Worship Schedule For November
Sundays at 10 am
November 1: Traditional Outdoor Worship + Communion
November 8: Relevant Outdoor Worship
November 15: Traditional Indoor Worship (Sanctuary)
November 22: Relevant Outdoor Worship + Communion
On 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays, worship from your car or the lawn while listening to a live message & live music. We will also have communion on 1st & 4th Sundays. On 3rd Sundays, a live message & pre-recorded music will be held inside the Sanctuary. 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. Click here for more details and to register.
Small Group Outdoor Meeting Requests
Small groups of 25 or less are able to meet in the field by the Rally Point or in the Courtyard. Each attendee will be required to wear a face covering, practice physical social distancing, and bring their own chair/blanket. Group leaders are required to complete training prior to meetings to ensure compliance & understanding of all protocols.
To reserve a designated outdoor space and time slot, the Group Leader needs to fill out this form at least one week prior to the date needed, to prevent multiple groups in the same location at the same time.
Children & Families
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.
- 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!
Church-Wide Advent Study
St. Mark’s would like to offer a church-wide Advent study this year from November 29-December 20. If you are interested in participating or leading a group through this study, contact the office at email@example.com. Below is the information about the Advent study. There are also resources available for kids and youth so it can be done as a multigenerational study.
Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas
His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh.
In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, best-selling author Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth.
This Advent season church families will come together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ Child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. Now more than ever, we invite you to reflect upon the significance of the Christ-child for our lives and world today!
Incarnation is a standalone book, but works beautifully as a four-week Bible study experience perfect for all age groups during the Advent season. Additional components include a comprehensive Leader Guide, a DVD with short teaching videos featuring Adam Hamilton, as well as resources for children and youth.
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.
Together We Praise
On Fridays at 8 am, we are sharing musical offerings from our talented church friends and staff! Look out for the Facebook post/email.
Students (Grades 6-12)
Youth group is meeting outdoors this fall on Sundays 2-3:30 pm. Most of our small groups are also beginning to have in-person outdoor meetings at the church. Contact Stacy to get engaged & receive her email communications.
What Can I Do To Help?
Turkey Bags Due November 1
It is Turkey Bag time!! CCHASM Thanksgiving Meal Package Program provided 3,000 families from Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell and Prince George with a gift meal package last year. Because of COVID-19, distribution of turkey bags will be done differently this year. You have 3 ways to obtain a bag/list:
- On Sundays (Starting October 4) you may pick up a bag when you attend an in-person worship service.
- Bags will also be available on Sundays from 12-4pm outside of the CLC doors.
- You may also just print the turkey bag list here and package items in a paper bag.
All turkey bags need to be delivered to church by SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1! You may drop them off in the hallway when you attend in-person worship service or outside the CLC doors on Sundays 12-4pm.
Need Set-Up Help For Outdoor Worship
How can you serve at St. Mark’s? We are currently looking for folks to help set up and clean up for our outdoor worship times. Your time would be used to run cables for microphones, transport stands and items needed for our musicians, setting up speakers and monitors and other needs for outdoor worship. Your help would be supervised by our sound team. Many hands make light work so please sign up and lend a hand to serve.
Contact Selina Heslep (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or to volunteer. WE NEED YOU!
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.