This Week

Pastor Jim's Weekly Message

So, why do we have such a large emphasis on our food ministry at St. Mark's? We cook monthly meals for Safe Berks, the New Journey Soup Kitchen in Reading, and the homeless in Pottstown. We cook meals for the clients of the Food Pantry and for Veterans Making a Difference. We cook for Beautify Birdsboro, Mission Trip Birdsboro and Beyond, and for Vacation Bible School. We gather to bake our communion bread each week. We hold cooking classes for community members and for our youth. When Covid first forced Berks County to shut down, we cooked meals for our Birdsboro Seniors. And when we start our Birdsboro Senior Group, we will be providing healthy lunches for the seniors in attendance.

So why do we do all this? Well, this week's Gospel is part of the answer. When Jesus was resurrected and appeared to his disciples, he greeted them and asked, "Do you have anything to eat?" I'm not making this up Joe! It's written just below this message. Jesus was taken away from his disciples, was tortured, crucified and buried in a tomb. Then, he came back to life and the first thing he wanted to do was to share a meal with his disciples. A lot of Jesus' teachings, miracles, preaching and time spent with his disciples revolved around sharing meals with them - with breaking bread together. Sharing a meal is vital to survival of the people and is a way to get to know them, learn about their stories, let them know about us and our stories and is an opportunity to tell them about why we do what we do. It is an opportunity to tell them about and show them the love of Christ.

Companionship is important in our lives and we need to have companions walk with us in our journeys. If you look at that word, companion, it means "with bread - com pan". The word shows the importance of sharing meals with others, the importance of breaking bread with others.

So as Jesus showed us, we break bread together with our neighbors and with our friends. We call them our companions, our friends, and our community.

God Bless you and keep you in his loving care. Stay safe! Stay healthy! If we can do anything for you, please call the office.

Pastor Jim

This Week’s Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48

In this account of an appearance after his resurrection, Jesus opens the minds of the disciples to understand him as Messiah. Jesus convinces them that he has been raised and sends them on a mission to proclaim the message of repentance and forgiveness.

36bJesus himself stood among [the disciples] and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence.

44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.”

This Week at St. Mark's

Saturday, April 17 - Spring Work Day 9 AM, Katie’s Ladies 10 AM

Sunday, April 18 - Service 9 AM, Sunday School 10:30 AM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM

Monday, April 19 - Walking Club 10 AM, BB&B Klub 6 PM

Tuesday, April 20 - Senior Club Planning Meeting 1 PM

Wednesday, April 21 - Walking Club 10 AM, Preschool Service 10 AM, Bible Study 11 AM, AA & Al-Anon 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 22 - EARTH DAY - Preschool Service 10, 10:30 AM & 1 PM

Friday, April 23 - Walking Club 10 AM

Sunday, April 25 - Service 9 AM with Threefold Blessing, Sunday School 10:30 AM, Baccalaureate Planning Meeting 12:30 PM, Cub Scouts 5:45 PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM