LATEST UPDATE

Coronavirus Situation

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 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. 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 every day 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 Oct. 26, 2020 

Sunday Worship Service 

Your pastors and leaders have made the decision to keep offering only prerecorded worship for now. The church continues to function and is open, though our campuses remain closed. This is necessary for the long-term health and safety of everyone. We have several church leaders who have been working together on a tentative plan for reopening, which you can access by clicking the link below or by going to the RESOURCES tab and selecting from the dropdown menu. Again, we’ll advise you if things change 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

 

Office Hours 

We expect our office to remain closed for several 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.

 

Reopening Plan, Covenant and Health Questionnaire 

Click any of the following links:

St. Marks’s United Methodist Church Reopening Plan

St. Mark’s Congregation Covenant

Health Questionnaire

 

Sign Up for a Shift at the Pumpkin Patch! 

Sales are under way at the Youth Pumpkin Patch! Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends. We need some adult volunteers to staff the patch until school is out each day during the week! You can sign up for a two-hour shift (or several!) at this link. Pumpkin Patch profits fund retreats, local service projects and youth missions such as Sierra Service Project.

 

Facebook Live – Who’s With Me Tonight? 

“Who’s With Me Tonight?” airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. This five- to 10-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 the 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. (Oct. 22)  Watch Latest Video

 

Sign up for Zoom-Based Soul Station  

We have Zoom-launched the Soul Station Wednesday evening worship service. The format is a little different. We meet on Zoom to share music, prayer, a lesson and occasionally share the Eucharist. Soul Station over Zoom lasts about 45 minutes and starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. In the last week of October and first week of November, we are digging deeper into the previous Sundays’ sermon messages. If you are interested in being part of Zoom-based Soul Station, please email info@umcstmarks.org by 2 p.m. the Wednesday you wish to attend and the Zoom link will be sent to you.

 

Food and Supply Drives
Interfaith Community Services Food Drive
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.
We have joined a 10,000-pound food challenge for ICS. Will we make that goal by the end of the year?
Most-needed food items at ICS are:
  • Peanut Butter (14 oz. jar)
  • SpaghettiOs, Chili or Ravioli in Pop-Top Cans
  • Canned Meat, Tuna, Chicken
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Rice/Dry Beans
  • Dry Pasta (Spaghetti, Macaroni, Macaroni and Cheese)
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Stuffing Mix
Since March, our congregation has donated 9,258 pounds of food to the ICS Food Bank! We are more than 90% of the way to our 10,000-pound goal. Let’s crush that and keep going, as the need remains great during these times!
Check out this sweet video they made to thank us a couple months ago, when we were at 2,700 pounds!
Click this link.