St. Mark's United Methodist Church | 3359 Louisville Rd. Louisville, TN 37777 | Phone: 865.977. 6128 | Fax: 865.977.6154 
Welcome Welcome to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church! St. Mark’s has as its mission developing Christian disciples who glorify God. We pray that all of the ways we live and work together will strengthen us in our faith and in our witness to the world. Our connections to the St. Mark’s congregation serve to equip us to live our faith in our homes, our schools, and our places of employment. We encourage you to participate in the many opportunities for worship, study, mission outreach, and fellowship that make up our life together as a community of faith. We look forward to helping you find where God is calling you to share in the ministries of the congregation and grow in your Christian walk. At St. Mark’s, you will find all ages serving in ministry and seeking to live as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. As a community of faith we strive to pray for each other, share in the joys and concerns of each other, and extend the peace and love of Christ one to another. We hope you will feel welcome at St. Mark’s. We encourage you to explore the possibility of making St. Mark’s your church home.

Latest News From the Pastor:
Dear Friends, On behalf of the Finance Committee, the Church Council and the whole congregation, thank you for your continued support of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church! God has truly blessed us in 2014! Because of your giving, St. Mark’s has been able to be the hands and feet of Christ over the past year! On behalf of the Finance Committee, the Church Council and the whole congregation, thank you for your continued support of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church! God has truly blessed us in 2014! From a numbers perspective, we want to share with you that our average attendance in worship jumped over 10% from 2013 (from 85 to 95)! That’s a huge increase! After paying 100% of our bills and obligations, we were able to carry over into 2015 approximately $28,000. We are in good financial standing! Because of your giving, lives have been transformed, people have come to know Jesus Christ, and we are providing the space and ministries for God to work. We thank God for you and your generous spirit as we seek to do God’s will. We are blessed at St. Mark’s with some people with incredible gifts and talents. One of those people is Betty Ann Keil. She has a gift for writing poetry with deeply profound and theological content. Following is a poem Betty Ann wrote that speaks to the winter season. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Winter Reflections In the sleepy dark and cold Snugly bundled to keep me warm I watch the morning light unfold And the shadowed takes on form. Winter trees that bear no leaves Chirping birds fly all around Perch on slender twigs with graceful ease Undaunted, call out in diverse sound. Whispering winds remind the frozen ground The dead will soon be raised Hear the rumbling, groaning sound Trumpeted daffodils to herald the coming phase Fundamental cycle continues, season to season Dormant responsibilities in perfect tense. God omnipotent possessing the reason Death to life deemed consummate sense. Heart, fresh with new day grace Greets the new day knowing The unseen, unknown that I face Faithfully used to keep me growing. Written By: Betty Ann Blessings, Pastor Becky

 


Service Times Sunday
9:30 am -- Sunday School
10:45 am -- Blended Worship Service Monday through Friday
2:45 pm - 5:45 pm -- S.M.I.L.E. After-school program Wednesday
5:00 pm -- Fellowship Meal
6:00 pm -- Youth Group
6:15 pm -- Choir practice

 

"The Hands and Feet of Christ"

  Mission Opportunities

 

 

 


Upcoming Events Financial Peace Class (Based on the work of Dave Ramsey) Taking control of your money is only 20% head knowledge; the other 80% is behavior. The best way to work on that 80% and shift behavior is sitting with other families and working through these things together. You'll realize that other people struggle and make the same mistakes that you do. We are committed to provide a safe place for people to learn about money while receiving support and encouragement from others. All are welcome to take this class. Invite your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers! Our Class begins Monday, January 26 @ 6:30p.m. for 9 weeks. Cost: $30.00 —Book and materials To sign up, please call the church office at 977-6128 or email at saintmarksumcoffice@gmail.com. Senior Luncheon All seniors are invited to attend the Senior Lunchoen on Thursday, February 19 at 11am located at the church. Come ready to enjoy good fellowship, food, and fun. Games to be played will include Rook and Bingo. For more information, please contact Marilyn Prospero at 865-389-2769. Winter Jam The St. Mark’s Youth have traditionally attended Winter Jam at Thompson Bowling Arena on Friday, February 13. We will leave the church at 4p.m. and return after midnight. The cost is $10. For those that wish to stay at the church overnight, that option is available. We need 3 adults to attend to make this event happen! Please sign up on the bulletin board! Youth Credo Confirmation Class This class will be taught on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm. The class is open to children 10 years old and up. All Youth are expected to participate. Those that have previously been confirmed will act as mentors for their younger peers. Pastor Becky will teach the class. Volunteers are needed to serve as helpers each week. Please sign up on the bulletin board!

Worship Preparations for January

 

Following are the themes for worship each Sunday.

You are invited to read, study and pray over each

text as we each prepare to worship together.

 

Sermon Series: Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

 

February 8 Sermon: Friends from Forest Hill Baptist Church

 

The St. Mark’s Haiti Mission Trip

 

February 15 Sermon: The Practice of Risk-Taking Mission & Service

 

Scripture: Matthew 25:4

 

February 22 Sermon: The Practice of Extravagant Generosity

 

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:11

 

Previous Sermon Series

 

The Practice of Radical Hospitality Scripture: Romans 15:7

 

The Practice of Passionate Worship Scripture: Psalm 84:1

 

LCAC News

 

LCAC News

 

As you do your regular shopping, you are invited to pick up an item or two for the Louisville Christian Assistance Center and say a prayer for the folks who will receive it! Simple Idea… Many of us travel for work or vacation. As you stay in a motel/hotel, you are invited to pick up the complimentary hygiene items and bring them back for the LCAC.

 

February Wish List: Small jars of peanut Butter, bath Soap, and grocery Bags

 

The LCAC is always in great need of baby clothes, hygiene items such as shampoo, women’s deodorant, soap, and also Volunteers to work full or part time during the hours of 9a.m.-1p.m.

Welcome New Members

 

Rhonda and David Wright

Jennifer and Shelby Jones