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Job opening: Assistant Director of Children's Ministry

Do you find that the energy surrounding kids lifts you up rather than tears you down? Can your feet not help but move to the beat? Do you enjoy seeing kids enthusiastic for Jesus? Do you like to encourage such enthusiasm and passion? If you do, then you are exactly who we are looking for! Questions? Contact Darci Warner, Director of Children's Ministry, at 402-489-8885, ext. 112.

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All-Church Easter Dinner

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Family Life Center

Bring your whole family and enjoy a delicious holiday dinner prepared by our chef! Here's what's on the menu:

Spring Greens
Succulent Pork Loin
Cheesy Potato Casserole
Rolls and Butter
Angel Food Cake with Fresh Strawberries

Cost: $7 for adults, $3 for children (under age 12), *$20 maximum per family

Please RSVP by Monday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m.

*family members residing in the same household

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New Wednesday Nights 4 Christ Program

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Bliss Chapel

Come early for the All-Church Easter Dinner, and then enjoy a program from St. Mark's Director of Worship Arts, Vince Learned, and the St. Mark's Artistic Kids (SMAK). Youth will perform some songs and speak to their growth spiritually. "We are growing as young artists. More importantly, we are growing as young worship leaders." This year SMAK will have brought music, dance and some theater to Sunday School and the House of God worship services, and have led music at all three Sunday services in the sanctuary. "We laugh, we play and we pray together. Come hear from SMAK the power of lifting and raising our voices together to glorify God." Join Vince and these talented youth for an evening that will give you hope for our future!

Nominations sought for Harry Denman Evangelism Awards

The Great Plains Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of these awards, nominated by individuals, churches, or districts, and selected by the Annual Conference, live their call to “Offer Them Christ” daily as modeled by Dr. Harry Denman, founder of The Foundation for Evangelism that sponsors these awards.

If you know someone who practices the Great Commission by actively helping people experience the transforming love of God through Jesus Christ, nominate him or her for this award.

Download a brochure with more information about the award. 

Nominations must be received no later than April 16 to be considered for 2014. Send completed nomination forms to Patrick Broz at or PO Box 287, Kingman, KS 67068-0287.

Worship Maundy Thursday with Pastor Larry Tolen

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary

"How Many Times Has God Touched You?"

John 13:1-17

Maundy Thursday is the day that Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples and prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. This solemn candlelight service with Pastor Larry Tolen preaching will include Holy Communion and special music by guest cellist, Del Whitman, and our adult choir, Praise Unlimited. Pastor Tolen is currently serving the United Methodist Churches in Brock and Johnson, Neb.

Worship Good Friday with Pastor Dennis Hanneman

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 12:30 p.m. | Sanctuary

"Were You in the Crowd?"

Matthew 27:20-23 & Mark 11:7

Crowds gathered twice in Jerusalem. The first was Palm Sunday, to welcome Jesus the Lord into the city. The second was at Pilate's Palace where the crowd asked for Jesus to be crucified. That is quite a difference. Do some likewise welcome Jesus into their lives, but turn their back on him when it seems dangerous? Join Pastor Dennis Hanneman at this special worship service with Creation: Unplugged, marking the day when Christ was crucified at Golgotha.

Easter Vigil this Saturday with Pastor Kara James

Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Sanctuary

"Salvation Stories"

Matthew 28:1-10

One of the oldest worship services in the Christian church is the Easter Vigil. It dates back to the 300's CE, making it over 1700 years old. We've lost touch with the Vigil, recently, but there is much worth in the watchful anticipation of Christ's resurrection. Join Pastor Kara for her annual Easter Vigil this Saturday at 5:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. We will be reaffirming our baptismal covenants, breaking bread together with the Lord's Supper, and remembering God's saving acts throughout the Old and New Testament in Pastor Kara's sermon, "Salvation Stories." This is a quiet, meditative, yet joyful service. We hope you'll make it a part of your Easter weekend.

"Sonrise" Service

Sunday, April 20, 2014 | 7:00 a.m. | Bliss Chapel

This youth-led service with Pastor Don Stewart will be held in Bliss Chapel starting just after sunrise on Easter morning.

Worship on Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 20, 2014 | 7:45, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | Sanctuary

Pastor John Lacey will be preaching at 7:45 with Praise Unlimited. Pastor Wayne Alloway will preach at 9:00 with Praise Unlimited and again at 10:30 with music by Creation. There will be no Sunday school or nursery; take this day to worship together with your family and enjoy a special message during worship just for the children.

Dine with the Mid-Day Munchers

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 11:30 a.m. | Aces Haus of Cuisine

Enjoy a great meal and friendly fellowship with your St. Mark's friends this month at Aces Haus of Cuisine. Everyone is invited; no reservation required. Just ask to be seated at the St. Mark's table.

Come walk with us!

Tuesdays & Thursdays starting April 22, 2014 | 12:30-1:00 p.m. | St. Mark's Campus

Each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, St. Mark's members and employees are encouraged to walk the St. Mark's campus. If the weather is wonderful, we'll walk outside. If not, we'll walk the halls. Meet in the north, Ark hallway (beside the pop machines) to begin the trek. Come as you are available, and walk as long as you like, at your own speed.

St. Mark's Business Directory

This is an exciting new ministry at St. Mark's that has the goal of providing information about products and services available from church member businesses. It is our hope that this ministry will build relationships within our church, fuel growth in these businesses, and support outreach throughout the community. You can submit your business listing below at anytime, however, the deadline to be included in this year's printed edition has past. The cost is $25, and students may list services (babysitting, yard work, etc.) free of charge. Payments may be mailed to St. Mark's marked "business directory" or made online here.

