The Weekly Buzz
August 5, 2022
This Sunday,
August 7, 2022

  • Reminder of the summer worship schedule:
  • 9:30 am: Blended Worship onsite and online
  • Jeremy Lafary will be bringing the message
  • 10:30 am: Fellowship hour
  • There will not be Holy Communion during service
  • Please Check the "Upcoming Events" Calendar below for dates Sunday's Holy Communion will be offered through September 4
  • Remember to wear your name tag so all can get acquainted
  • The nursery will be staffed during worship service
  • Please sign attendance pads in pews.
  • Bring a friend!

Online Worship:
The 9:30 am service can be viewed live here. Click here for Sunday's service bulletin. Click here to see previous worship services on St. Mark's YouTube Channel. Be sure to "like" the service, subscribe to the YouTube Channel, and share the post on your Facebook page so more people can hear the good news!
A Bountiful Harvest

A big thank you to Karen Kremer for organizing, and those who came out on Tuesday, August 2, to help with the harvest at the Washington Food Pantry Garden. In cooperation with other volunteers in the community over 426 lbs of produce was harvested. The majority went to WHIP and the remaining was taken to Sophie's Kitchen.
Special Council Meeting 8/3/2022

The Council met Wednesday, August 3, at 6:30pm to meet a new interim Pastor, and to discuss and vote on important items. The Council sent out a communication you can read here if you missed it. Some of the items discussed:
  • Approval of Interim Pastor Rev. Kendra Nolde
  • Appointment of a new Call Committee Members
  • Extension of Blended Worship service
  • New ping pong tables for youth and young adult ministries
St. Mark's Promotional Video

As St.Mark's continues its journey finding a new Sr. Pastor, a promotional video has been proposed. Not only could this video help attract a Sr. Pastor, it could also be used to share with new members, on the website for visitors, on Facebook. On Sunday, August 7, Joe Gleason will be recording video and would love to have people who agreed to being recorded sit in the front rows of the sanctuary. It would also be great to get some shots of children having their backpack's blessed. For those willing to be identifiable in the video there will be a photo/video release at the back of the sanctuary next to the bulletins, or you can download it here.
New Member Inquiry Class

Interested in joining St Mark's? Perhaps you recently joined and were unable to attend a new member class in person. Maybe you just want to learn more about the Lutheran Church, the ELCA, or about St. Mark's. We are happy to announce that a three-week new member inquiry class will begin Sunday, September 11 at 9:30 am, during Fellowship Hour. The schedule is as follows:
September 11th - Lutheran History, Beliefs and Practices by Pastor Hanson
September 18th - attend the Opportunity Fair 
September 25th - History and overview of St Mark's
Potluck Brunch

Many have commented about how nice it has been to see everyone due to the blended worship service. The Fellowship Team would like to offer another opportunity to gather together and get reacquainted. On Sunday, August 21, in place of the regular Fellowship hour, there will be a potluck brunch. St. Mark's will provide a ham. But, in the grand tradition of potluck's we need your help. Scan the QR code to the right, or click here, to let us know you're bringing an egg casserole, a side, or a dessert. While a dish to pass is not required, it is encouraged to ensure we have enough for everyone to enjoy.
July Youth News

Sunday School/Rally Day

Mark your calendars, Sunday School will be starting back up at St. Mark’s with our kick-off on Rally Day, Sunday, September 11, 2022. Sunday School registration has begun. You can register online via the QR code, here or on the form in the Gathering Space. There will be a new structure that involves music, crafts, lessons, and most importantly, FUN!
Blessing of the Backpacks

Summer is winding down, and the school year is quickly approaching. St. Mark’s wants to recognize this important milestone with a Blessing of the Backpacks event! Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks to church on Sunday, August 7th. All students will be invited to come forward to the altar area at the beginning of the service to receive a blessing and a prayer for the upcoming school year.
Update Your Member Information

St. Mark's wants to make sure we have the most current contact information regarding your household. To help out, an online form has been created so you can send your information in. You can do it on your phone by scanning the QR code, or you can click the link here, to fill out the form on your computer or your phone. You're also welcome to email the information to or call (309) 444-4618.
August WHIP Donations:
Canned Soup

