"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 has had multiple discussion about 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 August. 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 August, 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.
Tickets are now on sale for the Pig Roast on August 29 from 3 to 6 PM. This event will include a pulled pork sandwich, Baked Beans and coleslaw. The price of a ticket is $9. There will also be a 50/50 available. Proceeds will go to our Digital Outreach Program. You can purchase tickets on Sunday from MaryAnn or call the office at 610-582-8167.
New Member Welcome
There will have a new member welcome on Sunday, September 6. If you are new or an old member who would like to rejoin please let Pastor Jim know or call the office at 610-582-8167. There are forms to complete in the Narthex (ask a greeter) or on the website www.stmarkbirdsboro.org.
St Mark’s Next Community Meal
Our July 14, 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, August 11, 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 125 meals.
Please consider helping us by volunteering to donate part of the meal. Thank you so much for your help. You may reach me at 610-582-4377 or email@example.com Mary Kilareski
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.
2020 Fall Fest
At our meeting last week, it was decided for the safety of all we are going to change the look of Fall Fest for this year. On Saturday, September 19 from 3 to 6 PM we are going to have a drive thru food pick up consisting of a Bar-B-Q chicken dinner with mac & cheese and coleslaw. Our famous apple dumplings will also be available. You may also purchase a chance at the 50/50 or visit our online auction.
But first to get ready we are going to have a pig roast on August 29 from 3 to 6 PM. This event will include a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans and coleslaw. There will also be a 50/50 available.
Watch for information on tickets for both events. Proceeds from both days will go to our digital outreach program.
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
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.