Worship Schedule For February
Sundays at 10 am
February 7: Zoom Communion
February 14: Interactive Zoom Worship
February 21: Traditional Indoor Worship (Sanctuary)
February 28: Interactive Zoom Worship
The next in-person service is Traditional Indoor Worship on February 21. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb 17 (12 pm).
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.
New Study: Broken Signposts with Randy Godwin
Join us in reading N. T. Wright’s Broken Signposts, where we will look at the idea that every world view must explain seven “signposts,” indicators inherent to humanity: Justice, Spirituality, Relationships, Beauty, Freedom, Truth, and Power. Using the Gospel of John as his source, Wright shows how Christianity defines each signpost and illuminates why we so often see them as being “broken” and unattainable. Drawing on the wisdom of the Gospels, Wright explains why these signposts are fractured and damaged and how Christianity provides the vision, guidance, and hope for making them whole once again, ultimately healing ourselves and our world. Join Randy Godwin on Tuesday nights at 7 pm on Zoom for an eight-week study, starting February 16. Click here to register. Click here to order your book.
New Women’s Study: God On Mute with Pastor Fran
Check out our Women’s Bible Study, God on Mute by Pete Greig. In this book, he has written his most intensely personal and honest account born out of his wife’s fight for her life. Greig asks what it means to suffer and to pray and then suffer through the silence because your prayers seem unanswered. We might expect the world to go quiet because they don’t know what to say. So, you turn to Him and you pray, needing Him now more than ever before. But somehow…even God Himself seems on mute. In this book, we will look at the hard side of prayer, how to respond when there seem to be no answers, and how to cope with those who seek to interpret our experience for us. Here is a story of faith, hope and love beyond all understanding. Pastor Fran will guide us through this 6-week journey, beginning Monday, February 15 at 10 am on Zoom. Click here to sign up for the class. Click here to order your book.
Updated Small Group Information for 2021
Our Adult Ministries team has put together updated information about our Small Group Opportunities in 2021! Click the link below.
2021 Small Group Opportunities
- 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?
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of volunteers who help support the community in a public health emergency. The MRC is currently assisting Chesterfield and surrounding counties in administering the COVID vaccine and needs additional volunteers as the county works to ramp up vaccinations in the coming weeks and months. While medical professionals are greatly appreciated, non-medical volunteers can be used as well. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the form at https://vvhs.vamrc.org. There is a two hour, online training session. Thank you!
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/