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.
Bottom Of The Ninth:
It’s baseball season! The bottom of the ninth inning can be an exciting, tense make or break moment for the home team. God’s creation has been in the bottom of the final inning for the past 2,000 years – a long inning! What good news are we given as followers and would be followers of Jesus living in the bottom of the ninth with our heavy worries, stressed relationships, and busy schedules? Beginning today we find out with a new series that focuses on the opening and closing chapters of Revelation, the bottom of the ninth inning book of the Bible.
On Sunday, May 19th,we will be congratulating the following young people on their high school graduation:
Lawson Blackmore, Mallysa Cereghin, Ryanne Eversole, Jennifer Haggis, Codi Miller and Jaclyn Sroufe.
2019 Read the Bible in 2019
On January 1, 2019 we as a congregation began the life giving journey of reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in one year. You can join a discussion and reflection group led by Robin Kill at Orchard Tree or Pastor Will at Brewed Expressions (sign up on your I Worshiped Today) or find a Bible buddy (someone who can encourage you and keep you on track) or travel this reading venture on your own. And if you have a hectic ‘on-the-go’ schedule or are not permitted to have a Bible at your place of employment, then use a Bible app on your mobile device.
Bible Reading Schedule
Sunday 2 Chronicles 32-34 Monday 2 Chronicles 35-36
Tuesday Ezra 1-3 Wednesday Ezra 4-7
Thursday Ezra 8-10 Friday Nehemiah 1-3
Saturday Nehemiah 4-6
Go To www.thebibleproject.com to watch a five minute video of each book in the Bible.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. Psalm 119:105
Find a Bible Buddy
This is the Year of Scripture. Together we are reading through the Bible in one year. If you haven’t started yet now is a good time. Just begin with the readings for today, Exodus 7 - 9. And if it helps, find a Bible Buddy. This is someone who can help keep you accountable and on track with your Bible reading. Who will be your Bible Buddy? Write down their name. Ask them to hold you accountable and encourage you.
EWs Sunday School End of Year Trip
To: Kings Island • 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, OH 45034
Phone - 513-754-5700
When: Thursday, May 30th
Leave: St Mark’s at 7:30 am
Return: To St. Mark’s at approximately 10:00 pm
Cost for Sunday School Members: will be covered by St. Mark’s.
Additional Cost Not Covered by St. Marks:
Travel Consent to be completed by Parent or Guardian
(Return Forms to St. Mark’s no later than May 26, 2019)
Noah's Park's Annual Zoo Trip
To: Fort Wayne’s Children’s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
When: Sunday June 2, 2019
Leave: St Mark’s after the 10:30 Worship Service
Lunch: Will be provided before the group leaves the church
Return: To St. Mark’s at approximately 6:00 pm
Cost for Noah’s Park Attendees: will be covered by St. Mark’s AIM committee.
Cost for Rides and Animal Food will NOT be covered by St. Mark’s.
ROAR VBS—Life Is Wild…God Is Good
JUNE 17-21 from 9:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
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:
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.
The pictures taken last Sunday have all been emailed. If you have not received your picture, please contact Marilyn Morgan at 419 203 7016. Thank you for posing for our Easter Photo shoot. We exceeded our expectations! Stay tuned for your next photo opportunity.
Joan Holland has agreed to oversee the planting and care of the geraniums this year. There are 100 available for purchase in honor or memory of a loved one. First come, first serve. Once the 100 are spoken for ordering is done. Additionally, Joan will be calling for helpers to plant the geraniums around the church so if you are interested in helping plant let her know. Envelopes are in the cloak, elevator and gathering rooms. A sign-up sheet for caretakers is on the dreamboard.
As you are doing your spring cleaning please keep the Piecemakers in minds. We are in need of new or gently used sheets. Any size or color. We use these for the backs of our quilts. Thank you.
Summer Sunday Worship Service hours
Begin Sunday, June 16, St. Mark's Worship services will be start at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
These times are the outcome from a survey taken last year. We will try these hours this summer and take a survey at the end of August.
Regular worship service hours will resume on Sunday, September 1st.
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.
