This Week

Pastor Jim's Weekly Message

This week was a joyous week. We hosted all of our preschool kids in church for our monthly Preschool Church Time services. It was so exciting to have all these young saints in our midst. We talked about being thankful and each child told us what they were thankful for - family, parents, siblings, houses, pets, and toys topped the lists. We talked about being thankful to God for all that he gives us and for giving us his wonderful creation to call home. We also talked about God putting us in charge of his creation - calling us to be good stewards. The kids came up with great ways for us to be good stewards - from planting trees, to recycling, to conserving water and electricity, to picking up trash in our neighborhoods.

These little disciples are such a joy to have in our sanctuary. I thank God for them and I thank God for bringing them to St. Mark's. May we help them grow in their faith and in their love for God!

Pastor Jim

This Week’s Gospel: John 18:33-37

In John’s gospel, the story of Jesus and Pilate presents two different ways of exercising power: through force or with love.

33Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

This Week at St. Mark's

Friday, Nov 19 - Walking Club 10 AM

Sunday, Nov 21 - Pastor on Vacation - Church Service 9 AM with Threefold Blessing, Sunday School & Confirmation Class10:15 AM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM

Monday, Nov 22 - Pastor on Vacation

Tuesday, Nov 23 - Pastor on Vacation, Hopewell Love Food Bank 4 PM, Christian Ed Meeting 7 PM

Wednesday, Nov 24 - Pastor on Vacation, Bible Study 11 AM, Hamilton Bag Pipe Practice 7 PM, Al-Anon & AA 7:30 PM

Thursday, Nov 25 - Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed, Pastor on Vacation

Friday, Nov 26 - Pastor on Vacation, Girl Scouts 5:30 PM

Saturday, Nov 27 - Pastor on Vacation

Sunday, Nov 28 - Church Service 9 AM, Sunday School & Confirmation Class 10:15 AM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM