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First Sunday  
of Lent 
March 10, 2019
 9:00 am 
  Sunday School
for all ages
9:45 am
Housewarming Celebration for Donna Jaynes
9:55 am
Fellowship Time in the Atrium
10:15 am
Traditional Worship
10:15 am
Celebration Worship
Saint Mark Center 
11:30 am
Church and Society Team Meeting
11:30 am
Stewardship Committee 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. 
Prayer Focus for This Week  
A Prayer for the Beginning of Lent
Creator, Sustainer and Savior, You lead us through the late winter wilderness of Lent.
As we trudge through the stuff of our lives, show us, guide us, and remind us of Your presence.
Help us to see and praise You in, around and through these 40 days of Lent.
Connect us to You in our experience as we walk toward the veiled cross.
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
Begins THIS Sunday, March 10
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!
First Sunday of Lent
THIS Sunday, March 10
10:15 am
Final Words From The Cross:
"Father, Forgive Them"
Luke 23:26; 33-34a 
Traditional Worship 
bringing the message
Rev. Bob Stillwell
Celebration Worship
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis
Saint Mark T-Shirts
Order Your T-Shirt the Next Three Sundays 
March 10, 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

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.  Next week, there will be a link to order your shirt online. 
For more information, click here to contact Faith Holley.
Housewarming Celebration  
for Donna Jaynes 
Sunday, March 10 
9:45 - 10:15 am 
Please join us as we show our love for Donna Jaynes, and celebrate with her the purchase of her first home. The celebration will be in the Atrium on Sunday, March 10 during the fellowship time between Sunday School and worship. During this time, you will have the opportunity to congratulate Donna, and share cake and special refreshments with her. There will be baskets available for a love offering, gift cards like Lowes or Home Depot (since Donna wants to make some improvements), and congratulatory notes and cards for her to enjoy.  
Donna Jaynes does so much for Saint Mark.  Let's give back! Help her turn her house into a home!!
Cookies for Kairos Prison Ministry
Cookies Are Needed at the Church Office
by Monday, March 11

Kairos is an ecumenical Christian ministry designed for use in state and federal men's and women's correctional institutions in the United States and throughout the world. Kairos is conducted in cooperation with the chaplains and wardens of correctional institutions, by teams of laity and clergy who are qualified by their experiences in Christian renewal programs.

The strategy of Kairos is to establish a strong Christian community among the residents of correctional institutions. There, they become Christ's agents for change in their environment that ultimately can bring about change in the attitude and quality of life for the entire institution. The primary goal of the Kairos ministry is to teach those who attend the weekend to become part of a share and prayer group. This allows them to share their lives on a deep spiritual level and pray for one-another.

An important part of the Kairos weekend is lots and lots of homemade cookies!! Our Saint Mark UMW invites you to bake cookies for the upcoming Men's Kairos weekend that will be held at McCormick Correctional Institution March 14 - 17. Please have the cookies at the church office by Monday, March 11.

Click here for important guidelines about cookie preparation and packaging.
If you prefer to write than bake, we invite you to prepare "Dear Friend" cards of encouragement.  Simply prepare a greeting card or note card with encouraging words such as, "Dear friend, remember that God loves you!" or "Dear friend, I am praying for you this weekend."  Or put these words on a handmade placement.   
During this season of Lent, as we focus our prayerful attention to the Visiting Prison With Our Prayers, what better way than putting your prayers into action through the giving of cookies, cards and encouraging words.
The Women's Kairos weekend will be April 25-28.  You will have the opportunity to provide cookies, "Dear Friend" notes and placements for the women at Leath Correctional Institute.   
The Seven Last Words of Jesus
Sermon Series

Week Two
Wednesday, March 13 at 12 noon
Ann Hope UMC
bringing the message
W.C. Honeycutt
pastor, Ebenezer Baptist
"Today, You Will Be With Me in Paradise"
A free lunch will be served in the fellowship hall  
following the service.
An Elderberries Event
Anderson Senior Follies
"A Class Act"
Reserve Your Tickets SOON!

Since we will be attending the Anderson Senior Follies on Thursday, March 14, a few days before St. Patrick's Day, we plan to enjoy supper (before the show) at McGee's Irish Pub located in Anderson.  We will plan to arrive at 5:30 pm

Then, we will head to Anderson University for the Senior Follies. We have reserved 20 tickets for the show and there are only 7 tickets leftClick here to make your reservation(s) online, or call Marla Fuller at the church office (864) 882-2603.  Please indicate whether or not you plan to dine with us at McGee's Irish Pub.

Transportation on our bus is available for this event. The bus is half full, so there is still room to ride.  If you plan to ride the bus, the cost will be $5 per person.  
Saint Mark Child Development Center
Parents Night Out
Friday, March 15
5:30 - 9:30 pm 
Parents, are you due for an evening of adult conversation? Our Child Development Center (CDC) is once again offering an evening of childcare.  If you are interested, click here to contact Becca Williams, Director of our CDC.
Let's Help Alleviate Hunger!
Our 7th Annual Rise Against Hunger 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.

