St. Mark Worship
Join us for worship this Sunday, May 23, for
Pentecost Sunday.

Worship with us in person or virtually!
Registration is no longer required to join us in person!
We ask is that you continue to wear a mask and social distance while in the building. You're also invited to join us for fellowship following the service!
Don't forget to wear RED!

We will be live streaming the 8:30am service on Facebook and it will be posted to YouTube later in the day.


St. Mark Giving
To support our weekly Plan for Ministry, $5,490 is needed each week.
---May 10th through May 16th giving totaled: $7,249

To support our Plan for Ministry thus far, $98,838 is needed
---Our year to date giving is: $98,993

Thank you for your continued support of the St. Mark ministries!
Ministry Opportunities
COVID Phase 3.5
Thank you for your continue grace and patience as we navigate the newest lifting of restrictions from the CDC. A letter was sent out earlier this week, but here is a recap of the main points
  • We are asking that those who worship with us in person, continue to mask and observe social distancing. We are making this request for three reasons:
  • 1) We do not want to (and we are actually not able to), distinguish between those who have been vaccinated and those who have not. If everyone wears a mask, there is no finger pointing or wondering. 
  • 2) There are those among us who are vulnerable. We can best protect them by wearing masks. It’s our responsibility to love our neighbors. 
  • 3) We have young members of our congregation. If parents who worship online see that some are wearing masks and some are not, they may conclude that it is not yet safe to bring their unvaccinated children to in person worship. 
  • We are increasing our in person capacity to 50% (142)
  • Reservations are no longer needed for worship
  • We will begin taking Holy Communion together in worship. Prefilled cups can be picked up as you enter the sanctuary.
  • We invite you to fellowship hour in the fellowship hall after the services. Similar to restaurants, you can take your mask off once seated. 
  • We will continue to livestream our services.
We thank you again for your continued patience as we start this next phase. Please ask questions if you have them. Ask for clarification if you need it. Email or call if you think we are off base. But also, please understand that we are simply doing our best to keep everyone safe, and as things develop and change we will do what we can to keep you informed. Please contact anyone on the covid team or council if you have questions.

Our next Have You Thought About...
End of Life Planning
This is a tough topic, but one that everyone needs to have. Come be a part of the discussion and learn about what steps we should take when it comes to aging, finances, medical care, and funeral preparations. Our guests will include: Bob Solheim -Co Director of Little Hospice in Edina, MN, Rick Mueller -Funeral Director at Mueller Funeral Homes and Katie Pivec -Transactional Attorney. If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Mollie.

We’ll meet in person and we ask that you sign up in advance Zoom is still an option, but please sign up as well and just put in the comments that you will join us via zoom.

Happy Ordination Anniversary Pastor Mollie!

10 years ago on May 24th, Pastor Mollie was ordained as a Pastor!

We celebrate you and your decade of ministry. Thank you for walking alongside of us as we grow in our faith together and bringing us so much joy!
SAVE THE DATES!
Vacation Bible School 2021 is August 9-13th from 5:30-8pm

We will once again be partnering with Living Waters Lutheran Church and can't wait to share the theme with you soon! More information will be coming soon!
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.

Your next stewardship experiment is ready to be picked up! For June, you are being asked to Treat someone else! “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…” We encourage you to ask God to help you notice someone who is physically or emotionally hungry, or thirsty and treat them. Take some time to reflect on this experience and don’t forget to record it!
 
June Experiment: A Treat
If you haven't picked up the last few months of experiments, they are available at church
Adult Golf and Social Hour
[Couples and Singles]

Sunday afternoons starting at 4:00 PM, May 16th thru mid September, at Majestic Oaks Golf Course. Golfers of all abilities are welcome for 9 Holes of non-competitive golf, social hour(s)/dinner. The social hour will immediately follow golf, either outside near the 10th tee and/or in the Restaurant/Bar. You will receive an email at the beginning of each week asking whether you will be golfing and/or socializing on the following Sunday.
Tee times will be made accordingly based on who replies by Wednesday.
$16/person green fees with riding carts for those who need them

Contact: Jon Tennessen—651-780-7368 or email jonandmaggie@gmail.com
Summer Worship Schedule begins May 30th!
We will move down to one in person worship service at 9:30am.
We will still be livestreaming the service and post it later to YouTube.
This week we are praying for:

-Ruth Strubel as she heals from a fall.
-Verna Wood as she awaits results.
-Kelly, the Wilkinson's daughter-in-law, as she starts chemo this week
-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
-Larry Riel - healing from a fall
-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.
-Paul Thomascak and family, as he goes through chemo treatments.

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 thank Konrad Huseby for mowing the lawn this week! Michael Jefferson, you are up this week.
St. Mark is looking for more people to join the finance team! They meet once a month and are a vital part to keeping our congregation going! No experience is necessary, they are just looking for people who'd like to get more involved with the congregation. Email Jenny (office@stmarkcp.org) if you are interested or have more questions.
Worship Volunteers Are Needed!
As we move forward with in-person worship, we are still in need of lectors, reading of the prayers and ushers. Please sign up if you are interested!
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!
Worship Attendance
Average Online Worship Attendance: 208
May 9: 153
May 2: 155
April 25: 194
April 18: 185
Total number includes online and in person
St. Mark Giving

To support our 2021 Plan For Ministry, our year to date offering should be: $98,838

Year to Date Giving: $98,993
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