June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018

2018 Vacation Bible School

Old Testament Tour of Bible Giants

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church presents

Vacation Bible School 2018

For children ages 4 years and up

August 20 – 24, 2018
9:00 – 11:30 A.M.
And, a special VBS presentation by all children on Sunday, August 26 at 9:30 A.M. church service.

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Monday ~ Noah’s Ark

Noah, the one righteous and blameless person on the face of the earth, is commanded by God to construct an ark, into which he would bring his family and pairs of animals. “What, is Noah crazy?” the people shout. And just what is he to do with such a giant boat? What flood?”

Tuesday ~ Tower of Babel

After the Great Flood some time passes. Many people lived in the land of Shinar and spoke the same language. They construct a tall tower meant to reach heaven. The pride of mankind grows and the people begin to worship gods of their own making. But the true God of Israel puts a stop to their silliness. “Stop the tower!” God commands. Whoa, and then mass confusion.

Wednesday ~ David and Goliath

For 40 days, Goliath, the Philistine champion, strikes terror in the hearts of Saul’s soldiers. But bigger than the giant’s 9-feet, 9-inch size, is the bravery and faith of a young shepherd boy and musician from Bethlehem. “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together,” declares the giant. And the encamped Israelites shrink away, saying, “Yeh, right!”

Thursday ~ Jonah and the Big Fish

The Word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying, “Get going to the city of Ninevah, Jonah, it’s a wicked place and tell them to repent!” Jonah thinks NO WAY, finds a ship bound for elsewhere and sails away from Ninevah. While on board, there’s a storm and he is a stowaway. Sailors find him, and throw Jonah over-board where he spends the next three days in the belly of a big ol’ fish. “Jeepers, Jonah!”

Friday ~ Joshua and the Walls at Jericho

Moses gives leadership into the Promised Land of Canaan to Joshua. This new land wasn’t theirs without a fight. The Children of Israel have just crossed the Jordan River and the city of Jericho, with its single gate, is nearby. Jericho is completely surrounded by a strong wall. “How will we get in?” the people shout. “Start marchin’!” Joshua answers.


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June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

Living Fully, Dying Well

Saturday, May 12, 2018      9:00 – 11:30 AM  

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
3502 Clairemont Drive,  San Diego CA 92117

RSVP below or call 858-273-1480

Professionally led topics include:

  • Helpful Legal Documents
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Transportation Independence
  • Long Term Care and Living Transitions
  • Hospice Care
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March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

Easter Bunny Coming to St. Mark’s!

It’s that time again! The Easter Bunny will be making his annual appearance at St. Mark’s on Saturday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m.  All are invited for an egg-cellent time which includes: an egg hunt, cake walk, face-painting, egg decorating, hula hooping, and some other egg-citing things!  Please come out and be sure to invite your friends and family to this kid friendly event!

Holy Week 2018

Palm/Passion Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

We celebrate with 250 youth and adults on mission from Rolling Hills Christian Church in Northern CA. Procession of palms with children.


Holy Thursday 6:30 p.m.

A service of communion remembering the Last Supper which will move into Tenebrae, the service of growing darkness.


Good Friday1 p.m.

A service of quiet meditation on the crucifixion.


Easter, 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

A celebration of the resurrection with brass, bells, choir, and holy communion.

February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

February 27, 2018

Dear Friends,

At some point, we have to take that step of faith and just do it, whether we think we can or not, whether we are afraid or not, whether we think it might kill us or not. The good news is that we don’t have to be
perfect, and we don’t have to work the program alone. God promises to be with us in our journey.

This is a perfect summary of where we are in the third week of Lent.  Of course, it’s a quote from the United Methodist website, so one might expect it to be at least in the vicinity of a good explanation.

(By the way, I considered giving up my sense of humor for Lent, but a friend responded by suggesting that since I don’t have much of a sense of humor, perhaps it wouldn’t be much of a sacrifice.)

This Sunday brings us four of the most-compelling Biblical readings of the year:

  • Exodus 20:1-17: the Ten Commandments, which begins “I am the LORD your God, you shall have no other gods before me.”
  • Psalm 19, which begins “The heavens are telling the glory of God….”;
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, which
    begins “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”;
  • John 2:13-22, which tells the story of Jesus driving the money changers and their sacrificial animals from the temple courtyard.

We’re just far enough into Lent that those of us who have taken on the discipline of “giving up” something every day, or have made a shift in our daily routine – such as adding a time of meditation or reflection – are now wondering whether we can make it until Easter.  We need a little support, a little encouragement, a little help.

All the readings for Sunday point to the central message of the Lenten season: the only way our lives begin to take on real meaning is when we can get over ourselves:

  • When we can start to get over our need to create ideas and principles to venerate, and focus instead on the grace of God.
  • When we can start to get over believing that we are the greatest thing in the universe, and embrace that something is going on that is much bigger then we are.
  • When we can start to get over our need to control, and begin instead to trust that love will lead us home.
  • When we can start to resist all the ways the best impulses of our hearts are constantly corrupted and

I hope to see you in church on this third Sunday in Lent, the season of self-inventory.  We will share the sacrament of communion and receive new members.

      Craig

February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018