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Celebration of Life

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the life of Leslie Coleman at St. Mark’s on Saturday, June 30 at 11 AM. There will be a reception in the Social Hall following the service. Please be sure to wear bright clothing at Leslie’s request. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made in St. Mark’s UMW for missions or to the San Diego Humane Society.

Pastor's Sunday School

In Pastor’s Sunday School we study the lectionary texts which follow the church calendar.
It’s an informal study, always open to all, at 8:30 AM in the New Room, just behind the church office.
Below are the lectionary readings for this week:
  • 1 Samuel 17:32-49
  • Psalm 9:9-20
  • 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
  • Mark 4:35-41

Book Study Begins This Sunday

What would it mean to engage in responsible contemporary theological activity that is also authentically Wesleyan? What would be the potential benefit of doing so? pursuit of these questions led Rev. Dr. Randy L. Maddox to write Responsible Grace, John Wesley’s Practical Theology. Rev. Dr. Maddox is currently the institute secretary of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies and Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School.

Rev. Jeri will lead a 9-week book study beginning this Sunday, July 1, from 4 – 5:30 PM at St. Mark’s, in the New Room. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited, no matter how new or seasoned you are in Methodist doctrine. Together, let’s journey and learn John Wesley’s practical theology.
Sign-up in the office. Books can be ordered on-line or purchased

Upcoming Dates

Office Closed July 4th

The church office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day. Office will resume regular business hours Thursday, July 5.

Encouragement for our SSP Team

The SSP team is leaving in less than three weeks for Chiloquin, Oregon, and they would love to hear from you while they are there.  If you would like to write a letter of encouragement, or just to say hi, the counselors (Christina and Brian) will deliver the mail to the SSP staff to hand out during the week.  As per SSP tradition, the youth receive their mail only if they to perform a song/dance routine that the counselors will make sure to take photos of to share when we return. 

Please turn your letters into the folder in Kris’ box before July 6th
If you would prefer to mail it directly, you can send it to:
St Marks UMC Youth
Sierra Service Project
General Delivery
Chiloquin, OR 97624
Thank you for all of your support and we will be excited to share our experiences when we return.


Sunday School Parents

Parents please be sure to pick up your children from One Room Sunday School in room 6 promptly after church before heading to the patio to enjoy fellowship time.

VBS News

On June 10, your Vacation Bible School team romped the center aisle of the church to introduce this year's theme, Old Testament Tour of Bible Giants. Planners dressed as tourists with a mix of props traveling to Mt. Ararat, Shinar, Valley of Elah, Tarshish, Nineveh, and into the Promised Land at Jericho.
All children ages four years and up are welcome to participate in this summer's Vacation Bible School drama. Flyers with registration forms are available in the church office and online at

Pack your bags, everybody, don't miss the boat (big flood comin').
We need you for a few hours, a single job in prep, or attending one (or more) of our two-and-a-half hour sessions in August. Please let us know how you'll help, won't you? This is living our United Methodist faith.
Please call or email:
Renee Anderson:
Karen Scanlon:

Save your Boxes!

If we are to build a massive wall around Jericho at this summer's Vacation Bible School, we need all the boxes you encounter, please. All sizes and shapes.

Please hang on to them until after the yard sale on August 4, or we'll come and pick them up from you.
Questions? Karen Scanlon at or phone 858 583-4992.

Yard Sale

St. Mark’s Yard Sale Committee is planning the Annual Yard Sale and hopes that you have too!

Please start planning what you would like to contribute to the sale as well as when you would like to volunteer to help during the sorting/pricing work times: Saturday July 28 and July 30 - August 2.

Back to School Backpacks

Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) Backpack Program is underway. St. Mark’s hopes to collect 75 packs for local students in K-9th grade. We will collect new backpacks and school items through July 22 when we will bless the packs and their eventual recipients dur-ing church. The flyer and backpack listing is in the church office or you can go to for more information (sample pictured below). Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Welcome Lydia Sohn

Lydia Sohn was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of three. Born into a Christian family, her faith has always been a central part of her life and development. She attended college at the Claremont Colleges and there felt that strange and mysterious "calling" for the very first time.

She slowly but steadily followed the sense that she was called to ministry, which led her to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School.

In June of 2015, Lydia was commissioned as a United Methodist Elder and appointed as the Associate Minister of Church of the Good Shepherd, United Methodist in Arcadia, California. She was then ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in June of 2018 and appointed to St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Her ministerial passions include broadening, complicating and at the same time, enriching people's theologies and walking alongside them on their spiritual journeys as they discover and continually re-discover the awe-inspiring reality of the depth, height and expansiveness of God's love for each one of us and all of creation.

For fun, Lydia enjoys reading, journaling, hiking, dinner parties, spending time with family who are split between the west and east coasts and lastly but most importantly, spending time with her husband and son.

Next Week At A Glance

Sunday, July 8 2018
  • 8:30AM Pastor’s Sunday School/NR
    Summer Family Choir/CR
  • 9:30AM Church Service/Sanc
  • 12:00PM Tongan Flowship/Sanc
  • 4:00PM Book Study/NR
Monday, July 9 2018
  • 6:45PM AA Meeting/RM 9
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • 7:00PM Faith Circle/SH
  • 7:15PM AA Meeting/RM 9
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • 9:30AM Friendship Circle/SH
  • 5:30PM Weekly Bible Study/NR
Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • 7:00PM Boy Scouts/SH
  • 7:15PM AA Meeting/RM 9
Friday, July 13, 2018
  • 7:00PM Cyprus Church Over Night/SH
Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • 8:30AM Pastor’s Sunday School/NR
    Summer Family Choir/CR
  • 9:30AM Church Service/Sanc
  • 4:00PM Book Study/NR
CR=Choir Room
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 or
Missed Sunday’s sermon? You can watch Sunday morning sermons on video by visiting:

In Our Prayers

♥ Malinda Whiteley &Family ♥ Josie Naul’s Family
♥ Adam DeProfio
♥ Robinson Family ♥ Larry Russell ♥ Forrest Sedgwick ♥ Kelly Hopkins ♥ Rose Marie Pierce ♥ Phyllis Drewett ♥ Sherry Forrest ♥ Vera Morrison ♥ Al Johannesen ♥ Dolores Hall ♥ Jim Hill ♥ Stephanie Ignacio ♥ Lloyd Scot
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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