St. Mark’s is getting ready to create a new photo directory, and we need everyone to help make it complete! We have chosen to partner with Lifetouch for professional photography that will connect our members and put names with the many faces here at St. Mark's. Both daytime and evening appointments are available through Nov. 1. Each family photographed will receive a free 8x10 portrait and a printed directory. Schedule your portrait session today!
St. Mark’s is looking for a part time weekend (Saturday & Sunday) janitor and setup person. Responsibilities will include cleaning bathrooms, kitchen, vacuuming, cleaning carpets, setting up tables and chairs and taking them down. This position will include 10–16 hours each weekend. Please contact Terry Bowers at 402-489-8885 ext. 106 for an application and details.
Wednesdays, October 8-29, 2014 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Bliss Chapel
Members of our congregation will be telling their stories—extraordinary and compelling stories—about their lives, and their experiences. All are welcome.
|October 8||“Adventures in the Foreign Service”
Linda Mason and Wally Witt
|October 15||“Mission in Russia”
|October 29||“Surviving a Japanese Concentration Camp”
Wednesdays | 5:30-8:00 p.m. | Upper Fellowship Hall
This is your mid-week opportunity to meet for fellowship with your St. Mark's friends during the school year. It starts with a delicious meal from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by programs, classes and rehearsals for children, youth and adults. RSVPs for the meal are appreciated and strongly encouraged. | Cost for meal: $7 for adults, $3 for children (under age 12), $20 maximum per family (from same household)
Sundays, October 26-November 9, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall
We all want to feel a sense of belonging in our church. When we walk in on Sunday morning, we'd like to run into friends with whom we can share our lives, the best and the worst. But this does not happen spontaneously. Let us help you become engaged in a meaningful way. Maybe you're a new member of St. Mark's...maybe you've been a member for a while, but still feel disconnected…maybe your life has changed, and you need a new way to relate to your church family. If you can relate to any of the above statements, please consider joining us for Jump Start. We will introduce you to a variety of ministries and their leaders, and help you to navigate through the exciting ministries offered by St. Mark's.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 8:30-11:00 a.m. | Office Foyer
Don't forget to have our Health Ministry Team check and record your blood pressure this Sunday between worship services.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 | Noon | China Buffet & Mongolian Grill
All St. Mark's singles will be gathering for the monthly "Lunch with the Bunch" this Sunday after worship at China Buffet & Mongolian Grill, 201 N. 66th St. (near 66th & 'O' St.). Join host Bonnie T. for great food and conversation.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 5:00-8:00 p.m. | Family Life Center
Put on a costume and come enjoy an evening of "spooktacular" fun at our annual Halloween Carnival! We'll have games, prizes, food, a costume parade and "Trunk or Treating" in the east parking lot from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and a haunted house from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Bus Barn. All proceeds support our Thanksgiving Basket Ministry which provides holiday meals to needy families in the Lincoln community.
Cost: $1 per child for Trunk or Treating
Carnival tickets: 3 for $1 at the door or 4 for $1 on Sunday mornings in the Narthex
Haunted House: $2 per person
Individually-wrapped candy donations are now needed. Please label packages "Trunk or Treat" and drop them off at the Children's Ministry office, the security desk, or in the Family Life Center on Sundays. If you'd like to get in on the fun and participate in this year's Trunk or Treat, click on the button below to reserve a parking stall for your vehicle.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 11:30 a.m. | The Knolls
Enjoy a great meal and friendly fellowship with your St. Mark's friends. Everyone is invited; no reservation required. Just ask to be seated at the St. Mark's table. The Knolls restaurant is located at 2201 Old Cheney Road.
Dunkin Donuts gift cards are now available for purchase from our Scrip Ministry! Scrip is a program where we are able to purchase gift cards at a discount and sell them at face value. The profits are divided 3 ways: 80% to our Youth Ministry and 10%, each, to the General Fund and St. Mark's Foundation. Since 2001, $97,870 has been disbursed to the Youth and $12,233, each, to the General Fund and Foundation. We are fortunate to have a large number of local and national retailers involved: grocery, restaurants, retail, travel and services. Scrip is sold Sunday mornings from 8:30-11:45 and Wednesday evenings, during Wednesday Nights 4 Christ, from 5:30-6:30 by the Family Life Center. Thank you for your support of our Scrip Ministry!
Wednesday, October 29, 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.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 | 9:00-11:00 a.m. | Upper Fellowship Hall
The keynote speaker, Dr. Molfese, director of the UNL Center for Brain Biology and Behavior, will discuss the research surrounding dyslexia and the hope to eradicate it. Recognition of Outstanding Achievement will be presented to one of St. Mark's own—Karen Saunders. All are invited to join the Nebraska Dyslexia Association for this special event.
Wednesdays, November 5-19, 2014 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Bliss Chapel
Join Pastor Kara Hillhouse for Falling Back to God, where each week we'll savor a time of encouragement, a time of silence and reflection; and a time of worship. As we "fall back" into the stillness of winter, may we find peace in this hour of contemplation and praise.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Over 130 artists and crafters from Lincoln, Omaha and the surrounding area will be at this annual event sponsored by Christian Explorers Sunday school class. Lunch and snacks will be available all day, and St. Mark's United Methodist Women will have a bake sale. Non-perishable items for our food pantry will be accepted at the door.
At the summertime coffee in August, St. Mark's United Methodist women (UMW) presented special mission recognition pins to four members of the church. Special mission recognition is used to honor individuals who have contributed their time and talents to further the work of the church and support mission. The following members were recognized:
- Sharon Jones, Gail Steinacher, and Mame Chambers, condolence co-chairs, for their work in coordinating funeral luncheons/coffees at St. Mark's. Along with other St. Mark's members, they provide a special service to families in their time of grief. So far they have coordinated more than 23 funeral luncheons/coffees in 2014.
- Dan Rieker for his dedicated service in serving as a youth bus driver for mission trips from 1985 to 2000 and working at the sound board for church services and various other events at St. Mark's since 2002.
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