+Last Sunday's gospel lesson was the well-known parable of the wheat and the weeds (sometimes called tares). In the story, a farmer plants wheat, then an enemy comes in the night to plant weeds alongside the wheat. The farmer's servants want to rip the weeds out of the ground, but the farmer orders them not to do it, for the weeds' roots are by now entangled with the wheat and the whole crop would be ruined if they tried to remove the weeds. So often we read this parable as an "Us" vs. "Them" tale. We are quick to identify the weeds among us and ask God to get rid of them because we know how much easier life would be without those who don't belong in our world, our country, our lives. But Jesus reminds us that separating the good from the bad, the wheat from the weeds is God's job, not ours. What if we considered another interpretation of the parable: that good and evil reside side by side in us all? What if separating the wheat and weeds within us were something we could ask God to do? Is that what we really want? Read more in the attached sermon...
+Zion's homecoming service is this coming Sunday, July 30, at 10:30 am. This will be a joint service with a potluck meal afterwards. PLEASE NOTE: Zion will provide the meat for the meal; you may bring a side dish or dessert.
+Thank you to all who participated in last Saturday's drink giveaway at the Willis Village Mart. Billy ordered red cups with St. Mark's name and service time, David Harman provided a tent and we were off and running on one of the hottest days of the summer. Thank you Jim and Beth Dabney, Nadine Rutrough, Ann Henley Paulsen, Todd Paris, Jean Harman, Laura, Jack, Jabe and Luke LeRoy and Beth, Mike and Brook Smith, for sharing the love of Christ with our neighbors!
+The next Oak Grove Pavilion concert is Stone Canyon on Saturday, August 5 at 7:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to run the Oak Grove Cantina during the play in August. Two volunteers per evening are needed for August 18, 19, 25 and 26. If you can volunteer, please let Virginia Neukirch, Rebbecca Jackson or Billy Motley know.
+The group "Christian Women of Floyd" is collecting school supplies for students who need them at the beginning of the school year. Please bring those items with you to church on Sunday; Bill Gardner will deliver them to the School Board Office on Monday. If you would like a list of items to buy, please let Marty Holliday know at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can send you the list.
Who am I helping, what am I breaking
What am I giving, what am I taking
- Bob Dylan