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Sunny Sunday at St. Mark's

posted May 18, 2015, 3:33 PM by Stan Suther   [ updated May 22, 2015, 10:50 AM ]

On May 17, St. Mark's members and guests enjoyed a wonderful day of vocal and instrumental music providing our outdoor service on the grounds. We also celebrated communion under a bright, blue sky!  The Carolina Style Chorus members were our special guests, and they demonstrated their award-winning a cappella singing skills during the service.  Lunch followed outside the Family Life Center with much good food and conversation. Thanks to the Evangelism and Worship and Music Committees (and volunteers for setup and takedown) for making this service happen. Click the link to see a few outdoor worship photos.

FOOD FOR DAYS SUMMER PROGRAM

posted May 18, 2015, 12:27 PM by Stan Suther

Back Pack Ministry started a new project for the summer months which was very successful last summer.  Food for Days would like to run this program again this summer for the 2015/2016 school year.  Below is a list of foods we are collecting through the summer months.  There will be a box by the Church office for your donations.  There are also a few magnetic reminder cards for your convenience. Thank you very much for thinking of the children in need.  Social Ministry Committee
May ~ Individual OATMEAL PACKETS                          
June ~ Individual PUDDING CUPS
July ~ Variety Pack CRACKERS  (Lance or Austin)
  August ~ Individual FRUIT CUPS or APPLE SAUCE
  September ~ Any variety POP TARTS
YOU Make the Difference!
Hunger Does Not Take the Weekend Off

Inter-faith Build with Habitat for Humanity

posted May 10, 2015, 6:21 PM by Robert Rhyne

St. Mark's is embarking on an exciting community outreach project in collaboration with other churches in Mooresville (Central United Methodist, St. Therese Catholic and First Baptist so far).  These churches will fund and build a house with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.  OTHH is the award-winning affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that serves Mooresville, Statesville, Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius.

The home will be located on Burke Circle in Mooresville with construction beginning in the fall of 2015.  Prior to construction, St. Mark's is conducting a pledge campaign.  Please, prayerfully consider a donation to this wonderful ministry.  Your donation can also be split up to work with your budget.  You can download a pledge form below to return to the church so that the campaign managers will have a better understanding where the campaign stands (click the down arrow to the right of the file name).  View the form to get more information about donating to the cause (click the file name to view).

St. Mark's has an outstanding history working with OTHH.  Let's continue supporting this ministry doing God's work right here in our community.  There is a vital role for each of us to fill in this project so let's come together!

Winshape Camp

posted May 4, 2015, 9:30 AM by Stan Suther   [ updated May 4, 2015, 9:34 AM ]

Sponsored by Chick-fil-A, Winshape Camp will once again return to Mooresville 
June 22 - 26. The camp will be held at Peninsula Baptist Church. Contributions are being accepted through June 18th to help with funding our Backpack Kids at Parkview who are signing up to attend and need help with the $199 cost for the week. This camp is for all children. 

This is a marvelous opportunity for these in need children to hear about God and the ordinary people in the bible He has used for His extraordinary work here on earth. Children will be led to see how they can be extraordinary workers for God as well.  WinShape is bringing in a trained group of college students.  They will be leading worship time, small group time and skills.

Volunteers are also needed from the community.  If you would be interested in volunteering at Peninsula Baptist during the WinShape Camp, please visit the website PeninsulaBaptist.com.  Volunteers 16 years old or older are needed to help alongside the WinShape team, assist campers or help in one of the specific areas such as parent hospitality tent, parking team, snack, lunch prep and registration.

If anyone is interested in helping our children in need to attend a Christian camp, please use a pew envelope, make your check out to St. Mark’s and indicate “WinShape Camp” in the memo line.  Please also mark your envelope “WinShape Camp”.  Currently,17 Park View Elementary students have applied to camp.

For more information contact Marilyn Boardman at 704-663-7156, marilynb203@gmail.com or Lisa Locklin at 828-478-9306 or llocklin@charter.net 

Church Pictures

posted May 4, 2015, 9:25 AM by Stan Suther

If you elected to have your Life Touch portraits delivered to the church, they are here.  The pictures are available for pick up in the side hallway, under the church mailboxes.  If your pictures are not in the current shipment, it means they will be coming in a future shipment and we will notify you when they arrive.

Successful Blood Drive

posted May 4, 2015, 9:22 AM by Stan Suther

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Red Cross Blood Drive this week.  We had 40 people presented to donate and 37 productive units were collected.  We appreciate all the WELCA Circles for bringing cookies and everyone who helped with set up and clean up.

