Update for the week of June 13 - 19, 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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 Calendar of Events
Click here to see what is going on at Saint Mark this week and the weeks to come.
Sunday, June 16
 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  
4:00 pm
Wings 'N Things 
5:30 pm
In His Eyes

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. Or click here to join the Reconciling Ministries Network movement. 
Prayer Focus for This Week  
Pray for all persons battling cancer. 

Pray for those who have just received a cancer diagnosis.

Pray for persons who are currently receiving treatment for cancer.

Pray for those who are suffering the side effects of cancer treatment.

Pray for persons who are experiencing pain due to their cancer.  Pray that they will receive relief from their pain and suffering.

Pray for those who have been told there is no cure for their cancer.

Pray for all persons who cannot afford cancer treatment for themselves or for a family member.

Pray especially for children who are suffering with cancer.

Pray for those who are losing their battle with cancer.

Pray for family members who are walking alongside loved ones who are suffering with cancer.

Pray for medical professionals who have chosen to devote their lives to the care of men, women and children who have this dreaded disease.

Pray for scientists who are involved in research to discover a cure for cancer.

Pray for a cure!
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 Sunday!
Sunday, June 16 
"Real Peace"
bringing the message at both services
Rev. Todd Davis


Faith Family,  
I am grateful to share both faith and life with you, and count it among my greatest blessings to be one of your pastors.  
I appreciate your support of my Renewal Leave, and want to make you aware that I will be away for another couple of weeks beginning this weekend. I will join the staff on our annual planning retreat beginning Sunday, June 30, and then head to Kansas City for the quadrennial United Methodist Youth Gathering YOUTH 2019. I'm already looking forward to being back in worship with you on Sunday, July 21.
It is my hope and plan to come back to you renewed and at my best, and I look forward to another year of serving alongside you in ministry!
Pastor Shawna

The deadline to order your T-shirt(s) is THIS Sunday, June 16Click here to contact Faith Holley.  Or click here to order online.

An Elderberries Event
Be Prepared for Caregiving
For Spouses or Family Members
with Bonnie Holmes
Wednesday, June 19
6 - 7 pm
Commons Room

No one is prepared to take care of a spouse or parent who has become seriously ill.  If a disease lasts for a length of time, such as dementia, the task becomes particularly difficult.  This seminar will help you be prepared.  It will cover techniques to take care of the care receiver and the care giver.  You will learn to understand what your loved one is experiencing and what he or she needs.  Most important, you will learn what you need to be efficient, to enjoy a life of your own, and to come through the experience thanking God that you were privileged to be a family caregiver.

To properly become prepared for caregiving, you might want to get experience by helping a friend or neighbor.  Good caregivers are hard to find.  You can become indispensable to someone or your community while possibly earning money as a professional caregiver.  This seminar will highlight the needs of the care receiver and family caregiver, thus giving you the resources you will need today as a professional care giver, and tomorrow, for your own family.

Click here to register for this seminar by Monday, June 17.  For more information, click here to contact Bonnie Holmes. 

The cost of the event is $5 per person that will cover the cost of lunch. 

Copies of the book will be available for $12/copy.  Although reading this brief book is encouraged, you may certainly participate in the discussions without having read the book.

This workshop is being sponsored by the Church and Society Ministry Team. We need to receive your reservation by no later than Tuesday, June 18. Click here to make your reservation for the workshop. For more information, click here to contact Mary Holley, or click here to contact Ginny Argue.

Christmas in July for Marvin's Kids
Well in advance of the frantic months of the last quarter of the year, the Marvin's Kids ministry has decided to begin stocking toys for Santa's Secret Shop during the month of July. If you have wanted to purchase toys for Marvin's Kids in the past but just ran out of time (or energy!) in December, this is a perfect opportunity for you to help! Beginning Sunday, July 7, a Christmas Tree will be set up at a station in the atrium. On Sunday mornings, you can stop by and work with a Marvin's Kids volunteer to select a child to shop for by age and sex. You may still sign up at your convenience at other times; instructions to do so will be available at the station.
Once you have selected a child to buy for, please purchase three age appropriate gifts: one each in values of $5, $15, and $30. Please leave the original tags on the toys (regardless of what you ultimately paid) so toys can be sorted by the three values later. Please do not wrap the gifts. You can bring the toys to Saint Mark on Sundays during July so Marvin's Kids workers can take the gifts to storage until needed in December. We will provide instructions on where to drop off the toys when you sign up.
There will still be chances for you to join in the joy of this helpful ministry during the late fall and Advent season. It takes many hands and caring hearts to serve over 40 families and 140 children each Christmas! Marvin's Kids is thankful for the loving support of the community and especially Saint Mark disciples!

