Sunday Announcements

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

THANKSGIVING DINNER TODAY
St. Mark’s will host our annual Thanksgiving dinner today after second service. Everyone is welcome! We will have an opportunity to share our blessings with those in need through a freewill offering for WELS Christian Aid & Relief.

NO WOMEN’S BIBLE CLASS THIS WEEK
There will be no Women’s Bible Class on Wednesday, November 21, the day before Thanksgiving.

CHURCH DECORATING
Please plan to join us after second service next Sunday, November 25 as we put up the Christmas decorations.

BABY SHOWER
All ladies of the congregation are invited to a baby shower for Joy Holderbecker and baby girl Tessa Belle. The shower will be held Sunday, December 2 after second service in the fellowship hall. If you wish to contribute to a group gift, please give money to Shelly Webb by Tuesday, November 27.

SAVE THE DATE—MOVIE WITH THE WYMANS
Every year, Sherry and Brett Wyman take the Sunday School age children to a movie at Christmas time to give the parents a little break. We take care of the cost of the movie but doesn’t include snacks—kids are on their own for that. We have picked a date, but of course we won’t know what movie is playing yet, or the time of the matinee. But please mark your calendar for Sunday, December 9th as the date the Wymans will take the kids for a couple hours so the parents can have a little shopping or quiet time. More details to follow.

LADIES’ CHRISTMAS PARTY
Mark your calendar for the Ladies’ Christmas Party on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m. Join us for Christian fellowship and meditation on the Christmas story.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PARENTS
The Children’s Christmas Service will be held Sunday, December 23rd at 9 a.m. Practices will be held on Saturday mornings December 1, 8, 15, and 22 from
9-11 a.m. In your mailboxes is a paper about this and some memory work for them to start working on. Parents please watch out for this and start working on the songs. If your child is not going to be at the service on December 23 or attend most of the practices please let their teacher or Donna Schroeder know as soon as possible so we can make plans. ***We are also collecting a Mission Offering during Advent. On November 25 we will be passing out little stockings for the offerings to be put in. We will be collecting them on December 23 at the Children’s Service.

LUTHER MOVIE… “A Return To Grace” DVD
The Evangelism Committee would like to have some extra copies of the Luther Movie DVD.  Many SMLC members got copies last year when we promoted the movie. If any member would like to “recycle” their copy for use by the Evangelism Committee, it would be appreciated.  Please place the DVD in Ken Grob’s or Dave Pfeiffer’s mail box.  Thanks, this will save the expense of ordering more copies.

ADVENT WREATH
This Advent season as a part of the C18 materials, our synod will make daily family devotions available online. These devotional materials will involve utilizing an Advent wreath. If your family does not have one, you might consider purchasing one in the coming weeks to have it ready at the start of Advent. Or maybe you have a wreath, but need some new candles. Northwestern Publishing House has these items available. (www.nph.net)


Additional Online Announcements

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
A new email alias has been created for announcements. It is: announce@stmarksbemidji.org

When you send an email to this address, it will go to all those who work on the bulletin, newsletter, website, Facebook, as well as pastor, and will be shared appropriately.  Thank you!

AMAZON SMILE
St. Mark’s has signed up for AmazonSmile!
What is AmazonSmile?  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price (0.5% of eligible purchases) to your favorite charitable organization.

The link for St. Mark’s is:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/41-6174975.

MEDITATIONS & FORWARD IN CHRIST
Donate your used Meditation books and Forward in Christ magazines.  These publications will be shared with the WELS Prison Ministry.  (Meditations and Forward in Christ only please; no other books or magazines will be accepted.)  Thank you for your donation.  Place them in the top right drawer of the cabinets in the narthex.

CHRISTIAN COUNSELING
Christian Family Solutions is our Synod’s counseling agency. Pastor Nitz is available for free pastoral counseling service whenever you or someone you know is in need. But if you or someone you know needs professional Christian counseling, Christian Family Solutions can provide it. They offer something called “Telehealth” coverage which enables you to meet with a counselor via the internet over a video chat. The cost is $75 per session. If you are unable to pay the cost for professional counseling, please speak with Pastor Nitz who can arrange for counseling through our congregation’s Member Assistance Program through the church. More information is available on the bulletin board.

TIME OF GRACE
Time of Grace ministry hosted by Pastor Mark Jeske (WELS) is available in our area at 6:30 a.m. every Sunday morning on Fox 9 KMSP.

BOX TOPS
Did you know that we collect Box Tops, Labels for Education, Our Family UPC labels and printer ink cartridges? Please drop them off in the labeled drawers in the cabinet in the fellowship hall. This is a great way to support our Christian day school!