For the Week of February 11, 2018


FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE: Make sure to change the office email to 

THANK YOU: Many thanks and love to you all for your holiday greetings and generous gifts at Christmas! It is a privilege to serve as your interim pastor. Deb Mechler 

GUEST SPEAKER FEBRUARY 10TH: Rev. Nordphrey Mlangali had to cancel his visit to St. Mark this Saturday evening due to weather.   Pizza will not be served after worship service. Pastor Deb will lead worship.

ASH WEDNESDAYis February 14th with worship services at 6:30 pm.

NOISY OFFERINGnext weekend.

TRANSPORTATION NEEDED:Wanda Sievers will be needing some rides to local doctors coming up soon. If you would like to be on a list to be called to drive her, please contact the church office. A member of her family will contact you when she needs a ride.

THIRD SATURDAY: Our Fellowship Board is changing up the Third Saturday Meal. They are planning a POTATO BAR. A potato with all the fixins, bars and cookies. Please sign up if you plan to attend.

PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER DURING LENT: During the season of Lent, we are praying for one another as a congregation.  If you were not in worship last weekend, Feb. 3 or 4, please write your name on a yellow slip from the end of your pew and place it in the offering.  At the end of worship, you may go to the altar and draw out the name of a person to pray for.  No special instructions; you may contact the person or not as you wish.  Please pray for him/her until Easter.  Somebody else will be praying for you!

VALENTINE GIFT IDEAS: Everyone loves chocolate. LWR has either milk chocolate or dark chocolate pieces (or mix them) 3 for $1. Coffee is always enjoyed. Choose from Hazelnut or French Vanilla in the 12 ounce bags–$7 for regular and $8 decaf. Boxes of 12 individual serve cups are also available in regular or decaf. Surprise your Valentine while supporting LWR. 

ST. MARK ADULT RETIRED TASTERSwill meet at Scooter’s in Alta on Thursday, February 22 at noon. Please sign up if you plan to attend. 

DURING LENT you are asked to participate in two special ways.  During the midweek worship we hope to have people sharing their stories of faith, whether long or short, spoken or written.  Pastor Deb will be glad to help you develop your story if needed.  Please contact her if you are feeling led to share your story.

Second, the Sunday morning series will include instruction on spiritual practices you may wish to try.   A listing of the practices will be available in the narthex or by email if you request it from the church office.  If you do nothing else, please consider setting the intention to pray, and to try new ways of praying if you feel the need.

STAND WITH OUR NEIGHBORS: The community is invited to Stand With Our Neighbors on Sunday, February 11th at 2 p.m. at Our Place, 114 E. 3rd Street in Storm Lake. Sol Varisco, newly named Executive Director of Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors, Sonia Reyes from Iowa Office of Latino Affairs, Storm Lake Chief of Police Mark Prosser, Superintendent Carl Turner and Immigration Attorney Marie Sennett (associate of Nick Brown P.C.) will make up a panel addressing immigration issues and recent proposals in Congress that affect many of our immigrant neighbors.


FEB 12  Fellowship Board Meeting

FEB 13 Caregiver Support Group

FEB 14 Ash Wednesday Services & Parish Planning Council Mtg

FEB 17/18 World Hunger Weekend and Third Sat Pizza

FEB 19 Sew & Do & Sarah Circle

FEB 20 Caregiver Support Group and Parkinson Support Group

FEB 21 Naomi Circle, Lenten Soup Supper and Lenten Service

FEB 26 Stephen Ministry

FEB 27 Caregiver Support Group

FEB 28 Lenten Soup Supper and Lenten Service

Daily Devotions

READINGS (Control + left click to bring up the readings) 

Sunday, February 11, 2018 – Transfiguration of Our Lord       2 Kings 2:1-12       Psalm 50:1-6      2 Corinthians 4:3-6       Mark 9:2-9

Monday, February 12, 2018       Psalm 110:1-4       Exodus 19:7-25       Hebrews 2:1-4

Tuesday, February 13, 2018       Psalm 110:1-4       Job 19:23-27      1 Timothy 3:14-16

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Ash Wednesday        Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12        Psalm 51:1-17 or Psalm 103:8-14        2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10        Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Thursday, February 15, 2018       Psalm 25:1-10      Daniel 9:1-14       1 John 1:3-10

Friday, February 16, 2018       Psalm 25:1-10      Daniel 9:15-25a      2 Timothy 4:1-5

Saturday, February 17, 2018       Psalm 25:1-10      Psalm 32      Matthew 9:2-13