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Summer Worship Hours

Sunday worship will start at 9:15 am. This will be our summer worship hours through September 4th, Labor Day. September 11th we will return to 10:15 am for worship.

New Beginnings Learning Academy Preschool Graduation 2022

Kid’s Against Hunger Food Packing

When? Saturday, June 11 at 9:00 am.

Where? At First English Lutheran Church. Please sign up by texting, calling, or emailing. We also need cookies!

St. Mark’s Helps Graduates

St. Mark’s joined the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association, The Naz, The Wapak Church, Harvest Church, and First Church in donating $500 apiece to the Wapakoneta City Schools for the purpose of assisting 20 graduates who are unable to pay their school fees. This enabled those seniors to graduate. Arron Rex, Superintendent of the Wapak Schools, let one of the pastors know of the need, and the churches responded generously and immediately.

 

St. Mark Confirmation

Pastor Doug & Cindy Klosterman taught catechism to the St. Mark Lutheran Church, Clay Township, youth for the past two years. On Sunday May 22, Abbi Brown, Natalie Metzger, Taylor Klopfenstein, Hayden Sell, and Trapper Elsass (from left to right, photo on bottom left) were confirmed by their new Pastor Cheryl Siegenthaler.

Caleb Hicks is working towards earning his Eagle Scout rank.

 

His Eagle project is updating portions of the Uniopolis Veterans park. He is coordinating several work days down at the park that he is asking friends. Family and his community to assist him in completing the project.  If you would be willing to join us on any of the following dates we would love to have the help.   All materials and tools will be provided. 

 

Monday 5/30 6-8pm

Sunday 6/5 4-6pm

Saturday 6/11 9-12pm

Sunday 6/12 2-6pm

 

Please meet at Uniopolis veteran’s park.  If you have any questions please call or text Caleb.

Renovation Plans Update

 

The renovation plans are moving forward. The following steps have been taken:

  • Amanda Wilder, the Director of the New Beginnings Preschool, has agreed to move her two upstairs classrooms downstairs for the 2022-23 school year. She will move them this summer and then be re-certified by the state to use those rooms. Her moving those classes will enable us to renovate in the winter when more contractors are available. Furthermore, this should avoid the premium rates summer work commands as well as allowing us to get the renovation done sooner.

  • The Renovation Team contracted with Freytag and Associates to provide schematic drawings and cost estimates by August 7. In addition, the team prioritized the renovations so that they could estimate how much they could accomplish for the $500,000 we anticipate. Those priorities in order are:

  1.   Asbestos Removal 

  2.  Install the three New Bathrooms in one   location, not cheapest but not most   luxurious either

  3.   Air Conditioning for the Main Wing

  4.   Remodel the Lounge

  5.   Install Wi-Fi throughout the building

  6.  Remodel the Downstairs Bathrooms –   new floor, lights, toilets, and sink

  7.  Upgrade the Worship Space

  8.  AC in the Fellowship Hall

  • The asbestos removal will be separate from the rest of the contractor work, and St. Mark’s is responsible for that. We have solicited a bid to remove the asbestos ceilings and floors from the original building (except the sanctuary). Initial estimates indicate that it will take 3-4 weeks to pressurize the building and to do the removal.

  • The church council voted to approve a contract with Freytag and Associates for $12,500 for the schematic drawings and cost estimates and has voted to call a special congregational meeting on August 7th for the threefold purpose of approving the renovation work to be done according to the Freytag estimates, to approve the contract to remove the asbestos, and to approve getting a construction loan. A construction loan will enable us to renovate prior to the end of the three-year capital campaign.

  • The process to apply for a construction loan has been started.

 

 

What We Need from You for the Renovation to Proceed

  • To give regularly and generously to the General Fund throughout the summer. Although it is typical for giving to drop off in the summer months, we will need to show the bank that the congregation is supporting the ongoing ministry of St. Mark’s while also having the pledges and gifts to pay back a construction loan. These are not typical loans for banks and so they need to know we can repay it.

  • Anyone who has made a yearly pledge and who is able to donate it immediately is invited to do so ASAP.

  • Monthly donors are invited to make sure they do so every month to establish an expected pattern of giving.

  • Anyone who is waiting to make a pledge before they ae assured the renovation will  happen can greatly increase the likelihood of it happening by making a generous pledge and by giving it ASAP.

  • Finally, we are anticipating making this happen within the year. If you have any concerns or questions, asking them sooner rather than later is helpful for your leaders to plan.

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