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Middle School Mission Trip


Week of July 21-26, 2014

Pastor Don Stewart and St. Mark’s middle school youth are on a mission trip to Chicago this week. Please remember them in your prayers as they spend time sharing the love of Christ and serving those in need.


Foundation Grant Applications now available


The mission of St. Mark’s Foundation is to strengthen our church’s ministries of Christian service. Each year, grants are awarded to projects and initiatives which are consistent with the Foundation’s mission and beyond the reach of the church’s operating budget. Grant applications and guidelines are now available, and are due Friday, Aug. 1. Church staff and ministry leaders are encouraged to apply.

Foundation Grant Application and Guidelines  » 


Singles invited to Saltdogs game


Friday, July 25, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | Haymarket Park

All St. Mark's singles are invited to meet the rest of the group at the Haymarket Park ticket booth to sit together and enjoy America’s great summer pastime. It's going to be Flashback Friday - 70's night - at the ballpark, and there will even be fireworks! Tickets start at $6.25 for seats on the berm.


Blood pressure screenings this Sunday


Sunday, July 27, 2014 | 8:00-11:00 a.m. | Office Foyer

Don't forget to have our Health Ministry Team check and record your blood pressure this Sunday between worship services.


Back to School Week for 6th-12th grade youth starts July 27


Week of July 27-August 2, 2014

The St. Mark's youth will be having all kinds of fun this week before the new school year starts, including a trip to Laser Quest, a day of serving the community, a tour of Memorial Stadium, a pool party, a softball game, and a bus trip to the Schiltterbahn Waterpark! Get more details from Pastor Don Stewart at the Youth Information Booth this Sunday.


Lunch with the Bunch


Sunday, July 27, 2014 | Noon | HyVee

All St. Mark's singles are welcome to join the bunch for food and fellowship after worship at the 70th & Pioneers HyVee.


Bus trip to Lofte Theatre


Sunday, July 27, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.

St. Mark's senior adults are taking our bus to the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley for the summer musical The Wizard of Oz. Please contact Pastor Dennis if you want to go.


Kamps 4 Kids this summer


St. Mark's is hosting a bunch of one-day mini camps this summer for kids ages 4 to 11 years old through July 31. Click the button below to see what's being offered and register your kids soon!

Kamps 4 Kids by age  » 


Volunteers in Mission Team Leader Training


Saturday, August 2, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. | Centenary UMC, Beatrice

Serving our neighbors better requires that we learn about their lives and cultures. Great Plains Volunteers in Mission (VIM) offers trainings to equip team leaders to create spirit-filled and culturally relevant mission experiences domestically and internationally. This training for VIM mission team leaders in the Blue River District costs $30 per person, and includes lunch and training materials. Deadline for registration is one week before the event.

Register for VIM Mission Team Leader Training » 


Register children for Sunday School and Wednesday night programming


It's time to register children age 6 weeks through 5th grade for Sunday School, Kids 4 Christ on Wednesday evenings and nursery care this fall. Children will be promoted to their new age-/grade-level classrooms on Sunday, Aug. 17. Save yourself from standing in line and do it online now!

Register Children Here » 


Join the Book Group in August


Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 1:15-2:30 p.m. | Lower Fellowship Hall

St. Mark's Thursday Afternoon Book Group will be discussing a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gilead  by Marilynne Robinson, an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century. Come for coffee and refreshments and enjoy the afternoon at St. Mark's!


Volunteers in Mission teams needed for continuing disaster recovery efforts


VIM teams are needed in Beaver Crossing beginning the end of July to help with repairs. Every house in this small town was affected by the tornado on May 11, and case management is in process of lining up jobs for volunteers. There will be both exterior and interior jobs to be done. Volunteers are encouraged to bring whatever tools you can comfortably pack. Contact Dorothy Aspegren at 402-641-9698 for more information about scheduling a team.


Videos and photos from Annual Conference Session now online


News articles, photos and videos from the first Great Plains Annual Conference Session that took place June 11-14, 2014, at the Lied Center in downtown Lincoln, are now available online, in addition to links to the daily recaps.

