Because the health and safety of our church family is our highest priority, we’re making changes to our worship services and campus routines during this time of uncertainty. If you are not receiving the Friday Weekly Message from the pastor, please complete the short form at the bottom of this page, and you will automatically be added to that list.
Church Update as of Oct. 22, 2021
(Includes Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, Oct. 24)
New Worship Schedule
Please note: Masks are required during all services as well as inside all St. Mark’s buildings.
Join us for worship at our new times:
- 8:30 a.m. Traditional service with choirs in Sanctuary and child care in Rm 15
- 10 a.m. Modern worship service with Praise Team in Fellowship Hall
- 10 a.m. Traditional service with choirs in Sanctuary
- 10 a.m. Youth and children’s Sunday School and child care
- 10 a.m. Pre-recorded worship premieres on YouTube and Website
Three ways to access our pre-recorded service:
- YOUTUBE: Our worship will be available on our YouTube channel. Follow us to find us quickly each week.
- This website: Go to this page and scroll down for the service at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday.
- FACEBOOK: Follow us here for a reminder of our services.
Sign Up for Red Umbrella or Coffee Host Shifts
We are again staffing the red information umbrella in the courtyard between services, and we are getting coffee hour off the ground again beginning Sept. 12. But we need volunteers to do either or both of these things! Interested? Click here and scroll down to “Volunteering” and you’ll find the sign-up forms. Thanks!
We will celebrate All Saints’ Sunday on Nov. 7 with our memorable “Bell Banner Processional.” On either Oct. 24 or Oct. 31, stop by the table in the courtyard to add the names of your departed loved ones to the white commemorative cards, or you can call your names in to the church office to be added to the banner. The cards will be tied on the bell banner on Oct. 31, ready for the processional on Nov. 7.
Around the world today and throughout history, Christians have been persecuted for their faith. We will tie red ribbons onto our bell banner to commemorate those lost to persecution.
(Extra cards will be available in the narthex on All Saints’ Sunday in case someone misses the opportunity to add their names to the banner before that.)
Family Movie Night is Next Friday
Friday Oct. 29 the St. Mark’s Children and Family Ministries are hosting a movie and bring-your-own picnic in the south parking lot. Parking will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a costume parade at 6 p.m. We will be showing the PG movie, “The Addams Family 2,” on our big inflatable screen from 6:30-8 p.m. Wear your costumes and bring your own picnic, folding chairs/table and your family and friends and join us!
Our Pumpkin Patch pumpkins are here, and the youth are in full swing with their biggest fundraiser of the year! These funds help them travel on their annual winter retreat and Sierra Service Project mission trip.
But they need help selling pumpkins while they are in school. Selling pumpkins is so easy, anyone can do it! It’s even more fun if you sign up with a friend. Sign up here, or contact Rachel in the church office, 520-297-2062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership 101 — Join Us Sunday, Oct. 31!
Have you been thinking about membership at St. Mark’s and wondering how to get more information? At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, Pastor Lynn and Tricia Chester (Administrative Assistant for Hospitality) will lead a Membership 101 class. This is an opportunity to learn more about St. Mark’s – our priorities and plans, as well as history and United Methodist beliefs. Please register here on the website. If you have questions, leave a message at 520-297-2062 and you will be contacted.
The New St. Mark’s Mobile App is Here!
St. Mark’s is excited to announce that we have an upgraded mobile app! Vanco, our eGiving provider, has launched an updated mobile app called Vanco Mobile. This new mobile app will be replacing GivePlus Mobile. With Vanco Mobile, you can send one-time donations or set recurring gifts. How do you download Vanco Mobile? It’s easy! Head over to the Apple App Store or Google Play to download Vanco Mobile for free. Search for our church by name, “St. Mark’s United Methodist Church” or enter code SCD4FH. Click on Giving and follow the steps. Please contact the church office if you have any questions. Be sure to download this app soon, as GivePlus Mobile retired as of Sept. 30.
Fall Church Directories Available
The newest edition of our church member directory is now available in the Sanctuary narthex and the church office! If you have any changes to your information, please email email@example.com or call 520-297-2062.
Sunday School and Child Care Information
Youth and children’s Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. each week in the following rooms:
- Preschool, room 2
- Kinder, first, second grades, room 3
- Third, fourth, fifth grades, room 8/9
- Middle and high school, Wesley House
There is no Sunday School on the fifth Sunday of the months that have five Sundays. Child care is available during the 10 a.m. service in room 15.
Soul Station Continues Online
Soul Station starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings over Zoom. Throughout October, our focus is on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. The Zoom room opens at 6:15 p.m. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the weekly Soul Station invite! (Invites are sent around 5 p.m. or a little after, each Wednesday evening.)
November-December Devotionals Available
The November-December edition of the Upper Room devotional is available in the black mailbox outside the church office door. Come on by and grab one! (September-October is also still available in the church office.)
Donate Altar Flowers
As we begin to have in-person worship in the Sanctuary, we have reinstated our weekly Sunday altar flower donations. The donation board has been updated and the cards are ready for you to sign up for the days that have meaning to you. Flowers need to be delivered to the office between 8:30 a.m. and noon on Fridays. If you have any questions, contact Shelley Gault in the office, 520-297-2062 or email@example.com. Sign up today!
Even in these difficult times, St. Mark’s is still caring for those in our community who need it most. You may drop off non-perishable food supplies at the north church parking lot (Magee Road) from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There will be no personal contact at the collection point. Head over to our Giving page for more details.