Update for the week of May 16 - 22, 2019
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Saint Mark UMC
616 Quincy Road
Seneca, SC  29678

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Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook 
Click here to view the entire Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook with information about church structure, leadership, ministries and our 2019 budget. 
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 Calendar of Events
Click here to see what is going on at Saint Mark this week and the weeks to come.
Sunday, May 12
 9:00 am 
  Sunday School
for all ages
9:55 am
Fellowship Time in the Atrium
10:15 am
10:15 am 
Celebration Worship 
Saint Mark Center 
4:00 pm
Wings 'N Things 
5:30 pm
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  
A Prayer for Graduates
God, we thank you for all graduating students. We pray that You will give them direction, purpose, and perseverance as they enter this next season of their lives.  
May these young people gain wisdom and discernment for how to live Christlike lives as they enter into new adventures and challenges.
Give them wisdom to invest their time and resources well.    
Raise up adult mentors for these graduates so they have someone who will provide direction and support.  
We pray that they will be able to have the strength to rise above the many temptations they will face. 
May they always pursue the path You have laid out for them. When they seek after anything other than You and the plans You have for them, bring people into their lives who will gently bring them back into right relationship with You.   
May they always be eager to show love and to serve others as devoted disciples of Jesus.
In the holy name of Jesus, AMEN 
Submit Your Prayer Requests
Saint Mark is pleased to receive your prayer requests . . . for yourself or for friends or loved ones.   Click here to submit your request to Pastor Todd Davis.
Worship With Us This Sunday!
Traditional Worship
Sunday, May 19  
10:15 am
"Love Each Other . . . Really?"
bringing the message
Rev. John Evatt 

Worship With Us This Sunday!
Celebration Worship
Graduate Sunday  
Sunday, May 19  
10:15 am
" Remain in My Love"
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis  
Our graduating high school seniors are:
Avery Evatt
Colleen Hirt
Emma Sauer
Danielle Strader
Austin Wagner 
Graduating With a Post-Graduate Degree: 
Mark Dougherty - Doctor of Education, Higher Education Management, University of Pittsburgh

Child Development Center
Parents' Night Out
Friday, May 17
5:30 - 9:30 pm
Let our Saint Mark CDC watch your kid(s) while you enjoy a few hours of adult time with your spouse or friends.  The cost is $10 per hour for one child, $15 per hour for two children and so on.  You pay by the hour.  Click here to contact Becca Williams, CDC Director, to make your reservation.
For those riding the bus, we will meet at the bus parking lot across from the sanctuary before 4 pm, so that we can depart at 4.  Thanks for bringing an extra $5 to cover the cost of using the church bus. 

For those of you who plan to join us for dinner, we have reservations at 5 pm at the Liberty Tap Room in Greenville (near the Fluor Field).  For your GPS, the address is 941 S Main St, Greenville, SC.

If you haven't paid your $9 for your ticket, Marla will collect  your money at dinner or at the game.

Got questions?  Click here to contact Marla Fuller.
Wings for the Lord Angel Sponsorships
Sundays, May 19, 26 and June 2 
We are excited for this summer's special choir tour as we are not only singing on the way and back from Kansas City, but will be attending the United Methodist Youth 2019 World Gathering with over 6,000 other youth. In November, we were in need of a special offering in order to register for the Gathering and were so blessed for our "Angel Partners" who met that need.
In the atrium on May 19, 26 and June 2, Wings will sell their annual "Angel Sponsorships" for $30 that help our youth with meals during the week.  As usual, you may sponsor a particular youth to pray for. You will receive a picture of your youth, a tour itinerary and a ribbon to wear to be recognized on our "send off" at the July 7 worship service. Thank you for loving and supporting our youth!
For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston.
We hope you will come to Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson to enjoy the performance of this spirited and moving music of our faith!

For more information, click here to contact David Wilcox.
Are You 50+?
An Elderberries Educational Opportunity
Estate Planning
with Ray Lanham
Monday, May 20
12 noon
Commons Room
Cost: NO COST!
Lunch will be provided by the
Saint Mark Endowment Committee

Click here to make your reservation, or contact Marla Fuller at the church office (864) 882-2603.   

