Announcements – February 23, 2014

Two Adult Classes each Sunday morning:
The Rector’s Forum is studying the Revelation to St. John the Divine. This morning we will continue our study of chapters 14 & 15 – the Lamb and the Church Triumphant. Everyone is welcome to join this group in the parish hall.
The Lambeth Bible Study is a meditative approach to scripture study, which seeks to help participants relate the Bible to their daily lives, to hear God’s voice and to grow in their relationship with Christ. The group meets in the Conference Room, downstairs in the parish house.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study – Everyone is invited to join Joe & Carol Hooten in a study of Ephesians on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm in Room 6. The series runs through April 1, 2014.

Ash Wednesday is March 5. St. George’s and St. Mark Lutheran will join together for two services of the Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes: 9:30 am and 7:00 pm, both in the church.
If you have palm branches from last year, please bring them to church next Sunday so they can be used to provide ashes for our services.

An inventory of church assets needs to be completed and anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Joe Hooten. Also, Joe is interested in input from anyone who may have helped with the last inventory, which was in the mid 1990s. Joe can be reached at 618.567.9693.

Church Security Plan: Joe Hooten and Dennis Snep (St. Mark) have been working on developing a security plan for our churches. Others who may be interested in participating in the development phase of this important endeavor are welcome. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Joe Hooten at 235-7290.

The Community Service Commission is seeking items for the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois. Below is a list of most needed items being collected through this Sunday, but items can still be dropped off at the church office through tomorrow. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry in our community!
Laundry detergent
Fabric softener
Bleach
Cleaning supplies
Face and body soap
Lotion (reg. & baby)
Deodorant
Women’s personal items
Towels/wash cloths
Shampoo & Conditioner
Diapers (all sizes)
Baby wipes
Formula
Baby shampoo
Laundry baskets
All sizes of children’s Onesies, t-shirts, underwear, and socks

St. Mark Lutheran Church is inviting everyone to the seventh annual Schaaf Memorial Lecture on Saturday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the church. This year’s speaker is the Rev. Dr. Mark Wegener, who will lecture on the topic, “Jesus and Justice: A Question of Values.” Admission is free. A brief reception will be held in the church immediately following the lecture.

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