The Weekly Buzz
June 17, 2022
This Sunday,
June 19, 2022

  • Father's Day
  • 8:30 am: Traditional Service - Onsite
  • 10:30 am: Contemporary Service
  • 9:30 am: Fellowship Hour with refreshments in the John Bates FLC
  • 9:30 am: Blood Pressure Screenings in the Gathering Space
  • Remember to wear your name tag as we get reacquainted
  • The nursery will be staffed during both worship services
  • Please sign attendance pads in pews.
  • Bring a friend!

Online Worship:
The 10:30 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!
From Your Pastors

This week I'd like to share a heartfelt message from our beloved visitation pastor. After I am gone, Pastor Hanson plans to schedule Church office hours several days a week to attend to pastoral matters. Many thanks for his faithful service at St. Mark’s for our Lord.
~Pastor Westphal
From Pastor Hanson

As we work through this season of change and transition here at St. Mark's and continue to sort out what things look like after the pandemic, it is my pleasure to continue to serve here. As a staff pastor, I have the blessing of calling to celebrate life milestones with you and visit with you in your time of need. For some time now I have also been preaching at other churches as pulpit fill for pastors when they go on vacation, which can sometimes make it difficult for me to be at St. Mark's on Sunday's. I am happy to share with you that beginning in July, I will also be preaching here at St. Mark's on occasion. I look forward to continuing to serve this congregation as I have in the past as well as additional opportunities to preach and worship with you.
Conversation with the Bishop

In response to requests from members of St. Mark’s, Bishop Roth invites St. Mark’s members to an informal, in-person conversation with him on Thursday, June 30, at 6:00 p.m., in the St. Mark’s sanctuary. The conversation will be for Bishop Roth to listen to those who are looking for guidance from the bishop, to re-express the commitment the C/SIS bishop and other staff have to the well-being of St. Mark’s, and to speak with hope and candor about challenges and opportunities for St. Mark’s going forward. Bishop Roth will moderate the conversation.
Highlights from the Congregation Council
From a meeting on Thursday, June 16
  • The council has received with gratitude many comments from people who want to become more involved at St. Mark’s.
  • A discussion was held on Wednesday via Zoom with Bishop Roth and Pastor Stein, assistant to the bishop, about the next steps in getting a new full-time interim senior pastor and resuming the call process. We also discussed the upcoming “Conversation with the Bishop” on June 30 (see invitation above).
  • Five Church Council members, whose terms expire in February, have chosen to step down effective now, as have the majority of the members of Call Committee. The Church Council is working expeditiously to fill these vacancies.
  • Current members of the council include Dale Claus, Diana Lindahl, Cindy Calvert, Roger French, Dennis Gilmore, Robin Hahn, Doug Huff, Dr. Brad Stoecker, Abby Swanson, Pastor Hanson, and Pastor Westphal.
  • The Council will be furnishing regular reports to the congregation to keep everyone informed
One Summer Worship Service

As has been done in the past, there will be one Sunday worship service at 9:30 am beginning July 3 through September 4, Labor Day weekend. These services will feature a lively combination of traditional and contemporary styles of music. Coffee and donuts will be served afterwards at 10:30 am in the John Bates FLC. This will allow everyone to worship and fellowship together this summer. Join us!
New Director of Children and Family Ministry

Thirteen applications were received for this position, five were interviewed - and one has been hired! This new staff person, who will be introduced next week after her current employer has been notified, will begin on July 18 – just in time for Vacation Bible School (VBS) which begins on July 25.
VBS Registration Open!
Monday, July 25 - Thursday, July 28
Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway VBS! Bring all your train conductors to learn more about how Jesus' power pulls us through! We are so excited to offer a family meal at 5:15pm followed by VBS from 6-7:30. Get ready for a caboose of a time with your train car crew at bible story time, crafts, games, music, science time, and a mission project!

5:15 Optional Family Meal 6:00 VBS Activities Begin 7:30 End Time

Ages 4 years through 5th grade ('22-'23 school year) OR Full Family participation. (Children 3 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult family member at all times)

To download a registration click here, register online here, or go to and click on the registration link there.
Fill the Freezer
As a part of St. Mark’s Parish Nurse Ministry, we offer services to those returning home from the hospital, such as from a surgery, extended stay, or birth of a child. One of the pieces of this service is the Fill the Freezer program where a frozen meal or two is provided to the individual or family in these situations. These can be meals that have been prepared at home, frozen, and then brought into the Parish Nurse office in a zip lock bag with ingredients list and cooking instructions. Or, you could purchase prepared meals from Prep.Freeze.Cook linked here, and bring them in. For more information contact Mary Hills, the Parish Nurse, at (309) 444-4618 or email at 
Change for Charity - June 26
Lutheran Outdoor Ministries

Remember to bring your change to support Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOMC). LOMC is an ELCA camp located in Oregon, IL and offers year-round activities for all ages including Bible studies, hiking, water activities, and a zip line.
June WHIP Donations:

WHIP is in need of jelly. 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:
  • A/V Director (link)
  • Assistant A/V Director (link)
  • Child Care/Preschool Substitute Teacher's Aide (link)
  • Child Care/Preschool Substitute Teacher (link)
Pastor Wehrs

Because some of you have asked, Pastor Richard Wehrs has begun a long-term supply preaching assignment at a church in our synod where the pastor has recently accepted a new call. Consequently, he won’t be available to preach at St. Mark’s in the coming months.

Sunday, June 19
  • Father's Day
  • 8:30 am: Traditional Service On-site
  • 9:30 am: Fellowship Hour
  • 10:30 am: Contemporary Service On-site and Online
Wednesday, June 22
  • 6:00 pm: Women's Bible Study

Sunday, June 26
  • Change for Charity to Benefit Lutheran Outdoor Ministries
  • Pastor Westphal Final Sunday
Wednesday, June 29
  • 6:00 pm: Women's Bible Study
Thursday, June 30
  • 2nd Quarter Council Reports Due
  • 6:00 pm: Gathering with Bishop Roth
Sunday, July 3
  • 9:30 am: Combined Worship Service Begins
  • 10:30 am: Fellowship time
Wednesday, July 6
  • 6:00 pm: Women's Bible Study
Sunday, July 10
  • 9:30 am: Blood Pressure Screenings
  • 12:30 pm: Kindred Spirit Sisters
Monday, July 11
  • 6:30 pm: Finance Team
Tuesday, July 12
  • Executive Team
Wednesday, July 13
  • 6:00 pm: Women's Bible Study
Tuesday, July 19
  • Church Council
Wednesday, July 20
  • 6:00 pm: Women's Bible Study
Saturday, July 23
  • 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Outdoor Movie Night in the SMLC Parking Lot (Please Bring Your Own Chair)
Monday, July 25-Thursday, July 28
  • Vacation Bible School (6:00pm-7:30pm)

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 Westphal.
Giving Thanks

Your gifts and service allow us to maintain our beautiful and welcoming building. Thank you.