Upcoming Confirmation


Dear Friends,

We are planning a confirmation class for this year.
The class will begin on Wednesday, September 5 2018 and run weekly until Confirmation Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Below are some of the guidelines for the class:
• Youths should be middle school aged (around 14 years), but this is negotiable.
• A mentor (usually a parent, but can be another adult) will be required to attend with the youth and act as a guide throughout the confirmation period.
• Youths and mentors are asked to attend all of the classes, please keep absences to a minimum.
• Youths will be required to attend church worship (not Sunday school) each Sunday throughout the confirmation period.
• Youths will be expected to serve in worship as acolyte or readers (lectors).
• Youths will be expected to be involved in a form of mission ministry in the church (this usually takes the form of helping prepare/assisting with the meal for our Bethany House feeding ministry).

I am suggesting Wednesday evenings and meetings at the parsonage. The lessons should not be more than an hour in most cases. If Wednesdays are inconvenient for most, we can discuss a better time to meet.

If you have or know of a youth that is ready for confirmation please contact:
The church office: brittstmarks@optonline.net or
The pastor pastorbob.grimm@gmail.com (631) 871-1444

Grace & peace, Pastor Bob

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Help the children

Dear friends,

St. Mark’s has elected to make support immigrant children being detained in New York City.

These kids are here through no fault of their own.

The flyer below lists the basic necessities the children require. Please take a look and contribute where you can. The bin is to the left of the kitchen hallway.

If the church is locked you may drop your contributions off at the parsonage located next door on the south side of the church.

Rev. Robert Grimm
St. Mark’s U.M.C.
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Office (516) 766-2080
Cell (631) 871-1444

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Pastor’s Easter Greeting


Dear Friends,

When I was a boy my mom would hide our Easter eggs around our property, so that we could hunt for these brightly colored eggs among the shrubbery and stones that were scattered around our yard.

Days before, we would boil the eggs and sit around the kitchen table dying and drying these eggs. Once dried, they would be placed in the refrigerator until Easter morning, when my brother Dave and I would rush around with our Easter baskets seeking to find every last egg.

For a young child, it was always challenging to find every egg that was hidden behind every bush or under every tree. Though my brother and I would always do our best, occasionally we would miss an egg or two only to eventually discover their locations by the smell. Today, of course, the eggs are often plastic and filled with candy and the consequences of leaving an egg out in the sun is not so severe.

There is something to the idea, however, of perishable Easter eggs. Historically, the egg is recognized as a symbol of new life. By hiding this symbol in various places around our world, we seem to be saying that God has placed opportunities for life all around us. Moreover, it is our task to seek out these beautiful opportunities before they spoil and disappear. I like this better than hiding plastic eggs and prepackaged candy. These hard boiled eggs are eggs of fragile and temporary beauty. With their brightly colored shells, they announced themselves to the world. For these eggs want to be found, precisely because they do not last. You must find me, they say, and collect me in your basket, before I am gone.

I wish I lived every day like it was Easter, realizing that God has placed new life all around me, and that every day is filled with new joyful opportunities to celebrate life. How about you? Do you seek out the opportunities hidden around you? Or do you leave them to spoil? Are you constantly looking and believing that God has strategically placed life giving opportunities for you? Do you approach your life, like a child eagerly seeking some new surprise? Do you see the beauty of the brightly colored eggs hidden in the background of everyday life? They are there and have been placed there for you by a God who loves and watches over you, like a parent on Easter morning.

I will see you this Sunday.

Love, Pastor Bob
Rev. Robert Grimm
St. Mark’s U.M.C.
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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St. Mark’s Holy Week Schedule


St. Mark’s Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday Worship
10:00 AM, March 25th , 2018
“A walk Through Holy Week” pageant

Maundy Thursday Service
7:00 PM, March 29th, 2018
Combined Congregation Seder Service at United Church of Christ at 430 Morris Avenue, Rockville Centre

Good Friday
8:00 PM, March 30th, 2018
Seven Last Words Tenebrae service

Easter Worship Service of Word & Table
10:00 AM, April 1st, 2018

Easter Breakfast Fellowship

Following Easter Worship

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St. Mark’s Lenten Study

The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. This writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.” Join us experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal in Adam Hamilton’s six-week, DVD-series, John: The Gospel of Light and Life. You’ll follow the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John and understand the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament.

This six session study begins Tuesday evening February 13 at the parsonage.

Please see Pastor Bob or Sue if you would like to join the group.

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St. Mark’s Souper Bowl

Dear friends,

This Sunday we will be collecting canned and non-perishable foods for St. Mark’s “Souper Bowl Sunday.” The food we collect will be contributed to The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network). Please being your contribution to service this Sunday.

Pastor Bob

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Christmas Tree Sale.


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