Update for the week of January 31 - February 6, 2019
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Saint Mark UMC
616 Quincy Road
Seneca, SC  29678

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Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook 
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Click here to see what is going on at Saint Mark this week and the weeks to come.
February 3, 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 
4:00 pm 
TREK for Children  
4:00 pm
Wings 'N' Things
5:30 pm
Super Bowl Party
at the Wagners 

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  
We pray for the political leadership in the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. May their citizens be led out of turmoil and towards harmony.   
We pray for those who are at the beginning: those who are starting new jobs, those who are moving, and those who are welcoming new children.  
We pray for the unemployed and the unpaid.   
We pray for families: couples who are marrying, women who are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant, couples who are divorcing, the caregivers, and the ones needing care.   
We pray for all who work for justice and for all who seek the truth.  
We pray for the people improving our communities: the blood, bone marrow, and organ donors; the educators; the volunteers; and the funders.  
We pray for the people who feed us: the hands in the fields and on the farms, the hands that package and test foods, and the hands that cook meals.    
We pray for those working in health care and for those in their care, for the hungry and the obese, for the disabled, and for those who are healing.    
We pray for all people making difficult choices.   
We pray for those who are at the end: the coming home, the graduating, the retiring, the grieving, and the dying.   
We thank you for the abundance of grace you give to each of us so that we may give grace to 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 3
10:15 am  
"Disciple's Path - Prayers" 
Matthew 6:5-15
Traditional Worship
with Holy Communion  
bringing the message  
Rev. Todd Davis
Celebration Worship
with Holy Communion 
bringing the message
Rev. Shawna Darnall 
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 to 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.
It's Not Too Late . . .
It's not too late to begin A Disciple's Path.   
The sermon series will continue through Sunday, March 3 at both services.   
You may still join a group that is studying A Disciple's Path.  All of our Sunday School Classes (children, youth and adult) are using this study on Sunday mornings at 9 am.  There are other studies being conducted during the the week.   
 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 prefer to not participate in a group study, you are welcome to pick up a workbook (for $5) in the church office to study on your own.
Memory Cafe - February Event
Trip to Kilwin's Chocolate Company
220 N. Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
This 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. 
Pastor Will Be Out of the Office

Pastor Todd will be out of the office Monday, February 4 through Saturday, February 9, attending the Reynold Program for Church Leadership in Chapel Hill, NC.  He will return to his office on Monday, February. 11.   
If you need pastoral care assistance, please contact Rev. Shawna Darnall at 864-882-2603 or 864-888-7072.
An Exciting Discipleship Opportunity  
for Women  
Comes Our Way  
Friday, February 8, 6 - 10 pm
Saturday, February 9, 9:30 am - 6 pm 
There will be live streaming the IF:Gathering in the Saint Mark Commons Room, and all are welcome!
IF:Gathering is a discipleship weekend that takes place in Dallas, TX, which has grown into an international movement. You can learn more about IF:Gathering by clicking here.

There is a local team of women who have a heart for bringing the inspiration of the IF weekend to Oconee county, and who are hard at work planning a viewing of this streamed material which will take place in March at Foothills Church.

To our benefit, they will gather to watch the live streaming of the weekend in the Saint Mark Commons Room and have invited the women of Saint Mark to join! It will be a time to relax, form new friendships, and be inspired! Any woman interested in coming to all or any part of it can click here to email Pastor Shawna for more information or click here to RSVP.
For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston.
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
Grilled Potatoes with Carrots
Grilled Asparagus   
Full Salad Bar
Delicious desserts made by Cara Davis
The price for adults is $25 per person.  Children will enjoy a meal for $3.   
You may make your reservation the next two Sundays in the atrium and Narthex (February 3 and 10). Or click here to make your reservations online. The deadline is February 10.  
Special Parents Night Out
sponsored by  
the Saint Mark Child Development Center
February 15, 2019
Take your love out for Valentine's Day Weekend....we are extending parents night out until 10pm on this day.
One child - $10/hr
Two children - $15/hr
Three children - $20hr
We will provide supper for children 2 and older. This care is available to all Saint Mark families and friends. There will be crafts, games and lots of fun.
Click here to make your reservation.
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.  
9 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.  

The next session in this five-part series is:  
Historical and Social Impacts  
(Panel Discussion)   
Sunday, February 24
11:30 am - 2 pm
Commons Room 
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 program.
Click here to make your reservation by Thursday, February 21. 
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 Sunday, February 10 - Sunday, February 24.  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.   
We are NOW collecting jewelry for the Wings Garage Sale. A drop box is located in Church Office. 
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

Memory Cafe
Tie-dyeing T-shirts 
Monday, March 4
1 - 3 - pm
Commons Room
Contact: Bonnie Holmes 

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 6 
Gathering Meal
5:30 pm
Saint Mark Center 
Ash Wednesday Service
6:30 pm  
Contact: Todd Davis
150th Birthday of UMW
Sunday, March 24
Contact: Becky Hazelwood  
Racism and Its Impact (Session #3)
Sunday, March 24
11:30 am
Commons Room
Contact: Stacy Keeler 


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. 
38 United Methodists Serve in the  
116th Congress 
The newly started 116th Congress has 38 United Methodists among its members. That marks a decline of two from the 115th Congress. 

There are 10 United Methodists in the Senate, and 28 in the House. They are serving in a Congress with fewer Christians and slightly more religious diversity, including the first two Muslim women ever to serve in Congress.
Click here to read more from the United Methodist News Service. 

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