St. Mark Worship
Join us for worship this Sunday, August 8,
for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
9:30am

Worship with us in person or virtually!
**Masks will now be required while in the building and fellowship time will take place outdoors.

We will be live streaming the 9:30am service on Facebook

St. Mark Giving
To support our weekly Plan for Ministry, $5,490 is needed each week.
---July 19th through July 25th giving totaled: $2,507

To support our Plan for Ministry thus far, $164,730 is needed
---Our year to date giving is: $153,147

Thank you for your continued support of the St. Mark ministries!
Ministry Opportunities
VBS 2021
God's Good Creation
We’ve been keeping a close eye on the Delta variant and its increased contagion amongst unvaccinated populations, most notably, our children. With that, we have made the decision that VBS will look different this year. VBS will take place (still at Living Waters) next week only on Monday and Tuesday August 9 &10, from 6:30-7:30pm. All activities will be outside in the backyard. Masking is recommended but not required at this time. Parents will need to participate with their children on site. Families will be provided with a box of supplies with everything they need (and then some!) for the evening activities. We’ll livestream on Facebook for those who wish to watch or choose to stay home. Dinner will not be available as a safety measure in relation to covid. We know that this isn’t exactly like we planned or had hoped for BUT it is the safest way for us to be together as God’s family in the midst of challenging times- to be cautious and courageous, compassionate and connected as we navigate these shifting times. We’re still so excited for the week and can’t wait! If you have any questions, please reach out to Jenny.
COVID Delta Variant Update
The covid team met this last week due to the new information regarding the Delta variant that came out. The following changes will begin this Sunday, August 8th.
  • Masks - We are asking those who worship with us in person, wear a mask while in the building and observe social distancing.
  • Worship will be livestreamed and in-person at 9:30am with proper mask wearing, and social distancing measures implemented. We ask each family to sign in when they arrive at church so we can track if needed. Music will be offered in worship and will be provided by a few singers. Congregational singing is not permitted at this time.  
  • Fellowship Hour - We invite you to fellowship hour outside in our parking lot. Treats and coffee will be offered.
Our hearts were heavy when making these decisions, and we know taking this step backwards is tough. We ask that you remain hopeful with us as we keep the safety of all of us as the priority. A copy of the full letter can be found here. If you have any questions or concerns about this we ask that you email our covid team at covidteam@stmarkcp.org and someone from the team will address it. 
Livestream Update
If you would like to help offset the cost, please put ‘Sound System Move” on your donation or using the online donation line names Sound System Move. The remaining amount will come from the capital improvements fund.

If you have any questions, please let the council know.
Available this Sunday - your fall magnets with all the important dates for the next few months! Don't forget to pick one up and to put those dates on your calendars!
2021 St Mark Bazaar Update
We are so glad to be able to once again hold the Holiday Bazaar at St Mark on Nov. 13 after the pandemic cancellation last year. The coordinators this year will once again be Susan Koosmann, Nora Hemquist and Cindy Huseby. Consistent with our past schedule, letters were emailed to our loyal vendors last week and we are eagerly awaiting their responses. We are also very grateful for the long list of volunteers willing to help with the Bazaar this year. We will be contacting the volunteers in the weeks to come. If you wanted to help and haven’t yet signed up just let us know what you would like to do. More hands can always be used for signs, set up and clean up. If you should have any questions or concerns please address them directly to Susan, Nora or Cindy. 
Are you in need of some 8 foot tables? We have some that we are looking to get rid of. They are the wood heavy ones and would be great for family gatherings. They are available for a free will donation and all funds received will go towards off setting the cost of purchasing new lightweight tables. If you have any questions, please let the office know.
Our next Markings will come out in September and will include
everything through December!
If you have anything you would like to add to the Markings, please get that information to Jenny no later than August 15th.
Our lives are made up of small, daily decisions that eventually shape our character. Jesus highlights this principle in Luke 16:10, “Whoever is faithful in little things will be faithful in large ones.” 
We are inviting each of you to participate in monthly experiment that will engage and encourage you to look at stewardship in a whole new way.

We are roughly half way through our yearly Stewardship Experiments and we couldn't be more excited to hear your reflections. Below you will find a recap of the experiments and a chance to fill in your thoughts and experiences for each one so far. If you missed a few months, just let us know, we have extras!


August’s experiment is ready for pick up! Rest is an act of trust and stewardship. We are encouraging you to take some time for Sabbath this month. 
 
If you haven't picked up the last few months of experiments, they are available at church
This week we are praying for:

-Sandy Geslin, as she heals from knee replacement surgery
-Sherry, Kathie Wilkinson's sister
-Verna Wood
-Joanne Hanson's sister, Wendy Brown who is going through chemo treatments.
-Sandy Borchert
-Sue Frieburg
-Paula Forester's cousin's Sandie and Mark.
-Mashell Olsen, Sheri Hanson's friend who was recently diagnosed with a metastatic tumor.
-Shannon Cleary, Cheryl Collard's family friend
-Leslie Pracht
-Dave Wilkenson, as he heals from recent knee surgery
-Karen Willy’s sister-in-law, Jeanette, with her new diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

If you'd like to be added to the prayer chain, please contact Jenny at office@stmarkcp.org
Lawn Mowers and Grounds Maintenance
We would like to give thanks for mowing the lawn this week! Noah Wendorf, you are up this week.
Worship Volunteers Are Needed!
Are you interested in helping with worship? If so, contact Jenny in the office. She's created a schedule for the summer, but would love to add you to it!

Another area that we could use some help with is a Worship Host. What's that you ask? It is someone, besides Pastor Mollie or Jenny, that makes sure all of our greeters, ushers, lectors, and reader of the prayers are in worship that morning. It's an area that is greatly appreciated and needed for each Sunday morning. If you are interested, send Jenny in the office an email. Thank you!
This Week at St. Mark
Monday August 9
Office Hours: 10-3pm
VBS @ Living Waters:
6:30-7:30pm
Tuesday August 10
Office Hours: 10-3 pm
Staff Meeting: 10:30am
VBS @ Living Waters:
6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday August 11
Office Hours: 10-3pm
Teddy Bear Band @ Living Waters: 6:30pm
Thursday August 12
Stitchin' in the Dark: 6pm
Saturday August 14
AA: 10:30am
Sunday August 15
Worship at 9:30am
Sundae Sunday!
Worship Attendance
Average Worship Attendance: 200
July 25:123
July 18: 122
July 11: 222
July 4: 118
Total number includes online and in person
St. Mark Giving

To support our 2021 Plan For Ministry, our year to date offering should be: $164,730

Year to Date Giving: $153,147
Growing Together in God's Love to Serve Others
One North Road, Circle Pines, MN 55014
Contact Us: 763-784-2558 | office@stmarkcp.org | www.stmarkcp.org