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. By now, you have probably received a letter in the mail, as well as email from the church office. If you are not receiving the Wednesday, Weekly Message from the pastor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure you are on that list. We recognize there is a great deal of uncertainty and fear about what will happen in the days ahead. However St. Mark’s is blessed with a strong, connected church community and we’re working hard everyday to find ways to keep that connection alive during these uncertain times. Below are a number of things that have been put in place to help during these stressful times:
Church Update as of May 26, 2020
Sunday Worship Service
Your pastors and leaders have made the decision to keep offering only prerecorded worship for now. If we find that we’re able to begin to get back in the Sanctuary sometime in May, we’ll let you know. We also expect that all our other activities and programs will remain paused through May. Again, we’ll advise you if that changes due to updated information from the CDC, State of Arizona and City of Tucson officials, and/or if we receive directives from our Bishop, Robert Hoshibata.
Three ways to access our livestream:
- From the main menu on our website click LIVE WORSHIP
- go to YouTube and search for UMC St. Mark’s Oro Valley or use this link
- go on St. Mark’s Facebook Page. The service will go live at 9:45 a.m. or use this link
We expect our office to remain closed for a few more weeks. Some of our staff are coming into the office to do necessary business and others are working from home, still working hard to do the work of our church. You can leave messages for us at 520-297-2062. In the mornings the messages are checked regularly. If you leave a message after noon it may take a little longer to be received. If you have an emergency, call 297-2062, and leave a message on the Emergency line. A pastor is contacted immediately.
Facebook Live – Who’s With Me Tonight?
Facebook Live will continue for the month of May and air nightly (Monday – Friday) at 7:00 p.m. This five-minute Facebook Live message is a way to help our church family stay connected with a series of lighthearted messages designed to connect people of all ages using puppets or other “who’s with me characters.” Please join us, and stay connected by going to our Facebook page, or use this link to access St. Mark’s Facebook page. If you don’t use Facebook, or for some reason you cannot connect. You can watch the video the next day using this link. (May 21, 2020) Watch Latest Video
St. Mark’s United Methodist Women is collecting the following hygiene-type items for Primavera Foundation. Please consider donating any ‘extra supply’ of these things that you have, rather than going out to buy something to donate. Requested items are: disposable plastic gloves, disinfectant wipes, boxes of granola or breakfast bars, personal size wrapped packages of cheese & crackers, or nuts, etc., travel size bottles of shampoo & conditioner, toothpaste, packaged single toothbrush, deodorant, bars of soap or travel-size body wash. We will collect these items in the north parking lot at church (the Magee Road side) on Tuesdays, May 26 and June 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m., and on Wednesdays, May 27 and June 3 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Event Cancellations at St. Mark’s
In an effort to maintain social distancing and to protect the health and safety of our community some of the upcoming events have been canceled. If the event is rescheduled, we’ll be sure to keep you informed:
- Middle School Mission 2020 – May 26-29 (Canceled until 2021)
- Vacation Bible School – June 1-5 (Canceled until 2021)
- Sierra Service Project – July 10-18 (Canceled until 2021)