The photo of Saint Mark in the background of our Affirmation
was taken by Saint Mark disciple, Debbie Barton.
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.
Join Us for Graduate Sunday!
In worship this Sunday, we will be celebrating our Saint Mark 2021 High School graduates. They are . . .
Following worship there will be a light reception on the front lawn and an opportunity for you to say a word of congratulations to our grads!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR GRADS!
While much of the world may see Ascension Day as just another Thursday, United Methodists can celebrate this day that is observed 40 days after Easter, but celebrated the following Sunday - this Sunday, May 16.
With John and Charles Wesley, we remember that Jesus ascended to heaven where He took His rightful throne as Lord of the whole earth. Though He is not bodily present, He continues to love us, and longs to receive us into the presence of God to dwell with Him throughout eternity.
We Extend Our Sincere Sympathies and Prayers to:
The Stevens family (Tom, Cheryl, Hadleigh, and Kora) following the death of Tom's dad, Lloyd J. Stevens, who passed peacefully Wednesday, May 5 in Myrtle Beach, SC. He was 93 and had been in declining health. A service celebrating his life was held for the family on Sunday May 9.
Personal Prayer Notes:
Coronavirus – those with virus, those unable to work, healthcare workers, containment, those who are working to distribute and administer vaccines.
Arlene – Sister of Bob Graves - Arlene was recently diagnosed with cancer of the kidney. She will be meeting with her oncologist next week to determine course of treatment. Please pray for her and her husband, Joe as they go through these difficult times.
Winifred Abercrombie – Fell recently and received hip replacement. Recovering at son’s home.
Sandra Bailey – Sister-in-law of Florence Hanzel -Dealing with pre-pneumonia. Trying to stay home, but may have to go into the hospital as lungs are not quite doing the job.
Mayne Collins - Mayne is a long time member of Saint Mark's Susanna Wesley Circle and has fallen and is now in rehab and appreciates our prayers as she heals.
Mary Beth Dorn - Mary Beth, sister of Diana Lowe, is undergoing cancer treatment in Texas.
Lou Hansen - Lou had outpatient surgery to remove his gallbladder on Tuesday, May 11, and is recovering at home.
Chris Hanzel – stepson of Florence Hanzel, who lives in Akron, OH – needing a cardioversion but continues to wait for blood clot to dissolve.
Freida Phipps – Recovering at home after being discharged from rehab because of pneumonia.
Roz Sammeth Bolding - Roz, daughter of Saint Mark founding members Russell and Lil Sammeth, has been diagnosed with cancer.
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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.
Jimmy Hornsby's Birthday is This Sunday, May 16!
(NOT Saturday, May 15)
Saint Mark Child Development Center
Parents' Night Out
Friday, May 21
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
For more information, click here
to contact Bob Graves.
Paul Herren and Diane Caster serve up meals at Ann Hope UMC
on Wednesday, May 5
Ann Hope Wednesday Evening Meals Continue - Even Through the Pandemic
Every first Wednesday of each month, Saint Mark disciples prepare and serve 150 - 200 meals at Ann Hope United Methodist Church, located in the Utica Community. There are individuals and families in need who come to Ann Hope each Wednesday, to receive a free complete meal, including dessert.
A variety of classes and groups at Saint Mark select one or two dates each year to plan, cook and serve these meals. Because of COVID, the meals are prepared to go, rather than to eat in the fellowship hall, as has been the tradition until last year.
In the photos above and below, members and family members of our Saint Mark Gospel Choir, led by Diane Caster.
Kim Herren, Jane Harlin and Lynn Dobson
prepare to fill "to-go" meal containers to distribute
Will You Participate?
Next Saturday, May 22
8 am - noon
We have a team of 6 Saint Mark disciples (so far!) signed up to help out on this Community-wide clean-up day in the Utica Mill Village, where there is no regular garbage collection yet. Can we add your name?
There are plans underway to add more streetlights in the Utica area, to demolish dangerous abandoned homes and to bring a regular weekly garbage collection program to the area as well.
