Update for the week of August 29 - September 4, 2019
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September 1

 9:00 am 
  Sunday School
for all ages
9:55 am
Fellowship Time in the Atrium
10:15 am
with Holy Communion 
10:15 am
Celebration Worship with Holy Communion 
Saint Mark Center

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 Be Sent

Good and Gracious God,
Your Son, Jesus Christ,
earnestly invites all of us to follow Him
and become His disciples. Touch our hearts, enlighten our minds, and stir our spirit.
Help us daily to take up our cross and follow Him; by living His Word and proclaiming his Good News to those around us.
May our faith in You increase, may our hunger for the Gospel intensify, and may our family of faith be strengthened as we learn to love one another as He has loved us.
Equip us and send us out into the world to be Your devoted disciples, extending Your love to our community, our state, our nation and the entire world. 
We pray this in the name and Spirit of Christ, Amen.   

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.


We are continuing our six-week series on the life of Paul - the impact of love on his life and ministry.  

THIS 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 continue our series of sermons about the Apostle Paul, highlighting this year's theme, Love Well
THIS Sunday, September 1 
"Sent With Love"
Traditional Worship
with Holy Communion 
10:15 am in the Sanctuary
bringing the message
Rev. Bob Stillwell 
Celebration Worship
with Holy Communion 
10:15 am in the Saint Mark Center
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis

Alms Offering this Sunday

The alms offering this Sunday will primarily support the work of the Wilderness Way Girls Camp. The camp, located in Fair Play, is a residential program that helps girls who are failing to thrive in their families, their schools and/or their communities. Campers stay from 18-22 months, and within the camp setting, they learn to set goals, work as a team, and find their own self-worth, gaining life skills that will help them succeed when they return to their homes.
Thank you for supporting this important local mission.

Time is Running Out!

Some of you have not yet made your appointment! We have begun making phone calls to schedule photo sessions.  If you have not yet scheduled a day/time, see the dates and times listed above. You can avoid a call from us by clicking here to make your appointment. 
Y ou 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, September 1.  
There are two other options if you choose not to schedule a photo session.
  • If you would like to use your photo from our previous directory (2016), you may make a request to that effect (contact Marla Fuller).
  • If you weren't here for our last directory, you may drop off a favorite photo for us to use.
If you choose to use a photo from our previous directory, the cost will be $3. If you choose to drop off your own photo, the cost will be $10. You may drop off your money at the church office to the attention of Marla Fuller.
PLEASE MAKE SURE WE HAVE YOUR UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION!  If you have dropped a land line . . . if you have changed email addresses . . . or have a new address or cell phone number, please let us know by clicking here.     
Click here to contact Marla Fuller for anything related to the photo sessions and our pictorial directory.


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.

Knitted Knockers Ministry Resumes
Monday, September 9
1 - 4 pm
Bess' Table Room
Do you enjoy knitting and crocheting?  You may enjoy becoming part of our Knitted Knockers Ministry. In addition to creating knitted and crocheted breast prostheses, the group will be making lap robes for hospice patients who are receiving care in their home. We welcome anyone who might be interested in these projects. The group meets the second Monday of each month.  
For more information, click here to contact Judy Elrod.

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
On Wednesdays, the children will gather in the atrium for a 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 ensure 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. If you want to pay for the entire year, the total amount is 96 per child.  This amount includes snack supper and drink every Wednesday. Make check or money order to Saint Mark UMC and include "TREK" in memo. Click here to make meal reservations. 
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.

It's Kairos Time Again!

The Men's Kairos Weekend is scheduled for September 19-22 at McCormick Correctional Institution. You are invited to support this mission and "Love Well" by making cookies, writing notes of support, making posters or placemats, and praying for all participants on this three-day event which begins on Thursday September 19.
Cookies should be one dozen cookies per package in plastic wrap or baggies (do not use foil). Please do not use nuts or fruit, and no icing or any other type coating. Types of cookies that are good choices are chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, molasses, or sugar cookies. If you have any questions about cookie preparation, please click here to contact Becky Hazelwood, or call her at (770) 633-2434. Your donations need to be in the Saint Mark church office by 12 noon on Monday September 16.
If you would like to participate in the around-the-clock prayer vigil that begins at 5 pm on Thursday September 19 and ends at 6 pm on Sunday September 22, the UMW has selected time slots for remembering and lifting up the participants. You can include the Kairos team and participants in your morning prayers (7-8 am) and/or evening prayers (7-8 pm) during the time frame noted above. Please join us in showing your love!

After a summer break, the long anticipated Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study will resume on Thursday, September 19 at 10 am.  The study for this fall will explore the book of Psalms. Participants will make a deeper connection to the world of the Psalms through daily readings and group discussion so that these well known scriptures can help give voice to all aspects of our human experience - joy, faith, uncertainty, and sorrow.

All women are invited!  For more information, or to sign up, click here to contact Sandy James.

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.

Utica, Inc
BBQ Fundraiser
Saturday, September 20
5 - 8 pm
Saint Mark UMC
Saint Mark Center
Tickets: $10
Saint Mark will co-host, with our sister church, Ann Hope UMC, a BBQ dinner fundraiser to benefit Utica, Inc. Tickets will be on sale in the atrium after Sunday School on Sundays, September 8 and 15.

Utica, Inc. is an organization that is working toward establishing a Youth Center to serve the young people living in the Utica Mill District. This Youth Center (in its planning stage) will not only serve as a safe haven for youth to gather and learn of God's love, but will also help families with parenting skills, jobs, tutoring, and other life-skill programs needed to improve the quality of their lives.