WHIP is in need of canned soup. Donations may be left in Beckwith Hall and in the boxes inside St. Mark's East Entrance vestibule (the glass doors facing Main Street).
St. Mark's Staffing Needs
Perhaps you or someone you know is looking for a new opportunity and possess the skills needed for one of our open positions. There are both ministry staff and childcare/preschool positions available. The following are areas of need:
  • Contemporary Music Director (link)
  • Child Care/Preschool Substitute Teacher's Aide (link)
  • Child Care/Preschool Substitute Teacher (link)

Sunday, August 7
  • 9:30 am: Blended Worship - No Holy Communion
Tuesday, August 9
  • 8:00 am: Northern Conference Pastors' Gathering
  • 9:30 am: Peace & Comfort Quilters
Wednesday, August 10
  • 7:00 pm: Evangelism Team
Friday, August 12
  • Quarter 3 Council Reports Due

Sunday, August 14
  • 9:30 am: Blended Worship - No Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am: Blood Pressure Screening
  • 12:30 pm: Kindred Spirit Sisters
Monday, August 15
  • 11:00 am: Finance Team
  • Marksman Article Due
Tuesday, August 16
  • 5:30 pm: Childcare Board
Wednesday, August 17
  • 1:30 pm: Hanna Circle
Sunday, August 21
  • 9:30 am: Blended Worship with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am: Fellowship Hour Potluck Brunch
Monday, August 22
  • 6:00 pm: Mission Endowment Fund Team
Tuesday, August 23
  • 6:30 pm: Executive Team
Sunday, August 28
  • 9:30 am: Blended Worship with Holy Communion
Monday, August 29
  • 6:30 pm: Church Council
Tuesday, August 30
  • 9:00 am: Preschool Prep - John Bates FLC
Wednesday, August 31
  • 9:00 am: Preschool Prep - John Bates FLC
Sunday, September 4
  • 9:30 am: Blended Worship with Holy Communion
Monday, September 5
  • Church Offices Closed - Labor Day
Wednesday, September 7
  • 8:30 am: Washington Ministerial
  • 6:00 pm: Parent Meeting for Confirmation Classes
Saturday, September 10
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Habitat for Humanity Build - Peoria
Sunday, September 11
  • 9:30 am: Blended Worship with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am: New Member Inquiry Class
  • 10:30 am: Blood Pressure Screenings
  • 10:45 am: Rally Day
  • 10:45 am: Sunday School - Jr./Sr. High
Tuesday, September 13
  • 8:30 am: Northern Conference Pastors' Gathering
  • 9:30 am: Peace & Comfort Quilters
Wednesday, September 14
  • 6:30 pm: Confirmation
Sunday, September 18
  • 9:30 am: Blended Worship with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am: New Member Inquiry Class
  • 10:30 am: Opportunity Fair
  • 10:45 am: Sunday School
Monday, September 19
  • 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Red Cross Blood Drive at Five Points
2022 Financial Report
YTD Ending July 31 2022
General Fund
Total income:    $431,588.50 (includes $95,000 in pre-paid pledges)
Expenses:        $394,884.69
Net income:       $36,703.81
Special Appeal
Pledged:                         $95,467.00
Received to date:           $66,734.14
Special Appeal funds have been used first for the Childcare Renovation project. Combined with the additional $46,800 contributed by the Childcare, we have received enough to fully fund this project! Thank you for your support. The funding for the Burton Street House Appeal  has been reached ($25,000), additional funds will now be split 50/50 between the Burton Street House Appeal and a Dedicated Childcare Capital Projects Fund.

Multiple Ways to Give
Thank you for your support of St. Mark's.

Weekly Offering Checks can be brought to the collection boxes in the sanctuary or mailed to St. Mark's (200 S. Main Street, Washington, IL 61571). You can set up an online automatic gift from your bank as well.
Website - Give through this link.  

Text - Send a text to 833-948-2192, enter the amount you would like to give, and follow the instructions. 
Mobile App - Download and install the free Vanco Mobile app from the App or Play Store using the QR code below. Then search for St. Mark's. Follow the instructions to donate.
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Prayer Requests

Please email prayer requests to the church office. Confidential prayer requests can be emailed to Pastor Hanson.
Giving Thanks

Your gifts and offerings make it possible for the youth to go to the Dream Center where they were able to pack backpacks with school supplies and deep clean the kitchen that St. Mark’s helped support