Socially Together, Physically Distanced Outdoor Gatherings
We know that being physically apart has been difficult for many of us, and we are trying to be creative in safe opportunities to gather together for conversation, care, and fun. We have created a sign up for opportunities to gather with other members of the body of Christ in the St. Mark parking lot/lawn. If you would like to "host" a gathering, contact Tory at email@example.com to schedule a time and we will add it to the list!
The first opportunities to gather are this week! Make sure to check them out and get signed up.
Bluegrass Worship: August 16, 2020
Next Sunday we will be having a bluegrass worship online! Make sure to join us for some of your favorite songs and a special sermon from Pastor Justin Grimm from the St Paul Area Synod.
Drive Thru Communion and Collection for Minneapolis Residents
We had an extremely successful collection for donations this past Wednesday! Thank you to everyone that stopped by for communion and or/to drop off donations. Be on the lookout for the next drive thru communion opportunity.
St. Mark Text Announcements
Need a better way to stay connected to St. Mark? Check out this easy way to join St. Mark’s updates through text messages! You will receive helpful reminders little devotions, scripture, and more!
To sign up text "@mdvorak" to 81010.
Don’t miss out on this important tool to keep you connected to what is going on in the life of St. Mark! It’s easy to join!
Backpacks/School Supplies Ministry – IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to coronavirus uncertainties and complications, the backpack ministry is not providing backpacks for individual students this year. Instead we will be offering school supplies directly to CENTENNIAL SCHOOLS, and each school in the Centennial District will distribute supplies that they receive from us, as they see fit.
If you need supplies for your child, contact your child’s school to let them know of your child’s need.
For more information, contact Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 763-784-1971.
Worship Volunteers Needed!
St. Mark members are asked to lead the congregation in the readings, passing of the peace, and prayers of the people. Sign up here for opportunities throughout the summer!
We will send you a digital copy of the readings or prayers and ask you to record them using your phone or laptop and send them to Tory to add to worship.
Circle Pines Resident Parking
Some of you may have noticed cars parking in the lot throughout the day and overnight. St. Mark has been in conversation with the city of Circle Pines and offered temporary parking to residents who are effected by the road construction. We are happy to offer up our space during this time!
Lawn Mowers and Grounds Maintenance
We would like to thank Wayne Olson for mowing the lawn this week! Dave Mortenson, you are up this week.
Worship attendance has continued to be tracked while we worship together virtually. The ELCA has given congregations guidelines as to how we keep track of attendance. Attendance is tracked throughout a 7-day period, so worship attendance will not be available for the previous week as we count on Saturdays.
Average Online Worship Attendance: 275
July 26, 2020: 224
July 19, 2020: 162
July 12, 2020: 168
St. Mark Giving and Finance Update
Did you know about 55% of giving is done on Sunday mornings during offering? During this time of worship at home, we encourage you to continue to support the ministries of the church. During this stay-at-home order, we encourage you to try giving in a new way! Check out the various ways to give here.
St. Mark Week at a Glance
Sunday, August 9: Worship 10:00 am online
Monday, August 10: City of Circle Pines Primary Election Set Up Narthex
Tuesday, August 11: City of Circle Pines Primary Election Narthex
Wednesday, August 12-Friday, August 14: Building Closed after Election for Health and Safety after Election
Friday, August 14: Bring Your Own Lunch Outdoor Gathering 12:00 pm Parking Lot
Saturday, August 15: Coffee Gathering 7:00 am Parking Lot
AA Meeting 10:30 am Parking Lot
Sunday, August 16: Bluegrass Worship 10:00 am online