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Cross Generational Bible Study - 11 A.M. - Let's all get together at church once a week for an hour or so. People of all ages and stages. Let's tell a Bible story. Sing a Bible song. Let's laugh together. Create something together. Share highs and lows together. Open our Bible and immerse ourselves in the story. Talk. Pray. Bless. Join us for Bible Study at 11:00 am today in the large conference room.     

Lutheranism 101 –   Lutheranism 101 – Have you ever wanted to learn more about what it means to be Lutheran? Did you grow up in a different denomination or not in a church at all and are curious about this Martin Luther fellow and Lutheran beliefs? Then join Pastor Katy on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. for an introduction course on Lutheranism. The first two weeks we will be watching and discussing the movie “Luther” and then we will read and discuss the book “Together By Grace: Introducing the Lutherans.” The class will meet in the large conference room and will run through December 6th with a break for Thanksgiving.     

Deadline Extended for the Congregational Retreat -   The retreat will take place from Friday, November 3rd (7: 00 pm) through Sunday, November 5th at 12:00 noon. We will be staying at the beautiful Luther Springs in Hawthorne, Florida. All are welcome! Pets are even welcome to come along if you tent or R. V. camp. Final payments and forms are due today, October 15. Payment plans and scholarships are still available!   

BREAD BAKER SIGN UP - Calling all bread bakers! Share your culinary talents with your fellow worshipers by signing up to bake communion bread for the 2017-2018 year. A sign up is available in the narthex with instructions and the simple, yet tasty, recipe.  


October 28th – Mission Project – Reverse Trick or Treating
10:00 a.m. at St. Mark Village – 2655 Nebraska Ave, Palm Harbor

Children, youth, and adults! Put on those Halloween costumes and bring a little light and laughter to residents at St. Mark Village for REVERSE 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. We’ll meet up in the lobby area, have a short devotion, and divide into visiting groups. Visiting will be done before 11:30 a.m. when residents are getting ready for lunch. Hope you can come help us spread a little love with our St. Mark Village neighbors!    


October 29th – Reformation 500 Celebration! 

9:30 a.m. - Worship Celebration
10:30 a.m. - Brunch and Lutheran World Relief Care Kit Assembly

This year on Reformation Sunday we will be celebrating the 500th commemoration of the Protestant Reformation. We’ll have special music from Bella Música, a trumpet player, and everyone is invited to wear RED to symbolize the presence of the Holy Spirit – reforming and leading us still today. Stick around for brunch in the Fellowship Hall and help us assembly 100 kits for Lutheran World Relief. We’ll be collecting items in October (500 hopefully!) to be able to assemble personal care kits to be mailed to people all around the world who have lost everything due to natural disaster or life-threatening violence. See the reverse side for instructions on items to purchase. We will also collect a Noisy Offering this day that will go towards Lutheran Disaster Response – designated for Hurricane Relief Efforts.   


Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief’s Promise Project 

In commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, St. Mark is preparing Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief’s Promise Project. Care Kits are a perfect way for us to gather as a group and turn ordinary items into extraordinary gifts. We can help people dealing with some of life’s most difficult situations –the aftermath of earthquakes and floods, fleeing home to escape violence and living in extreme poverty. Our goal is to collect 500 items to be able to assemble 100 kits. 


Lutheran World Relief is quite specific about the types and number of items needed in the kits. This allows the kits to take up less space but provide the most benefits to kit recipients. 

 

Each Personal Care Kit should contain:


  •  one light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and “52” x 27”), dark color recommended.
  •  Include two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 ounces and 
  • one toothbrush in its original packaging, plus 
  • one study comb without packaging. 
  • Please also include one metal nail clippers (attached file optional, removing the packaging. (Note: toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap.


 Important information to keep in mind when purchasing your items for the Personal Care Kits: · 


  • Shop for light or medium weight towels They’re easier to hand wash and air dry. · 
  • Bath towels that are between 20” x 40” and “52” x 27” is the maximum size. A good minimum is 20” x 40”. · Please give new items only.
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, message, or a group’s name.
  •  Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.
  • Do not add other items or leave out any of the items listed.
  • All items should be new and in good condition.
  • Do not enclose the Kit or any of its contents in plastic bags. 


You may begin dropping off your donations in the Narthex as soon as possible but you do not need to assemble the kits in advance. On Reformation Sunday, October 29th, we will have a brunch following worship and assemble the kits in the fellowship hall. This is another opportunity to put into practice the ELCA motto: God’s work. Our hands.    


Noisy Offering in October

St. Mark is having a Noisy Offering this month that will be designated for Lutheran Disaster response. With three major hurricanes and an earthquake in this hemisphere alone, LDR is even more in need of our support and monetary gifts which they appreciate in any amount. So please begin rounding up your coins (and currency) to make the metal buckets ring with the sound of hope for everyone who will benefit from your generosity. The kids get a kick out of hearing the sound as they come around with the little buckets, too!     


St. Mark Fall Blood Drive Rescheduled - St. Mark’s fall blood drive has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for a projection to collect 5 units All donors will receive a FREE OneBlood blanket and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening! Donating the gift of life is a great way to give before the holiday season begins.      


The Florida-Bahamas Synodical Women’s Organization Fall Gathering This year’s Gathering will take place at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg, Florida from Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 12. The theme is “One bread, One body.” Gather as One Body of women to worship and praise the Lord. “Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.” 1 Corinthians 10:17 Anyone interested may register at www.flwelca.com or contact our Congregation Unit President, Connie Feig, at 507-828-6456 for registration forms.  


Performance of Handel's Messiah - Linda Lund, Music Director at Lutheran Church of the Palms, is extending an invitation to the musicians in our congregation to join with their choir in a performance of Handel’s Messiah. The invitation is being extended to other congregations in the area as well. Anyone interested in singing with them is welcome to join them for rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm. The performance is scheduled for Sunday, December 10th at either 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm. The time is flexible depending on how many other groups would like to join in. Linda is happy to share more details with you if you provide your contact information. You may call the St. Mark church office or email Linda directly at lcopmusicminister@gmail.com