ST. MARK TRUNK OR TREAT!

Please plan to join us Sunday, October 24th at 4:00 p.m. for a Halloween celebration in the St. Mark parking lot.  There will be music, a balloon lady, a costume parade, and fun for all!  Decorate your trunk and bring wrapped treats for the kids.  For those decorating cars, we encourage you to come up with your own creative socially-distanced mechanism for distributing your treats to the children.  Please click here to register.  We look forward to seeing you there!

GIVE, ACT, PRAY!

pda.pcusa.org PDA is mobilized and already delivering immediate aid to those impacted by Hurricane Ida. The initial assessment of the damage is staggering. The needs of those impacted is changing daily because of lack of access to power, refrigeration, water and housing. Gifts can be made online, by phone at (800) 872-3283 or by check designate #DR000169 in the memo, which can be made payable and mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Visit https://pda.pcusa.org/situation/hurricane-ida/ to learn more.

SERIES ON RACE AND RACISM:

We have extended the registration for our 6-month series on race and racism with New Hope until Aug. 27th. The series, starting this September. It is called “Journeying Together Toward Racial Justice” and will include worship events, as well as large and small group gatherings. Small group gatherings are optional (although encouraged) and will be centered on building relationships between congregations and a book titled, Race in America: Christians Respond to the Crisis. If you are interested, please go to bit.ly/JourneyNHSM to register for large and/or small groups. We believe that this will be a transformative and exciting opportunity for both churches to create, “The beloved community”. 

FROM SCARED TO SACRED SERIES, four-part series

The ADN and Health Commissions held their first “From Scared to Sacred” event last month, 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 sjkoh@stmarkpresbyterian.org. 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. 

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Friends, as we re-ignite many of our former activities, and continue some of our newer activities, we find ourselves in need of some volunteers who would be willing to handle tasks both old and new. Below is a list of things for which we could use help, either weekly, routinely, or occasionally. If any of them peaks your interest, please let us know by contacting the office (949-644-1341 or click here.) – Computer Tech to run the Slideshow on Saturdays and Sundays. (Low computer skills are welcome! It’s easy.) – Video Tech to help with livestreaming worship (training available.) And, as always, we welcome anyone who would be interested in teaching Sunday School, ushering, greeting, working in the kitchen, or serving on any of our ongoing commissions. If you just let us know your interest we can connect you with the right leaders. Let’s do this! 

BOOK EXCHANGE!

“Take a Book, Bring a Book, Take a Book” Please come by the Bonhoeffer Room to check out the new Book Exchange. Feel free to take a book home and return either the same book or add one to the Exchange. The books are only the ones on the 2 corner bookcases. Enjoy and start reading! If you have any questions, please contact Shirlee Caplett or Mary Allen or the church office at 949.644.1341.