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Listening Table Events – For the past year our Church Council and Strategic Planning Team have been hard researching options for St. Mark’s future mission and ministry. Now it’s time to hear from you! We would like to present you with our findings and listen to what your thoughts and feedback are about what God might be leading us towards in the future. Sign up now to attend a Listening Table Event– a one hour small group session with members of our church council. We will meet in groups of ten and enjoy a time of prayer, presentation, and discussion together in St. Mark’s large conference room. We want to hear your voice to help us discern what the Spirit is calling us to next. Please sign up in the Narthex on Sunday or call the church office during the week. 


Listening Table Dates:

Tuesday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Sign up today for one of these events today!

For our seasonal members and those unable to attend in person, a video of the presentation will be available in July. You can watch the presentation and then give us your written or verbal feedback.

 

WELCA Summer Project! - Soon the "back to school" specials will be advertised and available. The WELCA group will be collecting school supplies for Dunedin Elementary during July. The needed item lists are available in the Narthex. All donations are sincerely appreciated. Thanks.


Noisy Offering for July - Start saving your change for our next Noisy Offering on Sunday, July 29th! Our summer collection of coins and bills will go to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. Read about this organization of our larger church by visiting their website: www.lirs.org

   

Celebration of Life for Robert Nandram - All are invited to honor and celebrate the life of our brother in Christ, Robert Nandram, on Friday, August 3rd at 11 a.m. here at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Join the family following the service for a lunch reception in the Fellowship Hall. 


Summer Movie Night - Stop by for hot dogs and a movie on Friday, August 3rd starting at 6:00 p.m. Our feature presentation will be kid-friendly and you can make your own ice cream sundae at 7:30 p.m. Feel free to drop in the for the fellowship even if you're not a movie fan and bring a favorite ice cream topping to share! The movie will be "Moanna." 


Faith Formation Team Meeting - Our new Faith Formation Team will have it's first meeting on Sunday, August 5th at 2:00 p.m. in the large conference room. This is a team that will dream of and implement specific opportunities for people of all ages to grow in faith. Think: Bible Studies, Book studies, Children and Youth learning opportunities, Confirmation, Adult Forums, and the Congregational Retreat! Contact Jennifer Grumbling (grumbje@gmail.com) if you're interested in taking part, or simply show up at the meeting to see what it's all about! 

  

Portables in Parking Lot – Our renter, Discovery Academy of Science, is expanding its student capacity for the 2018-2019 school year. To give themselves additional classroom space, they will be installing two portable classrooms at the north end of our parking lot. This is an option that was written into their original lease and provides us with additional rental income. Look for these units to be installed near the end of July and say prayers for the teachers, staff, and students of Discovery as they prepare for this coming school year. May God bless them in their growth and discoveries! 

   

Upcoming Events– 

Sunday, August 19th – Back-to-School Beach Bash at Honeymoon Island

Saturday, September 8th -God’s work. Our hands. Day of Service (F.E.A.S.T. onsite service activity, plus potentially other service projects.)

Saturday, September 22nd – Weeki Wachee Kayaking Day Trip

Saturday, September 29th Blessing of the Animals Outdoor Worship Service with (and at) St. Alfred Episcopal Church at 5:00 pm.

Saturday, October 6th – Pray and Play at Dunedin Park (TBD)

Saturday, October 13th – Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Activity (Adults only)

Saturday, October 27th – Reverse Trick-or-Treating at St. Mark Village (All ages welcome)

Friday, November 9th through Sunday November 11th – Congregational Retreat at Luther Springs (Registration information will become available beginning in August.) 

 

New Member Orientation - For those interested in becoming part of the body of Christ here at St. Mark there will be a New Member Orientation in the fall of 2018. Childcare will be available upon request. Pastor Katy will cover the basics of Lutheranism, an introduction to life at St. Mark, and living out your faith through your spiritual gifts. If you are interested in becoming a member, please R.S.V.P. to Pastor Katy by phone (727-808-4684) or e-mail (pastorkatyfast@gmail.com). We are excited to welcome in new members to our community of faith!


The Florida-Bahamas Synodical Women's Organization Fall Gathering - All women are invited to come and share a time of celebration and fellowship together at the Synodical Women’s Gathering from November 9-11, 2018 at Lake Yale Baptist Retreat Center. What about being in an uplifting environment surrounded by 250 plus Sisters of Faith, along with a Bible study, great music, fun workshops and more? Does this sound like the type of celebration you would like to attend? The celebration will revolve around the love of God for “God Is love.” If you have never been to the Fall Gathering or you are a returning attendee, the Planning Committee extends a special invitation for you to join them for a weekend full of fun and excitement. It is an honor to have Pastor Vicki Hamilton from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jacksonville leading and assisting the group of attendees throughout the weekend. She will also be blessing everyone with her Sermon on Sunday morning. Saturday evening activities will allow those gathering to continue celebrating with games and surprises based on “Decades of Love.” Karaoke anyone? There will be youth activities for young women. All women are invited to come and share this time together. More information is to come in future Tapestry articles. For more information, please check out the synod’s website: http://www.flwelca.com/fall-gathering . EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register by August 31 and receive $10 off any full-price registration.


St. Mark WELCA and Grace Lutheran Church in Partnership - The group is helping to provide men’s and women’s clothing as well as toiletries for their homeless outreach project at Grace called Lydia’s Closet. This is an ongoing project and you are invited to donate as you are able. Please donate any extra items, including the mini sized soaps and shampoos that you may accumulate from travelling. Small baskets for toiletries and a large bin for clothing are located in the Narthex.