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What’s New in New Ministries By Rev. Lydia Sohn, Senior Minister in Transition

Dear Church,

I'm currently reading a book called The Last Word on Power: Executive Re-Invention for Leaders Who Must Make the Impossible Happen by Tracy Goss. It's a fascinating eye-opening book that outlines the pitfalls of leaders who cannot break growth plateaus within their organizations. The first step she invites readers to take is to uncover their winning strategy, which is the strategy that has kept them successful up to this point but is now, keeping them back from breaking the plateau. When a plateau needs to be broken, old habits and strategies must also be broken.

I did some self-analysis and realized that my winning strategy, which has made me successful to this point has been diligent independent work. I'm a very hard worker, which has enabled me to be a good student and a relatively good leader. But...when I need to make the impossible happen, which is to draw people to church in an era of church decline, I can no longer depend on this winning strategy as my crutch. From this moment onwards, I need others. This is why I am planning new events such as church council visioning retreats, heavily guided and strategy oriented staff meetings, etc. I admit I do not have any answers about how to be a growing church but what I do know is that God is with us and will speak to us as a people when we come together to brainstorm and imagine new ways of being.

What has been St. Mark's "winning strategy" up to this point? What habits and strategies do we need to rethink in order to meet the spiritual needs of the 21st century and not be regarded as irrelevant? Thoughts for you to chew on this week.

Finally, I have to constantly remind myself that all of this thinking, imagining and brainstorming is supposed to be fun. God is not worried about the future of the church, only we are the ones who get anxious about it!
In this together,
Rev. Lydia

This Weekend

Pastor's Sunday School

In Pastor’s Sunday School we  study the lectionary texts which follow the church calendar.  For Sunday, September 30:
• Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20- 22
• Psalm 124
• James 5:13-20
• Mark 9:38-50
It’s an informal study, always open to all, at 8:30 AM in the New Room

Celebration of Life for Eldon Baker

A Celebration of Life for Eldon Baker, former member of St Mark’s, will be held at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley at 1 PM on Saturday, September 29.

Next Week

Digital Art Show: 

Everyone is welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony and Reception for our next photography and digital arts show on Saturday, October 6, at 3pm in the sanctuary. Please come and welcome the artists and their guests to St. Mark's. You might even pick up some tips to improve your own photos. Special music during the Awards Ceremony will be provided by St. Mark's choir member Zlatoslav Sokolov.

The show will be open for free public viewing on Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 1-5pm. If you are willing to help greet our guests on one of these Saturdays, either 1-3pm or 3-5pm, please contact Judy Edelblute at (858) 278-0255 or

St. Mark’s 5th Annual Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 7

Ahh, you have to see it! People and their pets gather and chatter in our courtyard. Folks without pets chatter, too. The bells ring and the procession into the sanctuary begins. St. Francis leads us to a place of worship and communion, and then we go outside again to the blessing stations. Our ministers will bless each pet, one by one.

For our further enjoyment are ambassador dogs and reps from San Diego Humane Society; Dr. Bjorn Barre of Kearny Mesa Vet center answering your pet's health questions; the DiProfio youth carrying wee ones for adoption; and little creatures from Chihuahua Rescue over which we ooh and ahh. And if this isn't enough, come to enjoy the antics of professional dog trainer, Chris Mooredock of American Canine Training. There will be goodies for humans and animals.

Don't miss the fun at St. Mark's on Sunday morning, October 7 at 9:30. Be reminded, "Every beast of the earth and every bird of the heavens, everything that has the breath of life, God has given." Genesis 1:30 No wonder a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself!

Upcoming Events


TNT will meet October 21 at Chili’s restaurant for lunch at 2:15pm then to St. Mark’s to hear the Youth Symphony perform at 4:30pm. All are invited. Please call Sandi or Ken Johnson for restaurant reservations at (858) 278- 8833 by October 17. Thank you. 

Alternative Christmas Market

You can get most of your Christmas shopping done November 11th at the Alternative Christmas Market with the Guatemala and Heifer projects, CCSA, and much more.


Playing Around on Palomar Mountain

What is a fallen tree? Ask a ranger, and they may tell you it's a microhabitat providing shelter and nourishment for wildlife and plants. Ask the kids of St. Mark's, and they'll tell you it's a musical instrument! Sixteen kids (and one baby) attended the St. Mark's Fall Campout at Palomar Mountain State Park. They climbed, explored, and played together. Want to see them drum on the fallen log? Check out the St. Mark's Facebook page for a video clip. The kids outnumbered the adults. Between campers and visitors, thirty people gathered up at the campsite. Thank you to all who helped make this such a wonderful event!

Women’s Retreat 2019

Please mark your calendars for the 2019 Women’s Retreat! Dates are March 22-24, 2019. Our leader will be our own Rev. Lydia Sohn! Hoping you will join us!

Help Needed For Monthly Pancake Breakfast

Many of you know Ralph Denton, Tim Higgins, and his son Max Higgins as the dynamic trio who coordinate and prepare our delicious monthly Sunday breakfasts. Now that Max is in college, we are looking for somebody to help Ralph and Tim out! This takes place on the second Sunday of each month and is really fun as you get to meet all of us folks who enjoy these breakfasts so much. No experience required! If you are interested, please email Pastor Lydia at

Office Volunteer Needed

Do you have some free time during the week? If so, please consider becoming an office volunteer. We currently need for help on Monday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For more information contact the office at 858-273-1480.

Next Week At A Glance

Sunday, September 30, 2018
8:30AM Pastor’s Sunday School/NR
12:00PM Tongan Fellowship/Sanc
12:30PM Missions Meeting/SH
Monday, October 1, 2018
1:00PM Book Study/NR
6:00PM Carrillon Bells/SH
6:45PM AA Meeting/RM 9
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
7:00AM Men’s Breakfast/Waffle House
4:00PM Mindfulness Class/Rm 10
6:30PM Grief Share/NR
6:30PM CCSA Advisory Meeting/CR
6:30PM Inviting/Welcoming/Lib
7:15PM AA Meeting/RM 9
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
5:30PM Bible Study/NR
6:00PM Glory Ringers
Thursday, October 4, 2018
4:15PM Cherub Choir/NR
5:20PM Hallelujah Chimes/ SH
7:00PM Boy Scouts/SH
7:00PM Choir Rehearsal/CR
7:15PM AA Meeting/RM 9
7:30PM Coffee & Contemplation
Saturday, October 6, 2018
3:PM Digital Art Awards/Sanc&SH
Sunday, October 7, 2018
8:30AM Pastor’s Sunday School/NR
9:30AM Service /Sanc
10:30AM Blessing of the Animals/Sanc
12:00PM Tongan Fellowship/Sanc

CR=Choir Room Sanc=Sanctuary Lib=Library SH=Social Hall NR=New Room
*If you have any questions  about or would like to add an event to the church calendar, please contact the church office at 858-273-1480

In Our Prayers

 ♥ Forrest Sedgwic ♥ Rose Marie Pierce ♥ Phyllis Drewett ♥ Sherry Forrest ♥ Vera Morrison ♥ Al Johannesen  ♥ Hope Coleman              

Our Military Personnel:
  ♡Kris Brendal, Army   ♡Robert S. Chisholm, Navy   ♡Craig Clemans, Marines   ♡Paul Clemans, Air Force   ♡Blake Cross, Navy   ♡Samuel England, Navy       ♡Lenny Hezelett, Navy   ♡Amanda Hoadley, Navy   ♡Michael Hunter, Navy    ♡Brady Jackson, Army   ♡Jeremy Munson, Navy    ♡Milo Riegle, Marines      ♡Casper Stalnaker, Navy   ♡Nathan Streeter, Army   ♡Robert Tarango, Navy 

You are invited to participate in the St Mark's prayer chain via email. Prayer requests will be sent to you via an email account you provide; you will not be asked to do anything other than offer your private prayers for requests you receive. To participate, please email Donna Newby:
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