Update for the week of March 28 - April 3, 2019
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Fourth Sunday
in Lent 
March 31, 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
Service/Mission Team Meeting 
4:00 pm 
TREK for Children 
4:00 pm
Wings 'N Things
5:30 pm 
In His Eyes
7:00 pm
Seneca High School Strings Concert

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 who have been victims of the recent Cyclone Idai in
Mozambique, Malawai, and Zimbabwe.  
Pray for those who have lost loved ones.
Pray for those who have lost their homes and all of their material possessions.
Pray for the refugees, created by this force of nature . . . men, women and children who are fighting  to simply survive.
Pray for safe shelter for those who have been displaced. 
Pray for humanitarian aid to reach those who are suffering in body, mind and spirit.
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!
Fourth Sunday in Lent
THIS Sunday, March 31
10:15 am
Final Words From The Cross:
"My God, My God,
Why Have You Forsaken Me?"
Traditional Worship 
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis
Celebration Worship
bringing the message
Rev. Tony Medlin
Faith Family,
I am always deeply grateful for your support, particularly this past year as it has been an especially painful one in my life. I appreciate the many ways you walked with me through the trying days, whether or not you were aware at the time. I'm now hopeful that the events of this last year are finally behind me, and I'm excited to finally be moving forward! I will be away this coming week to exhale after all that has unfolded, and I look forward to being back with you in worship on April 7.
It remains among my greatest joys to share this journey with you,
Pastor Shawna
Wings for the Lord Garage Sale
Friday and Saturday, March 29 - 30
8 am - 1 pm
Saint Mark Center
Come and Shop!!!!
Thanks to our Saint Mark family and friends,
our Saint Mark Center is full of lots of great bargains!  You have dropped off donated items for almost a week and tomorrow is the big shopping day.   
Come and support our Wings for the Lord Youth Choir by making some purchases!   
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, pantyliners, 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 Monday, April 1. Thank you for your generosity!
Memory Cafe
Monday, April 1
1 - 3 pm
Commons Room

When participants arrive there will be a group discussion which could consist of coming events or problems on their mind.  Then they get up for a fun-filled aerobic class.  Our aerobic teachers are well trained to bring enjoyment and exercise to both the caregivers and their loved ones.  No one is left out. 

The main attraction is eating Mississippi Mud pie for a snack and then planting a flower to take home.

For more information, click here to contact Bonnie Holmes.
The Seven Last Words of Jesus
Sermon Series

Week Five
Wednesday, April 3 at 12 noon
Seneca Presbyterian Church
bringing the message
Rev. Ryan Perry
Pastor, Seneca Baptist Church
"I Thirst"
 John 19:28-30     
A free lunch will be served in the fellowship hall  
following the service.
Continuing the Conversation . . .  
"Forward From Here" 
Wednesday, April 3
6 - 7 pm
Commons Room 

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 for one more Wednesday.  Rev. Bob Stillwell will guide the conversation.
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 THIS 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 Ben Hilda side of the atrium entrance. You may pick up empty eggs in atrium entrance on the Doug Berry side.  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.
Join the Seneca Lions' Club on April 13 for their pancake breakfast. They will offer a full breakfast, door prizes and fun fellowship. See any Lions' Club member for tickets. Or click here to contact Dean Garland.

The next session in this five-part series is:   
"Speaking Up and Taking Action Matters"  
Sunday, April 28 
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 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.

This will be our final Lunch Bunch until the program year kicks off in September.  This will be a special time of food and fellowship.  Click here to make your reservation(s).

Saint Mark Festival Fundraiser Luncheon
"Picnic for a Purpose"   
Sponsored by United Methodist Women
Sunday, May 5
11:30 am
Saint Mark Center 
The UMW is sponsoring a fundraiser luncheon immediately following the service on Saint Mark Festival Sunday, May 5. The theme of the fundraiser is "Picnic for a Purpose" and the menu will feature your favorite picnic foods of fried chicken and ham and lots of tasty side dishes and choices of dessert and beverages!  
Tickets will go on sale Sunday, April 7 and can be purchased in the atrium or Narthex as well as online. The cost is $12/adult, $5/children 6-12 years old, and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit three local missions: Ripple of One, Golden Corner Food Pantry, and Fostering Faithfully. Oh, and there will be special entertainment to accompany your dessert!  
Got questions?  Click here to contact Becky Hazelwood. 
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 
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
Attention United Methodist Women (UMW)
We are collecting items for the women who are incarcerated at Leath Correctional Institute.  These items include;
  • Toothpaste (10oz tube or smaller-factory sealed)
  • Fixodent Denture Cream
  • Denture Cups
  • Toothbrush (adult- factory sealed)  
  • Deodorant (3oz or smaller)
  • Vaseline
  • Shampoo (20oz or less-plastic bottle, no pumps)
  • Handsoap
  • Socks (white only)
  • Washclothes (white only and no insignia or emblems)
  • Kleenex Tissue (box or single individual)
  • Yarn
You may drop off these item at both atrium entrances the next two Sundays (March 31 and April 7). Look for designated bins.

