Mask Restrictions Will Be Lifted
Beginning on 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 on Sunday, June 13.
Have You Ever Been Awestruck By the Glory and Majesty of God?
Join us this coming Sunday, May 30 to remember and celebrate, once again, how absolutely awesome God is!
Trustee Tree Replacement Project
Many of you are aware that our Trustees worked diligently to get our beautiful campus back in shape following the tornado that hit our neighborhood on April 13, 2020. A tree donation project in memory or honor of loved ones resulted in many beautiful trees being planted on our campus this past fall.
Saint Mark disciples, Mitch and DiAnne Crisp purchased a tree in honor of their three granddaughters. Dressed in their Easter best are Everly Howard, Age 6, Hollyn Howard, age 4, and Marlowe Howard, age 2. They live in Greenville.
DiAnne shared, “It was so fun to take them to see their tree.”
The Crisp granddaughters decided that they wanted to decorate their tree for Easter with some Easter eggs on strings because they said, “Our tree doesn’t have any blooms!”
DiAnne shared that the girls said they are excited to see it grow over the years to come, and have decided that they will visit their tree each season – winter, spring, summer and fall – and record its growth with a family picture.
Thanks to the Crisp family for their support of the Trustees tree replacement project, and thank you Saint Mark family for your donations of trees that have helped our campus to become beautiful again.
Personal Prayer Notes:
Coronavirus – those with virus, those unable to work, healthcare workers, containment, those who are working to distribute and administer vaccines.
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.
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.
Mary Beth Dorn – Mary Beth, sister of Diana Lowe, is undergoing cancer treatment in Texas.
Betty Jane Fourspring – At home recovering from pneumonia.
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.
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.
For more information, click here
to contact Bob Graves.
An Opportunity to Make a Difference
June 6 - 13
Have you wondered how students who have fallen behind during the pandemic will ever catch up? There is an opportunity for them this summer, and you can help!
Retired educators, Helen Rosemond and Earnestine Williams will be leading a five-week summer school session for those students at Blue Ridge Community Center this summer. The session will be from July 12 to August 6.
There is a need for quality children's books, as many from the former Code Library are now at other schools. The Church and Society team from Saint Mark is sponsoring a new or gently used book collection for the students' use this summer. The books should be in good condition and appropriate for grades K-5. We will collect the books between 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.
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 this June as we partner with ReBuild Upstate and other churches in our area to repair a home in a nearby 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, the teams will leave at 8:30 am from Clemson UMC and return at 5:30 pm. For Saint Markians who want to ride the church bus, 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.
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.
Questions? Click here
to contact Jane Harlin for more information.
"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.
Save the Date!
Worship Arts Camp for Kids
Worship Arts Camp (WAC) is coming July 19-23 for kids in grades K-5. Led by Laura Ritter and her team of volunteers, this week will help us all learn that we are Created to Create! Be on the lookout for more info!
Saint Mark Library Is Having a
August 1 - 8
Many of you have inquired about donating some of your books to our church library, and we are so grateful! Because of your book donations, our library shelves are filling up. In fact, for that reason, we are limiting donations to the library to 10 of your very best and most current books.
We do not want to see really good books go to waste, so the Library Planning Team has decided to host a Faith and Values Book Sale the first week in August.
During the month of July, we will begin receiving your donated books that we will sort and price so that others in our church family can shop for "new" used books to read.
We will have plastic bins placed in front of what used to be the Children's Ministry office in the atrium - right before the hallway that goes to the Youth Center. You can drop off your books beginning on Sunday, July 4. We will receive your books for three weeks, through Sunday, July 25.
We are looking for books/DVD's that emphasize both faith and values such as:
Books about the Bible
Guides for dealing with issues (addiction, grief, etc.)
. . . to name a few . . .
Please make sure that the books you donate are in fairly good condition - no pages missing, and minimal to no markings (underlining, writing in the margins, or highlighting) on the inside.
We are giving you plenty of time to start sorting through your books. Watch for more details as we get closer.
Disciples and Friends,
Since Pastor Shawna and I arrived at Saint Mark UMC in June of 2016, we have annually shared a staff retreat in late June to plan ministry together for the upcoming ministry year. We usually leave together following worship on Sunday and head to our retreat spot. We stay until Tuesday, mid-morning, when we head back to the church after some wonderful time together.
While David Wilcox was on staff, he hosted us at his Lake Norman home in North Carolina. David was a wonderful host, but it is time for our staff to find a new place to retreat. We need a home (rent free) with at least 6 beds, and hopefully within an hour or so drive. We can bring our own sheets and towels, and will clean before we leave. We make our own meals, spend some time in worship and planning, and deepen our friendships with one another.
If you have a place you would be willing for our staff to use this coming June 27-29, please contact me at your convenience at 864-882-2603x104 or email@example.com.
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
Come Out and Help Robert Price Get His Habitat Home!!
Saint Mark disciple, Robert Price, has been approved for a Habitat house! As part of Robert’s obligation we, as a church and broader community, need to provide 100 hours of labor on Habitat houses already under construction. Robert, himself, has 150 hours of labor, of which he has already completed about 56 hours.
“Habitat” requires that its actual working hours be restricted to Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, between 7:30 am until 11:30 am. Children under the age of 18 are not allowed on site during these hours, but can work on sites with landscaping, painting, clean-up, etc. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday or after 11:30 am. Adults can join in with the “Habitat” work crews from 7:30 to 11:30 am, and any other time that is convenient. You must check in with the site supervisor upon arrival and receive a ”job” to do. The supervisor will orient you and your group. You must register with the superintendent in order for Robert to receive credit.
Work is now being done on Sunshine Rd. in the Mt. Nebo area off Shiloh Rd. Call Joe James, (864) 710- 6797 for directions.
WHAT A GREAT WAY to show Christian love, get some fresh air, and have a GREAT TIME !!!
Wondering About Kairos Prison Ministry During COVID 19?
Saint Mark disciples have been dedicated supporters of the Kairos Ministry, baking thousands of cookies, writing cards, and making and decorating placemats for Kairos weekends at McCormick over the years.
Although it was not as evident to us, Kairos has continued to minister to the needs of the incarcerated and their families through Kairos Outside (a program based on the Kairos model for families of inmates) and Kairos Torch (programs for juvenile offenders). Additionally, donations allowed Kairos to provide hygiene, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and cleaning supplies to inmates during the pandemic.
This week, the leadership of Saint Mark’s United Methodist Women voted unanimously to support The Kairos Ministry with a $500 donation until we can once again support the Kairos weekends by baking cookies, writing cards, etc.
If you are interested in donating to the ministry, you may do so online at www.kairossc.org
or by sending your donation to:
Kairos Donor Coordinator
McCormick Correctional Institution
Kairos South Carolina
PO Box 394
Easley, SC 29641
From the Kairos ministry, “During this time of COVID 19, your thoughtfulness and prayers touch broken hearts and renew their understanding that God loves them and wants them to walk a different path.”
Church Bus Drivers Needed
To Transport Elderberries
Some of our 50+ disciples are no longer driving and rely on our church bus to get to some of our Elderberries activities. We are looking for persons who would be willing to be trained to drive our 15-passenger church bus. You don't need a special commercial license, but you must be younger than 70 OR, if you are 70+, you will need to give a doctor's statement to Karen Holcombe that you are able to drive.
Elderberries will cover any entrance tickets you may need to events or activities.
If you are willing to help us out, please click here
to contact Marla Fuller.
Check Out Who Is Having a Birthday
Happy Birthday to all of our Saint Mark disciples who are having birthdays this month! Click here
to see who they are.
If you have a June birthday and are not on our list, click here
to contact Jens Holley and ask him to add your birthday for next year's list.
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!!
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.
Colon Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament In Memory of Odell Gilbert
Saturday, June 19
Registration is at 1 pm
Shotgun start is at 1:45 pm
Saluda Valley Country Club
Cost is $70/player
Four Man Captain Choice
Food will be homemade BBQ, Chicken Wings, Mac/Cheese, Baked Beans and Cole Slaw
There will be a Raffle for Four Man Golf Passes and other prizes.
Mr. Odell passed away in June of 2012 of colon cancer. The sponsors of this tournament are trying to make people aware of the importance of getting check-ups. It is for a worthy cause!
For more information, please contact:
103 East Wildwood Court
Seneca, SC 29678
Please note this complete list of upcoming events and meetings.
Tuesday, June 1
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
Service/Mission Team Meeting
Sunday, June 6
Sunday, June 6
Trustees Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 8
Contact: Russ Larson
Worship Team Meeting
Tuesday, June 8
Saint Mark Center
CDC Steering Committee
Tuesday, June 8
Church and Society Team Meeting
Monday, June 14
Library Team Meeting
Tuesday, June 15
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, 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.
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.
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 in June 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.
Expanding the Table
United Methodist General Commission
on Religion and Race
“Expanding the Table,” a new video podcast series from the General Commission on Religion and Race, will debut on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Series guests will focus on how individual Christians and church-based entities can and should engage the work of racial justice-making and anti-racism. Read press release here.
Guests for the first podcast—titled “Racism, Police Reform and Faith”—are the Rev. Kirk Lyons of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Rev. Jeremy Wicks of Traverse City, Michigan. Both United Methodist pastors are leading community-wide conversations and demonstrations that call attention to implicit and explicit racial bias experienced by Black and Brown people at the hands of police officers. Both are bringing together church, community, and law-enforcement members to seek solutions.
Lyons and Wicks will talk about their work as an outgrowth of their understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and offer ideas for how Christian communities may learn more and get involved in local police reform and anti-racism efforts. (You will be able to view and listen to the podcast on Facebook, YouTube, and wherever you listen to podcasts.)
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616 Quincy Road
Seneca, SC 29678
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A Prayer of Praise
Glorious God, we come to worship and praise You in response to Your voice that calls us to our home in You.
We join with all the voices of the earth, together with all the voices of the heavens, to praise the glorious name of our God; and to bow down in awe before the mighty energies of our God, as we experience them in nature.
Almighty and Unshakeable God, we hear Your voice in its many tones and accents, and experience something of Your powers and Your strength in the surging waves of the seas; and in the swirling forces of the waves as they crash against the rocky outcrops along the shore. We sing our praises to the power of our Unshakeable God!
Powerful and ever-present God, we praise Your holy name, and listen for Your voice as it continues to echo through the mighty canyons, and amongst the huge forest giants that wilt before Your power and majesty. Your holy voice speaks to all creation in the thunder and lightning of storms; and in the noise of trees crashing to the earth like tiny twigs before the relentless forces of the forest fires and winds.
Majestic God, Your voice is heard in the wind and rain as they roar across the open plains; and in the rush of flood waters that sweep all before it. Even in that devastation, the voice of God is heard and nothing can compare to it.
Mighty God, King all powerful, we are overwhelmed before such awesome majesty, and our response to the voice of God can only be to come in reverent worship with songs of praise that glorify and honor our holy and invincible God, as we bow in worship, and as we praise and celebrate our God. Amen.
— by Joan Stott
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.