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Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook 
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6th Sunday in Lent
April 14, 2019
 9:00 am 
  Sunday School
for all ages
9:55 am
Fellowship Time in the Atrium
10:15 am
Traditional Worship
10:15 am
Celebration Worship
Saint Mark Center
11:30 am
Church and Society Team Meeting   
No activities for children or youth  

Quick, easy and available HERE 
Listen to Last Week's Sermon Today 
If you were not able to attend worship on any given Sunday, you can still listen to the sermon.   Click here to select and listen to sermons that you may have missed.
Got Good News To Share With Your Saint Mark Family?   
Good news lifts our spirits. Share your good news with us. We will publish your good news in our "People 'Neath Our Steeple" feature. Your news will be sent out as an email. Click here to share your good news (achievements, births, awards, etc.). Include pictures if you have them. 
Interested in LGBTQ+ Inclusion?

Click here for more information. Or click here to join the Reconciling Ministries Network movement. 
Prayer Focus for This Week  
A Prayer of Contrition for Lent
Loving Father,  
all the fancy words  
in the world,  
expressed in eloquent prose,  
decorated with emotion, 
spoken with conviction,  
cannot compete with a heartfelt 'sorry'  
when all other words fail.   
There are times  
when we are all too aware of our limitations,
conscious of sin,  
and the distance it creates between us. 
Sometimes 'sorry'  
is all the heart can bear to say aloud.
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.

Lenten Sermon Series:
Final Words from the Cross
Through the six Sundays of the season of Lent we will closely explore Christ's final statements. Our four Gospel accounts offer us statements that complement one another, and together offer us a powerful picture of what was on the heart and mind of Jesus as he died. As we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter, join us in diving deeply into these scripture texts and living our faith in this season.  

Worship With Us This Sunday!
Palm Sunday
THIS Sunday, April 14
10:15 am
Final Words From The Cross:
"It Is Finished . . . Into Your Hands
I Commit My Spirit"
Traditional Worship 
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis 
Celebration Worship
bringing the message
Rev. Shawna Darnall  
PLEASE NOTE:  Weather permitting, the congregants from both services will gather together on the front lawn for the opening acts of worship before processing to each of the worship spaces.  Palm branches will be distributed to everyone.
HOLY WEEK 2019 - APRIL 14 - 21 
The Seven Last Words of Jesus
Sermon Series

Week Seven
Wednesday, April 17 at 12 noon
Saint Mark UMC
bringing the message
Rev. Ryan Wilson
Trinity Baptist Church
"Father, Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit"
A free lunch will be served in the Saint Mark Center  
following the service.
The Maundy Thursday service at Clemson UMC and the Good Friday service at Saint Mark UMC will be totally different Lenten observances.  We invite and encourage you to bring your Lenten journey to a fitting and meaningful conclusion by attending both services of worship.
Join the Seneca Lions' Club on April 13 for their pancake breakfast. They will offer a full breakfast, door prizes and fun fellowship. See any Lions' Club member for tickets. Or click here to contact Dean Garland.
Saint Mark UMC T-Shirts Have Arrived!
AND Preparing for a Second Order 
95 of you have already ordered and paid for Saint Mark t-shirts. If you ordered a t-shirt(s), you may pick them up THIS Sunday, April 14, between 9:45 - 10:15 am in the Atrium.  Look for members of the Evangelism Team who will be distributing the t-shirts. If you aren't able to get your shirt(s) on Sunday, you may also pick up your pre-paid t-shirt from Todd during the week - or check with Jens if Todd is not around.   
We are now considering a second printing if we have enough orders.  If you are interested in ordering a shirt(s), please click here to contact Faith Holley.
You can also click here to place your order online.   
Our Evangelism team will be in the Atrium THIS Sunday, April 14 to take orders (in addition to distributing already ordered t-shirts).  We must have a minimum of 36 t-shirts ordered to reprint at the following cost.   
Cost of shirts is $16.00 for Youth M-Adult XL and $18.00 for 2XL-3XL.  Show your church pride with a new Saint Mark UMC t-shirt! 

Come to our Celebration Service on April 28 and celebrate the ministry of our Saint Mark Child Development Center.
For more information, click here to contact Lisa Kiser, Minister of Children's Discipleship

Join Us for Session 4
of our Racism and Its Impacts Series!
"Speaking Thoughtfully Matters"
Sunday, April 28, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Light Lunch Provided
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN US!  If you have not been able to join any sessions to date or have not been able to attend all of the first three sessions, do not fret. Session 4 will still prove beneficial to anyone looking to get comfortable not putting their foot in their mouth when it comes to conversing with people different from themselves.  Differences matter and so does how we speak about them.   
Come and participate in this lively and informative session. Simply click here to notify Danny Markus and let us know you will be there. Or, you can click here to register online.   
Look for the pre-read information sent out via email a week before the session.

Austin Wagner's Senior Cello Recital
Sunday, April 28  
5 p.m.  
in the sanctuary
Reception in the atrium to follow

This will be our final Lunch Bunch until the program year kicks off in September.  This will be a special time of food and fellowship.  Click here to make your reservation(s).
Join us as together we celebrate  
the legacy and mission
of our Saint Mark family of faith! 

"Picnic for a Purpose"   
Sponsored by United Methodist Women
Sunday, May 5
11:30 am
Saint Mark Center 
The UMW is sponsoring a fundraiser luncheon immediately following the service on Saint Mark Festival Sunday, May 5. The theme of the fundraiser is "Picnic for a Purpose" and the menu will feature your favorite picnic foods of fried chicken and ham and lots of tasty side dishes and choices of dessert and beverages!  
Tickets are currently on sale, and can be purchased in the atrium or Narthex as well as online. The cost is $12/adult, $5/children 6-12 years old, and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit three local missions: Ripple of One, Golden Corner Food Pantry, and Fostering Faithfully. Oh, and there will be special entertainment to accompany your dessert!
Click here to make your reservation(s). 
Got questions?  Click here to contact Becky Hazelwood. 
Memory Cafe
Boat Trip on Lake Keowee 
Monday, May 6
Meet at the Church at 10:45 am
Our May 6 trip will be special. We will be venturing onto Lake Keowee for a boat trip. The boats will consist of a house boat and a pontoon.
We will meet at Saint Mark United Methodist Church at 10:45 am in the parking lot across from the church (where the buses are located) on Quincy Road.  We will then carpool to Stacy Keeler and Danny Markus's home where they will host a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs in their very beautiful back yard. Then we'll board the boats.  Halfway on the boat trip we'll dock. Those on the pontoon will trade places onto the houseboat and vice versa, giving everyone a chance to enjoy both. Then we'll come back and carpool back to Saint Mark again.
Each boat can only take 10 people.  Since we have more than 20 participants in Memory Cafe, the first 20 to sign up will get to go. In case of rain, we may reschedule the trip to a sunny day.  Please let us know your intentions early, by at least Saturday, April 20.  Click here to make your reservation. 
Looking forward to boating with you.
Bonnie Holmes
Are You 50+?
Join us for Dinner and a Baseball Game

We have reserved 18 tickets to watch the Greenville Drive play the West Virginia Power at Fluor Field on Friday, May 17.  The game begins at 7:05 pm, and we plan to stop somewhere to eat on our way.  The tickets are only $9!!!  What a great deal and a wonderful evening out!!   
Click here to make your reservation(s).  Transportation is available.  
LENT 2019 
Visit Prison with Your Prayers During Lent 
In worship at Saint Mark each Sunday of Lent, during the Pastoral Prayer, you will have the opportunity to pray for those prisoners listed in your bulletin.  You will also be encouraged to take your bulletin home and pray for them during the week. Hopefully you are aware of the Biblical mandate to remember and visit those in prison. Visiting Prison with Your Prayers might be a good first step that could open future opportunities for ministry and service.  
Thanks for your support, Pastor Todd
Gallery of Crosses Lenten Project

During the six weeks of Lent the Aesthetics Committee will be collecting crosses for the Ministry Wall in Saint Mark's Gallery of Crosses. This wall is dedicated to ministries that Saint Mark has supported since the beginning. Last year over 39 missions were recognized and are represented with small wooden crosses surrounding the large cross in the gallery. Hopefully, you have been impacted by one or more of the missions and would consider honoring the mission with a cross.

Personally, the small group study, Companions in Christ, made a real difference in my life, and I plan to place a cross on the wall to commemorate that mission. Our goal is to commemorate as many missions as possible during Lent. After Easter the Aesthetic Committee will place the crosses on the wall and prepare a book with all the special memories of the ministries that Saint Mark has supported through the years.

In addition, the Aesthetic Committee is continuing to collect crosses for the other cross walls in the Saint Mark Gallery of Crosses. We invite you to contribute crosses for the other two walls. These will be hung after Easter when the crosses for the Ministries are hung.

Joyce Carney
Aesthetics Team Leader

Which Ministries Have Impacted Your Life?

