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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Rainbow Stole Project

September 2013 Church Council approved St. Mark’s becoming a Reconciling Church. As part of that movement a Rainbow Stole Project developed. The stole of rainbow colors is intended as a witness of the wearer’s willingness to affirm Jesus’ example of love without reservation and covenant to deal compassionately and justly with one another. Therefore, we celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and believe this diversity enriches our journey together in faith toward greater understanding, mutual respect, and Christian love. We embrace persons of all ages, races, diversity of sexual orientations, gender identities, family configurations, faith history, ethnicity, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education. We recognize that there are differences of opinion among us, but believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. St. Mark’s is a place where ALL are welcome and invited to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect. The rainbow-colored stoles represent the wondrous diversity of God’s creation. You are invited to wear one of these stoles during worship or meetings at St. Mark’s.

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Softball Sign Up!

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 97redf150@mchsi.com.

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Mark Your Calendars NOW for the St. Mark’s Women’s Retreat!

“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 healthminister@stmarks-umc.net  

Sign-ups begin Sunday March 2.  Please indicate on your sign-up if childcare is needed. 

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New Member Class

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 (jane.dohrmann@gmail.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!

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World Day of Prayer

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.”

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Save the Dates

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

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