The Weekly Buzz

November 3, 2023

Sunday, November 5

  • 9:30 am: Worship Service Onsite and Online.
  • 10:30 am: Fellowship Hour
  • 10:45 am: Sunday School
  • We offer a staffed nursery during worship service
  • Please sign the attendance pad in the pews & pass it down
  • Bring a friend!

Online Worship:

The 9:30 am service can be viewed live.  A link will be distributed Sunday morning. 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!




Sunday, November 5, 2023

Meet in the back parking lot of St. Mark’s

at 4:30 pm


Join us for an hour of heart pumping, team building and brain-teasing fun! Grab your friends to enjoy 60 mind bending minutes of excitement. With the clock ticking, we must work together to discover clues, solve puzzles, decode messages, find keys and escape our haunted room before time runs out!



Saturday, November 11, 2023

8:30 am in Beckwith Hall

Men’s prayer breakfast will meet again on tomorrow at 8:30 am. We will be in Beckwith Hall. We will meet on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. We will do seven service projects a year; hence the name "24/7 Men's Club". Contact Pastor Scott for more information. All men welcome.


Collection for November is peanut butter

Peanut Butter may be left in Beckwith Hall or in the basket in the East Entrance off of S. Main Street.


It is that time of year again; time to start packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! Pick up a shoe box in the gathering space. Please join us as we share the love of Jesus to children all over the world! Please have the shoes boxes back to the church by Sunday, November 12 for the annual Shoebox Brigade!


Saturday, November 11, 2023

10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Kammeyer Hall

WELCA Fall Gathering

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 9:30 am in the FLC


All St. Mark’s women are invited to the WELCA Fall Gathering on Saturday, November 11, 2023, in the Family Life Center. A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30 am, followed by a talk by Roger French on the history and architecture of Westminster Abbey. A free-will offering will be taken for WHIP.



2024 stewardship appeal is underway! Please prayerfully consider making a committed pledge to be caretakers of our beautiful church building that honors our Lord as we expand and grow ministries, build youth and family programs and extend the message of St. Mark’s to potential new faces. In addition, a special appeal contribution will fund St. Mark’s 150th anniversary activities and events in 2024 and 2025. Turn in your completed commitment sheet to the church office or place in any offering box located in the sanctuary. 





Please join us on November 19, December 3, 10, and 17, starting at 10:45 am in the conference room.

An Unlikely Advent study authored by Rachel Billups will explore the stories of Elizabeth and Zechariah, Herod, the magi, and the shepherds. Each set of unexpected characters has something to teach about living faithfully on the journey to Christmas.




The 150th Anniversary Cookbook team will continue to accept recipe and reminiscence submissions through November. The team needs main dishes with beef, ham, pork, or fish, recipes on vegetables, and recipes for appetizers. Please send your recipes to or place them in one of two picnic baskets located in Beckwith Hall or the gathering space. Thank You!

Saturday, November 4

  • Christian Book Club is postponed (Saturday's only) until 11/19

Sunday, November 5

  • 9:30 am: Worship Service, All Saints Sunday & the Bishop visits
  • 10:30 am: Fellowship Hour
  • 10:45 am: Sunday School
  • 4:30 pm: Youth Event- Escape Room

Monday, November 6

  • 9:30 am: Staff Meeting
  • 6:30 pm: Evangelism Team Meeting

Tuesday, November 7

  • 10:00 am: Christian Book Club

Wednesday, November 8

  • 6:30 pm: Confirmation
  • 6:30 pm: Cross Trainers

Thursday, November 9

  • 10:30 pm: Finance Team Meeting
  • 4:00 pm: Worship Service Planning

Saturday, November 11

  • 8:30 am: Men's Prayer Breakfast
  • 9:30 am: WELCA Fall Festival
  • 10:00 am: Holiday Craft Workshop

Sunday, November 12

  • 9:30 am: Worship Service
  • 10:30 am: Fellowship Hour- Blood Pressure Screening
  • 10:45 am: Sunday School
  • 11:30 am: Kindred Spirit Sisters



Multiple Ways to Give

Thank you for supporting 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 Apple App or Google Play Store using the QR code, or click on the link below the QR code. Then search for St. Marks (no apostrophe). Follow the instructions to donate.


Prayer Requests

Need yourself or someone else lifted up in prayer? Please email prayer requests to the church office. Confidential prayer requests can be emailed to Pastor Hanson or Pastor Scott.

New Phone Number? Email? Address?

St. Mark's wants to know! Please let us know when your contact information changes. You can do it on your phone by scanning the QR code, or you can click the link here, fill out the form from your favorite device. You're also welcome to email the information to or call (309) 444-4618.

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Contact Us

Pastor Scott Bacon

Senior Pastor

Pastor Dick Hanson
Visitation Pastor