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A Letter from Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA Presiding Bishop

posted Jul 27, 2015, 10:17 AM by Stan Suther   [ updated Jul 27, 2015, 10:28 AM ]

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The hard but undeniable fact of deeply embedded racism in American society has come to the fore in painful ways this past year through high-profile occurrences of racial discrimination, hatred and violence – including racially motivated killings. As Lutheran Christians, what should be our response and witness? As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, how are we called to confront the sin of racism?

We need to talk and we need to listen, but we also need to act. As one important step in this process, I invite you to join me and William B. Horne II, an ELCA lay leader and member of the ELCA Church Council, for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. (CDT).

Through our church’s social statement – “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” – the ELCA collectively has expressed its calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people. You can read this social statement here. In addition, I have made several public statements on behalf of the church recently on this subject. Those statements are available here.

God’s intention for all humanity is that we see the intrinsic worth, dignity and value of all people. Racism undermines the promise of community and fractures authentic relationships with one another. As Christians, though, we live in the conviction that the church has been gathered together in the joyful freedom of the reign of God announced by and embodied in Jesus. That reign has not come in its fullness, but the message of God’s “yes” to the world breaks down all dividing walls as we live into that promise.

I urge you to deepen your involvement in and commitment to this important work to which we all are called. I believe our live webcast on this topic on Aug. 6 is one useful way for us to pursue this together, and I hope you will view and take part in it.

You may read more about this webcast at www.ELCA.org/webcast, where a link to the live webcast will be embedded. A live stream also will be available at www.Facebook.com/Lutherans. Twitter hashtag is #ELCAConfrontRacism. If you would like to submit a question to be considered during the live webcast, please send it to livinglutheran@elca.org and provide your name and your congregation’s name, city and state.

Join me for this important conversation.

Your Sister in Christ,
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton

BOOK EXCHANGE

posted Jul 27, 2015, 10:10 AM by Stan Suther   [ updated Jul 27, 2015, 10:11 AM ]


The Monday Morning Circle is sponsoring a book exchange for all church members and friends on Wednesday, August 5
th at 10:30 a.m. in the FLC. Bring any books you would like to trade. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your friends and reading buddies!  

FOOD FOR DAYS

posted Jul 27, 2015, 9:48 AM by Stan Suther

Let’s get a JUMP START on supporting our Backpack children at Park View School. When school ended in June we were feeding 102 children. St. Mark’s supported 67 children with FOOD FOR DAYS supporting the balance.

If we could paint a picture of how joyful these children are when they receive their bag of food. Just a couple of examples: A little kindergarten girl came up to the teacher and ask “will I get a bag today?” the teacher said “no not this week your Momma did not return the permission slip”. The little girl went back to her desk and started crying. The second story was a little boy in first grade, it was Thursday the boy went to his teacher and ask “may I have my bag of food today I am really hungry?” the teacher said “no but I will give you some food I brought for my lunch and tomorrow you will have a bag of food”.

Social Ministry depends on the caring hearts of our congregation to support FOOD FOR DAYS MINISTRY and other programs that we support.

COST FOR ONE CHILD FOR SCHOOL YEAR $280.00 = 210 meals per student

OR

ANY AMOUNT YOUR HEART DICTATES

Please keep this ministry in your hearts and minds and pray for these children and the children all over the nation that need assistance.

You may use a pew envelop with FOOD FOR DAYS on the envelope and on your check.

If you have questions regarding the program, contact Marilyn Boardman at 704-663-7156 or marilynb203@gmail.com


“GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS’' -

posted Jul 20, 2015, 5:47 PM by Stan Suther   [ updated Jul 27, 2015, 10:04 AM ]

NOW IS THE TIME! - Preparation for ELCA’s National Community Work Day.

GODS WORK. Our HANDS”

St. Mark’s project will be preparing personal care bags for those in need in our community.  Starting Sunday, August 2nd through Sunday, September 6th we will collect travel size personal care items.

RUB A DUB DUB LET’S FILL THE TUB”

August 2nd ~ It’s Bath Time-  Bring bars of soap and wash clothes

August 9th ~ Time for the Tooth Fairy-  Bring tooth brushes and tooth paste

August 16th ~ It’s a Good Hair Day- Bring shampoo/conditioner & combs

August 23rd thru September 6th ~ Fill the Tub, watch for the list of items still needed

SAVE THE DATE SEPTEMBER 13th ~ It’s here ELCA National Work Day

FAMILY LIFE CENTER PAINTING & FLOOR WAXING

posted Jul 20, 2015, 5:31 PM by Stan Suther   [ updated Jul 20, 2015, 5:38 PM ]

Property service volunteers painted the FLC and moved furniture (to accommodate waxing the vinyl floors in both church buildings) during the first week of July 2015. About 25 gallons of paint were used in the FLC project, and 211 volunteer hours were donated to complete the projects. We enjoyed fun, food, and fellowship completing the work while saving St. Marks at least $4,000 (had the labor been hired from outside). The volunteer turnout was tremendous – 27 members participated in serving our Church.

