Download our Advent Flyer for information on our Advent Events/Worship Series.

23 International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day    10 am-1:30 pm
FACES and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church will host this on Saturday, Nov 23. This day is observed internationally every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and it is to honor the families and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide. Our program focuses on hope and healing.  There will be several speakers, including a speaker on grief, a short movie, and discussion groups.  Food will be served.  Please visit www.facesva.org for further details or contact Jill Weiseman at facesorg1@verizon.net with any questions.

24  Called Church Conference + Lunch   12:15 pm
All St. Mark’s members in attendance will vote to support or reject the recommended NLI innovations.

26 Joint Thanksgiving Worship at Mt. Pisgah UMC   7:30 pm
Our Alleluia Choir will join Mt. Pisgah’s Adult Choir for a wonderful anthem and singing of hymns. Pastor Fran will be bringing the message on this thanks-filled night. This will be a wonderful way to start your family’s Thanksgiving weekend.

1 Decorate God’s House
Will be on Sunday, Dec 1, right after the 11:00 worship time! A light lunch will be provided before the fun begins! This is an excellent way for you and your family to add to the excitement of Advent. You will be asked, as a family, to decorate a Christmas tree or hang garland and decorations around the church building. With many hands doing the work you should be home around 1:00 pm. All ages are welcome to join in the fun!

1 Poinsettia Orders
The flyer to purchase poinsettia plants to decorate our worship spaces will be in the bulletins December 1-15. Please fill it out with your words of dedication, then place it and your $10 check in the offering plate/drop it off at the church office. Last day to order your poinsettia is Monday, December 16. The poinsettias will be in worship on December 22 and should be picked up and taken home after any worship time on Christmas Eve. Thank you for your gift of beauty for our Advent celebrations!

6 Silver Streaks Trip To Riverside Theatre Christmas Spectacular 
We have 15 tickets to see this play in Fredericksburg, VA. The total cost will be $60.00 per person ($58.00 for lunch, ticket to the play and $2.00 for gas for the bus). Riverside has changed their policies and we now have to pay our own tip – it is no longer included in the price so we will all have to bring some cash. We will leave church that Friday at 10:00 am, lunch starts at 11:30, the play begins at 1:00 with an end time of approximately 4:00. We should return to church around 6:00 pm. Sign up on bulletin board.

7 Annual Santa Breakfast   8:30-10:30 am
$3 tickets at door; featuring crafts, Bible storyteller, Mrs. Claus, Nativity dress-up, games, delicious breakfast and more in the Community Life Center

8 Worship Arts KIDZ Musical “The Christmas Express”  11:00 am worship
Here Come the CHRISTMAS EXPRESS! Our Worship Arts KIDZ will be presenting their message of Joy! You won’t want to miss this amazing time of music, children and the wonderful story of Jesus!

8 St. Mark’s Ringers in Concert   3 pm 
Come to Powhatan UMC and hear our ringers perform a concert of Christmas blessing! The concert is free and open to everyone! There will be a Christmas cookie reception afterwards. Be a part of this great afternoon– there will be a carol sing-a-long.

12 St. Mark’s Preschool Pre-K Program   6:30 pm

15  6th-12th Grade Student Christmas Party  4-6 pm
White Elephant gift exchange & fellowship

15 Christmas Cantata  “Go Sing It On The Mountain”   8:30 & 11:00 am worship
Our Alleluia Choir will be presenting their Christmas cantata, full of beautiful solos, the timeless message of hope and our heavenly choir will touch your heart like never before! Invite a neighbor, bring a friend!

5 Deadline to Sign-up for Dinner for Eight

Begins mid January. Eight people will meet four times in six months for supper & fellowship. A host pair will contact the other guests for details. The host will provide the main dish, beverage, table service, and home for the meal. The guests will bring a side to share. Each pair will rotate hosting the dinner. Please sign up through the web sign-up at stmarksmidlo.com/connect/adults or email the church office with your interest at office@stmarksmidlo.com. Deadline is January 5. There will be a “mixer” for all participants in this “round” at the home of Bob and Donna Anderson on Friday, January 17 at 6:30 pm to meet your group. Join the fun!

5 Un-decorate” God’s House    12:15 pm
8 Mission Dinner & KIDZ Talent Night  5:30 pm