This Week

Pastor Jim's Weekly Message

Sunday marks the end of our Sunday School program for the summer. We thank all our Sunday School leaders and teachers for their time and effort throughout the past year in planting the seeds of faith in our young members. Come celebrate with us in Myer’s Hall following the service.

Sunday also marks the beginning of our annual Vacation Bible School. Right now, we have 56 children registered for VBS and we expect that number to reach 60 by the end of the week. You read that correctly. What a terrific outreach program this promises to be!!  A huge thank you to Christen and Ashley for their leadership and ideas for this year’s VBS. The VBS team has been quite busy over the last few weeks preparing and decorating for the week. You may have noticed all the decorations starting to go up in Myer’s Hall and in the sanctuary. Did you check out the ship and the submarine?   It should be an exciting adventure as the children delve deeper into their faith. For some, this may very well be the only Christian Education they receive, and we thank God that they are coming to us to receive that education. We hope to plant just a tiny seed of faith in them knowing God will continue to nurture that seed and help it grow as they grown. 

There is still time for you to get involved. If you would like to be a part of the VBS team, see Christen or Ashli at church or call Marsha. If you can’t make it, we will be telling you all about it at our service on the 23rd and we will be singing some of the VBS songs as part of the offertory. Pray for the teachers, volunteers, leaders, and the children attending VBS.

Pastor Jim

This Week’s Gospel: Mark 4:26-34

26[Jesus] said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

This Week at St. Mark's

Thursday, June 13 - Council Meeting 7PM

Saturday, June 15 - Farmer’s Market 9AM

Sunday, June 16 - Father’s Day - Church Service with Threefold Blessing 9AM, VBS 5PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7PM

Monday, June 17 - VBS 5PM

Tuesday, June 18 - VBS 5PM

Wednesday, June 19 - Bible Study 11AM, VBS 5PM. AA & Al-Anon 7PM

Thursday, June 20 - Senior Group 9AM, VBS 5PM

Friday, June 21 - Girl Scouts 5:30PM

Saturday, June 22 - Kids in the Kitchen 10AM

Sunday, June 23 - Church Service with New Member Induction 9AM, Schwarzwald VBS 6PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7PM