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THE ST. MARKER JANUARY 2013 St. Mark United Methodist Church 413 Geddes Avenue, Charleston, SC 29407 Church Office Phone: 843-5-766-5239 Email libby.massalon@stmarkchurch.info

Rev. Jonathan Holston, Resident Bishop Rev. Patty Parrish, District Superintendent Rev. Scarlett Hester, Pastor Mr. Dale Wilson, Director of Education Ms. Michele Russell, Director of Music Mrs. Libby Massalon, Administrative Assistant

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: Gail McKenna, Susan Caulder and their families on the death of Robert (Bob) McKenna.

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS Home: Dean James, Joan McCambridge, Lillian McLean, George & Thelma Muckenfuss, Mary Lu Piersol (with daughter Jackie Brinson), Bob & Maureen Ratcliff, Robert & Mary Jane Scaffe, Leila Shealy, Bernell & Margie Shuler, Margaret Skinner, Ann Smith, Lib Way 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) Summit Place of Daniel Island: Gordon (Newt) Cummings Military & their families: Sgt. Tim Duncan – Afghanistan, Master Sgt. Jay Piersol, SFC Mark Elsey, Sgt. Maj Chris Barnard & Susan Barnard, LTJG Edward Dawson, LCDR Spencer Baker, Betsy Donoho Rousch

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JANUARY BIRTHDAYS 1 2 3 3 3 4 4 6 7 9 10 10 12 12 13 14 14 18 21 22 25 26 26 26 27 27 28 29 30 31 31 7 22 25 26 30

Juanita Maranville Olivia Donoho Gina Shaw Morgan Weesner James Owen IV (Jamie) Lisa Smith Emma Richburg Irving Elsey, Sr. Renee Wilcox Ashlyn Shealy Robert Wagenbrenner Rebecca Davis Al Seel, Jr. Amos Curry Andrea Dolan Dot Connor Elizabeth Paggi Coleman Buckner Lib Way Kathryn Canfield Emmanuel Leprette David Seel Lindy Jenkins Jennifer Brownell Jane Morley Kali Sunde Kelly Weesner Tyler Oliver George Lee Jennifer Seel Carolyn Huckabee JANUARY ANNIVERSARIES Rocky & Jackie Brinson Buddy & Deloris Elsey Jack and Kerri Weiss Kenny & Patty Barfield George & Thelma Muckinfuss

MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH MANY MORE Note: If you have a birthday or anniversary in December and we omitted it, please let us know so that we can correct our records.

VOLUNTEERS Jan. 6 Jan. 13 Jan. 20 Jan. 27

Children’s Church

Children’s Sermon

Amy McCabe Nikki Boofer Melissa Petersen Abbie O’Toole

Communion TBA TBA TBA

Nursery Volunteers: Jan. 6 Meg Capps Jan. 13 Jean Brown Jan. 20 Lisa Richberg Jan. 27 Shawn Barfield Acolyte/crucifer Jan.6 Madison Wilcox/ Ellie McCabe Jan. 13 Lydia Capps/ Sadie Weiss Jan. 20 Emily O’Toole/ Logan Leprettre Jan. 27 Abigail Brown/ Cameron Smith MANY THANKS Shirley Kaiser sends her appreciation for the cards, visits, thoughts and prayers to all the congregation, especially Georgia Odom. She really misses being a part of worship here at St. Mark and sends her love. Brenda Malone wishes to thank everyone for their cards, visits, prayers and kindness during her recent hospitalization. She continues to recuperate at home. The Connie Wieck Circle thanks everyone at St. Mark for supporting their Christmas Jar Sale. Your support and generosity made it possible for them to contribute towards two important missions: the St. mark Mission Trip to Haiti and the Connie Wieck Mission in China. The response was tremendous! Thank you so much! ****************************************** GOOD BYE AND BLESSINGS We wish only the best for Evelyn Boyd as she moves to Goose Creek. Her new address is 129 Weeks Avenue, Goose Creek, SC 29445 *****************************************************

YOUTH NEWS UPCOMING EVENTS Feb. 15 – 17 REVOLUTION, Columbia, SC Watch for details coming soon!!!

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ST. MARK CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS

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Thank you to all who contributed photos – some silly – some angelic – but all reflecting the love of our Lord Jesus Christ! As we begin a new year I am reminded of Steven Covey’s book First Things First. In it he shares a story of an instructor at a seminar who took out a wide mouth gallon jar and a pile of large rocks. He set it on the table and asked, “How many will fit in?” After a number of guesses, he puts in as many as the jar can hold, and asked, “Is it full?” “Yes, yes,” they all said. But then he took out some smaller pebbles and poured some of them in. Again he asked, “Is it full?” “Yes, now it is full.” But then he pulled out some sand, and asked. Then he pulled out water. What was the point? Is it that there is always room for “one more thing”? We know that there is a breaking point. If he had started with the pebbles or the sand, would he have been able to put in the big rocks? As you look to the New Year and all that is on your agenda, I hope you will remember to put in the BIG things first. What are YOUR big priorities? Blessings to all in 2013! Jacki

