Worship With Us This Sunday
Sunday, January 12, 2020
"The Way We Walk"
bringing the message
Rev. Shawna Darnall
Saint Mark Center
"Beloved to Become 'Light'"
bringing the message
Rev. Bob Stillwell
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, "You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land."
After observing Advent by adding much needed items to your Advent Giving Boxes, many of you brought your Advent Giving Boxes to the church on or before Christmas Eve. The boxes have been blessed, and now wait to be sorted and distributed to the individuals and families in our community who need them most.
We will be sorting these donated items on Wednesday, January 15 from 6 - 7 pm in the Commons Room. You are invited to participate. Just show up. How does that saying go? "Many hands make light work."
These Giving Boxes are just one way that our Saint Mark disciples are loving well!
CDC Parents' Night Out
Friday, January 17
5:30 - 9:30 pm
The Saint Mark Child Development Center (CDC) is hosting a Parents' Night Out next Friday, January 17. Children from infants up to 12 years old are welcome. The cost is $10 per hour for one child, $15 per hour for two children and so on. You pay by the hour. To register or for more information,
to contact Becca Williams, CDC Director.
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
We will gather in the sanctuary for
one combined service of worship, led by members of the Church and Society Ministry Team.
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.
A Black History Month Pulpit Exchange
February is Black History Month — a time to reflect on the history of black Americans and to honor the individuals and groups who have worked tirelessly toward racial justice.
As a congregation, we celebrate the ongoing relationship we share with our brothers and sisters in Christ at New Harmony UMC. We will celebrate that relationship with a pulpit exchange on Sunday, February 16, welcoming
Rev. Bernetha Orr as our special guest clergy. Pastor Todd will bring the message to the congregation at New Harmony UMC.
It’s time to register for our 2020 overnight retreat,
Learning the Art of Loving
We will travel up to the cozy Bonclarken Retreat Center in the beautiful mountains of Flat Rock, NC for the weekend of
February 21-23, 2020
. Join us for a weekend of deepening faith and friendship with the leadership of Reverend Robin Dease.
Rev. Robin currently serves as the UMC District Superintendent in Hartsville, SC. She has led countless women’s retreats, and some of our own women have been inspired by her words at state and regional UMW gatherings.
Overview of Schedule for the Weekend:
Carpool departure from Saint Mark UMC,
stopping for dinner along the drive
Arrive at Bonclarken; Settle into rooms in Founders Hall
Session One in the gathering space within Founders Hall
Break for the night with hot chocolate bar; games;
and an optional pajama fashion show!
Breakfast included in the Dining Hall
Session Two in the gathering space within Founders Hall
Break for the afternoon to rest and renew as is best for you!
You are encouraged to grab a couple of friends and check out the quaint downtown of Flat Rock;
explore the hiking trails;
or just take a nap in your room.
Please note that lunch is not included,
but carpooling to lunch will be arranged as desired.
Dinner included in the Dining Hall
Session Three in the gathering space within Founders Hall
Break for the night with plenty of optional fun
Breakfast included in the Dining Hall
Session Four with Communion in the gathering space
within Founders Hall
Depart for home, stopping for lunch along the drive
The cost for the weekend is
per person staying in a double room. You can opt to have a single room for
. If cost is the hindrance to your participation, please speak with Pastor Shawna. Please plan to pay in the atrium of Saint Mark on Sunday January 12, January 19, January 26 or in the church office during the week.
to contact Pastor Shawna Darnall.
End-of-Year Stewardship Report
As we conclude our Stewardship campaign, we must begin with a huge THANK YOU to our faithful and loyal disciples who have supported the 2019 budget in stellar fashion, ending the year with total giving of
over our budgeted income of
THANK YOU also to the 206 households that have pledged a total of
$903,363.19 in support of our 2020 budget - the average pledge exceeds that of 2019 by
$311.49. This will be the final update of our campaign, but any pledges received by Sunday January 19 will be considered when the Finance Committee meets on January 21 to finalize our 2020 budget.
THANKS also to the members of the Stewardship Team - willing, loyal and creative disciples that have made 2019 a great year!
Your Stewardship Team
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
The church office will be closed
Monday, January 20
Women's Overnight Retreat
February 21 - 23
Bonclarken Conference Center
Flat Rock, NC
Wednesday, February 26
Wings for the Lord Yard Sale
Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14
Saint Mark Center
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
Flat Rock Playhouse
Saturday, August 8
Lunch at Mezzaluna in Hendersonville
West Side Story
2 pm matinee
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events,
to contact Marla Fuller.
Live Event With Separation Plan Developers
A live-streamed panel discussion with members of the team that developed a new proposal for The United Methodist Church’s future is set for
Monday, January 13
. The panel interview, conducted by UM News, will be streamed on
beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time.
Let's Talk Race: Clemson
Invites You to the Movies
This Saturday, January 11
Regal Starlight Theater in Anderson
You are invited to join others to see the movie, Just Mercy, a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time, as seen in the HBO documentary
After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian's life.
