Worship With Us This Sunday
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 22
bringing the message
(see information about Victoria below)
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis
A Warm Welcome to Victoria Arnold
I first met Victoria Arnold at Quest, a weekend sponsored by the South Carolina United Methodist Church for high school students discerning a call to ministry. We immediately connected over the fact we were both living in Seneca, and while she was just sixteen at that time I was immediately impressed with the ways God was so evidently at work in her life.
Victoria has been a part of Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church for her entire life, and in later high school years began participating in worship as she was beginning to sense God calling her to ministry.
Victoria is now a freshman at Southern Wesleyan University where she is majoring in Religion with a concentration in Christian Ministries. She plans to attend seminary after undergrad, and to pursue ordination in the United Methodist Church.
It is a special privilege for us, the people of Saint Mark, to have the opportunity to encourage Victoria along her journey and benefit from her gifts this Sunday! Please be sure to extend a special word of welcome to her, as she brings the message in the Celebration Service.
Please join us in prayer for the persons and situations listed below:
Personal Prayer Notes:
Pauline Adams –
Recovering from hospital stay.
Basil Carney - recovering from knee surgery
Rev. Bill Farley –
Recovering from motorcycle accident.
Wayne Hopkins -
Brother of Lavonne H. Sloop – Colon cancer.
Richard Markley -
Father of Stephanie Seman (SMUMC disciple), who is having health issues and needs prayer.
Bernice May –
At home recovering from recent surgery.
Dot Kellett -
is at Prisma Hospital in Greenville for evaluation. Apparently, since May she’s had a serious of mini-strokes, and had to be moved to the memory care unit, and has been declining rapidly.
Tim McFall –
Recovering from diverticulitis.
Susan Miller –
Mother of Becca Williams (SMUMC CDC Director) with serious health issues.
Suzanne Pruitt -
Former Minister of Education and Spiritual Formation at SMUMC – Recovering at home from open heart surgery on 12/11/19.
Eddie Rembert –
Recovering at home from triple bypass surgery.
Pat Reynolds –
In OMH with Rhino virus and adult RSV.
Ginny Stubbs –
Sister of Jean Rogers
Fell and fractured shoulder.
Do you have a prayer request?
to share your request with your church family.
The good news is that our faith promises in support of the 2020 budget now total
, slightly ABOVE last year's total - with still some 30 or so households outstanding. If you are among that number, we need to hear from you in order to complete our planning for the 2020 budget. THANK YOU to the many of you who have responded in fantastic manner - the average pledge continues to be about $400 above last year’s average - GREAT news!
Your Stewardship Team
On Christmas Eve, join us as together we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Once again, we are offering three services at three different times. Pick the one that suits you best, then bring your family, friends and neighbors!
If you will be attending one of our three services,we invite you to bring your
Advent Giving Box
with you to the service. If not, you may drop the box off at Pastor Shawn's office.
Oh come, let us adore Him!!
Alms Offering for Christmas Eve Services
The alms offering for all three services on Christmas Eve will be split primarily between two local agencies that Saint Mark disciples support:
Family Promise of Pickens County and
Oconee United Ministries (formerly known as the Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund).
Family Promise of Pickens County
serves homeless families by sheltering them in a network of churches while helping them work towards self-sufficiency. Saint Mark partners with Clemson UMC to shelter families in the program for four weeks out of the year. For more information,
to contact Jane Harlin.
Oconee United Ministries helps keep low-income families in their homes by providing assistance with rent and/or utilities. Both of these agencies provide essential services to our community, especially during the cold winter months.
As always, thank you for your generosity.
With love from your Saint Mark staff
The church office will be closed Monday, December 23 - Thursday, December 26 . . . then again on Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1 (2020).
On Sunday, December 29, the Sunday after Christmas Day, there will be
one combined service of worship in the Saint Mark Center at 10:15 am. Jens Holley will be bringing the message.
Also, there will be no official gatherings during the Sunday School hour (9 am) for children, youth or adults. Please come a few minutes early to enjoy light refreshments in the Saint Mark Center as we gather all together as one family of faith for worship, continuing to celebrate Christmas!
As we begin a new year of ministry at Saint Mark UMC, to help all ministry teams and leaders to be confident and unified in our efforts to fulfill our church’s mission –
To Be and Make Disciples of Jesus Christ
– we will have a Leadership Orientation on
Sunday, January 5 (5:30 pm Supper; 6:00-7:00 pm Training in the Commons Room).
All returning and new ministry team leaders are receiving this invitation to this training from Pastor Todd.
January 2020 Gathering
and Tacky Re-gift Exchange
Wednesday, January 8
Saint Mark Center
, we will follow the meal with a Tacky Re-gift Exchange. We usually receive at least one gift at Christmas that we would consider wrapping up and passing on. So, wrap up your tacky gift and bring it with you on January 8! You must bring a gift to participate. Here's how it will work:
- Each player brings one wrapped gift to contribute to a common pool.
- Players draw numbers to determine what order they will select a gift.
- The player with the number "1" selects a gift from the pool and opens it - Making sure everyone can see the gift!
- The following players can choose to either pick a wrapped gift from the pool, or steal a gift previously opened. Anyone who gets their gift stolen in this way can do the same - choose a new gift or steal from someone else. (A gift can only be stolen once.)
- After all players have had a turn, the first player gets a chance to swap the gift he or she is holding for any other opened gift, and with that, the game is over.
What fun this is going to be!!!!! A great way to start the year off - together.
January and soup just naturally go together. Below is the menu for January 8:
Choice of soup:
If you are not on the master list,
to make your reservations.
Hope to see you there!
During the season of Advent, we have been filling our Advent Giving Boxes with items for those in need in our community. If you haven't already done so, we invite you to bring your filled boxes to the church between now and Christmas Eve.
Then, on Wednesday, January 15, some of us will gather together all of the boxes that you have filled and begin to sort all of the items so that they can be delivered to the ministries and agencies who will then distribute them to our neighbors in need. Join us!
For more information,
to contact Pastor Shawna.
Are You 50+
Elderberries January Event
Covered Dish Supper and Bunco
"Life is Too Short to Say 'No' to Cake!"
Friday, January 17
Saint Mark Commons Room
Want to shoo away the midwinter blahs? Join us for an evening of fun, food and great fellowship!
We have decided to plan the meal around cake - several kinds of cake. So if you will bring appetizers, salads, main dishes or sides, we will provide the cakes . . . as well as rolls and beverages.
Then we will enjoy an evening of Bunco - a game played with twelve or more players, divided into groups of four, trying to score points while taking turns rolling three dice. You've never played it? Come and learn how to play. It's fun and requires no special skill other than rolling the three dice on a square table. You will love it!
to make your reservation. Hope to see you there!
Do you have a card table that we could use that evening? To play Bunco, there need to be four people at each table and card tables are perfect for that purpose. If you are willing to let us use your table,
Church and Society Team Invites You to
Human Relations Sunday 2020
Mark your calendar now for Sunday, January 19. Our special guest clergy will be
Rev. Doctor Melanie Dobson, daughter of Bob and Lynn Dobson. The time will be dedicated to exploring in more depth what it means to
Watch for more details.
Elderberries "Lunch Bunch" Kicks off the
New Year with a Delicious Lunch at
If you have never had the pleasure of eating there,
Dienner's Kitchen restaurant is a popular Seneca establishment that is owned and operated by local Mennonites. The food is
home-style cooking, serving both buffet and menu.
Hope to see you there!
to make your Lunch Bunch reservations online.
TREK and Journey for Youth Resume
Wednesday, January 8
Gospel Choir Resumes
Wednesday, January 8
Chancel Choir Resumes
Wednesday, January 8
Women's Overnight Retreat
February 21 - 23
Bonclarken Conference Center
Flat Rock, NC
ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
that might interest you. Save the date(s) on your calendar.