Feeding Ministries
     Ann Hope, Feeding the
     Homeless, Food Box
United Methodist Women
Wesley Service Guild
Caring Ministry
Marvin's Kids
Child Development Center
Special Friends
Missions with Eleuthera
Salkehatchie Summer Service
Senior Ministry
     METS, Elderberries
Men for Christ
United Methodist Men
Wings for the Lord
In His Eyes
MYF - Methodist Youth Fellowship
SMURF - Saint Mark United Repair Force
Adult Music Ministries
     Chancel Choir, Bell
Gospel Choir,
     Celebration Worship
Vacation Bible School
Wednesday Night Programs
     Church Family Night,
     Church Fellowship Night,
     Recharge, Renew, and
     the Gathering
Eleuthera Mission
Scouting Ministries
Bible Studies
Covenant Groups
Local Outreach Ministries
     Golden Corner Food
     Pantry, Our Daily Rest,
     Our Daily Bread,
     Wilderness Way Girls'
     Camp, Habitat for
     Humanity, Presbyterian
     Fund, Rosa Clark Clinic
Stephen Ministry
Quilters for Christ
Wednesday Morning Prayer
Sunday School for All Ages
Confirmation for Youth
Saint Mark Library
Rise Against Hunger
MAD Camp (Music, Art, Drama)
KITS - Keep in Touch Support
KITES - Keep in Touch Every Student
National and International Relief Ministries
     Katrina, Red Bird,
Prison Ministry - KAIROS
Military and Veteran Mission - Honor Flight
UMCOR - United Methodist Commission on Relief
Epworth Children's Home
It is your financial pledges, donations, and gifts of service that bring these ministries to reality.    
Thank You.
Attention United Methodist Women (UMW)
We are collecting items for the women who are incarcerated at Leath Correctional Institute.  These items include;
  • Toothpaste (10oz tube or smaller-factory sealed)
  • Denture Cream
  • Denture Cups
  • Toothbrush (adult- factory sealed)  
  • Deodorant (3oz or smaller)
  • Vaseline
  • Shampoo (20oz or less-plastic bottle, no pumps)
  • Hand Soap
  • Socks (white only)
  • Washcloths (white only and no insignia or emblems)
  • Facial Tissues (box or single individual)
  • Yarn
You may drop off these item at both atrium entrances this Sunday, April 14. Look for designated bins.

For more information, click here to contact Marlene Edlund.
TREK Ice Cream Social
(last TREK of the program year) 
Sunday, April 28
4 pm 
Contact: Lisa Kiser 
 VBS Registration Begins
Sunday, April 28 
Contact: Lisa Kiser
  Graduate Sunday
Sunday, May 19
10:15 am
During Celebration Worship
Saint Mark Center
Contact: Donna Poston 


ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
Elderberries Events
that might interest you.  Save the date(s) on your calendar. 
Lunch Bunch (last one until fall)
Lunch at Lighthouse
Tuesday, April 30
Memory Cafe
Monday, May 6
Houseboat Ride
at the home of Danny Markus and Stacy Keeler
Greenville Drive Baseball Game
vs. West Virgina 
Friday, May 17
Gametime: 7: 05 pm
Fluor Field in Greenville
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  

W hat is the Difference  
Between Equity and Equality?

Definitions of Equity and Equality:

Equity can be defined as the quality of treating individuals fairly based on their needs and requirements.

Equality can be defined as treating each and every individual in the same manner irrespective of needs and requirements.

Characteristics of Equity and Equality:


Equity is a principle that is based upon justness and fairness.

Equality demands everyone be treated at the same level.
Needs and Requirements:

Attention is paid to individual needs and requirements.

Individual needs and requirements are ignored.

Saint Mark Disciples, Teddy and Landon Pruitt
"Go the Distance" Fundraiser

Appalachian Mountain Leadership (AML)  is a unique Christ-centered non-profit out of Boone, NC whose goal is to inspire and foster servant leadership in participants, mostly youth, as well as their staff, using the great outdoors as our classroom.  They use high adventure as a catalyst for the transformation of individuals to be more effective stewards of their gifts, passions, and resources.  Landon Pruitt has had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors at AML since its formation in 2014.  Landon writes, "Christ and the outdoors have and continue to bless our lives, and I am happy to have been given the chance to be a part of that for others through my role with AML."  Find out more at http://www.amlnc.org.
AML is currently starting their third annual "Go the Distance" fundraiser.  As an organization, they are aiming to raise $15,000 during this 2019 campaign, which is currently running from April 8 to May 8.  Landon and Ashley (and sometimes Teddy!) are going the route of foot travel this year.  Their goal is to complete 200 miles together on foot and raise $1,000 or more. 
Please click here to check the fundraiser page and feel free to click here to contact Landon if you have any questions!

