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VISIT FROM THE BISHOP Join us for worship Sunday, December 1st at 9:30a.m. The Bishop of the Florida Bahamas Synod, Reverend Pedro Suarez, will preach and preside. Bishop Suarez was elected in October of 2017. This will be his first visit to St. Mark. We will welcome him with a fun reception out on the breezeway following worship. Council, gather at 11 a.m. in the large conference room for an informal time of discussion with Bishop Suarez. 


CHURCH OFFICE will be closed November 28th & 29th for Thanksgiving!

 

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING & VOTE Mark your calendars for a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 8 following worship. A letter & e-mail will be sent out early next week giving you details regarding the meeting. Voting members of St. Mark will be called upon to vote on whether or not to sell St. Mark’s campus to Discovery Academy of Science. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to vote, please talk to Pastor or a Council Member. It will all be explained in the letter as well. Look for the info next week! 

TOWN HALL MEETING FOLLOW UP Thank you to all who attended our Town Hall Meeting on November 3. The Council appreciates your feedback and prayers as our whole congregation discerns the question “Do we stay or go?” Council members will be available to talk and answer questions out near the rock wall fountain every Sunday after worship.


TRUST BOX If you’re someone who would prefer asking a question or sharing thoughts and prayers more privately regarding our congregational discernment, there is now a box on the Welcome Table in the narthex for you to write a note and leave it for Council. Don’t forget to provide your name and an e-mail or phone number so that we can follow up with you.  THANK YOU to all who attended the Lunch and Learn and Happy Hour. Your feedback and questions have been helpful and much appreciated. 


BOOK MARKS met this week and decided on their first book – The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. Contact Jeanne Plaskett (727-742-8814 or jmplaskett@gmail.com) if you’d like to learn more or be included in the group’s e-mails. They will meet to discuss this first read on Thursday, January 17 at St. Mark Village.


ADVENT ON THE WATER Mark your calendars for Advent worship on the Dunedin Causeway on Wednesdays, December 4th, 11th & 18th at 5p.m. We are partnering with St. Matthias Lutheran and will share in songs, scripture and prayers while enjoying the beauty of God’s sunset over the water. Bring your lawn chair and jacket to gather at the bench area west of the kayak stand.


SAVE THE DATE Saturday, December 14th-St. Mark’s Christmas Open House Your Fellowship Team is once again planning a Christmas Open House here at St. Mark As in the past, this event is open to all ages as well as friends and neighbors of our members. It’s a great opportunity to come and enjoy our beautiful church decorations & socialize with old or new friends while enjoying a variety of refreshments. The event will take place from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. There will be holiday lights & music as well as crafts or games for young attendees. Fellowship team will provide Beer & Wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages. We need to know how many people to plan for, please sign the attendee sign-up sheet in the Narthex. We are also seeking volunteers to bring an appetizer or dessert to share with others. The Appetizer/Dessert sign-up sheet are also in the Narthex. 


2020 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES have been placed in the Narthex for your convenience. If you do not see your name and/or would like to have a booklet of envelopes, please call the church office and one will be assigned with a number just for you! 


TIDAL FAITH (Confirmation Class) meets weekly on Sundays at 11 a.m. in the Youth Room. We will have a make-up class on Sunday, November 24. 


THANKSGIVING BREAK There will be no Sunday School, Adult Faith Formation, or Confirmation on Sunday, November 24. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday! Classes will resume on Sunday, December 1. 


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. 


REGISTRATION FOR OUR CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT is open! Find registration forms in the narthex or contact the church office and we can mail you one! This weekend retreat will take place February 7-9, 2020 at Luther Springs Camp and  Retreat Center. Enjoy outdoor activities for all ages, great food, crafts, spiritual renewal, worship and fellowship with St. Mark members and friends.  


SUNDAY SCHOOL Join us on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. We 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. 


SARAH’S TENT 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 underserved and struggling folks within Tarpon Springs community. Contact Bryan Fast (bryan_pe@ymail.com) if you are interested in serving. 


CHRIST IN OUR HOME is a quarterly devotional resource that encourages readers to live out their faith daily. Each reflective reading is accompanied by a daily scripture reference and prayer for the day that follows the Revised Common Lectionary. Pick up a copy for your household in the church narthex. The October/November/December edition is now available. 


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 .