Church Family News

Matt Wertman will come on January 12, the second Sunday in January. Come and hear about what our synod along is doing with several other ELCA synods in Papua New Guinea. Just stay after church, have some coffee and treats and hear a presentation right at the welcome area.

Confirmation is back after a short Winter break for Christmas and New Years.

If you can help with providing a meal for 8 people on Sunday night at 5pm please sign up by clicking below.

Confirmation is the fulfillment of our promise as a congregation and as parents to pass on our faith. We teach what we know about God and faithful living as a Christian to the future generation.
Please support this effort and our youth by a warm meal or other ways.
February 14 through February 29

St. Mark will be hosting a dozen and a half homeless women in our fellowship hall through Charlottesville’s  PACEM  program. There are many different ways you could serve this ministry! Please watch this space over the next six weeks for updates.

Do any of these opportunities speak to you? You could … 

  • Make/order and serve a meal. Please remain open to what you might make; we will ask the women on their first night what their favorite meals are. A SignUpGenius form will post online this weekend, and a printed version will be available every Sunday in the narthex.
  • Donate cash that will buy CVS gift cards and other small personal items for the women. You can give it directly to Heidi Jones or Jennifer Giacalone, or put it in the donation collection after church on Sundays. Checks can be written to St. Mark. (Please do not donate any items, so we can make sure each guest gets identical things.)
  • Spend the night as St. Mark’s overnight point person. Email Tom Hecmanczuk ( or Heidi Jones if you have any questions.
  • Cheer on the Hoos at a women’s basketball game with our guests. Stay tuned for date and time. Bring family and friends!
  • Attend a healing service. Stay tuned for date and time. 
  • Bring other food items. We will need drinks, ice, fruit, yogurt, and other small food items to keep the kitchen stocked. These will be on the signup form.
  • Donate individually wrapped snack items. These are offered to the women as they leave every morning and for evening snacks. We will be looking for healthy snacks—low-sugar cereal bars, crackers, trail mix, Pirate's Booty, Veggie Sticks, Clif Bars, raisins, packages of nuts, etc. Please put them in the collection bin in the narthex on Sundays.
  • Plan an activity. Maybe you or someone you know could (these are just a few ideas; feel free to think of others!) offer haircuts or pedicures (or other foot care), play music, offer massages, do a craft, help with resumes, offer a nurse for consultations, play Bingo (the church has the game; talk to Christa Escobar if you want prize ideas) and more! 
  • Donate recent magazines or books. For the women to read. 
  • Help decorate the fellowship hall. Do you like making signs, arranging flowers, or otherwise wearing your HGTV host hat? See Heidi Jones to brainstorm.
  • Help set up the fellowship hall on Feb. 14 or 15: We will get everything ready and enjoy dinner together while we work at the Friday night session, beginning at 4:30. The next morning, we need volunteers to help set up cots and bedding.
  • Help clean up on February 29.
If you have any questions about anything, please contact Heidi Jones at 434 979 1777 or . Thank you!

Giving Envelopes ready
for 2020 are now available at the entrance. If you have used envelopes in the past there should be a box with your name on it. Consider prayerfully what contribution you can make in 2020. All your giving help us to make sure ministries are continuing and we will have a welcoming church for future generations. If you have not used envelopes before and would like to, ask for one! You can also give electronically

Your church statements
for the year 2019 are prepared and you can pick them up after church from the basket in the Narthex.
If you cannot get to church and wish them mailed to you, please call or email the office and let us know that you wish to have your statement sent to you. Be sure we have your correct address.
Small Group Book Study JANUARY

We will read the book, "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor.

We plan to begin on Monday January 13 , meet from 1-2:30 each week and be finished before Lent begins.)

I hope you will put this series on your calendars and plan to join us then. Questions? Contact Laurel
Women's Book Club NEW BOOK!

The club will be meeting Monday, January 27 at 2:30pm to discuss "Beneath a Scarlet Sky"  by Mark Sullivan.

This is a true story about a forgotten hero of the second World War in Italy. James Patterson says it is " an incredible story , beautifully written,
and a fine and noble book. "

All women of the church and their friends are invited to read the book and come and discuss it with us at our winter time . Our meeting will be in the library after the book study group finishes.
Thank You for 2019 Children Time Leaders!

Thank you Laurel, Tony, Tom, Christa, Amanda, Pastor and all other Children time leaders. Young and wise all enjoyed all the moments in 2019.

