Update for the week of February 21 -27, 2019
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Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook 
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 Calendar of Events
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February 24, 2019
 9:00 am 
  Sunday School
A Disciple's Path Study 
All Classes 
9:55 am
Fellowship Time in the Atrium
10:15 am
Traditional Worship 
10:15 am
Celebration Worship
Saint Mark Center
11:15 am
Youth/Parent Council
11:30 am
Racism and Its Impacts
Part II 
4:00 pm 
TREK for Children  
4:00 pm
Wings 'N' Things

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. 
Prayer Focus for This Week  

Pray for the Special Session of General Conference

Pray for the upcoming General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Pray for the Council of Bishops as they preside over the Conference.

Pray for Rev. Ken Carter, who presides over the Council of Bishops.

Pray for all clergy and lay delegates who will be attending this special called conference (February 23 - 26).

Pray by name for our sixteen South Carolina clergy and lay delegates to the 2019 called General conference.

Rev. Tim McClendon 
Rev. Ken Nelson 
Rev. Tim Rogers 
Rev. Robin Dease 
Rev. Tiffany Knowlin 
Rev. Narcie Jeter 
Rev. Mel Arant 
Rev. Susan Leonard 
Barbara Ware 
James Salley 
Joe Heyward 
Herman Lightsey 
Jackie Jenkins 
Michael Cheatham 
Martha Thompson 
David Braddon

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon those who will gather at the conference to make important decisions about the future of our denomination.

Pray for a spirit of unity and of charity during the proceedings.

Pray for an outcome that best reflects the mission of our denomination: 
"The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
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!
A Disciple's Path Sermon Series
THIS Sunday, February 24
10:15 am  
"Disciple's Path - Service" 
Traditional Worship
bringing the message  
Rev. Shawna Darnall
Celebration Worship
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis

The next session in this five-part series is:   
Historic and Social Context Matter
(Panel Discussion)   
THIS Sunday, February 24
11:30 am - 2 pm
Commons Room 
To learn about
...what racism is
...how racism has evolved
...what white privilege is
...behaviors that contribute to racism
...how to be a disciple of racial justice
There will be a light lunch and door prizes!  
It's not too late to register.  Click here.  
Contact Stacy Keelor at (914) 217-8092 with any questions about the series.
Wings for the Lord
Lunch Theater
Annual Fundraiser
As you enjoy your delicious meal, you will become the "live audience" for the WINGS-FM variety show. You are guaranteed to experience light-hearted entertainment, laughter and love.
Lunch Menu
chicken casserole
rice pilaf 
cranberry salad 
a variety of desserts (made by Wings parents) 
Tickets must be reserved by no later than Sunday, February 24 at noon.  For your convenience, click here to reserve your ticket(s) online. For online reservations, you will pay at the door.  For more information,
click here to contact Donna Poston. 

Click here to see their delicious menu. Click here to make your reservation by THIS Sunday, February 24. Hope to see you there!!! 
Memory Cafe
(an Elderberries Ministry)
Monday, March 4
1 - 3 pm
Commons Room

This ministry is for persons with mild to moderate dementia and their family care givers.  This month, participants will enjoy tie dying t-shirts.  For more information, click here to contact Bonnie Holmes.
Our annual Community Lenten services provide weekly opportunities to gather together as the larger Body of Christ for midweek observances of Lent.  This year, the messages each Wednesday will be based on the seven last words of Jesus from the cross.   
These midweek services will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6 and continue each week through Wednesday, April 17. Following each service, the host church will provide a free lunch to those who can stay.  We hope you will plan to attend.
Breakfast for Supper!!

Join us for a time of food and fellowship in preparation for entering the holy season of Lent.  This evening meal will be in lieu of the regular Gathering meal that would normally be the following week (March 13).

The Gathering Master List applies.  Or click here to make your reservation(s). 

An Elderberries Event
Anderson Senior Follies
"A Class Act"

The seed for the Anderson Senior Follies was planted in 1989, and each show since then has been a huge success!  Click here to learn more about this annual event. 

Since we will be attending the Anderson Senior Follies a few days before St. Patrick's Day, before the show we plan to enjoy supper at McGee's Irish Pub located in Anderson.

We have reserved 20 tickets for the show. Click here to make your reservation(s) online, or call Marla Fuller at the church office (864) 882-2603.  Please indicate whether or not you plan to dine with us at McGee's Irish Pub.

Join the fun!!! Transportation is available for this event.
Let's Help Alleviate Hunger!
Our seventh annual Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event will be held on Saturday morning, March 23, in the Saint Mark Center. Join us for this fun, hands-on mission work. Our goal again this year is to package 50,000 meals! Trinity Baptist Church will again be our partner, sharing the cost and providing volunteers. We will also host a diverse group of student and smaller faith groups.
We need your help! Fundraising for this year's event has already begun. We must cover the cost of the food, packaging and shipping of the meals we pack. Please contribute generously toward the $16,000 cost for 50,000 meals. Saint Mark still needs to raise $7000.

