August 27, 2014
Fall Bible Studies
August 27, 2014
Thanks for All the Hard Work
Since Labor Day weekend is coming up, let me take this opportunity to say to you:
Thanks for All the Hard Work.
Do you remember those Bud Light (I know, I’m referencing beer in a pastor’s article… whether
you’re offended, cheering, or indifferent, just keep reading) “Real Men of Genius” and “Real
American Heroes” radio commercials?
Mr. Giant Taco Salad Inventor
Mr. 80 SPF Sunblock Wearer
Mr. Jeans Shorts Inventor
Mr. Male Football Cheerleader
Mr. Pro Wrestling Wardrobe Designer
Mr. Mail Order Bride Orderer
Mr. Humongous Pumpkin Grower Guy
Mr. Gangsta Rapper Posse Member
Mr. Moped Sooper-Upper
Mr. King of the Karaoke Mic
Mr. Gasoline BBQ Starter
Mr. Backyard Bug Zapper Inventor
Mr. Homemade Pontoon Boat Maker
Mr. Fortune Cookie Fortune Writer
Mr. Giant Foam Finger Maker
Mr. Restroom Toilet Paper Refiller
Mr. Supermarket Free Sample Guy
Mr. Souvenir Snow Globe Maker
Mr. Grocery Store Cart Wrangler
Mr. Furniture Assembly Manual Writer
Just to name way more than a few--because I love those commercials and they crack me up.
All joking aside, though, those commercials actually remind me that my life is what it is
because of so many, many people who do countless, countless things day in and day out. I
am grateful for their labor, and I am grateful for your labor. Past, Present, and Future,
whatever you’ve done, are doing, or are going to do. Whether you did it for 4 months and
that’s all you could take, or you’ve been doing it what feels like your whole life.
This Labor Day, let’s be thankful.
And let’s be joyful too, with a touch of humor (or maybe a lot more than a touch) directed at all
the strange things we do in this life.
But for some, the burdens aren’t funny; they are hard. The work you do is hard, and you don’t
feel appreciated enough. Thank you for your dedication to the tough things.
As a person of faith, all of this, of course, reminds me of Jesus… and especially those who
continue to walk down tough roads, filled with hard labor. Jesus did this, too, and He knows
that your life reflects His more than most. Your life reflects His more than most. And God
So do the rest of us.
So this Labor Day, we honor those who work hard, those who labor, those who are recognized,
those who are under-appreciated, those who provide us with smiles, with comfort, with ease,
Pastor Jon Moore
Wednesday Night | August 27 | CIA Bible Study
Race Parlor | 6:30 pm
Ferguson Shooting Case Still Unresolved - We need, at minimum, to
understand what it's like to live in a society where discrimination on the basis of
race is a frequent reality -- whether or not it was a determining factor in this
Making prayer a priority in our lives was one of the many goals we had as we
studied Bill Hybel’s book, Too Busy Not to Pray. Did you participate? We
are finishing up the final week of our first online Bible study. You can still join
us by signing up at www.ReadySetScripture.com Past lessons are also
posted on this website.
How does an online Bible study work? Receive a daily email summarizing
the daily reading from the book we are studying. Participate with or without
the book, depending on how much of a time commitment you are able to
make. Our next study will begin in mid-September and will encourage us to
think like God thinks. Based on Philippians 4:8, we will learn how to think
about whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, and
praiseworthy. Sign up now so you won’t miss a day.
Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is
designed to turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of
children to their parents (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully
enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they
have on their lives long term.
Small Group Study begins, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014
facilitators, Paul and Teri Gray.
The Love Dare for Parents applies the same technique used in the popular
marriage book, The Love Dare, to parenting, challenging parents to understand,
practice, and communicate life-changing Christ-like love to their children.
During each of the 40-day journey, parents are given a key verse from Scripture,
a Biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, and a specific challenge
for the parents to do for the sake of their child. You'll also find journaling space
for your reflections and a FREE parenting assessment tool is available online.
Connect 3 Fall Study
Led by Wayne and Debbie Ellis and
Steve and Martha Castillo.
Join us as we embark on another journey with
Andy Stanley, Staying in Love.
Falling in love is easy. All you need is a pulse.
Staying in love is the hard part. It requires a plan.
Mondays beginning September 15
Dinner at 5:45pm | Bible Study from the Book of Job
Small Group Couples Study | 6:30pm | Choir Room.
We look forward to you joining us as we grow closer to
Christ and our spouse.
Monday | 10:00am
Melani Moore’s Home
Friday-August 29 | 6:30pm
Friday-September 5 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm | Fellowship Hall
Ladies, we are Gathering on Friday, September 5th so that we can become equipped through worship,
teaching, and preaching, to then be unleashed in love and service into the world.
Join us for Ladies Unleashing Faith on Friday, September 5th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
Dinner will be served for a small donation followed by some Praise and Worship, then Preaching and
Teaching by Pastor Tina Cross. Fall Bible Study opportunities will be presented.
We look forward to seeing you there!
