WELCOME NEW MINISTER OF MUSIC We’re excited to announce that our search team extended an offer for the position of Minister of Music to Beth Kendall and she accepted! Beth has been a part of our faith community for the past year, and many of you will know her because she has served as one of our substitute musicians the past couple of months. We are sure under her leadership and guidance, our music ministry will continue to grow in joyful and faithful service as well as in proclamation of God's love and grace. Welcome, Beth Kendall!
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING—NEXT SUNDAY Calling all members! Join us for our Annual Meeting this Sunday, January 19th, at 11 a.m. Sandwiches and other treats will be available after worship. A pre-meeting packet of information is available in the narthex for those who don’t receive e-mail. We look forward to introducing new ministry teams, sharing some updates from Council, and receiving reports. Hope you can be there!
JOIN OUR NEW CHOIR It’s been a while since St. Mark has had a choir. After a year of small singing groups and increasing interest, we are starting a new one! Last week we had seven people show up. Since then, two more have expressed interest. We’d like to add you to that group. We meet on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Adults and young adults (6th grade and up), please come join us! A Children’s Choir is in the planning stages. Stay tuned for more on that. Contact Minister of Music, Beth Kendall for more information: (727) 515-6190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED on Monday, January 20th for the Martin Luther King , Jr. holiday.
REGISTER FOR OUR CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT
February 7-9 at Luther Springs: “Listening for the Heartbeat of God”
As we present Luther Springs with the AED we are donating for those whose hearts are in need help, let’s consider the condition of our own hearts while on retreat. Whatever the spiritual condition of your heart, join us as we direct our lives whole-heartedly towards God, listening for the heartbeat of God. Through prayer, activities, nature and community, we will pause to listen to the desires of our hearts, the intentions of our community and most of all for the love God wishes to meet us with during this time of retreat. So, take your spiritual pulse and say yes to God by registering for our congregational retreat.
Last chance to register Sunday, January 19!
DUNEDIN UNITED FAITHS WALK OF PEACE—On Sunday, January 26th 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. St. Mark is excited about being a sponsor again this year at this meaningful event with people from different faith traditions. Learn more at www.UnitedFaithsWalkofPeace.org
WALK OF PEACE T-SHIRTS If you’d like one of this year’s Walk of Peace t-shirts, Gail and Pastor Tom Osterfield will be handing them out before and after worship this Sunday, January 19th. This year’s shirts are white with the Peace Walk logo on the front and mission statement on the back. Get yours Sunday!
TAIZE PRAYER SERVICE Join us, Thursday, January 30 at 7pm for our next Taizé Prayer Service at St. Mark. Based on worship in the community of Taizé, France this powerful service centers around silence, scripture and sung prayer. You will have an opportunity to kneel or sit near a large cross, light a candle and pray. Join us for a quiet, contemplative experience in which to encounter the divine and refresh your soul.
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL, TIDAL FAITH, OR ADULT FAITH FORMATION this
Sunday, January 19th to allow for people to stick around for the Annual Meeting. Classes resume January 24th!
PACK A SACK SUCCESS Thank you to all our volunteers who helped fill bags of food for children in need last Sunday! Your efforts will help to give 25 students at Discovery Academy of Science weekend food for the month of January. Look for more updates on this new ministry to come. Our next packing event will be Sunday, February 2nd at 11am. in the large conference room.
LIVING LUTHERAN MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION - The Living Lutheran magazine is a publication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It lifts up passionate stories of faith and provides coverage of religious news, events and social issues. Would you like to receive a subscription of 12 issues for $8.95? Sign up in the Narthex or get more information by speaking with Pastor Katy or Pastor Klaus Koch.
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 email@example.com
ST. MARK 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.