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The Trustees will meet on the 1st of this month at 6:30 p.m.. Thursday, February 3rd, the UMW will have their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. The Finance team will meet on Feb. 8th at 6:30 p.m. Join us for dinner at February’s FOOD, Fun & Fellowship, the 9th from 5:30-7 p.m. During the worship service on February 12th, St. Marks will celebrate our future leaders by honoring the scouts in our congregation. Come celebrate February birthdays with the UMW on the 17th at 11 a.m. It’s all fun and games at our monthly Game Night, Thursday, February 17th, 7-9 p.m.

The UMM is serving breakfast and a devotional at 8 a.m. on February 19th. See what’s going on in the life of St. Marks and have your voice heard at the Administrative Council meeting February 22nd at 6:30 p.m. On the 27th, St. Marks will host a guest speaker, Rev. Zan Holmes, during our regular worship service.

St. Marks is a welcome sanctuary for “all!” We are deeply rooted in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and infused with power of the Holy Spirit. We aspire to make disciples of Jesus Christ for transforming our community. We are spiritually nurtured by worship and undergirded with study, fellowship and support.


FEBRUARY is a month advertisements are dominated by Candy companies, Hallmark and other card companies, Jewelers, and whoever has unique gifts representing “I LOVE YOU!” Have you given a gift of love lately? It is my hope that we remain mindful about the Spiritual reflections of LOVE. I Corinthians 13:3-7 reads,

“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others. Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything. Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. (The Message Translation, Peterson)

HAVE A HAPPY MONTH WITH LOVE FROM ME…

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Venture Crew 90 has participated in many events ranging from lounging on the beach to hiking four miles to a campsite. Venturing is all about discovering leadership skills and having fun.

In August of last summer, our crew traveled to Galveston beach and spent some time with our feet in the ocean. We also visited a planetarium with a telescope that allowed us to see Mars and a few other planets very clearly! Adding to the excitement, we took a stroll in an alligator swamp. We saw several large alligators – the smallest was about 8 feet long, and the largest was approximately 15 feet! We learned some information about the alligators, including that they can only run for short distances; after about 30 feet, they get tired. Lesson learned – it is best to stay at least 30 feet away so they don’t feel threatened (and you can escape). Just a few months ago we attended Camporee in Dallas, which is a big get-together for Venture Crews and Boy Scout Troops. The sights this year included a tee-pee with people performing an actual Native-American dance, a racecar that was available to take pictures in, and, on the last night, the staff presented a fireworks show. They were amazing! Venturing is so much fun! Anyone who loves the outdoors and isn’t afraid to get a little mud on their shoes should definitely give it a shot We are currently planning some events. If anyone would like to join or just get more information, please email our crew advisors, Mr. or Mrs. Newby at venturingcrew90@yahoo.com Marker

The Rev. Zan Holmes will join us in worship on February 27. We are looking forward to this celebration of African American achievement in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Holmes has been involved in the church and the community for decades, teaching as an adjunct professor at SMU Perkins and serving on the Texas State House of Representatives from 1968-1972. He also served as District Superintendent for St. Marks years ago. We are glad to welcome him.

“Congratulations and special thanks to the 260 churches in the North Texas Conference who paid In the North Texas Conference, we have determined that the

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apportionments is to align them with the four strategic initiatives of the church, i.e. leadership development, new church starts and transformation, ministry with the poor, and global health.”

(Reporter Jan. 2011)

We did it! Again: I too thank you for your financial commitment to the Finances of our church. Pastor Jackye Page 3


The meeting for November 4 was held in the Fellowship Hall with 14 members in attendance. Minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. The treasurer’s report was given by Mary Mumaw and was also approved and accepted with a motion by Gayle Jones and Ann Harris. Sunshine Chairperson, Mazelle Ross, sent cards to all the birthdays for the previous months. Betty Leslie had nothing to report on attaining any new members. Many coats were purchased and delivered to the Elementary schools by the first week of December. We discussed our Craft Fair. We were asked to bring cakes for the cake sale, pies for the contest and the men will make chili for that contest also. Our December meeting was held in the beautifully decorated home of Betty Marks. Finger foods were brought by the members and we collected toys for Christmas to be given to Mesquite’s Santa Cop program for the children. Pastor Jackye dismissed the meeting with a prayer. No business was discussed at our Christmas lunch.

The UMW always welcomes any and all women in the community to join them in their meetings and birthday celebrations. Please, feel free to invite those in your life who are not previously engaged to join our United Methodist Women in their ministries. The more the merrier! Marker

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In previous articles, we have looked at several of the fruits of the spirit that are freely offered to us as we accept the Holy spirit into our lives. Now we will begin to see how these attributes build together to change our lives and to act as a defense against the temptations we face daily. This understanding is laid out in many of the letters to the early churches but most pointedly by Peter in his second letter to the Jewish Christians driven out of Jerusalem into Asia Minor and to all believers everywhere. 2 Peter 1 (NIV) His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to

knowledge, selfcontrol; and to selfc o n t r o l ,

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perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus 9 Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. We each come to a faith in God through a different path and those unique experiences produce a community of believers who have vastly different abilities to handle temptations that Satan places around all of us. Peter knew this as he wrote the letters to his flock that had been scattered about in communities across Asia Minor. In the passage above he begins to lay out a path that allows them to build on their faith using the strengths and attributes that are a part of God’s Holy Spirit that now resides in them. The foundation is their faith in God which many of the early Christians had received first or second hand through the ministry of Christ the risen Messiah. In his message, he tells them that their faith will lead them first to goodness directed at their fellow man. Mark 12:29-31 (NIV) 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this:

‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Then he invokes them to add knowledge of God and his teachings. That is why we congregate to hear his message and to study his word. The early churches received letters and visits from the apostles and we still study the same messages today. With knowledge, your faith is strengthened and you are able to speak with authority to share your faith and to speak against those who may try to lead you or others away from God. With a faith in God supported by his very words given through Jesus Christ his son, we are able to build up our selfcontrol and grow in our efforts to be like God in our actions. Self-control is much easier when we realize that we are not doing it alone. In fact, we only have to let go of the things around us and let the Holy Spirit that is there as a gift from God, take control. Pray daily, recognizing God’s authority in your life, asking for forgiveness and seeking his presence in all that you do. Then we can operate on “Spirit-control”.

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Dear Friends at St. Marks United Methodist Church— On Thursday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m., New Covenant will host the Bishop’s wife, Leslie Jean Bledsoe. She is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, licensed in social work, has served on the US Marine Corps, and has served the homeless and families-incrisis populations. She served as a member of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and the Family Promise Homeless ministry Board of Directors. Leslie speaks at many functions of how to choose to be “Blessed in a Mess.” Come and see Leslie Bledsoe for a powerful and inspirational time with this encouraging lady.

2/6 David Scott 2/9 Billy Bragg 2/10 Paula Holder 2/24 Oleta Ischy 2/25 Thelma Aleshire 2/27 Michael Radde 2/29 Cynthia Miller Marker

Mesquite ISD is so appreciative of all that you do to help families in our community during the holiday season. Your donation of 50 food boxes at Thanksgiving and Christmas shows the generous and considerate heart of your ministry. We also recognize and appreciate all of the hard work and organization that goes into an undertaking of this nature. Our counselors strive to distribute the boxes to families that are desperately in need and report back the gratitude of these families. You r contribution of food to their holiday meal helps to reduce some of the stress associated with trying to provide during this special time of year. The members of your organization are so wonderful to provide for those less fortunate. Thank you for all that you do and for helping the children and families in Mesquite ISD. Sincerely—Debbie Shewmake, Adm. Officer/ Instruction MISD

Bernard Kelly The Anderson Family The Stephens Family, Mary Ann Barton, Rick & Nita Sanders, Tommie Cowling, Danny Weaver, Clara Green, Ronnie Henson, Beau Turnipseed, Rusty Walker, Tony Freiley, Bill Woodall, Phil & Helen Halliday, Jessie Elrod, The Hamil Family, The Ross Family, The Harwell Family, Ginger Gish, St. Marks KIDZ KLUB, Our Military Troops Worldwide Page 6


Doris was born May 1, 1925 in Kemp, TX to Izora and William Stevens. She grew up on a farm, missing school occasionally to pick cotton. She graduated from Kemp high school, moved to Dallas, and worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” to help with the war effort. After the was, she worked at City National Bank. A coworker who shared a similar name introduced Doris to her brother R.W., or Steve, who was serving in the Marine Corps. Doris and R.W. corresponded by mail and married on April 2, 1949. Doris was an officer’s wife and beloved mother of four children. Her survivors include her husband of 61 years, R.W. Stephens, children Gary and his wife Sally (whom she loved as a daughter(, Jam Milligan, Judy Grubbs, and Jennifer Vidovich and husband John; grandchildren Emily, and Michael Ward, Ben Stephens, Mike Milligan, Brian and Lynsey Milligan, Sarah and Ryan Lycans, Amanda Grubbs, Samantha Vidovich, and Alex Vidovich; and seven great-grandchildren (with another on the way). She also leaves behind her sister Frances Tarpey and brother William Stevens. Doris possessed a generous, creative, and compassionate spirit. She treasured and cared selflessly for family, children, and animals of all kinds,. She was a friend to all and helped anyone in need. We celebrate and give thanks for the life of Doris Ruth Stephens and will cherish our memories of her forever.

On behalf of the Dallas Bethlehem Center I want St. Marks Chancel Choir will combine efforts with to thank you for your recent donation to the Dallas Hope Community Fellowship Bethlehem Center. Your donation is an affirmation for a special Lenten season celebration. that kindness and humanity still exist in the world. Save the dates: Your generous contribution to our organization is helping to “ensure that no child is left behind.” 3/27 at 3:30 p.m. @ Hope Community Fellowship Research chows that children who grow up in 4/3 at 3:30 p.m. @ St. Marks UMC disadvantaged neighborhoods are (more information in March marker) disproportionately at risk for poor school performance, drop out, and delinquent behavior. These children need early childhood intervention Your financial investment in our programs help provide: Quality, affordable early childhood education programs to help: fill the gap, provide support After-school and summer enrichment programs structures, and build bridges toward educational Nutrition and preventative awareness success. Parenting skills classes Once again, thank you for your thoughtfulness Community outreach programs and generosity. Petrella Booker Marker

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3117 Motley Drive Mesquite, TX 75150 Phone 972-279-8042 Fax 972-613-5959 E-mail: stmarks-office@att.net Web: stmarksumcmesquite.org

Pastor Jackye Waiters-Lee Pastor, Ext. 101 Lindsey Radde Adm. Assistant, Ext. 1 Tish Davenport Music Director Kathy Logan Organist

Mark Bailey Custodian JaJauna Scott Treasurer Steve Stephens Photographer/ Asst. Treasurer

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