Update for the week of March 21 - 27, 2019
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Click here to see what is going on at Saint Mark this week and the weeks to come.
  Third Sunday  
in Lent 
March 24, 2019
 9:00 am 
  Sunday School
for all ages
9:55 am
Fellowship Time in the Atrium
9:55 am
UMW 150th  
Birthday Celebration 
10:15 am
Traditional Worship
10:15 am
Celebration Worship
Saint Mark Center  
11:30 am
Racism and It's Impacts 
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 families, friends and loved ones of the 50 people killed and the 50 people injured in the mass shootings inside two mosques in New Zealand last week.  
Pray for the shooter whose sole purpose was to perpetrate a heinous hate crime against our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Pray for all who daily face the threat of acts of hate in the countries they call home.   
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!
Third Sunday in Lent
THIS Sunday, March 24
10:15 am
Final Words From The Cross:
"Here Is Your Son . . . Here Is Your Mother"
 John 19:25-27 
Traditional Worship 
bringing the message
Rev. Shawna Darnall 
Celebration Worship
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis 
Let's Help Alleviate Hunger!
Our 7th Annual Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event will be held THIS Saturday, March 23 in the Saint Mark Center from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Because of your generosity, we reached our goal of purchasing enough product to package 50,000+ meals that will be used to feed hungry children somewhere in the world.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

We will see many of you on Saturday morning!
Please meet in the church atrium before 9 am.
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.
Saint Mark T-Shirts
Order Your T-Shirt  
THIS Sunday, March 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 this Sunday.  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 THIS Sunday, March 24. 
For more information, click here to contact Faith Holley.

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. We would appreciate a $3 donation for your meal.  There will be a donation basket on the serving table.
We will have door prizes, as well! 
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 this Sunday, March 24.   
The Seven Last Words of Jesus
Sermon Series

Week Four
Wednesday, March 27 at 12 noon
St. Paul the Apostle
bringing the message
Rev. Matt Turner
Pastor, Ann Hope UMC
"My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?"
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 on Wednesday, March 13 by gathering with a time and space for grief, and we will be continuing the conversation through April 3.
  • March 27: Remembering God's Promises and Renewing our Commitment
  • April 3: Forward From Here

Wednesday Evenings 6 - 7 pm  

Commons Room

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!
Church-wide Grounds Clean Up Day
Saturday, April 6
10 am
Meet in the Atrium for Donuts and Coffee
In preparation for Easter, we want to give our church grounds some much needed attention. The main tasks for Saturday, April 6 will be 1) trimming shrubbery, 2) pull weeds, 3) spread remaining mulch, 4) spray weeds in the cracks of our parking areas. 

All captains who are available should plan to participate that day to get an idea of the overall plan.  

Do you enjoy working in the yard?  Come . . . bring your yard tools and participate with other Saint Mark disciples to beautify our Saint Mark property! 

If you are interested or if you have questions, contact Joe James at (864) 710-6797 or click here to email him.
Are You 50+?
Journey to the Resurrection
Join Us For This Moving and Meaningful
Lenten Experience

