"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. (Matthew 18:20, NRSV)

At the Church Council Meeting on January 13, it was decided that effective this Sunday, our services will move away from an in-person, in-sanctuary format to a virtual and parking lot format.

That means no one in the sanctuary except the worship team. We will live stream one service at 10:45 on Facebook and transmit it on FM 93.1. Folks will be invited to join us on Facebook or in their vehicles on the parking lot. Communion will be provided to anyone on the parking lot. The bulletin will be available for those on the parking lot and will be emailed to congregation members weekly.

The Worship team for this weekend will include Pastor Jim, Seminarian MaryAnn and Dave Kline. Next week, it will be Pastor Jim, Maryann and Three Fold Blessing.

Council also decided that we would suspend Sunday School at this time and all in-person church committee meetings. We now have a Zoom account which can be used for committee meetings and bible study. If committee members would like to set up a Zoom Meeting, please contact Pastor Jim.

We will advertise these changes on Facebook, through our weekly email, on the church sign and by phone.

Council will continue to monitor the COVID situation and adjust service formats when appropriate.

Housewarming Baskets

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 We will also be taking clips of people reciting these prayers as we can.


Yes the new Carillon came with 7800 music selections but I must select what we want it to play at 8 AM, Noon and 6 PM. Here is your chance. Please let me know a few of your favorite hymns. You can call and leave a message or send me an email. 610-582-8167 or

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.

Hopewell Love

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.