Update for the week of April 18 - 24, 2019
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Saint Mark UMC
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Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook 
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Click here to see what is going on at Saint Mark this week and the weeks to come.
Easter Celebration of the Resurrection 
April 21, 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
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 for  
Holy Week 
God of such unwavering love, how do I "celebrate" the passion and death of Jesus?
I often want to look the other way and not watch, not stay with Jesus in His suffering.  
Give me the strength, oh God, to see His love with honesty and compassion and to feel deeply Your own forgiveness and mercy for me - yes, even me.  
Help me to understand  
how to experience this holiest of weeks in ways that will transform my life.
Give me the courage to bring my weaknesses and imperfections with me as I journey with Jesus to the cross - a scandalous instrument of torture, and yet also a symbol of Your deep and undying love for me.    
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.

Worship With Us This Sunday!
Easter Celebration of the Resurrection  
of Jesus Christ
April 21
10:15 am
Traditional Worship
bringing the message
Rev. Shawna Darnall 
Celebration Worship
"Jesus is Dead?"
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis

Alms Offering This Sunday
Our alms offering this Sunday will primarily be used to support the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. Pastor Todd is sometimes asked to help local families in need of emergency assistance. Although he does not give anyone cash, he uses the money from the Pastor's Discretionary Fund to help pay rent or utilities, or to put gas in someone's car so that they can get to work.  
Thank you for your continued generosity to this and all the other ways your alms offerings help our local community.
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.

Saint Mark UMW (United Methodist Women)  
Remind You That . . .
It's Kairos Cookie Time!!!

The Kairos weekend for the women who are incarcerated at Leath Correctional Institution, will take place at the prison April 25 - 28.  Home-baked cookies, unsealed cards, posters and notes of encouragement are once again needed.  Because the church office will be closed for the Easter holiday on April 22 and 23, please bring your items to the office this Sunday morning, April 21 or by no later than Wednesday, April 24 at 10 am.  
Homemade cookies are a tangible expression of Chris tian love and an indication of God's concern for a group of people who seldom encounter either in the course of their daily lives. Your loving sacrifice will provide "bread" that shines the Light of God's Grac e into the darkest corners of a prison unit. A typ ical Kairos weekend will go through hundreds of dozens o f cookies which are distributed to all of the inmates. The types of cookies that are generally acceptable are: Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Molasses, Chocolate Chip, Ginger and Sugar. It is very important not to use icing, sugar or any other type of coating on the outside of the cookie. Do not add any kind of fruit or nuts to the cookies. Package cookies in clear zip lock bags.
We encourage you to participate in the prayer vigil, praying for Kairos leaders and participants at 7 am and/or 7 pm each day of the Kairos weekend.
Got questions?  Click here to contact Becky Hazelwood, UMW president.  

Child Development Center
Parents' Night Out
Friday, April 26
5:30 - 9:30 pm

The Saint Mark Child Development Center is hosting a Parents' Night Out at Saint Mark for children up to 12 years old.  The cost is $10 per hour for one child, $15 per hour for two children and so on.  You pay by the hour.  Click here to contact Becca Williams, CDC Director, to make your reservation.

Join us next week, April 28, for a special celebration of the ministry that takes place through our Saint Mark Child Development Center. Help us in expressing gratitude to the teachers and staff for all the ways they love the children all year round, and join us in welcoming the children and families of our CDC, both in the atrium for fellowship and in the Celebration Worship service.  

Vacation Bible School 2019
Registration Is Now Open!
Sunday, June 9 - Wednesday, June 12
5:30 - 8:00 pm 
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Vacation Bible School 2019 - To Mars and Beyond: Explore Where God's Power Can Take You! Our amazing space adventures will take place June 9 - 12.  
VBS is open to children from age 4 years through 12 years. This year's adventure includes daily snacks supper, crafts, science, games, songs, Bible stories, and more!
Pick up a registration form in the atrium or click here to sign up online.  
Hope to see you there!

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) by no later than Thursday, April 25.
FROM 12 NOON TO 12:30 PM!!
Join us as together we celebrate  
the mission and ministries of Saint Mark!  
If you have a Saint Mark shirt (old or new),  
we encourage you to wear it during our  
Saint Mark Festival celebrations. 

"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!
Please note, tickets will not be sold on Easter Sunday.  Sunday, April 28, is the last day to purchase tickets at the church. You may also click here to make your reservation(s) online. 
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
Continuing the Conversation . . .
Follow-up Gathering
Wednesday, May 8
6 - 7 pm
Commons Room

During March and April, four gatherings were scheduled to create a time and space for persons who needed to express their feelings and deep concerns about the outcome of the 2019 General Conference.  Those who participated in the earlier conversations expressed interest in coming together again after Easter to discuss ways to faithfully move forward. 

