Saint Mark Presbyterian 
Church

 Weekly eNews
Virtual Worship
Fourth Sunday in Lent
  • Bible reading: Psalm 23 & Romans 5: 1-5
  • Sermon: The Antiques Road Show
A Pastoral Statement on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 
With reports about the spread of the coronavirus (or COVID-19), we want you to know that the health of our community is of utmost concern to the pastors, session and staff of Saint Mark. Even though the situation is changing at a high rate of speed, we are doing all that we can to stay current with public health guidelines, follow best practices for hygiene, and exercise an abundance of caution and care in responding to this situation. 

Pastor Scott has formed a Task Force now to coordinate our response to the rapidly changing situation, so that we can quickly adapt to new information.  

Here is a list of mission opportunities with organizations that are responding to COVID 19
Click here for Mission opportunities during crisis.

Virtual Sunday school
Sunday school will be happening this Sunday... over Zoom! Shani McIlwain will continue her teaching on her book "It's time to make a change: 30 days to renew your mind, heart and soul." While we are all separated in body, we can be together in spirit through prayer and study. Info to join is below. Sunday school will take place at the regular time, 9:30-10:30. 
The link to join is here:   https://zoom.us/j/552017530. 
There is no need to register with Zoom. It is better if you can connect with a computer with a video camera, but not necessary. Second best are a tablet or smart phone. Third best are a regular phone or computer without camera. When you don't have a camera, you are on audio-only. We welcome you to join us in any way that you are able.
Try to find a quiet place to connect, if you can, to minimize background noise.

L ent Bible Study Online
Check  your email on Monday for a link to join in the online Bible study at 7:00 pm. 

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 onm church, select Saint Mark, then click to the Donations page, and look for the box with the  purpose for which you're donating. 
I f 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 - pav3332@gmail.com.
 
By Check   
If you're just not up for on-line giving and want to pay by check, we ask you not to mail your  check but to hold it until church staff have resumed working on site. We appreciate your  cooperation with this request and will inform you when staff resume working at church. Many  thanks for your continued financial support during this challenging time.

Communion & Community- Cancelled
March 22nd from 3:00 to 4:30 pm - Saint Mark Sanctuary

The Butterfly Clean Up Day is April 4. From 9:30 to 12:00. We welcome everyone to come and help our pollinators. 

Help Welcome Newly Arrived Syrian Refugee High Schoolers to America -  RefAmerica Foundation 
Ref America  is a month-long leadership program which brings together recently resettled refugees with local American counterpart participants and American host families. It provides participant refugees with the tools both to tell their stories and to help forge for themselves, their families and their fellow refugees  like generations of Americans before them  a new American story.

RefAmerica is seeking families interested in hosting a RefAmerica refugee teen for one month this summer (June 26 - July 26).  If anyone is interested and would like further information, please email or call:

Liane R. Dorsey
Executive Director
RefAmerica
cell:  202-320-1014

Click here and here for more information about RefAmerica Foundation
Click here for information about becoming a host family


In our prayers this week:
~ Dreama and Lee LaRoche and their family. Dreama has entered hospice care. They are grateful for your love and support. 

~Former member  Edward Oliver Pollock Jr., 77, of Mt. Airy, MD died at home from complications of Pancreatic Cancer on 10/5/2019. Ed was a Deacon and Elder at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church and a founding member and Elder at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy, MD where he remained active until his death.

Other News

Upcoming IMT concerts at Saint Mark 

- All concerts for the month of March have been  canceled do to concerns of the coronavirus.

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

 

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church

10701 Old Georgetown Road

North Bethesda, Maryland 20852

www.saintmarkpresby.org

  

301-530-8141 Pastor Scott Wilson

301-530-8143 Associate Pastor Shelby Etheridge Harasty

301-530-8142 Office Administrator Christina Stefanelli

301-530-0600 Main Number