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We have exciting news about an adult mission to help rebuild from Hurricane Sandy. Almost two years after the storm, much work still needs to be done. St. Mark’s will be sending a team from July 7th to July 12th to work with Samaritan’s Purse in Toms River, NJ.
These rebuilding trips to disaster areas are as rewarding as anything you will ever do in your life. They are spiritually fulfilling as well. If you have been seeking a new way to serve the Lord, consider this trip a blessed opportunity. Don’t for a moment consider that you may not be qualified. Samaritan’s Purse is outstanding at using whatever each team member has to offer. Your efforts will be magnified. If you have any interest in this trip, contact Robert Rhyne asap (firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-699-5661).
Coming May 18th – A campaign to Pay it Forward, be the hands and feet of Jesus, a chance to put God’s love into action! A Random Act of Kindness or “RAK” is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to assist or cheer up an individual person or people. The Evangelism committee challenges you to take time this summer to brighten someone’s day, make a difference, and surprise someone with your kindness...
WHO: YOU showing RAK’s to other church members, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, students, acquaintances or total strangers!
WHAT: Any act of kindness to show someone that they are special and God’s love is alive in your heart and being shared with them. Go to randomactsofkindness.org for 300 ideas!
WHEN: Anytime, but especially this summer! Random Acts of Kindness can be done anytime, anywhere, so keep it going all summer.
WHERE: At church, at home, at work, at school, running errands, shopping, at sporting events, driving, vacationing, anywhere...
WHY: To show God’s Love, St. Mark’s Hands in action. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. Kindness breeds kindness, and is proven to make people feel better, on the giving OR receiving end.
CHALLENGE: Think about how you can affect others lives by small and random acts of kindness. Make someone smile or surprise them with your kind act. Set your goal of an act a week, one a day, 10 a day, whatever the spirit moves you to do!
LOOK FOR MORE INFO: More info on the RAK & Roll Summer Challenge will be shared in Church, the Website, Sunday School Classes, the Bulletin, Circles and LYNCs classes soon and a chance to share your stories! If you're a Sunday School or WELCA leader, check out your Leader's Guide below (click the filename to view or the down arrow to download).
HELP US: If you want to help promote this campaign, please contact a member of the Evangelism Committee or e-mail Pam Core at email@example.com or call 704-340-7883 or Tammy Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-650-9130. Thank you!
We have scheduled Saturday, May 17th as a St. Mark’s workday. We will need 10 to 12 volunteers so mark your calendar! We will be installing interior trim or laminate flooring in one of the two homes under construction in the Burke Crossing community in Mooresville. Stay tuned for more details and signup sheets as we get closer to the work day.
If you want to get started before that date (individually or in small groups), just sign up on their website and then pick the activities and dates you want to work! Whether you work individually/small groups or in our larger group on May 17th you will need to register as a volunteer at www.ourtownshabitat.org. Also, you will need to complete a volunteer waiver form as well.
Details on work day activities, waiver forms, and information on how to register are now available in the side hallway. Keep in mind that activities may change due to weather and other factors, but current activities should always be on their website.
If interested or have questions, contact Colin Davis at 704-650-1451 or email@example.com.
Mark Sunday, June 1st on your calendars! We will be returning to Sloan Park for our annual Outdoor Worship service. Dress is casual and you may need lawn chairs so you’ll have somewhere to sit during the Worship Service as seating is very limited. The Worship Service with Holy Communion by Intinction will begin at 11:00 a.m. with lunch served immediately following the service. The service will be on the lawn beside the Mt Ulla Lion’s Shelter (directions below).
The Evangelism Committee will provide grilled chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs. All the condiments, slaw, chili and paper products will also be provided. We will have lemonade and sweet tea for drinks. We ask that everyone attending bring side dishes and desserts.
After we eat, you are welcome to make plans to have some fun and family friendly competitions. Bring your Corn Hole boards, ball gloves, volley balls and badmitten to challenge your church family in some serious or not so serious competitive games. In addition, there is a playground for the children and an old mill and water wheel to explore.
If rain appears to be a possibility, call the church prior to going out to Sloan Park. There will be a message on the church answering machine by 7:30 a.m. whether to proceed to Sloan Park or come to the church for service with the picnic to follow in the FLC.
