Mask Restrictions Will Be Lifted
Beginning THIS Sunday, June 6!
Beginning this Sunday, June 6, wearing a mask at Saint Mark will become optional. If you are uncomfortable not wearing a mask, you still have two options. You are more than welcome to continue to wear your mask at church, and you may join us online as we continue to live stream our services each Sunday.
The pandemic is not over, so we trust that you will use discernment about your attendance and wearing a mask so that we can continue to keep you and our church family safe. We encourage you, if you haven't done so already, to get vaccinated - for the benefit of all, including yourself.
Also, our hymnbooks and Bibles will return to the sanctuary next Sunday, June 13.
Sunday Morning Worship
with Holy Communion
Join us this coming Sunday, June 6 to learn two important keys to a successful life as a follower of Jesus.
Those attending worship in person will share in Holy Communion. Those worshiping from home will receive a link to a Love Feast celebration. Watch for the link on Sunday morning.
Alms Offering This Sunday Goes to
You may have seen the article in the Heart Beat last week (and today!) about our June 20-23 partnership with ReBuild Upstate to work on a home repair project as a “stay-at-home” mission trip. The alms offering this Sunday will primarily be used to support this organization. The tagline on their website sums up what they do: “Returning Dignity, Safety and Stability to our neighbors through home preservation.” ReBuild Upstate helps combat the affordable housing crisis by repairing and preserving homes that upstate residents already own and live in. Even if you can’t wield a hammer or install roofing, you can be a part of this mission project by donating to the alms offering this month. As always, thank you for your generous support.
Dear Saint Mark Family of Faith,
I have an incredible story to share with you that I believe is an answer to prayer. We are hoping to restart our contemporary worship service in the Saint Mark Center soon. We have needed to upgrade the sound system in the SMC for some time, and I recently went to the Trustees to ask for $11,716.50 to do so. They wanted to fund the request, but the money was just not in this year’s budget.
Just two days later, I received an email from the children of Pauline and Charles Adams – Rebecca, Jim and Denice. The email said:
“In memory of our loving parents, we would like to make a combined contribution of $10,500 to support the continued ministries, missions, and staff of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in recognition of all that Saint Mark meant to our parents.
“For over thirty years, Saint Mark was more than a church for our parents, it was their spiritual home. The multiple acts of kindness and support that have been extended to us over the years are part of many family stories. For example, in Mom’s final days she enjoyed recalling with great love the Bahamian mission trip to Eleuthera. The visits, meals, and support from the ladies of the Elizabeth UMW Circle were unbelievably generous.
“The way the choir friends supported Dad in his final year before he passed away deeply touched all of us. And, of course, the ministerial visits - in the wake of a devastating tornado, and the Covid-19 lockdown - were very helpful to us as we wrestled with the decline of Mom’s health.
“We want to thank the people of Saint Mark for all that they’ve done, and continue to do, as they share God’s love.”
Isn’t that incredible? In my “thank you” reply to Charles and Pauline’s children, I asked if the money could be used for the much-needed sound system upgrades to the Saint Mark Center.
The reply came:
“We are delighted that Saint Mark has an immediate use for our donation. A new sound system seems like a lovely idea to enhance the worship experience. We are sure that Mom and Dad are smiling about that too. Your request made us think of a conversation that Dad had with Mom about 15-20 years ago. Mom was blind in one eye all her life, so she needed her glasses to see anything. Dad was feeling frustrated one evening because his hearing was getting worse, and he could not hear the conversation at a dinner party. Mom said to Dad afterwards, ‘Oh honey, it's ok. You just tell me where they are, and I will tell you what they said!’ We hope that the new sound system will allow others to hear what is being said!!”
Wonderful! But! the story doesn’t end there! The following Sunday, a member of the Praise team asked when we were going to start the worship service again in the Saint Mark Center. I shared the recent answer to my prayers about the generous donation, but mentioned that we were about $1000 short of the full amount needed for the sound system upgrades. This disciple looked at me and said:
“I will have a check for $1000 to the church this week!” (Thank you Saint Mark disciple, Alicia Spivey!!)
With that news, our Trustees agreed to cover the last $216.50 needed. Truly incredible!
Saint Mark, we are so blessed as a church. If you, or your loved one would like to include a gift to Saint Mark in your end-of-life planning, please contact the church and we can help you in this process.
God takes such good care of his faithful disciples. Never doubt it, and please, thank God for his blessings to us!
Taking Pride in our Church Campus
On Tuesday, May 25, Saint Mark disciples, under the leadership of Trustee, Dal Poston, took on the task of working to beautify the church grounds.
Members participating were Dal Poston, Joe James, Frank Axson, Russ Larson, Jeff Weicksel, Peter Barnes, Becky Hazelwood and Pat Barnes. The weather that day was unseasonably warm, but these faithful disciples not only made the work day a success, they had some great fellowship too!