As always, everyone is welcome to attend.

Watch for more details about this upcoming gathering.
Are You 50+?
Join us for Dinner and a Baseball Game

First, we will enjoy dinner at 5:00 at Liberty Tap Room, located within walking distance of Fluor Field.  Click here to see the menu.
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.  The tickets are only $9 and will probably go quickly!!!  What a great deal and a wonderful evening out!!   
Click here to make your reservation(s), or contact Marla Fuller at the church office.  Transportation is available.  
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 

Worship, Conversation and Communion
One Combined Service of Worship
Sunday, June 2
10:15 am
Saint Mark Center
Contact: Todd Davis 
South Carolina Annual Conference
June 2 - 6
Greenville, SC
Contact:  Todd Davis 
Vacation Bible School
June 9 - 12
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Contact: Lisa Kiser 

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
12:30 pm 
Memory Cafe
Houseboat Ride
with Danny Markus and Stacy Keeler
Monday, May 6
Greenville Drive Baseball Game
vs. West Virgina 
Friday, May 17
Gametime: 7: 05 pm
Fluor Field in Greenville
Memory Cafe
Tour of Garrison Agricultural Museum
Monday, June 3 
South Carolina Festival of Flowers
Greenwood, SC
Saturday, June 8
10:30 am - 3 pm
No cost for admission
Watch for more details in upcoming weeks! 
Memory Cafe
Art Glazing Activity in Clemson 
Monday, July 1 
Boat Party/Covered Dish Picnic on Lake Keowee
Thursday, July 11
10 am - 2 pm
Board Pontoon Boats at South Cove Park
Picnic at High Falls Park
Memory Cafe
Lunch at Aunt Sue's near Table Rock
Pickens County  
Monday, August 5 
Lunch at Chattooga Belle Farms Bistro
Tour of Chattooga Belle Farms and Distillery
Friday, August 16
11 am
Elderberries Annual Covered Dish Dinner
at Biggerstaff Retreat Center
Friday, September 20 
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  
Sacred Resistance

In the midst of polarized communities and nations, Christians across the theological spectrum are seeking help with how to respond in troubled times. The need for courage to speak out and act is ever-present, because every generation has faced its own set of fears and troubles.

Christians often struggle with these questions:
  • When Christians see something wrong in our nation or community, how and when should we respond?
  • How do we choose which of multiple "wrongs" to address?
  • How can we take risks faithfully without violating relationships within our families and congregations?
  • On what historical, biblical, and theological safety nets can we rely when we face the decision to take a stand against injustice?
  • What is sacred resistance and how does it differ from social activism?
Christians standing with the marginalized, poor, and harmed is not simply a choice but a wondrous obligation. Taking a sacred stance towards injustice is quite simply what it means to be a Christian. We see it in the words and actions of Jesus throughout the gospel story.

Because of our commitment to be faithful disciples of Jesus, and to follow in the way of Christ, we are called to engage in sacred resistance when we see an injustice that needs to be addressed. Our resistance is "sacred" because it is driven not primarily by self-interest or fear or even only a benevolent wish for the good of an oppressed group. Nor is faithful public witness grounded in our passionate views about the latest hot button issue. 

Rather, sacred resistance is grounded in a vision of God's wholeness . . . a wholeness that embraces difference and delights in the surprises of unlikely friendship, a wholeness that calls us to take up the cross, a wholeness that is worth our suffering and sacrifice. It is "sacred" because it is driven by God at work in and through us.

When it is God who inspires our action, sustains our action, and provides the ultimate vision that is the goal of our action, we are engaged in sacred resistance.

Want to learn more?  We highly recommend the book, Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent by Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.  Click here to learn more or to order the book.  Marla Fuller has two extra copies in her office.  Click here to reserve one of those books.

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 about 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.
Saint Mark UMC T-Shirts Have Arrived!
AND now for a Second Order 
95 of you have already ordered and paid for Saint Mark t-shirts. If you haven't yet been able to get the shirt(s) you ordered and paid for, you may pick them up in Todd's office, or check with Jens Holley, our administrative assistant. 
We are now taking orders for a second printingWe must have a minimum of 36 t-shirts ordered to reprint at the following cost: $16.00 for Youth M-Adult XL and $18.00 for 2XL-3XL.  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.   
Show your church pride with a new  
Saint Mark UMC t-shirt! 
Spring Fling 2019
Check Out Our Video!!
Did you attend the Saint Mark Spring Fling that was held on Wednesday, April 10?  If not, click here to take a peek at a video capturing glimpses of this wonderful annual event that brought close to 400 men, women, youth and children to Saint Mark for an evening of fun, food and fellowship! 
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