After the movie, the group will adjourn to the Pompous Pig for dinner and discussion. The Pompous Pig is located at 3320 N Main Street in Anderson.
Just a Reminder
Pastor Todd will be having outpatient surgery on both feet this Friday, January 10 to remove arthritis and bone spurs that have been causing chronic pain. He will need to be immobile for two weeks so he will not return to the office until Monday, January 27. If you need to communicate with Pastor Todd during this time, you are welcome to leave a voicemail on his church office phone (864) 882-2603, or send him an email at
Thank you for your prayers!
New Offering Envelopes
The new offering envelopes are available in the Atrium, arranged by last name. Please be sure to take the correct box. Also note that there are no dates on these envelopes, so you may use them until the box runs out, and then we will order you a new box.
to contact Karen Holcombe.
Will You Provide Flowers for Worship
The 2020 Flower Calendar is available for sign up on the wall just outside the Music Suite. Please consider remembering, honoring or celebrating someone by providing sanctuary flowers for our worship time. January dates are especially hard to fill so consider signing up sometime the remainder of this month.
And a big THANK YOU to our Saint Mark disciples who helped beautify our sanctuary in 2019.
For more information,
to contact Sandra Stricker.
A big thank you to everyone who stood by the little red buckets ringing the bell for the Salvation Army this year. On the four "official" Saint Mark days, we raised more than $2300, and that doesn't count the money raised by individual Saint Mark disciples who signed up for individual shifts on other days. We don't have any way to track that, but I know our impact was great, so thanks again for standing in the cold with a smile on your face and a bell in your hand! Many local families will stay warm in their homes this winter because of our efforts.
Worship Guides - A New Idea
Beginning in January 2020 our Traditional Service Ushers and Greeters will begin a new role in service to Saint Mark as these two teams are blended together to form a new group called Worship Guides. The goal of this team is to make our worship services safe, orderly and hospitable. These two groups of disciples have come together during November and December and received training in this new role of Worship Guide, which is a blending of the roles of both groups and will come under the responsibility of the Hospitality Committee. This team is a work in progress as we roll out this new idea of how we show hospitality at Saint Mark.
The Hospitality Committee is also working on another way that Saint Mark can be a more welcoming campus. The idea is to have
“weatherproof, curbside, sidewalk greeters”
. This unique group of disciples will be on the sidewalks near all three service entrances to be able to help direct newcomers, the elderly and any one that may need assistance. These greeters will wear a distinctive way to be identified, possibly a bright colored vest and, on rainy days, will have two brightly colored umbrellas. We are hoping to start this new team the first of February. If you feel God nudging you to be part of this ministry or if you have questions or concerns about any of these changes, please give me a call at (864) 723-7667 or
to send him an email.
Billy Boggs, Retiring Hospitality Chair
Can You Help?
The Hospitality Team is looking for a person or group willing to make vests for a new group of greeters who will be stationed outside the church to welcome visitors, assist people with different needs, and give directions. The plan is to make 9 vests of different sizes. The style has been selected (see above) and they will probably be red.
If you are willing and able to help make these vests, please contact Billy Boggs at (864) 723-7667 or
to send an email.
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A Prayer for Australia
God of life and death, our prayers today are where our hearts and minds have been during these last days and where they have been drawn as we watch the fires burn in Australia; with those communities and individuals whose lives have been damaged in differing ways by the bushfires.
We pray for all those who have been affected; for the families and friends of those who have died in the fires.
We pray for those who are missing, for their safety, for the fears of those who love them; bring each one home safe, we pray.
We pray for those who have been injured and survived:
- for physical and emotional trauma;
- for the fear and helplessness experienced;
- for the anger and frustration at the injustice
- of unavoidable disaster.
We pray for those who have lost their home and property or are facing such loss:
- for those who have been forced to leave their memories and belongings
- for the fear and disorientation of all involved
Heal them from their nightmare memories.
We are appalled and saddened by the massive lost of plant and animal life in Australia. We grieve the harm that has befallen Your beautiful creation, Lord. We pray for your protection.
We pray for all involved in fighting the fire; we pray for courage in a place of fear; for new strength in the face of exhaustion; for people who have traveled distances in order to resource those who experience fatigue.
We are mindful of the days, weeks and months ahead, for many dangerous days yet to come, for seasons of recovery and rebuilding,
of homes, farms, lives and communities.
We pray for strength, courage, patience and hope
- as grieving continues,
- as frustrations rise
- and inevitable changes occur.
We pray, too, knowing that we are entering a harsher climate, less predictable and more volatile.
As we care for each other, help us to care for Your creation, to be worthy stewards and advocates of all that You have made.
Keep us faithful and alert in our praying and our actions.
In the name of Jesus Christ, 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 2019 Ministry Guidebook
to view the entire Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook with information about church structure, leadership, ministries and our 2019 budget.