On this clean-up day, local residents will be bagging up their own garbage, and volunteers will be helping move the bags of garbage to city-provided dumpsters. Residents who help on clean-up day are eligible to sign up for free garbage collection for a year, as long as they continue to keep their properties clean. This is going to be a great day for the Utica Mill Village, and we are excited to be included!
Please click here to contact Jane Harlin for more information or to sign up to be on the Saint Mark team. Breakfast biscuits will be served before we get to work!
This is part of a long-term effort to restore the Utica Mill Village to the safe, healthy neighborhood it used to be.
Church Work Day
Tuesday, May 25
Please join us for a lot of fellowship and a little hard work on Tuesday, May 25 at 10 am at Saint Mark. We will be working around the area of the Scout Hut trimming, clearing weeds and spreading pine straw as well as other areas in the back of the church. Please bring rakes, hoes, hedge clippers and gloves.
We will gather in the parking spaces on Doug Berry Dr. near the Hut. Our rain date will be Thursday, May 27 at 10 am.
Please call Dal Poston at (704) 641-9521 with any questions. We hope to see you there!
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.
Our Saint Mark Child Development Center
Has An Immediate Need
Our Saint Mark Child Development Center is in need of two small appliances - a small refrigerator and a microwave
. Do you have one or both that you would be willing to donate? If so, click here
to contact Becca Williams, Director of our CDC. Thanks!
Did you enjoy the
Furman Brass Quintet on Sunday?
Guest musicians can add so much to our worship services, and inviting them to play at Saint Mark also gives them an opportunity to glorify God with their talents. Funding for these musicians has typically come from offerings taken at special concerts throughout the year. Due to the pandemic and no concerts for the last year, this fund is running low.
If you would like to make a donation toward the funding of more guest musicians, you may click here to contact Laura Ritter, or simply make your donation and designate it for "Designated Music Events."
A Final Resting Place at Saint Mark
The Memorial Garden Committee of Saint Mark is making plans to build a new columbarium in the Memorial Garden located in the turn-around area on the south side of the sanctuary. This beautiful garden is home to the cremains of many of our beloved Saint Mark disciples.
Construction will start in the next several weeks. We wanted the congregation to be aware and to also know of a pre-sale that is being offered. The cost of securing a niche for the final resting place of a Saint Mark member’s cremains in the columbarium is $1,000. For a limited time, the cost of $900 is being offered.
You are welcome to contact any member of the Memorial Garden Committee for more information. Sally Boggs, Chairperson, Barbara Head, Charles Fox, and Dale Gobel.
Are You 50+?
It has been over a year since our group of active seniors, the Elderberries, has gathered for fun, food and fellowship. We have missed getting together! Well, that is about to end!
Many of you have already been fully vaccinated and feel safe/comfortable getting out and being active again. Provided that there isn't another surge of COVID, or its variants, in the next couple of months, we are putting together a schedule of events, all the way through December.
Elderberries are ramping up for the remainder of 2021:
Return of the Elderberries - a free light meal, probably on Sunday, June 27. We will celebrate our coming back together again after over a year of being apart. Watch for more details.
We are looking into a free performance of Mama Mia at Carolina Wren Park, sponsored by Market Theater and the City of Anderson the week of July 20 - 25. Again, watch for details
- We have been invited to the home of Mike and Jane Harlin for lunch on Saturday, August 21. We will be taking reservations later.
- Our annual covered dish luncheon at Biggerstaff Christian Retreat Center on Friday, September 24. Watch for details and the chance to make your reservation.
We have reserved 30 tickets for Henry Cho, the clean comedian on the evening of Saturday, October 9 at the Walhalla Performing Arts Center. We went to his show a couple of years ago and it was FABULOUS!! The total cost per ticket will be $27, which includes the discounted cost of the ticket and facility fee. Tickets will go on sale this summer.
We have two or three other events in the works for later in the year.
We will always err on the side of caution, so just be aware that anything we schedule could be revised if there is concern about your safety. Thanks for understanding . . .
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!!
Donate your car to Ride To Work and help someone local keep their job
Ride to Work Ministry Nonprofit Inc. provides temporary low-cost rides to/from work for Oconee County residents who want to work but lack transportation. Donated cars would be provided to clients who have worked steadily, met their ‘self-sufficiency success plan’ and saved enough to title, insure, and maintain the car.
If you have a reliable used car you no longer need, please consider donating it to Ride To Work (they will provide an IRS tax receipt). Click here to contact Ride To Work Ministry, or call (864) 882-8777 and tell them you’d like to donate a car (please specify the donation would go to Ride To Work).
Will You Volunteer?
Volunteer "substitute" grocery pick-up drivers are needed by Golden Corner Food Pantry for occasional food pick-up at local Seneca and Clemson grocery stores.
- Approximately 8:00 am to 11:00 am
- Use your own vehicle
- Must be capable of lifting up to 50 pounds
Please call or text Diane Caster (910) 599-2512 or click here to send her an email.
Please note this complete list of upcoming events and meetings.
Parents’ Night Out
Friday, May 21
5:30 - 9 pm
Sunday, May 23
Hospitality Team Meeting
Sunday, May 23
Saint Mark Center
Council of Stewards
Monday, May 24
6 - 8 pm
Church Work Day
Tuesday, May 25
10 am - 12 noon
Sunday, June 6
Sunday, June 6
Worship Team Meeting
Tuesday, June 8
Saint Mark Center
Celebration of Life - Anita Reed
Saturday, June 19
Saint Mark Sanctuary
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.
General Board of Church and Society
of the United Methodist Church
Legislative Priorities for 2021
The General Board of Church and Society educates, advocates and connects with United Methodists in living faith, seeking justice, and pursuing peace across the connection and around the world.
Last year, amid the unfolding health, economic, and social crises arising from the pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, Church and Society reaffirmed its focus on five program priorities: climate, health, immigration and global migration, peace, and poverty.
Additionally, Church and Society will elevate racial equity both in connection to the five program priorities and by advancing policies that dismantle structural racism and colonialism and uphold civil and human rights.
Click here to learn more about each of the five program priorities.
Saint Mark UMC
616 Quincy Road
Seneca, SC 29678
9 am - 5 pm (M-Th)
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May 16, 2021
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Prayer for Those Graduating from High School
Our Father in Heaven,
it’s an honor to join You in affirming and celebrating the creative, athletic, and academic accomplishments
of those who are graduating and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. Thank You for the season that You have entrusted them to our care.
And now, Father, as they move out into the world,
now more than ever, we entrust them into Your care.
You have created these men and women in Your image. You have created them to live inside a big story, not a small one —
Your story—the story in which Your glory and honor and truth and beauty and grace and love are at the center —
the story in which Your mission to love people, places, and things to life — to leave the world better than they found it — is the central mission.
God, we pray that our graduates’ campuses and dormitories,
as well as their future homes, neighborhoods,
and places of work, play, and worship,
would be better places, more life-giving places,
because they are in
those places as the aroma of Christ.
Where they see hurt,
give them healing hands and healing words.
Where they sense confusion, give them wisdom.
Where they perceive beauty, give them a sense of thankfulness and wonder.
Where they encounter scarcity, give them a heart and a passion to contribute and serve.
For those pursuing higher education,
grant them the knowledge that they will need in their chosen fields and the wisdom to apply that knowledge to every facet of life.
For those going directly into the workforce,
grant a sense of what is right and good and honoring and beautiful—
especially in the confusing and complex issues they will face.
For those going into military service, may they draw courage and strength from You.
May they serve the cause of truth and freedom, and the welfare of all of humanity, with integrity and honor.
For all of today’s graduates and their families, more than anything may their measure of success be bound up not in making money or in making a name for themselves,
but in trusting in Your mercies which are new every morning, and in bringing fame and honor to Your name by doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with their God.
Wherever the next chapter takes them,
give them character that exceeds their gifts
and humility that exceeds their influence.
Give them Jesus.
Finally, may this prayer from St. Patrick be their prayer, and their foremost pursuit, in the days and years ahead of them:
Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. Amen.
~ written by Scott Sauls
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.