Dear friends,

I hope you are enjoying what is known as “the dog days of summer”.  For those who don’t know this term, Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as: 1: the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere. 2: a period of stagnation or inactivity.  Please note that Jake, the church dog takes the second definition very seriously as he curls up under my desk.

Jake, the church dog, demonstrating the “dog days of summer.”

But here at St. Mark’s we do not experience stagnation or inactivity in the
summer – in fact we move into great big ministries for our community.  We have just finished another successful Yard Sale. Although we don’t have a final figure because there are items still out for sale, this year St. Mark’s made approximately $4,800. 

And speaking of approximate numbers, Vacation Bible School begins on
Monday, August 19 with over 45 students currently registered for this week of learning and exploring life in Jesus’ time.  On Sunday, August 25 we will welcome the children and families of our VBS to worship with us as we celebrate this joy filled ministry. 

There is one more opportunity to serve our community this week and that is by inventorying the CCSA backpacks on Thursday and Friday, August 15 and 16, from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Church Narthex.  We want to ensure each bag is properly packed with the items requested by CCSA. Together we will bless them during church on Sunday, August 18 and then transport them to CCSA for distribution on Monday, August 19.

Last, but most certainly not least, on Sunday, August 11 we welcomed three new members into God’s kingdom and our church through the Sacrament of Baptism.  We are delighted to have Ihab, Ghadir and Barry Judeh become part of the growing kingdom of God and our church.  If you haven’t met them yet, I hope you’ll look for them on our patio after church and introduce yourself. 

This Sunday we will be talking about the work of God through our baptism as we explore the Gospel of Luke 12:49-56.  Baptism does not call us to a life of stagnation or inactivity as we wait for God’s kingdom, instead the Holy Spirit urges us to work with kingdom values even in hot sultry weather.  So, grab a hand fan or use your bulletin to cool you down as we worship together because it’s time to roll up our pantlegs and wade in the water.

With joy,