"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20, NRSV)
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Screening Procedure
What to expect upon entering the Church for either service:
Everyone will be asked the following questions
In the last 7 days, have you had any new/unusual symptoms:
Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, muscle pain, throat pain, headaches, loss of taste or smell, or diarrhea.
Do you have a pending COVID-19 test?
In the last 14 days have you been in personal contact with someone suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
If you cannot answer "yes" to all of these questions will will ask you to please worship with us at home or from your vehicle in the parking lot.
If all your answers are "yes" to the above questions your temperature will be taken.
· If temperature reads over 100.4, wait 5-8 minutes and re-take the temperature. If the second temperature reads over 100.4, do not allow entry and suggest seeking medical attention.
· Temperature can be taken on any exposed skin area.
Again if you cannot answer "yes" to the questions above or your temperature is over 100.4 F we will ask you to worship from home or in your vehicle in the parking lot.
*Everyone who enters the narthex should be encouraged to use hand sanitizer prior to entering the sanctuary.
Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month. St. Mark's will be celebrating the original people and culture of America in several ways this month. We are joining forces with the Native American Ministry of Reformation Lutheran Church by supporting a reservation in Wisconsin and also one in South Dakota. The first way we will do this is by dedicating our Joyful Noise Collection to the Native American Ministry. We will also encourage individuals to sponsor home space heaters for families on the Reservation. Winter has already started in these regions and families are in risk. The cost of each space heater is $86. We will collect funds for the heaters and Reformation will purchase the heaters via Amazon and have them delivered directly to the reservation.
We are fortunate in that one of our neighbors will be driving to the reservation in South Dakota at the end of November and will take out non-perishable food, baby food, diapers, winter shoes of all sizes and Christmas gifts for children. Beginning on November 1st, we ask you to bring any of these supplies in and put them on the window sills. We will make arrangements to get them to the couple traveling out to South Dakota.
Finally, we will celebrate the Native American culture by having a special service on November 22nd. Our services that day will include some of our normal prayers and readings but using the First Nation version of the Bible. We should honor the first residents of our community and thank them for caring for God's creation. We also need to recognize the suffering that these nations have endured because of European settlers and how their living conditions today are still unacceptable.
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.