Update for the week of March 14 - 20, 2019
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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.
  Second Sunday  
in Lent 
March 17, 2019
 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
Rise Against Hunger Planning Meeting 

4:00 pm 
TREK for Children 
4:00 pm
Wings 'N Things
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 victims of transportation accidents that resulted in death and injuries.   
Pray especially for those who have lost loved ones in the two recent crashes of Boeing aircrafts in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
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.

Lenten Sermon Series:
Final Words from the Cross
Through the six Sundays of the season of Lent we will closely explore Christ's final statements. Our four Gospel accounts offer us statements that complement one another, and together offer us a powerful picture of what was on the heart and mind of Jesus as he died. As we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter, join us in diving deeply into these scripture texts and living our faith in this season.  

Worship With Us This Sunday!
Second Sunday of Lent
THIS Sunday, March 17
10:15 am
Final Words From The Cross:
"Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise"
 Luke 23:32; 39-43 
Traditional Worship 
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis 
Celebration Worship
bringing the message
Rev. Shawna Darnall 
Saint Mark T-Shirts
Order Your T-Shirt the Next Two Sundays 
March 17 and 24 
Atrium  (before and after Celebration Worship)
Narthex (after Traditional Worship)
     Cost: Youth M - Adult XL: $12.00 each
Adult 2XL-3XL: $14.00 each

Show your Saint Mark spirit!  The Saint Mark Evangelism Ministry Team will be taking orders for our brand new Saint Mark t-shirts the next three Sundays.  The new church logo will be located on the back of the shirt and Saint Mark UMC will be printed on the left front. (See the design above - gray shirt with designs in blue, red and black.) The Evangelism Team hopes many of our Saint Mark disciples will order and wear the shirt as a way of displaying their discipleship to the larger community

You may order your t-shirt in the atrium or Narthex.  Payment is due when the shirt is ordered. You may pay cash for your shirt(s) or make your check out to Saint Mark UMC.  For your convenience, if you can't place an order at the church, click here to place your order online.  ALL orders will need to be paid for by no later than Sunday, March 24. 
For more information, click here to contact Faith Holley.
The Seven Last Words of Jesus
Sermon Series

Week Three
Wednesday, March 20 at 12 noon
Ebenezer Baptist Church
bringing the message
Rev. Preston Cooley
Pastor, Trinity Baptist
"Here is Your Son . . . Here Is Your Mother"
A free lunch will be served in the fellowship hall  
following the service.
Continuing the Conversation

Following the UMC Called General Conference, many within our faith family are hurting and feeling dismayed. We began last night by gathering with a time and space for grief, and we will be continuing the conversation.
  • March 20: Around the Table with Honest Conversation
  • March 27: Remembering God's Promises and Renewing our Commitment
  • April 3: Forward From Here

Wednesday Evenings 6 - 7 pm  

Commons Room

Let's Help Alleviate Hunger!
Our 7th Annual Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event will be held on Saturday, March 23 in the Saint Mark Center from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Our goal again this year is to package 50,000 meals to be distributed in the developing world and at world disaster sites. Brochures and donation envelopes will be available again on Sunday.

Saint Mark and our partner church, Trinity Baptist, must pay for the food, materials and shipping for the meals we package at an increased cost this year of $0.33/meal. Saint Mark, you have been very generous.  We are getting close to our goal. But we still need donations to cover the total cost of food and shipping costs. So, if you haven't already done so, we encourage you to donate this Sunday, or send a check made out to Saint Mark UMC.

Sign up this Sunday in the Narthex or atrium to work at this meal packaging event, or click here to sign up online.  We need volunteers from ages 5 through 90+ to help. Both sit down and stand up jobs are available. We have invited other student, community and faith groups to join Saint Mark and Trinity folks at the event. Let's welcome our guests and enjoy a fun morning of mission work and community fellowship!

For more information, click here to see the brochure.
Happy 150th, UMW!
Please join the UMW on Sunday, March 24, in the atrium before and after Sunday School in celebration of the 150th birthday of United Methodist Women. Come have a piece of birthday cake and learn about the seven Saint Mark UMW Circles and the global and local missions we support! UMW members will be wearing red and can additionally be identified by name tags inviting you to "Ask Me About United Methodist Women."  If you are interested in joining UMW, we welcome you to come meet us and see that there is a place for you in this long-standing faith organization.

The next session in this five-part series is:   
"Our Stories (aka Our Truth) Matter"  
Sunday, March 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.
Are You 50+?
Lunch Bunch

Fraud against older Americans is a serious problem affecting thousands every year. Don't be one of them! 

Join us on Tuesday March 26 at Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe for lunch and a discussion about how you, as a senior adult, can take steps to avoid being scammed.
Deputy Mandy Tinsley from Oconee County Sheriff's Office will come to share a presentation on this important topic.    
Come, eat and learn!
Click here to make your lunch reservation by no later than NEXT Thursday, March 21.
Only a Little Over Two Weeks To Get  
Your Donated Items To Us!!

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 continue to collect jewelry for the Wings Garage Sale. A drop box is located in the 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.
Homeless Period Project
Collection Drive
The Manibus Christi UMW Circle has adopted the Homeless Period Project as an ongoing mission. This circle of young women invite you to donate feminine hygiene products (pads, pantiliners, tampons, and individually wrapped non-alcohol wipes) that will be sorted into "kits" and shared with school girls and homeless women in Oconee County through Grace's Closet and Our Daily Rest.
Designated white plastic bins for your donations are located in both of the atrium entrances.
For more information about the Homeless Period Project, click here
This drive will last through April 1. Thank you for your generosity!
Save the Date! 
First Annual Spring Auction for Missions
Sunday, April 7 
We have moved our annual mission Auction to Spring, April 7 to be exact. With that move we are also planning on expanding to include baked goods, services provided by the congregation, and Pie the Pastor contest in addition to our regular auction items. If you would like to donate anything, please click here to contact Rachel Smith, or sign the signup sheet that will be in the atrium each Sunday between now and March 31.  
It Is Time To Order Your Calla Lily(s)  
for Easter Sunday
We invite you to purchase a Calla Lily stem or stems in memory or in honor of a loved one. These beautiful lilies will be placed in our two worship spaces on Easter Sunday. Next week, there will be a form in your bulletin that you can fill out. If you are ready to reserve your stem(s) now, click here to place your order online. The cost is $6 per stem.  We need your order by no later than Monday, April 8.
Mark the Date On Your Calendar!
Let's gather together at the front of our church property for a celebration of spring!  Our entire community is invited to attend so we will need lots of help to make this outreach event a huge success!  Watch for details to come.
Florida Mission Update

We have some additional information relative to a Saint Mark mission experience in the hurricane Michael recovery efforts in the Florida panhandle. The trip is slated for May 4 - 11, 2019 to one of 3 areas: Marianna, Panama City, or Port St. Joe, sites of Long Term Recovery offices. Our projects will likely include home repair work, so that could involve demolition, roofing, etc.  They will try to match whatever skill sets we bring to a specific project. We will
probably need to cook our own food, so those with cooking talents are welcome to join the team!  
Based upon lodging costs of $20/person/night, we've not done any detailed planning but believe the cost per person might be in the $300-400 range. Several have indicated interest in this effort - if you are interested in joining this relief effort, contact Bob Dobson at (864) 723-1854 or Lynn Dobson at (864) 247-1320. Click here to send an email.
LENT 2019 
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.    
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.
Continuing through Saturday, 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
Our Saint Mark Prayer Room  
Is Open For You 
During the holy season of Lent, you may want to consider spending time in our Saint Mark Prayer Room for prayer and reflection.  As you enter the Narthex, that leads into the sanctuary, you will find the prayer room off to the right.  
The room has been prayerfully prepared with symbols of the Lenten season.  There is an altar and a kneeling bench, as well as a prayer quilt and a prayer shawl that you may use during your time of prayer and meditation. Consider bringing your Bible and a journal with you . . . or an inspiring book or a hymn book.   
The Prayer Room is open whenever the church building is open, including Sunday mornings, as well as 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Thursday.  During the week, enter through the atrium doors, then go up the steps to and through the sanctuary into the Narthex.  The Prayer Room will be on your left. 
Gallery of Crosses Lenten Project

During the six weeks of Lent the Aesthetics Committee will be collecting crosses for the Ministry Wall in Saint Mark's Gallery of Crosses. This wall is dedicated to ministries that Saint Mark has supported since the beginning. Last year over 39 missions were recognized and are represented with small wooden crosses surrounding the large cross in the gallery. Hopefully, you have been impacted by one or more of the missions and would consider honoring the mission with a cross.

Personally, the small group study, Companions in Christ, made a real difference in my life, and I plan to place a cross on the wall to commemorate that mission. Our goal is to commemorate as many missions as possible during Lent. After Easter the Aesthetic Committee will place the crosses on the wall and prepare a book with all the special memories of the ministries that Saint Mark has supported through the years.

In addition, the Aesthetic Committee is continuing to collect crosses for the other cross walls in the Saint Mark Gallery of Crosses. We invite you to contribute crosses for the other two walls. These will be hung after Easter when the crosses for the Ministries are hung.

Joyce Carney
Aesthetics Team Leader

Which Ministries Have Impacted Your Life?

Feeding Ministries
     Ann Hope, Feeding the
     Homeless, Food Box
United Methodist Women
Wesley Service Guild
Caring Ministry
Marvin's Kids
Child Development Center
Special Friends
Missions with Eleuthera
Salkehatchie Summer Service
Senior Ministry
     METS, Elderberries
Men for Christ
United Methodist Men
Wings for the Lord
In His Eyes
MYF - Methodist Youth Fellowship
SMURF - Saint Mark United Repair Force
Adult Music Ministries
     Chancel Choir, Bell
Gospel Choir,
     Celebration Worship
Vacation Bible School
Wednesday Night Programs
     Church Family Night,
     Church Fellowship Night,
     Recharge, Renew, and
     the Gathering
Eleuthera Mission
Scouting Ministries
Bible Studies
Covenant Groups
Local Outreach Ministries
     Golden Corner Food
     Pantry, Our Daily Rest,
     Our Daily Bread,
     Wilderness Way Girls'
     Camp, Habitat for
     Humanity, Presbyterian
     Fund, Rosa Clark Clinic
Stephen Ministry
Quilters for Christ
Wednesday Morning Prayer
Sunday School for All Ages
Confirmation for Youth
Saint Mark Library
Rise Against Hunger
MAD Camp (Music, Art, Drama)
KITS - Keep in Touch Support
KITES - Keep in Touch Every Student
National and International Relief Ministries
     Katrina, Red Bird,
Prison Ministry - KAIROS
Military and Veteran Mission - Honor Flight
UMCOR - United Methodist Commission on Relief
Epworth Children's Home
It is your financial pledges, donations, and gifts of service that bring these ministries to reality.    
Thank You.

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. 
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  
Memory Cafe
Monday, April 1
1 - 3 pm
Participants will plant flowers to take home
Lunch Bunch (last one until fall)
Lunch at Lighthouse
Tuesday, April 23 
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller. 
THE "E" WORD     

The "E" Word - Evangelism 
We have just finished A Disciples Path. As Christians the Path we studied is thankfully never over during our time on this earth. We have all started on the Path at different times in our lives. We are the lucky ones. We have purpose and direction. As we studied A Disciples Path we covered Evangelism in detail. A lot of us felt that just believing, going to church and being the best husband/wife and parent we can be is enough for our God. Don't get me wrong, those things are very good. But God asks more of us than that. God asks us to share the good news of the risen Christ with others in our lives so that others can know Jesus and the promise he offers. We are his people, but so many today do not know what that means.  
At Saint Mark there are so many opportunities to be involved both in our church and in our community. Sometimes bringing someone to Christ is a process with many steps. Sometimes when you least expect it you can make that difference in someone's life. That "sometime" starts with the first step. If you did not attend the classes studying A Disciples Path, please get one of the books and spend the time reading it. It is packed with eye-opening information and direction on what it means to be a disciple. After you have done that, reach out to one of the many Saint Mark disciples to find out where you can get more involved to share the story of your journey with Christ. It all starts with you!

South Carolina  
Reconciling Ministries Network 
Post General Conference Gathering 
Saturday, March 16 
1 - 3 pm 
Washington Street UMC 
Columbia, SC

"This is a time to come together: a time to lament, sing songs of hope, hear news from General Conference, and explore ways in which we can continue the work of building an inclusive, just, and loving Church together."

Click here for more information.

A Talk With Will Gravely
author of
They Stole Him Out of Jail: Willie Earle,
South Carolina's Last Lynching
sponsored by
Clemson University's Department of History,
Pan-African Studies,
and the Division of Inclusion and Equity
Monday, March 25
5:30 pm
100 Hardin Hall
Clemson University

Gravely, a native of Pickens County, is Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Denver.  He spent forty years researching the Earle lynching, exploring it from background to aftermath and from multiple perspectives.

Willie Earle is buried in Abel Baptist Church in Clemson.
Happy Birthday, United  Methodist Women
150 Years Old!
Sponsored by the Anderson District Officers of United Methodist Women
Saturday, March 23
1 - 4 pm
Lunney Museum
Seneca, SC

The money raised from this Rock-A-Thon will go to the Legacy Fund Endowment Campaign, which will support the future of United Methodist Women. The goal is
$60,000,000 and over $24,000,000 has already been raised!

For more information, click here to contact Marlene Edlund, or call (864) 886-9166.
Journey to the Resurrection
Walk-Thru Drama
April 4 - 7
Trinity United Methodist Church
Anderson, SC

See the story unfold right before your eyes! Follow Jesus on a journey you will never forget!  This is a great opportunity for adult, children, and youth groups, Sunday school classes, confirmation classes, individuals, families, support groups, etc.  It will provide a foundation
and opportunity for future discussion!

Click here to see the brochure for the event, or click here to visit their website for more information.

Donna and grandson,  
David enjoying time  
on the front porch
Dear Saint Mark Family,

"It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home."
Each of you are truly a blessing from God.  Thank you for the housewarming reception.  The food was delicious and the decorations were beautiful.  Thank you for your generous gifts and words of love and support.  I feel very humbled by this whole experience.  Thank you again for helping me turn my house into a home.

With a grateful and overflowing heart.

Donna J.
Donna's New Contact Information:
Donna Jaynes
311 Pine Street
Seneca, SC  29678
Phone: (864) 873-0205
Young Disciples in Action
As a follow-up to our discipleship series and its focus on witness and service, the 3rd-5th Grade Sunday School Class made placemats, and their their teacher wrote letters of encouragement for the Kairos Prison Ministry Men's Weekend. Pictured (left-right) are Henry Lowe, who visited the older class, along with class member, Madden Dougherty, as they were turning in the placemats and letters.  
We're proud of our young disciples
at Saint Mark!
Book of Exceptional Stewards  
Dear Saint Mark Disciples, as of March 11, 2019, I am celebrating 29 responses from faithful and committed Disciples in our Saint Mark family.  These 29 persons have chosen to let me know that they have taken seriously Jesus' call to give generously and sacrificially in support of our church's mission to be a make Disciples of Jesus Christ.  Of the 29 responses I have received, 22 persons are tithing 10% of their gross or adjusted income, 4 exceed the minimum of the tithe, and 3 persons have increased their current pledge toward tithing 10%.
Giving intentionally, regularly, generously, proportionally, cheerfully and yes, sacrificially is the cornerstone of biblical stewardship and I know personally what a blessing it has been in my life to give back to God the first and best of God's blessings to me.  I would like to invite you to prayerfully consider how you can practice and grow in the spiritual discipline of giving generously.  I also invite you to prayerfully consider adding your name to the growing list of disciples who are demonstrating a significant level of growth in giving, or who routinely exhibit the biblical principles of sacrificial stewardship.
The Pastor's Book of Exceptional Stewards is held discreetly and securely by me and seen only by me.  Names are added by 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, I 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. As mentioned above, I do plan 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, I want 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.
Bishop Holston's 2019  
Leadership Conference
 "What Next? Purposeful Mission
in Uncertain Times."
March 20 - 22
St. John's UMC
Aiken, SC

All South Carolina clergy and laity are invited to join Bishop Holston and The Cabinet as participants at the annual event. The registraion deadline is March 18.

Rev. Dr. Gil Rendle, who worked as a consultant for the UMC's Commission on a Way Forward will be the keynote speaker, leading participants through five sessions:
  • Addressing the Reality of the Current Situation
  • Understanding the Current Culture
  • Thinking About What We Can Control
  • Focusing on the Mission Rather than the Institution
  • What Does God Want to Be Different? (Outcomes-Based Planning)

Click here to register online by March 18

Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. each day, closing at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday (March 20-21) and at noon Friday (March 22). Continental breakfast and lunch are included each day.

Click here for detailed schedule

Rev. Rendle retired in 2016 as senior vice president of the Texas Methodist Foundation and has counseled churches on issues of change and leadership as an independent consultant and for more than 30 years. He holds a doctoral degree in organizational and group dynamics and served as senior pastor of two urban UMC congregations in Pennsylvania for 16 years.

Registration cost of the 2019 Leadership Conference is $250, and 2.5 CEUs will be credited to clergy who attend.

  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