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WELCA Meeting Change - St. Mark’s WELCA group will now meet on the third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th at 10:00 in the large conference room of the church office. All are welcome.

  

Church Council Meeting - There will be a Church Council meeting at 7:00 pm in the large conference on Tuesday, August 15th. Council members may pick up their packets from the Narthex today to preview the information.

  

Back to school Beach Bash - We will be celebrating the beginning of the school year with a Back to School Party at the Beach on Sunday, August 19th at Honeymoon Island! Children and adults of all ages and stages are welcome to join us for time in the sun and sand. Bring your picnic lunch and beach stuff and join us out at Honeymoon Island State Park at 11 a.m. We’ll enjoy time in God’s creation, a little beach bible time, and some fun games and relays! Sign up in the Narthex to receive a park pass from the Youth and Family fund to cover the $8 per car entry fee. 

   

Thank You For Your Noisy Offering- Our July collection of coins and change raised $774.00! Thank you to all who donated. These funds will be sent to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee services where it will be used to help provide compassionate and courageous care for immigrants and refugees entering our country. 


Holy Gossip Sessions - Join us as we dive into the MAKERS video series, "Have a Little Faith," featuring Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber. We'll watch these short topical clips that will inspire our study and discussion. The bi-weekly meetings will begin on Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 pm and continue with varying topics throughout the remainder of the year. The first topic we'll discuss is "Do What's Right (even when you're not in the mood)". The gatherings will take place at Hackett's Causeway Cafe, 901 Curlew Road, Dunedin, FL (just off the Pinellas Trail). Join us for a lively discussion about the blessings and challenges of living out our call as Christians in everyday life. If you have any questions or need more info, call, text or email Jennifer Grumbling, 813-892-9707 or grumbje@gmail.com. Also, there is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for your convenience.

 

“God's work. Our hands” Sunday - For Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th, St. Mark will participate in service opportunities in the community. We will order T-shirts for participants with the ELCA’s “God’s work. Our hands.” motto on the front and St. Mark Dunedin on the back. If you would like to be a part of this church-wide event and purchase a shirt for $8.00, please put your name(s) and shirt size(s) on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex so that we can order the correct number of shirts.

   

Faith Formation Classes - for children and adults will begin the week of Sunday, October 7th. Details are being finalized and teachers are being recruited! Times and locations for classes will be announced soon. We are looking forward to growing in faith and learning more about how God's story connects to our story!

  

2018 Congregational Retreat - Pick up a registration form today in the Narthex or download one from our website - www.stmlc.com. Join us November 9th-11th at Luther Springs camp up near Hawthorne, Florida for a weekend of spiritual renewal, fellowship with St. Mark disciples of all ages, and fun in God's creation! 


Congregational Directory Update - St. Mark has scheduled January 26, 2019 to have our church directory updated for free. Lifetouch photographers will be on the campus from 11:00 am until 5:40 pm photographing individuals and families who either did not have a session last fall or who would like to get new photos taken. Once the process is completed, each household in the congregation will receive the new directory. If you do not have the opportunity or desire to have your photo taken, you may submit one of your own to be included in the directory. Also, please confirm with the church office if you have a new address since the last publication of the directory.

  

Upcoming Events– 

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.