Many thanks to everyone who participated!
Frank Axson, Joe James and Dal Poston
Becky Hazelwood and Pat Barnes
Personal Prayer Notes:
Coronavirus – those with virus, those unable to work, healthcare workers, containment, those who are working to distribute and administer vaccines.
John and Sharon Aleck - Would appreciate prayers for John as he struggles with Parkinson's Disease.
Richard Cottingham - Recovering from neck surgery to provide relief on pinched nerve.
Jane Donovan - Aunt of SMUMC disciple, Jane Harlin - Has begun chemo for advanced lung cancer. She lives in Ohio.
Chris Hanzel – 59 year old stepson of Florence Hanzel, who lives in Akron, OH – Is in stage four heart failure and possible hospitalization this week if meds do not help.
Melvina Melton –Sister of Lura Wyatt – Has been diagnosed with rectal cancer and is undergoing treatment at John Hopkins. Please pray for her that things go well and they will be able to do the surgery.
Sonia Phillips – Fell and broke large bone in upper arm (humerus). Facing 12 weeks of recovery.
Joe Stoker - Had eye surgery today, June 3 to repair damage to retina.
Karen Suarez - Recovering from knee surgery.
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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.
Guess Who Is Celebrating a Birthday
Happy Birthday and best wishes to our talented and delightful Director of Music Ministry, Laura Ritter!
Her birthday is this coming Sunday, June 6. Click here
to send her birthday wishes!
An Opportunity to Make a Difference
June 6 - 13
The Saint Mark Church and Society team is sponsoring a new or gently used book collection for a special summer school session this summer to help children who fell behind due to COVID. The books should be in good condition and appropriate for grades K-5.
We will collect the books between THIS Sunday, June 6 through the following Sunday, June 13. On both Sundays, you may drop off your books in plastic bins located in the Narthex. During the week, you may drop off your books in the wooden bins in the Ben Hilda atrium entrance.
Thank you in advance for your response to this need in our community.
Prayers for the
South Carolina Annual Conference
This year, the South Carolina Annual Conference will be held virtually on Sunday, June 6 and Monday, June 7. Please be in prayer for the proceedings and for the decisions that will be made by the clergy and lay delegates who will be participating.
Celebration of Life - Betty DuBose
Bob and Debbie DuBose would like to invite Saint Mark disciples who knew Bob’s mom, Betty DuBose, to attend her Celebration of Life service at 11:00 am on Monday, June 7, at Seneca Presbyterian Church. Betty passed away on March 27, 2020, but a service was not possible at the time. June 7 would have been Betty’s 90th birthday.
For more information, click here
to contact Bob Graves
Come to Vocal Yoga with Ms. Laura!
Music director Laura Ritter will be offering summer classes for anyone who would like to improve their singing voice. Topics included will be posture, breathing, phrase connection, tone quality and blend.
As Ella Fitzgerald said, "The only thing better than singing is more singing," so come join the fun!
Dates are June 8, 15, 29, July 13, August 3 at 1:30 pm and July 20 at 5:00 pm. Location for the classes will be the chancel choir room and the classes will last 45 minutes each.
Memory Cafe Will Resume in June
We are pleased to announce that Bonnie Holmes is going to resume Memory Café, starting Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
Memory Cafe is a place where you and your loved one with memory loss can get together monthly in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. It is a place where you can interact, laugh, cry, find support, share concerns, celebrate, and encourage friendship and acceptance. There is no cost. All meetings are free.
The first gathering is on Tuesday, June 15th at 2:00 pm.
Saint Luke United Methodist Church Office Building
607 E Main Street
Walhalla, South Carolina 29691
When you enter the office building, you will come into the Family Activity Room. That is where the group will meet each month.
For more information and to make your reservation, call Bonnie Holmes at (864) 973-8066.
Go On a Mission Trip
Without Leaving Home!
With Salkehatchie and other summer mission programs not active this summer due to COVID, we have set out to find a way to serve our community and make new friends!
We have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ as we partner with ReBuild Upstate and other UMC churches in our area to repair a home right here in our community. We are looking for Saint Mark YOUTH and adults to join this team! Here are the details:
Dates: June 20-23. On Sunday evening, June 20, we will gather for opening worship and orientation at Clemson UMC. On the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday work days, we will leave Saint Mark at 8 am and return at 6 pm.
On Wednesday, there will be a wrap-up dinner at Clemson UMC, followed by a time of sharing and worship. Families of participants are invited to join for this final evening together.
Cost: the full cost as listed on the registration form is $50, but we are asking our Saint Mark disciples to contribute $25 of that. This covers lunches, snacks, transportation and a t-shirt.
