Saint Mark Presbyterian 
Church
 Weekly eNews
Zoom Worship 10am - prelude 9:50am
Ninth  Sunday after Pentecost
  • Bible reading:  Hebrews 13:5-9  Matthew 4:17-22    
  • Sermon:  Nothing Endures But Change                                    
Limited office hours this week
Christina will be on vacation from July 27th through August 4th. Lyn Hill and Nancy Shea will be filling in for her during that time.
 
SPECIAL SUNDAYS:
For something fun, we are having some special Sundays this summer. 
The First:  July 26th, our first special Sunday was a success.  Many members were wearing their favorite team jersey. 
The Second:  August 9th, we invite you to have "Casual Dress Sunday." Your favorite T-shirt, golf, sporting, or casual attire is welcome.
The Third:  August 16th, in the middle of the "dog days" of summer it is "Bring your Pet to Worship Sunday."
 
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   office@saintmarkpresby.org  so she can add them to the list. 

Bible Study August 3, 7:00 pm
Look for the Zoom link on Monday.

Drive-Thru Celebrations for the Harasty family
Not only are the Harasty's expecting their second daughter to be born soon, but we can also celebrate Amelia Joy's 2nd Birthday and the 7th Anniversary of Shelby's call to Saint Mark!
On Sunday, August 2nd we will meet at the church parking lot around 4:15 pm , then head out together at 4:30 pm in a parade to their house (5005 Druid Drive, Kensington, MD) where they will be on the porch to wave and share your congratulations with them.  
Signs, balloons and noise makers welcome!
After the baby is born, we will coordinate a Meal Train to keep them fed but if you're moved to provide a gift, they have requested gift cards to Costco or Amazon.

At Home Testing in Montgomery County
The Saint Mark COVID-19 Taskforce has become aware of at-home testing services being provided to Montgomery County residents and hope you or those you know who fit the criteria may benefit from it.  A summary of the program follows here but you may access the full program information here: 
Montgomery County Rapid Response Teams will conduct no-cost medical services home visits for COVID-19 testing seven days a week to improve access to COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 related-medical care for Montgomery County households who:
  • Live in individual households (not nursing homes, group homes, shelters, or assisted living facilities)
  • Live in geographic areas highly impacted by COVID-19 (specific zip codes listed on website)
  • Are members of population groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19
  • Are homebound or facing significant barriers to accessing community COVID-19 testing
  • Have complex or unique household situations in which home-based COVID-19 testing would be more effective than community COVID-19 testing
Ready Responders  teams consist of a Health Worker and a Human Services Worker who review and obtain required consent for the medical services home visit from household members during the visit.  For each household member who provides consent, Ready Responders will
  • Conduct a temperature check and measure vital signs.
  • Link to a Ready Responders medical provider who will conduct a telemedicine assessment.
  • Administer a self-collected saliva (by spit or swab) COVID-19 test (or a different type of COVID-19 test, if medically needed or a special circumstance) on each household member present that consents to a test.
  • Conduct a brief human services assessment and, based on results, offer services of a DHHS human services navigator to follow-up with them after the visit.
Ready Responders have multilingual language capacity via bilingual staff and access to the County Language Line.

  The Session voted to authorize formally an Anti-Racism Taskforce.
Though "taskforce" implies a temporary work group in response to a new issue, we know that racism is neither new, nor will it be "solved" quickly. But at a time when counties across the country are declaring racism a public health crisis, we recognize the immediate need to respond.

We have great latitude in discerning the work that we want to do as a group. Some members of the congregation have been discussing this already and have shared great ideas so far. Hopefully this group will discern ways that we can respond in the short-term and also find a place for anti-racism work to "live" permanently at Saint Mark -- how will we continue to respond beyond this current news cycle?

If you would be interested in serving on this taskforce or being kept in the loop on its work, please contact Emily Turek --  ekturek@gmail.com

Mission Opportunities
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  a nd 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 you can send it by mail to the church.
 
In our prayers this week:
~ Prayers are asked for Sarah Mason, who has had a recent diagnosis of a brain tumor, and    is expecting surgery soon.
~The Matanin family, for their newborn son Graham.
~ Prayers for Pastor Shelby as she prepares for the arrival of  her new baby girl in early             August.
~ For all of our friends and  family working in the health care industry and those who  are          essential personnel, working hard to keep us healthy, safe and fed at their own  risk.                

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

301-530-8142 Office Administrator Christina Stefanelli

301-530-0600 Main Number