This week at St. Mark’s January 16, 2020
A weekly message from Pastor Alan
Sharing and Collaboration
For the next six weeks, the worship services will be focused around the major themes of the Growing Young campaign, which is a plan for helping the St. Mark’s church community become more sensitive to, and responding to, the needs of young people in the community. Last Sunday the theme was Seeing and Hearing, and the entire church community had the great privilege of seeing and hearing from some of the leaders of the St. Mark’s youth group.
On Sunday the theme is Sharing and Collaboration. This is step #2 in the listening process. Churches have tended to operate with a very patriarchal authority pattern, and with a very dated administrative structure. Moving into the future it will be very important for the voices of youth to have a clear presence in the decision-making processes of church life. As the scripture says -all in the St. Mark’s community need to put on compassion, kindness, humility, and gentleness -so that sharing and collaboration become the normal way of functioning.
How might you help other voices be heard in the life of the congregation? How might you share and become a friend of people who are different from you? How might you give away some authority that you carry?
Sunday is Human Relations Day in the United Methodist Church. A Special offering will be taken that supports the Community Developers Program and the Youth Offenders Rehabilitation Program. It is also the weekend during which we honor and celebrate the human rights witness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
After church on Sunday, we will be holding a celebration event, including lunch, for Rev. Mahsea Evans. Mahsea now serves as the pastor of Roseville First United Methodist Church. We miss him!
Colossians 3:12-17 (Common English Bible )
Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other. And over all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. The peace of Christ must control your hearts—a peace into which you were called in one body. And be thankful people. The word of Christ must live in you richly. Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him.
*Lois Adamek * Ginny Baldauf *
*Peggy & Paul Blankenship*
*Jim & Johanna Brownell*
*Pat & Gordon Close* Lola Cruz *
*Celina Davin * Doug & Charlotte Gardner*
*Karen Humphrey* Debbie Kenngott * *Vivian Noble* Barbara Peterson*
*Shirley Reese* Terry Travis*
* Fred Stallcop* Al Vopata* Laura Warren *
THE ST. MARK’S FOOD CLOSET needs food! Next time you’re at the grocry stor, might you pick up some canned goods or other non-perishable foo items. Cash gifts allow more flexibility. Money buys milk, eggs, hot dogs and other essentials. Thank you!