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Thank you to all those who brought household and clothing items for a family in need up in Pasco County. Items were picked up this week and the mother expressed her profound gratitude for all the love and support. Thank you for sharing of your gifts to help neighbors in need.

NOISY OFFERING TOTAL We raised $503 to send six women around the world to farm school! Thanks to all who donated to this worthy cause through ELCA Good Gifts. Start saving your change for our next Noisy Offering on June 30. SUNDAY SCHOOL - Each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. join us for a time of faith formation and learning. 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 F.E.A.S.T., 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. 

EASTER BRUNCH SIGN UP— On Easter Sunday, April 21st St. Mark’s Fellowship Team invites you to partake in a tasty brunch offered from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the Social Hall between worship services. Volunteers are needed to help provide bagels, fruit, eggs, etc. Sign up in the narthex or call the church office to help out. 

ST. MARK BIBLE STUDY Join fellow bible explorers on Tuesday, April 9, at 10 a.m. in the large conference room for the next study in the Gather series. Grab a copy of the study to read ahead of time in the back of the sanctuary. We will continue the theme from the gospel of John: Meeting  with Jesus. In this session, we encounter the Risen Christ through his appearance to Mary Magdalene, Thomas, Peter, the Beloved Disciple and others. Through their stories, we reflect on how the Risen Christ remains present among us, blessing us and inviting us to live in his name. All are welcome. 

FELLOWSHIP TEAM meeting will be on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:00 pm. We will finish up preparations for the Easter Brunch and discuss upcoming events. 

CHURCH COUNCIL will meet on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 pm. Council members may pick up their packets from the Narthex in advance of the meeting for review. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. if you would like to center yourself with a time of prayer and scripture around the baptismal font.

NEW MEMBERS CLASS Are you interested in becoming part of our faith community? Pastor Katy is looking to schedule a class in May or June. Let her know if you might be interested! 

Our LENTEN MEALS are mixing things up this year! In addition to one week of soup supper, we will be offering a different menu each week for our Lenten Wednesday meals. Dinners will be served at 6 p.m. and are followed at 6:45 p.m. by a brief Lenten worship service in the sanctuary. Join us next Wednesday for sloppy joes! Take part in the fellowship and outdoor dining in our breezeway. Indoor seating will be available for those who would like. Hope to see you there! 

LENTEN WORSHIP THEME—Spiritual Spring Cleaning— On Wednesdays during Lent come explore the power of letting things go and of cleaning out your spiritual home—your heart. The psalmist prays to God: “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” How might we let go of pain, selfishness, pride, shame, anger, and fear and practice forgiveness, faith, trust, patience, and courage? Join us on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. to ponder the life changing magic of tidying up...your heart.  

BISHOP’S LENTEN VISIT—Save the date for Bishop Suarez’s Lenten Visit on Saturday, April 13th from 9am—12pm. Hosted by St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Tarpon Springs, the day will include a light breakfast, conversation with the bishop, and a powerful Eucharistic worship service. No need to R.S.V.P.—just join us the day of the event! 

PALM SUNDAY CROSSES—Stick around after worship on Palm Sunday, April 14th to learn how to fold palm strands into crosses. These crosses are for you to take home and place in a location for your personal devotion throughout the year. Meet us in the youth room to take part! Contact Carolyn Elliot (727-215-7772) for more information. 

SAVE THE DATES Mark your calendar for these upcoming events! 

May 5—Celebration of First Communion for PreK & Elementary Youth 

May 5—Spring Blood Drive 

May 18—Threshers Baseball Game Fellowship Event 

May 19—Blessing of High School Graduates in worship