Update for the week of June 6 - 12, 2019
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616 Quincy Road
Seneca, SC  29678

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Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook 
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Sunday, June 9
  Pentecost Sunday 
 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  
11:30 am 
Missions/Service Team Meeting 
4:00 pm
Wings 'N Things 
5:30 pm
In His Eyes
5:30 pm
Vacation Bible School 

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  
Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, you are God. I praise you because you are holy, and I thank you for dwelling in my heart. Thank you for working in my life. You guided me into relationship with you, renewed my dead spirit, and you opened my eyes to your Truth. Thank you.

Help me to see you more clearly - to recognize your movement in my life. Make me more sensitive to you so I can follow you more closely. Still, I know that I am selfish and rebellious. I need you to help me be obedient when I recognize your leading. I need you.

I ask you for your help and comfort today. You know my pain and anxieties very well. Thank you for praying over me. Help me to rest in your comfort today.

Help me to walk in you, the Spirit of God. Grow good fruit in my life. You are the one who produces these in me: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I cannot live out these things on my own; I need you.

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!
"God Talk"
bringing the message at both services
Rev. Todd Davis
Pentecost is one of the principal days of the Christian year, celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter. The Greek word "pentecoste" means "fiftieth day." Pentecost is the day on which the Christian church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world and is often referred to as the birthday of the church. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red.
To commemorate the birthday of the Church on Pentecost Sunday, we invite you to wear red, or wear your Saint Mark t-shirt. 
For more information, click here to contact Becca Williams, CDC Director.

Vacation Bible School 2019
THIS Sunday, June 9 - Wednesday, June 12
5:00 pm - VBS Snack Supper 
5:30 - 8:00 pm 
For more information, or to enroll a child, click here to contact Lisa Kiser, Minister of Children's Discipleship.

Vacation Bible School 2019 Mission Project 
Midwest Mission - Packing School Kits
Since opening for ministry in 2000, Midwest Mission has been showing God's love in practical ways through the distribution of education, health, micro-business, and disaster relief supplies, meeting basic human needs around the world and around the corner.  
During Vacation Bible School this year, our children will help by collecting and bringing school supplies that will assist children somewhere around the world. Below is the list of items:  
1 Complete Kit Includes the following:
  • 3 Notebooks -1 subject spiral 8" x 10 1/2"
  • 6 Unsharpened Pencils - no advertising
  • 1 Ruler - 12" long with metric
  • 1 Pencil Eraser - 2" or larger
  • 1 Pencil Sharpener
  • 1 Box of 12 Colored Pencils
  • 1 Box of 24 Crayons
There will be collection stations in the sanctuary during our VBS event (June 9 - 12). All items must be new, and exactly match the item requested on the list above.   
Later, our Saint Mark Wings for the Lord Youth Choir will transport and deliver these items when they attend the National United Methodist Youth Conference in Kansas City, July 10-14.
By the way, on the last day of Vacation Bible School, Wednesday, June 12, the age group that collects the most donated items will receive a special award.
Go To Mars and Beyond with a Helping Heart
and show God's Love to the World!
Thank you!

The deadline to order your T-shirt(s) is next 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.  For more information, click here to contact Bonnie Holmes. 

The words, "Jesus Loves Me" are among our earliest musical memories of faith and church.  For most of us, they are words of assurance and comfort.  For LGBTQ Christians, who grew up believing that they are God's precious children, the words to the song may ring hollow in their ears because of the exclusion they have felt and experienced from fellow Christ-followers.
Based on the book, This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians (by Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Greenville, Rev. Jim Dant), Mary Holley and Ginny Argue will present a workshop on Sunday, June 23 for those who may be struggling with a biblical defense of same-sex relationships, or who want to expand their knowledge. The following is what will be covered:
  • Misunderstandings that can occur when single Bible verses are taken out of context
  • Loving responses and explanations we can share with those who want to learn more about what the Bible says
  • Our hopes for the future and healing of our church
  • Ways our church can become even more welcoming
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. 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.

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.

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

Special Friends Day Camp
July 30 - August 1
Deadline to Register is Wednesday, June 26   
Contact: Lee Ann Parker    
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. 

South Carolina Festival of Flowers
Greenwood, SC
Saturday, June 8
10:30 am - 3 pm
No cost for admission
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.  
Growing Up Girl 
Growing Up Girl
Advocating for Women and Children

Jesus honored women and children throughout His ministry, often challenging the laws and norms of his time. As disciples of Christ, we are expected to do the same.

Women and children are made in the image of God, and that means that they must be valued as such. Women continue to lead and strengthen families, congregations and communities while also having to:
  • navigate systems of oppression
  • mitigate harm being done to us, our children and the community
  • create and gather resources for survival, and
  • cope with trauma
Women and children often become unnecessarily vulnerable because of sexism, poverty, sexual and gender-based violence, war and conflict, climate change, and media portrayals and cultural beliefs that denigrate women and children.

The United Methodist Church, " affirm[s] with Scripture the common humanity of male and female, both having equal worth in the eyes of God." (Social Principles, 161.F) Our work is grounded in a desire to cultivate a world in which women and children flourish and live abundant lives as our Creator intended.

Click on the image above to watch a short video - "Growing Up Girl."
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
Thank you to the 53 households that have turned in a pledge for our phase II DREAM campaign - pledges now total $137,230, or 55% of our goal.  We had asked that cards be returned by May 26, but they will certainly still be accepted, and we need to hear from a lot more of you!   
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, so monies that would otherwise go to the mortgage can be used for the many wonderful ministries that you the disciples of Saint Mark so faithfully carry out!
Your Stewardship Team
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!!
Giving You a Heads Up !!  
In just 3 1/2 months, it will be time, once again, to schedule appointments for our next pictorial directory.  The Life Touch photographers will be here Tuesday through Saturday, September 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14; and Tuesday through Saturday, September 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21, so be looking at your calendar for a day and time that will work for you and your family.   
In the meantime, you can help us out A LOT by providing us with any changes in your contact information since the last directory in 2016.  Did you move?  Do you have different phone numbers or email addresses?   
While it is on your mind, click here to send us your updated information. Thanks so much!! 

  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