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Just because its summer doesn't mean you have to lose contact with your church family! Please come out for these local free events! Bring your chair, look for the St. Mark's sign and join fellow members for some live music. All members welcome!
Here are the St. Mark's Summer Night's events - hope to see you at one or all of them!
Friday, 7/10 Soul Surfer Movie - St. Mark's Outdoor Amphitheater – 8 p.m.
Friday, 8/7 The Band Concord (Blue Grass) Music on Main, Mooresville - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, 9/6 The Back Beat Beatles Tribute Band Davidson Concert on the Green 6-8 p.m.
Click on this link for more Everest fun!
The NC Synod of the ELCA met in Greensboro for the 2015 Synod Assembly from Thursday May 28th through Saturday May 30th. The following folks had the honor and privilege of representing St Mark’s at the Assembly…Pastor David Hill, Ashley Fisher, Craig Gill, Mitch Abraham, Lois Dalton, Carissa Abraham, Morgan Morefield, and Lisa Gill. We joined over 700 other attendees, including over 600 voting members from across the state, at the meeting. There were a number of key things accomplished at the Assembly, not the least of which was the election of a new Bishop of the NC Synod. Called to that role for a 6-year term was Pastor Timothy Smith, a NC native. Prior to accepting a call from Holy Redeemer in suburban Atlanta several years ago, Pastor Smith was a long time member of the NC Synod. That election process involved five ballots as well multiple opportunities to hear from the various candidates. I think all would agree that the Holy Spirit was at work in Greensboro and a very humble Pastor Smith graciously accepted the call. Please keep Pastor Smith and the entire Synod in your prayers.
While that process was taking place, The Assembly also adopted a resolution honoring and thanking Bishop Leonard Bolick for his 19 years of service as Bishop and naming him Bishop Emeritus. In addition to the election of a new Bishop, the Assembly elected many folks to new positions including new Synod Council members; new Board members of Agape and Kure Ministries, Lenoir Rhyne University, and Novis Way Ministries; and delegates to the 2016 Churchwide Assembly. Other key pieces of business were the adoption of a 2016 Ministry Budget ($3,076,740), a 2016 Mission Support Request Formula (that congregations offer what they gave in 2014 plus 4% for synod and ELCA Churchwide ministries), 2016 Compensation Guidelines for rostered leaders which includes a suggested 1.5% salary increase and alignment of mileage reimbursement with current IRS guidelines, and several proposed synod constitution and by law revisions. Also adopted was a new Synod Mission Strategy built around the following Mission Statement…“Walking Together – Sharing Christ.” The Assembly also heard from the Secretary of the ELCA, the Rev. Chris Boerger. Pastor Boerger shared with us a report focused on the ELCA's 2015 emphasis on "We are the church" and how that is exemplified in ELCA ministries which are enabled and supported by mission support from congregations.
While this sounds very busy, this still does not include everything that was accomplished, discussed, and learned. The Assembly also found time for education, worship, and celebration. I think of all us representing St Mark’s found the experience extremely rewarding. For four of us, this was our first Assembly experience and it was a good one! I think it is something everyone should experience and I encourage all of you to consider attending in 2016! More information on The Assembly can be found at http://www.nclutheran.org/about/assembly.php.
Yours in Christ,
During the month of June we will be selling stock certificates to support our Habitat project. Watch your investment grow in this community ministry and support the Mooresville Faith Build 2015 project!
The stock certificates will be sold for only $20.00 each, and of course, you can purchase as many you like to build your portfolio. Stock certificates for purchase will be available in the Narthex immediately following both worship services on June 7th. After that, please contact the church office.
Here are a few things to consider with your stock purchase.......
Of the congregational responses on Important Ministries, almost 25% of the responses were in support of local ministries and outreach!
Habitat aligns with this congregational feedback.
Stock purchases make great gifts in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Certificates are available to present to your loved one. Remember dads on Father’s Day, graduates, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
To date, we have a total of $3450 in contributions toward our goal of $7500. First milestone with this local ministry is to achieve our financial commitment............ so let's finish this and get ready to build a house!
ST. MARK’S YOUTH!
IT’S TIME FOR OUR SUMMER READING PROGRAM
The Children’s Library is once again sponsoring a summer reading program for all children and youth ages 2 years through high school. Moms and Dads, reading books to your non or beginning readers will count! During our special Summer Program Events, look for
PRIZES will be given to all children/youth who participate with special recognition to the student who reads the most books (only books from the Children’s Library will count and consideration of reading level and length of books will be considered). The program started June 7th and will end August 16th .
Our large tree will be back outside the Children’s Library. Read a book and we’ll add a leaf. Read 5 books and we’ll add an apple. Let’s fill the tree up!! So, stop by the Children’s Library
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
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
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!
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).
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.