For more information, click here to contact Marlene Edlund.

CDC Parents' Night Out  
Friday, April 26
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. 
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 30
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  
Rise Against Hunger Saint Mark UMC Seneca, SC 2019
Rise Against Hunger Saint Mark UMC Seneca, SC 2019
Check out a YouTube video of this year's Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event this past Saturday, March 23.  This is the Church of Jesus Christ at its best - packaging 50,000+ meals that will be sent to countries around the world to feed hungry children.

Thanks to all who participated in any way!  Thanks to those who planned this event - almost to perfection!  There were a lot of details that went into the organization of this huge endeavor.   
Thanks to all of you who came to work - who unloaded the truck, who packaged meals at the funnel stations, who worked at the weighing and sealing stations, our runners, those who were in charge of refilling, the labelers and box packers, the captains and trainers, and those who helped clean up at the end. Whatever you did, your job was critical to the success of this great event.
If you didn't get a chance to participate this year . . . join us next year!! 

Seneca High School Solo Strings Concert
THIS Sunday, March 31
7 pm
Saint Mark Sanctuary 
This concert will feature Will Dodd (bass), Sam Dodd (Violin), Austin Wagner (cello), Laura Wagner (piano) with special guests John Bleuel, Lauren Bleuel and Luke Bleuel. A reception will follow in the Atrium.

The purpose of Oconee Christian Academy is to provide  students with a quality education, to partner with a child's family and church in the character development of each student, and to lead both students and families to a closer walk with Jesus Christ.

Utica, Inc BBQ Fundraiser
Saturday, April 27
11 am - 2 pm
Ann Hope UMC
702 Goddard Ave
Seneca, SC

All proceeds will benefit Utica, Inc. Community Outreach.  The Utica Inc. Youth Center will work with the youth and families of the Utica community by:
  • Helping those in need to establish and grow in their relationship with Christ by providing Christian role models and leadership
  • Providing a "safe haven" for youth to gather and learn
  • Enabling a positive change in the quality of life of those in the Utica community
  • Further enabling and promoting the Utica youth by education, training and development of enhanced self esteem, to rise above their circumstances
  • Assisting the youth in attaining an attitude of self-sufficiency to become more productive members of their community and thus society as a whole
  • Growing and grooming Christian minded youth to become leaders willing to serve the community in the future
Click here to reserve your ticket(s), or call (864) 888-5596.

Foothills Chorale Spring Concert
Cherubini's Requiem in C minor
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM.
Fort Hill Presbyterian Church
101 Edgewood Ave., Clemson, SC
TICKETS: $20 each for adults
$10 each for students.

Greatly admired by Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms, The Requiem in C minor for mixed chorus was written in 1816 by Luigi Cherubini and premiered on January 21, 1817 at a commemoration service for Louis XVI of France on the twenty-third anniversary of his death during the French Revolution. Since then, this powerful work has been performed and recorded by notable choirs and orchestras around the world.

Accompanied by an orchestral ensemble of wind and string instruments, this is a performance you do not want to miss!

For information about receiving a 10% discount for groups of 8 or more, contact info@foothillschorale.org before purchasing.

Purchase your tickets at the door, or click here to purchase them online.  You may also get tickets from David Wilcox and Jeff Weicksel.
Saint Mark Child Development Center
"Let's Go Camping Week"
Can You Help??
The school-aged kiddos in our Child Development Center will be enjoying a week devoted to the joys of camping.  Do you have any camping-related items that you would be willing to donate . . . sleeping bags, tents, lanterns, etc.?  These items will be used as decorations. Please click here to contact Becca Williams, CDC Director if you can help.  The items will be needed by Monday, April 15.

Thanks so much!
Book of Exceptional Stewards  
The Pastor's Book of Exceptional Stewards Program gives our pastor a tool to measure our congregation's understanding of the fundamental principles of stewardship.  In order to give willingly to God, an individual must be in love with God.  When we surrender our life to God, we also surrender our finances to God and begin to use them in ways that honor God first and best.
The program has three objectives. First, Pastor Todd wants to acknowledge those disciples who are giving sacrificially, and who are seeking to grow in their relationship with Christ through generous giving.
Second, it provides a source of information that helps measure the spiritual health of our congregation. This is not about money but about where God fits in with your life? Is God the priority in your life or is God someone you choose to recognize after other things? God's Word says, "For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also."  
Finally, The Pastor's Book of Exceptional Stewards sends a message about higher expectations. Disciples at Saint Mark take a vow to faithfully participate in our church's ministry through their prayers, their presence, their GIFTS, their service, and their witness.  
When these three objectives are viewed together, they help our pastor paint a picture of our congregation's spiritual health. Faithful disciples and stewards are expected to give to God the first and best of God's blessings in their lives.  It should be our joy to give back to God our gifts so that they might be used to bless others.  May God bless you for your faithful generosity. 

If you would like to submit your name for the Pastor's Book of Exceptional Stewards, click here to download the form.  Print it out, fill it out and return it to the church office.

  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