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FROM PASTOR SCARLETT Are you making a New Year’s Resolution? What will it be? I have always found it interesting that gym memberships, weights and exercise equipment go on sale in January. It’s not a coincidence! Actually, reviewing one’s life and making plans to change is quite Methodist. Since the late 1700s, Methodists have begun the year reviewing and renewing their covenant with God. In this covenant, we praise God for all of God’s blessings, including life, this world, family and friends, the hunger in our hearts for God, redemption in Christ Jesus. We admit that God has remembered us even when we have forgotten God. We admit that we are sinners and have fallen short of God’s plan for us. We remember that “Christ will be the Savior of none but his servants. He is the source of salvation to those who obey. Christ will have no servants except by consent; Christ will not accept anything except full consent to all that he requires. Christ will be all in all, or he will be nothing.” We make our choice. Choosing Christ, we commit to setting aside time to spend with Him in His word and opening our hearts fully to Him. We commit to never lying to God about our sins. We commit to being faithful even though it costs us everything,. On Sunday December 30, we will visit this covenant. Pray on it now, that if your heart be so led, you may make a new covenant with God in good conscious for all the years to come. Scarlett A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt, Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen

PLEASE HELP US The St. Marker is published each month and is distributed primarily by email and our website (www.stmarkchurch.info). We will be mailing copies to our shut-ins and providing copies in the Narthex to those who do not have Internet access. Please give us your email address if you have one and are reading a hard copy of this. You may do this by sending your email address to Jacki at jsratledge@comcast.net Also, if you have any information, pictures or praises to share in our newsletter, please email them to Jacki Ratledge or call her at 843-571-0054. We would appreciate having all items to her no later than the 20th of each month if at all possible. Items sent after this will be considered as time and space allow. If you see errors within, particularly anniversary/birthday dates or information, please let us know so that we can make corrections. (Typos – please forgive us – we’re trying our best.)

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LAY LEADERSHIP The Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development has nominated the following people for leadership positions at St. Mark UMC. They will be presented to the congregation on January 6 during the worship service. Please pray for each of these as they seek to guide us in the will of God here at St. Mark. Lay Leader Ch. Church Council Lay Member to AC Lay Member to AC Lay Mem. To AC (alt) Ch. PPRC Ch. Finance Church Treasurer Ch. Church & Society Ch. Missions Ch. Higher Educ. Ch. Educ. & Nurture Children Ministries Youth Ministries Family Ministries Older Adult Min Superintendent SS Prayer Coordinator Prayer Coordinator Recording Secretary Church historian Membership Sec. Financial Secretary Ch. Trustees Pres. UMM Pres. UMW Music Director

Kevin Shealy Bert Motley Susan Brooks Gary Shealy Linda Shealy Cynthia Sunde Randy Withrow Neva Atkinson Edith Kent Susan Brooks Matthew Warren Susan Porter Stacey Shealy Elizabeth Weesner Dot Pace Georgia Odom Renee Wilcox Susan Caulder Georgia Odom Bridget Legare Barbara Shaw Libby Massalon Libby Massalon Don Lanter Mike Gooch Lisa Stine Michele Russell

At Large member of Church Council Newell Cummings Gwynette Hatcher Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development Scarlett Hester, chair Torey Warren Susie Seel Timmy Linker Wanda Seel Jean Brown Helen Smith Fran Connor Daniel Seel Ken Smith, Jr. Committee on Finance Randy Withrow, chair Bert Motley Cynthia Sunde Ryan Brown Kevin Shealy Don Lanter Scarlett Hester Libby Massalon Neva Atkinson Abbie O’Toole

Pastor Parish Relations Committee Cynthia Sundi, chair Lora James Gail Lanter Kenny Barfield Ray Caulder Steve Lee Peggy Edgerton Amy McCabe Suzanne Motley Trustees Don Lanter, Chair Amelia Dawson Frank Morley Brett O’Toole Dean Bays

Emmanuel Leprettre Blake Connor Michael Barfield Kerri Weis

Parsonage Committee Helen Smith Lisa Stine Amelia Dawson

Betty Knight Jane Edgerton Stacey Shealy

Outreach and Missions Susan Brooks, chair Edie Kent Melody Fiddler Worship Scarlett Hester Cynthia Sunde Pat Massalon

Gail Lanter

Renee Wilcox Jacki Ratledge Michele Russell

Education and Nurture Susan Porter, Lisa Richberg, chairs Stacey Shealy Elizabeth Weesner Eloise Wooden Dot Pace Renee Wilcox Georgia Odom Matthew Warren Jandi Withrow Susie Seel Annette Moore Tech Team Mike Gooch Randy Withrow Amy Alexander Emmanuel Leprettre Matthew Warren Linda Shealy Mike Todd Stewardship Ryan Brown, chair Linda Shealy Timmy Linker Food Bank Gwynette Hatcher

Susie Seel

Joann Pelham

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Corrections: Here is some information I had omitted and a correction. Also, Kevin Shealy sent me this link so that you might be able to listen to Norma Oliver and Jim Ratledge. Many have fond memories of them singing at church. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Hannah Warren on January 9th. Sorry I missed it, Hannah! Pete Jarvis is president of UMM, not Mike Gooch. The FLOWER CALENDAR for 2013 is in the Narthex. Please sign up as you wish. The cost for flowers has gone up to $52.95. 2013 OFFERING ENVELOPES are in the Narthex. Please pick yours up so that we will not have to mail them. INDIVIDUAL STATEMENTS OF GIVING FOR 2012 will be available in the Narthes mid January. From Kevin Shealy: Here is a link to a video when we were Christmas Caroling to Norma Oliver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33_v4Wp5nag And a late addition: The Memorial Service For Robert (Bob) McKenna will be January 5, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark.

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St Marker January 2013 Edition