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Sunday, August 25

 9:00 am 
  Sunday School
for all ages
9:55 am
Fellowship Time in the Atrium
10:15 am
10:15 am
Celebration Worship
Saint Mark Center
3:00 pm 
Youth Ministry Kickoff
at the home of  
Lee Ann Parker 

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. 
Prayer Focus for This Week  
A Prayer to Rest in God's Love

Father God, I come into your presence so aware of my human frailty and yet overwhelmed by Your love for me. I thank You that there is no human experience that I might walk through where Your love cannot reach me. If I climb the highest mountain You are there and yet if I find myself in the darkest valley of my life, You are there. Teach me today to love You more. Help me to rest in that love that asks nothing more than the simple trusting heart of a child.  
In Jesus name,  
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.


Over the next six Sundays, we will explore the impact of love on the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul in a 6-part Sermon Series.   
THIS Sunday, August 25
"Transformed by Love"
Sunday, September 1
"Sent with Love"
Sunday, September 8
"Compelled by Love"
Sunday, September 15
"Called to Love"
Sunday, September 22
"Love to Share"
Sunday, September 29
"Legacy of Love"  

Join us for worship this Sunday as we begin a new series of sermons highlighting this year's theme, Love Well. 
THIS Sunday, August 25
"Transformed By Love"
Acts 9 
Traditional Worship
10:15 am in the Sanctuary
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis
Celebration Worship
10:15 am in the Saint Mark Center
bringing the message
Rev. Shawna Darnall


We Have Added Three New Dates
For Your Convenience!

See the dates and times listed above. 
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 this Sunday, August 25.  
Got questions?  Click here to contact Marla Fuller.
The winner of the raffle for the $100 gift certificate is the Neil and Lisa Carney family!  Congratulations!!!

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

Those who signed up to ride the bus to the party should plan to meet at the church parking lot across from the sanctuary.  The bus will pull out at 5 pm. 
UMW Collecting Household Items for
Safe Harbor Transition

In their August General Meeting on August 27 (see below), 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!). These items can be dropped off in the wooden boxes located at both entrances to the atrium. Get your donations to us by THIS Sunday, August 25.

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
(PLEASE NOTE: All listed items are still needed, but we especially need more bathroom supplies) 
  • Towels, washcloths
  • Bathmat
  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Small trash cans for bed/bathroom
  • Toilet brush
  • Toothbrush holder

Click here to contact Donna Poston for more information.

Gospel Choir Will Rock
at Midway Presbyterian Church
in Anderson
Sunday, August 25
6 pm
Don't miss the opportunity to hear our Saint Mark Gospel Choir present a musical program at 6:00 pm this coming Sunday August 25 at Midway Presbyterian Church, 3238 Midway Rd., Anderson.

Do you know any youth who might want to get involved?  Click here to contact Donna Poston, Minister of Youth and College Discipleship.

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 above for suggestions for contributions of household items.

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

A Disciple's Path
As the people of Saint Mark, we are a people who connect faith and life, and understand our mission is to be and make disciples of Jesus. A Disciple's Path is a six-week study that explores what a life connected to God and connected to others is all about. It examines some of the essential elements of discipleship: prayer and meditation, study and reflection on Scripture, financial generosity, invitational evangelism, worship, small group community and gifts-based service.
If you are just joining our family of faith, haven't yet had an opportunity to participate in this study, or would like to participate in this study again please click here to email Pastor Shawna to express your interest. This group will gather once a week for six weeks beginning in early September, with the exact time being determined by the group's members.

Memory Café - September Event
Boat Ride on Lake Keowee
Monday, September 9
1 pm 
On Monday September 9, back by popular demand, Memory Caf é is providing another wonderful boat ride on Lake Keowee. We have 3 boats, 3 captains and 2 first mates for this fun trip.

Participants will meet at Saint Mark at 1:00 and carpool to High Falls where the group will board the pontoons. If you would like to reserve seat(s) on one of the boats, call Bonnie Holmes at (864) 916-9204 as soon as possible. We want to make sure we have enough participants to fill 3 boats.
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 coming activities for Memory Café be sure to call Bonnie.

Summer is almost over and things are shaping up for an exciting fall season at Saint Mark. 

The Gathering, our monthly midweek event that features delicious food and great fellowship, will resume on Wednesday, September 11. 

Menu for September 11
Salad Bar
Pizza and Pasta Bar
Ice Cream Bar

Adults (18 and older) - $7 each
Families (2 adults and 2 children) - $18
Extra children - $3 each
Children/Youth (5 - 18 yo) - $3
Children 4 and younger - FREE

Click here to add your name to the Master List (for the entire program year 2019-20), or to make a reservation for September 11 only.

A Gathering Program Offering for Adults
Are you interested in conversation about how we approach the Bible? How we let it speak to us? Are you wanting to discuss passages of scripture with others? 
As a part of The Gathering, on the second Wednesday of each month, there will be an opportunity for interested adults to gather and study the gifts of scripture with Pastor Shawna.
For more information click here to contact Pastor Shawna. 

