– February 27
Believe it or not winter is almost over! So for all of you who are interested in putting on a different glove besides the ones that you have been using to shovel or clearing snow off of the windshield of your car, church softball is just around the corner. The signup sheet is on the wall in Fellowship Hall. Once again we will be playing in Coralville on Friday nights at Creekside Park. Games should start at the beginning of May assuming that the glaciers have retreated to the north and the permafrost has thawed! If you have any questions please contact Cory Berwald at: 319-530-1485 or via email at email@example.com.
“Celebrating the Body” is our theme for this year’s retreat – and we will be doing exactly that! On Saturday, May 3, from 9-3pm, you are invited to gather with other women from your church family to celebrate our physical selves. We will rejoice in all that our bodies are and all the amazing things they can do. We will have speakers, small group sessions and resources tables available.
Questions? Contact Rev. Chris at 337-7201, ext. 103; or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign-ups begin Sunday March 2. Please indicate on your sign-up if childcare is needed.
Thank you for your interest in becoming members of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. We are thrilled to welcome you! As a part of this commitment process, we invite you to join us for the following activities:
Sunday, March 2 9:30-10:30 a.m. Membership Class
Sunday, March 30 9:30-10:30 a.m. Membership Class
Sunday, April 6 9:30-10:30 a.m. Membership Class
Saturday, April 12 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner with Class Participants & Church Leaders
Sunday, April 13 Morning Worship Membership Vows; Reception
For the membership class, we will be meeting as a group to share our stories and gifts, while talking about how God is calling us to praise and service. This process culminates in your professing membership vows to God and the congregation.
We look forward to your participation on this faith journey. It would be greatly appreciated if you could R.S.V.P. to Jane Dohrmann by e-mail (email@example.com) or phone at (319-621-1726) regarding your availability for the various dates listed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of us. Hope to see you in class!
World Day of Prayer, traditionally observed the first Friday of March, is a worldwide movement of women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer to the God they all believe in.
Locally, World Day of Prayer is sponsored by Church Women United of Johnson County. This year the service will be held on March 7 at Community of Christ, 2121 S. Ridge Dr., Coralville, across the pond from the North Ridge Park pavilion. Open to women and men of all faiths, registration and refreshments will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the service starting at 10 a.m. Child care will be provided.
“Streams in the Desert,” the 2014 program, was written by the Christian women of Egypt. Mrs. Shams Ghoneim, who was born and raised in Egypt and an Iowa City resident since 1967, will be the special speaker for this Iowa City area World Day of Prayer program. As a Muslim woman, and as someone who visits Egypt frequently, she will share her experiences and thoughts about how people of all faiths can be part of “God transforming deserts of desolation, destruction, and despair into streams of restoring, living water.”
March 2- Youth Sunday
March 5- Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 pm
March 9- Daylight Savings (Move ahead one hour)
Wednesday Lenten Worship-Weekly at 6:15 pm starting on March 12
April 3– St. Mark’s Visits Women at the Well in Mitchellville
April 13- New Membership Vows & Reception to follow
May 18- Senior Recognition
June 19- St. Mark’s Chicken BBQ
July 14-18- Vacation Bible School
The church season of Lent begins Wednesday, March 5 and continues until Sunday, April 20. Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, is a period of 40 days, not including Sundays, that precede Easter. It is celebrated as a time of prayer, fasting, and charity as paths that bring us closer to God. This year, St. Mark’s will also focus on the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church as our way of walking through Lent.
Together, we will share in a time of examining the church’s stance on the world and social systems in which we live and love. As Lent begins, we will receive ashes upon our foreheads. We will remember that we are dust. We came from dust. God breathes into us the breath of life, and in time, we will return to dust and our souls will be received by God in heaven. Plan to join in this ritual of remembering on Wednesday evening, March 5 at 6:30.
We will continue to pray through the Church’s Social Principles with weekly brief worship services every Wednesday night throughout the season of Lent. Plan to join with your church family at 6:15 for a brief time of worship and prayer and fellowship.
In addition to our times of special worship, we will live out our Social Principles with a focus on Imagine No Malaria. United Methodists are in our second year of efforts to eradicate this disease in Africa, and you are invited into a time of giving to this special drive.
As we move through this Lenten journey together, may we learn and grow and serve, knowing the God who created us, and who loves us always.
– February 7
Emergency! The Alpha Ringer Bell Choir is in need of 3-4 people to ring bells. We are very short handed at this point and will be unable to continue as a group if people do not come forward to play. Please carefully consider filling in our shortage by joining us every Monday night at 7 pm here at St. Mark’s!
If you have any questions please call Bill Thorne at (319) 351-0047.
Sunday, February 9, and Sunday, February 16, we will host Blood Pressure Clinics between services so you can “check-in” on this aspect of heart health. Our focus on our hearts concludes with our Lighten Up Variety Show and Cake Auction on Saturday, February 22. This great free event will begin at 6:30 with heart healthy snacks in Fellowship Hall. We will have info on how you can snack in a healthy way each and every day. Then, we’ll take our snacks to the show! Come prepared to eat healthy, laugh a lot, and get a good cardio workout bidding on the cakes in our auction. Let’s Lighten Up together this month and get heart healthy!
– February 4
You are invited to donate books, CD’s and DVD’s to this annual event to raise money for Shelter House. A bin is available in the Fellowship Hall through February 25th. Please DO NOT BRING donations of magazines, encyclopedias, condensed books, textbooks, puzzles or games. Please contact Kristal Gibson at: (319) 321-6509 for information if you seek tax forms for your donations.
The 2014 book sale is tentatively set for Sycamore Mall on the following dates: Saturday, March 1st from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 2nd, 12-4 p.m.
Join this group for refreshments and lively conversation about God, life, what “it” all means to you… All perspectives/viewpoints welcome – in fact, the more diverse, the better the conversation! If you’ve ever wanted a relaxed place to explore what you think and believe, or hear others’ views on the subjects important to you – this is it. This group meets at 2 Dogs Pub, First Avenue, Iowa City every Thursday beginning this Thursday, February 6 at 7pm.