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. 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 Jan. 25, 2021 

 

Outdoor In-Person Worship Service Suspended

With a sad heart, we have made the difficult decision to put our outdoor in-person worship on pause beginning Dec. 13. In the St. Mark’s reopening plan, we developed criteria for moving from one phase to another. For example, to move from phase 1 to phase 2 we needed to be experiencing a decline in number of COVID cases and hospital occupancy, and PPE must be readily available. We were able to move to outdoor worship, a phase 2 activity, because we had been meeting those criteria.

Now, though, there is a great resurgence in cases and hospitalizations in Pima County. In addition, there have been a number of COVID cases in our congregation and at least two deaths. (None of these people had been in proximity to anyone at church.) With this resurgence we feel we need to move back to phase 1, which does not allow for us to do in-person activities such as outdoor worship. While we feel that our outdoor worship is safe as we’ve been doing it, we also feel that we need to abide by our reopening plan AND model care and responsibility to the community. (To view the St. Mark’s Reopening Plan, scroll further down this page.)

We will continue to offer pre-recorded worship at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday via the church website, YouTube and Facebook.

Three ways to access our pre-recorded service:

  • 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 the 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. Mark’s United Methodist Church Reopening Plan

St. Mark’s Congregation Covenant

Health Questionnaire

 

All Invited to Hear Shelley Coltrin at Next Chronic Illness Meeting 

The Chronic Illness/Pain Group extends an open invitation to come and hear an amazing story of one of our church’s own: Shelley Coltrin. Many of us prayed for her for a long time. Come hear how Shelley has fought her way back from Necrotizing Autoimmune Myositis. What is that, you wonder? Come hear about her fascinating and nearly deadly journey, 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 27 via Zoom. You do NOT have to have chronic illness or pain to attend. This is open to your friends all over the country, and especially to St. Mark’s UMC. Whether or not you know Shelley, it will be time well spent. Come hear what role Shelley feels God played in her unique situation. For the Zoom link or if you have questions, contact April DuBoce at chronicillness@umcstmarks.org.

 

Download Your 2021 Commitment Card 

We are still collecting Commitment Cards from our 2021 Stewardship Campaign, “Anchored in Hope.” These cards help us determine our budget for the coming year. If you haven’t sent one in yet and need a new copy, you can download it here. Once you have completed it, mail it to St. Mark’s UMC, 1431 W. Magee Rd., Tucson AZ 85704. Thanks!

 

Hard Copies of Annual Report Available 

We have several dozen printed copies of the St. Mark’s 2020 Annual Report. If you would like one, contact the church office (297-2062 or info@umcstmarks.org) and we will set one aside for you.

 

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. 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.
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
In 2020, our congregation donated more than 15,000 pounds of food to the ICS Food Bank! That’s more than SEVEN TONS!
Check out this sweet video they made to thank us earlier last year, when we were at 2,700 pounds!
Click this link.