St Mark is holding in-person worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:00! Face coverings are strongly encouraged for people inside the church building regardless of your vaccination status. For those who are not comfortable attending worship in person, Sunday morning services are recorded and published on our website.
Once again, our St. Mark traditional Blessing of the Animals was held on Sunday the 3rd of October. In celebrating our beloved pets, we mark this day in honor of the great peacemaker and lover of all creation, St. Francis of Assisi. Click on the images to enlarge.
Ever wondered what a carbon footprint really is? Or how about the green house effect? In an article published by FutureLearn, those and other climate related terms are explained and suggestions made for everyday steps we can take to care for God’s creations. FutureLearn offers these brief definitions: Carbon footprint. A measure of the total amount of greenhouse gasses released into the atmosphere as a result of an individual’s, organization’s, or nation’s actions. It’s usually measured in tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). Greenhouse gasses (GHG). Any type of gas in the atmosphere that blocks heat from escaping. In relation to your carbon footprint and climate change, the main ones to mention are carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane. The greenhouse effect. The process through which GHGs in the Earth’s atmosphere trap heat from the sun. Although this is a natural phenomenon that keeps the planet habitable, our GHG emissions are causing the Earth to warm up at an unnatural rate. Climate change. A pattern of long-term change in the temperature and weather patterns either globally or regionally. Although these alterations occur naturally, man-made climate change is rapidly accelerating the pace of them. Global warming. The rapid increase in average surface temperatures on Earth caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is just one element of climate change. Fossil fuels. Natural resources that produce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses when burnt. Coal, oil and natural gas are all examples. Deuteronomy 10:14 tells us, “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.” We are called be good stewards for the earth. As we travel through, it is important to learn and understand our role in caring for creation. To read the 20 Tips for lifestyle modifications that will impact our carbon footprint click https://www.futurelearn.com/info/blog/how-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-tips
Welcome to worship! This morning we celebrate the reception of 15 new members and the return of the Chancel Choir! In her sermon, Pastor Beth explores what it means when Jesus says “Whoever wants to be great among you, must be servant of all.” Worship includes Holy Communion. If you would like to participate, please have your bread and wine (or something similar) ready. God bless you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_zOuriu2aA
Welcome to worship on this 20th Sunday of Pentecost! Pastor Eric preaches on Jesus’s challenging teaching about riches and the reign of God. PraisRing offers two beautiful musical pieces. This service also includes Holy Communion. Please have your bread and wine (or something similar) ready if you would like to participate. God bless you as you worship! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GkzIP2D9avk&feature=youtu.be
Welcome to worship as we celebrate St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals! Pastor Beth also offers a special blessing and message for our children. The sermon tackles Jesus’ conversation with the Pharisees about divorce and the blessing of children. Jesus is always concerned about the most vulnerable. The service includes Holy Communion. Please have your bread and wine ready if you would like to participate. God bless you as you worship! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9PY4X15HJJY&feature=youtu.be
On September 11, the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA installed Bishop Megan Rohrer. Rev. Rohrer, the first openly transgender pastor on the ELCA roster, was ordained by the Extraordinary Candidacy Project (which became Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries) in 2006, when the ELCA did not yet allow LGBTQIA+ rostered ministers to serve openly. In 2010, Rohrer was one of the first seven pastors received into the ELCA after the 2009 Churchwide Assembly voted to change that policy. If you would like to learn more about Bishop Megan Rohrer and their ministry, please click on the article below from the ELCA’s “Living Lutheran” magazine. https://www.livinglutheran.org/2021/05/living-into-hope-grasping-onto-grace/
St Mark is transitioning to a blend of in-person and virtual events. Events will appear as they are scheduled.
Introductory Giving Page
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This page gives help information and links to the sites at which you can enter electronic donations.
You can still mail in a check and that mail is picked up at the church’s locked mailbox and processed regularly.
Clean Kids Ministry
Clean Kids Ministry Click Here
The “Clean Kids” laundry room will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19, since we cannot control the separation or health of potential users in a small room.