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Sunday, May 22 was a very special day for St. Mark's Lutheran Church! It marked the official installation of Pastor Dave as our new minister. We are excited to have Pastor Dave and his family join our church family. Pastor Dave has many talent including all those we would hope for in a pastor, but he also displays remarkable musical talent as he sings with his minister friends in their band, Rev It Up! Our church family enjoyed a wonderful reception that displayed a sea of smiles among the members and guests.
GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS – We request your presence on Sunday, June 5th. All graduating seniors will be recognized during the announcements at each service. (you only need to attend one service). We look forward to seeing you there!
Pastor Scott Swix finished his interim service with St. Mark's on Sunday, May 8th. His time with us was celebrated with a reception between services, where Council President Jan Wagoner presented Pastor Scott with a gift and our thanks for being such an active and creative interim pastor. We all wish him well in his future assignments.
Many of you may have seen the Facebook video, posted on St. Mark’s Facebook page, on making sleep mats from plastic bags. To make a 3 ft. by 6 ft. sleeping mat you need 500-700 bags. This includes grocery, Belk and Target bags for example. These mats can be used in disaster stricken areas… floods, tornados, etc. They are also used in homeless shelters and World Wide Missions. Also, it’s a great way to recycle. It is possible to make these mats in two different ways. One by ironing together the plastic and then sewing these squares together. The other way would be to crochet together. Hopefully we can try both ways. Liz McNabb has volunteered to make a sample that you sew together. We need to see how long each mat takes to put together. We also need a volunteer to make a crocheted mat. I have the written instructions for this and the video. Please let me know and as soon as we get 500 to 700 bags we will get a sample made of each. Boxes will be placed in several areas of the church for members to place their bags. More information coming as we get mat samples made and bags collected. See the St. Mark’s Facebook page for the video link explaining how the mats are made.
Shelby Westmoreland; email@example.com, 704-662-4630.
Evangelism and Social Ministry
First and foremost, pray for Pastor Dave and the Keck family even as we pray for Pastor Scott in this time of transition for everyone. Also, open your hearts in Christian love for our new pastor that we may seek genuine and vital relationships while developing long-term ministries together. Sending him a card of welcome and encouragement would be an effective way to begin this new relationship. You can reach him at Pastor Dave Keck, 551 7th St. NW, Hickory, NC, 28601 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (wife: Nina; children: Rachel and Robert).
Another helpful step will be to get in the habit of using your name tag. Then at every opportunity, introduce yourself by name remembering that you have to remember one new name while the pastor has to learn all the new names of a very large family. And, as always, in all things, continue to pray unceasingly. “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).