Summer Worship Times Schedule
New Worship Service will be Sundays at 8:30 am. Our worship times change every year from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. New this year we will be adding a third worship service instead of changing the Sunday Worship Service to an hour earlier. This summer our worship services will be:
May 30 – September 5
Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.
Sundays at 8:30 am & 10:15 am
The three worship services will each have a different style:
Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. - Blended traditional & contemporary music, informal, weekly Communion.
Sundays at 8:30 a.m. - Contemporary music, informal, weekly Communion.
Sundays at 10:15 a.m. - Traditional hymnody & liturgy, Communion on the 1st & 3rd Sundays and Major Festivals.
May 16, 2021 is the last day of Adult Sunday School Class
Triple Blessings for Kids Going to Summer Church Camp
There are summer camps for every sport and activity, but summer camps were first started by churches to help children and youth learn to be independent, discover what it means to live in connection with the natural world, and to deepen their faith in God. Indeed, children who attend church camp grow up to be more faithful to God and to be more connected to a local congregation.
This year there are three blessings available to all St. Mark’s parents above and beyond the children and youth having a great camping experience.
First, St. Mark’s will pay the first $200 towards the camp registration. Contact Pastor Doug when you register.
Second, parents have a kid’s free week with the confidence that they are well taken care of for the camps have learned how to handle the Covid safety protocols.
Third, if your child attends a week of camp at Camp Lutherwald, our very own Lauren Doll will be one of the counselors relating to the campers.
Memorial Day – May 29 - 30
We will remember in prayer those who have served our country and given their lives defending the freedom we all hold dear. We will acknowledge the veterans of the congregation in November.
May 23, 2021
Confirmation is scheduled for May 23 during the 10:15 am church service. The following young people have completed their catechetical requirements and are awaiting confirmation:
Kids Against Hunger
June 12, 2021
After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the Kids Against Hunger feeding program tentatively plans to return to Wapakoneta on June 12. When plans are finalized, additional information will be distributed during the worship services or on the email weekly announcements.
The cost has gone up for this year and we still need to raise $482 to pay our portion of the expense. We will be joining with First English Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, Moulton. Please designate your gifts: Kids Against Hunger.
A Heartwarming Story
On April 23, 2021, a lady stopped into the church office. She explained that she was given money from St. Mark’s 15 years ago from an anonymous donor. Her husband was sick with brain cancer and all their funds were exhausted from medical expenses. She truly appreciated the money! Now she is able and wants to pay it forward. She gave St. Mark’s a $400 donation to be used for a member or non-member who needs a hand up because of sickness in their family.
First Communion Class will be taught by Pastor Doug to any child whose parents believe that he or she is ready to receive their First Communion. The classes will be on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, May 9, 16 and 23. The 4th and final class time will be during the week at Pastor Doug’s home for the event will be making communion bread together. That date will be determined when the date for First Communion is set.
Please contact Pastor Doug to let him know that your child will be attending.
Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Blessings & Gifts
As is traditional at St. Mark’s, Mother’s Day (May 9) and Father’s Day (June 20) feature a blessing for mothers and fathers on their respective day. (Of course, every time we gather for worship we are blessed by God!) In addition, mothers receive a flower to plant in their garden and father receive the gift of a candy bar.
Bless your Mother. Bless your Father. Come to worship with them!
Two New Drivers Blessed
Two new teen drivers, Addi Newman and Nathan Doll, were recognized and blessed during worship service on March 14. Please keep them in your prayers as they navigate the roads ahead!
Our high school graduates will be honored during service on May 2 during the 10:15 am church service.
The 2021 High School Graduates are:
Any College Graduates?
Please contact the church office if you know of a church member who is graduating this spring from any institution of higher learning. We would like to be able to publicly acknowledge their accomplishment.
Pentecost Sunday – May 23
Join us and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit by wearing RED (the color of flame and fire - one symbol for the Holy Spirit) on May 23. We receive the Holy Spirit at Baptism. The Spirit gives us power to witness for Jesus. Join us for this special day and WEAR SOMETHING RED to celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and BRING A FRIEND!
If you would like to order a red geranium for Pentecost Sunday, forms are available in the narthex and in this newsletter.
National Day of Prayer
May 6, 2020 ~ 12:00 noon
Heritage Park Gazebo
Join the churches and community leaders of Wapakoneta on Thursday, May 6 at the Heritage Park Gazebo, 30 Auglaize St., Wapakoneta (south side of the Auglaize River near downtown) as we pray for and support the many government, school, and social agencies of our community. Prayers will be offered for the government, military, media, business, sheriff, police, fire department, church, and family. Representatives from each of these organizations and pastors from congregations throughout the county will be sharing in this 30-minute prayer time.