A cast and crew of more than 240 people present this interactive biblical walk-thru drama to the community each year. It consists of a biblical marketplace that offers food, crafts, animals, and an atmosphere of a marketplace in Jerusalem.  The main event is a walk-thru drama that takes guests through the events in Christ's life during his last week on earth .
The Holy Week events you will experience are Judas betraying Jesus, the Upper Room, His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter's denial in the Courtyard, His trial before Pilate, Judas' Remorse, Jesus' whipping, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.
There is NO cost for this event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.  Please click here to reserve your ticket(s) by no later than Sunday, March 31.  
Following the Journey to the Resurrection experience, we will enjoy supper together at Creekside BBQ in Anderson at 7:30 pm.  When you make your reservation, please indicate if you plan to join us to eat at Creekside. 
Save the Date! 
First Annual Spring Auction for Missions
Sunday, April 7
Saint Mark Atrium
The first annual Spring Auction for Missions is almost upon us! Have you been thinking about donating tickets to a sporting event or concert? Or a pie or cake for the dessert auction? Or maybe you would like to donate 3 hours of gardening help, or 2 hours of helping someone clean out a closet? Maybe your Sunday School class could provide a dinner for 8 (maybe with entertainment?) or a themed basket-- Chocolate Lovers, Springtime Gardening, Family Movie Night, etc. Be creative!  
The funds from this auction will be allocated to meet various outreach needs throughout the year, such as food for the Ann Hope feeding program, money to help pay the rent or utilities for a single mom and her kids through the Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund, or money to help Our Daily Rest serve homeless residents of Oconee County.  
If you have something to donate, or have questions about the auction, please click here to contact Rachel Smith.
We would like to have all auction items-- or at least a description of all the items except desserts (of course!)-- by Monday, April 1.  
Whether or not you have anything to donate to the auction, we hope you will plan to be with us on Sunday, April 7, to join in the fun. As always, thank you for your generous support of the mission work of Saint Mark UMC. 
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.
Join us on our front lawn
Wednesday, April 10
Beginning at 5:30 pm
This evening of free fun for all ages will included:
Hotdog Supper,
Fire Pit with S'mores,
Bounce Houses,
And More!
Easter Egg Hunt for ages 0-12 years
will begin at 6 pm
(see below)
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Wednesday, April 10
6 pm
As part of the community-wide "Spring Fling" celebration on Wednesday, April 10,  Saint Mark will host an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages birth to 12 years. It will begin at 6 pm on the front lawn of our church campus. We expect this year's event to be even bigger than last year.
You can help by filling plastic eggs and returning them to the drop-off bins in the atrium. You may pick up empty eggs in atrium starting THIS Sunday March 24.  The last day to drop off filled eggs is Sunday, April 7. Your support and gift of candy filled eggs is needed to make the hunt successful and enjoyable for the children who will participate.  
For questions about the Egg Hunt, click here to contact Lisa Kiser- Minister of Children's Discipleship.
Florida Mission Update
We have not had enough interest to make a trip to Florida in May for hurricane Michael recovery to make it worthwhile, so our reservation has been cancelled. Thanks to those who did express interest - much appreciated!
Bob and Lynn Dobson
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
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.
Palm Sunday Worship 
Sunday, April 14
10:15 am
Two Services:  
Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
Celebration Service in the Saint Mark Center 
Maundy Thursday Service
with Holy Comunion 
Clemson and Saint Mark UMC Choirs 
Thursday, April 18 
7:00 pm 
Clemson United Methodist Church Sanctuary 

Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Clemson and Saint Mark UMC Choirs
Friday, April 19
7:00 pm
Saint Mark United Methodist Church Sanctuary

Easter Celebration of the Resurrection
Sunday, April 21
10:15 am
Two Services:
Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
Celebration Service in the Saint Mark Center

CDC Parents' Night Out  
Friday, April 19 
Contact:  Becca Williams    

CDC Sunday
Sunday, April 28
Contact: Lisa Kiser 
Austin Wagner
Cello Recital
Sunday, April 28
5 pm
Contact: David Wilcox 
Saint Mark Festival
Sunday, May 5
One combined service at 10:15 am
Contact: Todd Davis 
Saint Mark Festival Luncheon Fundraiser
Sunday, May 5
11:30 am
Saint Mark Center
Contact: Becky Hazelwood


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
Journey to the Resurrection
(walk-thru drama) 
Saturday, April 6 
5:45 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church
No cost, but reservations required 
followed by supper at
Creekside BBQ  
7:30 pm 
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.  
Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? It is a question posed by the white academic  Robin Di Angelo , whose book White Fragility has now spent seven months hovering at the top end of the New York Times bestseller list and has just been published in the UK.
"The problem with white people," she says, "is that they just don't listen. In my experience, day in and day out, most white people are absolutely not receptive to finding out their impact on other people. There is a refusal to know or see, or to listen or hear, or to validate."  " We have to stop thinking about racism simply as someone who says the N-word," she says.

Watch a 6+ minute video to learn more.  Click on the arrow on the image above.
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.

The Lighthouse Restaurant and Event Center
1290 Doug Hollow Road, Seneca, SC 29672

The event will feature wines from around the world, heavy hors d'oeuvres, light entertainment, and a silent auction. All proceeds will support the mission and vision of the Foothills Chorale.

Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased online at foothillschorale.org/fundraiser 

You Are Invited to Participate
Utica Baptist Church League Golf for 2019

League play will be at Falcon's Lair on Tuesdays at 6 pm. The cost for this year is $20 for the nine holes plus some food (pizza or hot dog with a drink) at the end. The first golf date is Tuesday, April 16. For further information call Jay Bobo at 864-710-4538 or click here to send him an email.

Jay is looking for your 9 hole average score to help set up balanced teams.
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.
Church Bus Drivers Needed  
For Elderberries Senior Ministry
Once every month or two, our Elderberries ministry for senior adults uses our 15 passenger bus for out-of-town
fellowship activities.  We are in need of drivers for some of these events.  No special license is required, but you must be 69 or younger to drive.  If the event requires paid admission, the Elderberries ministry will pay for all or part of the cost of your ticket. 
Do You Have a Pontoon Boat?
Our Elderberries Ministry event in June is a pontoon boat lash-up party on Lake Keowee. We need boats and their captains to make this event possible.  The date we are looking at is Thursday, June 20, beginning at 5 pm.  The rain date is the following week, Thursday, June 27.  If you would be willing to offer your boat and your services for this event, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  Thanks!!!

  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