You must register by tomorrow, Friday, June 4, if you’d like a t-shirt!
"Return of the Elderberries"
We are so excited to be able to resume our fellowship ministry to persons 50 and older at an event called, "The Return of the Elderberries" - a kick-off to celebrate the joy of being able to gather again as the pandemic subsides.
We are planning a simple lunch and time of fellowship following worship on Sunday, June 27. We will gather in the atrium close to 11:15 am. As you gather, we would like to solicit your ideas for monthly activities beginning in 2022. We will also share what is planned through the end of 2021.
To make sure there is plenty to eat, click here
to make your reservation.
NEW Sunday Morning Schedule
Begins Sunday, July 11
Dear Saint Mark Family,
The Worship Ministry Team recognizes that our time in worship together is one of the most important ministries of our church. Daily life can be hectic, and Worship is a time for us to re-center ourselves in our relationship with God. Worship is also a time for us to reconnect with other disciples who help to strengthen us on our faith journeys.
The Worship team met on Monday, May 17 to discuss our Sunday morning schedule, and moving to two worship services. The Worship team considered recommendations from the Celebration Service Redesign Team that recently reconvened to complete the work they started prior to the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
After careful discussion and consideration of the many variables that need to be in place to restart, consensus was reached that Saint Mark will begin Contemporary worship in the Saint Mark Center on Sunday, July 11, 2021.
A new worship schedule also had to be considered for several reasons, the most important of those being that while Pastor Shawna is supporting Children and Youth Ministry until our new Minister of Family Outreach is hired, going back to two concurrent services is not possible as Shawna will not be able to preach every Sunday.
On July 11, our new Sunday morning schedule will be:
- 9:00-9:45 am – Contemporary Worship in the Saint Mark Center
- 10:00-10:45 am – Sunday School for all ages
- 11:00 am-12 pm – Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
In preparation for our new Sunday morning schedule, you will have two opportunities to join together for “Prayer and Praise” in the Saint Mark Center. On Sundays, June 13 and 27, you are invited to join our Contemporary Worship Praise Team at 8 am for a time of prayer and singing as we anticipate the joy of worshiping together again in the Saint Mark Center.
We are very excited about the plans being made for our new Sunday morning schedule and hope you are too! If you have questions, or need more information, you are welcome to contact our pastors or Sally Boggs, Worship Ministry Team Chairperson.
Worship With The Arts Camp for Kids
I can't believe I am starting my 6th month as music director at Saint Mark. I feel very blessed to be here and am really looking forward to getting to know all of you and your children. I LOVE working with kids and really have a heart for creating ways for them to learn more about worship and how many ways we can incorporate our creativity, thoughts, emotions, voices, and entire bodies in praising God.
I wanted to share a little more about Worship with the Arts Camp...WAC! During the week of July 19-23, we are inviting rising K - rising 6th graders to join us for a fun week of games, art projects, playing instruments, drama, singing, and learning more about how God created us all to be creative. There's something for everyone. Of course, we'll have recreation time and snacks, too! Please feel free to invite friends to come along.
It will be very helpful in our planning if we have an idea of how many children to expect, so if you are planning to bring yours, please let me know by Sunday, June 20.
As you've read in the news from Shawna, we are combining this week with VBS at Clemson UMC and Shawna will have the details about transportation soon.
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about WAC. If texting is easier for you, my cell number is (423) 748-0822. I'm really excited to work with your kids this summer.
Also, if you do Facebook, feel free to send me a friend request. I'll be offering some other music opportunities for kids and that's a great way for me to get the word out.
All the best,
Have You Signed Up To Provide Sanctuary Flowers On a Sunday of Your Choice?
We invite you to sign up on the Flower Calendar located in the entrance to the right of the sanctuary, just outside the music suite. When you write your name, please include your NAME and PHONE NUMBER so that we can call to remind you.
For more information, click here
to contact Diane Taylor.
Kitchen Volunteers Needed
We are excited to announce that The Gathering fellowship meal will resume again, beginning on Wednesday, September 8 (the second Wednesday of each month) at 5:30 pm. To make this possible, we need to create three teams of volunteers who will serve at The Gathering once every three months for two hours.
If you would like to serve God by serving others, click here
to contact Donna Jaynes
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. 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!!
Kickin' It Up For The Kids 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Keowee Key Event Center
1392 Stamp Creek Road, Salem, SC 29676
Food-Drinks-Quick Draw and Art Auction-Silent
and Live Auction
Grace's Closet stocks closets in each Oconee school with clothing, shoes and feminine hygiene products.
If you can not attend, click here to make a donation.
