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We have returned to in-person worship during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Please visit the home page of this webiste for the protocol when attending worship services

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.

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.

EVERYONE IS INVITED TO SHARE A PRAYER SHAWL.

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.

THE PIECEMAKERS

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!

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.

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.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE WEB:
SPOTLIGHT ON THE WEB:

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 www.stmarkslutheranvw.com.  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:       stmarkvw@stmarkslutheranvw.com

     Pastor:                                pwhaggis@stmarkslutheranvw.com

     Meisa:                                 mcoplin@stmarkslutheranvw.com

     Prayer chain:                      stmprayer@stmarkslutheranvw.com

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: www.stmarkslutheranvw.com.   

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.

YELLOW RIBBONS

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

Receive Text Updates
Receive Text Updates

Receive updates during the pandemic - text the word CONNECT to 419-550-1116 and follow the prompts. 

This will allow us to keep you connected for important updated information.

COVID UPDATE
COVID UPDATE

Sept. 13th  In-Person Worship Services Resumes

As a percautionary measure only - we had suspending in person worship until Sept 13th.

We had been notified that a person who attended the August 23rd 10:30 Worship Service has tested positive for Covid-19.

Updates will be posted as necessary. 


160 West Sycamore St. Van Wert, OH  45891 | PH: 419-238-6336