In-Person and Live Stream
THIS Sunday, February 14
This Sunday, we celebrate Transfiguration Sunday. Intern, Victoria Arnold, will be bringing the message to us.
What Is the Transfiguration of Jesus?
So glad you asked!
Listen to what Chuck has to say . . .
Personal Prayer Notes:
Coronavirus – those with virus, those unable to work, healthcare workers, containment, vaccine distribution.
Kathie Ashley and husband, Wilbur – Kathie is Lavonne Sloop’s older sister. Both Kathie and Wilbur have contracted COVID. Wilbur’s case didn’t require hospitalization. Kathie’s situation is dire and complicated by diabetes, a variation of Parkinson’s that does not respond to medication, and she also has liver cancer. Kathie has moved into rehab, and continues to be very weak. Thank you for prayers for comfort and peace for Lavonne, Wilbur and daughters Cheryl and Sylvia.
Julie Brown – Julie has been in and out of the hospital since December 16, following a car accident. She needs some help with transportation to and from Greenville for doctor appointments.
Jimmy Atkinson –Stepson of Joyce Atkinson – diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to other organs and told he has only weeks to live. Please pray for Jimmy, wife Karen, and daughters Alissa and Sarah.
Nancy Cottingham – Mass located on remaining kidney with pain involved. Surgery scheduled on March 1 to remove the mass.
Patch Haley – family member of Lura and Woody Wyatt. Patch is not doing well after his Stem Cell Transplant. He is out of PICU, off the ventilator and doing better at the moment. He still has a long way to go. Thanks for all your prayers and continued prayers. This little 2 year old is a fighter. He has been fighting this since July 2020.
Lou Hansen - Had kidney stone removed by outpatient surgery on February 3.
Rick Willingham – Friend of Alicia Spivey - Rick, who was involved in a serious farming accident, died of his injuries this past week.
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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.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Drive-thru - 11 am - 1 pm
(Saint Mark Memorial Garden)
Worship Service - 6:30 pm
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. Throughout scripture, ashes are used as part of rituals when people seek forgiveness and mourn their sin. Traditionally, the Imposition of Ashes on the foreheads of Christians marks the beginning of Lent.
As the ashes are placed on the forehead, words such as these are spoken: "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return," recalling God's words to Adam in Genesis 3:19.
You have two opportunities to receive the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
You can receive the Imposition of Ashes by a Pastor via drive-thru in the Memorial Garden circle just off Ben Hilda Drive from 11 am-1 pm. You have a choice of having the pastor impose the ashes, or you may do that to yourself.
You can also receive the Imposition of Ashes during a worship service for Ash Wednesday that will be held in the Sanctuary at 6:30 pm. You have a choice of having the pastor impose the ashes, or you may do that to yourself.
For those worshiping online, you are invited to pick up a small container of ashes for yourself and family members in the Sanctuary Narthex on February 17 from 10 am-5pm. Front door will be unlocked.
All COVID precautions will be observed
in our time together.
Lenten Faith Formation Study
To help Saint Mark disciples prepare for our Easter celebration on Sunday, April 4, 2021, a book study on Tom Berlin's Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor is being offered during the six weeks of Lent. Click here to order your copy of Reckless Love from Cokesbury Publishing. The cost of the book is $8.49.
Watch the promo video below to learn more about this important and timely study.
You will have two opportunities each week to participate in this study using the Zoom platform.
- The first opportunity will be led by Pastor Todd on Mondays each week from 12-1 pm beginning February 22.
- The second opportunity will be led by SMUMC Ministerial Intern, Victoria Arnold and Pastor Shawna on Tuesdays each week from 6-7 pm beginning on February 23.
If you would like to participate in this study, please click here to contact Pastor Todd.
Let's Get Our Beautiful Church Grounds
Ready for Spring!!
Please plan on helping with a church workday on Saturday, February 20 at 9 am. We will be spreading mulch and performing some light hedge trimming. Please bring wheel barrows, rakes, pitch forks, blowers, heavy brooms and hedge trimmers.
In case of precipitation, we will move the workday to the following Saturday February 27.
Please call Dal Poston at (704) 641-9521 if you have questions.
Another Opportunity to Give Blood!
Saint Mark is hosting another Blood Connection Blood Drive. The Blood Connection Blood Mobile will be set up on our campus.
If you have questions, or if you want to make an appointment, click here
to contact Saint Mark disciple, Sarah Weaver.
