Christmas Eve Worship
Please join us in celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ our Lord!
1: Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve 5:00 PM
Outdoors in the Pearl Street Parking Lot
Holy Communion & Candle Lighting
2: A Pre-Recorded Christmas Eve Worship Service will be released that morning.
The Annual Meeting for St. Mark's Lutheran Church will be held via Zoom on December the 6th at 11:15 am. The Annual Report containing the agenda and the proposed 2021 budget has been emailed and mailed to your home already. Reports are also available in the church narthex.
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study continues to meet and study the book of Philippians. They will be meeting on December 5 & 19 and January 2 & 16. If the county is red the Bible Study will be by Zoom and if it is orange the study will be held in the lounge. All are welcome to join.
Revised Children’s Christmas Program
Although we had intended the Children’s Christmas Program to be an opportunity to for the children to hear the Christmas story in a barn setting, since Auglaize is now red and since the virus cases are exceedingly high, it will be a video-taped format only. The senior youth will be narrating and acting out the story.
Advent gift Folders
Advent is a time of preparation to receive Christ. When Jesus came to us, he was not recognized as the Christ for he was born in obscurity and poverty. One of the biblical themes is that if you want to know what God is doing, look among the poor and the marginalized; and if you want to serve Christ, care for the poor.
Here at St. Mark’s we take up a special Advent Collection for the purpose of aiding the poor. We challenge one another to have each family donate $20.
The money collected will help support our mission partner Salem Lutheran Church in Toledo (where our past seminarian Michael Hanck now serves as the pastor there), God’s Storehouse, Mercy Unlimited, and St. Vincent de Paul. Offering envelopes will be included in the Annual Report mailing.
Formerly this special offering was done by means of a quarter a day and called Quarter Folders.
Advent Midweek Worship Gets Active This Year
Because of the Covid situation this year, there will be no in-person Advent Midweek Worship. Instead you will be invited to participate in the weekly themes in your own household with suggested readings and activities. These will be posted each week of Advent and are intended to encourage each one of us to practice Being God’s Grace in Action.
Advent Week 1: Sermon Theme: Creative Waiting Hope: Main thought: Support vulnerable populations, offer help to a neighbor
Advent Week 2: Sermon Theme: Preparations, Anticipations Peace: Main thought: Spread kindness and look for ways to unite not divide
Advent Week 3: Sermon Theme: It’s Time for Some Good News Joy: Main thought: Make someone smile; add something positive to the world
Advent Week 4: Sermon Theme: Here Am I
Love: Main thought: Use your actions to show people around you that you care
Set up crew
Clean up crew
Kristin Doll - 567-356-6003
Laura Heitz - 419-204-8313
if interested in volunteering
Watch for emails and announcements for further details
The office will be closed December 25 - January 1.
New Beginning’s will be closed December 21 -January 1. Classes resume Monday, January 4.
Christmas Cheer Tree
St. Mark’s will be participating in the local firemen’s Christmas Cheer Tree project. Members are asked to take as many tags from the tree as they wish. Please purchase the amount of gifts for the tags you’ve taken, wrap the gift, tape the tag onto the outside of the wrapped gift, and place your gift under the tree in the narthex. Deadline for gifts this year is Sunday, December 6, 2020.