Please check the website at   www.uticainc.org or click here to ask board member, Donna Poston, for more information.

Thank you for your generous support of the many agencies who serve those in need in our community.

On Tuesday, September 24, Lunch Bunch will kick off for another year! We are excited that our first venue will be Dimas Brothers Cafe, located at 400 S Fairplay St, Seneca, SC 29678. The food is "fresh and delcious - with a side of Southern Charm."
If you haven't eaten there, click here to see the extensive menu.  
Click here to make your reservation(s).

Oh, by the way, Evan and Spiro Dimas' grandmother is our own, Freida Phipps.

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

 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.  
"E" WORD     
Frank and I (Margaret Axson) recently had the privilege of attending the Faith Sharing Workshop at South Main Chapel and Mercy Center in Anderson, SC.  The workshop was led by Reverend George Donigian (Shiloh UMC). Reverend Donigian used scripture (Mark 5:19, John 1:41-42,45 and John 4:28-29) to affirm that sharing our faith is about having a relationship. He reminded us Jesus entered our world.  The mnemonic Rev. Donigian gave us was:

Reverend Donigian identified 4 principles in faith sharing: 
  1.  The importance of the relationship 
  2.  Speak the language of the hearer
  3.  Be sensitive to openness, i.e. life changes
  4.  Recognize the Holy Spirit is preparing people

Reverend Donigian sees sharing our faith as a way to reclaim our Methodist faith through invitation, through sharing.  We need our Christian faith because it brings love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, comfort and salvation.  Faith gives our lives meaning and purpose. Our motivating factor in sharing our faith is love.  We share our faith because our identity is in Christ.  
Recommended reading on this topic is the book, The Faith Sharing Congregation by Roger Swanson and Shirley Clements.
Stay On Top of the Latest News
A number of our Saint Mark disciples have expressed interest in the upcoming 2020 General Conference of the United Methodist Church that will be held May 5 - 15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There is much at stake. We are all concerned about the future of the United Methodist denomination and how the decisions at the General Conference will affect Saint Mark.
To get the latest unbiased news reports about preparations behind the scenes leading up to General Conference, consider subscribing to the United Methodist News Daily Digest that will conveniently come to your email inbox each day.   
You will also discover news from all around our entire denomination. Click here to subscribe.   

Cub Scouts are Recruiting in Seneca 
Do you know a young boy, Kindergarten through 5th grade who might enjoy becoming a cub scout?  Local cub scout troops are looking for boys to join a pack.   
Cub Scout Recruiting in Seneca:
Pack 31 Contact Info: Gerald Maxie (864) 723-8036
Pack 201Contact Info: Bev Leeper (864) 656-1119

Fishing On Lake Keowee
Tuesday, October 8
9 am - 12 noon
Saint Mark UMC
Room A203 
Do you want to learn more about the ins and outs of fishing?  Here is your chance!  The class covers all aspects of bass fishing on Lake Keowee. If you would like to attend, please click here to contact Bill Walker or call him and leave a message at (864) 944-7880 Please include your email address.  
The Keowee Anglers are men and women at all levels of skill who enjoy fishing on Lake Keowee and are dedicated to sharing and developing their fishing knowledge and skills.  The first Thursday of each month the group meets for: club tournaments in which randomly matched teams of experienced members are paired with inexperienced members to promote sharing of knowledge and skills); speaker events with lake biologists, professional anglers, tackle vendors, etc.; or real-time fishing meetings where the group discusses what is currently working and not working to catch bass on Lake Keowee.  
For more information, click here to visit their website .
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.
Thank You Saint Mark! 
Following the UMW General Meeting Tuesday evening August 27, attendees met in the Saint Mark Center to assemble "transition kits" for women who are moving from Safe Harbor to homes of their own. 
We set what I thought was an ambitious goal of putting together six "kits" each of bathroom and kitchen items: towels, bath mats, shower curtains, small trash cans, dishes, silverware, utensils, laundry soap and cleaning supplies, packed in large laundry baskets and tall kitchen trash cans. 
We WAY underestimated the generosity of Saint Mark disciples and not only packed those 12 containers to overflowing, but filled the Safe Harbor van to the roof with the extra donations!  Before packing, the donations were sorted and organized on six 8 foot long tables.  That's 48 feet of great supplies!  Your love and kindness for these women and their children is so heartwarming and greatly appreciated by UMW and Safe Harbor!
Becky Hazelwood, President UMW
Welcome Brittany Bond!

Brittney Bond, our new nursery attendant, is a graduate of Seneca High School and is pursuing her psychology degree at Tri-County Tech.  She is on staff at our CDC in the Infant/Toddler room.  Brittney is very excited to join our loving teachers in the nursery.
Thank You to Leslie 
Leslie Quarles has been loving on our little's in our nursery for the past several years.  She recently started to work at the Oconee County Police department.  This opportunity has open many doors for her and she will not be working in the nursery but helping our community with her service.  I would like to extend a very special thank you to Leslie for her love and care for Saint Mark's babies.
Lisa Kiser- Minister of Children's Discipleship  
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.
September Calendar and Birthdays

Click here and you will find the September calendar of events and the list of those who will be celebrating September birthdays.  If your birthday is in September, but your name isn't on our list, click here to add your birthday so that we can celebrate you next year! 

  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