The Weekly Buzz
May 13, 2022
This Sunday,
May 15, 2022

  • 8:30 am: Traditional Service
  • 11:00 am: Contemporary Service
  • 9:30 am: Thank you for Nancy Vogel, Jeff Simmons, and Ian Gregg, and Celebration of Pastor Hanson's Birthday (between services)
  • 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 11:00 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
Senior Pastor

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)

Last Sunday it was so meaningful to have the children (and some adults!) gather around the little lamb provided by the Schleich family for the Children’s Message. Always remember that Christ is our Good Shepherd! I also shared this photo of the little lamb that was born on my sister’s farm in Ukraine. His birth is a sign of hope in the midst of war.
~ Pastor Westphal
Appreciation Sunday

Come and say thank you on May 15, 2022 between services in the John Bates FLC to Nancy Vogel, Jeff Simmons, and Ian Gregg for all the great work they have done on St. Mark's staff. Also congratulate Pastor Hanson for his regular staff position and as he celebrates his 87th birthday in May. If you wish to bring a card or note for any of these lovely people, please bring them Sunday and baskets to collect them will be provided for each person.
Silent Auction for Quilt
Pastor Maureen Stein, assistant to the Bishop, has made a beautiful hand-stitched quilt to be donated for a silent auction to benefit Lutheran Disaster Response for Ukrainian refugees. The quilt is 80x100” and fits a queen-sized bed. You can see the quilt in the gathering space. Make sure to get your bids in by May 15. External bids will also be accepted in order to maximize the donation to Lutheran Disaster Response. You can place your bid in the Gathering Space using the provided form, or online with the form linked here.
Grief Share Meeting - May 18 Meeting Postponed
The Parish Nurse would like to schedule a meeting for those working through grief and in need of support. If you would like more information, or be put on a contact list for the next meeting, please call the office at (309) 444-4618 or email
Informational Meetings for Congregation

The call committee has scheduled two informational meetings with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). The first one took place on Saturday, May 7, at 10:00 am and can be viewed here. The second is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, at 10 am in the John Bates FLC. An additional meeting will be set for Tuesday, May 24, at 6 pm for Bishop Roth to be able to present on this as well. These additional meetings will be recorded and posted at a later date on YouTube. Questions can be submitted ahead of time here. For additional information the original email regarding these meetings can be found here, as well as the update email here.

A special congregational meeting will be held on June 5 immediately following the contemporary worship service [meeting start time approximately 11:45 am] to allow the congregation to discuss the information presented at the three May informational sessions. The church council will set an agenda for this congregational meeting at its May 17 church council meeting and circulate the agenda with the congregational meeting notice.
Geranium Sponsors Needed
Pentecost Sunday, June 5
Help St. Mark's sanctuary look beautiful for Pentecost Sunday. On June 5 we will be decorating with red geraniums. To sponsor a geranium, please contact the office at or call (309) 444-4618. Following Pentecost, the geraniums will be planted around the church grounds for the community to enjoy as well. For just $8.00 you'll get to beautify both the sanctuary and St. Mark's grounds. Orders need to be placed by May 29. Sponsors will be listed in the church bulletin.
Volunteers for VBS
It's not too early to start thinking about VBS at St. Mark's. This year the theme will be "Rocky Railway; Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through". It will take place July 25-28, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. This is an opportunity to pour into our youth in a fun and interactive way that can help make the Bible come alive to young and old. Right now Gwen Ziegler is looking for the following lead volunteer roles:
  • Decorations (Most of this is planned but a coordinator is needed
  • Bible Story Skits (Skits are provided)
  • Games (Pick games from list and organize supplies)
  • Registration Tracking (record registrations and organize into groups)
  • Meal Coordinator (A simple meal each night from 5:15pm - 6:00pm)
We know what we need to execute but we need your help to do it! If you'd like to volunteer for one of the lead roles or help with one of these groups, please email Gwen at or talk with her on a Sunday. Thank you for helping us deliver another successful year of VBS!
We've Got DOORS!!!
It's the light at the end of the tunnel, or hallway in this case, as contractors have been here over the last several weeks finishing up drywall, painting, and now installing new doors for the fire door project. If all goes well, the project should be finished up soon.
Youth Group News

Graduating Seniors!
Do you know a senior who is graduating this year? St. Mark's would like to recognize them for all of their hard work! On May 22, during both services, there will be an opportunity for these students to be recognized. Please send the following information to Jeremy by May 16; their names, parents names, where they attended high school, and what their future plans are. Please include a senior picture for us to place in the slideshow. Information should be sent to

Detroit Mission Trip CHANGED to Retreat at LOMC

A retreat at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) in Oregon, IL will take place from July 7-9, in place of the Detroit Mission Trip that was planned for June 12-17. You can read more about it here in the Youth and Young Adult Newsletter.

Upcoming Events:

  • May 22 @ 4:00 pm: Parking Lot Cookout/End of the year party (7th and 8th grades encouraged to attend).
  • June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Pool Party at Washington Park Pool
  • July 7-9: Senior High Retreat at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center
  • July 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Outdoor Movie Night in the SMLC Parking Lot (Please Bring Your Own Chair)
May WHIP Donations:
Peanut Butter

WHIP is in need of peanut butter. 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:
  • Children and Family Ministry Director (link)
  • A/V Director (link)
  • Assistant A/V Director (link)
  • Childcare/Preschool Substitute Teacher's Aide (link)
  • Childcare/Preschool Substitute Teacher (link)
  • Childcare/Preschool Substitute Cook (link)

Sunday, May 15
  • 8:30 am: Traditional Worship Service
  • 9:30 am: Thank you for Nancy Vogel, Jeff Simmons, and Ian Gregg, and Celebration of Pastor Hanson's Birthday (between services)
  • 9:45 am: Choir Practice
  • 10:00 am: Praise Team Practice
  • 11:00 am: Contemporary Worship Service
Monday, May 16
  • Article deadline for Marksman
Tuesday, May 17
  • 10:30 am: Memorials Team (Library)
  • 5:30 pm: Music Planning
  • 7:00 pm: Church Council (Conference Room)
Wednesday, May 18
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Grief Share meeting for those working through grief

Saturday, May 21
  • 10:00 am: Informational meeting for the congregation from the call committee
Sunday, May 22
  • Change for Charity benefits Washington Weekend Snackpac Program
  • Recognition of Graduating Seniors (both services)
  • 4:00 pm: End of Year Youth Cook Out (Parking Lot)
Monday, May 23
  • 5:30 pm: Safety Team (Conference Room)
Tuesday, May 24
  • 6:00 pm: Informational Meeting with the Bishop
Wednesday, May 25
  • 6:00 pm: Preschool Graduation
Sunday, May 29 - Summer Schedule Begins
  • 8:30 am traditional service on-site
  • 10:30 am contemporary service on-site and online
  • Geranium Sponsors Due
Monday, May 30
  • Memorial Day - Church Office Closed
Thursday, June 2 - Saturday, June 4
  • Synod Assembly (I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign)
Sunday, June 5
  • Pentecost Sunday
  • 11:45 am: Congregational Meeting Regarding Call Committee Proposal
Thursday, June 9
  • 7:00 pm: WELCA Meeting
Thursday, July 7 - Saturday, July 9
  • Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center High School Retreat
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 offerings help support Dr. Steve Swanson, an ELCA missionary doctor in Tanzania. Thank you. (You can read more about him and other missionaries here)