Bunco and Covered Dish Supper
Friday, January 17
Dienner's Kitchen Restaurant
Tuesday, January 28
Clemson Women's Basketball Game
Thursday, February 13
Anderson Senior Follies
Thursday, March 12
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events,
to contact Marla Fuller.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (Jesus),
because He has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18, 19
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget this holiday season: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have no one to care for them. Help us to be a source of healing to those who are broken in body, mind or spirit, and to help them turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this for the love of Your beloved Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology
Rev. Dr. Steve Morgan
"Seasons of the Spiritual Journey"
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Anderson County Library
300 N. McDuffie St.
Anderson, SC 29621
Rev. Dr. Steven Morgan is a retired minister in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served churches in Glasgow, Scotland, Newberry, Gaffney, Spartanburg, Lancaster, Florence, and at
Saint Mark in Seneca
, plus the South Lakes Methodist Circuit in England after retirement. He holds degrees from Wofford College, Duke Divinity School, and Candler School of Theology of Emory University. He is active in venues of interfaith and interracial dialogue.
Save the Date!
Let's Talk Mental Health Conference
Saturday, February 22
8 - 9 am Registration and Exhibits
9 am - 12:30 pm Conference
516 Piedmont Rd.
United Methodist Women Have Been
Saint Mark United Methodist Women observed the annual December General Meeting of UMW with a themed brunch of
“Home for the Holidays”. The speakers for the event were Saint Mark disciple
Danielle Gay and
Abby Crooks, cofounder of the local non-profit
“Fostering Faithfully “. Both of these young women, with their husbands, are foster parents who have experienced firsthand both the joys and heartbreak of fostering children in Oconee County.
There is a growing need in the Upstate for foster parents, caused in part by the opioid and meth addiction crises, yet most foster parents quit after less than a year. “Fostering Faithfully” recognizes and addresses the need for all kinds of support for foster parents, including clothing, furniture (cribs, bunk beds, car seats), opportunities for respite care, guidance on difficult issues, encouragement, etc.
Many times children arrive at night with no clothing other than what they are wearing. Check out the table of new pajamas UMW attendees donated - over 50 pairs! - to help children coming into foster care with no nightclothes. Thanks to all of the women who supported this local mission.
If you are interested in UMW or have questions, please
to contact Becky Hazelwood.
Share Your Feedback About Contemporary Worship at Saint Mark
If you are not yet aware, there is a team working to evaluate the Celebration worship service, to ensure we appropriately give thanks for all God has done through it over the years since its beginning, and to position it well to continue into the future. This team has been committed to gathering input from a variety of sources, and now wants to hear from
If you would like to share your feedback about contemporary worship at Saint Mark, please log onto this web address
, or speak directly with any member of the team
(Anna Baldwin, Lisi Campbell, Bob Dobson, Cora Keese, Susan Salis, Mike Wallace, Jeff Weicksel, John Glenn, Pastor Shawna, or Pastor Todd)
January Calendar of Events
and January Birthdays
It is almost 2020!!!
to find our January 2020 calendar of events at Saint Mark and our list Saint Mark disciples who are celebrating January birthdays.
If you have a January birthday that was not included in our birthday list,
to contact Jens Holley so that we can include your birthday next year.
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Seneca, SC 29678
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If you were not able to attend worship on any given Sunday, you can still listen to the sermon.
to select and listen to sermons that you may have missed.
A Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Precious Savior, breathlessly we wait for Your Coming. The house has been made ready. The tree is trimmed with beautiful lights and sentimental ornaments. Already there are presents under the tree. The guests have been invited. All of the ingredients for a delightful, sumptuous meal have been purchased.
Our hearts are filled to overflowing with love for You and for one another. Come into our waiting hearts that we may celebrate the miraculous day of Your birth.
Welcome, Lord Jesus, for it is in Your name, we pray. Amen.
Submit Your Prayer Requests
Saint Mark is pleased to receive your prayer requests . . . for yourself or for friends or loved ones.
to submit your request to Pastor Todd Davis.
Saint Mark 2020 Ministry Guidebook
to view the entire Saint Mark 2020 Ministry Guidebook with information about church structure, leadership and ministries.