Current Safety Guidelines
As COVID cases decline and because many more of our Saint Mark disciples are fully vaccinated, or in the process, we have relaxed some of our guidelines for keeping our church family safe. We have removed the following precautions from the list:
- We relaxed the requirement for 6’ distancing
- We relaxed the requirement to refrain from hugging and shaking hands
We modified the mask requirement, requesting that masks still be worn in worship and in large groups, but small groups (Sunday School Classes, UMW circles, ministry teams and committees, etc.) can decide whether or not they will require masks when they are meeting.
Please read the guidelines carefully. Keeping our church family safe is our number one priority. Thanks for understanding.
We will notify you of changes as time goes on.
In-Person and Live Stream Worship
Celebration of God’s Creation Sunday
THIS Sunday, April 18
The world marks Earth Day each April 22. Earth Day is an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental awareness and protection.
All United Methodists are called to be good stewards of our planet. One of our Social Principles about the Natural World
explains: “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings.”
This Sunday, we will highlight the critical responsibility we have as disciples of Jesus to care for the earth that God has provided as our home. It is the only home we have. We can make a difference. We can help turn things around for future generations. Are you all in?
To Prepare Us For Our Message
and Our Earth Day Emphasis
This Sunday Morning . . .
Are you doing some spring cleaning
If you're planning on dusting off your bookshelves or cleaning off the counters and have run out of cleaning supplies, consider creating your own biodegradable cleaning mixture.
Harsh cleaning supplies can pollute the environment - which can be a problem for people and wildlife alike. Studies show that one common ingredient in cleaners, alkylphenol ethoxylates, cause reproductive issues in wildlife exposed to polluted waters.
Homemade cleaning products can contain less harmful chemicals, and they're a zero waste alternative because they don't require plastic packaging like items from the store.
Here are three recipes for greener cleaning agents to spruce up your home -- without polluting the environment with single-use plastic or harsh chemicals.
Do you have a leftover spray bottle from an all-purpose cleaner? Instead of buying a new cleaner wrapped in single-use plastic, consider creating your own. Mix one part water and one part vinegar. Put the mixture in your old bottle, add some essential oils if you like fragrance and spray away!
Replace an empty glass cleaner with an eco-friendly mixture that will keep your mirrors or windows shiny. Mix a half gallon of hot water, two tablespoons of vinegar and four tablespoons of lemon juice. For an extra zero waste challenge, use this mix along with a rag cut from old, unused t-shirts.
Dissolve grimy messes with a baking soda solution. Mix 7 parts baking soda with 1 part castile soap and 1 part water. Put the paste on a messy countertop or stovetop. Wait 15 minutes and the paste will dissolve the grime. Wipe away the paste and you'll have a nice, clean surface!
Try out these DIY cleaners next time you run out of a product. You'll find that these cleaners aren't just better for the environment - they're easy to make and cheaper as well.
Recommendations by the Saint Mark Environmental Stewardship Sub-Committee of the Church and Society Team
A Special Gift For You This Sunday
As a special gift this coming Sunday, the Church and Society Team will be giving out packages of two rolls of bamboo paper towels.
Caboo tree-free household paper products are made from renewable bamboo and sugarcane – not trees! It’s bamboo’s strength and sugarcane’s softest fibers that make Caboo the softest, safest and most sustainable household paper products on the planet.
Bamboo is a fast-growing grass (it can grow back in as little as three months!). It also does not require re-planting.
Using tree-free products like Caboo, reduces over-logging and deforestation.
Caboo bamboo paper is as soft as it is sustainable. Bamboo’s natural fibers also make it strong, plus these paper products are 100% biodegradable.
You can pick up your package of towels as you exit through either of the side doors on the left and right sides of the chancel.
Important Update about Worship
at Saint Mark UMC
Saint Mark’s Ministry Staff and Worship leaders have been carefully monitoring worship attendance to help us discern the best time for starting an additional worship service at Saint Mark. As disciples are feeling safer in returning to in-person worship on Sundays, our worship attendance continues to increase.
Pastor Todd, Pastor Shawna, Contemporary Worship Praise Team Leader – John Glenn, Sally Boggs – Worship Ministry Team Chairperson, and Jeff Weicksel – Council of Stewards Chairperson met on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 to begin the process of moving forward with starting a contemporary style worship service in our Saint Mark Center on Sundays.
There are many factors to consider as we move forward – including service start date, worship time, volunteers needed, sound and computer upgrades, restructuring of staff, restart of children and youth Sunday schools, and more. For this reason, a called meeting of the Saint Mark Worship Team will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021. This important meeting will determine a timeline for beginning an additional worship service.
We are listening to your feedback and working to make this a reality, but have much to consider. We hope that this is exciting news for our church family, and we thank you for your prayers as we make decisions that will help to form the faith of disciples of Saint Mark, and honor our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
We Extend Our Sincere Sympathies and Prayers to:
Lavonne Sloop and family on the death of Lavonne’s sister, Kathie Ashley, who died on Friday, April 9, 2021 in hospice care following treatments for endocrine cancer.
To Dick and Carolyn Ellenburg on the birth of their new great-granddaughter, Alice Anne Owens on April 12, 2021. Alice Anne was born in the Prisma Health NICU in Greenville seven weeks early. Thank you for your prayers for Alice Anne and the entire family.
Personal Prayer Notes:
Coronavirus – those with virus, those unable to work, healthcare workers, containment, those who are working to distribute and administer vaccines.
Ginny Argue - Recovering at home from surgery on broken hip on March 25.
Jane Donovan – Aunt of Jane Harlin has been in the hospital anticipating open heart surgery to bypass three blockages in the near future.
Bob and Gwen Fink – Friends of Alan and Marlee Price. Bob is a long-time friend, former Rabun County Commissioner, and a great man. Has COPD and numerous medical challenges, COVID among them, and is in final stages with Hospice of Rabun County.
Charlie Fox – Recent accident caused pelvis to break in two places. 4-8 weeks to heal. Thanks for prayers for recovery.
Patch Haley – family member of Lura and Woody Wyatt. Patch finished his 12th day of radiation. The next step is 6 rounds of immunotherapy starting in a few weeks. Unfortunately, Patch has some diminished heart function so they are waiting for medications to reach a therapeutic dose to be sure he is healthy enough to start this immunotherapy. Thanks for your continued prayers and thoughts.
Chris Hanzel – 49 year old stepson of Florence Hanzel, who lives in Akron, OH – Having heart issues and wearing heart monitor so doctors can discern path forward.
Nancy Wilson - Friend of Elaine Swanson - Has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is undergoing treatments.
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We suspect that there are other needs that we aren't aware of at this time. Thank you for your patience as we get through this time of recovery and social distancing. We are trying to stay on top of the needs as we become aware of them. Click here to send your prayer requests to Pastor Todd.
Easter Egg Hunt 2021
Our Children's Ministry Is Alive and Well!
You don't want to miss this great 3-minute video showing highlights of this year's Easter Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 4. In this year in which we have experienced shut downs, stress and anxiety, it is great to know that our children' have returned to church once again to learn about Jesus and how to be His disciple. This video of our Saint Mark children will surely brighten your day.
We will tell you who created this adorable video next week. Watch for the exciting news.
Jesus' Disciples Show Up After the Storm
During worship this past Sunday, April 11, we marked one year since the EF3 Tornado struck Seneca the day after Easter, Monday morning, April 13, 2020. Together, we celebrated the faithfulness of God and of those selfless disciples who poured into the Adams and Utica communities almost immediately to begin relief efforts . . . that continue even today.
Enjoy this slide show above highlighting the clean-up and recovery efforts.
“Thank You” From Safe Harbor
You did it again, Saint Mark! As you can see by the photo, the Safe Harbor van was filled by your recent donations of large totes/purses, hair care products, and many “Birthday Boxes!" The trunk of the van is deceptively deep, and it was more than filled by your generosity!
If you are curious about the use of the large purses and totes, women who come into Safe Harbor for refuge usually come with only the clothes on their backs, sometimes just pajamas, as their arrival can occur at anytime during the day or night. In fact, the Safe Harbor volunteer who picked up our donations was awakened at 3 am to assist a new shelter arrival, so she requested not to be in the photo! She explained that the bags and purses are used for “welcome” bags of hygiene products, including hair care essentials and other necessities to help incoming clients get settled.
The “Birthday Boxes” are self-explanatory, as it often happens that the birthday of a child occurs while they are in the shelter. The boxes provide an opportunity for a mom to treat her child on their special day.
Thank you all for helping our Oconee neighbors in a time of need!
Saint Mark United Methodist Women (UMW)
For more information, click here
to contact Bob Graves.
Saint Mark Child Development Center
Parents' Night Out
Friday, April 16
5:30 - 10 pm
Rates for Parents' Night Out:
One Child - $30
Two Children - $50
Three Children - $70
This is a set fee for the night. The CDC will still provide supper and fun activities.
To make your reservation, click here to contact Becca Williams, Director of our Child Development Center
United Methodist Women
Virtual “Day Apart”
Theme: District Bright Lights
THIS Saturday, April 17 at 10 am
Guest Speaker for the Day Apart: Brigitte Stephens, Executive Director of Helping Hands of Clemson. Brigitte will share how the money and donations are used to benefit the children they serve.
You can pre-register for the Day Apart at email@example.com
. When you do, a Zoom link will be sent to you.
The UMW Annual Spiritual Retreat
Will be Online!
NEXT Saturday, April 24
Speaker: Rev. Wendy Hudson-Jacoby
Pastor of Two Rivers UMC in the Charleston District
Miriam sang the refrain back to the women: "Sing to the Lord for this overflowing victory." Exodus 15:21
Ladies, click here
to register. Or contact Toni Love at (704) 560-2853.
Victoria Arnold's Internship
Is Coming To An End
Many of you have commented on how much you have enjoyed and appreciated having Victoria Arnold with us over the past year as our ministerial student intern. She has proved, beyond a doubt, that she has the gift for leading worship and bringing the Sunday morning message. Her final Sunday with us will be next Sunday, April 25, when she will be preaching for us one last time.
After worship that day, you will have the opportunity to express your love and appreciation to her.
Celebrate the Mission and Ministry
of Saint Mark UMC
Sunday, May 2
This year's Saint Mark Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Worship will begin in the Sanctuary at 10:15 am, and we will be celebrating Saint Mark's faithfulness in making an impact on the world for Jesus Christ.
One special way Saint Mark's faithfulness will be highlighted is through our guest preacher for worship, the Rev. Paige Matthews Wolfe.
Rev. Paige Matthews Wolfe
Rev. Wolfe is a native of Seneca, where she grew up attending Saint Mark UMC. She is the daughter of Susan and Jim Matthews. Paige is a graduate of Wofford College and Emory's Candler School of Theology. She is an ordained deacon in the South Carolina Conference and currently serves as the Minister of Christian Education at Central UMC in Spartanburg. Paige and her husband the Rev. Andrew Wolfe are the proud parents of three lively children.
In addition, our worship will be enhanced with leadership from our Chancel Choir, Gospel Choir, and the Furman Brass Quintet. A Celebration of Holy Communion will be included in our time together.
We will be celebrating the work of our Council of Stewards who have created an "Affirmation of Life Together" - a congregational covenant which highlights our hopes and expectations of living out our faith, and changing lives together as Christ's church in this place. We will also be dedicating a new beautiful quilt highlighting the symbols of our faith made by Saint Mark disciple, Jane Harlin. We have plans for the quilt to be displayed in the church.
Let's Celebrate Together!!!
Following worship on Sunday, May 2, everyone is invited to join together on the front lawn for a "Mortgage Burning," celebrating Saint Mark paying off our mortgage debt in February 2021. Our children's choir will sing for this celebration, and all present will have an opportunity to symbolically light a copy of the mortgage pay-off notice.
The mortgage burning will be followed by a pizza party! You don't want to miss this great Sunday in the life of our great church!
We invite you to bring your lawn chairs for our outside activities following worship.
In conjunction with our Saint Mark Festival on Sunday, May 2, there will be Saint Mark's second quarterly Blood Drive, this time with The American Red Cross. Donors who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, whether the first shot or both, are still able to donate. You just need to know which vaccine you have received (Pfizer, Moderna, etc.)
For more information click here
to contact Saint Mark disciple, Sarah Weaver.
Transform a Child's Future
Epworth Children's Home
Mothers Day Offering
Sunday, May 9
Each year, Epworth Children’s Home provides care to children in our own communities who have experienced abuse, neglect, and loss. Epworth’s care breaks the destructive cycle and encourages children to aim higher in life. The physical, emotional, academic, and spiritual care they receive transforms their lives.
On Sunday, May 9th, 2021, our congregation will support Epworth by collecting the Annual Epworth Mother’s Day Offering. We invite you to give generously to the children who call Epworth home.
Epworth does not receive apportionments from the United Methodist Conference. This offering is our opportunity to support this vital ministry. There are several ways to give.
- Special envelopes will be handed out during service.
You can give an online donation by clicking on this link: https://www.epworthchildrenshome.org/give/ (select Designation: Other - then type in Mother’s Day offering)
- Checks can be mailed to Epworth Children’s Home, PO Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250. Please write on the check memo line, or enclose a note, that the contribution is for the "Saint Mark UMC Mother’s Day offering."
Festival of Wisdom and Grace
A CONFERENCE FOR FINDING PURPOSE AND RENEWAL
IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE
August 2-5, 2021
at beautiful Lake Junaluska
Theme: Living Abundantly
in the Second Half of Life
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
– John 10:10
Frank and Dottie Have Moved
Frank and Dottie Carbee have been faithful Saint Mark disciples and church leaders over the years. They moved to Rolling Green Village in Greenville on March 3. They want you to have their address to stay in touch.
7 Hoke Smith Blvd, F 107
Greenville, SC 29615
They shared that they will miss their Saint Mark family, and we will certainly miss them.
An Opportunity to Serve
And Help One of Our Disciples
Saint Mark disciple, Robert Price, has been approved for a Habitat house! As part of Robert’s obligation we, as a church and broader community, need to provide 100 hours of labor on Habitat houses under construction or on his house. Robert, himself, must complete 150 hours of sweat equity, of which he has already completed about 16 hours. His house will be started after he has done 100 of his hours.
Habitat requires that its actual working hours be restricted to Monday, Thursday, and Saturday between 7:30 am until 11:30 am. Children under the age of 18 are not allowed on site during these hours, but can work on site with landscaping, painting, clean-up, etc. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday or after 11:30 am on the work days. Adults can join in with the Habitat work crews from 7:30 to 11:30 am and any other time that is convenient.
Friends and volunteers can start now on other houses, working toward the 100 hours that his friends can donate. If you work, you must check in with the site supervisor upon arrival and receive a ”job” to do. The supervisor will orient you and your group. You must register with the superintendent in order for Robert to receive credit. Houses currently under construction that you can work on are on East Pointe Dr. in West Union
Location of the construction site is on the hillside above and right behind West Union Ingles. Go up Hwy 28 toward West Union. Turn right onto Travelers Rd BEFORE you get to the shopping center. This road is between McDonald’s and the Ford dealership. You should be passing on the right side and above Ingles. Go straight until this road tees with Anderson St. Turn left on Anderson St. and right on East Pointe. There are about 12 to 14 Habitat homes under way on either side of the road
WHAT A GREAT WAY to show Christian Love, get some fresh air, and have a GREAT TIME !!!
For more information, click here
to contact Joe James.
We Are Expanding Our
Beautiful and Meaningful
Gallery of Crosses
The Aesthetic Committee will be collecting crosses for the Gallery of Crosses, located in the hallway behind the sanctuary. Crosses may be donated in memory or honor of any family member and/or friend. The crosses received prior to May 1 will be hung for the Saint Mark Festival on May 2.
Crosses received after May 1 will be hung as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please click here
to contact Joyce Carney, or call her at (864) 882-4256
Sound, Projection, and Live Stream Volunteers Needed
for Worship Services
Volunteers are needed for the control booth to help our worship services run smoothly. Behind the scenes jobs for camera, projection, sound, and lights are needed immediately. Each worship service requires one person for each of these volunteer positions. That is four volunteers for each worship service every Sunday. The plan is to utilize volunteers on a rotating schedule, so you wouldn't work every week.
If we can get enough volunteers to help we may be able to resume the contemporary service sooner rather than later. No experience is required and training will be provided in order to step right into one of the four operating positions.
