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Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving, what you have first given us - our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (LBW Offertory Prayer)
September Stewardship Sermon Series 3 G’s:
Grace (9/11), Gratitude (9/18), Generosity (9/25)
Jesus talked about money a lot: in parables, conversations, and teachings. Sometimes it was a about rich man, other times about a poor widow. Sometimes Jesus talked treasure, sometimes he celebrated someone giving a percentage, and sometimes he challenged someone to go and sell everything and give the money to the poor. He reminded people that they couldn't buy heaven, but he also didn't want people enslaved to sin, the devil, or to their riches.
Speaking of Stewardship:
In 2015, ELCA members gave $1.75 Billion in unrestricted offerings to support Christ’s mission and ministry through the three expressions of the ELCA. Thank you for your generosity! (Note: Unrestricted offerings do not include special offerings (e.g. congregational capital improvements or gifts to designated ministries like Lutheran Disaster Response.)
Our financial generosity is one expression of our love for God and our neighbors.
Mission Support enables us to do God’s work in ways that no individual, congregation,
or synod can do alone.
A portion of our offerings was used by our NC Synod and the ELCA to support a multitude of ministries. Here are 4 examples:
1) To support new congregations like Abiding Ministries in Pittsburgh, PA
and Iglesia Christo el Rey in Charlotte, NC;
2) To support ELCA Chaplain Ministry (chaplains in the armed services,
hospitals, and other facilities like Trinity Oaks, Salisbury, NC).
3) To support 240 ELCA missionaries serving in over 40 countries around the world including South Sudan where Pastor Wal Reat states: “It is very difficult, but I know that the ELCA is my backbone – my prayer support and financial support.”
4) To support the work of the Lutheran World Federation, a global communion of 145 churches in the Lutheran tradition representing more than 72 million Christians in 98 countries. The ELCA is the communion’s only member church from the United States.
We are church together for the sake of the world.
|This Sunday, September 25|
8:30am and 11:00am Worship with Holy Communion.
9:45-10:45am Sunday school.
Gospel: Luke 16 and Jesus' story about a rich man and a poor man.
The poor man's name is Lazarus.
Lazarus is a name found in two gospel stories, and in each instance it identifies someone who experiences the power of resurrection. John’s Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, is famously raised from the dead by Jesus (John 11). Luke 16's Lazarus suffers from extreme poverty and neglect, but when he dies he is carried away by an angel and finds comfort and honor in his heavenly home. Modern fiction and cinema examine ideas about life after death with uneven results. A recent movie is even called The Lazarus Effect, but it only seems to offer a variation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. One Internet site lists what it says are the thirteen best movies about the afterlife. When compared with these cinematic explorations of life beyond death (including highly intriguing movie The Lovely Bones), the biblical stories of Lazarus seem incredibly potent and compelling.
|Saturday, September 24 ~ Craft Day|
10:00 am - 12 noon
Family Life Center
All ladies are invited to come and make a craft to take home and help prepare hostess gifts for the WELCA event we are hosting in October.
Monday, September 26 ~ Blood Drive
3:30 - 8:00 pm
Family Life Center
Help save a life, donate blood.
notice the “Gratitude Board” in the Narthex. There are
stickers beside the board where you can write down something you are
grateful for this week and put it on the board. Adding your name
is optional and you may list as any many things as you like; add
something each week. As our church focuses on gratitude and
God’s Grace in Action let’s make our gratitude known!
The most obvious lesson
in Christ’s teaching is that there is no happiness in having or
getting anything, but only in giving.
Community of greater Charlotte has launched a Thrivent Community
Board to offer members and friends a variety of opportunities to show
their generosity in our local community. The Board invites you to
take part in our Wrapped In Love project where, together, we will
raise $27,200 to give 750 students brand new winter coats at title
one school, Merry Oaks Elementary located in central Charlotte.
Visit http://OperationWarm.org/ThriventNC to
learn how to get involved! You can donate directly on the website;
you can designate your Choice Dollars via thrivent.com;
or you can volunteer on Oct.
The website has all the details. RSVP Contact- Adrienne Beatty,
704-525-2657 or Adrienne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to donate or sign up to volunteer is October
Thrivent Communities of Greater Charlotte
Thank you to all God's Work Our Hands participants last Sunday! Thank you for your work in Christ's name in worship, singing, praying, serving, preparing personal care bags for those in need, bbq-ing, blessing police and fire stations and their personnel, and so much more! To God be the Glory.
Grace, mercy, and peace are yours from the God who seeks out the lost, from the Holy Spirit who shows us how to be found, and from the Son who knows this world that we get lost in.
Why does it bother us so much to lose things? Losing our car keys, our phone, or even a pencil that we put down somewhere and now can't find, can drive us crazy. So we search, and search, and search as if our lives depend upon it. Why? Could it be that our innate desire to search, our drive to find, mirrors the very nature of God in whose image we are created? And if we find delight in finding the simple everyday items we misplace, can we even begin to fathom the joy of heaven when lost souls are return to a right relationship with the Creator?
By the way, if you are feeling lost in any way, or if you just want to at least keep yourself pointed in the right direction, a good place to be found is in worship each Sunday at St. Mark's - 8:30 and 11:00am - and Sunday school 9:45-10:45am!