Utica, Inc BBQ Fundraiser
Saturday, April 27
11 am - 2 pm
Ann Hope UMC
702 Goddard Ave
Seneca, SC

All proceeds will benefit Utica, Inc. Community Outreach.  The Utica Inc. Youth Center will work with the youth and families of the Utica community by:
  • Helping those in need to establish and grow in their relationship with Christ by providing Christian role models and leadership
  • Providing a "safe haven" for youth to gather and learn
  • Enabling a positive change in the quality of life of those in the Utica community
  • Further enabling and promoting the Utica youth by education, training and development of enhanced self esteem, to rise above their circumstances
  • Assisting the youth in attaining an attitude of self-sufficiency to become more productive members of their community and thus society as a whole
  • Growing and grooming Christian minded youth to become leaders willing to serve the community in the future
Click here to reserve your ticket(s), or call (864) 888-5596.

Foothills Chorale Spring Concert
Cherubini's Requiem in C minor
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM.
Fort Hill Presbyterian Church
101 Edgewood Ave., Clemson, SC
TICKETS: $20 each for adults
$10 each for students.

Greatly admired by Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms, The Requiem in C minor for mixed chorus was written in 1816 by Luigi Cherubini and premiered on January 21, 1817 at a commemoration service for Louis XVI of France on the twenty-third anniversary of his death during the French Revolution. Since then, this powerful work has been performed and recorded by notable choirs and orchestras around the world.

Accompanied by an orchestral ensemble of wind and string instruments, this is a performance you do not want to miss!

For information about receiving a 10% discount for groups of 8 or more, contact info@foothillschorale.org before purchasing.

Purchase your tickets at the door, or click here to purchase them online.  You may also get tickets from David Wilcox and Jeff Weicksel.

Every Monday in May, you can find the DAR School out in the community talking about their foster care program and how you can help!!!  There are over 4,500 children in S.C. who need a family.   

You are invited to attend free Informational Sessions the new Foster Care Program at Tamassee DAR School.
During these Informational Sessions, they will share information about the process of becoming a licensed foster parent, as well as how the church and community can play a very important role in serving foster families.

For more information, please contact Amaris Gibson at (864) 944-1390, ext. 123, or click here to send her an email.

Disciples in Action
Manibus Christi Circle Organizes a
"Period Party"
for the Homeless Period Project
Wow! What a night! Thanks to your generous donations, Manibus Christi (Hands of Christ) Circle collectively packed 412 period packs for women and school girls in Oconee County!!! This is over 7000 products donated!  Not only did Saint Mark donate personal hygiene products, but Manibus Christi Circle had a gathering of women from all parts of the community who came together on Friday evening, April 4, with one goal in mind . . . to make a difference! They had three special guests join them - Julie-Ann from Grace's Closet, Lucy from Our Daily Rest, and Sharron, co-founder of The Homeless Period Project.  
Thank you again, Saint Mark, for your support and contributions! The Manibus Christi circle hopes they can continue to have many more "period parties" in the future!

Click here to learn more about the Homeless Period Project.
So, Pastor Todd Won . . . Or Lost,
Depending On How You Measure Success!

Pastor Todd successfully collected $300 in his "bucket" during our Missions Auction - which guaranteed him the honor of receiving a pie in the face from runner-up, Pastor Shawna, who collected $150. All proceeds from this friendly competition ($450), as well as the entire Mission Auction will go toward our Saint Mark mission efforts! 

Thanks for your generosity, Saint Mark! 
Enjoy the photos!

How do we begin to thank you all for everything you've done for us and our daughter, Susan, during the last months of her husband, Charles' illness and passing? The cards, prayers, visits, food for the reception after the celebration, your presence at the celebration, the Gospel Choir singing at the celebration . . . the list goes on and on!
As a life-long Methodist (longer than I like to admit), we moved many times and attended wonderful churches but we have NEVER experienced the outpouring of love that you at Saint Mark shower on all that are in need.
Let's celebrate our diversity and continue to concentrate on what we do best...being the hands and feet of Jesus!!
We love and thank you all,
Diane and Bill Caster
Saint Mark Child Development Center
Is Now Receiving Donations
for Upcoming Yard Sale in June
Do you have "stuff" that you want/need to get rid of?  Here is your chance to finally clean out closets, cupboards, storage units, etc. and help our Child Development Center with their annual Yard Sale Fundraiser.  They are receiving items now.  For more information, click here to contact Becca Williams, director of our CDC.

  Click here to discover the many ways to serve at Saint Mark. Fill out the form and submit it. We will get you plugged in!    

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

616 Quincy Road
Seneca, South Carolina 29678-3820

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors