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"Drive-Thru Church", Sunday, March 22, 2020!

Hi St. Mark Family and Friends! 
By now, you’ve probably heard that San Diego County has prohibited gatherings of 10 people or more, so that means we can’t hold worship as usual. We’re taking this virus seriously, and want to do everything we can to honor the desires of our government (Romans 13:4), whom God has given to us to protect us and keep us safe, and at the same time, we want to still be the church, love each other, and share Jesus with each other. 

So we’re going to do something unique this Sunday morning: “Drive-Thru Church”.  Between 10 - 11 am on Sunday, March 22nd, I want to invite you to drive through our lower parking lot where there will be five stations for you to visit in your car: 
  • Welcome - discover what to do and children will receive a brief message
  • Scripture Reading - hear the word of God read to you
  • Holy Communion - receive the Lord’s Supper and prayer
  • Song/Offering - be led in a brief worship song and give your offerings
  • Benediction - receive a blessing for the week
Here’s the best part: You don’t have to get out of your car! All of our volunteers will be at least six feet from you, except for the Holy Communion station, and I will be wearing gloves to serve you. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, that’s okay! I can offer you a prayer and a blessing as well. In all, the experience should take about 10 minutes. 

If your last name begins with A - G, come between 10:00 - 10:20 am
If your last name begins with H - O, come between 10:20 - 10:40 am
If your last name begins with P - Z, come between 10:40 - 11:00 am
I will also be recording a message that you can listen to on your way home or watch on our website, Facebook page, or YouTube channel at home, even if you can’t make it to our drive-thru service. 
Most importantly, I want to let you know that Jesus loves you, I love you, and I’m praying for you. During these unique, uncertain and even scary times, God reminds us through Joshua: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged. For the Lord Your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). 
May God’s peace be with you,  
Pastor Joel 
Are your kids missing connecting with others while school is closed? Join Kristen Beyer and her children every morning Monday-Friday at 9 am as well as about 100 other children from our church and community, for a virtual Sunday School lesson! Each day has a unique 15-minute message, experiment, activity or craft for the children to experience at home. All are invited to participate, even adults! Visit THIS LINK and ask to join the group, or contact Kristen at for more information. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding any of our scheduled growth groups either at homes or at church, however, that doesn’t mean we can’t meet! Here are a number of ways we can still grow in faith together:  
  • Utilize RightNowMedia. There are hundreds of bible studies for you to watch as a family, as a couple, or as an individual all for free! If you don’t have a login yet, contact Pastor Joel, and he will be more than happy to help. 
  • Meet online! Our church has a subscription to Zoom Cloud Meetings where groups of up to 100 people can connect, watch a video together, and discuss God’s Word. Contact Pastor Joel to use the church’s subscription for your online meeting. It’s very simple for computer users.  If using a phone or tablet, download the Zoom Cloud Meeting App ahead of time. 
  • Thursday morning Bible Study on March 26th at 9:30 am will be held via Zoom. All are invited! Click this link next Thursday to join. 
  • Email and/or call each other to check in with and encourage one another. 
Our church continues to have expenses, even while we’re closed for worship. If God has blessed you, please consider continuing your contributions. Here are a number of options: 
  1. Drop off your offering at our “Drive-Thru Service” on Sunday morning
  2. Mail your contribution to 552 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
  3. Give online at and click the “giving” tab in the top right corner
  4. Text any contribution amount to 84321
If you have any financial needs during this time, please contact Pastor Joel at or call him at 760.390.4881. Thank you!
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