This Week

Pastor Jim's Weekly Message

One of our most exciting ministries in our annual Fall Fest. This event has become a true community event bringing together organizations throughout Birdsboro, Douglassville, and beyond to get their message and ministry out to the community and raise money for their own causes. The Fall Fest has become a community celebration and a beacon for members of our borough to come to St. Mark’s to celebrate, have fellowship, eat great food, and learn what we are doing in our community.

It is also a great fund-raising opportunity for many of our ministries including: the Senior Group, the Youth Group, the Native American Ministry, the Food Pantry, our Food Ministry, and the Good Samaritan’s Fund. A special thank you needs to go out to Marsha and the Fall Fest planning committee and all the volunteers who make the Fest possible.

Now, this is what we need from you. Come out on Saturday from 11:00 - 3:00 and enjoy the activities. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to join us as well. If you can, volunteer for a couple of hours and give others a little break. We have opportunities for all skill and mobility levels to volunteer. Call Marsha or just show up and we will give you a job.

As always, there will be some great music this year. From 11-1:00, The Happy Wanderers, a German Music Group, will be performing and from 1:00-3:00, Dave Kline and his Mountain Folk band will perform. We will have games, a bounce house, the train ride, cake walks, bingo, pony rides, and our silent auctions for adults and for children. We will have face painting and lots, and lots of food including pulled pork sandwiches, French fries, funnel cakes, hot dogs, fried Oreos, lemonade, popcorn, soft pretzels, pickles on a stick, cotton candy and much more.

Oh, did I mention our famous Apple Dumplings?  If you did not pre-order your dumplings, you better get there early because we will only have 50 extras to sell that day.

We will be making the apple dumplings on Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am until about 2:00 each day. We also need help setting up the Fest on Friday at 5:00 PM and on Saturday morning beginning at 8:00 AM.

Pastor Jim

This Week’s Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35

When Peter asks about the limits of forgiveness, Jesus responds with a parable that suggests human forgiveness should mirror the unlimited mercy of God. 

21Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

This Week at St. Mark's

Friday, September 15 - Apple Dumpling Baking 10 AM, Fall Fest Set Up 5 PM, Girl Scouts 5:30 PM

Saturday, September 16 - Fall Fest Set up 8 AM, Fall Fest 11 – 3 PM

Sunday, September 17 - Church Service 9 AM, Sunday School 10:15 AM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM

Tuesday, September 19 - Food Recovery Pick Up 2 PM                                                                   

Wednesday, September 20 - Bible Study 11 AM, Bagpipes, AA, Al-Anon 7 PM

Thursday, September 21 - Senior Group 9 AM

Friday, September 22 - Youth Group 6 PM

Saturday, September 23 - Farmer’s Market 9 AM

Sunday, September 24 - Church Service with Threefold Blessing 9 AM, Sunday School 10:15 AM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM