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THE ST. MARKER SEPTEMBER 2013 St. Mark United Methodist Church 413 Geddes Avenue, Charleston, SC 29407 Church Office Phone: 843-766-5239

Rev. Jonathan Holston, Resident Bishop Rev. Patty Parrish, District Superintendent Rev. Scarlett Hester, Pastor Ms. Michele Russell, Director of Music Mrs. Libby Massalon, Administrative Assistant Mr. Rich Sweazy, Director of Children & Youth Ministries

SUNDAY Worship services 9:00 & 11:00 Sunday School 10:00 UMYF 6:30 MISSION STATEMENT St. Mark United Methodist church seeks to live as a witness to the Kingdom of God through worship, teaching and evangelism. Our purpose is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by reaching up to God in worship, prayer and spiritual disciplines, reaching down into the scriptures and the Christian faith in study and obedience and reaching out to each other and our world in service, witness and friendship. We rely on the guidance, gifts and power of the Holy Spirit as we carry out the mission of this congregation. *********************************************

Our sympathy and prayers are expressed to: Dan and Dianne Harris on the death of Diane’s father, Tim Coppedge. Lisa and Stephen Stine on the death of Lisa’s aunt, Ruth Berlinsky. Family and friends of Keith Fairey. IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS Home: Virginia Swintz, Jack & Barbara Shaw, Ronnie and Betty Knight, Harold & Dawn McMillan, Jacque Donoho, Roy Baker, Kenneth Gough, Dean & Lora James, George and Thelma Muckenfuss, Alva Mims, Nelda Gaines, Amy Hobbs, Mary Jane & Bobby Scaffe, Leila Shealy, Bernell & Margie Shuler, Ann Smith, Lib Way, Lisa Lockwood, Ann Willis, Juanita Maranville, Pat & Rex Connor, Norma Oliver, Tim and Nancy Strickland, Rhonda & Newell Cummings, Ron Buchheit, Randy & Neva Atkinson, Alice and Bill Gaither, Buddy & Deloris Elsey & family, Tommy Meacher, Stacey Power, Susan Porter, Savannah & Miles, Deborah Steele, Dot Pace, Pat Branyon, Barbara Chandler, Carolyn Huckabee, Ted Huckabee. Ashley Park – 1451 Tobias Gadsden, C’ston 29407: Betty Beach (Apt. 307), Dot Connor (Apt. 111), Tommy & Margaret Johnson Ashley River Plantation: Shirley Kaiser (P.O. 81133 C’ston 29416) Life Care: Dot Caulder (2600 Elms Plantation Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406)


Military & their families: Master Sgt. Jay Piersol, SFC Mark Elsey, Sgt. Maj Chris Barnard & Susan Barnard, LTJG Edward Dawson, LCDR Spencer Baker

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS 1 1 1 1 3 4 4 4 5 6 9 10 11 11 12 14 14 14 14 14 15 16 16 17 18 18 18 19 21 22 22 23 24 25 25 26 27 28 28 28 29 30 30

Blake Connor Chris James Margaret-Ann McCoy Emily Lanter Bernie Fites Kim Moore Beth Meyer Mary Wagenbrenner Jean Brown Scarlett Hester Dale Petit Rich Sweazy Lora James Jandi Withrow Eddie Seel, Jr. Richard Hatcher Betsy Petit Kenneth Smith III Wesley Bryant Nicole Williams Jerry Warren George Davidson Justin James Jack Davis Gary Seel James Oliver Addison Seel Amber Schowe Chris Dolan Elaine Power Norma Oliver Donnie Lanter Raymond Shaw Shea Seel Solana Gallagher Jean Seel Ray Caulder, Jr. Nancy Riley Tim Strickland Derrick Auerbach Natasha Lee Dot Seel Trevor Capps

SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES 9/10/88 Robert & Renee Wilcox 9/16/95 Tommy & April Smith 9/17/77 Eddie & Amelia Dawson 9/19/53 Kenneth & Barbara Gough 9/23/89 George & Vicki Davidson 9/27/86 Ken & Lisa Smith 9/29/06 Norman & Beth Meyer 9/29/57 George & Angela Reese MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH MANY MORE Note: If you have a birthday or anniversary, and we omitted it, please let us know so that we can correct our records. VOLUNTEERS

Children’s Sermon Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29

None (Communion) Scarlett Hester Vicki Davidson Jacki Ratledge Annette Moore

Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29

Lisa Richberg Melissa Petersen Kerry Weiss Andrea Dolan Natasha Lee

Children’s Church

Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29

Acolyte/Crucifer Schedule Ryan Capps/Logan Leprettre Kaitlin Petersen/ Cameron Smith Hayley O’Toole/Emily O’Toole Molly McCabe/Lydia Capps Abigail Brown/Logan Leprettre

Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29

Nursery Volunteers: Andrea Dolan Cynthia Sunde Amy McCabe Stacey Shealy Meg Capps

Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29

Scripture Readers 9:00 11:00 Bert Motley Rene Wilcox Matthew Caulder Lisa Richberg Ray Caulder Timmy Linker Suzanne Motley Steve Lee Jane Claiborne Cynthia Sunde 2

Meet Rich & Family! Rich Sweazy is our new Director of Children and Youth Ministries. He started mid-August, and comes to us from Oklahoma by way of Monck’s Corner. In Oklahoma, he was Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at St. Paul’s UMC in Lawton.

