This Week

This Week's Message and Gospel

Hello Everyone!! I hope everyone is holding up well. Please make sure you are eating well and healthy, keep active doing exercises around your home or going outside in the sunshine and use your time wisely to take care of some of those projects you wanted to do but never had the time. Well, now you do!!

The church is also keeping our Outreach active during this time. We will be hosting the Birdsboro Food Pantry on its normal schedule throughout this crisis. The Food Pantry will switch to a curbside pickup only.

This week, we will also start preparing and delivering meals to Birdsboro Seniors and anyone in quarantine in Birdsboro from the Virus. If you would like to volunteer to help cook or deliver the meals, please contact the office and we will add you to our list. We will then let you know when you are on the schedule. We could also use some bakers to prepare some goodies each Wednesday and Saturday and bring them to the church for distribution. Again, contact the office if you would like to assist and we will put you on the schedule and coordinate with you.

How else can you help? I would like to start a card shower tree. Each week, I will give you two people or organizations, such as our First Responders, and ask you to let them know we are thinking of them or wish to show them our appreciation. If you would like to participate in this outreach project, simply write a note or card to them and let them know you are thinking of them. Let them know you are from St. Mark's and that we are praying for them. As you write your note, take a moment to pray for them.

This week, I would like you to send notes to a longtime member of St. Mark's who has been home-bound for a quite a while now. And I would like you to also send a note of thanks to the members of the Birdsboro Police Department and let them know we appreciate everything they are doing for our community. Addresses for Ralph and the PD are below.

Please send Birdsboro Police Department cards to Chief Trupp at Birdsboro Police Department, 200 East Main Street, Birdsboro PA 19508

The address for our member was sent my email from the church office. Please contact the office for the address if you did not receive it.

We need to start preparing our Community Gardens for planting. This is a great outdoor project for someone who wants to do something on their own (without being around other people). The Garden needs to be weeded and turned over so we can plant. If you would like to tackle this project, call the office so we can assure you are there alone.

Finally, the church still needs your support even when we are not meeting in person. Our services continue and we need to buy new equipment to meet our new formats and our Outreach continues as well. We must also continue to pay our bills, ELCA loan and salaries. The church still needs your offerings. You can follow this link to our Vanco giving page to use your credit/debit card or bank account to give your offering. You can also send in your offering by mail or drop it off at the church office.

God Bless you and keep you in his care. Take care of yourselves and your neighbors.

Pastor Jim

This Week’s Gospel: John 11:1-45

Jesus is moved to sorrow when his friend Lazarus falls ill and dies. Then, in a dramatic scene, he calls his friend out of the tomb and restores him to life.

1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

7Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. 10But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” 11After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” 12The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” 13Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming; she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, and the one coming into the world.”

28When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31The Jews, who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus began to weep. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

45Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

This Week at St. Mark's

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