Worship Service Schedule:
The service was filled with the sound of celebratory singing. All church musical groups took part: the choir, the praise band, the bell choir, and the chime choir all raised voices and instruments in God's praise. The congregation joined in enthusiastically, singing in both English and Tigrinya.
After the service we had a delicious dinner in the Fellowship Hall, with the meats catered from Café Violette, the potatoes and green beans from Folks, and salads, additional meat dishes, and desserts provided by the members of St. Mark.
We celebrated the presence of two of our charter members, Marlene Richardson, and Artie Summerlin, as well as a member of one the first confirmation classes, Anne Kunz.
Here is a link to the powerpoint presentation of our photos from 1965 to now:
Sunday School classes are now in summer mode with a special vacation curriculum. Children who have aged out of their present class will move up the first Sunday in September. September 2 is also our proposed Rally Day to include a hot dog and burger picnic and games for the whole family.
Sunday School Missions continue to be collected for Heifer International. A total of $1345 has been collected so far since January. We will determine exactly which animals SS kids want to gift after ending this campaign the end of June.
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Tucker, Georgia has donated $1,585 in Sunday School offerings from April through September 2017 to the only two Schools for the Deaf in Eritrea. This was a very special mission for St. Mark, as their Pastor Hiruy Gebremichael taught at these schools for seven years before coming to the United States. These two schools located in Asmara and Keren in Eritrea are the only places where the hearing impaired can hear the Word of God in their country. Every morning these students have devotions, led by their teachers, and every Sunday they have worship. These are the first such schools in east Africa and have been a blessing for many since 1956. St. Mark is grateful to
God for the opportunity to assist in reaching the hearing impaired of Eritrea.
Many of St. Mark’s Sunday School children’s parents have come from Eritrea. St. Mark was blessed to have two of those parents travelling to Eritrea within the past six months, and they were able to personally deliver the donations. In a letter from the Asmara School for the Deaf after the first donation, the school stated they would use the money to provide clothes and shoes to their needy children. St. Mark is happy to be able to help and bring happiness to these children.
Members of St. Mark have designated their Sunday School quarterly offerings be given to mission projects around the world with total contributions over the past five years of over $12,000. Some of the specific designated missions have included Heifer International, North Atlanta Circuit Outreach, LCMS Disaster/Hurricane Relief, and Lutheran Church Charities’ Comfort Dogs. These projects have provided unique opportunities for children (and adults) to learn what Jesus meant when He said, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto Me”.
Thank you to all who came out to help clean up the church and grounds for the work day in March! We had such a great turnout and so much was accomplished! Here are a few highlights:
Thank you to all who came out and walked with us, and to all who supported us in our effort to raise money for Georgia's hungry.
Despite severe thunderstorms and high winds being in the forecast, we had not a drop of rain. It must have been all those churches praying for good weather!
Our St. Mark team raised $1,387.00 to fight hunger! Way to Go!!
VBS was held June 4-8, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Twenty seven children and youth plus fourteen adults participated during the week. The theme was Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus. We learned that even though we are lonely, worry, struggle, do wrong, and feel powerless, we are rescued by Jesus. Our daily Bible Buddies helped us remember our Bible points and Bible verses, and kids got to take them home as a special reminder of their week on the island. We enjoyed seeing “Jim Noland” and his antics in our daily skits, and had fun repairing our torn raft with God Sightings. Kids and adults enjoyed singing and moving to the fun and catchy music. They heard the Bible story in the Bible Discovery center, learned how science relates to Jesus in Imagination Station, ate tasty snacks in Tropical Treats, and got to play games – and get wet - during Ship Rec Games. We collected $164 to help buy drought-resistant seeds for people struggling in Haiti as we partnered with Operation Kid to Kid. Finally, we got to share what we learned during the June 10th church service as part of VBS Sunday. We hope everyone there enjoyed it as much as we did!
Thank you to all who participated in and attended the youth sponsored Talent Show on April 28th. Your generosity provided $850 in contributions to our youth fund. Special thanks to Steve Donaldson, our esteemed emcee for the evening. We also wish to thank Nardos, Julie, and Leslie for helping prepare that morning, our students who set-up and performed skits, all the parents who assisted with dessert and clean-up. Finally, thank you to our talented performers and guests who made this special evening a success.
* Please plan to attend Confirmation on Sunday, June 3rd as some of your fellow Youth Group students confirm their Christian faith.
* Youth group students are encouraged to assist with Vacation Bible School June 4th through June 8th. See Ms. Ruth Wietbrock if you can be there to assist.
* Combined funds from the Easter breakfast and Talent Show fundraisers contributed over $1200 to our youth fund in April.
* Due to multiple events on the church calendar, our next youth night will be Saturday, June 14th from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.
LCMS National Youth Gathering 2019
July 11-15, 2019 Minneapolis, MN
Deposits are due in September, registration begins in October 2018. Students must be active in fundraisers to participate in next summer’s event. Information may be found at www.lcmsgathering.com. We are excited to share that Pastor Hiruy Gebremichael will be able to attend this momentous event with our students and chaperones. If you know a teen who will be age eligible to participate next year, let them know they need to get involved in our group immediately.
The LCMS Youth Gathering’s primary focus is for youth participants between the ages of 14 to 19. To register for the 2019 Gathering, youth participants must meet ONE of the two following eligibility requirements:
– Must be 14 years old at the time of the Gathering (July 11-15, 2019)
– Entering his or her ninth grade year at the time of the Gathering.
Ms. Deb Baldwin, Youth Director
By Suzie Mailman, flower chair
Thank you very much to all who bought lilies, chrysanthemums, kalanchoes, and hydrangeas to decorate the sanctuary for Easter.
Those who gave this year were:
Deb Baldwin (in memory of Nick)
Larry and Karen Wenndt (in memory of their three sons)
The flowers were beautiful at the rear of the sanctuary where all could see them as they entered for services.
We ask for donations of flowers to beautify the sanctuary during both the Easter and Christmas season each year. These donations are greatly appreciated.
If you have not yet paid for your flowers, please put the money of check in an envelope and indicate "Easter flowers" on the envelope and the check.
Senior Ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Church
- Larry Wenndt
JOY Seniors Fellowship
The Members & Friends of JOY will meet for their last meting before the summer break on Thursday, 31 May. We will begin with a potluck lunch at Noon in the Fellowship Hall of St. Mark Lutheran Church. Our program for the day will be Alice Rhodes-Adler, Storyteller.
Please plan to join us, and invite a Friend.