Update for the week of August 1 - 7, 2019
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Sunday, August 4
 9:00 am 
  Sunday School
for all ages
9:55 am
Fellowship Time in the Atrium
10:15 am
Traditional Worship
with Holy Communion Sanctuary
10:15 am
Celebration Worship
with Holy Communion
 Saint Mark Center

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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. 
Prayer Focus for This Week  
Pray for teachers.
Pray for teachers who are developing lesson  plans, planning bulletin boards, and learning new skills to use in their classrooms.
Pray for new teachers, who will have their own classrooms for the first time, that they might have a good experience guiding and nurturing the next generation. Pray that they will get the support they need from parents, school administrators and the community. 
Pray for teachers who are discouraged. Pray that they might find a renewal of energy and love for their vocation.    
Pray for teachers who volunteer their time at our church and churches everywhere, that they will feel the love and appreciation of their congregations as they help lead young people to Christ and help adults grow in their faith. 
Pray for all who are called to teach, whether they teach children or adults, in this country or across the globe, in schools, or homes, or places of worship.

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 Week!
Sunday, August 4
10:15 am
with Holy Communion

Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
Celebration Service in the Saint Mark Center

"A Million Dreams"
bringing the message at both services
Rev. Shawna Darnall 

Alms Offering this Sunday, August 4

The alms offering this Sunday will primarily support the work of Our Daily Rest, which offers housing to temporarily homeless citizens of Oconee County. More than just a shelter, Our Daily Rest provides a network of support services to help keep families together and become self-sustaining. For more information, go to OurDailyRest.org. Thanks for supporting this important local ministry.

Note about July alms offering: Although there was no alms offering collected in July, we will be making a contribution to Our Daily Bread from Service/Mission Team funds. This important ministry provides lunch to the hungry, no questions asked, Monday through Friday between 11:30 and 12:30.

Saint Mark disciples volunteer at both Our Daily Rest and Our Daily Bread on a regular basis. We are glad to be able to support them because of your generous contributions to the alms offerings collected during Holy Communion.

Make Your Appointment Today!

We are now set up for you to make your appointment to have your portrait taken for our new Saint Mark pictorial directory.   
We had originally set up our schedule to include two full weeks from September 10 - 21.   
We are going to try to get all of our photo sessions in during the first week (September 10 - 14), then add days the following week, if needed.   
Appointments are available September 10 - 13 (Tuesday through Friday) from 10 am - 9 pm, and on Saturday, September 14 from 10 am - 5 pm.  
Click here to make your appointment. You will need to set up an account to make your appointment. To set up an account, click on "Log In" in the top right corner of the page. Then log in and follow the step-by-step instructions.  
Sign-up sheets will be available in the atrium beginning on Sunday, August 11
Got questions?  Click here to contact Marla Fuller.  

Movie at Saint Mark:
We are coming together as a faith family for some fun this summer! 
We will gather together all ages in the Saint Mark Center on Friday, August 2 at 7 pm to watch the movie, The Greatest Showman. Bring some friends, comfortable tailgate chairs, pillows and blankets (children are welcome to come in pajamas); we'll provide the popcorn!    
Then we will gather on Sunday morning, August 4, to hear the movie connected with the week's scripture in both the Contemporary and Traditional Services.
Join us for all the fun, and invite some friends to enjoy a cool movie on a hot summer night!
For more information, click here to contact Pastor Shawna.

Marvin's Kids Christmas in July
Please turn in your toys soon!

For those of you who signed up for Christmas in July but missed a chance to bring your toys in on a Sunday, you can bring your toys any time during the week or next few Sundays and leave them in Room A206, with your name and tags on the toys as directed when you signed up.  A Marvin's Kids volunteer will pick the gifts up for storage until December. Thank you for helping Marvin's Kids get a jump on stocking Santa's Secret Shop this year!  If you have any questions, please  click here to contact Becky Hazelwood, or call her at 770-633-2434.


Memory Café - August Activity   
Lunch at Aunt Sue's Country Restaurant
Tuesday August 6

On Tuesday, August 6, Memory Cafe participants are going to Aunt Sue's, located in Pickens, off route 11. They will enjoy lunch and later some of Aunt Sue's famous homemade ice cream. Yum!  The meal will be paid for by Memory Cafe sponsors.

After lunch, participants will have the opportunity to venture into the little shops to buy trinkets and souvenirs.

To make your reservation, please call Bonnie Holmes at (864) 916-9204 as soon as possible. Bonnie will be pre-ordering the meal so that the kitchen will have it ready to serve upon arrival. What a treat!
Plan to meet at Saint Mark at 10:45 am to carpool.  
Memory Café is a place where family caregivers and their loved ones with beginning to intermediate stages of dementia can come together to learn, laugh, cry and meet others in a similar circumstance. For more information on this trip and other co ming activities for Memory Café be sure to call Bonnie at the number above.

Pastor Todd and Cara are on vacation!

