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 Stewardship Commitment Sunday
October 27

9:00 am 
  Sunday School
for all ages
9:55 am
Fellowship Time  
and Refreshments  
in the Atrium 
10:15 am
One Combined Service of Worship 
11:30 am
Fellowship Lunch
Saint Mark Center
12:00 am  
(or after the Fellowship Lunch) 
A Disciple's Path Study
Bess' Table Room 
3:45 pm
In His Eyes (youth)
4:30 pm
Wings 'N Things (youth)
5:30 pm
Youth Halloween Party
6:00 pm
Charge Conference 

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. 
Prayer Focus for This Week  
A Prayer for A Generous Attitude 

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves; when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little; when we arrived safely because we have sailed too close to shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of the things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the water of life.

Open our hearts to the love You instill in us. Help us to recognize how tenderly You love us. In response to Your extravagant love, remind us that the abundance You give us is not to be kept under lock and key, but is meant to be shared. Give us generous spirits that are not afraid of letting go of material possessions in favor of the joy of giving back to You in humble gratitude. 

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.

On Sunday, October 27, 2019, we will worship all together at 10:15 am in the Sanctuary. As part of our worship, you will have the opportunity to complete your faith promise (card) to the work of our Lord at Saint Mark for 2020. We will celebrate our commitment to 2020 following worship by sharing lunch, and our joy together as we strive forward into greater opportunity to change lives in 2020. The lunch is free, your attendance priceless!  
The sermon for Sunday is titled, "Attitude is Everything!"  The Scripture reference is Genesis 4:1-5, which gives us the story of Cain and Abel's offerings to God, and how God was pleased with one, but not the other.  The main point of the sermon is: God does not want our sacrifices of time, energy and money alone.  What God really wants is our hearts - our complete love and devotion.  And perhaps that is what makes the difference in God's acceptance of what we offer to him.  Attitude really is everything when it comes to our stewardship of God's blessings.  
Your Stewardship Team
Part of our worship experience on Stewardship Commitment Sunday is the opportunity to gather together after worship for table fellowship.  Lunch will be provided by your Saint Mark Stewardship Committee.  The purpose is to celebrate our life together as Saint Mark disciples.  You don't have to be a member to attend.  The meal is for everyone!
Won't you join us??
Fall UMW Fundraiser
Harvest Bean Soup
Sunday, October 27
In the atrium
$8 per jar  
Saint Mark United Methodist Women were so excited about the arrival of Fall, we decided to celebrate "Soup Weather" with a quick fall mission fundraiser! Using a tried and true recipe of our own Jan Weicksel, we assembled 60 quart mason jars of "Harvest Bean Soup". This is a dried mix of pasta, beans, and seasonings, all attractively packaged to give as a gift or keep for a cozy supper on football weekends or for a simple dinner on Thanksgiving Eve. The soup will be sold on Sunday October 27 in the atrium for $8/jar. The soup mixes will also be sold in Saint Mark Center during and after the churchwide Fellowship Luncheon. All proceeds will go to local missions benefiting Oconee County women, children, and youth.
Oh, by the way! We are busy making our Traditional Shortbread Cookies and will begin selling those in December, along with a Spiced Christmas Jam.
Please keep our mission fundraisers in mind as you begin planning your Christmas gift-giving. Please click here to contact Becky Hazelwood with any questions.

It's Time To Think "Marvin's Kids 2019!" 
As temperatures drop and leaves start to fall, Marvin's Kids is gearing up for Christmas! This year we are assisting 39 families and 137 children with warm winter clothing and stocking the "Santa's Secret Shop" for parents to select toys to put under the tree on Christmas Eve.  
Although we got a great head start with our "Christmas in July" toy drive, we still need toys for over 70 children.  
Beginning THIS Sunday October 27, you can sign up to help complete the toy inventory. Just look for the Christmas Tree and Marvin's Kids volunteers in the atrium, Narthex, or Saint Mark Center now through November.  
If you are interested in the many other ways you can volunteer to help with Marvin's Kids, please click here to contact Becky Hazelwood or click here to contact Sandy James.

We Need Blue and White Wrapping Paper
for our Advent Workshop and Luncheon,  
following our Hanging of the Greens Service  
on Sunday, December 1  
This time together, as a family of faith, will equip us for journeying through the season of Advent, and will help us to prepare our hearts for Christmas!  
We hope every household will plan to decorate a giving box during our Advent Workshop on December 1.  For that reason, we need rolls of blue and white wrapping paper. While you are out shopping, please consider picking up a few rolls, and dropping them off in the collection container in the Atrium between now and Thanksgiving.

