Update for the week of January 24 - 30, 2019
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Seneca, SC  29678

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Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook 
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January 27, 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 
11:30 am
Racism and Its Impacts
12:00 noon
A Disciple's Path Study with  
David Wilcox 
4:00 pm 
TREK for Children 

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 our Saint Mark youth as they leave tomorrow for their Revolution weekend in Columbia, SC.   
Pray for all of the youth and leaders who will be participating in Revolution 2019.
Pray for all youth who do not have a connection with a faith community.  Pray that someone will reach out to them and encourage them to become part of a family of faith.
Pray for all youth who are homeless - with or without parental support.  Pray for youth who live in squalor. Pray that they will be mentored and be given the opportunity to not just survive, but to thrive.   
Pray for all youth who are heading down the wrong path in life - who, for whatever reason, have become lost, have gotten involved with drugs, who have gotten caught up in dangerous activities with dangerous people.  Pray for God's protection for these vulnerable youth.  Pray for a way out of their circumstances.  
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 Continues
THIS Sunday, January 27
10:15 am
Traditional Worship
"A Life Worthy of the Calling"
bringing the message
Rev. Dr. Bob Stillwell 
Celebration Worship
"A Disciple's Path Defined"
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis

A Disciple's Path Studies Continue
Last Sunday, January 27, our Saint Mark community began an exciting leg of our faith journey, as together, we embarked on a six-week study exploring  what a life connected to God and connected to others is all about.
 January 20 Kick-off - A Disciple's Path  
A Disciple's Path   will aid us as we go deeper in our own discipleship and give us methods for making new disciples, and we hope YOU will participate with us at some level.
The design of Disciple's Path is a workbook, so that we can learn and grow while practicing. If you have not yet received a workbook, one can be picked up in the church office anytime.
While the timing may not be right for everyone, consider participating as you are able through individual study throughout the week, Sunday morning worship, as well as in a Sunday school class or small group.
It is a great joy to have ALL of our Sunday School classes (K-2nd grades; 3rd-5thgrades; Middle School; High School; and all ten adult classes) embarking on this journey together! Every one of these classes welcome you to join them for these six weeks and beyond.
If you are not already part of a small group, please consider the groups newly forming for this study. If you are interested in becoming part of one of these groups, please email the leader for more information.

 Wednesday 5:30 pm - 7 pm led by Rev. Bob Stillwell
         Co-Ed group meeting, Bess' Table Room  
         (Room B212 in the Music Suite hallway) 
         Email: restillwell@umcsc.org
Thursday 10 am - 11:30 am led by Rev. Todd Davis
         Co-Ed group meeting, Commons Room 
         Email: tdavis@smumcsc.org
Ongoing midweek small groups welcome you to join them for this study.
    Tuesday 9:30 am - 11 am led by Debbie Barton
                  Women's group meeting in homes
          Email: mamadebbieb@gmail.com
    Thursday 10 am - 11:30 am led by Sandy James
         Women's group meeting, Room A206 
         Email: s4e4j4@bellsouth.net

If you would like a copy of the workbook, call the church office at (864) 882-2603, click here to send an email, or stop by the church office during the week.
Revolution 2019 Is THIS Weekend
21 Saint Mark youth and 6 adult leaders will head out to Columbia, SC for this year's Revolution weekend.  
Revolution began in 2010 to provide a place for young people in South Carolina to have a powerful, life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Revolution is designed to invite more and more people to know and live for Christ through passionate worship and spiritual renewal.
Please be in prayer for all from Saint Mark who will be attending:
Lee Ann 

Pastor Shawna Darnall will be there as well.  She has planned the worship experiences throughout the weekend.  
Just a Reminder!
The series begins THIS Sunday, January 27 in the Commons Room.  Forty-one people have signed up to attend.  We look forward to a meaningful, and hopefully, a life-transforming experience.  
Session 1
Self-Reflections and Racism Defined
Sunday, January 27    
Session 2
Historical and Social Impacts  
(Panel Discussion)   
Sunday, February 24
Session 3
Connecting with the Other: Our Stories
Sunday, March 24
Session 4
Saying and Doing the Right Thing
Sunday, April 28
Session 5
Continuing the Dialogue
Sunday, May 26
All sessions will take place from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm and include a light lunch and door prizes! There is no registration fee. All sessions will take place in the Saint Mark Commons Room.                                               

Contact Stacy Keelor at (914) 217-8092 with any questions about the program.
Memory Cafe - February Event
Trip to Kilwin's Chocolate Company
220 N. Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
Saturday, February 2
2:15 - 3:30 pm
Bus will leave at 1:00 pm at the church
Memory Cafe, our outreach group for persons with dementia and their family caregivers, will be going to Kilwin's Chocolate Company in Greenville on February 2. Participants will watch how chocolate candies are made, have a snack of ice cream as part of their trip, and be able to purchase chocolate candies of their choice, if they desire.
Transportation is available upon request. Please contact Bonnie Holmes at (864) 916-9204.  For more information, click here to contact Bonnie. 
Have you been watching the NFL playoffs? Well, when the Super Bowl gets here on Sunday, February 3, so does the Souper Bowl of Caring! Our Saint Mark youth will be hoping to fill their soup pots with money during the alms offering that day, and they have decided to give the proceeds with the Golden Corner Food Pantry.

But wait, there's more! Because the food pantry is in the middle of a dollar-for-dollar match through the end of February, your alms offering will go twice as far towards feeding your Oconee County neighbors in need. Thank you for your generosity as we try to fill the soup pots on "Souper Bowl Sunday"!

For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston, Minister of Youth and College Discipleship.
Join Us For a Very Special Evening!
Dinner, Music and Dancing

Celebrate Valentine's Day and help fund our Saint Mark feeding ministry at Ann Hope UMC.  On the first Wednesday of every month, disciples from Saint Mark provide meals for up to 120 men, women and children in our community.  We hope you will plan to attend this fundraising effort, and enjoy a delicious meal with your Saint Mark family.   
"Surf and Turf on the Grill" by Ryan Keese 
Your Meal Will Include . . . 
Filet Kabobs
Shrimp Kabobs
Mixed Vegetables 
Full Salad Bar
Two delicious desserts made by Cara Davis
The price for adults is $25 per person.  Children will enjoy a meal for $3.   
Click here to make your reservations online, or get your tickets in the atrium or Narthex THIS Sunday, January 27.   
Comedian Henry Cho Is Coming to Walhalla!!

Henry Cho is a regular on television and film. His clean comedy is so versatile that he can headline Vegas and then tour with Michael W. Smith in the same month.  Henry Cho's TV credits include appearances on NBC's "The Tonight Show," CBS' "The Late, Late, Show," and NBC's "Young Comedians Special." Henry was co-creator, co-producer, and co-writer of "The Henry Cho Show" on GAC. Henry's one hour clean Comedy Central Special, "What's That Clickin' Noise?" is currently airing as well as being available on Netflix. He can be heard daily on Sirius XM, Blue Collar Radio, and Pandora. He is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry.  
13 tickets are still available to purchase. Click here to make your reservation(s).  Pay for and pick up your ticket(s) from Marla Fuller at the church office.  
Let's Help Alleviate Hunger!
Save the date and watch for details about this annual meal packaging event.  Fundraising will begin on Sunday, February 10. 
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.
Purchase your ticket(s) in the atrium and Narthex beginning on Sunday, February 10.  For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston.  You may also click here to reserve your ticket(s) online.  You will pay at the door.
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.  For more information, click here to contact Cara Davis or click here to contact Donna Poston.
Mission Trip Opportunity
We have decided to forego a trip to Eleuthera this spring - too many conflicts and hopes of a new focus beginning in 2020, but we are pursuing an alternative for those of you, who like us, want to be in mission on behalf of Saint Mark and the Methodist church.  
We have made a tentative reservation through Rev. Pam Carter, volunteer coordinator  for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for our church for the week of May 4-11, 2019.  Organization of the recovery effort was still ongoing as of the time of our contact with Pam, but there is plenty to do!  We do not yet know the exact nature of what we would be doing, although it is likely to include "mucking" of houses rendered uninhabitable by Hurricane Michael and other rebuilding efforts.   
If you would be interested in this possibility, please click here to contact Bob or Lynn Dobson or call (864) 723-1854 or (864) 247-1320.  We do not yet have budgetary information but expect the cost/participant to be under $1,000 - perhaps around $500.  The area of our effort would be the Florida panhandle.
Bob and Lynn Dobson

Council of Stewards Meeting 
Monday, January 28 
6:00 pm 
Commons Room

Special Friends Valentine's Day Party
Sunday, February 10
5:30 pm
Contact: Donna Poston

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 6  
Gathering Meal
5:30 pm
Saint Mark Center 
Ash Wednesday Service
6:30 pm  
Contact: Todd Davis   


ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
Elderberries Events
that might interest you.  Save the date(s) on your calendar. 

Memory Cafe
Trip to Kilwin's Chocolate Factory in Greenville
Saturday, February 2
2:15 - 3:30 pm
Bus will leave the church at 1 pm and return by 4:30 pm 

Henry Cho Show  
"Clean Comedian" 
Saturday, February 16
7:30 pm 
Walhalla Center for the Performing Arts
Lunch Bunch
at Blue Marble Deli 
Tuesday, February 26
12 noon
Memory Cafe
Tie-dyeing Activity
Monday, March 6
1 - 3 pm 
Lunch Bunch
Spaghetti and a Speaker 
"Avoid Getting Scammed!"
with Mandy Tinsley  
from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office  
Tuesday, March 26
12 noon
Commons Room
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller. 
How will the United Methodist Church treat its LGBTQ members and pastors? That's a question the denomination has been fiercely debating for years -- and what's at stake at the February special session of the UMC General Conference, the denomination's governing body.
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter is in the midst of that debate. Carter, who serves as bishop of the Florida Conference and president of the UMC Council of Bishops, spent two years as one of three moderators of a 32-person global   Commission on a Way Forward  that looked at human sexuality, LGBTQ identity and the unity of the church.
In his new book,  Embracing the Wideness: The Shared Convictions of The United Methodist Church, Carter tries to avoid polarization and instead argues for a "generous orthodoxy": "not the elimination of our differences but the calling to live together faithfully in the midst of them."
"We are seeking to try to do a couple of things: to find a way forward that honors the dignity and the identity of brothers and sisters in Christ who are in the LGBTQ community and to uphold and maintain the unity of the church," he said.
Carter holds degrees from Duke Divinity School, the University of Virginia and Princeton Theological Seminary. Before he was elected to the episcopacy, he served as a pastor in churches and as a judicatory leader in North Carolina.
Carter spoke to Faith & Leadership (the online magazine of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School) about his work with the commission and his thoughts on the February gathering. Click here to read the transcript of his interview. 
The Saint Mark Aesthetics Committee would like to thank the Evatt family for the generous donation of framed photos in the church office hallway and outside the kitchen door. The photos were taken by Saint Mark disciple, Will Parker of different locations around the church. Please take time to walk the hallway and see Will's talent.
Lillis and Jerry Smith send their thanks to all of the Saint Mark family for the prayer quilt, and all the many prayers and kindnesses, especially the members of the Saint Mark Caring Ministry.  

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