“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.
Wisdom vs. Knowledge We have all known people who may be “book smart” but lack that “common sense” that makes for a rich and full life. This distinction is a rich theme in scripture and the Christian tradition. Join us at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday as we explore what the Holy Spirit would have us know about wisdom in the words of the prophets and apostles of scripture.
Our Mission of the Month for August has been the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Their journal, the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly is often available at the back of our church and is full of inspiring stories about living and sharing our faith. St. Mark’s women’s organization, Women on a Mission, is affiliated with the LWML. Through them, we support many local, grassroots efforts to spread the gospel. Please remember to keep these missions in your prayers and support them as you are able.
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.
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.”
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.
About This Phase of Ordinary Time The portion of Ordinary Time that begins with Trinity Sunday can be divided in a number of ways. Because of the significance of the academic year for those parishes with a Christian Day School, we often think of the weeks of the summer as a unit. The Sundays of summer are conveniently divided in two with the feast of St. Benedict, which was last Thursday. During this second portion of the summer, we will be using “Divine Service – Setting Four” from the Lutheran Service Book. This setting of the liturgy replaces the regular portions of the service with hymn paraphrases. We will also be using a different psalm tone, intercessory response, post-communion prayer, and benediction. Whatever the time of year though, our life of faith in 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 Current Issue of Portals of Prayer Is Still 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.
Another Way to Give Most banks offer the service of paying your bills online. You can avoid the inconvenience of paper checks and envelopes by setting up St. Mark’s Lutheran Church as one of your online payees. Then, simply designate your chosen amount and whether you want it to be a monthly, bi-weekly, weekly, or one-time gift. you can cancel or change your designation at any time. Until you do, though, you will never miss the chance to support your parish just because you missed church on Sunday. (9)
Stewardship Last Week: Attendance: 19. Total Income: $ na. (goal, $5451.92). (offerings, $ na; other sources, $ na.)