KINGDOM OF GOD MINISTRY Kingdom of God Ministry is looking for more prayer warriors... If you are interested in learning more about prayer and praying for the people of St. Mark, Please contact one of the KOG ministers: Susan Caulder, Nancy Strickland, Amy Alexander, and Linda Shealy. We are planning a day of prayer and training this fall! We would love to have you join us in this service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! FROM YOUR STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

Pictured above is Rich with his wife Ella, son Alex (9), daughters Emily (11) and Dana (15). Not pictured is Ella’s dad Del Siemers who completes their family.

We thought we would share some of his activities and interests to help you get to know him and think of ways to partner with him in ministry. Among the things Rich has been a part of: - Taught Sunday school - Selected curriculum for all ages - Organized youth group planning meetings - Was the co-leader for his district UMC for youth activities with other churches - Coordinated volunteers for various areas - Worked with a children’s chapel service - Involved in all aspects of VBS - Community outreach - Volunteered in men’s prison ministry - Emmaus walk (Great Plains) - Attended Salkahatchie just a few weeks ago Adults, youth and children of his home church miss him and his family greatly, and assure us that we will be blessed. We look forward to growing in faith together, and he already has some great ideas! Rich will be available at St. Mark each Wednesday. -- Cynthia Sunde, Chair SPRC

It is exciting to inform you that our stewardship theme for this year is Bearing Fruit for Jesus! His Grace and Power at Work within You. This will start on Sept 8, 2013. Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:4-5). Fruit characterizes the life of the Christian steward. It is interesting to note that, in this passage above, Jesus did not say, “You should bear fruit.” He stated that when we abide in him, it follows naturally that we will bear fruit. Paul explained to the Galatians what that fruit is: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and selfcontrol.” “Since we live by the Spirit,” Paul exhorted, “let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other” (Galatians 5:25-26). As children of God, we have this fruit because his Spirit lives in us. We do not bear fruit as a result of our own efforts, but we do cease to bear fruit when we give in to our sinful natures, becoming, in Paul’s words, “conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Just as fruit needs light for its growth and maturation, so do Christians need to have their lives illumined by Christ. They then are able to produce spiritual fruit and shed that light on the world around them. Ephesians 5:11 cautions us to, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness” but to “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8-9). We discover God’s will through his word and through prayer. As Paul prayed for the Colossians, we, too, can ask God “to fill [us] with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding . . . in order that [we] may live a life worthy of the Lord and 3

(Stewardship – cont.)

may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work . . .” (Colossians 1:9-10). God has plans and uses for our lives. When we abide in Christ, we will be fruitful. We will discover and follow his plan, and we will use the gifts he has given us in ministry to the people of the world. -St. Mark Stewardship Committee


HOMECOMING SUNDAY Sunday - October 27th, 2013 SAVE THIS DATE!!! St. Mark will be celebrating the 58th Anniversary of the founding of Saint Mark. Plans are underway for a barbecue/picnic under the oaks in our church yard following the 11am worship service. We will celebrate with special displays of history, digital photos, entertainment, fellowship, singing and special games for the children. There will be seating in the church yard and also seating in Heidtman Hall for those who wish to remain inside. Meats will be furnished. Harold McMillan and his crew will once again be our chefs! Beverages, rolls and all paper products will also be furnished. The congregation is asked to bring casserole dishes, salads, desserts. ****************

DAY SCHOOL UPDATE St. Mark United Methodist Day School is one step closer to becoming a reality. During our last Church Council meeting on August 6th it was approved that we move forward with our vision. WE ARE SO EXCITED!! On September the 9th there will be a zoning meeting to approve/decline our request to open the Day School. Please be praying that the right decision will be made during this meeting. The congregation is invited to this meeting to support and express the excitement and approval for this Day School. As soon as we have more information we will be pass it along to the congregation. In the meantime, you will begin to see changes in the center building. Painting has begun. The Day School is being funded by tuition. There is no budget for the work being done. If any of the UMW Circles, UMM, or any individual would like to make a donation to this project it would be greatly appreciated. The Children are our future and we are looking forward to teaching our future about Jesus and His love. Stacey Shealy and Lisa Smith

