St Mark Presbyterian Church Good News October 2008 This month in the Good News… World Communion Sunday Fasting for Discernment Emergency Preparedness Songs of Faith & Freedom II Operation Nightwatch Church Eco-Party Edible Garden Tending Donation of Thread Habitat Team For more information… The following links provide more information about items in this month’s Good News. Peacemaking Offering St Mark Calendar Fasting for Discernment Contact Us http://www.stmarkpres.org.com Pastor Barbara Campbell [email protected] World Communion Sunday October 7 2008. As we celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 5th w this opportunities: 1) Sign up to bring ethnic bread (let Pastor Barbara know) 2) Wear ethnic clothing 3) Bring food for Food Box 4) Bring contributions to PCUSA Peacemaking Offering. (http://www.pcusa.org/peacemakingoffering/) From the Pastor Faithful St Markers, Can it really be October already? It must be that our hearts a other thoughts, for the season of summer to have passed so q much to reflect upon as people of faith; the election, the econ planet, the concern over ethnic profiling, to name just a few. A with these issues, St Mark elders must once again consider th this faith community and faithfully create a responsible budge for this faith community to raise a faithful voice concerning the communities and world, we must continue to provide for an in community together. In order to prepare for their work, the session of St Mark asks pledge to the church how much they can contribute in the com are difficult to make and require serious consideration and pra coming year will bring? How much of each individual’s incom We operate under a system of pledging, though, because we we can reasonably expect to receive. The amount we receive Sunday can only be estimated and can depend on such indet weather. This year, we will be kicking off our stewardship sea potluck dinners in homes of members. As in the past, these d opportunities for fun and fellowship and for getting better acqu This year an elder will be present at each dinner to talk about budget for 2008 and answer any questions you may have abo Worship Schedule October 7 (Communion Sunday) resources. Please sign up following worship in the next few w that works for you. I look forward to sharing these meals with Grace and Peace, Pastor Barbara PCUSA Fasting for Discernment October 17 The Presbyterian Church USA is inviting all congregations to month for a year as we seek to discern faithful responses to th Those who choose may modify this fast by eating lighter mea vegetarian meals. The fasts will end with Communion on Sun would be fasting on the Saturday proceeding the first Sunday Information on this fast is available at www.pcusa.org/foodcris October 24 October 31 Are you Signed Up? If you would like to help prepare for worship by reading, lighting candles, greeting, making coffee or bringing flowers or treats, please sign up on the clip board in the Jarrett Wing during fellowship following worship or contact Pastor Campbell at [email protected] or at the office phone 503-244-8177. Emergency Preparedness for St Mark Community We are looked for someone to attend two evenings of training preparing congregations to meet the needs of our communitie emergency or disaster. The trainings are Monday and Tuesda 7th, from 6-9 pm at the University of Portland, Buckley Center cost, Registration deadline is Monday, Sept 29. If you are inte bringing back the information to present to session, please let possible. A Festival of Faith Birthdays & Anniversaries Capi Reed Mary Van Horton Kathryn Stewart-Smith Amelia Holcombe Mart Stewart-Smith Bob Voll Vickie Curtiss Sophie Abbassian 5-Oct 11-Oct 15-Oct 18-Oct 18-Oct 22-Oct 25-Oct 27-Oct sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland on Oc to 5:00 p.m.. at Portland State University, Smith Memorial Stu Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR, This annual con alliances, will serve to counterbalance the effects of the radica Along with workshops on many faiths, there will be three pres during that day. The presenters this year will include Dr. Kha Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Portlan Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Check http://www.ifcgp.org/ for more information on workshops to be Church Eco-Party, Sunday, October 12, 11:30 am A trained volunteer from the Northwest Earth Institute will join make our homes and our church more earth friendly. Some o covered include: Waste Reduction- Effective composting, making an efficient re packaging and junk mail Taking out Toxics- Identifying toxic p effective alternatives Energy Savings- Weatherization audits, and new technologies Water Conservation- Savings through m use and yard irrigation Edible Garden Tending, Oct 19th P’nai Or and St Mark is joining at 11:30 on Sunday, Oct 19th in recognition of World Food Day, Oct 16th. Bring gloves, whe berries, etc. Come and Join the Singing! The choir practices every Wednesday evening from 7:30-9:00 to sing is welcome to come join the fun! Songs of Faith & Freedom II October 18, 7:00 pm Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 Pea More than 200 singers will bring us together for an evening of local choirs gather for Songs of Faith & Freedom II. Under the David York, the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Ainsworth United Metropolitan Community Church, First Unitarian Church, three Spiritual Living, and others will share their talents in celebratio lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Each choi and join for a mass choir grand finale. Music is the universal l for this hope filled event benefiting the Community of Welcom your friends. All are welcome. This year, this will be the only r Operation Nightwatch Shoe Collection Month October is the month that Operation Nightwatch, a downtown homeless operated by First Presbyterian Church, collects sho They prefer athletic shoes is good condition. Please bring any Mark and we will see that they get downtown. Donation of Thread for India. On October 8th, a group of eight women is headed to Hope C the center which Pastor Barbara visited with Riverdale Studen like to take donations of sewing machine thread and embroide Vocational Training Center which teaches local women to sew Donations can be left in basket in church foyer. Presbyterian Habitat Team Presbyterians in Portland are joining together to build a “Pres the area. Churches can work with their own team of 10 or join other churches to form a team. St Mark will be working on de Saturday, December 6th. Save the Date! If you are interested Men and women welcome. No experience necessary. St Mark Thank you’s ! To the crew who worked cleaning up the St Mark grounds Thane Norton, Eric and Sue Graf, Susie Petterson, Carrie John Salmon, Capi Reed, Barbara Campbell, Peg Anders Chase who made us a great, hot lunch!! To Leas Averill for all his work throughout the Spring and mural installation, siding project, and capital campaign. To Molly Dusenbury for a short term loan to St Mark for th To Eric Graf and Thane Norton for work on new website fo To Bill Coddington and Eric Graf for work on designing an postcards and to Bill for installing a plastic flyer holder bel on the mural for passers-by. To Cherie Kennedy for preparing our fall curriculum for Ea Run. And to all you other folks who help out in many ways, all t Special Thanks to Exteriors, Inc. Siding Company. We ar work done by our siding company. Jeff Elliot, owner, is al Mark members and friends. See Pastor for details.