November & December
Mission of the Month
Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is an organization that works with local churches around the world to share Christ with children and families. This year, St. Mark Lutheran Church is participating with Operation Christmas Child in two ways. The first way is to fill shoeboxes with gifts to send to these children. Boxes can be picked up at church. A printed list of materials and instructions are also available as well. For more information, go to Shoeboxes are due by Sunday, November 17th. 
The second way we are participating is through volunteering at our regional processing facility on Thursday, December 19th from 1 pm to 6 pm. We will sort shoeboxes, fill them with missing items, and prepare them for shipping. If you are interested in joining Pastor Joel, please contact him at


Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton 

Secret Santa Program Secret Santa supports junior enlisted families with children who are the ranks of E5 and below on a first come first serve basis. As with previous years, the families provide the Armed Services YMCA a wish list which is then assigned to a generous sponsor family, organization, or business in the local community. The first name, age, and gender of each family member is provided this way the sponsor can shop, wrap and personalize the gifts for each family member. Gifts may include toys, electronics, clothing, household items and/or gift cards. The gifts must be new and we recommend spending approximately $50 per family member. Once the shopping is completed and gifts are wrapped, they are to be delivered on/or before December 14th. For more information, please contact the church office.


Sunday, November 10
Sunday School & Bible Study  |  9 am
Worship Service  |  10 am

Monday, November 11
Veterans Day (Church & Preschool Closed)

Thursday, November 14
No Bible Study  |  9:30 am

Saturday, November 16
Men's Group  |  7 am (upstairs in multi-purpose room)



Upcoming Advent & Christmas Events

Advent Nights – Supper | 5:30 pm, Event | 6 pm

Join us for our special midweek fellowship events throughout the season of Advent.

November 24th – Tree Trim/Decor | 11:15 am
December 4th – Christmas Sing-a-Long | 6 pm
December 11th – Advent Crafts | 6 pm
December 18th – Christmas Caroling | 6 pm
December 24th – Christmas Eve Service | 6 pm

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St. Mark "U"

Sunday, December 1st | 5 pm to 7 pm

The issue of the separation of church and state is often discussed in the public square. Interestingly, however, Mark Bauerlein, Sr. Editor at First Things and Professor of English at Emory University, made this seemingly strange comment during one of his podcasts: "The Separation of Church and Reality." What did he mean by this? Does the church live, think, and practice in a way that is not consistent with reality? During this session of St. Mark U, we will address these questions with the help of scripture and Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone commemorating its 60th Anniversary. Childcare and potluck provided.

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Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 1st after Church

Please plan to attend a very important congregational meeting on Sunday, December 1st after the church service to approve the budget for 2020. Your vote counts!
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