RSVP by September 2nd | Call the Church Office – 915-581-4444
This is a Day of New Beginnings
Family Sunday | August 31st
Worship together as a family
Kids Church Resumes
September 7 | God Changes King Saul’s Heart
September 14 | Paul Tells Christians To Do What’s Right
September 21 | Jesus Teaches Peace
September 28 | Ruth is Kind
We are looking for a volunteers for the following positions:
9am – 1st and 2nd | Grade Sunday School Teachers
11am – Sunday | TNT Leaders for 5th and 6th Grade Tweeners
6:30pm – 8:00pm | Mid-Week Mission Kids Leaders for Wednesday Night Service Projects
Contact Joyce at 581-4444
Mission Kids, our midweek program for kids
1st-5th grade, begins Wednesday, September 17,
from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Registration begins
Sunday, September 7, after service or contact
Joyce at 915-581-4444.
A blessing to pray over your child:
(Child's name), may your heart be glad because you have found eternal life in Jesus
Christ. May you experience joy and courage through the gift of relationship with God.
May you share your joy and your faith with others.
Military Prayer List
Kenneth O. Agbita
R. J. Rahey
Walter Golden III
Wellness Coach, Deborah Haddock, & St.Mark’s invite you to join us on a
life changing journey!
Wellness Coaching is a relationship between an individual and a
trained coach who assists you in clarifying values, setting goals, and
changing behaviors. It is specifically designed to help you decrease
unhealthy behaviors and increase more helpful behaviors in the physical,
emotional, spiritual, or social aspects of life. Wellness coaching is timelimited and is NOT pastoral counseling or psychotherapy.
Topics are as varied as the person seeking coaching, but
issues commonly addressed by wellness coaches include:
Creating exercise and healthy eating plans
Developing meaningful connections with others
Developing meaningful spiritual practices
Deborah Haddock is a member of St. Mark's and received her
Wellness Coaching training through the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
For more information regarding wellness coaching, or to make an
appointment, you can contact Deborah: 612-940-0653 or
[email protected]. Appointments will be available Thursday
evenings and Saturday mornings at the church.
St.Mark’s 2014 Mission Journey to
The St. Mark’s Hungary Mission Team is looking for people to help out
with Women’s Ministry and construction this fall in
Kisvaszar, Hungary. The dates are:
September 25th through October 9th
For More Information Contact:
mw[email protected] or 915-494-3177
[email protected] or 915-253-7220
FACEBOOK: St.Marks in Kisvaszar
McMurry University Recruiter to Visit St. Mark’s
During worship on Saturday, September 6th, and Sunday, September 7th, a representative from
McMurry University – a United Methodist University in Abilene, TX – will be with us at the St.
Mark’s Love Road campus. She will share a “McMurry University” moment during worship,
and be available to talk to High School Junior and Seniors, their families, and anyone else
interested throughout Sunday morning. Our Communion Rail Offering that week will go to a
special scholarship fund to help students from the New Mexico Conference of the United
Methodist Church (which includes us) attend McMurry.
Want to be in the Next St. Mark’s TV Commercial?
We will be filming part of our new TV spot this Saturday, the 30th, after the 5:32pm worship
service. If you want to be in the commercial, join us for the 5:32 service and stay after for the
video recording session.
5:32pm Evening Contemporary Worship
Sunday – Love Road Campus
Word & Table
Praise & Worship
Praise & Worship
Senior High Youth
10am Walker Annex, room 3
Class: Romans, verse by verse
Tuesdays 5:45pm Youth Group
Sunday – Grace Campus
9:00am Traditional Worship
Our Pastoral Staff
Rev. Jon Moore, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Tina Cross, Associate Pastor
Rev. Matt Bridges, Associate Pastor
Sundays - 11am - Walker Annex, room 3
Class: Student Life, The Church
Sundays - 12:30pm Walker Annex
Quick Reference List
Wednesday, August 27
6:30pm 18-24 Young Adults Group
6:30pm CIA Singles – at Peggy’s home
Thursday, August 28
6:30pm Men’s Bible Study
Friday, August 29
6:30pm Read for a Change – Melani Moore’s home
7:00pm Narcotics Anonymous
Saturday, August 30
5:30pm Saturday Worship Service
Sunday, August 31
Monday, September 1
LABOR DAY – OFFICES CLOSED
6:00pm Open Gym
Nancy Watters [email protected]
Children and Family Ministries Director
Joyce Yellock [email protected]
Preschool Programming Administrator
Norma Covington [email protected]
Jachin Ford [email protected]
Congregational Care Director
Frances Gonzalez [email protected]
Congregational Care [email protected]
Elena Flores [email protected]
Susangail Roberts [email protected]
Terrence D. Johnson [email protected]
Arlene Cooper [email protected]
Scott Spidel [email protected]
St.Mark’s Early Education Office: 581-2186
St.Mark’s School Office: 581-2032
Tuesday, September 2
Men’s Devotional/Breakfast at Cracker Barrel
Dinner at the church
Senior High Youth
Tues., Sept. 2
Getting Down To Business
Tues., Sept. 2
Tues., Sept. 2
Month of September:
Red Team cooks
Leader: Terrence Johnson
For More Information:
915-581-4444 or [email protected]
Messenger is published weekly
by St. Mark’s UMC,
5005 Love Road, El Paso 79922
Issue 8/4, August 27, 2014
Editor: T. Johnson
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