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Issue 173

April 6, 2011

Greater Works By Stephan Peck Director of High School Ministries In the midst of our busy lives there is something worth skidding to a stop to consider . . . two words – GREATER WORKS! These two words belong to Jesus and these two words are absolutely radical. We find these words nestled just about in the middle of John 14. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father." John 14:12 NLT Have you ever seriously considered these words? There are three really important things Jesus makes clear (Read John 14 for Jesus’ words to make the most sense): 1. Because Jesus has been raised from the dead (…going to be with the Father), 2. and because He has sent His Spirit to those who believe in Him (verse 26), JOIN US! 3. in turn makes it possible for us to join Him in eternally imEaster Morning pacting this world (greater works). Breakfast This is why the world-wide Church exists, that’s why St. 6:30-11:30 a.m. Mark’s exists and more specifically that’s why the High Learn more about School Ministry exists. We long to be the hands and feet of our mission trip and Jesus to each other and to this world, and we can be through how you can help. God’s Spirit alive within us. This summer the High School Ministry is heading to Louisville Kentucky to do GREATER WORKS. We have the amazing privilege of joining up with a ministry that has been doing greater works around this globe for over 50 years. The ministry is called Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and we will specifically be joining YWAM-Louisville to make an even greater impact in that city for Jesus. We will have opportunities to minister to homeless people, do physical work projects, and reach-out to children and youth through drama, music, the arts, and sports. Will you join us!? Easter morning you will have a special opportunity to link arms with our team on this amazing mission Jesus is sending us on. We are inviting you to join us on Easter, April 24, sometime between 6:30 and 11:30 am to enjoy a fantastic breakfast, to learn more about the trip and the team going, and to financially partner with us to make this trip happen. This is our High School Ministry’s only fundraiser, and we are setting our sights high. We are praying for God to move in the hearts of all who attend to help us meet our goal of $8,000! God desires some to go, some to financially support, each of us all to pray. Each person is essential and greatly appreciated. Lastly, it is not too late to come with us. We still have room on our team for graduating 8th & 12th graders, current high school students, and adult leaders. Pick up a registration packet at the south information counter, or by clicking the Youth/High School tab at Or you can contact Stephan Peck at

Inside this issue: Minute for Missions


Take note


Prayer requests


St. Mark’s Calendar


Construction Update


Children’s Ministry


Youth Ministry


Easter services


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Texas/Mexico Mission team had rewarding experience The Texas/Mexico Mission group had a productive and meaningful trip to Eagle Pass, Texas. The team spent March 12-18 at St. Mark’s partner church, San Lucas Lutheran Church, in Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the border at Cristo Rey Luterano Iglesia, a sister congregation in Mexico. They helped build houses and worked on other projects. “We went to Mexico one day and worked on the new home for the family that lost their 4-monthold to a fire a month ago,” recalls Gary Pribyl. “Another house we worked on was started about a year ago. The people are so poor it takes many years to build their home.” Another part of the team held a TOP: The St. Mark’s Mission Team. ABOVE LEFT: The team helped build a home for this mother heath fair at Cristo Rey in Mexico. and two children. ABOVE RIGHT: Some of the housing encountered by the mission team. (photos by Gary Pribyl). They worked with over 50 families Mission workers from St. Mark’s included Mel and Judy Donna and Harry Walton, and Eric Svenkerud. Koski, Gary and Linda Pribyl, Amy and Jon Doerrfeld, “It was truly an eye-opening experience,” said Pribyl. Lindsey Meyer, Will Affield, Cathy Winch, Julie Gilmore, “And very rewarding for all of us to help in a small way.”

Thank you for your support of San Lucas

April 10 is the last day to order an Easter lily, tulips, or hyacinths. Order forms are available at the North Information Center. Return your order to the church office. Flower donations are $10.

We have received your March 2011 donation of $2,500. Thank you for your generosity and support of San Lucas. I started as pastor of San Lucas on March 1, and am looking forward to ministry at San Lucas, and at Cristo Rey, our mission community across the border in Piedras Negras. I come to Eagle Pass after serving a congregation in suburban San Antonio and interning at a bilingual congregation in New York. With a passion for ministry in Spanish, I am grateful for all our partners in the Gospel. I thank God for the opportunity I had to work together with the mission team from St. Mark’s. On a personal note, I have a bit of home-state nostalgia because I was born and raised in Davenport. It is great to partner in ministry with fellow Iowans. Thank you for your support of San Lucas. —Rev. Paul Bailie, pastor, San Lucas Lutheran Church, Eagle Pass, Texas

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Fair Trade coffee offered April 10

Volunteer at Riverside Bible Camp

The Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade Coffee Project, sponsored by St. Mark’s Women’s Fellowship, will offer coffees, teas, nuts, dried cranberries and several different chocolate bars from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp invites both youth and adults to participate in our April 30 Volunteer Day. We have many spring projects that require your help so we can be ready for over 1,700 campers this summer! Please call the camp at 1-800-372-7748 to volunteer.

Naomi Circle meets April 12 Join together in fellowship next week with the members of the Naomi Circle. The Naomi Circle meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:15 p.m. at the church. All ladies are welcome!

National Day of Prayer May 5

Serve the City is planning a city-wide observance of National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5 from 12-1 p.m. at Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids. There will be April 17 last Children’s Ministry Sunday music beginning at 11:30 a.m. Bethany Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids is also The last Sunday for our regular Children’s Ministry is April planning an event – an “Open Sanctuary 17. The last Wednesday is April 27. Watch for information for Prayer” will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 about our children’s summer program. Our regular Sunday p.m. with prayer resources and refreshments available. and Wednesday Children’s Ministry programs will return in the fall.

Volunteers needed for home building

Fifty Plus potluck April 28 The next Fifty Plus potluck will be Thursday, April 28, at 11:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Center. Please bring a covered dish and your own table service. Rich Patterson of the Indian Creek Nature Center will be our guest program presenter. Please come and enjoy good food, fellowship, and an informative program.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has awarded $44,000 to the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity to help construct a house in a new development north of the Boyson/Council intersection. There are many ways you can help. Volunteer opportunities begin May 6. For more information, call 366-4485 or visit You can also sign up on Sunday in the Fellowship Center.

If you took an

Easter Basket tag, bring your baskets to the Fellowship Center

April 10

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Selected Items from St. Mark’s Calendar SUNDAY, APRIL 10 All morning Fair Trade coffee Easter basket drop-off Habitat for Humanity sign-up 8:30 AM & Children’s Ministry 9:45 AM 9:45 AM Middle School Bible study Men’s Fraternity 11:00 AM Crossways 11:30 AM 50+ catered meal 12:15 PM Moffat baptism 3:00 PM GriefShare 5:30 PM Alpha MONDAY, APRIL 11 5:00 PM Joyful Sounds; Harmony Ringers 6:30 PM Chancel Bell Choir rehearsal 7:00 PM Boy Scouts

7:00 PM 7:35 PM 7:35 PM

7:40 PM 7:45 PM

Lenten service Chancel Choir Lenten Prayer Journey 8th Grade student/parent meeting Men’s Fraternity The Edge Crossways Bible Study

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 5:00 PM Celebration rehearsal 5:15 PM Crossfire! Prayer 7:00 PM Impact Band rehearsal Financial Peace University

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 9:00 AM Quilters 12:00 PM Crossways 1:00 PM Naomi Circle 7:00 PM LADOS

PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 17 All morning Habitat for Humanity sign-up Construction tours 8:30 AM & Children’s Ministry 9:45 AM 9:45 AM Middle School Bible Study Men’s Fraternity 11:00 AM Crossways 3:00 PM GriefShare

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 6:00 AM Crossways 9:30 AM Sarah Circle 12:00 PM Lenten Luncheon 12:30 PM Informal Lenten service 5:30 PM Confirm./Children’s ministry

For a complete listing of St. Mark’s monthly calendar, go to our web site:

Praises  Kory and Allison Borchers, on the 

birth of a son, Deacon Lewis, on March 28. Justin and Kari Strong, on the birth of a son, Landon John, on March 24.

Grieving  Brad and Denise Sevcik and family on the death of his grandfather, Dean Tosh.

Hospitalized  Kathy Bennett

Recovering  Karen Barth  Jamie Franck

Health concerns  Becky Anderson  Carol Kauffman  Linda Wood

The St. Mark’s Care and Prayer Team genuinely cares about your concerns and prays for your needs. Please let us know if:  You have a prayer concern that you would like to share with the prayer chain, the staff, and/or the congregation.  You are scheduled for surgery or hospitalization.  You are homebound and unable to attend worship, and would like visits from a member of the Care Team or in-home communion.  You would appreciate spiritual support and encouragement from a Care Team member through a difficult time in your life. The Care Team exists to support, encourage, and uplift our St. Mark’s family. Let us know how we can help. Call 447-0100 or email or

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Construction tours scheduled for Palm Sunday, April 17 By Tom Brennom and composite panel. Construction Project Manager Upcoming transitions: Construction continues to move swiftly along. The first The South entry will be our only access to the builditem I would like to mention is that the next Building Tour ing starting Monday, April 25 for several weeks. The date is set for Palm Sunday, April 17. It has only been existing North Entry doors will be closed for conabout two months since we had our last tour, but the prostruction of the new north stairs leading to the upper gress has been significant and it will be worth spending a level of the current worship center. few minutes again to observe this yourselves. A temporary wall will be built across the front of the One of the most observable things will be the sheetchurch office. The temporary entry to the church rocking job as it nears completion, which signifies that the office will be via the library at the end of the north mechanical work needed in the walls is completed. You hallway. will easily see all of the room walls in place and appreciate Construction on the interfaces of the new to old arall the new space that we are adding. Specific areas to look eas (lower level and main level) will also be taking at include: place after Easter. The large gathering/corridor area outside the new The lower level will be closed until VBS in July. worship center with the pillars in place. The current wall of windows in the fellowship center The new, large three-room nursery layout. will not be removed until summer, when the room The new hallway from the nursery to the area by the will make its dramatic expansion to more than douelevator has also been roughed in (this is why the ble its space. current nursery shrunk a few feet two weeks ago). This hallway will allow a short walk from the current atrium and worship center to the new nursery. Completion of the special, acoustically designed ceiling in the lower level children’s area. The new kitchen taking shape. If you haven't been back by the rugged cross are beyond the pond lately, the new addition is very impressive looking from that viewpoint. From that viewpoint, you will notice the installation of the outside entry doors and the start of the installation of the exterior corrugated siding

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Summer Sunday School is coming! 9:45 a.m. in June & July Ages 4-12 “One room school house style” Palm Sunday Schedule Changes on April 17 8:30 session – arrive as normal, ready for dismissal at 10:00 a.m. following palm procession at 9:45 a.m. worship. 9:45 session – arrive EARLY at 9:10 a.m. to process at the end of 8:30 worship, ready for dismissal at 11:15 following palm procession at 11 a.m. worship.

Family Devotion God’s Warning Signs This devotion to be done in the car on the way to day care or the grocery store, etc. While you are driving, ask the kids to look for any warning signs. (railroad crossing sign, construction ahead, slow: children playing, etc.) Ask: Why do they put up warning signs? (To keep us from getting hurt, to help us know what to do.) Where does God give us warnings? (In the Bible) What are some of God’s warnings? (Love God, love your neighbor, be careful what you say, do unto others). Why do we need to pay attention to God's warnings? (So we will know what to do; so we will do what is best; so we will escape God's punishment for sin)

Upcoming meeting times and meals in Children’s Ministry

All dismissals will take place in your student’s classroom. Please note this is the last Sunday that Children’s Ministry will meet until Summer session.

5th Grade Retreat! th

Calling all 5 graders. Mark your calendars and plan to attend a special retreat FRIDAY, MAY 6 from 6 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. at church. Bring your friends and spend time with Jody Skogen, Director of Youth Ministries, and worship with Jessy! You won’t want to miss this! Watch for a special mailing.

SUNDAY April 10

8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

April 17 Last Sunday

8:30 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. Early arrival for second session

April 24 Easter! Worship & eat breakfast served by high schoolers.

No Children’s Ministry

WEDNESDAY April 13 Meal: Sandwiches

5:30-7:30 p.m.

April 20 Holy Week

No Children’s Ministry

April 27 Last Wednesday Meal: Cheeseburgers

5:30-7:30 p.m.

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For those impacted by St. Mark’s 6th – 12th Grade Ministry

Middle School Ministry

High School Ministry

What’s been happening at Confirmation! We finished our journey through the Old Testament on March 16. We also were blessed by excellent responses to our semi-annual assessment of sorts—a tool that helps us evaluate what our students are gleaning from our time together as we travel through significant aspects of the Christian faith. We also spent a week talking about The Holy Spirit—which is often a somewhat difficult topic to wrap our minds around. Go figure, God is so amazing that we can’t fully understand Him. :) Last Wednesday we addressed the very relevant issue of friendships. We were blessed to have one of our high school boys’ small groups/discipleship groups join us and talk about how they challenge and encourage one another to follow Jesus.

Coming Soon! Wednesday, April 13 — Student Choice Night! We’ll be addressing a very real and honest issue(s) of our middle schoolers’ choosing. Wednesday, April 20 — Family Night. Please join us for worship on Thursday, April 21 for Maundy Thursday worship and Friday, April 22 for Good Friday worship. Wednesday, April 27 — A super special night— we’ll have games, great music and be blessed to have several student leaders from The Edge lead us in a great night together. Wednesday, May 4 — Confirmation Celebration Night with Families! (Note: Children’s Ministry does not meet this night). We meet at our regular time 5:30-7:30 p.m.

It’s not too late! H.S. Mission Trip There is still room on the team for YOU. Pick up a registration packet at the south information counter, at under that Youth > High School tab, or contact Stephan Peck @

THE EDGE Meets every Wednesday 7:30-9:30 PM Current Series:

REAL LIFE ISSUES Come and join a movement of students who are pursuing, encountering, and learning together how to live for Jesus!


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