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16)

Our children are gifts from God. To them, we owe everything! For them, we do anything! God has entrusted us with enriching the lives of these precious gems and calls us all to do everything within our power and control to guide them. 

Please join the Sunday morning Children’s Moment team. Here are 10 additional reasons our Awesome God is calling us:

1.    It promotes happiness. 
2.    It helps them with understanding life
3.    It’s a great opportunity to accept Christ
4.    It can help them learn to love others.
5.    It is something fun to do. 
6.    It helps kids want to come to church. 
7.    It helps them make new friends.
8.    It gives kids the occasional meaningful keepsakes. 
9.    It gives children special memories. 
It allows them to them to become acquainted with our church family

If you can help, send an email to the office:
Questions? Ask Tony who heads up the group, has resources and will schedule you. If you can do it even only once, please let us know.

A brand new season of choir is starting on:

Wednesday, January 8 at 7:00 pm.  

If you like to sing, come and be a part of this wonderful group of singers.

Questions? – Kristi Van Doorn –  – (434) 882-0555

The Congregational Care Committee offers encouragement to members and friends of the church who are in need. As a community we are called to walk together through the challenges and celebrations of life. If you or someone you know could use a visit, a call, a card, or a warm meal, we are ready to reach out. Requests for prayer and support can be submitted to:

If you have some time to help in the office, answering phone, folding bulletins etc please send an email to
Synod and ELCA News
Effective Practice for Innovative Congregations
Workshop for everyone in the congregation

Saint Mark especially Saint Mark leaders on council, committee chairs, staff are invited to be a part of the E.P.I.C, the Effective Practice for Innovative Congregations conference, happening around the state of Virginia in 2020.
E.P.I.C is an opportunity for leaders to gather together for a day of inspiration, learning and networking.

Muehllenburg, Harrisonburg on Feb. 1

E.P.I.C will begin at 9 AM and conclude by 2 PM.

The cost per person will be $15. Lunch will be provided. 
Community News
The Monumental Justice Rally 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020. 2:30 pm on the Grounds of the Virginia State House. This event is being planned in support of legislation that would give localities the authority to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces. For more info see these two Facebook pages:  TakeEmDownCharlottesville  or  monumentaljusticeva . Click  here  to reserve a seat on a charter bus from Charlottesville to Richmond on January 8.  More information  distributed by  Beloved Community Cville
EMANUEL: The Untold Story of the Victims & Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting
Saturday, January 18, 12 to 3:30 pm, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St NW
The Jefferson School, the White Feather Project, and Coming to the Table are presenting a viewing and discussion of the film  Emanuel  to see how the community of Charleston, South Carolina discovered a way to triumph over evil.  Download flyer  for more information.
Martin Luther King Day Annual Vigil
Monday, January 20, 2020. Richmond, VA.
Join Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention at the State Capitol to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor those Virginians killed by gun violence. We will be taking a FREE bus which departs from Meadows Presbyterian Church (2200 Angus Road) at noon and returning to Cville by 6 pm.  Click here  for more information and to register.
Sunday January 12
Welcome:      Pastor Viktoria
Greeter:  Lois Shepherd
Ushers:  Lois Shepherd, Lynne Stephenson
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice: John Roache & Heidi Jones
Assisting Minister:  Helen Ida Moyer
Children Moment:  Christa Escobar
Lector: Patty Marbury
Cantor:  Tony Marbury
Altar Guild: Patty Marbury
Nursery: Nora Giesecke
Snack: Kathryn Stephenson and Marcy Wisbauer
Coffee/Clean up:  Amanda Nelsen & Bill and Linda Roberts  
Counters:  Constance Johnson & Pat Dwiggins
Sunday January 19
Welcome: Pastor Viktoria
Greeter:  Constance Johnson
Ushers:  Ali Griffith & Lewis Horton
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice: Crosby Horton
Assisting Minister:  Constance Johnson
Children Moment:  Amanda Nelsen
Lector: Linda Imhoff
Cantor:  Paul Shepherd
Altar Guild: Sandy Werner
Nursery: Caroline Mecmanczuk
Snack: Carolyn Rader & Kristen Wray
Coffee/Clean up:  Gail Milligan & Susan and Crosby Horton
Counters:  Christa Escobar & Mark Giesecke
St. Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Charlottesville, VA
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