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What This Issue Includes:

*  Breakfast with Santa
*  Erin Cottos
*  Tree Planting
*  Sea Gulf Villa
*  Advent Devotionals
*  Council Delegate & Alternate Election
*  Safeguarding God's Children Course
*  Task Force Groups
*  Children's Ministry
*  Youth Ministry 
*  Worship Leader Prayer
*  Amazon Smile
*  Calendar
*  Helpful Links
Breakfast with Santa
THIS Saturday
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Our annual Breakfast with Santa is almost here!  A skit called "How the Grinch Found Jesus" will be presented twice during the event.  The drama will provide a unique opportunity for us to tell the story of Jesus.    Click here for a flyer to invite your friends and family. 

All volunteers need to be at the church by 8:00 am to finish our set up, have one more skit practice and join in a group prayer.  

Erin Cottos
THIS Sunday
Our own resident missionary, Erin Cottos, will be back in Corpus Christi for her annual visit THIS Sunday.  Make plans to come hear about the adventure God had her on this past year.  She has been serving in Haiti and Guatemala for eight years.  

The loose offering and any designated checks will go to Erin to support her ministry.  If you write a check, please write "Erin" in the memo so we get your gift to her.  
It's Time to Plant Trees!
THIS Sunday
Several baby oak trees have asked to be planted deep inside the King's Forest.  Children and Youth are invited to join Fr. John after lunch this Sunday to give these St. Mark's seedlings a new home.  Bring shoes and clothes that can get dirty!
Sea Gulf Villa
This year's Sea Gulf Villa Thanksgiving basket delivery was special for all who were in attendance. Our focus this year was to truly meet, connect, share, and invite others into Christ's family and our St. Mark's family. Upon arriving, we gathered in the main lobby of the apartment complex. A brief message and reflection were given by Allie on 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Mrs. Sally Buck and her granddaughter lead a craft for the residents, and the youth did a gratitude activity. We were able to speak with, pray with, and check in with 65 residents and shared the message of Jesus Christ with them before giving them their Thanksgiving baskets.  

We were also blessed to have a financial donation from H-E-B to help with the cost of our turkeys, rolls, and pumpkin pies. Lastly, we truly appreciate the overwhelming generosity of St. Mark's parishioners helping with donations of the canned good items, as well as assisting with the delivery and driving. Due to the generosity of our parishioners, we had extra canned good items and they were brought to Mission 911 and to Timmon's Ministry. This outreach event is possible due to your prayers, support, and financial giving.
Advent Devotionals
Devotionals to be used during the Advent Season will be available on the name tag table between the two double doors in the entry way to the sanctuary.  Be sure to pick on up for your family to use during the Season of Waiting!
Delegates & Alternates to Council Election
Sunday, December 9th
Please prayerfully consider representing St. Mark's at our Diocesan Council in February 2019.  It be will hosted by our churches down in McAllen beginning Thursday, 2/21 and it will conclude Saturday, 2/23 in the afternoon.  

All delegates and alternates must attend a Pre-Council dinner at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church Monday, January 28th.   

Saturday, December 8th
The Safeguarding God's Children Course is required for everyone who works with our children and youth.  If you have not taken the class, it will be offered Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Patti Purdy will be the facilitator.  Please contact the office to sign up at (361) 994-0285 or email at

Our task force groups want as many of our parishioners as possible involved in the consultation process.  If you are not part of one of the task forces, please look at the list below and consider joining one of them.  Contact the convener to let them know of your interest and get information about their group.

Task Force 1    Building Mentor/Mentee Relationships
Convener:  Adam Remlinger (361) 877-8257

Task Force 2   Guest Ministries: Retention/Assimilation/Follow-up
      Convener:  Teresa Bacon (361) 446-4922

Task Force 3 :   Small Groups
      Convener:  Mal Nesloney (361) 945-8513

Task Force 4    Second Service  
        Convener:   Mark Hartlaub (361) 443-2363

You can also contact our task force group overseers - Rodney Hart (361) 215-9023 or Steve Altheide (361) 876-5691 for more information.  
Children's Ministry

"How the Grinch Found Jesus" practice at 8:00 am Saturday, December 1st in the fellowship hall.  This skit will be a wonderful gift to those who come to our Breakfast with Santa.  Thank you to the kids, the parents and Mrs. Patti for their dedication to reaching people for Jesus! 
The Grinch!

Drama Kids International of the Coastal Bend will
be offering an exciting  program for kids ages 6 through 11 to develop important confidence building skills that will help them personally and academic ally throu gh drama.  Click here for a flyer.   The program will be offered Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm.  The tuition is $50 a month.   You can register your children for the spring session by clicking here .  

* Junior Kids' Church--during the 10:00 am worship service 
* Kids in Christ--begins with lunch around 11:30 am, after the       
  Sunday morning service
Patti Purdy--Director of Children's Ministry,
Kids in  Christ Children's Ministry is for children 3 years old through 5th grade.
Click here  St. Mark's Kids in Christ Facebook   to go to St. Mark's Kids in Christ Facebook page.  For Kids in Christ calendar, click here KIC Calendar.
SEEK Youth Ministry
Students Engaging the Eternal Kingdom

"But SEEK first His Kingdom and His Righteousness,  and all things will be given to you. "  
Matthew 6:33   
This Week' Schedule     

Saturday, December 1st - Last practice before we open the doors for Breakfast with Santa.  Thank you to each one of you--kids, parents and Mrs. Patti for your dedication to reaching people for Jesus!
The Grinch!

Below are some helpful links for SEEK Youth Ministry.

Pray for a Worship Leader for our Second Service
Task Force #4 is charged with working on what a second service would look like for us.  One of their tasks is to find a worship leader.  This is an important part of the process.  Please keep them and our future worship leader in your prayers.  
Christmas Shopping:  It's Just Around the Corner!
If you do your Christmas shopping on Amazon, as a lot of us do, please consider logging into Smile Amazon.  It is exactly the same as Amazon, but a percentage of your total sale will go to St. Mark's.  It is not an additional charge for you, Amazon is giving to charitable organizations through their Smile Amazon site.   
Here's the link to access Amazon to support St. Mark's 

Thank you!
Calendar and Ministry Schedule

Click HERE to view the December Lay Ministry Schedule.  

December 2 - Sunday
9:00 am - Adult Bible Study--Fellowship Library
10:00 am - Morning Prayer
11:30 am - Lunch
12:00 pm - KIC & SEEK--Tree Planting

December 3- Monday
1:30 pm - Women's Group--Brookdale Senior Living

December 4 - Tuesday
9:00 am - Staff Meeting
6:30 pm - Thrive

December 5 - Wednesday
12:00 pm - Elders Meeting--Fellowship Library
December 6 - Thursday  
6:45 am - Elder's Prayer Group--Sanctuary Parlor
5:30 pm - Drama Kids--Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm - Bible Study & Prayer Group--Sanctuary Parlor

December 8 - Saturday
9:00 am - Safeguarding God's Children--Fellowship Hall Library

Helpful Links

Below you will find several links to websites or  
Facebook Pages that you might find helpful.

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