Saint Mark Presbyterian 

Weekly eNews
Christ the King Sunday
Zoom Worship 10am - prelude 9:50am
Holy Communion
Congregational Meeting immediately following worship

  • Bible readingEzekiel 34: 116, 20-24 & Matthew 25: 31-46   
  • Sermon:  The Sorting
Sunday Worship
Sunday worship will take place over Zoom at 10:00 with a prelude beginning at 9:50. The bulletin and information to join the Zoom call will be sent out Saturday afternoon. 

Sharing worship information
We are glad to see so many friends and family from across the country joining us for worship! If there is someone you would like to receive the worship information (Zoom invitation and bulletin), please pass along their email to Christina so she can add them to the list. 
Advent Festival to-go
Come and pick up your wreath-making supplies and other crafts on Nov. 22 from 3-4! The wreath-making supplies are for all ages, it will be especially meaningful this year to have an Advent wreath in your own home! We have plenty of supplies, so please stop by to get a kit for yourself. 

Share gratitude this Sunday
During the time for children, we'll all have an opportunity to share what we are thankful for. Use this coloring page to reflect on what you are thankful for, and share your coloring on Sunday!

Advent Bible study, Monday nights at 7:00 pm
Advent begins on November 29, and Bible study will begin again on Nov. 30. This study will be led by the pastors. We will reflect on the weekly readings and use original artwork from Sanctified Art to guide our reflection. This is the same style of artwork that we used for our Lenten Bible study. 

Christmas Eve Plans - Please Respond!
Pastor Scott, Pastor Shelby, and Jeff are already planning for Christmas Eve. Because of the strong likelihood that our virtual service model will still be in place, information from the Saint Mark community is needed. Please complete this very brief survey to help the leadership team make the best possible plans.

Advent Festival to-go
The Christian Formation and Library Ministry Teams are hard at work creating an "Advent Festival to go" for you to pick up at church and enjoy at home. If you are interested in helping put this together, please let Pastor Shelby know. 

Advent wreaths
Do you have an Advent wreath at home? Please let Pastor Shelby know! She will be ordering more in the coming days and needs to account for what we have. 

Poinsettias and the Memorial Garden Landscaping Fund
(COVID-19 version)
Please consider ordering red Poinsettias to decorate your home worship-space this Christmas season. All orders and donations will be noted in the Christmas Eve bulletin, in memory or in honor of a loved one, and a portion of each order will go toward maintaining our Memorial Garden. Last year the plants were glorious- large, healthy, and long-lasting. 

Orders and checks must be received by Thursday, December 3, and poinsettia Pick-Up will be Saturday, December 12, or you can donate your poinsettias to the Deacons to deliver to members who are shut-in. Click here for an order form. Questions?? Email 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
Philippines' Typhoon Deaths Rise as Worst Floods in 45 Years
Saint Mark Mission Ministry will be considering donation of existing funds to the Philippines thru Presbyterian Disaster Relief at the December meeting.  

Meanwhile, PDA, through our partners on the ground, including ACT Alliance and UCCP, is responding to this disaster. Designate gifts to DR000194 Disaster Relief-Hurricane and Typhoon Relief - the fund information and add Philippines. 
To give by phone, call 800-872-3283. To send a check, please designate where you want your gift to go on the memo line and mail to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is working in collaboration with our mission partner, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), and other members of ACT Alliance to respond to this crisis. Initial response includes the provision of non-food items, material resources, drinking water, emergency shelter kits, and cash-for-work-programs.

Have you sent in your good news? We would love to hear about good things big and small.  So far, we have good news about health concerns, anniversaries, old members getting in touch, and much more.  And we will have lots of photos!   Send your good news to Phyllis Norrie (phylnorrie@gmail.comso we can include it in our Gazette. 

Help with Meals on Wheels
We are looking for a team to do Meals on Wheels one day a month.  Any one who is interested please email

 or call Joyce Kingfield at 301-822-4130.

Statement on Giving/Pledging
Wondering how to continue giving or paying your pledge for the next few weeks? With church staff working remotely, using our on-line giving platform will insure your donation or payment reaches us. Here's how to give or pay your pledge on line.
On Line 
From your computer, go to the Saint Mark website and click on Give Now at the bottom of the homepage. Under Donations, look for the box with the purpose for which you're donating. If you're a giver who hasn't pledged and you're making your regular donation, enter the amount in the General Fund  box. If you're a pledger paying your annual pledge, enter the amount in the Pledge Payments Stewardship box
From you cell phone, if you don't yet have the Give Plus + phone app. go to the App. Store to download the free Give Plus + phone app. After downloading the app, open and click onmchurch, select Saint Mark, then click to the Donations page, and look for the box with the purpose for which you're donating. 
If you're a giver who hasn't pledged, enter the amount you're giving in the General Fund box.
If you're a pledger, enter the amount you're paying in the Pledge Payments - Stewardship box
Any Questions? Contact Dick Pavlin - 
By Check   
If you're just not up for on-line giving and want to pay by check you can send it by mail to the church.

In our prayers prayers week:
~  Prayers for Sarah Mason, at home under hospice care.
~ Mario Sandoval, husband of former member Antonia Sandoval, battling lymphoma.
~ Margaret Schweitzer's son Peter Schweitzer who has been diagnosed with lung cancer.  
~  Prayers are asked for Sarah Mason, at home under hospice care.
~ For Jeffrey Wagar, Pastor Scott's brother-in-law, suffering from ALS.

Our Core Values: Commitment, Community, Compassion, Hospitality, Mission &  Spiritual Growth


Saint Mark Presbyterian Church

10701 Old Georgetown Road

North Bethesda, Maryland 20852


941-350-4375 (cell) Pastor Scott Wilson

301-530-8143 (office) Pastor Shelby Etheridge Harasty

301-530-8142 Office Administrator Christina Stefanelli

301-530-0600 Main Number