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  • February 2018 S t . M a r k ’ s E v a n g e l i c a l L u t h e r a n C h u r c h

    St. Mark’s Messenger

    Wednesday - February 14

    Services:7 AM, 12 Noon, 7 PM

    The Chapel will be open all day for prayer and devotion.

    Inside this issue:

    Grace & Peace 2

    Church Family News 3

    Children, Youth, Family 4 & 5

    Special Events 6

    Opportunities to Serve 9

    Wednesdays in Lent 11

    February Calendar 15

    Daddy Daughter Dance February 10, 2018

    National Youth Gathering

    Dinner & Auction February 24, 6 pm

    Wednesdays February 21—March 21

    Lenten Soup Suppers

    5 –6 PM in the Fellowship Hall

    Wednesdays with the Word (Sr. High Youth) 6PM

    Lenten Worship Services 6:30PM in the Sanctuary

  • P a g e 2 S t . M a r k ’ s M e s s e n g e r

    Several months ago, I was looking at the Church Calendar for 2018 and found this amusing – Ash Wednesday is the same day as Valentine’s Day, February 14, and Easter Sunday is April 1, April Fool’s Day. We could call this season LOL Lent and encourage people to consume their sweets and chocolates on February 13! Instead, as we progress further into Re-Formation 2018, we will seek ways of deepening our daily discipleship through our weekly and seasonal worship services. Our services on Ash Wednesday [7 AM, Noon, and 7 PM] become opportunities for us all to humbly pray on Valentine’s Day, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Each Sunday, we will focus upon Jesus and readings from Mark and John provided by the lectionary. His words of wisdom and acts of mercy are so timeless and truthful for these times! Our

    Wednesday Evening Services in Lent [February 21 & 28; March 7, 14, & 21] will focus upon Text Messages from God. This series was inspired by words we recently heard from 1 Samuel, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” There are important messages in the texts of the scriptures that God inspired and desires for His children of all ages to hear. Slides and a take home list of text messages/scripture readings will enhance your worship experience each Wednesday; these services begin at 6:30 PM. Thank you so much for continuing love, prayers, and support for Mary and me. May the peace of the Lord be with you always! In Christ’s love,

    from Pastor Gary


    Our 2018 Fall Family Retreat

    at Lutheranch will be October 12-14.

    Did you know that you can

    see past services and

    Proclamations of the Word

    on our church website?

    Visit and tell

    your friends and neighbors, too!

  • Church Family News P a g e 3

    Please remember in your prayers these women of our church family who were hospitalized in January: Joyce Ann Brown, Glenda Churchey, Doris Dana, Katy Henley, and Brenda Holsopple.

    Long-time member Anne Cortright has moved from Brookdale to be near her son Michael; his address is 4037 Edith Point Rd. – Anacortes, WA 98221

    Members of our Nominating Committee will begin meeting soon to discern and determine nominees for Church Council. Please pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for them in their service: Ted Mueller, Robert Burkhardt, Courtney Spadaro, Jim Tevepaugh, Martin Volz, and Jessica Waylander.

    St. Mark’s is honored to provide a reception on Thursday, February 1 in honor of Pat Duerr, wife of Rolf Duerr, the oldest son of the late Friedrich and Sigrun Duerr. Pat endeared herself to members of St. Mark’s last winter during Sigrun’s final days and her service and reception. She died suddenly at home on her 76th birthday, January 21st, and was laid to rest at Maple Hill Cemetery.

    The following members have accepted Pastor Gary’s invitation to serve with him and Jim Birkholz on the new Church Growth Task Force: Susan Altman, Eric Bale, Bob Boller, Patty Carl, Mark Falkenberg, and Tim Sieja. This group will function as a spiritual think tank and help develop paths for enhancing church growth as we celebrate, serve, and make disciples for Christ.