This midweek ministry for youth provides a time of fun, food, fellowship and Bible Study during the busy activities of the school year.  The youth will enjoy a snack supper in the Saint Mark Center from 5:30 - 6 pm, then travel to another destination for their gathering, returning to Saint Mark by 7 pm. 

Want to learn more?  Click here to contact Donna Poston, Minister of Youth and College Discipleship.

Teaching, Reaching, Enriching Kids
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm 
Beginning Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Children 4 years - 5th grade
Wednesdays, children will gather in atrium for snack supper, followed by a rotation through a devotional lesson time, music time, and recreation time. During TREK your child will have a chance to learn fun music that will be performed at events/missions and in church, learn to play hand bells, get some of that extra energy out. Your child will not want to miss this special time of learning and growing. We try to end promptly at 7:00 pm to insure bedtimes are not disrupted.
Saint Mark UMC would like to extend an invitation to the Saint Mark CDC children to come and TREK with us. Go to this link ( http://smumcsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-Release-Form-Children.pdf ) to participate and be placed on the master list. The cost for the meal is $3.00 per child. Make check or money order to Saint Mark UMC and include "TREK" in memo. You are welcome to pay for ALL 5 suppers; the amount for one child is $15.00. All children attending must have a student information/release form filled out to attend. You may request one from the CDC Director or go to the link. No child will be permitted to stay without a form. Pick-up will be in our Children's Chapel room on the Atrium floor. Parents are asked to sign out your child(ren) by 7:00 pm. (A photo ID will be required to pick-up your child.)
For more information about TREK, click here to contact Lisa Kiser, our Minister of Children's Discipleship.

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.

Click here to make your reservation.  For more information, contact Bonnie Holmes at (864) 916-9204. We look forward to seeing you.

Are You 50+?

Won't you join us for our Annual Covered Dish Supper at Biggerstaff Retreat Center? We will provide hors d'oeuvres, BBQ pork, buns and beverages. Your $5 will cover the cost of the food, as well as the rental of the space. Plan to bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. After a time of fellowship and a delicious meal, we will enjoy a game of Trivia.

Transportation is available upon request.

Click here to make your reservation(s).

Got questions? Click here to contact Marla Fuller.

Anderson District
Lay Servant Ministries School
Fall 2019
Please join us for the Fall Anderson District Lay Servant Ministries School.
Where: Zion United Methodist Church/Anderson
             5708 Highway 187 North
             Anderson, SC 29625
When:   September 27-29
Friday: 6pm-9pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: 3pm-6 pm
Closing Ceremonies: 6pm-7pm
Courses offered:
Basic Lay Servant Ministry
Tell Stories
Spiritual Gifts
Cost: $45 if registered before August 24, $50 if registered between August 25 and September 7, 2019.
Classes are open to everyone, whether you are interested or not in becoming a certified lay servant. For those who are or wish to be a certified lay servant, remember that you must take a course beyond the Basic course at least once every 3 years. For more information contact Gwendolyn Brown, Director of the Anderson District Lay Servant Ministry at 678-480-5176 or click here to send her an email.

For more detailed information, click here
Labor Day Holiday
The Office Will be Closed
Monday, September 2
Escape Room for 6th Graders
Friday, September 13
6 pm
Contact: Lisa Kiser
CDC Parents' Night Out
Friday, September 20
5:30 - 9:30 pm
Contact: Becca Williams
Anderson District UMW Annual Meeting
Saturday, September 28
Saint Mark UMC
Contact: Becky Hazelwood
World Communion Sunday 
Sunday, October 6
Contact: Rev. Todd Davis

Memory Cafe
Trip to Denver Downs 
Monday, October 7
Meet at the church at 10:45 am
Contact: Bonnie Holmes 
Staff Appreciation Sunday
Sunday, October 13
Contact: Lynn Dobson 
Stewardship Sunday
Sunday, October 27
One Combined Service of Worship
10:15 am
Covered Dish Lunch
11:30 am
Saint Mark Center
Contact: Todd Davis 

ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
Elderberries Events
that might interest you.  Save the date(s) on your calendar. 
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.  
"Check Your Privilege"
Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
Dr. Robin DiAngelo writes, "I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources - schools, textbooks, media - don't provide us with the multiple perspectives we need. Yes, we will develop strong emotionally laden opinions, but they will not be informed opinions. Our socialization renders us racially illiterate. When you add a lack of humility to that illiteracy (because we don't know what we don't know), you get the break-down we so often see when trying to engage white people in meaningful conversations about race."
The following are examples of the kinds of challenges that trigger racial stress for white people:
  • Suggesting that a white person's viewpoint comes from a racialized frame of reference (challenge to objectivity);
  • People of color talking directly about their own racial perspectives (challenge to white taboos on talking openly about race);
  • People of color choosing not to protect the racial feelings of white people in regards to race (challenge to white racial expectations and need/entitlement to racial comfort);
  • People of color not being willing to tell their stories or answer questions about their racial experiences (challenge to the expectation that people of color will serve us);
  • A fellow white not providing agreement with one's racial perspective (challenge to white solidarity);
  • Receiving feedback that one's behavior had a racist impact (challenge to white racial innocence);
  • Suggesting that group membership is significant (challenge to individualism);
  • An acknowledgment that access is unequal between racial groups (challenge to meritocracy);
  • Being presented with a person of color in a position of leadership (challenge to white authority);
  • Being presented with information about other racial groups through, for example, movies in which people of color drive the action but are not in stereotypical roles, or multicultural education (challenge to white centrality).
We can begin to check our privilege by:
  • Being willing to tolerate the discomfort associated with an honest appraisal and discussion of our internalized superiority and racial privilege.
  • Challenging our own racial reality by acknowledging ourselves as racial beings with a particular and limited perspective on race.
  • Attempting to understand the racial realities of people of color through authentic interaction rather than through the media or unequal relationships.
  • Taking action to address our own racism, the racism of other whites, and the racism embedded in our institutions - e.g., get educated and act.
Click here to read the entire article. 

Gideons International Invites You To Help Spread "The Word"

If you have opened a drawer in almost any hotel, you have probably noticed a Bible that was placed there by Gideons International. Search on any of the search engines will link you into all the information about this international ministry.  You do not have to create a password or become a member to get any of this information. Anyone may, securely, donate from this site.  And you may find many videos of people whose lives were changed through God's Word from a Testament or Bible given in a school distribution or placed in a hotel room.  These are very powerful - real - testimonies from forever grateful people.   
It only takes an investment of $ 1.25 each for the purchase and placement of Personal Witnessing Testaments (PWTs). These are the small Testaments given at county fairs, schools, colleges, military bases and in hospitals during the Bible distributions in our county and all around the World. And for just $5.00 each, hotel Bibles may be purchased and placed in hotels and motels in our county and around the world.  One Bible has the potential to reach up to 2,300 (two thousand three hundred) people in its estimated 6 (six) year life span.  Some research from the hotel industry tells us that approximately 25% (twenty-five percent) of travelers read the Bibles in their hotel rooms.  This data is always changing, and we pray that through partnerships with our local churches, we can meet more of these needs and increase these numbers. Gideons also place New Testaments in hospitals. Facilities Testaments are given to inmates in jails and prisons, too.
"The Gideons partner with churches anywhere, to reach the unreached everywhere."  - quote from the Gideon literature

Click here to go directly to the Gideons International website.
4th Annual Our Brother's Keeper
Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund
Golf Tournament
We are gearing up for our annual "Our Brother's Keeper OPSF Golf Tournament!"
September 20, 2019 (rain date September 27, 2019) 
18 holes, Captain's choice 
Where Oconee Country Club, 781 Richland Road, Seneca, SC 
Who:  Open to all women, men, couples and foursomes. 
Registration fee includes: Light breakfast, lunch, range balls, cart gift bags, cart and green fees, silent auction.
Registration: 8:00 AM
Shotgun:      9:00 am
Want to make a bigger difference and become a sponsor for this tournament? Here are the levels:
  • Platinum $1000: On-course signage plus a team of four
  • Gold $750: On course signage plus a team of two
  • Silver $500: On-course signage
  • Bronze $250: On-course signage
  • Hole Sponsor $100: Hole signage
Help OPSF continue to serve those who fall through the cracks of assistance by contacting Robert French to sign up today! (864) 972-7470.
16th Annual Christmas Tree Festival
December 3 - 5, 2019 Tree Viewing  
and Holiday Market
The Best Western Plus / Clemson, SC
SAVE THE DATE! Holiday magic abounds as the Best Western Plus in Clemson is transformed into a winter wonderland of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces. View the beautifully decorated trees and take a stroll through the holiday market, filled with handmade crafts and gifts, freshly baked homemade cookies and an endless assortment of the popular ButterBraid pastry.
Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Festival are a "A Gift of Love" to patients served by Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills. Funds raised help grow the hospice Crippen Endowment to ensure quality hospice care is sustained for future generations. Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills is a local nonprofit hospice organization caring for residents of Oconee, Pickens and Anderson Counties since 1989. Hospice of the Foothills provides in-home hospice care as well as well as in-patient hospice care at The Cottingham House. Support Hospice of the Foothills!
Experience holiday magic by attending the 16th Annual Christmas Tree Festival!
Volunteers are needed for this year's festival!
Bake cookies! Contribute a new or gently used designer purse or donate hand-crafted items for the Holiday Market!  
Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation
864 885-7912.
Life Line Screening Returns to Saint Mark
Wednesday, November 20
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Saint Mark United Methodist Church.  
Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.
Click here to register online TODAY and receive your "Community Circle" discount and your Preferred Appointment!
Invite your friends and neighbors.

  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