This Evening at 7pm: will be the start of a new Non-Traditional Bible study. The format will be different than what you might be used to; it will be video-based and interactive discussions. Come prepared to learn and grow in your faith! We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, beginning in the Library or Fellowship Hall. Please see Pastor Chris for more information.

Operation Christmas Child:Kick-off is Today! The theme for our emphasis this year is “Good News, Great Joy.” This is the 4th year that St. Mark will be a partner in this ministry to bring the hope of the Gospel to children around the world who live in desperate conditions. Grab a shoebox (or 2) from the lobby! A brochure is packed inside with details on what can and cannot be packed. We also have some FREE items that you can take to get you started: dresses from Dress-A-Girl, underwear, shoes and homemade bracelets. More items will be available next Sunday. If you prefer to have the OCC team to shop for you, please feel free to reach out to Marilyn Meyerholt or Debbie Turk. Our last Sunday for in-gathering will be Oct. 22. This is a much shorter emphasis than last year, so don’t delay!

Life With God Classes:are scheduled to resume Sunday October 1 from 9-10am in the Matthew Room. This is a great follow-up to our “Back to Church Sunday” emphasis. The first class is a trial class, and each person will receive a gift from the church and then get to decide whether to continue on with the 6 classes. These classes fit the need of seekers, those interested in joining our church, those with questions, and those desiring to discuss the overwhelming evidence that supports Biblical teachings. Reach out to Pastor Ken with questions or to register.

St. Mark Book Club:Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 11th at 1 p.m. in the St. Mark “Dining Room” – off the Kitchen. We’d love to have you discuss with us the true crime novel, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. We will see what the newly-formed FBI did in oil-rich Oklahoma to solve over two dozen murders. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel free to pack a lunch and join us at noon for extra fun. Questions? Need a Book? Contact Sue Matzke Please bring a friend or two!

Boutique Bounce! Yes, It’s that time of year to start collecting for our OHIO-themed St. Mark Boutique Bounce Basket. Think – Browns, Cavs, Guardians, Chardon Maple Syrup, Malley’s Chocolates, Certificates to area Restaurants. There will be a box in the hall closet area labeled Boutique Bounce. All items will be due November 1st. Contact Lee Stone with questions.

Boutique Jewelry:Also being collected for the Boutique is Christmas Jewelry and “Bling” jewelry for the holidays, along with the boxes that jewelry comes in. Donations can be placed in the box marked “Ellen” in the small dining room off Fellowship Hall. Donations are due by Oct. 29. Questions? Contact Ellen Gilbert.

Looking Ahead -Ministry in Mission:will be traveling to the Dominican Republic December 2-9, 2023, where they will be holding an eyeglass clinic. We would appreciate eyeglass donations. Please gather what you have (Rx glasses, sunglasses, kids’ glasses and all readers) or purchase reader glasses of all strengths. Marc’s is selling readers for 99-cents and Dollar Tree is selling for $1.25. Put all eyeglass donations in the box in the “coatroom”. You can also make a tax-exempt donation by writing a check to Ministry in Mission, and give your check to Jackie Rychel or Lee Stone. All donations are due by November 1, 2023. For further information, contact Lee Stone.