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March 16, 2023

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Sunday Worship 9:00 Relevant, 11:00 Traditional, Online

New This Week

  • Sunday's Sermon
  • April Mission Dinner 4/12
  • JOY Group Begins 3/30
  • Reminders:
    • MMM: CARITAS Dressers Building THIS Sunday at 2pm
    • Young Adults Small Group Tomorrow at 6pm

Church-wide Scripture Memorization Challenge 

We have started a church-wide scripture memorization challenge during Lent. We hope that all church members -- kids, youth, adults, seniors -- can all encourage each other in this challenge!
Our first verse is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life".
How you can participate:
  • Do the dry erase activity on the table outside of the Sanctuary on Sunday
  • Put on a temporary tattoo we are creating of our memory verse
  • Post a video of yourself reciting the verse and challenge two other church members to post their own! Tag @stmarksmidlo on Facebook/Instagram.

T.G.I.W. (Thank God It's Wednesday) 

Our GROW & LIVE ministries have joined forces to provide food, fellowship, activities, and studies for all ages! See the schedule below and join us!
T.G.I.W. Schedule
Nursery Care 5:30-6:30pm (birth-4 yrs)   
Little Wiggles 5:30-6:25pm (4 yr-Grade 1)
Worship Arts KIDZ 5:30-6:25pm (Grades 2-5) 
Middle School Small Group 5:30-6:25pm (Grades 6-8) 
Forte: Youth Handchimes 6:30-6:55 (Grades 6-12) 
High School Small Group 6:30-7:30pm (Grades 9-12)
Adult Small Group 5:30-6:30pm 
Adult Alleluia Choir 7:00-8:15pm
Dining Room
Fellowship Hall
Fellowship Hall
Basement/Off Site
Room 201

Young Adults Small Group

Our next meeting will be Friday, March 17 at 6pm at the Chen's home. We'll be having a low key St. Patrick's day gathering! Young(ish) adults in all stages of life are invited to join this inclusive group where various belief systems are welcome! No affiliation with St. Mark's or the UMC necessary. Contact Pastor Rachel for address and more details at

10 AM GROW Kids Sunday School

Please sign up to help!
On Sunday mornings at the 10am Grow Hour, we have 4 classes: Preschool, K/1st, 2nd/3rd and a new JAM class (4th-6th). Your leadership & helper-ship is greatly appreciated! We hope you will serve some, attend one of the adult ministries classes for a time and then return to love on our kids.

Our Children's Ministry Mission is to help families and children grow, live and loves as followers of Christ. Our Core Values are Jesus, safety, relationships, a plan and service. Please click on the link below to sign up for an available slot. Thank you!

9 AM Kids Time Volunteers

Please sign up to help!
We are looking for adults who can serve as Kids Time Friends to take kids (ages preschool to 1st grade) to the Library during 9am worship to play. All games/crafts/materials/books/TV and DVDs provided and set up. We occasionally have an older child come to help. Parents pick up at the end of worship. A Kids Time Friend's job is just to supervise the kids, encourage them to play nicely and quietly, make sure they stay in the Library and let them get their wiggles out. Sign up at the link below:
St. Mark's Church: Winter months- 9am KIDS TIME (

2023 UMM NCAA March Madness 

Entry fee is $10 per selection, with up to four selections

Steps to Participate: 
1. Go to and sign up for CBSSPORTS. 
2. Email Banks Buchanan or Chris Rains that you wish to participate. 
3. After brackets have been set on Sun, March 19, you will be able to select your teams. Make sure to review the rules. 
4. Before the first game on Wed, March 22, you will need to pay the entry fee of $10 per entry, and you may enter up to four times. 
5. Any questions should be addressed to Banks or Chris.

Latest GROW Hour Groups

  • Lenten Study With Barbara Hunt
    *Barbara Hunt is leading a Lenten study on Final Words From The Cross by Adam Hamilton.
    *9:45 am in Room 204
  • God 101: Book Study of 6 Decisions That Will Change Your Life
    *Pastor Justin leads this group in the Dining Room & on Zoom
    *Zoom link here, Meeting ID: 892 4039 2990, Passcode: 952152
  • Growing As Parents
    *Studying Life & Lessons From Luke by Max Lucado. Meeting in Room 201
  • Growing Deeper In Faith
    *Studying Book of 1 Samuel with Pastor Amy Crisp in Room 202

GROW Hour 

Sundays at 10 AM
In between worship times, we are holding spiritual growth opportunities for adults, students, and children every Sunday! Took a look at the schedule below!

GROW Hour: Schedule

Growing As Parents
Growing Deeper In Faith: 1 Samuel
Lenten Study with Barbara Hunt
Applying The Faith S.S. (9:45 am)
Faith & Fellowship S.S. (9:45 am)
St. Mark's Kids
St. Mark's Students
God 101 With Pastor Justin


Rm 201
Rm 202
Rm 204
Rm 205
Rm 206
Rms 207-211
Dining Room

New Worship Series: 6 Decisions That Will Change Your Life

Scripture: John 6:1-15
Amongst and enormous crowd gathered to hear Jesus, a small boy offers his lunch to share with all who are hungry. What can we learn from the bravery and faith of this boy? What can Jesus do with all our gifts and talents if we would only respond? Join us on Sunday at 9 or 11 am in the Sanctuary or online.

Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt

Join us on April 1 at 9 am for our Bunny Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt! Come have a doughnut breakfast, make crafts and take your picture with the Easter Bunny! At 9:45 am, we will begin our Easter egg hunts for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten-2nd graders and 3rd-5th graders!

No reservations or tickets are required. A love offering/donation will be collected for the Outreach and Witness Ministry. Join us for a fun egg hunt and prizes! Candy-free treat bags will be available for our friends affected by allergies. For additional information, please contact Kristen Blome at or 804.379.1655 x108.

Lent At St. Mark's

April 1 Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt 9am
April 1 Palm Cross Folding Class 1pm
April 2 Palm Sunday 9+11am
April 7 Good Friday Worship 7pm
April 9 Easter Sunday Worship 7:30, 9 & 11 am
April 9 Easter Morning Breakfast 8:15am

Worship Schedule

9 AM Relevant Worship in Sanctuary
    *PK-1st grades go to Kid's Time during sermon
10 AM Grow Hour (9:45 Adult Sunday School)
11 AM Traditional Worship in Sanctuary + Livestream


St. Mark's has begun an exciting new project -- collecting shoes on an ongoing basis for Soles4Souls. Donations will be used to provide shoes to homeless children in the US and to help entrepreneurs in developing countries start and grow businesses. There is a bin across from the nursery; bring your shoes and we'll do the rest!

March Mission Madness

As part of our annual March Mission Madness tradition, St. Mark's will be sponsoring mission events each weekend in March. Please join us in any or all of the projects! If you have questions, please contact Jane Davis (804-263-8898 or

Sunday, March 19: CARITAS Dressers
Join us as we build dressers for CARITAS, a local organization that works with homeless folks and families moving out of homelessness. Bring screwdrivers and join us at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, March 26: Birthday Boxes
We will be collecting Birthday Boxes (made from shoe boxes) for Meals on Wheels to give out to their clients as birthday celebrations. Instructions and suggestions for items to include are provided here

April Mission Dinner 4/12

Our April mission dinner will be held on the SECOND Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30-6:30pm. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Dinner will be provided by Gordon Athletic Association, and the menu will be a spaghetti dinner with a roll & dessert for adults, and chicken nuggets, a healthy side, roll & dessert for children. Please RSVP online HERE and join us for dinner with friends and neighbors!

GriefShare Group

This year, St. Mark's will be launching GriefShare. "GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone." We will hold weekly GriefShare meetings for 13 consecutive weeks. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join the GriefShare group. We are currently working to find the best day and time for our first 13-week session. If you might be interested in joining us, please fill out this survey to help us find a day/time to meet. This is not a sign-up.

Joy Group Begins 3/30

The Joy Group will begin on March 30 and will take place on Thursdays 1-2:30 pm in the Gym/Dining Room. This is a support group for caregivers of loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, as well as a respite (activity) group for those loved ones. For more information, contact Kristie Faison ( or 804-543-4649).

Prayer Requests

Send your prayer requests directly to our Pastor/Staff at Please note that requests will only be in email list for 3 weeks unless asked to be ongoing.
Current Prayer Requests:
  • Bergazzi & Juhl families in the passing of Richard Juhl
  • Cameron Sefrin & family (Earl & Anne Yamada's family)
  • Frances Pipes (Donna Kesecker's mom)
  • Betty Lindsay and family in the passing of her brother, Bill Harrell
  • Frankie & Karen Bowman and family*
  • Julie Marshall
  • Richard Powers (Mark James' friend)*
  • Ben Bowman's parents, Dave & Tina*
  • Heather Moret & family (Tim Stuller's co-worker's wife)*
  • Nan Blackwell*

Food Needs

We continue to support the food banks at Sherbourne UMC and at Holy Comforter. Collection bins are placed outside the CLC doors every Sunday afternoon from 12 - 4 pm, and food is delivered each week. All canned/packaged, unopened, non-perishable food is welcome.

You can donate through our secure vendor, Breeze, online, by text or through your Breeze account. Learn more at Contact Hannah for assistance!

Note On Breeze App: The church ID/domain is stmarksmidlo.
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