Update for the week of May 23 - 29, 2019
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Saint Mark UMC
616 Quincy Road
Seneca, SC  29678

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Saint Mark 2019 Ministry Guidebook 
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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 26
 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
11:30 am
Racism and Its Impact
Commons Room 
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  
Pray for the Elderly 
" Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you," Isaiah 46:4.

Father, I bring the elderly in my community before You today. Thank You for the long life You have granted them.

Help us as a faith community let them know we value them, their wisdom, and their experiences. I ask that they would be honored and blessed until the end of their time on this earth.

As they endure bodies and minds breaking down with time, grant them courage to face each day. May they remember that You are the God who made them, and you still sustain them.

Should they experience loneliness, may they know You are always with them. Prompt a family member or friend to visit, call, or write.

Surround them with people who patiently care for and unselfishly serve them. Be with the facilities offering care and assistance to the elderly in my community. May the staff serve the residents today with grace, patience, and dignity. 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 26   
10:15 am
"Walking Toward the Light"
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis 

Worship With Us This Sunday!
Celebration Worship
Sunday, May 26   
10:15 am
" It's In You"
bringing the message
Rev. Shawna Darnall   
Wings for the Lord Angel Sponsorships
The Next Two Sundays, May 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 and in the Narthex (after worship) the next two Sundays, May 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.

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 a week 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.
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.

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.

Memory Cafe - June Activity
Trip to the Agricultural Museum  
of South Carolina
Monday, June 3

The Memory Cafe is a Saint Mark ministry intended to provide support to persons with mild to moderate dementia and their family caregivers. Learn more about this Elderberries sponsored support group by clicking here to contact Bonnie Holmes.   

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.

We Invite You To Wear Red 
Pentecost is one of the principal days of the Christian year, celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter. The Greek word "pentecoste" means "fiftieth day." Pentecost is the day on which the Christian church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world and is often referred to as the birthday of the church. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red.
On Pentecost Sunday, June 9, to commemorate the birthday of the Church, we invite you to wear red, or wear your Saint Mark t-shirt. 

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.

Join us for one very special combined service of worship and celebration as our Wings for the Lord Youth Choir performs this year's choir tour musical at a send-off concert in the sanctuary. Come and support our youth as they prepare for an exciting summer tour that will take them to Kansas City.  For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston.

Immediately following the Wings for the Lord send-off concert/worship, join us in the Saint Mark Center (gym) for a churchwide covered dish lunch.  Fried chicken and beverages will be provided.  Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. It will be lots of fun, and we will have the opportunity to celebrate our youth before they take to the road on their trip to Kansas City and back.  

For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston.

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

Special Friends Day Camp
July 30 - August 1 
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
Be Prepared for Caregiving
For Spouses or Family Members 
with Bonnie Holmes
Wednesday, June 19
7 - 8  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
Time TBD
Lunch Bunch Resumes!
Dimus Brothers Cafe 
Tuesday, September 24
12 noon
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  
Racism Stops With Me@UNSW 
Racism Stops With Me@UNSW
Does Racism Stop With YOU??

Watch this short video.  Click on the arrow in image above.
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.
Fifth Fridays at  
Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is an interdenominational Christian ministry committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved. They provide daily, nourishing meals in a pleasant, friendly setting designed both to alleviate physical hunger, as well as provide an encouraging and supportive environment to enable hope. They also provide informational support to help their guests find ways to solve the problems that aggravate their individual situation.

Over the years, Saint Mark has provided volunteers on all of the fifth Fridays.  Our Daily Bread is in need of fifth Friday volunteers to serve.  Volunteers contribute in the following ways: plan weekly menus, prepare and serve meals, coordinate and assist in food pickup from donors, inventory and organize food supplies, schedule and supervise volunteers, interface with clients and clean facility for next day operation. There are only two fifth Fridays left in 2019 (August and November). 

