Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
"Come, ye thankful people, come" and give thanks to God at worship the night before Thanksgiving. The message will be "The Benefits of Gratitude" by Pastor Wayne Alloway, followed by the Great Thanksgiving and the serving of Holy Communion by our pastors.
Sundays starting November 30, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
Are you finding it nearly impossible to fit Sunday morning worship service into your busy schedule? If so, check out our new Sunday evening service with Pastor Wayne Alloway and Creation Praise Band. The worship service begins at 5:00 p.m. and lasts no more than an hour. It offers practical, uplifting messages that apply to daily life, contemporary music, and a place where jeans and imperfection fit perfectly into the come-as-you-are culture.
Childcare will be available for children 3 and under in the nursery.
Last weekend was our annual giving commitment weekend. Thank you to all who returned your commitment cards so far. Your giving in the annual campaign is what provides for the mission and ministry of our church. Without this St. Mark's could not operate. It provides for our children, youth and adult ministries. It makes possible all of the pastoral care, the mission work, worship, discipleship, and everything else that happens weekly at St. Mark's. Your gifts change lives!
Building Coordinator | Responsibilities will include room set-up for scheduled events and activities, assisting with snow removal and daily and seasonal janitorial duties. Hours generally will be 6:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Monday–Friday, but may vary. Energetic, personable people encouraged to apply. Please send resume or contact Terry Bowers at St. Mark's UMC, 8550 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln NE 68520 for an application and further details.
Sign up to be one of the special families who light the Advent candles our worship services this Advent season and Christmas Eve. You may sign up at the Ministry Desk on Sundays, or contact Shirley Matoush at 402-489-8885, ext. 105, for available dates and worship times.
Would you or a family member like to attend church but you don't have transportation? We can help. St. Mark's Men's Ministry is offering rides to the 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sundays. Please don't let transportation difficulties keep you from joining us. We would love to have your company and fellowship! Contact Bob Matoush at 402-486-3425 or Frank Tomes at 402-540-8302 to make transportation arrangements. Additional drivers are needed for the 9:00 service on Sunday. Please contact Bob if you are able to help.
The Adopt-A-Family ministry is a wonderful way for small groups and families to make the holiday season joyful for others in need. With your help, gifts and food items for a Christmas meal are provided to families who might otherwise go without. Those requesting to "Adopt-A-Family" will receive information about their adopted family members, along with a suggested "wish list." A list of families is available on Sundays in the Narthex, or at the front desk during the week.
Stop by the Angel Tree booth in the Narthex this Sunday to pick up an Angel Tree tag and help this ministry reach out to the children of incarcerated parents. Your Christmas gift will bring joy to the world of an Angel Tree child and help bring hope and encouragement to prisoners and their families.
Children's Ministry, KIDZONE preschool/daycare, and the church/public school partnership team at St. Mark's are sponsoring a book drive during the holidays. The goal is to collect a brand new book for all 400 students at Holmes Elementary School in Lincoln.
Each student at Holmes Elementary has filled out a book-interest tag that can be found on the Christmas trees near the chapel and in the Narthex. Please take a tag (or two) from the tree, purchase the books using the information provided, and then return them to the church, unwrapped, with the tags taped inside. The books can be placed under the trees or dropped off in the Family Life Center on Sundays or at the church office during the week. The deadline to donate books is Sunday, Dec. 14.
The church/public school partnership team is part of a new initiative created by the Great Plains UMC to encourage congregations to support public schools. The St. Mark's team recently adopted Holmes Elementary as part of the initiative and is conducting the book drive as a kick-off to the new partnership.
To make things easier, and as part of a fundraiser for the KIDZONE classrooms and the St. Mark's Library, we will have a representative from Barefoot Books available in the Connection Way this Sunday, Nov. 30. She will have lots of "cash and carry" books at all reading levels for immediate purchase, or you can place an order from their large selection. Feel free to purchase a book for one of the tags, and/or some for your own gift giving.
Sundays, November 23-December 7, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Connection Way
Fresh-cut holiday wreaths will be available for purchase from Boy Scout Troop 25 on Sundays in the Connection Way. Join us in our support of Boy Scout Troop 25, keeping in mind these fresh-cut wreaths make great gifts for co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members.
Monday, December 1-Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | Connection Way
Get in the holiday spirit by helping decorate our beautiful church for Christmas! We'll bring down and unpack the boxes full of decorations on Monday and get all the trees set up on Tuesday. Please come Wednesday any time after 9:30 a.m. to help fluff the trees, string the lights and hang the wreaths. There will be something to do for everyone, so help us "hang the greens" and get St. Mark's ready for the season!
St. Mark's is sponsoring Random Acts of Christmas on the KLIN morning show on 1400 AM/94.5 FM. Jack and Dave in the Morning will be handing out envelopes with money inside to unsuspecting people so they can do something nice for someone else. Listen in and consider how you can share God's love through simple and practical gestures of kindness this holiday season.
“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.” - Mother Teresa
Monday, December 1, 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.
The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) will match up to $1 million in gifts made online Dec. 2, to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday.
GBGM directors approved allocating matching funds dollar for dollar this year up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online Dec. 2, between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. To stretch the matching funds, a maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds; a project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds. Visit umcmission.org/give for more information.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Family Life Center
We invite you to join us for a special Wednesday night soup dinner at St. Mark's by our Youth Ministry! Children will be able to have their pictures taken with Santa in the Narthex and get a print for $3. Please RSVP below.
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