2014 Annual Conference Resources »


Acolyte training for children coming up


Sunday, August 10 & Sunday, August 17, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. | Sanctuary

All children who are in at least the 3rd grade are invited to serve as an acolyte for any or all of our three Sunday worship services. Interested? Please contact Mary at 402-429-1373 and let her know you will be at one of these training sessions.


Annual Senior Adult Ministry Summer Potluck Picnic & Band Concert


Sunday, August 10, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. | Antelope Park: Shelter #1

Bring a dish to share, your tableware and a lawn chair and join us for this wonderful summertime gathering with your St. Mark's friends. After the meal, we will move to the band shell to listen to the Lincoln Municipal Band concert.


Keenager's monthly potluck


Wednesday, August 13, 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 presented by St. Mark's very own Terry Klopfenstein, professor emeritus, ruminant nutrition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, titled "The Golden Triangle: Corn, Cattle and Ethanol."


Donations needed for Summer Garage Sale


Thursday, August 14-Saturday, August16, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Bus Barn

The youth are preparing for their annual summer garage sale and need your help! Please drop of donations at the bus barn on the northeast side of St. Mark's campus.


Visit St. Mark's Ministry Fair!


Sunday, August 17, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Narthex

There are so many ministry opportunities at St. Mark's that it's sometimes overwhelming to find one where you belong. Whether you're interested in a Bible study, wish to get involved in mission or would like to volunteer right here at St. Mark's, this is the place for you to begin your search. The narthex will be filled with representatives of various ministries who will share their passion, and invite your participation.


Bravehearted Boys — Oct. 8


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | Sanctuary

How does a super mom or dad raise a super man? That's where Bravehearted Boys: The Superhero Experience can help! It's an all-new parent-son night where bravery is rewarded, fun is guaranteed and capes are optional! Developed for parents and their boys ages 5-12, this one-of-a-kind connecting experience is boy-friendly, dad-endorsed and mother-approved. Come dressed as your favorite superhero character! Tickets are available for $12 in advance at St. Mark's or online through iTickets, or $15 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Get tickets for Bravehearted Boys »  


Paying it forward


Imagine yourself in a strange city, away from your church and your friends, and trying to care for a loved one who's been hospitalized with a serious long-term condition. A few times a year, we are made aware of people who have loved ones in one of our local medical facilities and who are in need of a little TLC. So, we are looking for a few caring individuals who would enjoy the ministry of offering meals and other support to families in crisis. Please contact Pastor Kara with questions or if you are interested in helping.


Help promote literacy


St. Mark's has been invited to help with a special Lincoln Public Schools program, Families Learning in Partnership (FLIP). This program approaches education by bringing families together to learn, and needs several "game backpacks" for the 35 families it currently serves. Families will check out a backpack each week to use at home for literacy homework. If you are interested in helping with this important effort, please check out what is needed below.

FLIP's List of Needed Supplies »  


St. Mark's Food Pantry


The St. Mark's food pantry provides food to anyone in our community who is hungry. These non-perishable food items can be brought anytime and placed in the shopping carts located throughout the church:

  • boxed meals
  • peanut butter
  • jelly (grape or strawberry)
  • canned tuna
  • cereal and oatmeal
  • dried pasta
  • spaghetti sauce
  • canned soups and stews
  • macaroni and cheese
  • Ramen noodles
  • canned or dried beans
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruit
  • rice
The pantry also needs large brown paper grocery bags. If you have some that you can spare, please drop them off in the shopping carts or at the security desk.

Coffee with the Pastors | Membership Class


Sunday, October 19, 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 »

​Lay Servant training, save the date


The Blue River District Lay Servant Ministries Committee plans to offer training on Friday evening, Nov. 14, 2014, and all day Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Lincoln, Neb. Courses offered will include the basic course plus numerous advanced courses. The location will be announced soon. Contact Mary Feit at marykfeit@windstream.net for more information.

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