REBUILDING OCONEE COUNTY
Our Daily Rest is excited to introduce a new program: Rebuilding Oconee County, which assists low-income homeowners with Owner Occupied Emergency Repairs through the SCHousing Trust Fund. The current focus is on roof repair and HVAC systems. We would appreciate your assistance in identifying eligible candidates in Oconee County who may apply and be screened by Our Daily Rest.
If you are aware of low-income homeowners that need emergency roof or HVAC repairs, please contact Alice Skyles, Housing Stability Case Manager, at (864) 482-2040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you as we work together to serve our community.
Please note this complete list of upcoming events and meetings.
Friday, June 4
Saint Mark Center
Children’s (New and Gently Used) Book Drive
Grades K - 5
For Blue Ridge Summer Program
Sunday, June 6 - Sunday, June 13
Virtual South Carolina Annual Conference
Sunday and Monday, June 6 and 7
Service/Mission Team Meeting
Sunday, June 6
Sunday, June 6
Trustees Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 8
CDC Steering Committee
Tuesday, June 8
Church and Society Team Meeting
Monday, June 14
Library Team Meeting
Tuesday, June 15
Worship Team Meeting
Tuesday, June 15
Saint Mark Center
Celebration of Life - Anita Reed
Saturday, June 19
Saint Mark UMC
Elderberries Planning Meeting
Monday, June 21
Sunday Morning Schedule Change
Sunday, July 11
Celebration Worship - 9 - 9:45 am
Sunday School - 10 - 9:45 am
Traditional Worship - 11 - 11:45 am
Vacation Bible School and Arts Camp
July 19 - 23
If the information above about your class, group or meeting is not correct, or if you want to add a meeting or event, please click here
to contact Kristine Montgomery
Although we have lifted 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 Kristine Montgomery
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.
Are You 50+?
Check Out Our List of Confirmed
"Return of the Elderberries"
Light Lunch and a Time of Fellowship
Sunday, June 27
Saint Mark Atrium
We are now taking reservations (see above)
An Evening at the Harlins
in Mountain Rest
Dinner and Activities
Saturday, August 21
Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share
Chicken and beverages will be provided
Transportation will be available by request
Biggerstaff Christian Retreat Center
Annual Covered Dish Luncheon
Friday, September 24
Watch for details and the chance to make your reservation
Henry Cho, the Clean Comedian
Dinner at Puerto Nuevo Mexican and Seafood Restaurant
Saturday, October 9
Supper - 5:30 pm
Show - 7:30 pm
Walhalla Performing Arts Center
We have 30 tickets.
Tickets will go on sale on June 24 for $27
Tour of Mushroom Mountain
Thursday, November 4
Cost will be $15 per person.
There will be seats available for those who wish to sit down.
The group will then meet for lunch following the tour.
Watch for details about making reservations.
Keep coming back to see what else we add to our calendar. We also have tentative plans for July, and December.
What is the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church?
The General Board of Church and Society is dedicated to the work of living faith, seeking justice, and pursuing peace.
The board is called to seek the implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements of the General Conference on Christian social concerns. Led by the General Secretary, the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, Church and Society works to fulfill the mandate of
- relating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Church, communities, and the world in which they live,
- bringing the whole of human life into conformity with the will of God,
- and showing that reconciliation involves personal, social and civic righteousness.
The General Board has headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.
Addressing more than 30 social issues on which The United Methodist Church has claimed a position, Church and Society communicates with policymakers and leaders around the world with the mission of transforming the world.
Saint Mark UMC is one of the few local churches with a ministry team that parallels the work of the General Board of Church and Society that serves the entire denomination. Would you like to get involved with our work for peace and justice for ALL of God's beloved children? Click here to contact Danny Markus, Lay Team Leader.
Saint Mark UMC
616 Quincy Road
Seneca, SC 29678
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Calendar of Events
Click here to see what is going on at Saint Mark this week and in the weeks to come.
June 6, 2021
Children's Book Drive Begins
Destiny Christian Center Worship
Live Stream Worship
Special Friends Outdoor Event
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Watch Last Sunday's Service of Worship Today
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A Prayer for Resting in God's Timing
Dear Father God, thank You for sending Jesus, Who was the great example of a man Who walked in spirit and truth and Who waited upon God. A man with a servant-heart and a desire to do Your will.
Thank You for Jesus, Who throughout His life, demonstrated Himself to be a person that would wait on You in every situation and do only those things that He heard from You.
Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray that we too may learn how to wait on You and quietly rest in Your will. Lord, we want to be emptied of self so that we may be filled with You.
Thank You that Jesus is our worthy example as well as being our Redeemer and Savior. We pray that we may live as He did;
A life that is led by the Spirit.
A life that walks in spirit and grace.
A life that seeks to do Your will.
A life that waits in patient expectation on You.
For to You belongs all power and wisdom and majesty and strength, and without You, we can do nothing. Help us to follow the example of Jesus and it is in His name 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.