Announcements

TEACHING

“Sunday School Stories for Grown Ups” Many of us grew up with simplified, kid-friendly versions of bible stories: Creation, the Flood, the Exodus, David and Goliath, etc.  Scripture itself presents a much more complex, nuanced telling of these events.  Each week we will hear a different bible story as told in the Arch Books (a children’s bible story series).  We will then dig more deeply by comparing that to the bible itself.  Join us each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. as we explore how much more God’s Word has to say to us than we might think.

The Egyptian Hallel  Our midweek bible study is held each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.  We are currently making our way through a set of Psalms that are sung at the end of every Passover meal.  After Matthew tells the story of how, at the Passover, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, he concludes by saying, “When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”  That hymn, praising God for his deliverance at the Exodus, was Psalm 113-118.  It includes many well known verses of the scripture.  Join us for a time of prayer and praise as we meditate on God’s Word.

WITNESS

Are You Interested in Finding Out More about St. Mark’s?  If you are thinking about joining this parish or preparing for Baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation, please speak with Pastor as soon as possible.  We hope to start a new formation group called Didache (Did-a-káy), a word which means “Teaching.”  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

MERCY

Lutheran World Relief is our Mission of the Month for July.  As we pray for and support LWR, we…  “Affirm God’s love for all people, working with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.”  In many congregations, LWR is known for the Mission Quilts that are made and donated by their women’s organization.  Lutheran World Relief is about much more than quilts, however.  To find out more about the current work of LWR, go to www.lwr.org.

Pastor Needs Your Help… to Help Others   Many of our members, friends and neighbors have fallen on hard times.  Gifts to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund allow Pastor Boehler to provide a helping hand.  Unfortunately, the need has far outstripped the gifts, and the fund has dwindled significantly.  Please consider a special gift designated for the Pastors Discretionary Fund, and be an answer to your neighbor’s prayer: “…give us this day our daily bread.”

LIFE TOGETHER

Get to Know Your Church… Around the World  Being a part of St. Mark’s is about more than what happens at this particular corner in Yonkers.  We are connected to a network of missions and ministries around our region and throughout the world.  In the narthex (entryway) of the church are a couple of racks.  These contain free publications from around our church body, including the Lutheran Witness (our synod’s monthly magazine) and Reporter (our newspaper).  These are for you.  Take and read; then pray for and support all the amazing ministries they portray.

WORSHIP

About the Current Season of the Church’s “Year of Grace”  Green is the liturgical color of the “ordinary” season of the church year that we have just entered into.  During this time we will focus primarily on the “alternative lifestyle” which is ours as disciples of Jesus Christ.  We will be challenged to not just “talk the talk, but walk the walk.”  You will notice a number of fairly subtle changes to our order of service that will underscore the unique character of this season, including the use of the Apostles’ Creed rather than the Nicene.  Whatever the time of year, our life of faith is nourished by the Word of God and the sacraments which we gather to share.  The Christian life is not that of grade school children; we do not get a “summer vacation” from the faith.  Make the commitment now to become even more regular in your worship life.

The New Issue of Portals of Prayer Is Now Available   The July to September issue of Portals of Prayer is now here.  This is a resource for daily devotions that is much beloved in our circles.  If you haven’t used them yet, please give them a try.  You can pick one up in the back of the church in either a pocket size or a large print edition.  And don’t forget to take one to share with a friend.

The Anointing of the Sick   Pastor will be available on the fourth Sunday of every month for prayer and the anointing of the sick.  Whether you are seeking healing for yourself or a loved one, you are invited to come forward.  If you know someone who has been “under the weather,” invite them to come along with you.  James 5:13-20 is the biblical basis for this ancient custom.  If you have any questions, please talk to pastor.

Children in Worship  An activity sheet about today’s service is available for our youngest members.  This will help them engage in worship in a way that is developmentally appropriate for their stage in life.  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me;”  he did not say, “Let them act like little adults.”  Help your young ones experience Jesus in a way that is appropriate for them.

The Flower Chart is in the Narthex. Flowers on the Altar are $30.00 per Sunday.

STEWARDSHIP

Giving Is Not What We Do, It’s Who We Are   In the waters of baptism, we have “put on Christ.”  Our Lord set aside the riches of heaven in order to join us in our poverty.  He did this in order that he might shower us with the treasures of God’s grace.  As St. Paul put it, “He became poor, that we might become rich.”  Having “put on Christ,” his selfless generosity now becomes our way of life.  We give, not because we have to, and not in order to pay the bills.  We give, because that is what we have become when we were born again of water and the Spirit: Christ-like people of generosity and compassion. (1)

Stewardship Last Week: Attendance: 35.  Total Income: $6742.00 (goal, $5,451.92).  (offerings, $1442.00; other sources, $5300.00)