"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20, NRSV)
We have reworked our events and services due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Check below to see how we are planning to continue servicing our community.
What's the Plan?
Church Council gathered after last week's service to discuss how St. Mark's should proceed with moving services back into the sanctuary in light of the corona virus, the recommended precautions and our concern for the more vulnerable members of our congregation. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our members. With that in mind, we have decided to remain with our Drive-In Service format and Live-streaming of services through at least the end of July. I know many people enjoy this format and feel safe gathering together but remaining secure in their own cars. We have also reserved space in the front parking spots and the hill for families or individuals who wish to sit on lawn chairs but remain at least six feet apart from other families. For those who still feel better staying at home or can't leave their homes, we will continue to Live Stream our services on Facebook. At the end of July, Council will meet to evaluate the situation at the time and determine what path to take with our services.
Join us for our Drive-In Services on Sunday mornings. If you show up live, you will not have to worry about WiFi or a live stream delay. We have purchased an FM transmitter and will be broadcasting the service directly to your car radios on 93.1 FM. This way, everyone can hear the service clearly and in real time. Some of you might be asking if you can just tune into that station at home. Unless you live within a few blocks of the church the answer is no. Our transmitter is a short-range transmitter. We will be celebrating communion as usual and the choir will be there to lead us in our hymns. We will maintain our Covid precautions with everyone remaining in their cars for the service. We will continue to stream these services on Facebook Live as well.
St Mark’s Next Community Meal
Our June 9, Community Meal was great! Our meals were delicious. Thank you so much for your help and support.
We have agreed to make another meal for Tuesday, July 14, at St. Mark’s. We will again assemble the meals in take away containers and hand them out as the folks drive up for their food from the Pantry. We plan to box 120 meals.
Please consider helping us by volunteering to donate part of the following:
- Macaroni salad – We need 9 pans made in disposable containers
- Baked beans – We need 9 pans made in disposable containers
- Dinner rolls – We need 2 people to donate 5 bags of 12 rolls each
- Bagged salad – we need the following:
- 7 large bags salad mix
- 4 containers grape tomatoes
- 5 cucumbers cut up small
- 2 Bags of radishes – cut up small
- 8 carrots cut up small
Thank you so much for your help.
You may reach me at 610-582-4377 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacation Bible School
St. Paul's UCC and St. Mark's Lutheran Church, both of Birdsboro, will hold a Vacation Bible School August 2nd through 6th at St Mark's Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro. The program will run from 6:30pm until 8:30 pm with supper served at 6:00pm. The Bible school will be held outdoors and will be using COVID19 precautions. Registration will be limited to 50 participants on a first come first served basis. Please register by July 19. For questions or to register, please call St. Mark's at 610-582-8167. Our registration form can be found here.
We are looking for donations of kitchen sponges with no scrub edge approximately 3 by 5 inches. We will need a total of 200 for the children to make a special project. We also need about 10 cases of the four ounce bottles of water for kids. This way we can keep the kids hydrated without wasting water.
The Outreach Committee will be putting together items for families leaving Safe Berks to take with them once safe housing is found. Items will include: dishpan, dish towels and cloths, drying pad, hot pads, table settings for 4, silverware, dish soap. Place settings have been donated from the VFW and Fabric ministry will provide dish cloths. Please consider donating any of the other items to these families in need. BB&B is providing meals to Safe Berks through October.
Congregation Video Projects
The St. Mark's technology committee is working on several video projects and they need your help. We are going to produce two videos - one of the Lord's Prayer and one of the Sunday Morning Confession. We need you to video tape yourself and members of your household reciting both prayers (you can use your bulletin for the words) and then send those videos to the church at email@example.com. We will also be taking clips of people reciting these prayers as we can.
Birdsboro Food Pantry
The Food Pantry will continue to host their drive-thru food distribution on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at St. Mark's from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. This ministry is a part of Hopewell Love Inc. To find out more about Hopewell Love visit here. Donations for Hopewell Love can be sent to the address below.
PO Box 396, Douglassville PA 19518
Israel Trip POSTPONED!!!
After much deliberation with the travel company, contacts in Israel and St. Peter's Lutheran church in Virginia, we have decided to postpone our congregational trip to Israel until February 2021. We do not have exact dates yet but it will be the beginning of February before Ash Wednesday. If you have made your registration, your deposit will automatically go with the move to the new dates. This will also give us time for others, who were uncertain about traveling with the virus so active, time to decide if they want to join us for the new dates. We will keep you posted.