Do You Have a Heart for
Special Needs Adults?
If so, you may be the perfect person to serve as Saint Mark UMC’s local church representative/advocate for the South Carolina Annual Conference Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry.
Here’s what we need from you as our Local Church Representative:
- Have a heart for special needs adults.
Learn about the ministry by reviewing the Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry website. Click here to open the website. Click here to see the brochure.
- Help the church community to learn about this South Carolina Conference ministry.
- Share news, updates and engagement opportunities related to Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry with the church community.
- Advocate for the ministry by promoting the special offering Sunday, August 8, 2021, or an alternate date designated by the local church. This ministry does not receive funding through our conference apportionments.
- As Saint Mark’s Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry Local Church Representative, you will have support from the Saint Mark UMC Service/Missions team.
That’s it. By volunteering to serve as Saint Mark’s Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry Local Church Representative, you could help to make a big difference in the lives of some very special people. If interested, click here to contact Pastor Todd, or call him at the church office (864) 882-2603.
Funding the Mission and Ministries
of Saint Mark
During a Season of Uncertainty
The giving of your tithes and offerings is as important now as ever. To keep your giving up-to-date, you may mail your checks to Karen Holcombe at the church office - 616 Quincy Road, Seneca, SC 29678.
You may also give your tithes and offerings online. It is quick and easy. Click here
to give safely and securely.
Please note these upcoming events and meetings.
UMW Leadership Team Meeting
Tuesday, February 16
Wednesday, February 17
Drive-through Imposition of Ashes
11 am - 1 pm
Saint Mark Memorial Garden
(In Person and Live Stream)
Thursday Morning Bible Study
Thursday, February 18
Saint Mark Child Development Center
Parents' Night Out
Friday, February 19
5:30 - 10 pm
Saint Mark Work Day
Saturday, February 20
Lenten Book Study - Reckless Love
Begins Monday, February 22
12 - 1 pm
with Pastor Todd
Lenten Book Study - Reckless Love
Begins Tuesday, February 23
6 - 7 pm
with Victoria Arnold and Pastor Shawna
Thursday Morning Bible Study
Thursday, February 25
Faith Formation Team Meeting
Monday, March 1
Evangelism Team Meeting
Sunday, March 7
Worship Team Meeting
Monday, March 8
Mission/Service Team Meeting
Sunday, March 14
Finance Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 16
Blood Connection Blood Drive
Wednesday, March 17
9 am - 12 noon
Saint Mark UMC Campus
Council of Stewards (COS) Meeting
Monday, March 22
Wednesday, March 24
Watch for details
Holy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 1
Sunday, April 4
For more dates and details, click here
to view our church calendar on the Saint Mark website.
We have returned to more stringent restrictions due to the increase in COVID cases in our community. If you would like to schedule a Zoom meeting for your class, group or team, click here
to contact Marla Fuller.
"Imagination Simply Isn't Enough"
A few weeks ago, our own Saint Mark disciples, Danny Markus and Stacy Keelor, were invited by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson to bring the morning message at their Sunday service. Their sermon topic was "Imagination Simply Isn't Enough," a reminder that God doesn't just call us to IMAGINE a better world for all people, but God calls us to DO something - to take action - to work toward justice and equity. Watch their presentation below:
Stacy and Danny are members of our Saint Mark Church and Society Team. Danny is the team leader.
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February 14, 2021
In-Person Worship in the Sanctuary
AND Online Live Stream Worship
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Watch Last Sunday's Service of Worship Today
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A Prayer of Preparation for Lent
Truly dust we are, and to dust we shall return;
and truly Yours we are, and to You we shall return.
Help this holy season of Lent to be a time of turning round - away from the ways of the world.
Let it be a time of new beginnings as we surrender our lives - all that we have and all that we are - to You.
Through the forty days of Lent, help us to follow You and to find You . . .
in the discipline of praying
and in the drudgery of caring
in whatever we deny ourselves,
and whatever we set ourselves to learn or do.
Help us to discover You
in our loneliness and in community . . .
in our emptiness and our fulfillment,
in our sadness and our laughter.
Help us to find You when we ourselves are lost.
Help us to follow You on the journey to Jerusalem . . .
to the waving palms of the people’s hope,
to their rejection, to the cross and empty tomb.
Help us to nurture new growth amid the ashes of the old.
Help us, to pick up our crosses and follow You - to be living, breathing signs of Your Kingdom here on earth.
In the name and the Spirit of Christ we pray,
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.