To volunteer to participate, please sign up on Sundays in the Narthex or the Atrium. You may also sign up online - click here.  Brochures and donation envelopes will be in this week's bulletin and in our literature rack in the atrium.

For more information, click here to see the entire brochure.
It's That Time Again!!

Our Wings for the Lord youth choir is gearing up for their summer tour in July.  One of their biggest fundraisers is their annual ginormous garage sale. But they need lots of items to sell.  Chances are that you have stuff you don't want or need any more.  Start putting these items aside for the sale. Watch for more details.   
We are NOW collecting jewelry for the Wings Garage Sale. A drop box is located in Church Office.  
We will start receiving all other items starting Sunday March 24 from 9 am to 12 pm and the week of March 25 - 28 from 9 am to 2 pm.
Volunteers are needed to help price and organize Garage Sale items. Just show up and we will get you plugged in Monday March 25 through Thursday, March 28 from 9 am to 2 pm.  
For more information, click here to contact Cara Davis or click here to contact Donna Poston.
Save the Date! 
First Annual Spring Auction for Missions
Sunday, April 7 
From now on, our biggest fundraiser in support of the mission and outreach work of Saint Mark United Methodist Church will be held in the springtime, and we are so excited about the auction coming up on April 7! You will be hearing more details very soon, but for now, please mark your calendars and plan to bid early and often on some great items . . . and get ready for some fun new surprises, too.  
For more information, click here to contact Rachel Smith.

150th Birthday of UMW
Sunday, March 24
Contact: Becky Hazelwood  
Racism and Its Impact (Session #3)
"Our Stories (aka Our Truth) Matter" 
Sunday, March 24
11:30 am
Commons Room
Contact: Stacy Keeler 
Mental Health Conference
"There Is No Health Without Mental Health: 
The Role of the Church  
in Addressing Mental Illness"
Presented by  
Anderson United Methodist Conference
District Connectional Ministries
Saturday, March 30
9 am - 2:30 pm
Bethesda UMC 
516 Piedmont Rd. 
Easley, SC 29642
For more information, click here.    
Palm Sunday Worship 
Sunday, April 14
Contact: Todd Davis   
Maundy Thursday Service
Clemson and Saint Mark UMC Choirs 
Thursday, April 18 
7:00 pm 
Clemson United Methodist Church 
Contact: David Wilcox  

Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Clemson and Saint Mark UMC Choirs
Friday, April 19
7:00 pm
Saint Mark United Methodist Church
Contact: David Wilcox

Easter Celebration of the Resurrection
Sunday, April 21
Contact: Todd Davis


ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
Elderberries Events
that might interest you.  Save the date(s) on your calendar. 
Memory Cafe
Tie-dyeing Activity
Monday, March 4
1 - 3 pm 
Dinner at McGee's Irish Pub
Thursday, March 14
5:30 pm
followed by  
Anderson Senior Follies
Thursday, March 14
7:00 pm
Anderson University
Paramount Theater
Cost: $20 per ticket 
Lunch Bunch
with a guest speaker 
"Avoid Getting Scammed!"
with Mandy Tinsley  
from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office  
Tuesday, March 26
12 noon
Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe 
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller. 
A Message of Hope from Bishop Holston
A Message of Hope
from Bishop Jonathan Holston
Go to umcsc.org/gc2019 to prepare for and follow along with the 2019 General Conference, which opens this Saturday, February 23.  
Live Stream | Proposed Legislation 
Prayer Resources | S.C. Updates

Join us on social media to follow along live with a South Carolina perspective: 
Facebook @scumc 
Twitter @umcsc
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Join Us In Prayer
for the United Methodist Church
This Saturday, February 23

The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of the Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America's Center Convention Complex on Saturday, February 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The event will be live-streamed at  www.umc.org/live.  (You may use this same link to follow the conference proceedings through Tuesday, February 26.)

The two-fold purpose of the day is to pray for:
  1. the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference and
  2. increased effectiveness in fulfilling the Church's mission.
During the Day of Prayer, all bishops, delegates and staff will gather on the floor and observers will be in the seating and outer concourse areas of The Dome at the America's Center.

The day will start with plenary prayer, continues from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with prayer for missional needs for each of four regions of the world, includes consecration of the General Conference's prayer space and concludes with another plenary prayer segment from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. There will be a break for lunch/conversation or fasting/ self-directed prayer from 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
"This will be a wonderful act, signifying and recognizing our dependence on God to lead us forward as a United Methodist Church," the statement from the bishops said.

