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

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

The Mission of the Month for November is the Lutheran Counseling Center of New York.  Did you know that St. Mark’s is a supporting congregation of LCC?  As such, we are able to offer our members and friends a number of sessions of counseling at a steeply reduced rate.  If you or someone you know could benefit from faith-based mental health care, please speak with pastor.  This is entirely confidential.  To find out more about LCC’s ministry of emotional and spiritual healing, go to www.lccny.org.

 

Hurricane Relief Still Needed  While the initial time of ingathering has passed, the congregations of the Atlantic District are still encouraged to make financial gifts to assist those in need after the recent hurricanes.  All gifts received go directly to assisting those in need; the local districts affected are covering 100% of the overhead.  Simply make out your check to St. Mark’s with the note “Hurricane” on the memo line.  Thank you for your help.

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

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

Planned Giving  If you haven’t done so already, please seriously consider including St. Mark’s in your estate planning: in your will, annuity, or life insurance policy.  Faithful formation of future generations of parishioners and students relies to a great extent upon the generosity of people like you.  Including St. Mark’s in your estate planning will allow you to support our ministry even long after you pass.  Also, letting us know now of your intentions in this regard allows us to recognize your generosity today and to thank you now for your future gift.  Please consider including St. Mark’s in your plans. (8)

Stewardship Last Two Weeks: Attendance: 25 + 20 + 9.  Total Income: $ 14078.33. (goal, $10,750.00).  (offerings, $ 12838.33; other sources, $ 1240.00).