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 email info@umcstmarks.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 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 Aug. 5, 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. You can read details about this plan, a work in progress, in the June edition of the Messenger newsletter at this link. 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.

 

Facebook Live – Who’s With Me Tonight? 

“Who’s With Me Tonight?” will continue and air almost nightly (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) at 7 p.m. 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. (Aug. 4, 2020)  Watch Latest Video

 

Rally Day is coming Aug. 9! 

Join us at 11 a.m. for “Zoomday School” and then come to church at noon for a Drive-Through Rally Day! Register online at this link. Email margaret@umcstmarks.org with questions.

 

Soul Station Continues, on Zoom 

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. We are discussing spirituality in pandemics in August. If you are interested in being part of Zoom-based Soul Station, please email either info@umcstmarks.org or stuart@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

St. Mark’s Kitchen Shower

The Kitchen Remodeling Project is almost complete, and now it’s time to fill the kitchen with all the tools and supplies that make it a kitchen! The Kitchen Team has compiled a wish list of goodies and is throwing a virtual “shower” — and everyone is invited! Simply visit tinyurl.com/kitchenshower1 and select the item or items you wish to contribute. You have three options to donate:

  1. Purchase the specific shower gift(s) yourself for drop off at St. Mark’s on the days/times and at the location shown at the bottom of this announcement
  2. Donate the approximate amount of specific kitchen shower gift(s) plus tax, and the Kitchen Team will purchase the gift on your behalf
  3. Donate to the Kitchen Shower fund, and your donation will be used toward needed gift(s)

Donations may be dropped off from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays in August beginning Aug. 4 or 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays in August beginning Aug. 5, in the NORTH parking lot (Magee Road side) of St. Mark’s. Monetary donations will NOT be accepted at drop-off site and must be mailed in, or you can donate online at this link.

 

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 Rd) on Tuesday (10-11 a.m.) or Wednesday (6-7 p.m.). There will be no personal contact at the collection point.
Since March, our congregation has donated more than 2,700 pounds of food to the ICS Food Bank! Check out this sweet video they made to thank us!
Click this link.

 

Join Pastor Sharon for “Coffee With the Pastor” 

Join me for a time of conversation at 11 a.m. for about 40 minutes following prerecorded worship on Sundays, Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30. This is simply an opportunity to be in touch with me and one another, ask questions and see me and one another on Zoom. If you would like to participate, send an email to info@umcstmarks.org. A Zoom link for the conversation will be sent to you via email. -Sharon