An Update from Pastor Bob – July 31, 2020

Dear St. Mark,

It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of July.  I wanted to write you to give you a bit of the “State of St. Mark” in this season.  Here are few of the things that are going on:

In-person worship has returned.
We’ve been seeing about 15-20 people at our Sunday morning services, which is great, as many of you have continued to worship online.  As we gather, we’ve seen social distancing work well, and our expectation that people will wear masks has gone very well (thank you for serving your neighbor in this way).  We want the sanctuary to be open for people who connect to God in that place, but we continue to plan online worship experiences throughout the fall.

Holy communion available in worship.
A few things to note:
* In-person communion will be contactless.  Bread will be served through touchless means, and wine will be poured via pouring chalices for each person.  Follow the instructions of the pastors to receive communion at St. Mark.
* Ushers will usher parties so they remain socially distanced in line.
* Communion servers will wear masks and gloves.  We ask that congregants only remove their mask to eat and drink.
* For those who wish to receive grape juice, we will have pre-packaged bread and grape juice containers.  Please ask the server.
* If you’re not comfortable participating in Holy Communion, you are welcome to remain in your seat and let the usher move to the next row.
* If you’re worshiping from home, have elements ready for communion to participate as well!

We’re planning for the fall. 
Surveys are out to to the Choir, to volunteers, and to our Kids/Students/Youth families.  We’ve been looking for volunteers to support online worship, to help with technology, and to serve in a variety of ways.  I’m hoping that we will have a class that can begin online in the near future for adults to be able to grow in our faith!

Giving continues to be essential. 
When the pandemic started, a number of St. Mark members helped with initial gifts.  As we move into the summer months, we often see our lowest giving numbers.  If you’re able, consider setting up online giving at stmarkwdm.org/give.  We are bringing hope to West Des Moines and the world, but we can’t do this unless we do it together.

We’re seeing opportunities to love our community. 
These two weeks, our Student and Youth groups are serving at Meals from the Heartland.  If you know of organizations that are seeking volunteers or in need of assistance, let me know.  We’re committed to being for our community.
Thanks for being a part of this church, and your prayer is moving mountains in this season.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Bob