New Phone System is Installed

Our new phone system has been installed and is up and running!
Please be patient with us as we learn the new phone system and fix issues as they arise.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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Something New Coming this Summer!

What if Sunday morning always included a blended hour of Cross + Generational Worship and Faith Formation?  Have you ever considered this question?  Probably not.  Most of us don’t spend time thinking about things like this.  We have worship services, we have Sunday school.  We have small group times available.  However, ongoing research has pointed out several things that we, the church, can no longer overlook.  It’s time to consider how we are formed in the faith and how we worship (or don’t). 
 
I would like to ask each of you reading to be aware of the following current research findings about Faith Formation (for all ages) and worship.  Then, I would like you to take a leap of faith and join us for a new model that we are testing this summer.  Would you please prayerfully consider being a part of this new thing God is doing in our midst?
 
First, some theses to consider:
1. According to many research studies (including a very large Pew Research sampling) parents have been, are, and always will be, the most influential faith mentors, guides and role models in a child’s life. 
 
2. Research also shows that if you don’t worship as a child, you’re probably not going to worship as an adult.
 
3. If you schedule worship and education at the same time, most adults (of all ages and family settings) will never go to education, most children will never to worship, and most elders will never interact with either in a regular, meaningful way. 
 
4. The wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child are two priceless gifts which belong together at the core of worship, education and faith formation.
 
5. Most families (and singles and empty-nesters) are doing very little intentional Christian faith talk, prayer, scripture or blessing during the week in the home or in our day-to-day and work lives.  Instead, most of us rely on Sunday for this.
 
6.   Most handouts given to worshipers/education participants to use in connecting Sunday to the rest of the week end up in the trash or recycle bin before they leave the building. (Or they aren’t picked up at all).
So, if we consider these things and their impact on our faith, what if….
— we explored a model that focuses on teaching key Bible stories and equipping people to connect the scriptures with their everyday lives by engaging them in a variety of ways…
— we put people back into natural, intentional, intergenerational situations to learn, serve and care…
That model is:  Roundtable Worship!  Beginning in June, our 9:30 hour will be an intentional, intergenerational time of something we are calling eduworship – that’s right — learning AND worship AND formation together. 
 
If you were a part of our Maundy Thursday worship this year, you have already experienced the beginnings of this new model.  We will gather in table fellowship in multi-age groups to worship, to learn and to grow in our faith. 
 
Intrigued?  Come check it out.  Want to ask some questions first? 
Contact Rev. Chris at healthminister@stmarks-umc.net or 337-7201.  
 
Ready to take this leap of faith, St. Mark’s?  We launch Sunday, June 15 – see you then!

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Come Share Your Talent!

Summer is coming! I am looking for talented individuals to share their musical talent this summer. If you would like to sing, play an instrument, or play the
kazoo, contact me to set up a time for you to share your talent in a worship service this summer! Please contact Rob Beland at: r.beland@mchsi.com

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Happy Spring!!! It’s Close to Gardening Time.

If you would like a garden plot at St. Mark’s Taft Avenue location,now’s the time to sign up. Each plot is 10 ft wide and 30 ft long. It’s possible to have more than one plot.  We ask that during the year you keep your garden cleared of weeds. If you use stakes or trellises to support some of your plants make sure that at the end of the season they are removed.
If you want a plot or have questions about the gardens call Chuck Lindemann at: 319-338-7126 or e-mail at acreage88@aol.com

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United Methodist Men—Everyone is Invited

On Saturday May 3rd, 2014 the United Methodist Men will meet in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall at 7:30 am. Breakfast will be served. The speaker will be Harlan Gillespie, a former pastor at St. Mark’s, and his wife Deb. He is currently the pastor at St. Paul’s UMC in Cedar Rapids, and in June he will become the District Superintendent of the North Central District. Harlan was a delegate to the 2011 World Methodist Conference In South Africa. He will speak on the topic: SHIFTING (gears) THROUGH THE FUTURE: WORLD METHODISM.

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Church Mailboxes Updated!

Welcome new members!   Church mailboxes have been assigned to the newest members of our family and those that have requested mailboxes.  The list of mailbox numbers is located at the end of the mailboxes in Fellowship Hall.  Please check your mailbox regularly.

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Phone System Problems

The phone system at St. Mark’s, Iowa City, is not working for leaving and retrieving messages. If you call, please keep trying back and do not leave a message, as we are unable to retrieve them. We are already working on fixing the problems, but it may take some time – days or even weeks – to decide how to proceed with this aging system. Thanks for your patience.

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Calling All Methodist Men

St Mark’s UMC is hosting the Iowa United Methodist Men’s Annual Meeting Saturday, April 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St Mark’s Church.  Plan now to attend.  Stop at the church office to get a flyer for more details. You will not want to miss this one. 

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St. Mark’s United Methodist Women

Our Meal in the Upper Room meeting will be Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
(Please note the earlier time). We will have our meal promptly at 5:45 and then move into the sanctuary at 6:15 for our program. Please bring a box or two of tissues for Mark Twain School.

Other Announcements:
1) Executive Board meets Monday the 17th at 5:30 p.m.
2) A district “Meet and Greet” gathering on Tuesday the 18th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
We will provide refreshments.

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Feed My Starving Children-Mobile Pack

This event will be held June 6-7 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. 1000 volunteers will be needed to pack 200,000 nutritionally complete, packaged dry meals to send around the world. School-aged children through adults can sign up for 2-hour shifts, with online sign-up starting April 25.

What can you do now? Funds to pay for the cost of the food to be packed locally ($44,000) must be raised before sign-up begins. If this goal is surpassed, then additional meal packs can be assembled. Each meal costs $ .22, with 92% of donations going to the food program. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is sponsoring this event for the 2nd time, hoping to double the number of meals that were packed last year. Online donations are accepted at: www.fundraising.fmsc.org/iowacity or you can mail a check payable to FMSC attn.: Margy Towers, 175 E. Dovetail Dr., Coralville, 52241
Questions? Contact Suzanne Krogh at (319) 354-1891.
 
 

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