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Singles Ministries Used Book Sale

April 25 & 26, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall
April 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall

A project of St. Mark's Singles Ministries, this "green" event features gently used books, CDs, DVDs, VHS, vinyl and magazines, jewelry and accessories. Come and look through the amazing selection! Collection receptacles are located throughout the church if you would like to donate books to the sale.

Help promote literacy

St. Mark's has been invited to help with a special Lincoln Public Schools program, Families Learning in Partnership (FLIP). This program approaches education by bringing families together to learn, and needs several "game backpacks" for the 35 families it currently serves. Families will check out a backpack each week to use at home for literacy homework. If you are interested in helping with this important effort, please check out what is needed below.

FLIP's List of Needed Supplies »  

New study starting for women's class

Sundays starting April 27, 2014 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | *Upper Fellowship Hall

Kay Warren's book, Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough, is the next study for the Sisterhood of Faith. The Sisterhood of Faith class welcomes women of all ages for stimulating discussion, uplifting fellowship, and monthly service projects in the Lincoln community. Please join them Sunday mornings in Lower Fellowship Hall.

* Meeting in Upper Fellowship Hall only on April 27 because of the Book Sale.

Sign up for our Blood Drive

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 3:00-6:00 p.m. | South Parking Lot

The Community Blood Bank will once again be bringing the Bloodmobile to St. Mark's. Give the gift of life and contact Joanne Bell at 402-489-8885, ext. 123, for an appointment, or schedule one below through the Nebraska Community Blood Bank. 

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​New Scrip Retailer

Dairy Queen - DQ - is now available for purchase from the Scrip Ministry! Scrip is a ministry where we are able to purchase gift cards at a discount and sell them to you at face value. The profits are divided 3 ways: 80% to the Youth Ministry and 10%, each, to the General fund and St. Mark's foundation. Since 2001, due to your support, we have been able to give $93,870 to the Youth and $11,733, each, to the General Fund and Foundation. Scrip is sold Sunday mornings from 8:30-11:45 and Wednesday evenings, during Wednesday Nights 4 Christ, from 5:30-6:30.

View and print the Scrip Order Form »  

Sunrise EquiTherapy says thank you

"On behalf of Sunrise EquiTherapy board of directors, staff, volunteers, riders with special needs and their families and our wonderful therapy horses, I wish to thank you for all your support. As we envision our goal of a permanent year 'round facility we know that as an Equitherapy Ministry, we will always be in your thoughts and prayers. You have given so we can GATHER our program in our own place, GROW with additional programs (Day Camps/Wounded Warrior Project/Carriage Driving) and continue to GIVE to those with special needs and GO make miracles happen through our equine friends! Thank you!" — Julie Wood, Executive Director

Bus trips for senior adults

St. Mark’s senior adults are taking our bus to the Red Cloud Opera House on May 6, to Seward for the Goehner Centennial Players melodrama Klondike Kalamity on June *8, and to the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley for the summer musical The Wizard of Oz on July 27. Seats are filling fast, so make your reservations soon to Pastor Dennis.

* note date changed from June 15

2014 Great Plains UM Cowboy Trail Bike Ride/Walk to be May 24

This year marks the 13th Annual Ride or Walk for the mission projects of, and sponsored by, the United Methodist Men.

Support the mission programs of Great Plains UMM by riding, walking or donating. You can do this wherever you are and whenever, but a ride/walk is definitely set starting at Norfolk, Neb., going onto the Cowboy Trail. Adults and children can ride/walk any distance. Get ready to enjoy food, fun and fresh air.

Contact Rocky Plettner at 402-640-4590 or, if you have any questions. The registration form and more information are available here. Deadline is May 14 for registration.

Columbarium Update

Given the positive response from our congregation, the Columbarium Ministry Team has been hard at work drafting recommendations for design, location, administration and maintenance of a St. Mark’s Columbarium. A final report will be presented to the Leadership Team at their May 27 meeting. Direct any questions or comments to Sara Boatman, Chair.

Vacation Bible School registration is here!

Week of June 16-20, 2014 | 9:00-11:45 a.m. | Family Life Center

At Weird Animals VBS kids will discover that Jesus' love is one-on-of-a-kind. Weird Animals is a habitat filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch and even taste! Sciency-fun gizmo's and crafts, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that will help your children's faith flow into real life!

All the weird fun isn't just for kids! It takes over 100 volunteers to make VBS a success for the 350+ kids in attendance. From set-up, to station leaders, station assistants and crew leaders right down to clean-up, we have just the spot for you!

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Coffee with the Pastors | Membership Class

Sunday, June 22, 2014 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Narthex

Meet and greet our pastors and learn what it means to become a member at St. Mark's, if that is your desire. Childcare is provided for children through 5th grade.

Questions? Contact Casey Strasburg, Director of Assimilation, at 402-489-8885, ext. 115.

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Depression Support Group

Thursdays | 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Room 125

All are welcome to this ongoing support group which addresses the issues of depression. Each session provides assistance to those experiencing this potentially debilitating disease, and is open to everyone on a come-as-you-can basis. This group is led by Molly Tooley and Lorie Escobar, both licensed mental health practitioners.

Survey of St. Mark's small groups

Would you please take a moment to complete a survey with current information about your small group? Whether you are in a Sunday School class, Bible study, fellowship or affinity group, or just gather with a close group of St. Mark’s friends on a semi-regular basis, we wish to keep in touch. We won’t bug you with unnecessary emails or calls, but will notify you of information which might affect you and your group. And don’t worry about whether we already have the information; duplication is much better than no information at all.

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Grief Support Group

Saturdays | 1:00-2:30 p.m. | Vermeer Education Center Room 802

Whether your loved one died last week or years ago, the grieving process is a journey that takes time. This support group, led by Molly Tooley, is a safe place to share with others who are experiencing similar issues and feelings. New participants are encouraged to join at any time.

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