    February 4 – New Wine and Fresh Wineskins

    February 11 [Transfiguration of Our Lord] –

    Shine, Jesus, Shine

    February 14 [Ash Wednesday] –

    Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

    February 18 – Jesus: Tested and True

    February 25 – Jesus and the Way of the Cross

    PICTURE THIS: St. Mark’s will be developing its first pictorial church directory in 5 years this spring. Re: MEMBER Church Directories will do the photography and will provide a free directory and 8x10 portrait for each household. They will also manage the appointment schedule and provide a digital version for us. Dates for the photography sessions in fellowship hall will be 3/8—3/11, 3/16 and 3/17, 2018 as well as 2 more dates to be announced.

  • Sunday School is for everyone. With fun, interactive lessons for all of our kiddos, we’re making disciples for Christ. Our preschool through 6th grade begin in the chapel before heading to the classroom. Jr. High and Sr. High begin in Room #1 and the youth room, respectively. Back on a regular schedule, Sunday School begins at 9:45 am.

    Where does our offering go? This year our offerings will go to benefit the Academy for Learning and Character Development. ALCD is a non-profit community program that serves children from the ages 3 weeks to 12 years of age in Huntsville. Check out their website for more information. (the- Our current total is approximately $400.

    In addition to attending class, confirmands are asked to attend Sunday School;

    attend worship and complete worship summaries; as well as participate in

    service projects throughout the year…. Please make sure and schedule make

    up sessions for any missed classes.

    P a g e 4

    Parents of Young Children

    February’s Memory Verse:

    John 3:16 God so loved the world

    that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but

    have eternal life.

    Be ready to recite this month’s verse during chapel on Sunday


    Children & Youth

    Sunday School Update

    Description: Each year the HSO opens our doors to the entire commu- nity for a FREE Family Con- cert, in which we present a symphonic program tailor- made for young people. We are delighted to partner with innovative puppetry of Huntsville M.E.T. with

    support from Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre for this especially fresh performance of a perennial classic, Prokofiev’s colorful Peter and the Wolf. Fun, FREE activities for the whole family will begin at 9:30 the concert hall lobby.

    Outing: Family Concert Date: February 3 Time: 9:30 am Family Activities 11 am Concert Address: Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC (700 Monroe St., HSV)

    Cost: Free

    S t . M a r k ’ s M e s s e n g e r


    to bring a

    snack to


    (Confirmation Super Bowl

    Party on February 4)

  • All Sr. Youth (9th-12th grade) are encouraged to attend for fellowship, devotion, fun and food… this is a great way to get to know your church

    family and a wonderful place to invite a friend!

    P a g e 5

    Wednesdays With the Word February 7 - 6 pm, youth room February 14 - 6 pm (followed by Ash Wednesday service @ 7 pm) February 21 - LENT, 6 pm & worship at 6:30 pm (dinner @ 5 pm) February 28 - LENT, 6 pm & worship at 6:30 pm (dinner @ 5 pm)

    A fun activity for our two youngest youth groups, this is

    our bowling month! So get ready for a fun afternoon of strikes, spares and fellowship!

    Tweeners - February 11 @ 2 pm

    Quarters - February 18 @ 2 pm

    The proposed location is Plamor Lanes on Leeman Ferry Rd. - look for ‘This Week’ emails with more up-to-date information.

    For our Sr. High outing this month, the plan is to go to a hockey game on February 18. The Havoc are playing Evansville. If you are interested in going to the game, please coordinate with Traci.

    National Youth Gathering Update: With 27 people going to the NYG in Houston this year, it is our biggest group yet! Howev-

    er, that means a LOT of fundraising - the total ticket price for the Gathering is $32K; we

    still have ~$12K to go. Please help support our group by attending the auction (more de-

    tails on the next page) and purchasing a car magnet ($5) and/or pop socket ($10) - availa-

    ble in the narthex on Sunday.

    Make sure

    and purchase

    your St.

    Mark’s swag!

    Car magnets

    & pop sockets

    available in

    the narthex

    on Sunday


  • submitted for bid

    including handmade

    quilts, afghans, and

    furniture; sculpture;

    home décor; services

    like babysitting and

    yard work; and so

    much more. All

    proceeds from the

    event will go towards

    The dinner will have

    a ‘cowboy