Weekly Newsletter | January 4, 2022
Worship at St. Mark's
Sunday Morning Worship
We will continue to gather in person each Sunday at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. in our sanctuary. 

Also, please remember that we will continue to offer an online worship service every Sunday at 10 a.m. As in the past, this will be a livestreamed on our Facebook page and also available on our St. Mark's website.

Share prayer requests with us by sending them to prayers@smlutheran.org. If you would like us to include them in the Prayers of the Church during Sunday worship, please make note of that.
Children, Youth, and Family Faith Formation
Sunday AM classes for preschool, age 3-youth grades 12 resume Sunday, January 9 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in their designated classrooms. If you have not attended yet this school year we would love to see you! Please register your student here so we make sure we have enough teachers and space. Please contact Hollye Piercy at hollye.piercy@smlutheran.org with any questions regarding classes for children 3 years old to 4th grade OR Ingelaurie Lisher at ingelaurie@smlutheran.org with questions for youth grades 5-12.

Summer Camp 2022 for youth grades 5-8 (2022-2023 school year): current 4-7th graders. We will be going to Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d' Alene ID. REGISTRATION OPENS January 6 click here to register. Please see email sent to youth families on December 30 for registration details. 

Youth group for grades 6-8th and Youth Choir for grades 6-12th will resume January 20 at their regular times. 

The Well for high school youth is taking January off--stay tuned for more details and our start date. 

Mark your calendars: Friday, January 28, 5-8th grade Bob Ross Paint Night. 5:30 p.m. pizza; 5:50-7:00 p.m. painting. Sign up coming soon.
Adult Faith Formation 

Sunday morning forums will begin again at 9:45 a.m. on January 9. Our Wednesday noon Bible study with the pastors will resume on January 19. Midweek renewal will begin January 19 as well. Young Adult Pub Theology will begin again on February 1.

As we anticipate upcoming opportunities for faith formation, here’s something we're looking forward to with Mark Gravrock:
I Am Doing a New Thing: At St. Mark’s, our theme for this new year is “New Life Awaits.” God knows how hungry we are for new life! We have sojourned through two pandemic years (and we’re not done yet), along with social and political turmoil, a new awareness of racial injustice, and the ramping up of our climate crisis. In addition to all that, we have borne our own individual griefs and struggles. We are so ready for new life! Isaiah 40-55 – a new prophetic voice for a people languishing in exile and grief – offers us God’s “new thing.” God’s exiled community would soon return home and rebuild their life – a life full of promise, but a life unlike anything they had known before. Join us for a seven-week sharing around this powerful new word on Sunday mornings at 9:45, in person or via Zoom, beginning January 9, 2022.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study: The Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Bible study has resumed in the Fireside room with our study of Proverbs-God’s wisdom for applying to our daily experiences and challenges. All are welcome to arrive at 9:15 for coffee and visiting. We encourage sharing insights, questions, and concerns. Join us! For information, contact Linda Durant (253) 363-8202, hotdouug@centurylink.net. Masks will be worn.
Fully Alive Bible Study: Fully Alive Bible Study meets Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. We will meet in the Fireside Room and study: Elohim: God the Creator, Yahweh Yireh: God the Provider, El Roi: The God who sees ME. These are just a few of the names of God. In our English Bible, the Supreme Being is called "God' or "LORD'. However, the original translations in Hebrew and Greek have a rich, full variety of names for God. We learn these names through different Biblical stories, and as we study them, we begin to experience the breadth of God's character. Join us as we explore the characteristics of God. For more information please contact Sherry Maiura 253-303-1681.
Congregational Care
If you have any questions about how to join a support group or would like a pastoral visit or a care minister contact Pastor Sigi at: sigi.helgeson@smlutheran.org
Chase the Chill Part 2!
Thanks to so many kind knitters and crocheters we have a growing supply of hats and scarves which means we can now start sharing the warmth and help chase the chill during these very blustery days of November. Please stop by the table in the Narthex on Sunday mornings and pick up a ziploc bag or two to take with you and then give to someone you see on the streets who might need and appreciate a hat or scarf, a granola bar and a bottle of water. Of course you can add whatever you want to the bag-an encouraging note, hand warmers, a small McDonald's or Safeway gift card. Thank you for helping us care for our community.
St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows