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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.

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                       Isaiah 64-66                                                 Monday             Jeremiah 1-3

Tuesday                      Jeremiah 4-6                                        Wednesday             Jeremiah 7-9

Thursday                    Jeremiah 10-13                                             Friday          Jeremiah 14-17

Saturday                     Jeremiah 18-22

 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

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.

Synod Convention for All Women:

All women of the church are invited to the Northwest Ohio 2019 Synod Convention Sept. 20-21 at the Heritage Inn, Sauder Village.

Activities include Bible Study, “Swinging with the Saints”, workshop on Healing Oils of the Bible.  

Total cost is $75.00 for meals, entertainment, snacks, convention costs and a reduced Sauder Pass of $10.00.  Registrations are do with money by Sept. 6.  Rooms at the Sauder Hotel are available on a limited basis.  

Contact Judy Sampson, 419 238 9779 or 419 203 1741 for more information.

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.


Our church family has been blessed with many amazing teachers!  On Sunday, September 8th starting at 9:15 AM, we will have a celebration to honor youth and adult ministry leaders who have taught any classes at St. Marks over the years.  Whether you have taught, attended a class, or want to socialize with this great group, please join us to share our appreciation.

"Stop! Drink water. You are thirsty, whether you realize it or not."

If you are thirsty for deeper spiritual growth, maybe it is time to explore Diakonia. 

Diakonia is an invitation to gather with other Christians and grow together in our call to be disciples of Christ.  Please pray about whether God is calling you or someone you know to this program. 

The curriculum consists of twelve courses, with six courses offered each academic year.  Each course has five sessions that meets in three-hour increments on Tuesday nights at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moulten, Ohio.  Each course is taught by a different local Lutheran pastor and students come from many different congregations.  Weekly reading assignments and reflections are designed to relate to topic of study and stir conversation. 

Tuition is $60 per course.  Scholarships are also available for all those in need of assistance. 

For more information sign up on your I Worshiped Today or go online to the National Diakonia Program at

Noah's Park's Annual Zoo Trip

Annual Zoo Outing to Ft. Wayne's Children's Zoo, June 2, 2019

ROAR VBS—Life Is Wild…God Is Good

JUNE 17-21


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.

Kids Coalition Against Hunger Garage Sale

Many Thanks for all who participated in the garage sale from the giving of items, the work at pricing them, working the 3 days of the garage sale, including the work in kitchen, and finally the gathering of items afterwards to clean up the room.  Also thanks to all for their prayers for this event.  A special thanks to Karan Ottenweller, Karen Wagonrod, Tonya Sroufe, and Sue Cantwell.  All put endless hours in, before, during and after the sale.  This could not have happened without their help.  They will never know how much I appreciated them.  Also to my husband Jim, who picked up items and did a lot of running.  Thrivent so generously helped us out again by paying for all food supplies so there are NO outstanding bills.  Again thank-you all for everything!  St Marks is a very “Giving” church and it certainly shows.  When there is a need--we are there to help!  We raised $ 3,662.00 for the 2019 Garage Sale                                             

Again Thanks to All,              
Joan Holland Coordinator

Communion Ministry To Our Shut-ins and Home Bound:

Our church has wonderful people who played an active role in the life of this congregation for many years.  They are still faithful members and a vital part of the ministry of St. Mark’s.  Yet due to health issues some are now unable to attend worship on Sunday mornings.   An important ministry is to provide communion to our shut-ins and homebound.  For those of you who would like to become involved in this joyful work for the Lord that puts a smile on the face of our people, we welcome your prayerful consideration!  Nancy Wolverton and Pastor Will are leading a communion ministry training session on Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.  And if you are already involved in this ministry, but would like a refresher course, please feel free to come!  “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:40).  

Socks & Shoes For Kids:

The VW County Job & Family Services is offering assistance with socks and shoes for children entering school (preschool – 12th)  Families must meet or be below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see flyers posted around church).  Applications can be picked up and returned to the OhioMeansJobs Van Wert County office (114 E. Main St.) starting July 29th-August 9th.  Approved families will receive a $100 voucher for each school aged child to be used at Shoe Sensation here in Van Wert.  Questions call Minday Eales at 419-623-0136.

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.

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.


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 to update your information and auto withdrawal amount.                                

                                                                                                                                  Thank you,                  

                                                                                                                                   Elaine Rhoades

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.

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 (Ohio) and (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!!

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 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=  5,937!

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