"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.
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.
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.
Harvest Home 2020
This year Harvest Home is on Sunday, October 11. As you know we always collect can goods to give to our local food bank and to the students’ food bank at the Seminary. You may start bringing them in any time before that date. Let’s fill up the window cells in the sanctuary.
Next Step Dance Studio
Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Missy from Next Step Dance Studio will be giving dance lessons to children on our parking lot. Call Missy at 484-955-2413 to register and for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Save the Date - Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 15 after the 8:30 AM service. Please plan on attending. If you are interested in joining the Church Council, please see one of the council members or call Marsha at 610-582-8167 or email@example.com.
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.