LifeTouch Complimentary 8X10 Photos
Are Here for You to Pick Up

There are still quite a few 8X10 portraits located on the Welcome Center counter in the atrium. The photos are in large white envelopes that are in alphabetical order in a
brown accordion folder.  Your name is highlighted in  yellow to make it easier for you to find.   
If you don't find your photo, it was likely shipped to your home.   
If you have questions, or if there are problems with your order, click here to contact Marla Fuller.
Youth, meet at Saint Mark at 4:30 pm in your costume.  Following Wings 'N Things, the group will travel to the Whitesel's home for the party that will end at 7:00 pm. Bring food to share.  Drinks and desserts will be provided.

For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston, our Minister of Youth and College Discipleship.
Charge Conference will be held in the Saint Mark Commons Room. For more information, click here to contact Rev. Todd Davis.
One of the best ways that we share the love of God and the hospitality of Saint Mark is through our annual community-wide Fall Festival. 
This year we will gather on the front lawn for TRUNK or TREAT, hotdog dinner, a fire pit with s'mores, games, a hayride and more! This event is free 
and sure to be fun for all ages, so please come and invite your friends! Wear your Saint Mark t-shirt, if you have one!   
It takes many hands to make this event possible, so please click here to contact Pastor Shawna to join in the fun!

Please join us in prayer for the persons and situations listed below:  
Personal Prayer Notes:

Jim Atkinson - Jim is at Lila Doyle for Rehab.
Randy Cantrell (member of Margaret Axson family) - Prayers for healing as he deals with significant pain in his back.
Sarah Dubose - Recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous lesion from mouth. 
Daniel Ensign - Son of Lonny Ensign - Prayers for God's peace and care in his life.
Charlie Garcia - Recovering well at home following colon surgery on September 26 to repair issues related to Crohn's disease.  
Michael May Son of Bernice May - In hospital undergoing tests for heart issues.
Bill Nelson - At Seneca Rehabilitation.
Kathryn Newsome - Kathryn Newsome is mother of Kathy Graves sister in law in Dade City, Florida.  She is receiving Hospice care for cancer of the kidney and liver.
Elliot Smith - Friend of Fran Port - He had surgery recently, but isn't doing well.  He's in the VA Hospital in Anderson, and both he and his wife, Elaine, could use prayers. 
Jan Weicksel - Fell on October 5 resulting in two fractures in pelvis and one fracture in clavicle near shoulder. Home following rehab. at AnMed.
Haylinn Whitesel - Has serious back pain. Pray that the source can be found. She is currently seeing a pediatric orthopedic doctor in Greenville along with a physical therapist and chiropractor. Prayers for her homebound studies to be setup without difficulty so she can catch up on schoolwork. 
Sallie Wigington - Diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. She cannot receive visitors, but greatly appreciates our healing prayers.
Do you have a prayer request?  Click here to share your request with your church family. 

Watch for how and when you may purchase your tickets.  For more information, click here to contact Dean Garland.
Remember Your Loved Ones With Roses

All Saints Sunday, celebrated the first Sunday of November every year, is a time to honor the memory of loved ones who have passed on before us.

At Saint Mark, our tradition is to mark the occasion with displays of red roses during both services of worship.  You are invited to remember your loved one(s) by reserving one or more roses in their memory.  The name of the deceased may be from any past year.

The cost is only $3 per rose. Make your check payable to "Saint Mark UMC" for Rose Memorial. Our worship team will purchase and arrange the roses on November 3. Please indicate the service in which you want your rose(s) displayed. You are welcome to take your rose(s) home with you after the service.

Click here to order your rose(s) by no later than Sunday, October 27.
Memory Cafe - November Activity
Monday, November 4
1 pm
Commons Room

The group will have fun doing aerobics with Nancy. She is one of our most creative teachers and makes the sessions fun and exciting. Next, the group will sing along with the Saint Mark Gospel Choir, accompanied by Marla Fuller on guitar. Last year, when the Gospel Choir came to lead in singing, most of the silent participants enjoyed singing. Come and join us! We'd love to have you participate.

Memory Café is a place where family caregivers and their loved ones with beginning to intermediate stages of dementia can come together to learn, laugh, cry and meet others in a similar circumstance. For more information on this trip and other coming activities for Memory Café be sure to call Bonnie Holmes, or click here to send her an email.
PLEASE NOTE: We are still hoping that someone - an individual, a couple of friends, a small group - will step forward to take over the organization and management of this wonderful monthly ministry for persons with dementia and their caregivers. If no one steps forward, the December gathering will be the last meeting, so if you are feeling a nudge and want to hear more about what is in involved, click here to contact Bonnie. 
Annual Ministers' Cook-Off
Thursday, November 7
5:30 - 7 pm
Clemson United Methodist Church
Cost: $10 for 10 coupons

It's time to support Pastors Todd and Shawna again at the annual Ministers' Cook-Off, Thursday, November 7, from 5:30 - 7:00 at the Clemson United Methodist Church.  Tickets are on sale in the church office.  Tickets are $10 each and provide you with 10 coupons at the Cook-Off to sample delicious servings from the kitchens of local pastors. 