A huge thank you to the crew is in order. Here’s a list of our workers: Jim Chelgren, Wayne Westmoreland, Judy Rains, Gary Rains, Debbie Rice, Bill Hadlock, Bill Horiszny, Ron Boardman, David Milholland, Jimmy McLean, Jody Tyree, Tommy Lyons, Mitch Abraham, Chick Pless, Bill Elkin, Bruce Harwell, Jason Fisher, Jim Lown, Craig Gill, Mike Walsh, Melissa Walsh, Collin Walsh, Cheryl Hertler, Barry Ervin, Chris Ervin, and Jimmy Arthurs.

Other service opportunities will be coming up through the end of the year! Let Barry Ervin or Jimmy Arthurs know if you want to help us, or if you know of any other property volunteer projects for which you may be suited.

Love Offering for Emanuel AME Church

posted Jul 20, 2015, 5:29 PM by Stan Suther

During its monthly meeting on July 13th, the Council approved a motion that a love offering in the amount of $500 be made to Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC in honor and in memory of innocent victims of violence.  If you are interested in making an offering to Emanuel AME Church, the address is 110 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC, 29401. 

Call Committee

posted Jul 20, 2015, 5:27 PM by Stan Suther

St. Mark's brothers and sisters:  If you would like to nominate rostered ELCA clergy for our Pastoral Call, there is a nomination form to complete which you can get in the church office.  Please enclose the completed form in a sealed envelope and turn it in to the office.  Once the form is turned in, our Call Committee will forward it to our synod office for them to make contact.  Thank you!

Soup Kitchen Christmas in July- Help Wanted

posted Jul 13, 2015, 12:17 PM by Stan Suther

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... well, at least it looks like it from the busyness around the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. July is a very busy month for us!  Our dining room has been filled with more and more folks, especially children every day. Many children within our community receive free or reduced lunch at school and with school out they are coming to us instead. We have seen many come with family members. However, we have seen a good number also come by themselves just looking a nourishing meal. With increased neighbors in need, but traditionally low amounts of donations, we decided to have a "Christmas in July" food drive. Our goal is to encourage the community to remember our community kitchen and those in need, like they usually do around the holiday season. And this is more than a PR campaign! MSK is being decorated for Christmas too and our guests will receive many giveaways throughout the month. We will have a big Christmas meal and gift bags on July 29th. We also have a lot of guest teams, much like the holidays. It makes for a fun (and surprising) way to spend a July day for sure!   Summer for most of us means vacations and fun.  However, summer is difficult for many in need within our community.  Get involved in our "Christmas in July" food drive by donating non-perishable food items. Consider donating special items for our gift bags like large candy bars, socks, deodorant, toothbrushes, Lance crackers or other treats. As we continue to serve more of our neighbors, including those most vulnerable - our seniors and children - we are grateful for such a generous community.  Join the fun this July and celebrate the joy of giving! Please leave any items in the box located in the side hallway marked Christmas in July.


HELP WANTED – MOORESVILLE SOUP KITCHEN – Immediate Volunteer Needs:

  • Afternoon Cook Team:  We are in need of additional team members on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 1 – 4.  You can volunteer for one day a month or all. 

  • 2nd Friday of the Month Cook Team / Odd Months Only (Sept., Nov., Jan., etc.). All you need is 8 to 10 members.  Training and help will be provided. Your team would arrive at 8:00 am.  As a team, you will begin preparing food to be cooked and ready to serve by 11:00 am. You will choose a Cook Team Captain that will train to guide you through your time here.  All food will be here and ready for your group to cook.  At 11:00 some of the team will fix plates and pass them from the window while others are replenishing food, filling the dessert table, washing up the dishes, cleaning counters and other tasks. Most teams are finished before 1pm. If you have any questions, please contact Judith at 704-660-9010 or volunteer@mooresvillesoupkitchen.com
  • Drivers Needed: Mondays – A food pick up from a local grocery store on 150.  It will take approximately 2 hours or less out of your day to pick up, load and deliver.
  • Friday – A small pick up from two local restaurants.  It will take approximately 1 hour of your day to pick up and deliver.

Update from Call Committee

posted Jul 13, 2015, 12:02 PM by Stan Suther   [ updated Jul 13, 2015, 12:18 PM ]

On Sunday, July 12, Don Mease and Susan Suther, members of the Call Committee, gave an update on the process of finding our next Pastor. They reported that the final draft of the MSP (Ministry Site Profile) has been submitted to the Synod, and they are in the process of reviewing it.  Training for the Call Committee is complete, and the Synod office has been notified that we are ready to receive names of interested candidates.  The Call Committee will review the candidate profiles as they are received and select those that interest the committee. They will then begin the interview process.

The Call Committee members ask for your continued prayers for wisdom, discernment and guidance as they seek a Pastor for our congregation, and pray for them as they listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as our guide through this process.

Results of Called Congregational Meeting

posted Jul 7, 2015, 9:12 AM by Stan Suther

The results of the Called congregational Meeting held last Sunday, June 28th are: 152 votes in favor of purchasing the house on Fieldstone and 9 votes against purchasing the house.  

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