Church Family News
ADVENT EVENTS
AT SAINT MARK

CHILDREN WORSHIP MOMENT
DECEMBER 1 at 10:15AM
We will begin the service with lighting of the first candle of the Christmas Wreath with the help of the children and families. Please come forward when we do this.

During the children worship moment, we will begin building the Nativity scene . Laurel McClurken will help them over the four weeks in Advent to ready the crèche for the Baby Jesus’ arrival on Christmas Eve.  

AFTER WORSHIP SERVICE DECEMBER 1
After the service on the 1st, we will decorate the Christmas Tree in our sanctuary. Please plan to stay for a bit so your children have a part in this celebration. There will be snacks and music and a craft activity for the kids.

REVERSE ADVENT ACTIVITIES
We will be decorating bags to fill with food for the hungry and jars to donate money to Lutheran Family Services. Each day of Advent, you can place a canned good into your bag. Or decorate a jar--on the first day of Advent, place one coin or bill in the jar; on the 2nd, place two bills or coins.... On Christmas Eve, bring the bags of food and the jars of money into church so that the blessing of Christ's birth can be shared. Please bring your own bags/jars, though I will try to have some on hand in case you forget.

TUNA FOR CHRISTMAS
On December 1 and in all December Sundays, please bring a can or more of unopened tuna cans so that we can use these as weights for our Christmas luminaries before they will be delivered to the Blue Ridge Food Pantry. There will be a special basket in the outer office to collect the tuna.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 8
St. Nicholas will appear on December 8th after the Children’s Moment at the beginning of the service to tell his story. He will then lead the young ones to the narthex where they will leave their shoes with a hope that later St. Nick fills them as promised with good things. They will return in socks to their parents in the church during the processional hymn, following the crucifer and Pastor.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES DECEMBER 24
  • Family Christmas Service 5PM
  • Traditional Late Night Christmas Service 11PM
Christmas Eve service at 5 pm will be especially designed for the inclusion of children.  At 11PM we will have traditional service. Both services will have candle lighting with real and battery operated candles. If you come early before 5PM, you can help set up luminaries and enjoy some cookies. There are many people who use this time of celebrating Jesus birth to come to church and hear the good news. Unfortunately many who don't get invited and don't know where to go. Don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors. All families will receive a special Christmas ornament.
ADVENT DEVOTIONAL
2019 Advent devotional from Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary invites you to use the  2019 Advent devotional , "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" for personal or congregational use this Advent. This year's contributing authors are:

  • Michael Binder ’17, Affiliate Faculty in Congregational Mission and Leadership
  • Amy Marga, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

To download the devotional,   click here .
ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING DECEMBER 8

After Church on December 8 we will have potluck with annual meeting.

Please bring a dish to share and hear about our budget and new council members.
SHE Christmas Tree

Take a card from the tree and make someone's Christmas joyful.

The Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) provides a safe shelter and various services for victims of domestic violence in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louise and Charlottesville. For the past several years, St. Mark has provided Christmas for two families who are current residents of the shelter. These families frequently have to leave their homes very suddenly and aren’t able to take many of their possessions with them.
 
The Christmas tree in the narthex contains labels with the gifts desired by the two families we were assigned this year. If you would like to help make their Christmas more enjoyable, please take a label with the gift listed that you would be willing to buy and wrap. Then add your name to the chart next to the item you selected. The wrapped gift must be brought to the church by December 15 th  for delivery to the shelter early on December 16 th .  Please attach the label you selected to the gift so it can go to the correct person at the shelter.

If you have questions, talk to Yvonne O.
Poinsettia
POINSETTIA SIGN UP IS HERE!

You can find the sign up sheet in the hallway by the office, or you can sign up online by clicking on the red button below.Please fill out the form to order poinsettias for Christmas Service!

The price is $15 for each flower and you can donate one in honor or memory of someone you love.
The deadline is currently December 16th.

These flowers will make our Christmas service special and remind us of the love we have for others.

CLICK BELOW FOR ON LINE ORDERS!
On Christ the King Sunday, all children learned from Tom, about being a king and how Christ is the king of our heart and life.
SUPPORT ST. MARK WITH AMAZON
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FAMILY ACTIVITY ON DECEMBER 1ST

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, December 1st, all are invited to join us during the Sunday School hour when we will be in the Fellowship Hall working on creating messages of hope and love that will be part of the Christmas pageant.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT IS ALMOST HERE!

Please join us at 9:30 in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 15th for the Sunday Church School Christmas pageant. This year we will be putting on a play, Stella the Stupendous Star, written by former St. Mark pastor John Hougen.
Synod and ELCA News
Have you ever wondered?
Though styles of worship differ from congregation to congregation, we typically use the same pattern that was established in the earliest days of Christianity. Do you recognize it?

WEBINAR TO EXPAND ELCA CREATION CARE: 
The ELCA is responding as stewards of God’s good creation, and we need more #CreationCareAmbassadors to spread enthusiasm and information and to help strengthen our response. You can learn more on Dec. 11 from the free webinar “ELCA Caring for God’s Creation Today: Learn about what’s happening and how you can make a difference, through this webinar hosted by ELCA Advocacy and our ecumenical collaborator, Blessed Tomorrow, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 3:30 p.m . Eastern Time. Maybe being a #CreationCareAmbassador is for you. Let’s pass it on! Registration info from   facebook.com/pg/elcaadvocacy/events/ .
Community News
Tour of Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Saturday, December 14, 2 to 4 pm, African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St., NW
Coming to the Table  is sponsoring a tour the Jefferson School and its history exhibits to learn about the rich heritage and legacy of the African-American community in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. After the tour, a member of the Center staff will facilitate a more in-depth discussion of the topics covered and their connection to the present day. There is a $5 tour fee for adults, free for high school students. Fees will be collected on site. Ample parking is available.   RSVP by contacting Kathy Spaar .
MINISTRY OF WORSHIP AND MUSIC
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR MINISTRY OF WORSHIP.
  • SCHEDULE IS BELOW.
  • IF YOU CANNOT BE HERE TO SERVE PLEASE SCHEDULE SOMEONE ELSE IN YOUR PLACE.
  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SERVE, PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW.
Sunday December 1
Welcome: Howard Imhoff        
Greeter:  Lois Shepherd
Ushers:  Dick Sundberg & Marco Escobar
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice: John Roache & Howard Imhoff
Assisting Minister:  Jack Milligan
Children Moment:  Laurel McClurken
Lector: Karen Love
Cantor:  Amanda Nelsen
Altar Guild: Linda Imhoff
Nursery: Sylvie Bon-Harper
Snack: Patty Marbury & Heidi Jones
Coffee/Clean up:  Karen Love & Kara McClurken
Counters:  Lois Shepherd & Mark Giesecke
Sunday December 8
Welcome: Alice McKenna       
Greeter:  David Brumbaugh
Ushers:  Marcy Wisbauer & Will & Leo Abrahamson
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice: Crosby Horton
Assisting Minister:  Nano Masters
Children Moment:  Laurel McClurken
Lector: N/A
Cantor:  Susan Horton
Altar Guild: Patty Marbury
Nursery: Izzy Hecmanczuk
Snack: Gail Milligan & Sue Ann McCarty
Coffee/Clean up:  Lisa Veale & Amanda Nelsen
Counters:  Lynn Stephenson & Mark Giesecke
St. Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Charlottesville, VA
(434) 293-3311 |  www.stmarklutheran.org