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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
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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
SAVE THE DATE:
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 www.stmarkshsv.org and tell
your friends and neighbors, too!
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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- alcd.webs.com/) 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.
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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 am.in 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)
S t . M a r k ’ s M e s s e n g e r
to bring a
(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!
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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.
& pop sockets
submitted for bid
quilts, afghans, and
home décor; services
like babysitting and
yard work; and so
much more. All
proceeds from the
event will go towards
The dinner will have