PLC Accepting Nominations

Dear St. Mark Members, 

The time for Parish Leadership Council (PLC) elections is fast approaching. The PLC consists of up to nine voting members, elected at large by the Voters' Assembly.  In accordance with Bylaw 11, a nominating committee is being formed to develop a slate of candidates for the positions to be elected this year.  

Congregation members may recommend candidates. The nominating form is available in the Church office and here on the St. Mark website.  Please return completed nomination forms to me via the Church office or send to the email address included on the form. Nominations will close October 15, 2017, four weeks prior to the Annual Voters' Meeting, currently scheduled for November 12, 2017.


Chuck Kuntz, PLC Vice President

Annual Voters' Meeting - 2016

Annual Voters' Meeting - 2016

The next annual voters' meeting will be November 13, 2016 following the 10:30am service.  There will be a meal following the 10:30am church service and the voters' meeting will follow the meal.  To prepare for the meeting, join us at an informational "Cottage Meeting" on Sunday November 6 at 10:30am, Sunday November 6 at 11:30am, or Wednesday November 9 at 11:30am.

Taking Nominations for Associate Pastor

Having not received a pastor from this year’s seminary class, we move forward with the process to fill the position. In speaking with Nebraska District President Snow, he mentioned the first step is to open it up to the members of St. Mark. So if you know of a pastor that you would like St. Mark to call to be our Associate, please fill out the Nomination Form (you can pick one up in the church office) and turn it in to either Bruce Hayes, Chairman of our Call Committee, or Pastor Lentz. We will accept names until Sunday, June 5th.  After that, we will move on to the next step in the search. Please keep this in your prayers.

Campus Planning Process Meeting

Important decisions are at hand for the St Mark Campus Planning process.  Members are encouraged to attend a Congregational Meeting on May 22nd at 12 noon. Among our discussion / decision points:

  • Sanctuary orientation: pews face the east as currently situated, or seating that faces the south?
  • Create a Gathering space by enclosing the courtyard?
  • Enclose the east walkway from the upper parking lot?
  • What is the order of priority for these and other areas of the facility?

Review architecture renderings in a previous post found here.

Express your opinion and ask questions of the Campus Planning committee, or leave Feedback on this web site.

Operation Christmas Child Update

From Jessica Dvorak:

Many of you have anxiously been asking since November if I knew where our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes went. . .well, now I do! This weekend I received a letter from Operation Christmas Child with the following information from the 2015 season:

  • 11,213,010 shoebox gifts were given. About 8.8 million boxes were from the U.S. with the rest given by 10 other shoebox sending countries. 
  • Boxes from our area went to Mexico.
  • Over 135 million shoebox gifts have been distributed in 157 different countries since 1993.
  • Our Omaha area includes six counties and received 22,590 shoeboxes, surpassing our goal by about 9%! 

Last year St. Mark sent 58 shoeboxes—let’s double it this year! For more information on how you can start collecting and being involved now, please see me or Helen Oldenkamp—we have some great ideas brewing! National Shoebox Collection Week is November 14-21, but it is never too late to start!

Campus Planning Designs Now Available

Review below images of BVH's proposed plans for St. Mark.  A Voter's meeting on these plans will be coming in May.