This  Prayer Initiative began in the fall of 2016 within our Council of Bishops, expanded in January 2017 to include Annual Conference Days of Prayer, has continued in recent months with a call to daily prayer and weekly fasting and will culminate with February 23's Day of Prayer immediately prior to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.
64th Annual Black History Tea
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amon A. Martin Jr.
THIS Sunday, February 24
4 pm
Seneca River Association Family Life
298 S Poplar St
Seneca, SC  29672
For more information, click here to contact Beverly Jenkins, President, Oconee County Branch of the NAACP
If: Oconee
Saturday, March 16
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Foothills Church 
505 Bountyland Rd
Seneca, SC 29678
Women, are you looking for a way to deepen your faith and form friendships with other women throughout Oconee County? I urge you to consider attending this one day event. I have had the privilege of being in on-going conversation with the planning team, and feel confident it will be a day of encouragement and renewal! For more information and/or to sign-up, click here.  
                                                 -Pastor Shawna  
Baby Read Needs You!
Did you know that a child's brain grows more between 1 and 18 months than between 18 months and 18 years? Reading to babies from birth stimulates a child's developing brain, teaches about communication, introduces numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way, and builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills. Many new parents in Oconee do not know about good practices of daily reading to their children, or lack age appropriate books in the home.
Baby Read is an Oconee County based organization whose mission is to teach good reading practices to parents, using "Family Readers" who spend two hour-long sessions with the family each month at an Oconee County or school library. The family receives a new, free book to take home at each session, provided by Baby Read.
Baby Read needs volunteers to become Family Readers. Do you love children, have patience, and want to help promote academic success with early reading to a new baby and his/her mom? What a gift a few hours of your time each month would be to a young family! If you are interested and want to know more, click here to contact Baby Read by email, or click here to visit their website. You may also contact the Director of Baby Read, Caren von Hippel, at (864) 944-7881.
New on Staff - Jimmy Hornsby
A warm Saint Mark welcome to our newest staff member, Jimmy Hornsby.  Jimmy is a custodian and he also does maintenance.  In the past, he did construction with Duke Power. His work hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 am - 2 pm.  When you see him, please make him feel at home!
Book of Exceptional Stewards 
In the story of the "Poor Widow," Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on."
Jesus singled out this widow's offering to God. Why? Because her generosity was sacrificial. Giving intentionally, regularly, generously, proportionally, cheerfully and yes, sacrificially is the cornerstone of biblical stewardship. With the support of the Stewardship Ministry Team, Pastor Todd would like to recognize and give thanks to those disciples who have demonstrated a significant level of growth in giving, or who routinely exhibit the biblical principles of sacrificial stewardship.
The names of these disciples will appear in the
Book of Exceptional Stewards held discreetly and securely by Pastor Todd. The Book of Exceptional Stewards will be seen ONLY by Pastor Todd. Names will be added by the disciples themselves by filling out a simple form. There is NO verification process. This is between you and The Lord. You provide the information, and you control whether or not your name is included in the book. It is entirely voluntary. Just as Jesus preached openly and called openly, we ask that you prayerfully consider adding your name to the Book of Exceptional Stewards.
NO NAMES OR CATEGORY OF GIVING WILL BE SHARED WITH THE CONGREGATION OR ANYONE ELSE. However, Pastor Todd does expect to celebrate with the congregation the number of disciples in our family of faith who are growing toward, and are committed to, generous and sacrificial stewardship. Just as Jesus celebrated the sacrificial generosity of the poor widow, Pastor Todd wants to celebrate your faithful stewardship of God's blessings.  
If you are able, please consider being a disciple listed in the Book of Exceptional Stewards by filling out the form at the link below, and submitting it in a sealed envelope addressed to Pastor Todd. You may drop it in the offering plate or mail it to the church office.
Click here to find the form.  Print it out, fill it out and return it to the church office.
Visit Prison with Your Prayers During Lent 
This past Advent, 250 incarcerated Christians in South Carolina served as Pilgrim Seminary prayer missionaries. Each prayer missionary prayed for three United Methodist pastors and churches every day from the beginning of Advent through Epiphany.   Mr. Rodney Williams was the prayer missionary who prayed for Saint Mark UMC.
During Lent (March 6 - April 20), United Methodist congregations across South Carolina will be reciprocating by praying for some of the 20,000 men and women who are currently incarcerated in South Carolina prisons, as well as the prison chaplains and staff. The goal is that every person living in a South Carolina prison (believers and believers-yet-to-be) will be prayed for by a United Methodist during Sunday worship services throughout the Lenten season.
In worship at Saint Mark each Sunday of Lent, during the Pastoral Prayer, you will have the opportunity to pray for those prisoners listed in your bulletin.  You will also be encouraged to take your bulletin home and pray for them during the week. Hopefully you are aware of the Biblical mandate to remember and visit those in prison. Visiting Prison with Your Prayers might be a good first step that could open future opportunities for ministry and service.  
Thanks for your support, Pastor Todd

Click here to discover the many ways to serve at Saint Mark. Fill out the form and return it to Marla Fuller in the church office. 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