Fifth and Final Session 
"Taking Action Matters " 
Please join us for the conclusion of our series, Racism and Its Impacts - Taking Action Matters.
We'll start off with a tasty outdoor BBQ Lunch, including Door Prizes and a "Take Action" Resource Table.
Next, we will cover some practical, proven steps one can take when racism rears its ugly head. In addition, we will explore "What Next - Where Do We Go From Here".
We are grateful to have with us this session, nationally acclaimed Human Potential Specialist, Author and Speaker, Bryant K Smith (Smith Consulting and Networking www.smithcan.com). Bryant's extensive 25 year career includes expertise in conducting Diversity and Inclusion Trainings and Social Justice Sessions.
Also, Jody Usher, activist and lifelong advocate for Social Justice, will lead an interactive exercise where we can practice our responses to racist behavior.
Even if you have missed previous installments of this series, you are more than welcome to join us. Please join us!  If you haven't attended the first 4 sessions, that's OK!  Click here to make your reservation.  For more information, click here to contact Danny Markus or call him at (509) 675-6207.
Join Us!
On Sunday, June 2, we will be Together Around the Table in ONE worship service in the Saint Mark Center.
Our pastors encourage you to come hear their personal experiences, and their hopes for how we as the people of Saint Mark, though not of one mind in all things, can continue to respect and trust one another, and continue choosing to be in this one mission together. 

Saint Mark Clergy and Delegates
are scheduled to attend the
2019 South Carolina Annual Conference
Sunday, June 2 - Thursday, June 6
Greenville Convention Center
Greenville, SC
Volunteers Are Needed at Annual Conference
June 2 - 6
Greenville Convention Center 
The South Carolina Annual Conference is just a little over 2 weeks away.  Volunteers are needed to assist with registration and greeting for various 2 - 4 hour time spans.   
Would you be interested in offering your time and service to help the proceedings go smoothly?  Click here to volunteer.  There is a form for you to fill out.

Reconciling Ministries Network
of South Carolina
Annual Conference Breakfast
Monday, June 3
7:15 am
First Baptist Greenville
Cost: $20

Registration for Reconciling Ministries of South Carolina's 2019 Annual Conference Breakfast is now open. Simply click here to go to the Reconciling Ministries South Carolina website and follow the links to register and to pay for your reservation.  If you are interested in carpooling, click here to contact Marla Fuller.

In addition to arts and crafts, there will be garden tours, topiary displays and tasting wine walks in uptown Greenwood. Some activities will require the purchase of tickets. Transportation is available.  Click here to make your reservation by Sunday, June 2.

Vacation Bible School 2019
Register TODAY!
Sunday, June 9 - Wednesday, June 12
5:30 - 8:00 pm 
REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Vacation Bible School 2019 - To Mars and Beyond: Explore Where God's Power Can Take You! Our amazing space adventures will take place June 9 - 12.  
VBS is open to children from age 4 years through 12 years. This year's adventure includes daily snack supper, crafts, science, games, songs, Bible stories, and more!
Pick up a registration form in the atrium or click here to sign up online.  
Hope to see you there!

An Elderberries Event
Be Prepared for Caregiving
For Spouses or Family Members
with Bonnie Holmes
Wednesday, June 19
Commons Room

No one is prepared to take care of a spouse or parent who has become seriously ill.  If a disease lasts for a length of time, such as dementia, the task becomes particularly difficult.  This seminar will help you be prepared.  It will cover techniques to take care of the care receiver and the care giver.  You will learn to understand what your loved one is experiencing and what he or she needs.  Most important, you will learn what you need to be efficient, to enjoy a life of your own, and to come through the experience thanking God that you were privileged to be a family caregiver.

To properly become prepared for caregiving, you might want to get experience by helping a friend or neighbor.  Good caregivers are hard to find.  You can become indispensable to someone or your community while possibly earning money as a professional caregiver.  This seminar will highlight the needs of the care receiver and family caregiver, thus giving you the resources you will need today as a professional care giver, and tomorrow, for your own family.

Click here to register for this seminar.  For more information, click here to contact Bonnie Holmes. 

The words, "Jesus Loves Me" are among our earliest musical memories of faith and church.  For most of us, they are words of assurance and comfort.  For LGBTQ Christians, who grew up believing that they are God's precious children, the words to the song may ring hollow in their ears because of the exclusion they have felt and experienced from fellow Christ-followers.
Based on the book, This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians (by Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Greenville, Rev. Jim Dant), Mary Holley and Ginny Argue will present a workshop on Sunday, June 23 for those who may be struggling with a biblical defense of same-sex relationships, or who want to expand their knowledge. The following is what will be covered:
  • Misunderstandings that can occur when single Bible verses are taken out of context
  • Loving responses and explanations we can share with those who want to learn more about what the Bible says
  • Our hopes for the future and healing of our church
  • Ways our church can become even more welcoming
The cost of the event is $5 per person that will cover the cost of lunch. 

Copies of the book will be available for $12/copy.  Although reading this brief book is encouraged, you may certainly participate in the discussions without having read the book.

This workshop is being sponsored by the Church and Society Ministry Team. Click here to make your reservation for the workshop. For more information, click here to contact Mary Holley, or click here to contact Ginny Argue.

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

Wings for the Lord Send-off Concert
One Combined Service of Worship 
Sunday, July 7
10:15 am
Contact: Donna Poston 
Churchwide Covered Dish Lunch
Sunday, July 7
11:30 am
Saint Mark Center
Contact: Donna Poston 
Wings for the Lord Summer Tour
to Kansas City
July 8 - 16
Contact: Donna Poston
Special Friends Day Camp
July 23 - 25
Contact: Lee Ann Parker  


ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
Elderberries Events
that might interest you.  Save the date(s) on your calendar. 
 Memory Cafe
Tour of Garrison Agricultural Museum
Monday, June 3 
South Carolina Festival of Flowers
Greenwood, SC
Saturday, June 8
10:30 am - 3 pm
No cost for admission
Watch for more details in upcoming weeks! 
Be Prepared for Caregiving
For Spouses or Family Members 
with Bonnie Holmes
Wednesday, June 19 
6:30 - 7:30 pm 
Commons Room
Memory Cafe
Art Glazing Activity in Clemson 
Monday, July 1 
Boat Party/Covered Dish Picnic on Lake Keowee
Thursday, July 11
10 am - 2 pm
Board Pontoon Boats at South Cove Park
Picnic at High Falls Park
Memory Cafe
Lunch at Aunt Sue's near Table Rock
Pickens County  
Monday, August 5 
Lunch at Chattooga Belle Farms Bistro
Tour of Chattooga Belle Farms and Distillery
Friday, August 16
11 am
Elderberries Annual Covered Dish Dinner
at Biggerstaff Retreat Center
Friday, September 20 
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  
Why Does the United Methodist Church have Social Principles?   
Where Did They Come From?
The Methodist Social Creed, predecessor to the Social Principles, originated over a century ago to express concern over the exploitation of millions of workers in factories, mines, mills, tenements and company towns during a time of rapid industrialization and growing prosperity in the United States. Developed in 1908, the Social Creed was the first document of its kind written by a church.
Click here to read about how the Methodist Social Creed expanded to become the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church that articulate our "ethical aspirations for the common good in our public policies and personal commitments" through which we "love God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength and love and desire for our neighbors what we desire for ourselves." (Matthew 22:37-40, Mark 12:30-31)  

The Social Principles urge us to make a difference and to live differently in the world, but also to build a different kind of world than the one we have now.

Below are the first sentences of each of the six basic Social Principles:

Social Principles: The Natural World
All creation is the Lord's, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it.
Social Principles: The Nurturing Community
We believe we have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals.
Social Principles: The Social Community
We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God's sight. We reject discrimination and assert the rights of minority groups to equal opportunities.
Social Principles: The Economic Community
We claim all economic systems to be under the judgment of God no less than other facets of the created order.

Social Principles: The Political Community
We hold governments responsible for the protection of people's basic freedoms. We believe that neither church nor state should attempt to dominate the other.
Social Principles: The World Community
God's world is one world. We pledge ourselves to seek the meaning of the gospel in all issues that divide people and threaten the growth of world community.
Relay for Life
Celebrating 25 years of Hope
THIS Saturday, May 18
Shaver Recreational Park
3 - 10 pm

To sign up and join the fight, click here.

Saint Mark has a team called "Oconee Cares"? The team consists of Carolyn Keese, Sue Crane and Jane Harlin. Their goal is to raise $1000 as a team. Friends can walk with them, or sponsor us or come and sit in their lawn chairs and cheer for them as they walk!  For more information, click here to contact Carolyn Keese.
Families Fighting Addiction
Oconee Drug Forum
Saturday, June 15
9 am - 1pm
Christ Central Ministries Oconee Resource and Solution Center
Former: Oconee Detention Center
South Church St. Walhalla
When: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 9 am til 1 pm
Contact Info: Christ Central Ministries
Ashley Williams
112 West Main St.
Walhalla SC 29691
Anderson District Reconciling Ministries Network
Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, May 29
6 - 7 pm
Saint Mark
Commons Room
For more information, click here to contact Rev. Jim Morgan, Clemson United Methodist Church.
Summer Giving at Saint Mark 
Summer is almost here.  While you are making plans for your vacation and a time for rest and relaxation, remember that the ministries of Saint Mark continue during the summer, and that your tithes and offerings vital to each ministry.  
If you are planning to be gone for an extended period of time, you may give electronically through our Saint Mark website (click on the "Give" tab at the top of the page).  Click on "Online Banking" that allows you to make single transactions without going directly through your bank. Or you may set u p a drafted gift to Saint Mark with your bank through the "Personal Online Banking" link.   
If you do not want to be bothered with writing a check each quarter/month/week, you can set up an automatic draft on your bank account.  Click here to find the form that you will need to use to set it up.  Return the form to the church office or directly to Karen Holcombe.  For more information, click here to contact Karen Holcombe, our Operations Manager.  For more details, see the article that follows. 
Thanks for continuing your faithful discipleship throughout the summer months.
Contributions Made Easy Through
Electronic Giving
Are you among the 45 or so Saint Mark disciple households that make your contributions electronically? If not, it's easy to do so and yields significant benefits for our church and makes life easier for you:
  • The satisfaction of giving to God first
  • Less work for our offering counters in processing the collections
  • A more predictable income flow for better planning
  • Improved cash management with less labor
  • Easier personal budgeting
  • No checks for contributor to write
  • Your giving can continue even while you are out of town
Here's how it works: you authorize a specified amount of money to be electronically transferred directly from your checking or savings account to the church account. You also specify the frequency of the transfer to allow you to keep your check register up to date - you can choose weekly, semimonthly or monthly. Once again, just click here to access this form and fill it out.

It is fast, safe and easy! In fact, it is less risky than checks, as it cannot be lost, stolen, or destroyed in the mail, and the electronic transfer will cost you nothing. You save the cost of the check. The church will issue you a donation statement quarterly as always for your tax records, and you bank statements will provide you with a record of transfer as additional proof of your contributions.

Of course, you can cancel your authorization of transfer at any time by notifying Karen Holcombe, our Operations Manager.  But we believe that once you have enjoyed the convenience and savings of this new program, you won't want to go back to the "old-fashioned" way of contributing to your church.

And for those who like to put something in the plate/basket as it comes around, we will have reusable cards that indicate electronic giving for you to put in the plate - these will be in pew racks and on the back table in the Saint Mark Center.
Your Stewardship Committee
Saint Mark UMC T-Shirts Have Arrived!
AND now for a Second Order 
95 of you have already ordered and paid for Saint Mark t-shirts. If you haven't yet been able to get the shirt(s) you ordered and paid for, you may pick them up in Todd's office, or check with Jens Holley, our administrative assistant. 
We are now taking orders for a second printingWe must have a minimum of 36 t-shirts ordered to reprint at the following cost: $16.00 for Youth M-Adult XL and $18.00 for 2XL-3XL.  If you are interested in ordering a shirt(s), please click here to contact Faith Holley. You can also click here to place your order online.   
Show your church pride with a new  
Saint Mark UMC t-shirt! 
Saint Mark Child Development Center
Is Now Receiving Donations
for Upcoming Yard Sale on June 7 and 8 
Do you have "stuff" that you want/need to get rid of?  Here is your chance to finally clean out closets, cupboards, storage units, etc. and help our Child Development Center with their annual Yard Sale Fundraiser.  They are receiving items now.  You will also be able to drop off your items in the Saint Mark Center between June 2 and 7.  
Then come and shop on June 7 and 8!   
For more information, click here to contact Becca Williams, director of our CDC.

  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