If you are interested, please call Jens Holley at the church office at (864) 882-2603 and volunteer your services at your earliest convenience.
Funding the Mission and Ministries
of Saint Mark
During a Season of Uncertainty
First, thank you, thank you for your generous tithes and gifts during this unprecedented time of uncertainty. We wouldn't be able to support the mission and ministry of Saint Mark without your one-time or regular giving.
The giving of your tithes and offerings continues to be as important now as ever. There are multiple ways for you to practice the discipline of stewardship, and experience the joy of generosity. It’s your generosity that supports the many ministries of Saint Mark which are making a difference in the lives of many in our church and community each day.
To keep your giving up-to-date, you may use one of the following ways to make sure your pledge remains up-to-date:
You can place your donations in the baskets at worship.
You can mail your checks to Karen Holcombe at the church office -616 Quincy Road, Seneca, SC 29678.
You can set up bank draft by contacting Karen at the church office (864) 882-2603.
You may also give your tithes and offerings online. It is quick and easy. Click here to give safely and securely. or by putting the required info into this link, on line credit and debit card, etc. PLEASE NOTE: You may now contribute your alms through the online giving app. It is one of the giving options on the drop-down menu.
Again, thank you!!
Please note this complete list of upcoming events and meetings.
United Methodist Women
Virtual “Day Apart”
Saturday, April 17
Earth Day Observance
Sunday, April 18
Sunday, April 18
Saint Mark Center
Elderberries Planning Meeting
Monday, April 19
UMW Leadership Meeting
Tuesday, April 20
Library Team Work Day
Tuesday, April 20
The UMW Annual Spiritual Retreat
Saturday, April 24
Stewardship Committee Meeting
Sunday, April 25
Red Cross Blood Mobile
Sunday, May 2
8:30 am - 1 pm
Acts Sunday School Class
Resumes Meeting In Person
Sunday, May 2
Saint Mark Festival Worship and Pizza Party
Burning of the Mortgage
Sunday, May 2
Worship - 10:15 am
Burning of the Mortgage - 11:15
followed by a Pizza Party
Monday, May 3
If the information above about your class, group or meeting is not correct, please click here
to contact Marla Fuller
Although we have lifted some of our restrictions regarding meeting in-person, Zoom meetings are still an option. If you would like to schedule a Zoom meeting for your class, group or team, click here
to contact Marla Fuller
If your class, group or team plans to return to meeting in person, please click here
to notify Donna Jaynes
so that she can make sure the room is available and so that she can add it to the building usage calendar. Thanks for your help!
For more dates and details, click here
to view our church calendar on the Saint Mark website.
Clemson Area Pledge to End Racism (CAPER) invites you to participate . . .
Living the Pledge Virtual Workshop
In order to make the Clemson Area Pledge to End Racism something that becomes an integral part of our daily lives, we offer a workshop to reflect, learn, and practice how to develop and maintain this commitment. This workshop is for people who have signed the "Pledge" and for those who are considering signing it. Our hope is to build a strong, multi-faith foundation for continued collaborative anti-racism work in the Clemson area. We plan to continue offering this workshop and to provide additional opportunities for learning and growth related to racism and oppression in the future.
The primary goal of this workshop is to develop confidence in our abilities to:
- Integrate the Pledge into our daily lives
- Confront racism and bias in our everyday lives
- Recognize and challenge systemic racism
- Take leadership in ending racism in our community, our culture, and our lives
As part of the workshop, participants develop a community of support and an understanding of how to use that support to deepen our work in building a just and equitable world.
Saint Mark UMC
616 Quincy Road
Seneca, SC 29678
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April 18, 2021
Celebration of God’s Creation Sunday
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A Prayer for our Earth
By Pope Francis
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of Your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in Your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards Your infinite Light.
We thank You for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
Pope Francis published this prayer in his Lauda to Si’ encyclical, and is meant for sharing with all who believe in a God who is the Creator of all things.
Submit Your Prayer Requests
Saint Mark is pleased to receive your prayer requests . . . for yourself or for friends or loved ones. Click here to submit your request to Pastor Todd Davis.
Saint Mark 2021 Ministry Guidebook
Click here to view the entire Saint Mark 2021 Ministry Guidebook with information about church structure, leadership and ministries.