This Week

Pastor Jim's Weekly Message

You know, music is such a big part of our church and the way we worship. This past Sunday, we were gifted with such a beautiful song by our Youth Choir. If you didn’t hear it, I suggest you go on to Facebook and check it out. The girls are already planning their next song for Christmas Eve.

This Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM, we will be doing something that we haven’t done in quite a long time. We are hosting a concert in our sanctuary. Please come and start your Holiday celebrations with a beautiful Celtic Christmas concert. Fire in the Glen will be providing this free Christmas concert. We will ask for a free will donation for the group and there will be some refreshments after the concert. Hope to see you there.

And if that gets you into the spirit and you want to sing your hearts out, we have an event for you to join in. On Friday, December 9th from 4 - 6 pm, we will be caroling for our shut-ins. Charlotte is busy planning our visits for the evening. We have done this now for several years and it is simply a joyful event. Come join us as we bring Christmas joy to our neighbors and ourselves. We will fill the bus with carolers and you are also invited to follow the bus location to location. We will have some cookies and refreshments back at church after the event is over.

Pastor Jim

This Week’s Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12

Just before Jesus begins his public ministry, John the Baptist appears, calling people to mend their ways and speaking of a powerful one who is to come.

1In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

 “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

 ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ ”

4Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, 6and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

7But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruit worthy of repentance. 9Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 10Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

This Week at St. Mark's

Saturday, Dec 3 - Celtic Christmas Music 6 PM

Sunday, Dec 4 - Church Service 9 AM, Sunday School & Confirmation 10:15 AM, Cub Scouts 3 PM, Girl Scout Leaders 7 PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM

Monday, Dec 5 - Office Open

Tuesday, Dec 6 - Office Closed

Wednesday, Dec 7 - Bible Study 11 AM, Outreach Meeting 6:30 PM, District AA 7 PM, Bag Pipe Practice 7 PM, Al-Anon & AA 7:30 PM

Thursday, Dec 8 - MTBB Board Meeting 6:30 PM, Council Meeting 7 PM

Friday, Dec 9 - Christmas Caroling 4 PM, Preschool Santa Dinner 4 PM, Girl Scouts 5:30 PM

Saturday, Dec 10 - Community Craft Show 10 AM, Christmas in the Park 4 PM

Sunday, Dec 11 - Church Service 9 AM, Sunday School 10:15 AM, Cub Scouts 3 PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM