Sunday, April 6, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. | Family Life Center
St. Mark's youth will host the 32nd annual "Gathered in His Name" dinner, silent and live auctions to help fund their mission work with the homeless and hungry. This year, our youth will complete four mission trips, one locally and three others to Dallas, Buffalo and Chicago. If you would like to help by providing an item or donation to this year's auction, please contact Brad Swiggart at 402-430-6380.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 12:00 noon | Lower Fellowship Hall
Bring a dish to share, your tableware, and a friend or neighbor to this monthly potluck. The program will be "Laughter: the Best Medicine" by Pat Meierhenry of Tabitha.
Thursdays starting March 13, 2014 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall
Have you ever been in a relationship where you were used, abused or abandoned? Our Safe People course will help you make wise choices in relationships, from friendship to romance, and teach you how to avoid repeating mistakes.
Thursdays starting March 13, 2014 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Family Life Center
This ancient practice has been modified from defensive movements to create a gentle gathering and releasing of energy or "Chi." With regular practice, the slow, gentle movements of Tai Chi can enhance core strength, flexibility and balance. Participants report experiencing better sleep, increased endurance and an overall sense of well being following their practice. This 5-week course, taught by Tracie Foreman, is open to all, regardless of previous knowledge or experience.
Wednesdays starting March 19, 2014 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Bliss Chapel
The Sermon on the Mount calls us to a radically different way of life, contrary to the world around us. Pastor John Lacey will lead this four-week class during Study with the Pastors as Lent leads up to Easter. Come join him as he teaches on:
March 19: Happiness Redefined
March 26: You Can Change the World
April 2: A Higher Standard
April 9: Love the Ones You Hate
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!
Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 12:30 p.m. | Upper Fellowship Hall
All women are invited to attend a salad luncheon hosted by St. Mark's United Methodist Women. The program will feature a speaker from Epworth Village, which has brought hope and healing to children and families since 1889 and is one of only two National Mission Institutions of the United Methodist Church in Nebraska. The luncheon is $7; reservations are requested by calling Phyllis Staats at 402-483-5673 by Friday, March 14.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Vermeer Education Center, Room 801
Do you crave sweets? Would you like to break free from sugar cravings and emotional eating? Join us for this workshop where you will learn why sugar is so addictive, and take home an action plan to kick your sugar habit for good! Join St. Mark’s member and Board Certified Health Coach, Kristyn Hanquist, for this engaging workshop to help you look and feel your best.
St. Mark's United Methodist Women (UMW) invites all women to attend any of the monthly group meetings listed below for fellowship, mission, and spiritual growth. For more information about St. Mark's UMW, please contact Phyllis Staats at 402-483-5673 or Nancy Vallis at 402-423-5276. To support the UMW mission through your purchase of RADA Cutlery, please call Barb Meyer at 402-489-1248.
Faith Group – Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 12:30 p.m. | Upper Fellowship Hall
Friendship Group – Monday, March 17, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall
Hope Group – Wednesday, March 20, 2014 | 12:30 p.m. | Upper Fellowship Hall
Joanna Group – Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. | Vermeer Education Center, Room 805
March 22 & 29, 2013 | 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Vermeer Education Center
What will happen when we think about what is right with people rather than what is wrong with people? Living Your Strengths shows us how to use our innate gifts. It teaches us to identify and affirm our talents, and how to use them in our homes, at work and at church. Each participant will receive a book with an ID code that provides access to the Clifton StrengthsFinder, a personality assessment that reveals your top five talent themes. In this class, Sue Munn Ochsner, former Gallup Strengths trainer, will lead participants through a process of understanding his/her strengths as well as understanding and validating the strengths of others in the class.
Leader: Sue Munn Ochsner
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.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 11:30 a.m. | Olive Garden
Enjoy a great meal and friendly fellowship with your St. Mark's friends at Olive Garden. Everyone is invited; no reservation required. Just ask to be seated at the St. Mark's table.
We have had a very interesting and exciting year up in the children’s wing with several of our servant leaders moving, having babies, getting different job schedules or being transferred, etc., that we need some new volunteers. Parents are busier than ever, and sometimes that hour of church is exactly what they need to refuel themselves for the week ahead. Treading nationwide is the emergence of non-parent leaders in Children's Ministry. We are seeing those best equipped for the job at hand are college students, young adults without children, and empty nesters. We are in need of just such people to declare a child’s Sunday School experience is important! Won't you consider becoming a volunteer? During the 9:00 hour we need help in our 4 year old/Pre-K room and our 2nd grade room. At 10:30 we have openings with our 3 year olds all the way up through our 1st/2nd grade classroom. Please contact Darci Warner or call her at the church. She would love to chat with you about your interest.
Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | The Ark
Worship Arts Enrichment classes offer children in 3rd through 5th grade the chance to explore various worship possibilities in addition to our children's choir. Three multi-week sessions will be offered during our Kids 4 Christ programming on Wednesday evenings. The cost of each session will be $10. The classes will perform during our worship services at the end of each session. Here's the schedule:
Jan. 8-Feb. 5
Feb. 12-March 19
April 2-April 30
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.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 1:15-2:30 p.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall
St. Mark's Thursday Afternoon Book Group will serve coffee and refreshments and discuss The Hit by David Baldacci. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the afternoon at St. Mark's!
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.
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.Register for Coffee with the Pastors »
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St. Mark's Scrip Ministry wants to thank everyone for their support. We were recently able to give the Youth Ministry $8,000 and $1,000, each, to the General Fund and St. Mark's Foundation. This would not have been possible without you! Scrip is a ministry where we are able to purchase gift cards at a discount and sell them to you at face value. 80% of the profits go to the Youth Ministry and 10%, each, to the General Fund and Foundation. Scrip is sold on Sunday mornings from 8:30-11:45 and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30. We have an extensive variety of gift cards available—grocery, gas, restaurants, retail, entertainment and services. Again, thank you!