Worship With Us This Sunday
First Sunday of Advent
Combined Service of Worship
Sunday, December 1
Won't you join us this Sunday as together we embark on our journey through Advent, anticipating once again the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Then, immediately after the service, head down to the Saint Mark Center for a delicious covered dish lunch and Advent Workshop. See below . . .
Following worship this Sunday, December 1, join us in the Saint Mark Center for a
covered dish lunch
, followed by our annual
. Once again this year, we will decorate A
dvent Giving Boxes
that each family will use to count down the days of Advent. Our food boxes will go directly to our Seneca neighbors in need. We hope every household will decorate and fill a giving box during Advent.
Fried chicken and beverages will be provided. Bring a covered dish to share and get into the spirit of the Advent Season!
Please join us in prayer for the persons and situations listed below:
Personal Prayer Notes:
Randy Brockett –
Friend of Alisse Craig, who has fourth stage pancreatic cancer. Is receiving chemotherapy.
Randy Cantrell –
Husband of Margaret Axson’s cousin, Lisa Cantrell.
Randy died early this week
. Please pray for the family as they grieve.
Rev. Bill Farley –
Recovering well at son’s home in Spartanburg following motorcycle accident.
Diane Hirt –
Recovering at home following cochlear implant surgery on November 15.
Wayne Hopkins -
Brother of Lavonne Sloop. Will undergo radiation, followed by surgery, for cancer
Kathy Lederer –
Friend of Sally and Roger Fischer – Had massive heart attack followed by surgery (6 stents). Pray for recovery.
- Lavonne is undergoing antibiotic treatment for a recurrence of cellulitis.
Diane Taylor –
Recovering at home following spine surgery
– Continuing treatment protocol for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Do you have a prayer request?
to share your request with your church family.
THANK YOU AGAIN
to the so many households that have turned in faith promises (pledges for 2020 budget) totaling just over
! We continue to run well above last year’s totals and average pledge at the same point in time, but do still very much need to hear from you if you have not yet turned in your faith promise for 2020.
to find a commitment card that you can print. Please fill it out and get it to Karen Holcombe by mail or visit or simply call Karen at the church (864) 882-2603.
THANK YOU also to the so many of you that have supported our
DREAM (Debt Retirement Empowers All Ministries) campaign - our mortgage balance is down to $343,289.08 from $1.1 million in June 2016 - the vast majority of phase I pledges are complete with over $64,000 of the $156,000 pledged for
DREAM II (2020) already in hand!
Your Stewardship Team
THANK YOU again for your support!!
Traditional Shortbread and/or the Spiced Christmas Jam sale
will begin this Sunday, December 1. The cost is
$8 per item
. You can purchase these items in the atrium and during the covered dish lunch in the Saint Mark Center. All proceeds from these products benefit three local missions:
Golden Corner Food Pantry, Rivers of Justice, and Utica Inc.
In addition, UMW plans to have another fundraiser selling their Harvest Bean Soup mix after Christmas.
If you have questions, please
to contact Becky Hazelwood, or you may call her at (770) 633-2434.
UMW is RECYCLING JARS!
If you recently purchased one of the jars of “Harvest Bean Soup” from the UMW Fall Fundraiser and have made the soup, you may be wondering “what to do with this empty jar?” We would love for you to “recycle” the jar! We will be assembling more soup in time for the Super Bowl in February, and your return of the jar will give us a slight break in the startup cost.
A marked container will be placed in the atrium entrance on the Ben Hilda side after Thanksgiving for the empty jars. Thank you for your original purchase and for helping us recycle!
to contact Becky Hazelwood if there are questions.
Attention All Ladies!
All women of Saint Mark are invited to the annual United Methodist Women (UMW) General Meeting in the Commons Room at 11:30 am on Saturday December 7. If you are not currently a UMW member but are curious, information about the different circles will be available for you. The theme for the event is
“Home for the Holidays.” The catered brunch features items that you may have enjoyed with your family on Christmas morning. The program will be presented by
“Fostering Faithfully,” a local non-profit which supports foster families. A “Love Offering” of
new, unwrapped children’s winter pajamas will be collected for the children Fostering Faithfully serves. Many of these children come into foster care never knowing a bedtime routine of a warm bath, snuggly pajamas, and being lovingly tucked into bed.
The cost of the meal is $10 and is “Pay at the Door”, but reservations are required by
next Tuesday, December 3
(if you make a reservation, payment is expected). You may make a reservation by
to contact Mona Fleming by email or you may call her at (864) 646-8414. You may also
to make your reservation online.
to contact Becky Hazelwood with questions by email, or call her at (770) 633-2434.
Children's Christmas Musical
"Starry Night, Noisy Night"
Sunday, December 8
On Sunday December 8 at 11:30 am, following both 10:15 am worship services, our children's choirs will perform,
"Starry Night, Noisy Night,"
a charming Christmas musical filled with humorous references to modern distractions that prevent us from experiencing the true meaning of Christmas. The story is told from the animals' points of view. Come share the joy of our Savior's birth with a lively bunch of God's creatures.
Let's have a great turnout
to support our Saint Mark children!!
Mark your calendar to attend this annual festival of music and readings to add meaning and richness to your Advent celebrations. Sean Anderson and Kellye Rembert will be our soloists.
Are you 50+?
Elderberries - Christmas Event 2019
Living Christmas Tree
Berea First Baptist Church
Thursday, December 19
This special musical celebration of Christmas will round out our 2019 schedule of Elderberries activities and events. It is a ticketed event, but there is no cost for admission. There are still a few tickets available and more can be ordered. Marla has the tickets in her office
Transportation is available upon request. There are still 3 seats available. There will be a minimal charge to ride the bus and the amount will be determined by the number of passengers.
to reserve your free ticket by no later than Sunday, December 8.
On Christmas Eve, join us as together we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Once again, we are offering three services at three different times. Pick the one that suits you best, then bring your family, friends and neighbors!
Oh come, let us adore Him!!
Clemson Area Pledge to End Racism Workshop
Saturdays, January 18 and February 1
9 am - 4 pm
University Lutheran, 111 Sloan Street, Clemson
Co-sponsored by our Saint Mark UMC
Church and Society Team
You are invited to represent Saint Mark UMC at the
Clemson Area Pledge to End Racism (CAPER)
upcoming workshop. This multi-faith initiative and pledge is a personal commitment to work on ourselves and with others throughout the Greater Clemson area to address racism in all its forms. This is for anyone who would like to connect with others to reflect, learn, and practice how to develop and maintain this commitment to end racism.
what was explored during our Saint Mark series,
Racism and Its Impacts
, introducing new resources and exercises to better understand the meaning of personal commitment, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, institutional and structural racism, a deeper look at the South Carolina history of racism and the Movement for Black Lives.
Given the personal introspection, small group and team interactions that take place in this workshop, please commit to attending both sessions. Total cost is $20 per person due at the first session (cash or check). Scholarships are available. A light lunch will be served. Childcare available upon request.
Contact Danny Markus at (864) 508-6622
Special Friends Christmas Party
(sponsored by our Saint Mark Youth)
Sunday, December 8
Saint Mark Center
Marvin's Kids Santa Shop
Saturday, December 14
9 am - 2 pm
Human Relations Sunday
bringing the morning message
Rev. Dr. Melanie Dobson
Sunday, January 19
ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
that might interest you. Save the date(s) on your calendar.
Living Christmas Tree
Berea First Baptist Church
Thursday, December 19
Free Ticketed Event
Bunco and Covered Dish Supper
Friday, January 17
Tuesday, January 28
Watch for details
Clemson Women's Basketball Game
Thursday, February 13
Anderson Senior Follies
Thursday, March 12
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events,
to contact Marla Fuller.
Book of Resolutions: Native People and The United Methodist Church
Thanksgiving Day, we are reminded of the presence of the "First Nation" people who occupied this country before the arrival of the European settlers, the most famous being the pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. We glorify the colonization of the land we call our home, but the sad truth is that we - many of us descendants of the early European settlers - have a long history of entitlement that resulted in the demonizing and the casting out of the indigenous people we have mistakenly called "Indians."
European colonization of North America had a devastating effect on the native population. Within a short period of time their way of life was changed forever. The changes were caused by a number of factors, including loss of their land, disease and enforced laws that violated their culture - just to name a few. These devastating outcomes were a side effect of the Europeans' greed and attitude that they were entitled to take anything they saw. Later a determined effort was made to completely suppress the Native culture. The intention was to deny them of their cultural identity, which had the same effect as wiping them out.
