Saint Mark United Methodist Church
Loving • Accepting • Serving
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Vacation Bible School: Amazing Wonders Aviation -
This year our VBS program is Amazing Wonders Aviation: Encountering God’s Awesome Power. Watch amazing things happen as kids encounter God like never before - all against the backdrop of some of the world's most marvelous natural wonders.
A VBS Kick-Off meeting will take place in Wade Hall immediately following the 11:15 Morning Worship service this Sunday, March 25, as part of the Children's Council meeting. Lunch will be provided.
All current Children’s Council members should plan to attend, along with anyone else who is interested in helping with VBS. Please RSVP to Kim Sorrells. This year VBS will take place during the week of June 4-8. More information about registration will be announced soon.
Georgia Marathon: A Burden or an Opportunity?
This past Sunday morning, once again, thousands of runners and a few wheelchair athletes streamed past the church on 5th street on their way to the final stretch of the GA Half Marathon. In the past I’ve been among those runners, rounding the corner from Juniper to see yet another hill toward the end of a tough and hilly race course.
Atlanta’s hills make it a challenging city to race in, but its also a city with great cheering sections- everything from neighborhood crowds to schools to non-profits groups come out and cheer, ring cow bells or hand out water. These groups give you little boost along the way with their encouragement, their funny signs, and a few cute puppy dogs as well. In the past I’ve never seen anyone outside Saint Mark, but this year I was proud to stand outside with a group of Saint Mark members and staff and cheer on the runners as they came up 5th street.
I was proud because standing outside early in the morning and cheering for people you don’t know is just as much the work of the church, just as much honoring God, as the worship services we held later that morning. It is the work of the church because it shows love and hospitality to people. It may not seem like a lot, but the small act of just showing up speaks volumes about the church. It shows that we notice and affirm all people who come our way. I can assure you, it is noticed. Several runners passing by smiled and asked, “Where’s the holy water?” A few others called out to Beth, “Bless me, Bless me!”as they kept running. Still others smiled and waved; one even took a picture.
At first glance this race may seem like an inconvenience since after all you have to get up early and take alternate routes. But from what I observed, it was and will again be an opportunity to show love and hospitality to our neighbors. How often does that run right past your door? So on behalf of my fellow runners, thank you to those who came early and joined us to cheer before the early service. And when it rolls around next year, let’s grab on to this opportunity for all it’s worth.
Administrative Council Meeting Monday, March 26
The Administrative Council will meet at 6:45pm in Wade Hall on Monday, March 26, following dinner at 6pm. Please RSVP to Christia by Thursday, March 22, to make your dinner reservation.
Children’s Ministries News
Join us this Saturday, March 24, for A Day on the Farm!
Children and youth are invited to spend a day on the farm from 1 to 4 pm in Senoia at the home of the Ritts/Whitlock family! Come enjoy a petting area featuring donkeys, goats, chickens, and ducks; a hay ride and a chance to go fishing; along with games and a campfire. Bring your camera and some snacks to share. For more information, contact Kim Sorrells.
We Need Your Help at Our Easter Egg Hunt!
Our annual children’s church Easter Egg Hunt will be held at McKoy Park in Decatur on Saturday morning, April 7. Please consider donating candy (no chocolate please) or money for the eggs and candy. You can drop off your donation on the next 2 Sundays (March 25 and April 1) in the children's wing or in the narthex.
In order to make this year’s hunt a success, we also need volunteers to help with the festivities, including providing snacks (and water) for adults or snacks for children, helping with games and other activities, hiding the eggs and monitoring the hunt, assisting with crafts, etc. If you can help, please contact Kim Sorrells or Amanda Lockhart-Keener.
Blessed are the Feet
This Saturday, March 24 Saint Mark will provide foot care for the members of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Club. Medical care will be provided by those with medical experience, but volunteers are needed to soak the person's feet and conduct a foot-washing liturgy and prayer. Time commitment would be approximately 3 or 4 hours. No experience is necessary. For more information, contact Mike Smith, 478.731.4957.
Saint Mark and the Names Project
From July 21- 24 the Names Project will display the entire AIDS Memorial quilt in Washington DC. This presents us with an opportunity. Our own Jesse Peel and Bruce Garner of All Saints Episcopal have set up a friendly competition to see which one of our churches can make the most panels before May 15 (the deadline to deliver completed panels so that they can be incorporated into the whole quilt for display). You can create a panel by yourself or a group can work on one together. If you want to help make a panel, contact Beth LaRocca-Pitts so we can schedule community work days where we can work together. Let’s make sure that those we have lost are never forgotten.
New ASL Class Time
Beginning this Sunday, March 25, the Beginners’ American Sign Language Class will shift its start time from 1:30pm to 12:30pm. We continue to meet every Sunday in the conference room off Wade Hall. Come join us and pick up a new fun skill! For more details, contact Anne McQuade.
Habitat for Humanity Build begins April 28
Back by popular demand, the 1st day of the 7 week build is Saturday, April 28. Stop by the Habitat table in the narthex on Sunday morning or contact Steve Gutermuth, 404.583.6370, to learn more about what we do each Saturday. No prior experience necessary - there's something for everyone!
Lenten Opportunities at Saint Mark
Saint Mark Lenten Devotionals Now Available
The Lenten Devotional Guide written by members of the Saint Mark congregation is now available.
Atlanta Freedom Bands present “March Madness and April Fools”
"Wild", "Fantasy", "Whip" and "Spur" are just some of the intriguing words appearing in the titles of Atlanta Freedom Bands' upcoming concert, March Madness and April Fools. The program celebrates the change from winter to spring with light-hearted selections and pieces that explore our deepest passions. Composers include Frank Ticheli, Johannes Brahms, Claude T. Smith, Samuel Hazo and others with a wild variety of sources and themes. The special guest host for the show is award-winning performance artist Scott Turner Schofield.
The concert takes place Saturday, March 31, 8 pm, at our sister church Druid Hills United Methodist (1200 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, at the corner of Ponce and Briarcliff). Tickets for the show are $10, and just $5 for students and seniors. More information ...
Calendar of Events
9:00 am - 132; 11:15 am - 238; Total - 370
Rev. Josh Noblitt preaching
We are delighted to welcome the Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society as our guest choir this Sunday! Clark Atlanta University is an historically Methodist university supported by the United Methodist Church in part through the Methodist Global Education fund.
Wednesday Fellowship Dinner
March 21: Adam Ployd will continue his 4-part Lenten series on the Desert Fathers with "Pray without Ceasing"
March 28, the conclusion with "Loving God and Neighbor"
More information AND reservations, 404.873.2636 x16, or complete the registration form in the pews and place in the offering plate.
Year-to-Date Actual Operating Income/Expense Report:
Through March 16, 2012:
Saint Mark expresses heartfelt sympathy to Terry Goggin on the death of his father Delbert Goggin on Friday, March 16 in Richardson, Texas; and to Bryan Ford on the death of his father on Tuesday, March 20, at the age of 93.
In January, we announced the death of David A. Wilson who passed away on January 15 in Chicago. David was a member of Saint Mark but had moved to Chicago in 2004. His graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31, 1 pm, at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. Former Saint Mark associate minister Rev. Mary Lou Gilbert will officiate.
Patricia Caro Smith gave a gift in memory of Milburn Purdy.
Jennifer Hansen, our missionary in Uganda
Our own Jennifer Hansen has created a blog to share her experiences of her missionary work in Uganda. To access her blog, follow the link on the main page of our church website or click here now. You can also e-mail her at email@example.com. While Jennifer maintains her blog, there will be either a headline link or a Quicklink on Saint Mark's main web page.
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