Pastor Todd is away on vacation July 29 - August 2, and will return to the office on August 5.  Thank you for this time away for rest and renewal.  If you have a pastoral care need outside of regular church office hours, please contact (864) 888-7072 to leave a message for the pastor on call .

Another Great Elderberries Event!

Join us on Friday, August 16 as we travel to beautiful Chattooga Belle Farms in Long Creek, SC.  In addition to the spectacular view, you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch that will be set up in the barn. The meal will include a choice of 4 kinds of sandwiches ( Chicken Salad on whole wheat, Mediterranean Turkey on pita, Ham and Swiss on croissant, BLT on whole wheat ), salad, dessert and tea. The cost will be $15.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. There is a wonderful gift shop at the farm and you may want to stroll around the farm and even tour the distillery. 

Transportation is available for those who want to ride the bus.  Click here to make your reservation(s).

On Faith Formation Sunday, August 18, we will celebrate the many ways faith formation happens at Saint Mark!
Worshiping all together in the sanctuary, we will have the blessing of the backpacks, our rising third graders will receive their new Bibles, our rising sixth graders will receive pocket crosses, and all of us will learn of our ministry theme for this coming year as we renew our commitment to this journey call faith.  
The celebration will continue following worship with a church-wide potluck luncheon in the Saint Mark Center.

Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.

ALL women of Saint Mark are invited to a General Meeting of United Methodist Women on Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 in the Commons Room. Come and learn more about UMW and the seven "circles" of members at Saint Mark. You will learn what the circles do to enrich the lives of women, children, and youth locally, throughout South Carolina, and globally. Our focus this evening will be "Safe Harbor," which celebrates five years of providing shelter and support for victims of domestic violence in Oconee County.

Following our meeting and light supper, we will assemble "kits" of kitchen and bathroom items for women who are transitioning out of the shelter to new homes. See the article below - under "For Your Information" - for suggestions for contributions of household items.

There is no charge for the meal but we do need a headcount of attendees by Friday, August 23. Click here to contact Becky Hazelwood or call/text her at (770) 633-2434.

Adult Music Ministry Party
Friday, August 23
5:30 pm
at the home of Bob and Edna Rider

Do you currently participate in one of our adult music ministry groups ( Chancel Choir, Celebration Musicians, Gospel Choir, Bell Choir).  Are you considering joining one of the ensembles this fall? Either way, join us for a party to kick-off our new program year.  Bring your spouse or guest.

Fried chicken and beverages will be provided. Plan to bring an appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert to share. 

If you plan to attend, we need to know you are coming, especially if you plan to ride the church bus to the venue.  Click here to make your reservation by no later than Tuesday, August 20.

Watch for more details.

Watch for more details.

Are You Prepared to Be a Caregiver?
You Don't Want to Miss This . . .
Upon popular demand we will be running a sequel to Be Prepared for Care Giving. Why? Because while difficult to consider, many of us will one day be forced into a family caregiver role.

The participants of the first seminar reported that the information they received will help them be better prepared. They were able to understand the pitfalls so many caregivers fall into, making them tired, increasing their stress levels, and contributing to their own health issues. Knowing how to be a successful caregiver is vital. Most important, you will learn what you need to be efficient, to enjoy a life of your own in balance with your caregiver role. We'd like you to have the same information so that you can better appreciate the privilege of caring for your loved one.

This sequel will have an introduction and then move into a forum mode. We will have two male and two female family caregivers who have taken care of loved ones at home and/or in a facility. You may ask them any question you have. They will answer thoughtfully and with compassion. They are all experienced family caregivers and have been in your shoes or the shoes you will be in your future.

There will be complimentary cheese, crackers and grapes, plus iced tea.  Or you may want to take advantage of the meal that will be available to purchase at our first monthly Gathering that opens up for business at 5:30 in the Saint Mark Center.  Watch for details.

Please phone your RSVP to Bonnie Holmes at (864) 916-9204 to reserve your seat. We look forward to seeing you.

Can you help us feed our neighbors in the Utica Mill district?
For the past several years, we have been helping our friends at Ann Hope United Methodist Church with their Wednesday evening feeding program. Ann Hope UMC is located in the formerly prosperous Utica Mill district, now home to high unemployment and many other problems.

Every Wednesday evening, after a short devotional and prayer time led by Pastor Matt Turner, volunteers serve a hot meal to anyone who shows up, usually between 100-125 people from the surrounding neighborhoods. Leftovers are sent home as take-out meals for shut-ins or neighbors who couldn't come to the dinner.

Saint Mark disciples have been preparing and serving the dinner on the first Wednesday of every month for several years, and we welcome new volunteers! There are several ways to help: gather together with other volunteers at Ann Hope and prepare the dinner in their newly renovated kitchen, serve the meal, join the guests for dinner and fellowship, help clean up afterwards or donate funds to help buy the food each month.

Sometimes, a Sunday School class, UMW circle or other small group takes responsibility for a first Wednesday, but in other months, a team of individual volunteers handles everything. Would you like to give it a try? Click here  to contact Cora Keese for more information or to volunteer.
Child Development Center
Back to School Bash
Friday, August 16
8 am - 2 pm
Contact: Becca Williams
Youth Ministry Kick-off
Sunday, August 25
Contact: Donna Poston  

Wings 'N Things Resumes  
Sunday, September 8 
Contact: Donna Poston 
Pictorial Directory Photos Appointments 
September 10 - 14
Contact:  Marla Fuller 
The Gathering Resumes 
Wednesday, September 11
5:30 pm 
Contact: Todd Davis  

TREK for Children Resumes 
Wednesday, September 11
6 - 7 pm 
Contact: Lisa Kiser  

Journey for Youth Resumes   
Wednesday, September 11  
Contact: Donna Poston  

Elderberries Lunch Bunch Resumes 
Tuesday, September 24
12 noon
Dimus Brothers Cafe 
Contact: Marla Fuller 


ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
Elderberries Events
that might interest you.  Save the date(s) on your calendar. 
Memory Cafe
Lunch at Aunt Sue's near Table Rock
Pickens County
Tuesday, August 6
Lunch at Chattooga Belle Farms Bistro
Tour of Chattooga Belle Farms and Distillery
Friday, August 16
11 am
Caregivers Forum
with Bonnie Holmes 
Wednesday, September 11
6 - 7 pm
Commons Room
Elderberries Annual Covered Dish Dinner
and Trivia 
at Biggerstaff Retreat Center
Friday, September 20
5:00 pm - Hors d'oeuvres
5:30 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm - Trivia 
Lunch Bunch Resumes!
Dimus Brothers Cafe 
Tuesday, September 24
12 noon
Walhalla Octoberfest
Saturday, October 19
10 am - 2 pm
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  

Green Roof reflects United Methodist care for the Earth

United Methodists at the General Board of Church and Society on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. are proud of their eco-friendly workplace which reflects the church's core beliefs on environmental stewardship.  
Top to bottom, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society in Washington, D.C. is committed to saving the Earth. This green roof was installed in 2013, says staffer John Hill.   Click here  to read the full article and to watch a video about the roof. 
John Hill, Board of Church and Society: " It covers the entirety of the flat roof and it has a number of benefits. It is an outward layer of insulation so it reduces our energy consumption. So it's cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter. As all plants do, they take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. In the cities such as Washington, D.C., we understand the heat island effect. So, there's a lot of black roof around the city. The city temperatures tend to be warmer in the summer than the outlying areas where there's more green. So, it helps with that. I think most importantly, it reduces storm water runoff. On rainy days it actually keeps the water in the roof rather than it contributing and then adding pollutants into our watershed which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay."  
Anderson District
Reconciling Ministries Network,  
partnering with Clemson University  
is offering
Ally Training
Sunday, August 18
2 - 6 pm
Clemson United Methodist Church
300 Frontage Road
Clemson, SC
Cost: $15
A light supper will be served

Ally training aims to increase awareness and understanding of LGBTQ issues and to train allies to stand with and advocate for LGBTQ people.

Click here for more detailed information about the training.

Click here to make your reservation.
Visitation for the Family of Larry Sloop
(Husband of Lavonne and Father of Matthew Sloop)

For those wishing to support Lavonne and Matthew Sloop in their loss, visitation will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm in the Saint Mark Commons Room.

Click here to read the obituary.

A private graveside service will take place at a later date.
UMW Collecting Household Items for
Safe Harbor Transition

It is hard to believe it has been five years since St Mark sponsored a community wide "housewarming for the opening of Safe Harbor, the first and only shelter in Oconee County for victims of domestic violence. The shelter opened its doors on a Friday night in August of 2014; it was filled to capacity by Saturday morning.  Since opening five years ago, many women have entered the doors, some with children, seeking protection from abusive partners, and have stayed until ready to start lives on their own.  Most start all over again with few resources.  

In their August General Meeting, UMW members and guests will assemble "transition kits" of kitchen and bathroom supplies to help women as they set up housekeeping in their new spaces. You are invited to help by contributing donations as suggested below. Please note these items need not be expensive and can be purchased new at a dollar store or "gently
used" from thrift stores (This is a great opportunity to support our friends at the Wilderness Way Girls' Camp thrift store in Seneca!). Beginning Thursday, August 1, these items can be dropped off in the wooden boxes located at both entrances to the atrium.

Suggested items for kitchen:
  • Sets of dishes for four (plates, cups, bowls)
  • Utensils (flatware and cooking utensils such as spatulas, etc)
  • Supplies for cooking (can opener, mixing bowl, measuring cups/spoons)
  • Kitchen towels, potholders
  • Dish rack, paper towel holder

Cleaning supplies for kitchen and bath

  • Laundry soap
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Cleaners for kitchen and bathroom, like Lysol, etc

Bathroom supplies

  • Towels, washcloths
  • Bathmat
  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Small trash cans for bed/bathroom

  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