As Christians and as United Methodists, how do we make amends for the devastation brought about by our ancestors upon our Native American brothers and sisters?
"A gap in knowledge has existed in The United Methodist Church, in congregations and other United Methodist entities, relative to comprehending concepts of Native American life, cultures, languages, spirit, values, contemporary issues, and such. This knowledge gap has been a consistent problem over history, with minimal effort from non-Indian entities to change their attitudes toward Native Americans until more recently. Lack of knowledge, racism, and prejudice, and the absence of Native American representation at decision-making levels of the Church contribute to misunderstanding contemporary issues that affect Native people, and a history of missteps and violations of Native protocol. Contemporary issues affecting Native people need further exploration, understanding and action."
Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church has much to say about the worth of our Native American neighbors.
Foothills Chorale In Concert
Holiday Harmonies Winter Concert
, December 7, 2019
Trinity Baptist Church
504 S Oak St, Seneca, SC
Celebrate the holiday season with the Foothills Chorale! The Holiday Harmonies Winter Concert features winter and holiday-themed pieces with seasonal poetry in a “lessons and carols” format. You’ll enjoy some of your favorite songs, such as “Silent Night” and “In the Bleak Mid-Winter.” We hope you’ll join us for an evening of beautiful music to celebrate the start of the holidays.
each for adults,
each for students. Click the button below to purchase tickets online. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Thank You Saint Mark!
A huge thanks to all the Saint Mark disciples who answered the call - all the bell ringing slots on the official Saint Mark days have been filled! If you want to ring on another day, please contact the Salvation Army directly to sign up. They can be reached at (864) 882-1160. Chances are that they are still looking for bell ringers.
To everyone who volunteered, Jane Harlin will be sending you a confirmation email with the details of the schedule and directions for bell ringers from the folks at the Salvation Army
Thanks again for helping to bring hope to our neighbors in need! The time you spend ringing the bell does make a difference!
Marvin's Kids Needs You!
Thanks to your overwhelming response for Marvin’s Kids Toy Shoppers, all of the “stars” on the Marvin’s Kids Christmas Tree have been selected!
We are now seeking volunteers to take participating families shopping for winter clothing and shoes. Marvin’s Kids covers the cost of the shopping trip, so if you want to be a
to contact Carolyn Keese, or call her at (864) 324-3269.
If you want to help with the
Santa’s Secret Shop
on Saturday, December 14, please
to contact Nell Hodge or call her at (864) 886-9668.
As always, thank you for supporting this special Saint Mark outreach ministry!
December Calendar and Birthdays
to find the Saint Mark calendar of events for December 2019, and the names of Saint Mark disciples who will be celebrating December birthdays. Happy birthday to one and all!
If your birthday is in December and your name isn't on our birthday list,
to contact Jens Holley to add your name so that we can celebrate your birthday next year.
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First Sunday of Advent
for all ages
in the Atrium
One Combined Service of Worship
Covered dish lunch and Advent Workshop
Saint Mark Center
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16 Statements of Gratitude
Thank you, God for the times You have said "no." They have helped me depend on You so much more.
Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds me that You know what's best for me, even when my opinion differs from Yours.
Thank You, Lord, for the things you have withheld from me. You have protected me from what I may never realize.
Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed. They have prevented me from going where You would rather not have me go.
Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You've allowed in my life. It has helped me more closely relate to Your sufferings on my behalf.
Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in my life. Those times have forced me to lean in closer to You.
Thank you, God, for the uncertainties I've experienced. They have deepened my trust in You.
Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for me when I didn't even know I needed a rescue.
Thank You, Lord, for the losses I have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are my greatest gain.
Thank You, God, for the tears I have shed. They have kept my heart soft and mold-able.
Thank You, God, for the times I haven't been able to control my circumstances. They have reminded me to put my faith and trust in You.
Thank You, God, for those people in my life whom You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth keeps my heart longing for heaven.
Thank You, God, that I have an inheritance of life beyond death with You - something that this world can never steal from me and I could never selfishly squander.
Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give me: the gift of Your very self in the form of Jesus . . . my brother and my beloved friend.
Thank You, God, for the opportunity to grow in faith and relationship with You as I grow more and more into a disciple of Jesus.
Thank You, Father, that You know me, You hear me, and You see. Remind me that no matter what - You are God, You are with me, and You are eternally good.
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.