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                          December 25th                                                                                      NO MEAL

                           January 1st, 2020                                                                                 NO MEAL

                           January 8th                                                                                           Nancy Wolverton, Carol Greulach & Lisa Knoch

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.

Advent Special Offerings

These offerings are above and beyond our regular Sunday offerings and they go directly to Mission Support. One of those ministries we support, through the Northwestern Ohio Synod, is Redeemer Lutheran Church of Toledo. Following is a letter from Redeemer Lutheran Church:  “Dear Partners in Mission, I want to thank you for your continued support. Because of you, Redeemer has been able to serve over 100 students and their families in our Summer and After School programs and as of October 15 have served more than 5000 people through our food pantry with a week’s worth of groceries and personal care items. Congregations and mission partners who visit Redeemer have said the work we do together has made the Gospel come alive for them in ways they couldn’t have ever imagined.  They see the work we do here as a responsibility we all share in bringing God’s promised Kingdom into the world through love, trust, food, grace and relationships. We are here because you are with us. And where 2 or 3 of us are gathered-there is Christ, in the midst of it.                     With thanksgiving for your partnership,                    

Pastor Lori Ann Strang

The St. Mark's Family welcome into God’s forever family through the sacrament of Holy Baptism,

Penelope Kay Runyon. 

Penelope is the daughter of Jared & Elizabeth Runyon.

2019 Year Of The Bible Reading Schedule 2019

Sunday           1 Peter                                                                                     Monday                       2 Peter

Tuesday          1 John                                                                                     Wednesday       2 & 3 John, Jude

Thursday        Revelation 1-3                    Friday—Revelation 4-8             Saturday       Revelation 9-12

Go To 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

Have you checked out our new church library cart?
Have you checked out our new church library cart?

Check out the Library Cart . . . There are NEW  Christmas additions for your reading enjoyement. 

Fiction, Inspirational, Study, Biography & DVD’s. for all ages.  

Thank you to all who have made donations to the Honor Library !                  

Marilyn Morgan – AIM Committee

WWII Veterans Story:
WWII Veterans Story:

On Sunday June 30, 2019, Milo Wyandt presented his story of service during WWII, to all of Ponder’s friends and helpers at St. Mark’s Noah’s Park. 
Milo also welcomed everyone to learn about his unique life story, by viewing his collection of pictures and other items that were on display in the church’s gathering area.


The St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Scholarship Committee now has made the scholarship applications available.  Changes include being renewable.  Scholarship renewals are contingent on funds being available after scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors.  It is important to note the scholarships are funded by monies given to the church and specifically designated for college scholarship.  No monies are taken from current offerings.  Scholarship guidelines and applications can be picked up in the church office or in the cloak room and will also be available on the church website. 

**Deadline for application submission is January 15, 2020.**

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.

The Boiler Project

The capital campaign for this project has begun!! 

Any donation given to this Boiler Project must be clearly marked for that specific campaign.  A donor may use an envelope out of the pew, one out of their own numbered envelope box, or any envelope AS LONG AS IT IS CLEARLY MARKED Boiler Project.  Loose checks will work, as long as the memo line reads Boiler Project.  A cash donation must be in some type of envelope, clearly marked as Boiler Project.  If you prefer to write one check that includes your normal giving plus the special campaign, you may do so as long as you designate the amount you would like to give towards the Boiler Project clearly. 

Feel free to contact Elaine Rhoades at 419-203-6296 with any questions.


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.

Altar Guild

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
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.

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.


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!

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

We have reached Berlin, Germany with a total amount of 11,247 miles walked as of November 17th, 2019.  Now it is on to Paris, France, 655 miles away!  Only 480 miles left to Paris, France!  Mark your I Worship Slips with how many mile(s) that you have walked each week.  Any questions, contact Nancy Wolverton, Deb Russell or Alicia Hickerson.

Miles walked as of

 11-17-19 to Berlin=  175

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