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.

“Living in Hope” is the theme for our new midweek bible study series based on 1 Peter.  This book encourages Christians who are suffering to live holy lives by reminding them of the eternal inheritance they have in Christ.  Christ purchased us, not with silver or gold, but with His precious blood.  As a result, we are holy people, God’s royal priesthood.  Join us at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday as the Holy Spirit helps us to grow in holiness through the power of his Word.

WITNESS

The Mission of the Month for August is Lutheran Hour Ministries, the outreach efforts of the Lutheran Laymen’s League.  LHM is a trusted expert in global media that equips and engages a vibrant volunteer base to passionately proclaim the Gospel to more than 51 million people worldwide each week. Through its North American headquarters and 34 ministry centers on six continents, LHM reaches into more than 50 countries, often bringing Christ to places where no other Christian evangelistic organizations are present. LHM’s flagship ministry, “The Lutheran Hour,” airs weekly on more than 1,600 radio stations and the American Forces Network. We encourage those people who are reached through these ministry efforts to respond by contacting staff or volunteers. Lutheran Hour Ministries then cultivates relationships with those who respond to ultimately facilitate a relationship between them and a congregation, thus helping grow the kingdom of God.  You can find out more by checking out their website at www.lhm.org.

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

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

The Messenger Is Coming Back  Not long after starting his long tenure as the pastor of St. Mark’s, Rev. Adolf Meyer printed the first issue of The Messenger, a newsletter for St. Mark’s.  Having a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia, Pastor Meyer knew how important high quality communication is.  In an attempt to improve our communication with both members and friends, The Messenger will go out prior to the beginning of each new liturgical season.  Look forward to your copy before the “Michaelmas term,” i.e, the start of the school year.

The Current Issue of Lutheran Women’s Quarterly Is Still Available  It’s the journal of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, a national organization of women committed to sharing the love of God in Jesus Christ.  Make sure to pick up your copy today.

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

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 Flowers This Week have been given in memory of Christine Vogl, Mom to AJ and daughter of Wilma & Ernst Enrich.  Your presence we miss; Your memory we treasure; Loving you always; Forgetting you never.

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

STEWARDSHIP

Stewardship Is More Than Money… It’ Your Health  Have you ever stopped to think that taking care of your physical and emotional health is an act of stewardship?  God has entrusted us with our bodies, minds, and hearts.  A healthy diet, regular exercise, following a doctors recommendations… all of these can be part of a worshipful response to the grace of God in Christ.  After all, he took on a human body, mind, and heart in order to redeem ours.  Thanks be to God!  (7)

Stewardship Last Week: Attendance: 26.  Total Income: $1334.00 (goal, $5,375.00).  (offerings, $ 1334.00; other sources, $ 0.00).