St. Mark Extra!
October 4, 2019
A word from our pastor, Mark Davis
Worship
Saturday
October 5, 2019
5:00 p.m.

Sunday
October 6, 2019
9:30 a.m.
In today’s dispatch, I’m going to address two things. The first is a new way of doing things that is happening this weekend. The second is the theme that we are following for the month of October, and how you can participate in it. 

First, several of St. Mark’s commissions are now meeting on the first Sunday of the month, so that more people might be able to participate in them. From 11:00-noon on Sunday, we will be providing childcare for the small children, and you are welcomed to visit one of these three commission meetings. The  Adult Discipleship and Nurture Commission (ADN) organizes adult education events, such as the Transgender 101 panel last week and a forthcoming series on The Gnostic Gospels. Our  Peace and Justice Commission (P&J) organizes education and advocacy related to issues like Climate Change, Violence, Homelessness, and Immigration. And our  Children and Youth Ministries Commission (CYM) organizes all of our children and youth activities, from the nursery to Sunday School to confirmation to graduation. (Most months, our Membership Commission will meet on this Sunday as well.) If you are interested in any of these commissions and their work, please drop into their meeting this Sunday at 11:00. You will be welcomed. ADN will be meeting in Room 5, next to the kitchen in the Fellowship Hall. P&J will be meeting in the Fireside Room, the lower level of the Administrative Building. CYM will be meeting in Room 1, a Sunday School class in the Fellowship Hall. 

Second, let’s talk about October. I’ll start with a nod to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s song “The Room Where It Happens,” from his brilliant musical “Hamilton.” (You can listen to it  here .) Our theme for October is “The World Where It Happens.” By studying the brief history of a church in Antioch (Acts 11), we will set out each week looking for where the “kin-dom” of God is taking place in the world. While it is good to be ‘the church gathered’ on Saturday or Sunday, to worship, regroup, share our stories, encourage one another, etc., our real focus is what happens when we are ‘the church scattered’ throughout the rest of the week. Our faith proclaims a God who is always redemptively present in the world, transforming life, changing practices, challenging injustice, practicing compassion, and living into the Good News of the Gospel. That’s where we want to be. Much of what we do when we are the church gathered is to prepare us to participate in “the world where it happens.” 

So, come on Saturdays or Sundays during October and re-discover this new church that arose in Antioch and did amazing things. Let’s pray together that God will awaken us to what God is doing in the world. Then, let’s go out together to be active participants in the world, where the kin-dom of God is taking place, the world where it happens.

And here’s how you can be particularly active for the month of October. Grab your camera, your smartphone, and any other device you have that takes photos. Capture a photo of something that shows the kin-dom of God in the world. It could be two children of different ethnicities playing side-by-side, it could be someone marching with a sign calling attention to climate change, it could be someone caring for a pet or helping a neighbor. Heck, it could even be a sunrise that calls us to worship!  Actions both big and small, presence both radical and supportive – use your theological imagination to see where God is present in our world. Of course, we will have to consider the privacy of others, so please give that consideration before you take someone’s photo.

After you’ve captured the photo, let’s display them. If you send them to  stmark@stmarkpresbyterian.org , we will display them on our various forms of social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. (Again, please be sure that you have permission before sending them to us.) We will display them with the hashtag #TheWorldWhereItHappens. In addition, you can display them on your Facebook page, tweet it, or put it on your Instagram timeline. When you do, please use the hashtag #TheWorldWhereItHappens. We will use this month to sharpen our vision to see where God is at work, and to sharpen our message to share where God is at work.

Let’s jump in.
Mark of St. Mark

(You can also read the Friday Blast reflections at  markofstmark.blogspot.com