For those who are unable to make it out to the park, there will be an 8:30 a.m. Worship Service at the church. There will not be Sunday School on June 1st. You’ll want to invite a friend or a prospective new member to Outdoor Worship at Sloan Park! We look forward to seeing y’all there! If you need a ride to the park, please call the church office, 704-664-5474, and a ride will be arranged for you.
Directions to Sloan Park - at Carrigan Farms, go east (from 150 & 152 intersection) toward Salisbury on NC 150 for 6.8 miles. Turn left on Sloan Road (sign reads: Sloan Park - Kerr Mill). Go 2 miles, cross bridge and the park is on your right. Turn right into the park, then take the first left to the Sloan Shelter on the right and the Mt Ulla Lions Shelter up the hill on the left. We have reserved both of these shelters and parking lots. The lunch will be at the Mt Ulla Shelter with the service just beyond it at the top of the hill. For those able to walk better than most, consider staying to the right along the park drive and parking in the main lot (the lot where we’ve usually parked in the past).
Mark Your Calendar and Plan to Attend Jungle Safari Vacation Bible School at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church from June 22nd - 26th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. More info to follow soon. Join the fun and fellowship!
The Alexander-Iredell Spring Conference Gathering is going to be held on Saturday, April 26th at Reformation Lutheran Church in T aylorsville. Our NC Synodical W omen’ s Organization (NC SWO) theme for 2014 is Sisters Rejoicing Together and our Spring Gathering Program will be on Human Trafficking. Did you know that human trafficking is a $2 billion a year industry? Did you know that 200,000 children are at high risk for sex trafficking in the United States each year? Did you know that Charlotte is a human trafficking hub? We will explore how to understand and respond to human trafficking at the Spring Gathering as well as elect Conference Leaders and hear the President’s Message from our NC SWO Board Liaison.
Registration begins at 9:00am and the Gathering will begin at 9:30am. Lunch will be served around noon following the meeting. The cost for the lunch is $8.00 and the deadline for registration is Wed., April 16th. Our Regular Offering will be for camperships split equally between Agape-Kure Beach and Lutheridge/Lutherock and the Pennies Offering will go to Leadership Legacy. We will be collecting newborn diapers and baby bath products for the Caring Hearts Pregnancy Center in Taylorsville as our In-Kind Offering. Please plan to attend and invite others to join us as we explore how to respond to Human Trafficking. Sign-up sheets are on the WELCA Bulletin Board (next to the Sacristy). Contact Lorri Monterose with any questions.
The Soup Suppers during this Lenten Season have been awesome, even inspiring. We've been inspired to get creative. So, take note of the new Recipes link in our sidebar menu. We hope to add many more
recipes shared from your favorites. Join the forum to add your own! Let's hope some of those great soup recipes show up here soon...
The next Holy Grounds Coffee Bar will be Palm Sunday, April 13th, in the Family Life Center from 9:30 am to 11 am. We'll have very special coffees roasted by the Stahlman's as well as munchies to go along.Bring yourself and bring a friend as well. But, don't miss out. Fun and fellowship will be provided as well.
Palm Sunday, April 13th
8:30 a.m. ~ Traditional Worship with Holy Communion. Music offered by Youth Choir and Handbells.
9:30 a.m. ~ Holy Grounds Coffee Bar in the FLC.
11:00 a.m. ~ Traditional Worship. Music offered by Chancel Choir and Youth Handbells.
Maundy Thursday, April 17th
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ~ Prayer at the Cross, FLC
7:30 p.m. ~ Worship with Holy Communion
Commemorate the Last Supper gathered at the Table of Twelve. Our First Communion class will receive their First Communion. Dramatic presentation by Saintly Acts: “Have You Seen My Son?”
Good Friday, April 18th
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ~ Prayer at the Cross, FLC
7:30 p.m. ~ Tenebrae Service of Darkness
This service commemorates the final hours of Jesus’ life on earth as he suffered death on the cross. Please enter the church quietly and wait in silence and prayer for the service to begin.
Easter Sunday, April 20th
6:30 ~ Sunrise Service with Breakfast following Sunrise Service ~ FLC
8:30 ~ Easter Worship with Holy Communion
9:45 Sunday School for all ages
11:00 ~ Easter Worship with Holy Communion
Please bring fresh cut flowers Easter Sunday for our Cross
The Marti Estes 5K Walk of Faith has selected Food
for Days to be the recipient for the 2nd year. We would like to have
a team and team supporters. You can obtain more info by going to me5k.com.