September Stewardship Sermon Series: 3 G's
9/11 Grace - the ultimate gift from God
9/18 Gratitude - our natural response
9/25 Generosity - grateful hearts respond generously
|Wednesday, evening activities:|
4:45 Alleluia Ringers
5:15 Spirit Choir
6:00 Little LYNCs
6:30 Joyful Noise
7:15 Chancel Choir
Thursday, September 15
12:00 Fellowship Group Lunch with
Pastor Dave speaking about his Mongolia Mission Trip
ANNUAL “MEAT & GREET” STEAK DINNER
Kicking off the fall
season with a bang, St. Mark’s Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) will
be hosting their 11th
Annual “Meat & Greet” Steak Dinner on Sunday, October 2, 2016
at 5:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center (FLC). An
invitation is extended to all Lutheran men to join us for a great
meal and fellowship.
The purpose of the dinner is to
give the men of the church a relaxing way to meet and fellowship with
other Christian men. The menu is as simple as the purpose ~ steak or
chicken, baked potatoes, and salad, finishing up with a great
dessert! The cost is $25.00, payable at the door. We’re offering a
discounted rate of $10.00 for anyone for any new members, guests and
those under age 18. Any
proceeds after expenses will be donated to Lutheran World Relief.
Sign-up sheets will be in the Narthex and on the FLC bulletin board
during September. Registration deadline is Sunday, September 25th.
If you have any questions, contact Don Mease at 414-491-9344 or
Colin Davis will be presented
with this year’s Honorary Lifetime Membership. Colin has headed up
the Habitat team and the Serving our Seniors every fall raking leaves
installing smoke detectors, changing hard to reach light bulbs and
batteries etc. Colin is the one when the church asks who do we call,
Colin is the one who answers the call.
Hooper Center is need of high school and adult volunteers for their
after school tutoring program. The students are age 5-14; there are
45-50 students. The center is located at 221 S. Sherrill Street,
Mooresville. Contact Dorothy Washburn, 704-663-6090 for additional
"Our Father, who art in heaven...." and/or "Our Father in heaven...."
Our Lord's Prayer version that St. Mark's used on Sunday, September 4 - "Our Father in heaven...." is published alongside the more familiar version - "Our Father, who art in heaven...." in the last 3 Lutheran worship books - the green "Lutheran Book of Worship", the blue "With One Voice", and in the current cranberry "Evangelical Lutheran Worship" book in the pews. Thus, there are 2 printed and authorized versions of our Lord's Prayer for our Lutheran liturgy, as well as hymn and liturgical sung versions in our worship books.
St. Mark's has worshiped with the newer Lord's Prayer version when utilizing the "Holden Evening Prayer" service for evening worship during Lent and/or Advent seasons. The newer version of the Lord's Prayer was authorized by the National Council of Churches in the 1970's. I don't know why. Maybe it was to try to and ease disagreements between churches that prayed "forgive us our debts" and those that prayed "forgive us our trespasses." Which would you rather have forgiven you, your debts or trespasses, or your sins? Which would you rather forgive of someone else?
By the way, the NCC includes the Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists and 30+ other church denominations in the U.S. Some churches choose to use this newer version, some don't use it at all, and some don't regularly use any version of our Lord's Prayer in worship. There are also several other versions of our Lord's Prayer available via the internet. And if you look in your Bible you'll notice a difference between our Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6, Luke 11, and John 17. Jesus prays in the Gospel of Mark too, but not the "Our Father."
This Sunday, 9/11, we are back to the sung version that St. Mark's has used for some time. Someone once said, "when we sing, we pray twice." So, singing and praying, working and worshiping, may God bless you richly! See you in church. Pastor Dave
- American Red Cross Blood Drive
3:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the FLC.
Sign-Up sheets are posted in the Narthex, appointments are not
Power in the BLOOD . . . You
can put the power of faith into action and help save a
MARK’S CHURCH MOUSE PROGRAM
- is looking for volunteers to be secret pals for our church’s
college students and military personnel. This is a very important
ministry for our young people who are working hard at school or for
our country, and they need our prayers and support. The program is
not intended to involve a lot of expense. All it requires is some
time each month for you to send a card or a little surprise (candy,
school supplies, coupons, etc) and a commitment to keep the
student/soldier in your thoughts and prayers. Please sign up to be a
“Church Mouse” today by emailing Amy Elkin at email@example.com
or by calling her at: 704-232-0726 at your earliest convenience.
31, 2017 MARKS THE 500TH
ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARTIN LUTHER-LED PROTESTANT
REFORMATION - Follow
the Road to the Reformation via
Facebook.com/RoadtotheReformation or via Twitter
MARK’S WILL BEGIN REFORMATION STUDIES IN SEPTEMBER
with several Sunday school options and a mid-week study. Some worship
services during the next year will include Reformation aspects of the
“Ever Reforming” study. The study includes history, theology,
personalities like Martin and Katie Luther, worship and hymns,
current Lutheran church ministries, and then looking forward into the
future as an Ever-Reforming church. For more information go to
nclutheran.org or contact Pastor Dave.
Wednesday Mornings: Beginning September 7th,
a Bible study for adults is held each Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
will be led by Pastor
Beginning October 6th,
a Bible study on Genesis will begin on Thursdays, 7:00-7:25 a.m.
hymn-singing and prayer in the sanctuary. 7:30-7:55 a.m. reading one
chapter from Genesis followed by conversation in the council meeting
room. Optional: 8:00 a.m. breakfast as a group.