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New Member Class - For those interested in becoming part of the body of Christ here at St. Mark there will be a New Member Orientation on Sunday, February 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the large conference room. 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!

  

WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Meeting - The group will meet on Tuesday, February 19th at 10:00 am in the large conference room of the church office. The meeting is open to all, so please feel invited and welcome to attend.


Communion Classes - Are you interested in having your child learn more about Holy Communion? Do you think they are ready to start receiving the sacrament? Or are you an adult who would like to learn more about Lutheran beliefs and understanding regarding communion? Contact Pastor Katy who is scheduling classes for this spring! 


Sunday School - Our Faith Formation Team has begun Sunday! With an influx of new children and requests for more adult learning opportunities we are now offering classes for children and adults on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. We gather in the sanctuary for a time of welcome and then divide into age specific classes for young people and adults. Join us each Sunday! 


Bags of Blessings - On the last Sunday of each month, empty brown grocery bags are distributed and members and friends are asked to fill them with non-perishable groceries for FEAST, our local food pantry. Bags of Blessings are then returned on the first Sunday of the month as God gives us the opportunity to share our blessings with those who are hungry.


Dunedin United Faiths Walk of Peace - The Walk of Peace has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 24th at 2:00 p.m. You’re invited to walk, talk, connect, and strive for peace among all people in the nation and in the world. Beginning at 280 Locklie Street in Dunedin participants walk together for about 2.5 miles through the heart of the city, pausing several times for peace reflections by a variety of faith leaders. To learn more visit: www.unitedfaithswalkofpeace.org


St. Mark 2019 Annual Church Picnic -  Please join us on Sunday, March 3, 2019 for our annual Church Picnic. Games and festivities start promptly at 11:00 am so right after our 9:30 am service, head straight to Anderson Park located at 39699 US Hwy 19 N, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689. We will be at shelter 9 which sits right on Lake Tarpon. We will again enjoy a hearty lunch of smoked pork and smoked chicken, Hot Dogs, chips, beverages and watermelon, all provided by the Fellowship Committee. We ask members to bring a dish to share, following these suggestions: If your last name begins with A-F bring fruit or veggie salad; G-M bring a starchy salad; and N-Z bring a dessert. Of course, if you have a favorite dish you would like to bring, please bring it or if you don’t have anything to bring, join us anyway — there’s always plenty for everyone. We’ll have games for children and adults; bathrooms and parking are nearby; and nobody goes home hungry! Feel free to bring your friends or neighbors! 

  

Sarah’s Tent Community Meal - Coordinated by Bryan Fast, our St. Mark community has created two teams who regularly help serve a community meal at Sarah’s Tent – a ministry of St. Timothy Lutheran in Tarpon Springs. They currently cover two evening meal a month: cooking, serving, conversing with guests, and cleaning up. Thank you to all who help serve in this way! We hope to continue to grow in our efforts to share Christ with those in need, in hands on ways. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Bryan at bryan_pe@ymail.com


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.