Wear Red for Reformation Sunday - You're invited to wear red next Sunday to help celebrate the reforming powers of the Holy Spirit on Reformation Sunday, October 28th. Come, Holy Spirit, come!
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!
Reverse Trick or Treating Saturday, October 27th - Children, youth, and adults! Put on those Halloween costumes and bring a little light and laughter to residents at St. Mark Village for RE-VERSE Trick or Treating. Instead of asking for candy – we will be handing out goodies and Halloween devotions to residents in the care center and assisted living. Meet us in the lobby area at 10:00 a.m. to divide into visiting groups. Following our parade through the village, the Independent Living folks will have crafts, goodies and face painting available for us! The fun should wrap up around noon. Hope you can join us to share a little love with our St. Mark Village neighbors!
Baby Care Kits: Help us shower some of God’s love upon mothers and babies in need! - St. Mark is gathering clothing, diapers, and hygiene items during the month of October to create Lutheran World Relief Baby Care kits! These kits will be assembled at our Reformation Day Brunch on Sunday, October 28th! A list of items can be found by the example kit in the Narthex, or you can check the “Reformation Day Activity” tab in the menu bar at the top of the page for more information. Please drop off your items by Friday, October 26th.
Reformation Sunday Brunch - In lieu of refreshments in the breezeway, the Fellowship Team is putting together a light brunch following worship on October 28th. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall. Volunteers to assist on this event would be much appreciated. Anyone interested in helping out in some way should talk with Kathie Chernes. Email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioning of Parish Deacon Jennifer Grumbling – On Sunday, October 28th St. Mark will celebrate the commissioning of Synod Parish Deacon, Jennifer Grumbling. We invite you to join us for our regular 9:30 a.m. service where we will be joined by Assistant to the Bishop, Connie Schmucker.
Hurricane Michael Relief - There are many ways for you to reach out and support our neighbors in the panhandle who suffered damage from Hurricane Michael. One way is by giving to Lutheran Disaster Response, which we highlighted last week. Another way is to send gifts to our Synod Office, whose staff is working directly with local congregations, pastors and members who have been impacted by the storm.
For example, Messiah Lutheran Church in Panama City and her members have encountered significant damage as a result of the hurricane. The synod office is collecting donations to relocate Interim Pastor Mary N. since she encountered destruction in the rental home. Donations of money or gift cards would be helpful for congregants as they make repairs and clean up damage. Gift cards are recommended for stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Loses, etc. Please send gift cards to the synod office (3838 W. Cypress St, Tampa FL 33607). Please send donations to the synod office with 'disaster relief' in the memo. Synod staff will also be working with pastors and others to coordinate emotional, spiritual and pastoral care and support for the community. Please pray as well - that God's presence support and give hope to those who have experienced loss as a result of the storm.
Those who have been commissioned to be Synod Parish Deacons are accountable to the pastor and serve in the congregation. Within the one ministry of the Church, the synod parish deacon serves as a bridge between the ministry of Word and Sacrament and the ministry of all the baptized in the congregation. Through the pastor, the synod parish deacon may serve the needy, care for the sick, and comfort the distressed. They may teach and perform specific liturgical functions within the congregation and its worship life. Through words and actions, the synod parish deacon brings God’s love to all people. Thank you Jennifer for accepting God’s call to serve here at St. Mark!
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.
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.