Weekly Newsletter | August 10, 2021
Worship and Devotions
Welcome Back to In-Person Sunday Morning Worship
We will continue to gather each Sunday at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. in our sanctuary. Please click here to read updated mask guidance. 

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. 
St. Mark’s Property Ministry Team Needs You!
If you are an electrician, someone who fancies him/herself a craftsperson or just a regular guy/gal who has a passion for changing lightbulbs… we need you! Please consider joining our Property Ministry Team for work parties each Tuesday morning at 9:30. You can join us on a weekly basis for work and fellowship or volunteer on your own time schedule if you prefer. This team helps St. Mark’s be a good steward of all the physical properties that have been entrusted to us, providing regular maintenance and improvements to the buildings and grounds.
 
Please call (253-752-4966) or email Jennifer Droubay with any questions. We hope to see you soon with a cookie in your left hand and a hammer in your right!
Children, Youth, and Family Faith Formation
Sunday School Families preschool-12th grade: You are invited to complete a survey by August 18 to help us better prepare for a fall start up of September 19. Your feedback is important to us in going forward.  *Please note youth group opportunities for youth grades 6-12 will not begin until October 7 as part of a staggered start approach to fall programs, sports, and back to school activities. 

Youth Marimba Participants: if you signed for youth marimba camp August 16-20 at St. Mark's a confirmation email has been sent to your parent(s). Please contact Ingelaurie Lisher if you did not receive it. 
Adult Faith Formation

A Peace of My Mind 
Frustrated with an increasingly polarized social landscape, award-winning photographer John Noltner set out on a 40,000-mile road trip across the United States to rediscover the common humanity that connects us. He did so by asking people one simple question: What does peace mean to you? Through difficult conversations, gentle humor, and a keen eye for beauty, Noltner's Portraits of Peace captures a rich collage of who we are as a nation.
Beginning Saturday, August 21, St. Mark's will host the multimedia arts project that uses portraits and personal stories to bridge divides and encourage dialogue around important issues. On Sunday, August 22, at 9:45 a.m., John Noltner will join St. Mark's for a Sunday morning forum. Finally, mark your calendars for his keynote speaking event on Wednesday, August 25, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30. For more information about John Noltner and A Peace of My Mind, click here

Wednesday noon Bible study: We will take a break from the pattern of weekly Bible study during the summer. We will resume Bible study again in the fall. 
Congregational Care
Wednesday Wellness podcast will be finishing Season 3 of pandemic stories with Angelie Stahlnaker. Listen this weds to her Covid story. Thank you to all who were so willing to share your stories on this podcast! If you missed an episode you can always go back and listen at any time.. just go to our website and click on podcasts and start scrolling down to Wellness Wednesday! 
We will return in the fall with Season 4!

Wellness Walks on Wednesday nights conclude this week with a party! Meet up at 5:15 at the Dune Peninsula Park. Thanks to all who have come out on Wednesday nights to walk and talk! Keep on walking!!!

If you are interested in the caregiver support group or the grief support group, contact Pastor Sigi.
Worship Volunteers Needed
Would you like to volunteer to be a part of worship services as a greeter, usher, lector, or communion assistant? We need you and would love to include you in this important ministry. Call the office at 253-752-4966, email linda.mckeller@smlutheran.org, or drop by the office any morning from 8:30-12:30 to sign up to be involved in the worship service of your choice. Thanks!
Altar Flowers
Would you like to donate flowers for the altar in honor or memory of a person, event, or special occasion? You can sign up on the flower chart calendar on the board outside the office door. Questions? 253-752-4966. Thank you!
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