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NOISY OFFERING FOR LUTHER SPRINGS Thank you to all who donated to Luther Springs last Sunday for the Noisy Offering! We have a few donations that are still coming in, but preliminary numbers total over $270. Those funds will go to help support the life-changing ministry happening at Luther Springs during summer months with campers and during the year with the retreat center. Thank you for your support! 

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES During the month of July, St. Mark will be collecting school supplies for local schools in need. Look for a display in the narthex and pick up items at summer sales as you’re able! Help children in our community be equipped to learn and grow by gifting them with the tools they need for the 2019/2020 school year! 

This year our school supplies will go to two area schools from which two of our members are teachers. 

Garrison Jones Elementary, where Barbara Woodworth teaches, is in need of: 

• Glue sticks 

• Copy paper 

• Spiral notebooks (blue, red, or green) 

• White 3 inch, 3 ring binders 

Leto High, where Craig Zyburo teaches, is in need of: 

• Pencils 

• Composition notebooks 

• Loose leaf paper 

• Pocket folders Please bring in your items to the church narthex by Sunday, July 28th so that we can get them to the schools before the beginning of the academic year. Thank you! 

SUMMER TAIZE WORSHIP Mark your calendars for Wednesdays July 10 and August 21 at 7 p.m. to experience Taizé worship here at St. Mark. Based on worship in the French community of Taizé, France this powerful service centers around silence, repetition and sung prayer. You and your fellow worshippers will also have an 

opportunity to kneel or sit near a large cross, light a candle, and pray. Join us for a quiet, mystical experience in which to encounter the divine and refresh your soul. 

TAIZE SET UP After worship this Sunday, July 7th, we are looking for a handful of strong muscled individuals to help set up the worship space for the Taize service on Wednesday. If you’re available, stick around right after worship and gather at the altar. Don’t worry, we aren’t moving chairs – simply some worship items and a few heavy items. Thank you for your help! 

BAGS OF BLESSINGS Thank you to those who have returned their Bags of Blessing this week for F.E.A.S.T. Food Pantry! These bags will be delivered and distributed to people facing food insecurity in North Pinellas. Each can of corn or box of cereal you place in your bag provides blessing and nourishment to guests of F.E.A.S.T. 

CHRIST IN OUR HOME is a quarterly devotional resource that encourages readers to live out their faith daily. Each reflective reading is accompanied by a daily scripture reference and prayer for the day that follows the Revised Common Lectionary. Pick up a copy for your household in the church narthex. The July/August/September edition is now available. 

SUMMER FAITH FORMATION Prayer Team and Adult Bible Study have merged for the summer and meet for an Adult Bible Study discussion led by Pastor Katy each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the large conference room. Join us to dive deeper into the preaching text for the week! 

COUNCIL SUMMER BREAK A reminder to all council members that we are on break for July and our next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. 

FELLOWSHIP TEAM A reminder to all Fellowship Team members that we are on break for July as well and the next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. 

ST. MARK WELCA AND GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH INPARTNERSHIP We are partnering with Grace Lutheran in Clearwater to provide men’s and women’s clothing as well as toiletries for their homeless outreach project at Grace called Lydia’s Closet. Donations are accepted at any time in the bins in the narthex. 

WORSHIP IN THE ROUND has begun for the summer. This circular configuration centers us around God’s table and allows for a more relational worship experience 

during the summer months. Take this opportunity to switch your regular seat and get to know someone new! 

ST MATTHIAS LUTHERAN has begun renting our large conference room on Saturday evenings for worship and fellowship. Where that space was once dark and empty on Saturday evenings, now the space is filled with sounds of praise and prayer. For this we give thanks. If you run into Pastor Nancy or the St. Matthias crew, please give them a hearty St. Mark welcome. 

W.E.L.C.A. Our Women of the ELCA group is on summer break! Christian Service Days and Meeting days are on hiatus over the summer. Look for information about future plans for this group come fall! 

SAVE THE DATES— Sunday, August 11th—Back to School Blessing in Worship 

COUNCIL UPDATES We know a lot is happening at St. Mark and we want to keep you informed! Look for monthly updates from your Church Council in the announcements before worship as well as in the monthly newsletter. As soon as we have information to update and share regarding the offer from Discovery Academy, we will let you know. 

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER Office staff have been working on the newsletter this week. We are hoping to e-mail and mail it out by midweek next week.