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 | 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)
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.
Monday, November 3, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. | Village Inn at 48th & Van Dorn
Bring a friend and enjoy breakfast the first Monday of each month with a friendly group of St. Mark's senior adults. No RSVP necessary.
Awareness of the continued violence between Israel and the Palestinians is difficult to escape. The length of that conflict— more than 50 years—inclines one to despair or cynicism about the prospect of a just and peaceful resolution for those two peoples. Yet, those with connections to Israel/Palestine are not without hope or a plan to work toward that resolution. We can learn from them.
Mark Braverman, executive director of Kairos USA, a movement to unify and mobilize American Christians to take a prophetic stance for a just peace in Israel and Palestine, will be at Saint Paul UMC in Lincoln on Tuesday evening, Nov. 4, 2014. Mr. Braverman’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. He will be speaking on theology, interfaith politics and the role of the church in bringing peace to Israel and Palestine.
Braverman is a Jewish American with family roots in the Holy Land. Traveling to Israel/Palestine in 2006 he was transformed by witnessing the occupation of Palestine and by encounters with peace activists and civil society leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities. In his writing and speaking, Braverman focuses on the role of religious beliefs and theology in the current discourse and the function of interfaith relations in the current search for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. He has been closely involved in the growth of the international church movement for a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
Braverman’s appearance is sponsored by Nebraskans for Peace, Lutherans, United Methodists, Presbyterians, Quakers and Roman Catholics of Omaha, and other groups in greater Nebraska, as well as the Great Plains United Methodist Peace with Justice Ministries.
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.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 1:15-2:30 p.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall
St. Mark's Thursday Afternoon Book Group will be discussing M.L. Stedman's atmospheric and thought-provoking debut novel, The Light Between Oceans, the selected title for "One Book - One Lincoln" for 2014. There will be coffee and refreshments served, so come and bring a friend.
Thursdays, *November 6-December 18, 2014 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Family Life Center
Line Dancing is an incredibly fun exercise! And you don't need a partner. St. Mark's members Roberta and Al Doeden, dance instructors for over 30 years, will lead us in learning some basic line dances. This 6-week class will be appropriate for the true novice as well as those who've been kicking up their heels for a while. | Cost: $20
* This class will not meet on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.
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.
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!
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.
Friday, November 14-Saturday, November 15, 2014 | Calvary United Methodist Church
Basic and advanced lay servant courses will be held Nov. 14-15 at Calvary UMC, 1610 S. 11th Street. Classes will be held Friday, Nov. 14, from 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $35 and includes snacks and lunch on Saturday. Pre-registration is required and must be received by Nov. 7.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 | Lower Fellowship Hall
All ages welcome—male or female—no skills required! Drop in anytime from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and make as many scarves as you like. The average time to make one scarf is approximately one hour. This would be a great idea for a Christmas gift or stocking stuffer! | Cost: $5 per scarf
In order to acquaint the congregation with books and materials we have in the library, we are announcing our "Library Staff Favorites" program. Each second and third Sunday, reviews of the library committee member favorites will be posted around the church. These items will be available for check out. Watch for the reviews and come and take advantage of the materials we have in our library!
St. Mark's library is located across from Lower Fellowship Hall.
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