Christmas Eve Worship Services
You are invited to attend either the 5:00 pm or the 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Worship Service. Both services will feature Christmas carols, candlelight, and Holy Communion. There will NO worship service at St. Mark’s on Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day. However, First English Lutheran Church cordially invites you to worship with them on Christmas Day at 10 am.
The Advent Midweek Worship Services
The Advent Midweek Worship Services are Wednesday, December 7 and 14. There is a meal in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm. The 25-minute worship service begins at 7:00 pm and features a drama inviting us to have an Advent Attitude. Serving the meal on December 7 is the Kitchen Committee. The following week, December 14, the Finance Committee and the Education Committee are the servers.
Easton Scott Alexander, son of Zeek & Morgan Alexander, was baptized November 20, 2022. His grandparents are Rod Beth Miller. Easton was born on September 15, 2022, and he has an older brother named Chase. His godparents are Aunt Heidi & Uncle Todd Braun.
New Beginnings Donation
The children at the New Beginnings Learning academy donated 107 cans of soup and $300 during their Annual Cans of Soup Collection
The Giving Tree
–in the narthex—has gift suggestions for Christmas Gifts for preschoolers, elementary children, junior high youth, and high school youth. Christmas Jubilee will be giving food and gifts to 45 to 50 families. Bring all gifts to the church by Sunday, December 10. They will be picked up Monday, December 11.
Available for Pick Up
The Garage Sale items are available in the first preschool room through Dec. 10. If you want it, take it now. First come, first served.
The Daily Devotional, Christ in Our Home, for January, February and March of 2023 are now available in the narthex.
The Daily Texts, 2023, suggested Bible readings and a prayer for each day of the year, are now available in the narthex.
The 2023 Offering Boxes are set out in the lounge for you to pick up. We have reduced the number of boxes and assigned new numbers. Youth will no longer receive a box. If your name is not on a box and you would like offering envelopes, please sign up on the list provided.
The Advent Envelopes are set out in the narthex for your Advent offering to aid the poor in our community.
The Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held at 11:15 am, immediately after the worship service on Sunday December 4. The 2023 budget will be voted on as well as at least three council members for a three-year term..
Youth Christmas Party
The youth group meets at the home of Kristi Fisher,16644 Conant Rd, Wapakoneta, on Sunday evening December 11 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm for the Youth Christmas Party. There will be food and games. Each youth is to bring a gift for the person whom you received a name and a second white elephant gift, that is something fun, unloved, or re-purposed.
The Renovation Project Update
The Renovation Project is nearly upon us.
Saturday, December 10, 10 am – 12:00 pm – Small items packed in boxes. Helpers needed.
Saturday, December 17. 10 am – 12:00 pm – Large items moved into storage. Helpers needed.
December 21 – January 2, CTL Engineering removes asbestos from short hallway & men’s restroom.
January 3 – 31, CTL removes asbestos from main hallway, lounge, music room, and adult SS room.
Dec. 31– Jan. 29, Both Saturday and Sunday Worship services moved into the Fellowship Hall.
Church offices moved to Theater Room & Storage Room
No livestream worship services. Recorded worship posted on You-Tube.
Fourteen Pies Needed for the Thanksgiving Dinner
St. Mark’s has agreed to provide fourteen pies for the Thanksgiving Dinner. They can be dropped off Wednesday after 3:00 pm or early Thursday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center. No pies that need refrigeration, please. A sign-up sheet will be available during the first two weekends in November. Or call the church office to sign up.
Youth Zip Lining at VanDemark Farm
Susie LaMarr zip lining right side up.
Blake Rogers upside down.
Photos by Cortney Rogers