As of today, 13 churches are participating but it's possible we will end up with 14 or 15.  There will be salads, vegetables, breads, main-courses and desserts.  Please buy your tickets today and come support our pastors and Saint Mark.  All proceeds go to Safe Harbor Upstate Shelters for victims of domestic violence.  
If you are paying by check, please make out to C.A.C.I.T.  (Clemson Area Congregations in Touch.)  If you have questions, contact Debbie DuBose, Saint Mark's representative on the Ministers' Cook-Off committee at (864) 247-0189.
Life Line Screening
Wednesday, November 20
Saint Mark Center

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Saint Mark. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).   All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  

There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free  1-888-653-6441 ,visit their website at http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word "circle" to 797979.
Wings for the Lord Lunch Theater
"Uncle Phil's Diner/Homecoming Banquet"
Sunday, November 24
11:30 am
Saint Mark Center
Tickets: $10 each
$5 for children 10 years old and under

It's just about time to reserve your tickets for the next great production by our Wings for the Lord youth choir, a 1950's musical comedy Uncle Phil's Diner/Homecoming Banquet. This show with a message is scheduled for Sunday, November 24, at 11:30 am, following one combined service in the sanctuary.

Tickets are $10.00 ($5 for children 10 and under) and will be sold in the atrium, Narthex  November 3, 10 and 17.  Or click here to make your reservations online.

Proceeds for this event will go toward the Wings for the Lord 2020 summer mission tour. Please come and enjoy the fun.

Got questions?  Click here to contact Donna Poston.
Children's Christmas Musical 
"Starry Night, Noisy Night" 
Sunday, December 8 
11:30 am 
On Sunday December 8, following our worship service at 11:30 am our children's choirs will perform, "Starry Night, Noisy Night," a charming Christmas musical filled with humorous references to modern distractions that prevent us from experiencing the true meaning of Christmas. The story is told from the animals' points of view. Come share the joy of our Savior's birth with a lively bunch of God's creatures.
Are you 50+?
Elderberries - Christmas Event 2019
Living Christmas Tree
Berea First Baptist Church
Thursday, December 19
7 pm
Cost: FREE

This special musical celebration of Christmas will round out our 2019 schedule of Elderberries activities and events.  It is a ticketed event, but there is no cost to attend. We just need to know how many tickets to reserve.

Transportation will be available upon request.  There will be a minimal charge to ride the bus. 

Click here to reserve your ticket.
Saint Mark UMC Women's Retreat
February 21-23, 2020
Bonclarken Conference Center
Join us for a weekend of deepening friendship and faith in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina!
We are thrilled to have Reverend Robin Dease join us as our guest speaker for the weekend.  
We, as the women of Saint Mark, will carpool up on Friday evening and arrive back home on Sunday afternoon. At Bonclarken we will be staying in hotel-style lodging, with double and single rooms available; and gathering in a large common space, ours for the weekend, for our worship and activities. There will be some free time Saturday afternoon to explore the mountains and enjoy all the area has to offer.   
This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, sister, mother, and/or daughter, so mark your calendar now! Click here to contact Pastor Shawna with any questions, and be on the lookout for registration.

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Turn Your Clock BACK One Hour
Saturday, November 2 
November Gathering
Turkey Dinner with All the Trimmings 
Wednesday, November 13
5:30 pm
Saint Mark Center
Contact: Todd Davis
Parents' Night Out
Friday, November 15
5:30 - 9:30 pm
Contact:  Becca Williams  
First Sunday in Advent
Hanging of the Greens
One Combined Service 
Sunday, December 1
10:15 am
Contact: Rev. Todd Davis
Churchwide Covered Dish Lunch
and Advent Workshop
Sunday, December 1
11:30 am
Saint Mark Center
Contact: Rev. Shawna Darnall 
UMW Annual Christmas Luncheon
Saturday, December 7
11:30 am
Commons Room
Contact: Becky Hazelwood 

ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
Elderberries Events
that might interest you.  Save the date(s) on your calendar. 
Lunch Bunch
SunnySide Cafe
(Patrick Square in Clemson)
Tuesday, November 19
12 noon
Singing Christmas Tree
Berea First Baptist Church
Greenville, SC
Thursday, December 19
7:00 pm
Free Event  
Bunco and Covered Dish Supper
Friday, January 17
6:00 pm
Commons Room
Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, January 28
12 noon
Watch for details 
Clemson Women's Basketball Game
Thursday, February 13
7:00 pm
Littlejohn Coliseum
Anderson Senior Follies
Thursday, March 12
7:30 pm
Anderson University  
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  
FYI, Greta Thunberg is not the only young climate activist inspiring us to save the world that God created. Here are eight more.
A day after the activist Greta Thunberg rallied millions to demand action on climate change during   the global climate strike, a group of hundreds more young people from around the world gathered with her at the United Nations' headquarters in New York to take the next step.
They came from small islands in the Pacific Ocean that hover just feet above the surface of the water, and where sea-level rise is a daily concern.
They came from deep in the Amazon rainforest, where trees are being burned and indigenous peoples are being pushed out of their homes.
More than 500 strong, these young people from around the globe flocked to the first UN Youth Climate Summit to discuss how to solve the climate crisis.
Click here to learn more about these young climate activists.
Green Dot  
Bystander Intervention Training
Sunday, November 17
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Commons Room

Visualize for a moment the unforgettable image of small red dots spreading across a computer-generated map, symbolizing the incidents of violence. Now imagine the spread of green dots representing the thwarting of acts of violence.  Someone intervened to prevent a tragedy. 

Green Dot is a bystander intervention strategy that
raises awareness of domestic and dating abuse and trains the community in how to be an active bystander when faced with at-risk situations. This training includes both proactive and reactive intervention.

The Green Dot program was founded by Dr. Dorothy
Edwards, Director of Violence Intervention and Prevention at the University of Kentucky after she discovered that individuals were not sure how to respond when witnessing a potential sexual assault. Green Dot is used as a training strategy on multiple university campuses across the United States, in cities like Anchorage, Alaska and by the United States Air Force and can be used within our communities - even in the church.
  • Learn the role and responsibility of the bystander
  • Learn how to recognize abusive behaviors
  • Learn how to be equipped with skills to engage friends and family
  • Learn how to change the culture of abuse in Oconee County
Celeste Norris and Suzanne Merrell will be leading the training on November 17.  They were trained in Green Dot Bystander Intervention in 2015 and started offering training in Oconee, Pickens and Anderson Counties. Their desire is to reduce domestic and dating abuse and bullying in the Upstate ONE GREEN DOT AT A TIME.

There will be light refreshments.

There is no cost for this training.  Click here to make your reservation.

Ride to Work Ministry Needs a
Volunteer Ride Scheduler:
Opportunity to volunteer from home for a few hours one week per month!   
Ride To Work provides low cost rides to/from work for those without transportation in Oconee County (see website rtwministry.org).  
Volunteer responsibility is to coordinate and communicate transportation schedules for 4-10 clients with local drivers (Uber, Lyft, Taxi) as well as providing answering service.  Schedules can be adjusted as needed throughout the week.   
Requires a smart phone, some Excel knowledge and internet.  Will train and provide access to transportation platforms. Ability and willingness to respond to short notice requests and ensure clients get rides as needed. Time requirements: 3-4 hours for one week per month. 
Contact Sharon at 619-302-5999 or respond at the website rtwministry.org.

The Best Offense Is a Good Defense
Get your flu shot now!
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Monday, Oct. 28: 10 am - 12 noon
Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital

Flu shots will be offered inside the Joseph F. Sullivan Center Mobile Unit on-site at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Look for the mobile unit in the parking lot in front
of the Patient Tower. Appointments are not required, but are preferred. People with an appointment will be seen before walk-ins.

To make your appointment or if you have related questions, call 864-885-7341.
2019 Hospice Christmas Tree Festival
Tuesday, December 3 - Thursday, December 5
Tree Viewing and Holiday Market
Best Western Plus University Inn and
Conference Center of Clemson

Holiday magic abounds, thanks to a generous community and the help of many hands! Enter a winter wonderland of original Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces, and browse through a holiday market overflowing with handmade crafts and gifts, freshly baked homemade cookies and an assortment of the popular Butter Braid pastry.

Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Festival are "A Gift of Love" to patients served by Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills. The spirit of this holiday tradition continues all year long for patients of our local nonprofit hospice
organization that has cared for residents of Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties since 1989. Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills provides in-home hospice care as well as in-patient hospice care at Cottingham Hospice House.

Support Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills and experience holiday magic.

Click here for more information, including the schedule of events, both free and ticketed.
Tickets are now on sale at Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation (864) 885-7912 or get your tickets online - ChristmasTreeFestival.net

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