Once again it is time to start planning for the PREGNANCY LIFE CENTER/PLC HEALTH CLINIC Walk For Life. The walk doesn’t happen until September but the planning starts now. We have partnered with PLC to be a sponsor church. As such our church name will appear on the walker pledge forms, the walk T-shirts, the PLC website, social media accounts, the newsletter and local newspapers as well as a sign displayed at the Walk. To make this happen we need to raise $300 by the end of August. It would take 30 people at $10 each, or 20 people at $15 each OR 10 people at $30 to reach this goal. Will you please prayerfully consider donating whatever you can to this worthy cause in our community? Make your check payable to the church but please put PLC sponsor on the memo line so Elaine can keep it separate from other giving. If you have any questions please contact Sharon Blank at 419-203-4383.
PLC is a pro-life Christian ministry providing free services including pregnancy tests, limited obstetric ultrasounds and STI/STD testing, along with emotional, educational, spiritual and material support to families facing crisis pregnancies. They also provide free programs to all Van Wert County Schools urging purity, integrity, new ideas, knowledge, understanding and excelling. These programs equip students with positive self-esteem and decision-making skills.
February 24, 2019. the EWs’ Sunday School class was “Soaring to New Heights” as they enjoyed an afternoon of fun at Fort Wayne’s Sky Zone.
The Class would like to send a special thank you to St. Mark’s for allowing them this opportunity to share in fun and fellowship outside of the church. They would also like to say thank you to Marcia and Stan Weldy for helping with the transportation and chaperoning, and hope that Stan has been able to clear his mind of the Barbie song melodyJ
Vision Statement/Financial Goals 2019:
This past November, the Support Committee and Church Council met together to develop a vision statement and financial goals for our congregation for the year 2019.
Our vision statement for 2019, is to offer relationship building opportunities, to promote fellowship, and strengthen faith within our congregation and community.
Our financial goals are:
1. Reduce 2019 dependence on non-designated investment funds used to supplement current expense by at least 50%.
2. Realize an increase of 10% in current expense giving in 2019 over 2018.
From The Financial Secretary:
The 2019 Offering Envelopes are now available in the hallway by the nursery and are available for pick-up through January.
Anyone who doesn’t find their box and desires to have a set, please contact the church office at 419-238-6336 or Elaine Rhoades at 419-203-6296.
If you are giving online and have a pledged amount this year that is different from last year, you will need to go into your account at update your information and auto withdrawal amount.
Would you like to enhances your worship experience by preparing Holy Communion, changing the banners, and setting the paraments.
If you would like to be part of this rewarding team and give glory to God through increasing individual's worship experience; then please contact Martha Martin at 419-203-3395.
50 Year Members
Coffee Hour Hosts
May 26th Wagonrod
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.
Time to think about summer camps! Yeah!!
Registration must be done online by the church office. The parent’s check, which is 20% of the total due but not to exceed $100, must accompany the registration form(s) to be registered.
Registration forms and camp info are available in the cloak room and church office. Take a look at www.lomocamps.org (Ohio) and www.lomik.org (Indiana) to get specific information on camps you are interested in attending.
Questions? Call the office at 419-238-6336.
Have you checked out our new church library cart?
Check out the Library Cart . . . There are NEW additions for Kids reading, Fiction, Inspirational, Study, Biography & DVD’s.
Thank you to all who have made donations to the Honor Library !
Marilyn Morgan – AIM Committee
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.
have started making comforters for Lutheran World Relief. We meet every Tuesday September through May. Our usual day runs from 9 AM until around 2:00. All work is done upstairs in the Educational Building on the Sycamore side. WE NEED HELP! We tie our ‘quilts’ with knots making them comforters. Therefore you do not need to know how to quilt. If you can tie a knot we have a spot just for you. If you can use scissors come on up. If you can use a sewing machine to do basic straight stitching you can help too. If you can only come for part of a day that’s ok too. We welcome anyone who would like to be part of helping others. The basket of squares are still on the table in the gathering area to take home and sew. Thank you to anyone who sewed a top over the summer. Please join us!!
Blessings In A Backpack
This year Blessings In A Backpack will begin on November 8th and every Thursday thereafter except for holidays which will be on the church calendar. We will pack at 5:00 p.m. in the meeting room across from the church office. This program helps supplement the meals/snacks for kids and families over the weekend which has been shown to be a time when meals are not as available or sometimes even possible. All volunteers are welcome to help pack the backpacks for kids in the Van Wert Schools.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer chain: email@example.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?
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!
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.
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
As Of April 21 we have reached Key West, Florida with a total amount of 5,937 miles walked. Now it is on to Savannah, Georgia a total of 643 miles away! 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 4-21-19 to Key West=