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve as a disciple of Jesus Christ?  Consider becoming an Our Daily Bread Fifth Friday volunteer.  For more information, or to sign up to serve, click here to contact Ansley Fraser, or call her at (864) 903-1028.
Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery
The South Carolina Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Team is up and running! Focusing efforts in the upper Pee Dee and Grand Strand area, they will be working to provide recovery efforts for over 230 households over the next two years. There are wonderful opportunities, here in our own state, for mission and outreach work that will have lasting impact on our neighbors. Just as we are called to love the Lord, through disaster recovery we have many opportunities to love our neighbors well. Through our UMCOR Disaster Recovery Team there are multiple ways to help in the recovery. 
1. Volunteer Teams
  • Teams are needed for all levels of skilled work.
  • ERT recovery efforts have completed and long term recovery work is needed.
  • Volunteers must be 14 years or older.
  • All volunteers 18 and older must complete Trak-1 Background Checks.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available for all timeline lengths (1 day to 14 day +).
2. Clergy Volunteering
  • The Disaster Recover Team needs clergy partners for 1-2 hours per week to travel with trained caseworkers as they assess community needs and recovery families.
  • This is a great opportunity to meet those in your community who may not be currently connected with your congregation! 
3. Crew leaders
  • Does your congregation have trained individuals in construction trades who would be willing to be leaders for lesser trained volunteer teams? 
  • We are in need of individuals who are able to provide oversight and assistance for teams throughout the next two years.
  • Volunteer times can be short or long term.
4. Supply Runners
  • Does your congregation have individuals who are unable to volunteer due to physical limitations or time constraints? 
  • We are in need of individuals who can take materials to various sites during a work week - this can be a daily or weekly volunteer.
5. Administrative/Case Workers 
  • Our UMCOR trained case workers need partnerships with individuals who are able to begin our assessment process by calling those who have requested FEMA assistance. 
  • For those interested some additional case manager assistance is possible.
Will you help? If you have any questions click here to email our Volunteer Coordinator: Rev. Emily Kirby. If you are interested in volunteering please also contact Rev. Kirby to receive the 2019 Volunteer Instruction Packet. Thank you for the ways you show Christ's love to those you have been called to serve.
Where Things Stand To Date 
We are more than 40% of the way to our goal of $250,000 for Phase II of the DREAM (Debt Retirement Empowers All Ministries) campaign; we have received 38 pledges totaling $103,880, but we need to hear from you, if you have not yet turned in your pledge.  You should have received a letter explaining the campaign two weeks ago, but in case you've misplaced the pledge card, click here for a copy of the card which should be returned to Karen Holcombe (or just call her at 882-2603).  Thank you for your support - let's burn that mortgage in two years and celebrate with a pizza party! 
Your Stewardship Team
Our Summer of Giving
Saint Mark Child Development Center 
This summer, Saint Mark Child Development Center wants to give back to our community.

We feel that it is important to take the opportunity to show our Summer Kids different ways they can make a difference.

We have contacted Collins Children's Home, Foothills Pregnancy Center and our Daily Rest and have a list of items the kids will be able to donate to these places at the end of the summer.

We will be helping the children come up with donation drives and they will be able to raise funds toward these donations.

We also will be helping our community in ways other than donations.  We will be taking the children on a river sweep and finding local areas where they can help.  We will also be visiting nursing homes and helping with flower beds, etc. where needed.

We will be taking up donations of diapers (size 3 and 4), bleach, all purpose cleaning sprayers, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.  At the end of the summer, our Summer Program children will be heading out to deliver these donations. 

We are asking that if you know anyone that needs any kind of work or help with something to please let us know.  (e.g. yard work, cars washed, animals bathed or fed while on vacation, etc.)  We will work or help for any donation to our causes. 

For more information, click here to contact Becca Williams, CDC Director.
Can You Help?  
The Saint Mark Child Development Center is in need of two glider rockers for their infant and crawler rooms. If you have one that you would like to donate, click here to contact Becca Williams  
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! 
June Calendar and June Birthdays
Summer is on our doorstep!  Where has the year gone???  Click here to see our church calendar for June, as well as the names of those who will be celebrating June birthdays.  If your name doesn't appear on our list, click here to add your name so that we can celebrate with you next year.  Happy Birthday!!!

  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