FROM SCARED TO SACRED SERIES, four-part series

The ADN and Health Commissions held their first “From Scared to Sacred” event this past Sunday, the first of a monthly, four-part series meant to help us reflect on how the pandemic affected us and how we reframe our lives in light of our experiences. We will provide spiritual, mental health, and other reflective resources for growth and healing from fear, grief, and loss, focusing on a single theme for each gathering. Our second event will take place on Aug. 29th at 12 noon, and the theme is “joy.” Child care for those under 12 will be provided with advance reservation; the series is open to youth 12 and up. It will include a time of eating lunch together (BYO), presentations, and discussion, wrapping up at 1:15. The deadline for child care registration is Wed., Aug. 25th. Please register for the event here. Materials from the first event, focusing on the theme of fear, are listed below. For questions, please contact SueJeanne Koh at suejeanne.koh@gmail.com. Subsequent dates for the series are: Sept. 26th, and Oct. 24th. On the weekend of Oct. 30/31, we will conduct worship services memorializing our experiences. 

PROJECT BACKPACK:

Beginning this weekend the Deacons will be collecting school supplies as part of the Project Hope Alliance (PHA) Back-To-School Program. PHA is an organization that supports local homeless children and encourages them to stay in school, with a goal of ending the cycle of homelessness. PHA is in need of the following items for the start of the new school year: backpacks, No. 2 pencils, markers, colored pencils, coloring books, lunch boxes, folders (letter size), calculators, scientific calculators, rulers and compasses/protractors. Gift cards in increments of $25 to Target, Amazon or Walmart are also needed. Bring your items to church during any worship service beginning July 10/11 or 17/18 and place them in the red wagon or you can leave items in the St. Mark Office during office hours.

PATIO PALS:

Pastors Mark and Hayes invite children ages 4-11 to join them for a summer event called Patio Pals, during the 9:30am service on June 27, July 18, and August 15. We will have stations for music, games, snacks, and a story time, ready for the children to join parents by the end of the worship service. Drop off and pick up will take place on the labyrinth. All events will be outdoors, weather permitting, so masks will not be required. Any parents who would like to join in the fun, please contact Pastor Hayes (hayes@stmarkpresbyterian.org) to sign up.

MOVIE NIGHT AT THE CHURCH:

Saturday, July 10th@6pm! Bring a comfy chair or blanket and join us for a fun evening of food and fellowship! All are welcome to this intergenerational event hosted by the Children and Youth Team. Pizza, popcorn, and drink will be provided while we watch our movie with a message! This event will be held in our Fellowship Hall after Saturday worship.

ST. MARK IS HEADING TO THE BIG “A”

Last year we missed an Angel game but not this year. On August 1, the Angels will play the Oakland A’s at 1PM. We will tailgate by the Big A sign in the parking lot before the game starting at about 11:30. This year we will be partnering with New Hope Presbyterian Church at the tailgating and the game. This should be a fun outreach for both churches.Tickets (in the shade) with food provided at the tailgate will be $30. Please let Dan Ardell (dardell41@gmail.com) know as soon as possible for a ticket. 

Parish Nurse Opportunity at St. Mark

St. Mark is a community of open arms and open minds where all are welcomed. We’re seeking an RN for our Parish Nurse position who is excited about fostering whole-person wellness of the body, mind and spirit for members and staff of St. Mark and our surrounding community. 

You’ll be working in the areas of health counseling and education, coordinating/organizing volunteers and health-related activities, being a health advocate for our members in need, supporting St. Mark’s Health Ministries Commission, and serving as the primary liaison with Hoag Health Ministries. 

Qualifications include a B.S. degree in nursing, a current and unrestricted California RN license, a minimum of five years of nursing experience (a Public Health Nurse (PHN) certification is also desirable), and completion of Faith Community Nursing course (or to be completed within the first year of employment).

This is a 20 hours per month position, reporting to our Pastor/Head of Staff. Click here for a complete job description.

Please send your resumé to Sueann@stmarkpresbyterian.org

This is a wonderful opportunity to combine your nursing, public health and background in spirituality to care for those in need!