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12.28.2013 - Social Ministry projects bring Christmas cheer

12.28.2013 - Youth "Open Hearts in Bethlehem" on Christmas Eve

12.17.2013 - Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

12.6.2013 - Advent Wreath Making

11.24.2013 - 1st Communion & Bible Milestone celebrated

11.12.2013 - Corning Glass Trip

11.8.2013 - Operation Christmas Child

11.2.2013 - All Saints Sunday 2013

11.1.2013 - Photos from Consecration Sunday

10.17.2013 - Blankets & Harvest Home

10.1.2013 - Hanford Baptism

9.15.2013 - Louella Bair's 100th Birthday Party

9.14.2013 - Fall Bazaar a Success!

9.11.2013 - Four Confirmed in 2013

9.1.2013 - Sunday School Kick-Off Brunch

8.12.2013 - Milestone: 70+, Single and Still Praising God

8.11.2013 - Confirmation Camp, 2013

8.7.2013 - Milestone: Progressions!

7.19.2013 - Tweens Day

7.15.2013 - Celebrating Independence Day with St. Mark's

6.24.2013 - Vacation Bible School 2013

6.17.2013 - The Flower Kids Strike Again

6.16.2013 - Highlights From the 2013 Synod Assembly

6.16.2013 - Annual St. Mark's Picnic on the Susquehanna

6.3.2013 - 2012-13 Annual Report to the Congregation

6.2.2013 - Fishing at the Doebler Farm

5.16.2013 - Children’s Church led by our Catechetical Students

3.30.2013 - Easter Egg Hunt Brings Out the Kids

3.29.2013 - Get ready for Vacation Bible School

3.18.2013 - Family Promise Wins Iron Chef Competition

3.17.2013 - Barone Brothers Participate in 30 Hour Famine

3.10.2013 - Catechetical Trip to Harrisburg Area Churches

3.3.2013 - 2013 Easter Worship & Activity Schedule

3.3.2013 - Iron Chef Competition Heats Up

3.1.2013 - John Bower Basketball Teams Wrap Up Season

2.12.2013 - Sights and Sounds from the St. Mark's Hobby Expo

1.29.2013 - Youth Quake Expedition 2013

1.28.2013 - Youth fundraising and musicfest

1.7.2013 - 15th Annual Catechetical Retreat

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Open Hearts in Bethlehem
Open Hearts in Bethlehem

Youth offer Christmas Eve presentation

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Open Hearts in BethlehemOn Christmas Eve, thirteen of our young people here at St. Mark's gifted their church family with a revealing presentation of the story of Jesus' birth. The gift was purchased at the cost of their time, talent, and hard work at the time of year when there already aren't enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done.

During a handful of rehearsals, they learned about the cultural history of the Hebrew people and discovered what living in the occupied city of Bethlehem might actually have been like. In understanding and learning their lines, they came to realize the hardships and dangers of living at that time.

Open Hearts in BethlehemThis was a first for this young cast in that they had to memorize the 1/2 hour long script without any adults on which they could depend. There was also no music to help them along and their movements had to be very natural and reasoned out.

The cast ranged in age from 3rd to 10th grade and was led by Jacob Schreckengast and Sadie Wentzel in the lead roles of Benjamin and Judith Avrim, cousins of Joseph and Mary (who were portrayed by Sean Jensen and Hannah Haussmann). Other roles were played by Ben Haussmann, Owen Gair, Gabriella Gregory, Elizabeth Haussmann, Stefan Weber, Taylor Wentzel, and Grace and Jonah Schreckengast. Makensi Doebler acted as narrator for this script by Kenneth E. Bailey.

Open Hearts in Bethlehem

At this time, we would also like to thank the parents who made sure their children were here, cut short family trips, supplemented costumes, and, in the case of Andrea and Vicki, helped with the children, lights and props on stage. Declan Jones was stage manager and assistant director. He was joined by his sister, Sara when she returned home from college. As always, Pr. Elkin, Lou DeSeau, and Bob Miller were of invaluable assistance.