Worship Service Schedule:
By Ruth Wietbrock, Education Director
Sunday School mission offerings collected will go to the LCMS Disaster Relief Fund to help those in need after the recent hurricanes. Please help with this great cause as well!
Sunday school children and youth participated in the special Reformation Sunday service on October 29. They read the five Solas, shared Bible verses, and sang VBS songs. In VBS children learned about God’s love and protection as our Mighty Fortress and are happy to share this news with others. The “Victory is Won”!
Sunday School children will celebrate the holiday season with a 'Happy Birthday, Jesus' party on December 17 during the Sunday School hour. They will also participate in the Christmas Eve church service to help tell the Christmas story.
We will conclude our weekly lessons from the Old Testament and begin studying the New Testament in December.
Senior Ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Church
- Larry Wenndt
The JOY Seniors fellowship of St. Mark will gather at Noon on Thursday, 07 December, to get into the Spirit of Christmas. We will enjoy Christmas goodies and favorite carols. We will also hear again the age-old, but always new, story of Christmas and enjoy a 'white elephant' Christmas gift exchange. Join us if you can, and invite a Friend!
Calendar of Planned Gatherings
Dec 7 Thurs: Christmas Party w/ ‘White Elephant’ gift exchange
Jan 27 Sat-PM: Family Games Night
Feb 22 Thurs: Atl. Area Agency/Aging Speaker
Mar 22 Thurs: TBD
Apr 26 Thurs: Day trip: Biblical History Center, Lagrange, GA Coordinator: Marlene Richardson
May 24 Thurs: TBD
Members & Friends of JOY
Pastor Gebremichael & Nardos
Fisihaye Ogbazghi & Meaza
Howard & Carolyn Swanson
Larry & Karen Wenndt
Rev. Mark & Susan Stenbeck
Rev. & Mrs. Gary Dehnke
Monroe Hughes & MaryAnnie
John & Agnes Nelson
by Larry Wenndt
More than 700 pastors, teachers, and lay leaders from throughout the GA-FL District gathered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on 28-30 Sept. for the President's "Equip" Conference, including Pastor Hiruy and Elder Larry Wenndt. The theme for the conference was "Living Stones." President Walton noted that, "Each stone matters; each stone has a role. Each person matters and every baptized member has a role in the Master's business of connecting people to Jesus." The attendees were inspired by several notable speakers, incl. Erik Dellenback, Executive Director of the Tim Tebow Foundation, and Dr. Leo Sanchez, Director of the LCMS Center for Hispanic Ministries.
Almost $30,000 was contributed by attendees and congregations for hurricane relief in the District.
Pastor Hiruy was recognized for 30 years of dedicated church work as youth leader, teacher for the deaf, vicar, and pastor.
Pastor and the Elder participated in several workshops on outreach, personal evangelism, stewardship of the church's finances, and avenues of financial assistance for the congregation's mission. The church Council has already initiated efforts on some of the information and ideas presented, including review of our congregation's financial control policies.
If you buy grocery (and other) products that come with 'Box tops for Education' they are valuable! We have several members who are saving them and then sending the coupons to not only Christian organizations but also many of our local schools. These groups gather them, submit them, and then receive money to purchase supplies of many types. If you are interested in finding out which products have these coupons, use this link to find out: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/ participating-products
Please place them into Suzie Mailman's or Carolyn Swanson's mailboxes when you bring them to church.
You are invited to the annual
Mary-Martha Society Christmas Party.
Where: Teri Smith's home
4046 Franks Drive
Tucker, GA 30084
When: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Bring an hors d’oeuvre or dessert to share and enjoy. (but it isn’t required). Mary-Martha members should also bring their Red Stocking, Mites, and their goodies for the box (if you don't know what this is, just ask Teri, or any other Mary-Martha member...
Wear a festive outfit, and bring your Christmas Spirit along. Expect to have some fun and fellowship with fellow Lutheran Women. Bring a friend along to see what it's all about.
All women of St.Mark are invited and encouraged to attend
By Leslie Aton-Majors -Outreach
The Live nativity will be December 9th and 10th from 6 to 8 PM. We have already raised over half of our goal of $4500 we need $1200 more. The sets are coming along nicely. We started putting them together Saturday, November 25th and we will continue putting them together December 2nd and 3rd. From now until then please bring in your empty milk jugs but please wash them out first so we can light our driveway.
Christmas is the wonderful time of year because we are celebrating the birth of Jesus and telling the Christmas story to our neighbors please find it in your hearts to either give a donation or your time either is appreciated.
To everyone who has donated it is greatly appreciated this is a team effort and it wouldn't be possible without all of you! Thank you!
Please invite your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors!
by Larry Wenndt
We will begin our mid-week Advent worship services on Wednesday, 29 November, at 7:15 PM. The theme for this Advent is "Call His Name Jesus." Old Testament Scriptures ascribes several names to Jesus which describe His nature and mission. Each week the readings and Pastor's message will examine one or more of these names. We will sing related hymns a cappella. Prepare your hearts, as you prepare your homes, to welcome again this Jesus. Join us each Wednesday evening, and invite a Friend.
By Suzie Mailman, Flower Chair
It is almost time to decorate the front of our church for the Christmas season. Poinsettias are available for you to purchase to assist with the decorating and then, after Epiphany, you may take them home to enjoy and plant! Several sign-up sheets are in the church hallway. The cost of the plants is $11.50 each. You may specify either a red or a white poinsettia.
The deadline to order is the 14th of December. Please make your check payable to St. Mark and, in the space at the bottom left hand corner of the check, write: poinsettias.
Thanks for helping to decorate our sanctuary. If you have any questions or miss the deadline call Suzie at 770-270-1341
Christ is Coming!
As the Advent season begins, tie your mite box giving into your daily activities. Put a nickel in the mite box every time you buy a present. Add a penny for each ornament as you decorate your tree. Put a dime in the mite box, every time you remember to have your daily devotion and light the candles in the Advent wreath
MITES ARE MIGHTY!
Bring your mite box to the Mary-Martha Christmas party or look for the giant Mite Box at the back of the church on the first Sunday of the month
Plan to do food baskets the week of December 17. Please bring any food donations you would like to contribute to church pantry or Christmas food baskets by December 17th.
Editor's Note: suggested food & non-food items to bring
Corn muffin mix
Monetary donations may be made as well, mark your check/envelope showing Christmas Baskets.
God gives us each a life to live in this world. We celebrate this gift of life every Year when the anniversary of our birth comes around. It reminds us of our many blessings and God’s presence in our lives. As you count the candles on your cake, St. Mark rejoices with you and wishes you God’s blessings
By Teri Smith
The evening begins with delicious appetizers in the church hallway at 6:30pm. Dinner will be served at approximately 7:00pm. Expect some interesting and fun things to happen during the evening and come to enjoy the fellowship of your friends at St. Mark. The price for all this is only $6.00 per person.
Please speak with Teri Smith or any member of Mary-Martha if you have any questions. If you have baby-sitting needs speak with Teri and we will work with you to make arrangements. Look in the hallway and on the bulletin board during the next few weeks for sign-up sheets to go up. Mark your calendars today.
The family of Nick Baldwin wishes to thank the members and Pastor Hiruy Gebremichael of St. Mark Lutheran Church for 3 years of faithful prayers, love, visits, meals, gifts, friendship, cards, hugs, calls, and helping hands. Additionally, we appreciate the Spiritual, financial, and emotional support of this church and its members during the time that Nick was hospitalized and in the nursing home. We will never be able to repay all of the kindness that has been shown to our family.
A special thanks to Pastor Gebremichael, Ms. Leslie Aton Major, Ms. Carol Aton, Ms. Julie Donaldson and our praise band members, Halle, Hanna, Isaiah, and Danait, as well as the Mary-Martha Society, our Altar Guild, elders and ushers who prepared, assisted, participated, and made Nick’s celebration of life service very special to us. Your kindness has forever touched our hearts.
Deb Baldwin, Austin Baldwin & Kaitlyn Hawes
Lawrence, Karen & Paul Wenndt