THOUGHTS FROM THE PRESIDENT
We are still here, standing together
As I sit on my porch, enjoying the day's beautiful weather, I'm struck with the thought that...we have arrived at a one-year mark. While yes, it is the one-year mark of the beginning of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic that meant not being able to sit together in our normal spots in the pews under one roof, I see it in a different light. It's been a year where we have continued to stand together as a Family of Faith. We are still here to celebrate the death and rising of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are still here to record announcements, readings, prayers, and songs of praise. We are still here to graciously accept the words of scripture provided for us to use. We are still here to have them all translated into American Sign Language. We are still here to have it all put together and uploaded to YouTube, and Facebook. Finally, we are still here to join together to watch and hear it; to speak and sing along with it. Not to forget, Sunday School has continued on as well as Coffee (Half) Hour. There is no doubt that it has been a long, hard year...but I believe with all my heart we must remember that it is a year in which we have accomplished so much to be proud of. We are still here, Saint Mark.
We have much to look forward to as well! We are always looking for congregational members who would love to do readings or prayers. Most importantly though, is our upcoming annual meeting. We have much to discuss as we look toward that moving forward, and we welcome all members to be there. Reports are uploaded to the Google Drive and ready for you to look over. I look forward to seeing as many faces on Zoom as possible, or hearing your voice if you dial in. I have missed each and every one of my Saint Mark Family, and I look forward to the day in which we can Gather in Grace once again!
We are still here, standing together, in the love that our God showers down upon us.
Sarah J. Palmer
REMINDER: ANNUAL REPORTS ARE READY AND MEETING IS MARCH 21
HOW TO ACCESS MEMBERS' SHARED DRIVE
It's almost time for the Annual Congregational Meeting which will be at noon on Sunday, March 21. Please"Save the Date" as important decisions about next steps for St Mark need to be made. Reading the Annual Reports and the Budget ahead of time will be good preparation for the meeting.
St Mark members can view congregation-related information on the St Mark Members shared drive. Click here to access.
This drive contains the Annual Reports and Proposed Budget for 2021, as well as, Council reports, Prayer Request lists, the Member Directory, and St Mark history files, including photos. This information is reserved to St Mark congregation members; contact email@example.com if you need to request access.
Members who have never accessed Google drives/files before will be prompted to establish a Google account the first time they try to access the drive. It is usually a simple process but if you run into trouble, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Check your email this week for further meeting details and links.
UPDATE OF "FAMILY IN NEED"
Just last week was the first request for food from our "Family in Need" since Christmas. She had recieved another stimulus check. There was enough food and supplies at my house, left since our Xmas delivery and two donations from St. Mark members. I went shopping for perishable foods and also used the money from the council that Onda had sent. Cheryl also contributes fresh veggies,fruit, milk, etc.
As always they express how thankful and grateful they are. (Mom said it felt like Christmas again).
I hope it warms the hearts of those of you who are donating as much as it does mine.
At this time, the boxes at my house are nearly empty so for those who want to contribute, please call, text or email me.
God's Blessing to all who share in the ministry.
I also want to thank everyone for the prayers for my friend Mick Boone. He has had a few "bumps in the road" but is now at home. The tumor is responding to treatment and the Physicians are hopeful. Thank you for your prayers and please continue your prayers for healing. God is indeed good.
"Have You Thought About Death Lately? Heaven on our Minds"
This Lent at 7:15PM on Wednesdays, we explore “Have You Thought about Death Lately…? Heaven on Our Minds.” Sessions center on how to make your own end-of-life plans and honor the plans of your loved ones. Classes are live via Zoom and are also recorded for later viewing. Access the current session at 7:15PM on the Wednesdays listed below. The link is also on our website’s homepage stmarkypsi.com
Schedule of topics:
· 2/4…Making and Facilitating End-of-Life Decisions - Retired Veteran's Association Chaplain, Roland Schaedig (To view recording)
· 3/3 Funeral Planning - Pr. Jim and Pr. Vicky of Zion-Ann Arbor (To view recording)
· 3/10 Estates, Trusts, and Wills - Pat Hartig
· 3/17 How to Be with and Support Someone Who Is Dying – Panel of pastors
· 3/24 Singing Our Way to Heaven – Lois Miller, Steve Whiting, Pr. Marie
UPDATE ON FEDUP
OUR SYNOD'S NEW FOOD JUSTICE MINISTRY
You are receiving this email because we are purchasing a food truck! We hope to pick it up this coming weekend. This is our last push to get where we need to be in order to purchase the truck, get the licenses to operate, and close out phase one of our ministry plan.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Ypsilanti) and Zion Lutheran Church (Ann Arbor) have been so gracious to us, because they’ve let us begin cooking for the community out of their commercial kitchens. They will become our commissary kitchens* once we get our truck. If your congregation or faith community has not donated to FedUp yet, there is still time to make a $1000 or more donation and become a truck sponsor. Sponsorship gets your congregation’s logo displayed on the back of our truck as one of our ministry partners! Your congregation and your congregants can give to this new ministry in Southeast Michigan by going to fedupministries.org/give.
Along with truck sponsorship, a partnership with FedUp involves:
We have $6,000 to go in order to cover inspection fees, insurance, and gas to travel back from North Carolina. Please consider donating to FedUp so that we can bring our new purple baby home to our community! Take a peek at her using the link below.
I’d love to come by on Zoom or in person (distantly, masked, etc.) to talk with your congregational leadership about partnering with FedUp. Feel free to share this email with your friends. We have 12 exciting congregational partnerships and would love to have at least 5-8 more.
With Love, Appreciation, and Hope,
PRAYER REQUESTS: NEW PRAYER REQUESTS
Beth Hall, Sister of Tina Karns
Those who mourn for
Charles R. (Charlie) Palmer, brother of Steve Palmer
PRAYER REQUESTS: ONGOING PRAYER LIST
Chloe Bray, Niece of Tiffany Kelly
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
No March anniversaries
Gage Pulford 3/6
Nathan Karns 3/8
Aleesha Bucciarelli 3/9
Diane Glatter 3/11
Jeffrey Kelly 3/16
Braylynn Kelly 3/18
Larry Smith Jr. 3/22
Laurie Gable 3/31