ADULT HANDBELL WORKSHOP

posted Apr 28, 2015, 5:38 PM by Stan Suther   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 5:45 PM ]

May 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ 7:00 p.m.  

Learn to Ring or Brush Up on Your Ringing Skills.  

If you read music and would like to learn to play handbells, or if you’ve played in the past but need to brush up on your ringing skills, this workshop is for you.  You will 
learn basic ringing skills plus the different techniques used to make all the unique sounds you hear bell choirs use.  The best part is that you’ll have lots of fun and will be able to play a handbell piece after these four sessions.

Maximum number of ringers in the workshop is 13, so sign up soon!  

Contact: Robbie Pearson  
robbietpearson@gmail.com or 704-664-5474, Ext 213

Financial Peace University

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:53 AM by Stan Suther   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 8:55 AM ]

Back by popular demand; Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.   Financial Peace University (FPU) is a biblically based curriculum that teaches people how to handle money God’s way.  The program includes 9 weekly sessions that encourage small group discussion, accountability and discipleship God’s way.

Comments from the previous sessions held at St. Mark’s have been very positive and include: all young adults just starting out should take this class, it will keep them out of debt troubles; all new couples should take the class early in their marriage; helped us with daily/monthly budgeting and planning for the future; helped us cut up credit cards and cancel accounts and better understand the value of using cash. 
 
Our next session will focus on young adults, those just starting out, ages 18-30 years old.  Although everyone is welcome, we especially invite the young adults of St. Mark’s and Mooresville community.

Carissa Abraham will be our facilitator. As a recent graduate of Financial Peace University (FPU), she is eager to share what she learned a year ago in her FPU class.  Our summer program will begin on Friday nights, June 5th and run through July 31st.  Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Our plan is to have a light dinner, such as Subway or Pizza, making this a fun social and educational series for young adults.  Class size will be limited to 10 participant units (singles/couples).

The fee for Financial Peace University is only $109 and includes the full 9 session CD’s, workbook, Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money, and other tools for successful money management. Scholarships are available; please contact the office for information.

Please contact Jan Wagoner for additional information, or to sign up:  jaw123@mi-connection.com or 704-663-7854.   Learn more about Financial Peace University at DaveRamsey.com.

Summer Sunday School

posted Apr 28, 2015, 8:47 AM by Stan Suther   [ updated May 4, 2015, 8:46 AM ]

Please help us with an exciting new Summer Sunday School format coming soon! Christian Education will be holding special themed events during the Sunday School hour on selected Sundays this summer. These events will have something for everyone! We need lots of help to make this a success. We are asking that individuals, small groups or large groups such as SS classes or other church groups volunteer to take one Sunday's events and provide the manpower to help with Bible lessons, games, crafts and snacks. We hope to hold these events outside and invite the community!  Please talk to your friends here at St. Mark's and all of you sign up to help! The dates and themes will be:
  June 14- VBS/Mt. Everest         July 12 – Carnival
August 2 – Beach Party Sept 6 – Kick off for 2015-16 school year
If you would be willing to help with coordination and planning of the program, please contact Ashley at acfisherdce@aol.com or call/text (704) 500-8432. Let's make this a super fun summer for our children and those around us!

Habitat for Humanity Project

posted Apr 6, 2015, 8:48 AM by Stan Suther


We have an exciting new community outreach opportunity with Habitat for Humanity to participate in sponsoring and building a home for a local family in Mooresville in conjunction with a coalition of Mooresville churches (e.g., Central Methodist, First Baptist, St. Therese, etc).  Each church who will participate in the coalition is asked to not only assist in the build of the home but assist in sponsoring the build financially.  They are asking for each church to contribute at least $7500 to sponsor the effort. The project is scheduled to begin at the end of August of this year, so we need to raise the funds by the beginning of August.  

St. Marks has been a significant supporter of this community ministry in the past, including full sponsorship of one of our member's homes.  The coalition of local churches will provide strength in numbers for both sponsorship and volunteering to better offer that "hand-up" help for those that need it.  We will need your help in planning, organizing, donating, and building!  If you are interested in helping or have any questions, please contact Lisa Locklin at 828-308-6422/llocklin@charter.net or Colin Davis at 704-650-1451/cvdavisii@aol.com.

Donations for this project can be given in weekly/monthly installments but all donations must be collected by August 1st.  Donations can be made by providing a check made out to St. Mark’s Lutheran and a note in the check memo line indicating it is for Habitat for Humanity sponsorship.  If you would like to contribute to this effort, please indicate your planned commitment below and include this completed slip in either the offering basket or drop off in the church office.  We hope you will prayerfully consider helping St. Mark’s participate in this coalition and community outreach effort.  Thank you!

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