Update for the week of August 8 - 14, 2019
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Sunday, August 11 
 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

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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 students.
Pray for students who are moving up to a new school. Pray that they will find their way around quickly and get comfortable with new routines, new schedules, new everything.
Pray for students who are new in town. Pray that they would find friends quickly and have the confidence they need to be "the new kid". Pray that they will be protected from meanness and that they will have teachers who will help them fit in and be accepted. 
Pray for students with special needs, that they would have a successful year and reach their potential.   
Pray for students with difficult family situations. Pray that they will have what they need in order to make the most of school-- a decent place to live, enough food to eat, school supplies and appropriate clothing, and someone who loves and encourages them.  
Pray for all students, that they will find school a happy and healthy place and that they would find courage to overcome difficulties and wisdom to discern right from wrong. Pray that they will have hearts of kindness and minds that are focused on learning.   

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 11
10:15 am

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

"The Peculiar Path"
bringing the message at both services
Rev. Todd Davis  


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 this Sunday, August 11
Got questions?  Click here to contact Marla Fuller.  
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.

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 the 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.


   Please welcome our new disciples!

Pl ease welcome our new Saint Mark disciples, Mitch and DiAnne Crisp who officially became part of our church family during the Traditional service on Sunday, August 4.  They come to us by transfer of membership from First United Methodist Church in Sylva, North Carolina.  When you see them, please extend a warm Saint Mark welcome!

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.

Servant Leaders needed!
Want to know more about our United Methodist Church?  One great way to learn more about our great church is to serve on the District or Annual Conference level.  If you would like to be nominated to serve on a District or Annual Conference Committee (2020-2023 term), or even better, as a leader of a ministry team here at Saint Mark, click here to contact Rev. Todd Davis or call him at 864-882-2603.

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 Photo 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. 
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.  
Love Your Enemies 
Jesus said that we are to love our enemies. This is noble and the call, however, rather than loving our enemies we have a love for the enemy. Put another way, rather than showing compassion and loving kindness to those we consider to be our enemies, we love having an enemy. We love having someone/something in our lives that we love to hate. We love the enemy, and that is the problem.
By having an enemy we are able to rally our tribe. We are able to motivate people with fear of the other. We are able to define who we are by who we are against. In this way, we love the enemy.
Notice that in Luke, Jesus calls us to love your enemies not to love the enemy:
"But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6)
Until we repent of our need to have an enemy that we love to hate, or put another way, until we hate the idea of having an enemy at all, we will continue to perpetuate divisions in our church and in our country.
Saint Mark UMC has a brand new Reconciling Ministries community 
We, the Church and Society Team of Saint Mark United Methodist Church, affirm that all persons are our siblings in Christ. We are deeply saddened that some of God's beloved children have been rejected in
the name of Christianity.  
Therefore, with the compassion of Jesus, we especially affirm persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. In the full expression of God's all-inclusive love, we also affirm those who may think differently from us. We seek to love all persons.
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.
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