Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
On Christmas Eve, we will have four candlelight services—each one designed to meet a slightly different need. We hope that one of these services can become part of your Christmas tradition.
3:00 p.m. Service
No one with children in their home at Christmas can escape children asking, "Can we open our presents now?" Whether your family tradition is Christmas Eve or waiting until Christmas morning to open presents you will want to hear Pastor John Lacey’s Christmas Eve sermon at 3:00 p.m. The classic Christmas hymn reminds us, "How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given." Join us for afternoon worship including carols and candles, a children’s message and a soon-to-be Christmas classic that you won’t want to miss as we ask, Can We Open the Presents Now?
5:00 p.m. Service
This traditional Christmas Eve service will feature St. Mark's choir, Praise Unlimited. We will sing many familiar carols and Pastor Wayne Alloway will share a special Christmas message full of hope.
7:00 p.m. Service
Pastor Wayne will preach at this service that features St. Mark's praise band, Creation, playing both traditional and contemporary Christmas favorites with a full band.
9:00 p.m. Service
This Christmas Eve service is a warm, personal service involving the singing of traditional carols, the reading of Scriptures, a message from Pastor Kara Hillhouse, the celebrating of the Lord's Supper, and a time of quiet reflection with candlelight.
We hope you'll join us. Merry Christmas!
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
Help keep others warm this winter by donating new or gently used coats, blankets, scarves, mittens, etc. that you no longer need. Please drop off the items at the table in the Connection Way. All items are donated to the People's City Mission.
In the library committee's continuing effort to acquaint the congregation with their favorite books, a different book review is shared each month. Look for these reviews posted around the church in convenient places. December's review features Honey, I Smell Flowers: A True Story and Facts about Traumatic Brain Injury by Ruth Ann Bartels. Ruth Ann writes, "I have written the book I wish someone had given me while I sat at my daughters side while she fought to recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury. The book contains day-to-day progress and lots of information about dealing with all the unexpected problems presented by a severe brain injury." This book is available to check out from St. Mark's library.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 2:00-9:00 p.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall
St. Mark's provides multiple worship opportunities to serve the diverse needs of our congregation, families and friends on Christmas Eve. The pastors, staff, choir and musicians, ushers, greeters, parking attendants and tech staff work tirelessly to offer worship which will bless you and your loved ones abundantly this Christmas; often putting aside time with their loved ones. As a gift of gratitude, St. Mark's Singles Ministry is organizing a Room at the Inn Hospitality Room for those who commit of their time and talents toward this holy evening at St. Mark's. We invite you to help by serving as a host and/or providing refreshments. Please visit the Ministry Desk on Sundays to learn more and to offer your assistance with hosting or refreshments or you may request information online.
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.
Thank you to all who returned your commitment cards so far in our annual giving campaign. 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!
St. Mark's office will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Dec. 26, in observance of the holiday. We wish everyone a very merry Christmas!
Our United Methodist Women sell RADA Cutlery year round to help support their vision of turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. To support the UMW through your purchase of RADA Cutlery, please call Barb Meyer at 402-489-1248. Rada knives and utensils make great gifts for those on your list!
Sunday, December 28, 2014 | Noon | Fazoli's
All St. Mark's singles will be gathering for the monthly "Lunch with the Bunch" on Sunday, Dec. 28, after worship at Fazoli's, 4603 Vine Street. Rosalie M. will host.
All contributions for the 2014 tax year must be received by the Finance Office no later than noon on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Checks mailed and postmarked by Dec. 31, 2014 and online donations made by 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 31 will qualify for the 2014 tax year.
Monday, January 5, 2015 | 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.
Wednesdays, January 7-February 11, 2015 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Bliss Chapel
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
Starting in January, Pastor Kara Hillhouse will be bringing in community leaders who are knowledgeable in four areas of concern in our strive toward social justice. The topics of moral injury in veterans, teenage suicide, children in the foster care system and environmental sustainability will be addressed. This is the first installment in what will be an ongoing series, helping educate ourselves on topics that matter to us as Christians. Please come and be a part of making a difference.
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)
Thursday, January 8, 2015 | 1:15-2:30 p.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall
The Thursday Afternoon Book Group will be discussing Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland. Come for coffee and refreshments and enjoy the afternoon at St. Mark’s!
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