A Special Bible Study Forum: is being held today during the Education Hour, beginning at 9:15 a.m. The subject will be the Lord’s Supper. We will consider the Biblical basis for the sacrament and what offering it with greater frequency might look like at St. Mark. Your questions and comments are welcome.

Attention, Ladies of St. Mark!! Spring has sprung and it’s time for our annual Mother’s Day Tea and celebration. The event is Saturday, May11th, from 11:00 to 1:00. Our theme this year is “”Songbirds in your garden”” and will include lunch and a presentation on bluebirds by a local naturalist. The cost of the tea is $20.00 per person and children under 8 are $5.00. Payments can be placed in the church office in a box labeled Mother’s Day Tea. Checks should be made out to St. Mark Lutheran Church with Mother’s Day Tea in the memo. All payments are due April 30th. There will be a signup sheet in the hall. There are limited spaces so get your reservations in. We look forward to a special time of fellowship and delectable food. Any questions contact Diana C. Monaghan or Jamie Nicoletti.

Book Club Update: Because of rescheduling April’s meeting we will be discussing the biographies, autobiographies, memoirs on May 8th at 1 p.m. in the small dining room off of St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall. Feel free to pack a lunch and join us at noon for extra fun. You now have until Sunday, May 5th to turn in your questionnaire. June 12th’s book will be Ladies of the Lake by Cathy Gohlke, a historical fiction novel that explores the complexities of friendship, love, and belonging in the face of trauma and loss. Copies of the new book are now available to borrow from Sue Matzke. Please contact Sue with any questions.

Going Down! : Great news our treasurer reports that a principal reduction payment was sent to LCEF. Once that payment clears, the church mortgage will be at $110,610.78. Thank you to all who give generously to our reduce the mortgage. You can continue to help in this department by coming to the April 28th Debt Reduction Breakfast put on by the women of St. Mark. Ladies please signup to contribute on the sheet on the hall bulletin board.

Nursery News: Children of all ages are welcome to stay in church during worship. However, on Sundays the nursery will be staffed during the 10:15 service. If you are a visitor, the usher in the back of the sanctuary can direct you to the nursery which is in our main hallway. We also have a cry room available for parents with infants.
Education Hour: 9:15 is Education Hour at St. Mark. At the same time that Pastor Mark takes the adult members through a deeper look at the day’s Bible readings, we also offer children’s Sunday school using Concordia Materials. The Sunday school classroom is in the church basement.

Vacation Bible School: Our theme this year is “”SCUBA – Diving into Friendship with God. Because we view VBS as vital to the spiritual health of children in our community, there is no cost to attend. Children and volunteers can register now on the link on our church website. If you are interested in directing a Thrivent grant to our VBS, please contact Pastor Chris.

A Friend in Need: Please consider donating your January-March 2024 Portals of Prayers to Sue Matzke when you are finished reading them. Her friend’s late father wrote the January devotions, and the family would like extra copies to use as witnessing tools. Please place your used copy in Sue’s church mailbox.

Hanging Basket and Plant Order Forms: are on the front table in the narthex. Costs are Hanging Baskets ($22.00) and 1 qt. plants ($6.00). Mother’s Day Baskets must be ordered by May 5 and will be delivered Friday, May 11. There will be extra HB for sale on Mother’s Day Sunday. Plant Sale orders are due Sunday May 19th and will be delivered Friday, May 25. Minimal plants will be available on Sun., May 27. For questions contact
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