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BAGS OF BLESSING

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.


SEASON OF CREATION IN WORSHIP

During the month of September we will have a congregational focus on God’s call to care for creation. This will be reflected in our worship services on September 8, 15, 22, & 29. Themes for worship will include Universe Sunday, Storm Sunday, Ocean Sunday and Animal Sunday. Look and listen for cues as to what this focus is

each week when you arrive!


THE BOOK MARKS “REBOOT”

Are you interested in being part of a monthly book club? A few experienced “Book Marks” are exploring the idea of forming a small group that would read and discuss one good book each month. They will take recommendations from group members and are interested reading a variety of genres. Sign up in the Narthex or contact Jeanne Plaskett (727-742-8814) or Sue Nelson (727-430-3458) for more information.


SARAH’S TENT

will be ramping up for the 2019-2020 year starting this September. We help serve meals at dinnertime on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at this ministry of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church. Last year our group was able to serve about 1,600 meals to the underserved and struggling folks within the Tarpon Springs community. Contact Bryan Fast (bryan_pe@ymail.com) if you’re interested in serving.


LATEST FROM YOUR FELLOWSHIP TEAM

We are exploring some outings for the fall or winter season. One option would be a visit to Art from the Heart Café in Dunedin, an Adult Canvas party. The other option is a Ladies Dinner Out to a local restaurant. We would like to get an idea of how many people would be interested in participating in one or both outings. Please see the sign-up sheet in the Narthex to let us know if you are interested.


THE CHURCH OFFICE

will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.


HONEYMOON ISLAND COASTAL CLEANUP

Join us for International Coastal Cleanup Day at Honeymoon Island on Saturday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m. As part of our month-long emphasis to Care for Creation we will join local volunteers for the largest volunteer service event to remove litter from our park and waterways for the protection of our wildlife. Sign up

in the Narthex so we can coordinate details that day. The entrance fee will be waved that morning for all volunteers.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Save the date for our next work day with Habitat on Saturday, November 16.


SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS

Sunday, September 8. Set your alarm clocks, people of God, because St. Mark’s Sunday School begins Sunday, September 8 at 8:30 a.m.! We will gather in

the sanctuary for a time of music and reconnecting and then divide into classes from 8:45 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Young people will be diving deeper into the stories that we hear each Sunday in worship using material from Sparkhouse, a ministry of the ELCA.


SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION 

Forms are available in the narthex or on our website (www.stmlc.om) to register your child for our 2019-2020 Sunday School year. We have a PreK-Kindergarten class, a 1st—6th grade class, and an Adult Class. Last year many parents enjoyed attending our Adult Class while their child was in their age appropriate class. Pastor Katy is also forming a Confirmation Program for 6th –8th grade students. Contact her if you have a youth who would like to take part!


ADULT FAITH FORMATION CLASS

will begin meeting on September 8 at 8:30 a.m. We will gather for a time of welcome in the sanctuary and then move over to the large conference room to begin this month’s class: “Earthbound: Created & Called to Care for Creation.” This is a four week series that will explore how God’s Word empowers and urges us to live as faithful caretakers of the earth and act on issues of eco-justice. We will hear stories of what individuals and churches are already doing to live out that call.


ST. MARK WELCA AND GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN PARTNERSHIP

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.


SAVE THE DATE

Congregational Retreat—February 7-9, 2020—Luther Springs