Midweek Retreat

 

Make plans to join your church family each week for an evening of good food and fellowship on Wednesday nights, beginning Wednesday, September 13, 2017!

5 pm: Bible Study with Beth (Room 111).  No prior knowledge or experience is necessary to come to Bible study! All questions are allowed and all topics are open!

5:30-6:30 pm: Fellowship Dinner in Wade Hall

Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors/students, family rate of three or more is $25 and children under four eat free.

  • Please make your reservations by noon on Monday.
  • If you make a reservation for dinner but do not show up or contact the office in advance to cancel your reservation, you will be responsible for paying for the meal that you missed.
  • Please be respectful of our budget and our food supply; if you make a reservation but find you cannot actually keep it, please notify the church office as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly and update our head count. We pay the caterer for EVERY reservation made.

There are three ways to make your reservation:

  • Make your reservation
  • Call the church 404-873-2636 x16.
  • During Sunday worship, complete a reservation form in the pew rack. Place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office.

Menus (all include seasonable vegetables):

9/13  Caprese Chicken Lasagna

9/20  Roasted Pork Loin with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

9/27 Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles

10/4 BBQ Shredded Pork and Shredded Chicken with Baked Potato

10/11 Pride Dinner Rib Eye Steak and Salmon Filet

10/18 Homemade Lasagna

10/25 Lemon Chicken Picatta with Jasmine Rice

11/1  Baked Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

11/8  Roast Turkey with Homemade Dressing and Gravy

11/15 Baked Potato Bar with Chili

11/22 No dinner this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday

11/29 Pizza Night

12/6   Glazed Honey Ham with Sweet Potatoes

12/13 Sliced Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (final dinner of the year)

6:30-7:30 pm: 2017 Spring Programs 

Children’s Choir rehearsal in the Music Suite. Contact George Evans at geexplorer@yahoo.com for more information.

What’s So Amazing About Grace Pam Buzbee will facilitate this study of Phillip Yancey’s book.

Grace is the church’s great distinctive. It’s the one thing the world cannot duplicate, and the one thing it craves above all else–for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world, in What’s So Amazing About Grace? award-winning author Philip Yancey explores grace at street level. If grace is God’s love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action? And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy?

Yancey sets grace in the midst of life’s stark images, tests its mettle against horrific “ungrace.” Can grace survive in the midst of such atrocities as the Nazi holocaust? Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan? Should any grace at all be shown to the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and cannibalized seventeen young men?

Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner. True grace is shocking, scandalous. It shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope. It forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser. It loves today’s AIDS-ridden addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus’ day.

In his most personal and provocative book ever, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace’s life-changing power. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. He asks, How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear? And he challenges us to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The class will meet at 6:30 pm on Wednesday nights following fellowship dinner served at 5:30 pm. If you would like to participate please try to read the first 2 chapters of the book by the first class on September 13. Contact Sheila Stephens at sstephens@stmarkumc.org to pick up your copy of the book on Sunday, September 10.

Glory Days book study Bruce Roaden will lead a session on this book by Max Lucado. This book explores what it means to “Live Your Promised Land Now” and helps us embrace the notion that our best days are still ahead. The study is in line with where Saint Mark is today as we look towards visioning for the coming years.

 

Bridge Lessons Ever wanted to learn how to play bridge? Now is your chance! We’ll offer bridge lessons on Wednesday nights following dinner.

If you would like to participate in any of the classes this session, contact Sheila Stephens at the email address above.