ATTENTION YOUNG ADULTS 18 – 26 Are you between the ages of 18 and 26, or know someone of that age, who might be feeling a call to ministry, pastors, and campus ministers? EXPLORATION 2013, an event for young adults who feel God’s call to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church, will take place Nov. 15-17 in Denver, Colorado. Sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, EXPLORATION 2013 is a threeday event for young adults age 18-26 to hear, discern, and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. If you have sensed God might be calling you to ordained ministry, wondered what ministry in The United Methodist Church is all about, would like help sifting through issues involved in an ordained vocation, or want to learn more about The United Methodist seminaries and theological schools, this gathering is for you. Registration for this event is open now and the cost for registration is $175 through September 20, $200 through October 18, and after that it is $225. Scholarships for registration are available through the Global Board of Higher Education and Ministry for those attending their first Exploration event. There is also scholarship money available through the Annual Conference for those who need financial assistance. We hope that each local church will also invest in those who are interested in attending this event. You can find more information at . Please respond to me, Rev. Megan Gray, at if you have any questions. And if you would like to make arrangements to lodge and travel together with other young adults from South Carolina please email Rev. Edward McCutcheon at no later than October 1st, but the sooner the better! Also, talk to Pastor Scarlett for more information!!! ********************

UMYF Watch the bulletin and your email for the upcoming UMYF kickoff. We’re looking forward to another fabulously active year! UMM United Methodist Men will NOT have their regular meeting on September 1. They will meet the following Sunday, September 8, at 8:00 a.m. at Ryan’s on St. Andrews Blvd. for their annual “Breakfast with our Wives.” If you are not currently a member of UMM, please accept our invitation to bring your wife (or

come solo) and join us for early morning fellowship.


CHRISTMAS IS COMING… CHRISTMAS CANTATA SINGERS WANTED!!!! We will be starting rehearsals for our Christmas Cantata, "Bethlehem's Child" on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00 PM in the choir room. I invite all Praise Singers, Chancel Choir and any other singers who would like to join us for the cantata. No long term commitment, just first half hour of choir practice from now until December 22nd. We need you!!!! Thanks, Michele :) Editor’s Note: A little bird told me we have some good, strong singers who are holding out on Michele. Please, come share your gift of voice, and help out our dedicated choir. JSR

BOOK AND JEWELRY SALE Please don’t discard jewelry you no longer care for or books that you have read—it is a win/win situation for St. Mark. The jewelry will be cleaned and priced, and along with the books will be displayed for sale on October 19th. If you have jewelry you would like to donate, you may bring it at any time and place it in the yellow box in the Narthex. The books may be placed in the social hall any time after the 1st of October. The jewelry and books will be priced moderately and the proceeds go to apportionments. THE UNITED METHODIST MEN “SURF AND TURF” Fund Raiser will also be on Saturday, October 19.


SOMETHING NEW - St. Mark will have staff meetings on Wednesday mornings at 10:00. Libby will be a part of these meetings, and will not be at her desk at that time.

HUMILITY… A few humble thoughts Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less. Rick Warren Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot. Thomas Moore Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one. Robert Brault - Poet

If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results. Emily Brontë Swallow your pride occasionally, it's nonfattening! ~Author Unknown It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others. ~Andrew J. Holmes, Wisdom in Small Doses What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. ~Abraham Lincoln A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. ~Benjamin Franklin

Sydney Brown, Addison Shealy, Morgan Weesner

Emily Lanter & Sadie Weiss

Brandon Weesner

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Communion Labor Day – Office Closed





10:00 Prayer Group

10:00 Staff mtg.



6:00 Wonderful Wednesday

Girl Scouts






-UMM Breakfast with our Wives 8:00 am -Confirmation 6:00

Day School Zoning Meeting

10:00 Susannah Wesley Circle

10:00 Staff Mtg.

10:00 Louise Massalon Circle



6:00 Wonderful Wednesday

Confirmation 4:00








14 9:30 Connie Wieck Circle

7:30 Shawn Ramsey Circle




10:00 Prayer Group 6:30 Church Council

10:00 Staff Mtg. 12:00 Good Neighbors 6:00 Wonderful Wednesday

Girl Scouts




Harvest Sunday - Confirmation 4:00 - Charge Conference 7:00






10:00 Staff Mtg. 6:00 Wonderful Wednesday


Collect Pet Food Confirmation 4:00

Looking Ahead: Oct. 19 - Book and Jewelry Sale/UMM Surf & Turf Oct. 27 – St. Mark Anniversary Dinner


St marker september 2013 edition  
St marker september 2013 edition