so you can review your Funds and simply reply with the number of the Fund you wish to give. For example, if you wish to give $250 to Property and the listing displays the number 4 in front of the fund Property, you would reply with the number “4” to finalize your gift to the Property Fund.

Please note-if you select the General Fund your gift will split these donations; 90% general fund and 10% benevolence fund.

How To Get Help With Text Giving

Donors can text “Help” at any time to receive instructions on how to use Text Giving, or contact one of the following members of St. Mark’s AIM Committee: 
Anna @ 419-363-2057; Marilyn @ 419-203-7016; Mark @ 567-259-9153
Phil @ 419-605-6008; or Pastor Will @ 419-203-3441

Updating Your Payment Method

In the event that you need to change your payment information you can simply text the word “Reset” to 419-273-9947. This will remove the card from your account.  

The next time you submit a text donation you will be provided with the link you were sent as a First Time Donor.

"Goodness In One Serving" Meal Helpers

March 11th         Nancy Wolverton, Sharon Baer & Jackie Evans

                              March 18th          NO MEAL—SPRING BREAK
                              March 25th         Jo Holman, Yvonne Leaser & Shelby Freund

                              April 1st              Kathy Van Eman, Barbie Wappelhorst & Susan Jeffery

                              April 15th           Jo Holman, Deb Miller & Linda Shupe

Southwest Ohio WELCA Gathering:

St. Mark’s is hosting the Southwest Ohio WELCA Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 25th

Registration is from 9:00-9:30 AM.  Cost is $10 and includes lunch. 

Please consider an in-kind offering of personal hygiene items or cash donation.  Reservations are due by April 18th by calling Judy Sampson at 419-203-1741 or by marking your I Worshiped Today.


The closet where they are stored is located in the hallway leading to the office.  The door is marked and we invite you to look inside.  On one of the shelves you will find a clipboard with a sign out sheet attached. Also there are little leaflets on the shelf that tell about prayer shawls. If you know of someone who has had surgery, lost a loved one or is hurting in any way and you think they would like to know that they are being thought of, then take them a prayer shawl. It becomes a reminder that they are not alone and someone cares.  When you take a shawl please take a leaflet and write the date and the name of the person you are taking the shawl to on the sign out sheet.  We are God’s messengers.  We are here to share God’s love.

FUMC Food Pantry:
FUMC Food Pantry:

A reminder that items are collected the 1st Sunday of every month. 

Some specific items that are always needed are:  vegetables, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, etc.) oil, flour, sugar, spices, laundry items, etc. 

Any and all items are greatly appreciated.  Nancy Wolverton delivers in March.


Piecemaker's Quilt Group meet on most Tuesday's at 9:00 a.m.  come join us !

We would be happy to have some new faces to help make our quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  If you can sew, tie and/or press we can find a job for you.  No need to call ahead just show up!  This gathering is held every Tuesday of every week except around holidays.  If you can’t make it every Tuesday that is fine, come when you can.  Any and all help is appreciated!

It's almost Spring and that means flowers!

You have 4 options this year.  

  • Lilies:       $9.00 each    
  • Hydrangea:  $10.00 (3-5 blooms) 
  • Hyacinths:  7” pot  $8.50 (pink, blue, white & purple)                                   
  • Tulips:  6” pot  $8.50 (pink, red, orange, yellow & purple)

All Lilies and Hydrangea flowers are from K & J Greenhouses, Columbus Grove.  Hyacinths & Tulips are from Heller Nursery.  Order envelopes are in the gathering, cloak and elevator rooms.

Order deadline is March 15th

A Reminder About The Listening Post:

The Mutual Ministry Committee would like to remind the congregation that the Listening Post is located in the pamphlet rack in the gathering area by the south entrance, and the cloak room by the east sanctuary entrance.  The Listening Post is a communication tool provided to the congregation.  You may pick up a blank form from the open pamphlet bin and deposit a completed form in the envelope provided, or use the link below.

The Listening Post process is a responsibility of the Mutual Ministry Committee.

N.W. Ohio Synod Assembly

This year's Assembly is Friday and Saturday, June 12th & 13th at BGSU. 

We are still in need of three delegates (1 male & 2 female). 

If interested contact the church office at 419-238-6336 or

Grief Share

The Grieg Support Group known as Grief Share is beginning their spring session this Tuesday evening, March 3, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Community Health Professionals Building, 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert.  

Co-facilitators are Wayne and Linda (Spoon) Taylor and Dixie Painter. 

Workbooks are $15.00.  Spring Session will be Tuesday evenings March 3 – May 26, 2020.  

For more information and registration: 419.605.2247 or

Noah's Park
Noah's Park

All children age 3 through 5th grade are invited to participate in Noah’s Park, which is held during part of the 10:30 Worship Service.  When they are dismissed by Pastor Will, the children will go upstairs to the Noah’s Park rooms where they will hear a Bible story and sing songs, play games, do crafts, and see a puppet show that relate to that week’s Bible story.  Parents may pick up their children outside the Noah’s Park rooms after the Worship service.


Share St. Mark’s Facebook Page:

St. Mark’s has a new Facebook page that you can share with all your friends. It can be easily accessed by simply going to the Welcome page on our church website and clicking on the large blue button in the middle of the page.  Help us spread the word throughout our community on all the activities and outreach efforts that St. Mark’s offers.

Contact information has been updated.

In addition to our email addresses which are listed below, St. Mark’s now has an up and running webpage.  Check it out at  It is also listed on the newsletter and bulletin covers and calendar for easy access.  Staff and church emails are as follows:

     General Church email:



     Prayer chain:            

Did you know that you can give your tithes and offerings online?


More information will be forthcoming, but this tool is available now on our website:   

Click on the “Giving” tab to access the donation portal.  You can set up one (1) time giving or schedule automatic transfers.  All transactions are conducted using PCI-Level 1 security.



Did you know that you can view the Sunday Worship Messages from your computer or mobile devices?
Click on the “Messages & Notes” link under the “Worship” tab.  At the top of the page simply click on the right arrow button in the lower left corner of the video to see the most current message.  If you are viewing from your computer you can browse the library on the left to select a prior messages and/or notes. 

Did you know that you can view St. Mark’s Newsletter from your computer or mobile devices?  Simply click on the “Newsletter” link under the “News” tab.  If you prefer this delivery method, please notify the office to remove your name from the mailing list, by simply completing the online form on the right side of the newsletter web page.

Preparing for Death: A Resource Guide

Death can be a difficult thing to think about, but being prepared can ease the decision making process during that time.   A manual has been prepared by the Health Ministry to assist congregational members in planning for death—their own or that of a loved one.  The booklet includes instructions for advance directives, local information, checklist of steps, suggestions for funeral arrangements, forms for biographical information and funeral preferences.  Booklets are in the cloak room/ church office.


There is a display on the bulletin board next to the main entrance.  We would like to include the names of our loved ones who are in military service on this board.  Please contact the church office (419-238-6336) to have a name listed on the board.  Remember to pray for the safe return of our men and women and an end to the war.  With HIM all things are possible!

Address Notification

Please remember to notify the church office if you have changed your e-mail address or phone number, especially if you have given up your land line and switched to your cell phone.  St. Mark’s does not give out or sell member’s addresses/phone numbers.  The information is used internally to keep you informed.

Prayer Team

The Prayer Team meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month in the parlor at 10:00 AM.  The Prayer Team also visits our congregation’s shut-ins on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Please come and join us.  Everyone is welcome!

St. Mark's Walking Program
St. Mark's Walking Program

As of March 1st we have walked a total of 2,185 miles for the current year

We are on our way to Johannesburg, South Africa a total of 7,871 miles away!  We need 5,004 miles to reach Johannesburg, South Africa from Paris, France! 

Mark your I Worship Slips with how many mile(s) that you have walked each week.  If you have any questions contact Nancy Wolverton, Deb Russell or Alicia Hickerson.                   

Miles walked as of 3/01/2020  =   2,867

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