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This Week at St. Mark December 16-23, 2018


Sunday, December 9 Second Sunday of Advent

8:00 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Sunday School Christmas Program
11:00 A.M. Worship
7:00 P.M. 2nd Sunday at Katie's Cup

Monday, December 10

9:00 A.M. Classic Chorale Rehearses
4:00 P.M. Deadline for MEMOS
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous

Tuesday, December 11

10:00 A.M. Staff Meeting
11:00 A.M. St. Mark Duplicate Bridge
6:00 P.M. Bible Study

Wednesday, December 12

9:00 A.M. Men's Bible Study
9:00 A.M. Women's Bible Study
9:30 A.M. St. Mark Ringers
5:30 P.M. Good News Bearers
6:15 P.M. Bible Study
6:30 P.M. Confirmation

Thursday, December 13

7:30 A.M. Panera Book Study
9:00 A.M. Cherry Valley Bridge Group
1:00 P.M. Sew and Sews
6:30 P.M. Emotions Anonymous
6:30 P.M. Diakonia
7:00 P.M. Praise Band Rehearses

Sunday, December 16 3rd Sunday of Advent and Reception for Karen Kammer between services

8:00 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Worship
9:30 A.M. Sunday School
11:00 A.M. Worship


News and Events

Christmas Cookies in a tin

Thank you Primetimers


Pledge Update: On October 21, we announced our 2019 Congregation Budget goal of $825,800.00, a small increase of only $661 over our 2018 budget. To date, we have received 263 pledges, totaling $722,200.00. This amount represents 96% of the $749,700.00 of pledged giving needed for 2019. Our pledged giving of $749,700.00 is a key part of our total budget of $825,800.00. This year’s stewardship campaign will continue each week until our congregation budget goal is reached. We thank you for your participation in this important expression of support and gratitude. Together, we can keep our ministry moving forward with confidence and hope.

If you have not turned in your pledge card for 2019, please do so. With everyone's assistance, we can better anticipate the full level of support from all our members for the coming year.

Christmas Eve Worship Times

Please take note of the Family Worship time change to 3:00 P.M. from 4:30.

Santas list

St. Mark Christmas Ministry
It’s “that” time of year again. Time to count our blessings and be giving to others. This year St. Mark Outreach Committee has several opportunities for giving.

Remedies Renewing Lives
A women’s domestic violence shelter. We have a tote bag with needs list attached. Take a tote bag, fill it up and bring it back. Information and bags are in the Fellowship Hall.

815 Breathe
New or gently used winter coats for young men and women.

Mitten Tree
Collecting hats, gloves, mittens, scarves for people/children of all ages.

Monetary donations accepted, for all of the above collections. Please make checks to St. Mark and write Christmas Ministry in the memo line. This above will be collected through the month of December, unless otherwise noted.

Poinsettias at the green house

We are decorating the Sanctuary for the Christmas season with red and white poinsettias. The cost is $10 per plant. The deadline to order is December 16.

jar candle

Blessing Candles for Christmas!
St. Mark Youth Ministry is selling locally made, soy candles that include our new church logo. Consider a candle for someone that is a blessing in your life, and get one for yourself as a reminder to count your blessings! Candles will be this Sunday, December 9. (mailto:melinda@stmarklc.com). Cost of each candle is $16. (we will have a limited number, get them while they last.) Cash or check to St. Mark will be accepted.

Did you know

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Julie Eshleman

New Director of Christian Education
We are pleased to announce that Julie Eshleman has accepted the position of Director of Christian Education at St. Mark, beginning January 2, 2019. Julie will be filling the vacancy left by Karen Kammer, who is retiring the end of December. We look forward to welcoming Julie to our staff this January!

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Wednesday Bible Studies

A reminder that there will be no Wednesday morning men and women's Bible studies on December 26. The church will be closed that day.

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The Christmas at St. Mark concert last Sunday was spectacular! Thank you to Bob Rub, Voices of St. Mark, St. Mark Ringers and to the many musicians and performers for this lovely holiday tradition.

Its a girl

Congratulations to Keith and Deb Iverson as they celebrate the birth of their granddaughter, Wren Vela Iverson. She was born on December 2.

flower bouquet

Sign Up for 2019 Altar Flowers
The 2019 altar flower chart is up in Fellowship Hall on the cabinets next to the coffee station on Sunday mornings. The arrangements will be $35. This is a great way to honor or remember that special someone or that special anniversary.


If you have a prayer request that you would like the prayer chain to pray for, please send it to Karen Kammer at karen@stmarklc.com. Please be specific about your prayer request. All requests are confidential within the prayer chain. If you have requested prayers from the prayer chain, please notify Karen Kammer of any changes or updates so that our prayers can be most relevant.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School with apple

There is no Sunday school on December 30.

Sunday School Singers will sing Christmas carols during the Prelude and The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy during the Offertory on Christmas Eve, December 24 at the 3 P.M. service. Students should arrive at 2:30 P.M. in the lower level to warm-up their voices. Students will sit with their families. Parents will need to save seats in the sanctuary for their children.

The Family Worship service time on Christmas Eve has changed from 4:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Mark your calendars! Christmas Eve worship times are 3, 8 and 10 P.M.

The Good News Bearers will perform His Story on Christmas Eve, December 24 at the 3 P.M. service. Bearers should arrive in the lower level at 2 P.M. to prepare and rehearse.

Karen Kammer’s last day of employment is December 31. Julie Eshleman will begin her role as Director of Christian Education on January 2.


Youth Ministry

Youth group

St. Mark High School Youth High Adventure Trip June 23-28, 2019. We will be traveling to the Apostle Islands, in northern Wisconsin. Watch for more details! This is for young people entering high school fall 2019 and those in high school. There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 10:45 A.M.

Reserve your spot at a reduced deposit of $50 by December 25, after this date it will go up to $100 deposit.


Remember In Our Prayers

Our St. Mark members:

Bob Zeschke, Dorothy Brommerich, Linda Swanson, Pam Cottrill, Keith Haggestad, Naomi Hagen.

Family and friends of St. Mark members:

Steve Larsen, Bill Durkee, Scott Jones, John and Sandy Hatch, Mike Renstrom, Kim Menke, Ethan Whitney, Carolyn King, Tom Severson, Dawn Thrall, Andrea Anderson, Judy Carten, Tom Wolfe, Katie Butera, Jill Fowler, Walter Landgraf, Kate Nickell, Tim Willard, Ashton Henley, Nathan Gyllin, Mary Pearson.

Those serving in the military and their families:

Bailey Panjkovich, Xander Gehrke, Jim Tammen, John Nelson, Brandon Ballenger, Taylor Eversole, Dean Barron.


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