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.

Wisdom: God’s Path to the Good Life  “Life Is Good” is the name of an American apparel and lifestyle company.  It is successful in part because of the universal appeal of the idea of “the good life.” But what exactly makes life good? Success? Beauty? Popularity? Power?  Scripture offers us insights into what God intended life to be in the beginning when he first said, “It is good.”   Join us at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday as we explore what the Holy Spirit would have us know about God’s path of wisdom.

WITNESS

Arts In Mission Prepares for a New Year  AIM is an outreach of St. Mark’s that seeks to “Make Music – Create Community.”  Through it we build relationships with young families in our community, giving us the opportunity to share the love of Jesus in word and deed.  This semester three classes are being offered.

“Family Music for Babies” will meet on Thursdays at 10:30 am.  It is designed for parents and their babies (birth – 15 months) to build relationships and those foundational skills which make music possible.  Classes begin on September 26.

“Family Music for Toddlers” will expand the musical world of your 1–2 year old  with a variety of movement, singing, dancing, and instrumental activities.  Track A meets twice a week at 9:15 am on Mondays and Thursdays.  Track B meets once a week at 10:30 on Mondays.

A free demonstration class will be held for prospective families on September 23.  More information is available at http://www.artsinmissionny.org

The Mission of the Month for September is the Mill Neck Family of Organizations.  The Mission of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations is to enhance the quality of life for people who are Deaf, or who have other special communication needs, through excellence in individually designed educational, vocational or spiritual programs and services.  The Mill Neck Family of Organizations will continue to be the recognized leader in education and employment services for the Deaf on Long Island, the national leader in resources and partnerships in its role as a Recognized Service Organization within the church and a key international leader in development of programs and services with other partners. For more information, please see their website at https://millneck.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

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

A New Phase of Ordinary Time Has Begun  Green is the liturgical color of the “ordinary” season of the church year that we are in right now.  During this time we 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.”  From Christian Education Sunday until the last Sunday in October, we will be using a different psalm tone, offertory prayer, intercessory response, Eucharistic Prayer, 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.  Make the commitment now to become even more regular in your worship life.

The New Issue of Portals of Prayer Is Now Available   The October to December 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 “First-Fruits”   In scripture, the people of God were expected to dedicate to the Lord the first of what they harvested from their fields and the firstborn of their livestock.  In this way, they would demonstrate their confidence that the Lord would provide for them.  Christian giving continues to be “first fruits” giving.  We do not bring our Lord our “leftovers,” whatever loose change remains after we have paid all of our bills.  Instead, the first thing we do when the check arrives is set aside a portion of it as our thank-offering to the Lord.  In this way we demonstrate that we trust God to provide for all that we need and we act on the fact that God is the first priority in our lives… more than housing, or groceries, or transportation, or entertainment.  We do this not in order to earn God’s favor, but because we have received God’s favor.  May your gifts be this kind of witness to your faith. (3)