Worship Schedule For January
Sundays at 10 am
January 3: Traditional Outdoor Worship + Communion
January 10: Interactive Zoom Worship
January 17: Traditional Indoor Worship (Sanctuary)
January 24: Interactive Zoom Worship
January 31: Interactive Zoom Worship
Live, in-person worship opportunities will continue to be held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. Other Sundays will bring opportunities to connect virtually with the St. Mark’s community. Additionally, we will continue to bring you our online service each week. This schedule will be re-assessed & adapted each month as we determine how to best serve the needs of our church.
Registration is required by Wednesdays at 12 pm for in-person services. Click here to register or for more details regarding the worship schedule.
Children & Families
The Children’s Ministry Team has been working hard and we are ready to welcome your kids back to in person kid’s Sunday School! We will be in the courtyard on 3rd Sundays during the indoor worship services. Each kid 4 years and older can join us. They will need to wear a mask at all times and bring a towel or blanket or chair. We have permission to use the playground. Please list your kids when you register online with the church for this service. If you would like to see our safety protocols or if you have questions/concerns/suggestions, contact Holly.
Stay connected with our family ministry staff & other St. Mark’s families through the St. Mark’s Midlo Families Facebook page. If you have children and/or teenagers, join the group at facebook.com/groups/stmarksmidlofamilies.
Notes To Encourage Our Middle & High School Students
Given the current limitations our young people have to connect with each other and with the influential adults in their lives, the Student Ministry Team is inviting adults to write a special note of encouragement to our students.
This could be:
- a note including your favorite scripture and how God has used it in your life.
- a piece of advice you received that you found helpful
- a note about the hope you experience in our world
We ask that you one general note/letter that could be copied and mailed to the young people in our student ministry. Please email your note/letter to Stacy Roberts or mail it to the church addressed to Stacy. She will print & mail them to our students.
It’s our hope that these notes will help our students feel connected to their church and provide a much needed reminder that they can endure the challenges that come with growing up in such unprecedented times by leaning into the love of God.
- Adult small groups/classes are meeting together on Zoom and are continuing to stay connected as they grow with each other and in Jesus. If you would like to join one of these groups, visit stmarksmidlo.com/connect/adults to choose a small group & time that works for you.
- Join Selina on Facebook on Thursdays at or after 3:30 pm and sing along with some favorites! Click here.
- Ponderings With Pastor Tom is a weekly devotional given by our very own Rev. Tom Dunkum, to help you center yourself and focus more on Jesus in the midst of chaos. Look out for the email/FB post on Mondays at 8 am!
St. Mark’s Resource Directory + Survey
We are compiling a list of people that the church can turn to for help when needed. This help could take the form of sharing knowledge, offering advice, providing services, etc. If you are willing to be a part of this resource, please complete the survey here.
Alongside this initiative, we are providing a Resource Directory for our members. It will be updated as survey responses are received; you can access the directory here.
Students (Grades 6-12)
Youth group is meeting online for winter on Sundays 2-3:30 pm. Our small groups continue to meet on Zoom or outdoors. Contact Stacy to get engaged & receive her email communications.
What Can I Do To Help?
Greeters Needed For All Worship Services
We are in need of greeters for all worship services. We only have a few people doing it now, and we could use some help. The process is very easy and gives you a chance to see everyone attending worship! I feel very safe, and it has been a joy to catch up with everyone. Please contact Sandy Wingen if you have any questions or can help at email@example.com.
Volunteers for Climate Control Team
St. Mark’s is looking for folks who would be willing to make sure our propane heaters get brought out, turned on and put back away for our in-person outdoor worship services. As we have colder months ahead, this will be a big help for those who are leading worship to keep them warm, so we can continue to have meaningful worship. Please contact Lori Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a part of this new team. A training video will be given to those who sign up.
We continue to support two food banks, one at Sherbourne UMC and one at Holy Comforter. Collection bins are placed outside the CLC doors every Sunday afternoon from 12-4, and food is delivered each week. All canned/packaged, unopened, non-perishable food is welcome, but they have asked especially for breakfast items (Cereal, oatmeal, grits), soups, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, crackers & side dishes.
We are still collecting gift cards & gas cards (Walmart, Kroger, Wegmans, Food Lion, etc.) for Evergreen Elementary to supply to families. Mailing Address: Evergreen Elementary, 1701 Evergreen East Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23114. Email for electronic cards (no Food Lion): Diane_Siegel@ccpsnet.net. Evergreen counselors and their social worker will send the cards directly to the families in need.
Food Bank Volunteers Needed
Chesterfield Food Bank
The Chesterfield Food Bank needs volunteers at all sites, especially the ones a little farther away (Jeff Davis, Hopkins, etc.) Volunteers are asked to bring masks; gloves will be provided. If you are interested in helping for an afternoon, you can sign up HERE.
Belmont UMC operates a food bank that serves an average of 350 families each week. They have asked for help getting volunteers to help pack (Thursdays) and distribute (Fridays) the food. Volunteers are asked to bring masks; hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided. For more information or to sign up, go to http://bcrsrva.org/
Support Prayer Shawl Ministry With Shawls/Blankets
The St. Mark’s Prayer Shawl Ministry is a small group of people who knit or crochet blankets given to babies at their baptism as well as items of comfort for our church family, such as prayer shawls and lap blankets. We need your help to keep up with needs of our church! If you knit or crochet, please consider supporting this ministry by making a shawl or blanket. We can provide yarn and pattern ideas, but you are free to let your own creativity be your guide. Please call or text Brenda Koebel (804-247-0527) or e-mail email@example.com.