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 Thursday, March 21.
It's That Time Again!!

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.
Beginning this Sunday, March 10, and 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
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


150th Birthday of UMW
Sunday, March 24
Contact: Becky Hazelwood  
Racism and Its Impact (Session #3)
"Our Stories (aka Our Truth) Matter" 
Sunday, March 24
11:30 am
Commons Room
Contact: Stacy Keeler 
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. 
Dinner at McGee's Irish Pub
Thursday, March 14
5:30 pm
followed by  
Anderson Senior Follies
Thursday, March 14
7:00 pm
Anderson University
Paramount Theater
Cost: $20 per ticket 
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. 

General Conference 2019 Is Behind Us
 Now What?
Disagreeing Well . . .

General Conference 2019 is over.  Based on the narrow margin of the voting, roughly half of United Methodists in our global denomination are happy with the outcome.  Another half are disappointed and hurt. There are likely some on the continuum of opinions who don't have strong feelings about our denomination's view of homosexuality - one way or the other.

The same is likely true of our very diverse family of faith - Saint Mark UMC.  If you have taken a committed stand on the issue, one way or the other, you might be feeling ill at ease with persons at Saint Mark who disagree with your position. Chances are you might be reluctant to engage in conversation about this sensitive topic.

So, what do we do as a community of faith when we disagree?

First, at Saint Mark, it is OK to disagree. Saint Mark disciples come from a wide variety of backgrounds, generations, parts of the country, faith traditions, understandings of the Holy Scriptures, and we have different life experiences that have formed our faith and the specific tenets of our faith . . . so it is inevitable that we will disagree on issues big and small. As disciples of Jesus, what we must remember is that in expressing our diverse views, we are to do no harm to the other - physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. We are to love each other, even those who disagree with us. We are brothers and sisters in Christ . . . and do you know of any siblings anywhere who see eye-to-eye on everything???   

"It's no secret that people disagree, sometimes vehemently. When our opinions match, it is easy to have a conversation. When we are on opposite sides of an issue, talking can be far more challenging, but often more fruitful. In a time when opinions are strong in both our public and church lives, learning to disagree well is important."
           from Disagreeing Well: Keep Your Spirit In Shape

Click here to listen to a podcast with the Rev. Bo Sanders, a United Methodist pastor who leads his congregation in weekly conversations about a variety of topics. Bo shares great tips for getting out of our "echo chambers," and learning to listen and talk to those with whom we disagree.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Become a Mental Health First Responder
Thursday, March 14
8 am to 4 pm
United Way of Anderson County
604 N. Murray Avenue
Anderson, SC

As clergy and laity we are often on the front lines of helping someone who is struggling with mental health problems.
Mental Health First Aid Training is a nationally certified program that in an 8 hour course provides basic information about mental illness diagnoses and what to do to help someone in a mental health crisis as a first responder.
To register for the class click here or call the United Way of Anderson County at (864) 226-3438.
There is a $30 registration fee that covers the cost for the course manual and lunch and snacks for the day.
Celebrate 100 Years of
Tamassee DAR School
Calvin Jones in Concert
Friday, April 5
7 pm
Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center
Southern Wesleyan University
Central, SC
Cost of tickets: $10 each
Children 5 and under can come free
Tamassee DAR School has been serving children and families in need for the past 100 years.  They are proud to present this celebratory concert and invite you to participate as part of their successful history.   
For more information, call the Tamassee DAR School Development Office at (864) 944-139 ext. 108. Or visit their website by clicking here
A Memorial Service for Saint Mark disciple, Faye Kennedy will be held in the Saint Mark sanctuary on Saturday, March 23 at 3 pm. Rev. Jeff Childress will officiate.

Faye was an active member of the Lydia Bible Class and attended worship regularly until recent years.
The family cordially invites all to join us as we celebrate a life well and purposefully lived.
Thank You Saint Mark!! 
Thank you, Saint Mark disciples, for all who were able to come and enjoy the WINGS-FM Lunch Theater this past Sunday, March 3.  We enjoyed our time with you and hope you were blessed by attending.  Through ticket sales and donations, we raised over $1400 for our upcoming summer tour.  We appreciate so much your continued love and support. We couldn't do it without you!!! 
Wings for the Lord Youth Choir
Let's Help Karen Out 
We are fortunate to have Karen Holcombe at Saint Mark as our Operations Manager, but she is also the power of one that makes up our Accounting Department.
As the committee that supports the staff and helps the congregation understand more clearly the job responsibilities for each staff, the SPRC (Staff Parish Relation Committee), would like to ask that all but emergency needs be deferred until Karen's afternoon office hours.  This will allow her to be more efficient in her morning time when she is responsible for counting our generosity, attending staff meetings, writing payroll checks for church and Child Development Center (CDC), clearing staff and CDC hires for background checks, and paying bills for church and CDC.  Your sensitivity to this change in policy would be greatly appreciated.  
On behalf of the SPRC,   
Lynn Dobson, Chair

Click here to discover the many ways to serve at Saint Mark. Fill out the form and return it to Marla Fuller in the church office. 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