For more information, click here to contact Becky Hazelwood.

Join us for one very special combined service of worship and celebration as our Wings for the Lord Youth Choir performs this year's choir tour musical at a send-off concert in the sanctuary. Come and support our youth as they prepare for an exciting summer tour that will take them to Kansas City.  For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston.

Immediately following the Wings for the Lord send-off concert/worship, join us in the Saint Mark Center (gym) for a churchwide covered dish lunch.  Fried chicken and beverages will be provided.  Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. It will be lots of fun, and we will have the opportunity to celebrate our youth before they take to the road on their trip to Kansas City and back.  

For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston.

Elderberries, let's enjoy some fun on Lake Keowee!  We plan to board the boats at South Cove Park at 10 am.  We will enjoy fellowship on the boats until we arrive at High Falls Park to enjoy our covered dish picnic, then we will return to South Cove Park by 2 pm.  We have arranged to have 3 pontoon boats available for this event.  Watch for more details next week.

"Knowing God"
5th Grade Bible Study
Begins on Sunday, July 14

Do you have . . . or know . . . a fifth grader? Our current fifth graders (rising 6th graders) will enjoy a summer adventure into faith beginning the middle of July.  They will receive their books and begin a 4-week journal and study. At the conclusion, the group will go together to Escape Zone in Seneca for another exciting adventure. After their escape they will then be ready to move up to our Saint Mark youth.

For more information, click here to contact Lisa Kiser, our Minister of Children's Discipleship.

Special Friends Day Camp 2019  
Is Right Around the Corner
To register a special needs child and siblings, click here to contact Lee Ann Parker by no later than Wednesday, June 26.

Annual Ministry Staff Retreat 
June 30 - July 2
Ministry Staff will be out of the office
Contact: Todd Davis 

Summer at the Movies  
Fridays, August 2 and 9 
Contact: Shawna Darnall 
Faith Formation Sunday
Promotion Sunday/Blessing of Backpacks  
Sunday, August 18
Contact: Shawna Darnall 

ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
Elderberries Events
that might interest you.  Save the date(s) on your calendar. 
Be Prepared for Caregiving
For Spouses or Family Members 
with Bonnie Holmes
Wednesday, June 19
6 - 7  pm
Commons Room
Memory Cafe
Art Glazing Activity in Clemson 
Monday, July 1
Boat Party/Covered Dish Picnic on Lake Keowee
Thursday, July 11
10 am - 2 pm
Board Pontoon Boats at South Cove Park
Picnic at High Falls Park
Memory Cafe
Lunch at Aunt Sue's near Table Rock
Pickens County
Monday, August 5
Lunch at Chattooga Belle Farms Bistro
Tour of Chattooga Belle Farms and Distillery
Friday, August 16
11 am
Elderberries Annual Covered Dish Dinner
at Biggerstaff Retreat Center
Friday, September 20
Time TBD
Lunch Bunch Resumes!
Dimus Brothers Cafe 
Tuesday, September 24
12 noon
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  
The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Wesley and the early Methodists expressed their opposition to societal ills such as slavery, smuggling, inhumane prison conditions, alcohol abuse, and child labor.

We believe that salvation entails renewal of both individuals and the world. Our faithful response to God's saving grace has both a personal and social dimension as we grow in "holiness of heart and life." By practicing spiritual disciplines - "works of piety" such as prayer, Bible study, participation in corporate worship and communion - we grow and mature in our love for God.

By engaging in acts of compassion and justice - "works of mercy" such as visiting the sick and those in prison, feeding the hungry, advocating for the poor and marginalized - we live out our love for God through service to our neighbor. "Our love of God is always linked with love of our neighbor, a passion for justice and renewal in the life of the world" (Book of Discipline 2012, p. 51).

Just as our own discipleship occurs both at a personal and communal level, our work in the world extends beyond helping individuals to transforming the conditions that create injustice and inequality: "it is our conviction that the good news of the Kingdom must judge, redeem, and reform the sinful social structures of our time" (Book of Discipline 2012, p. 53).
Feed the Need: An Introduction to  
Emergency Disaster Services Training  
with the Salvation Army
Saturday, July 13
9 am - 1 pm
The Salvation Army of Oconee Couonty
100 Debra Street
Seneca, SC

Come learn how to help the Salvation Army serve local communities in times of need.  This orientation includes deploying our mobile kitchen locally to provide a meal to our homeless.

Come learn how to help others!
Click here to register. Only 23 slots remain for this training, so register soon.
Oconee Country Club
Golf Tournament
The Salvation Army of Oconee
Angel Tree Program
Saturday, August 10, 2019
To sign up, call (864) 882-8037
Jens Holly's Ministry Gifts Recognized at Annual Conference
Jens Holley, Certified Lay Speaker and Saint Mark disciple, was recognized at last week's Annual Conference as one of the "Outstanding Lay Servants" in the Conference.  Jens has been a Certified Lay Servant for almost 10 years, and last year moved up a step to become a Certified Lay Speaker.  Saint Mark has been blessed to be the recipients of Jen's gifts for ministry.  We are so proud that the conference has recognized his gifts by rewarding him with this recognition.

Jens writes, "The support and encouragement from the Saint Mark family play a huge role in my continuing ministry in this area."

VBS Mission Project Will Help  
Needy Children As They Prepare  
To Go Back To School 
Our 2019 Vacation Bible School Mission project was definitely a plus this year. Each age group participated in a contest to see which group could collect the most school supplies for our Wings for the Lord Midwest Mission project.

The power of God's love was felt and we collected a total of 573 items. The 1st and 2nd grade age group finished in first place and enjoyed their special laser light swords.

Thank you for your generosity towards this mission!

Thank You VBS Volunteers!!!!!!
Our Vacation Bible School was a big success! Thanks to the 33 volunteers who gave their time and talents and showed God's love to our 40 little disciples. The theme this year was out of this world fun. I saw so many children feeling God's power working in them. Team work is God's work.

With a Thankful Heart,
Lisa Kiser, Minister of Children's Discipleship

Aesthetics Team Project Adds Practical Beauty to the Saint Mark Center

Have you noticed something different about the Saint Mark Center?  The Aesthetics Committee has been at it again!  They painted the lower portion of the gym walls a lovely color of blue. This enhancement will help to keep the walls looking cleaner.

Special thanks to all of the painters who spent several days during the week of May 20 getting this project done.  Our painters were:

Joyce Carney
Basil Carney
Kathy Graves
Bob Graves
Kim Herren
Diane Caster
A big thank you to all the Saint Mark disciples who are supporting our 2019 budget. We continue to be in better shape for this time of year than I can remember over at least the past five years!   
And thank you to the 54 households that have turned in a pledge for our phase II DREAM campaign - pledges now total $ 137,730 , or 55% of our goal.  We will continue to accept cards until it is obvious that no more are coming in!  Please, if you have not yet done so, prayerfully consider what you can do to help us get to the point of burning our mortgage as soon as possible; if you have not yet turned in a pledge and are willing to do so, I would love to hear concerns from you by phone or text (864-723-1854) or click here to send an email. THANKS!
Bob Dobson, Stewardship Chair
Called and Equipped to Serve
Position Available   
As disciples of Jesus, we understand that God equips us for service.  It is our joy to discover how God has gifted us and to use our gifts in service to God and on behalf of God's beloved children.   
You have been reading about our Memory Cafe ministry at Saint Mark - a ministry to serve persons with mild to moderate dementia and their family caregivers. It provides a safe environment where folks can be themselves without worrying about appearances. Everyone who participates is in the same boat and can more readily offer support to each other.  
You have probably noticed that once a month, Memory Cafe participants engage in a fun activity, either at Saint Mark, or out in in the community. Whatever they happen to do, you can bet that they have a wonderful time doing it.  
Bonnie Holmes has capably gotten this ministry off the ground, serving a total of about 30 people from Saint Mark and the greater community.  Bonnie plans to step down as coordinator of this ministry beginning on January 1, 2020. We are looking for someone who is gifted and called to work with persons suffering with dementia and with their family members.  Bonnie will provide "on the job training." Does this fit your gifts and passions?   
If so, click here to contact Bonnie Holmes, or call her at (864) 916-9204.  Thank you for prayerfully considering if this is where God is calling you to serve. Ask any of the participants, it really does make a difference!!

  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