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St. Mark Summer Sabbatical – Breathe Deep!

Pastor Beth, Pastor Eric, and their children, Grace and Isaiah, would like to thank the people of St. Mark and the Clergy Renewal Project for an amazing sabbatical this summer.  St. Mark approved a pastoral sabbatical leave which gave them the gift of time.  The Clergy Renewal Project awarded St. Mark a grant which gave…

St. Mark Thanksgiving Challenge

What if we took time each day during the month of November to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for one blessing in our lives?    Chances are good that it will influence us to be more aware of all our blessings and feel more grateful.  An attitude of gratitude changes hearts–especially our own.…

Holy Cross Sunday–Standing Under the Cross

The celebration of “Holy Cross” occurs on September 14th.  Pastor Beth shared her personal struggle with understanding the meaning of Jesus’ death on the cross. She wondered, Why did Jesus have to die? Wasn’t there another way for God to redeem humanity? We do not have to completely understand the cross to stand under it…

Ice Bucket Challenge Comes to St. Mark!

Yes, indeed!  The “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” has come to St. Mark!  A member of St. Mark nominated Pastor Beth for this challenge–to dump a bucket of ice water over her head and give a donation in support of research for ALS. This member lost her husband to this disease. Pastor Beth accepted this challenge!…

Expanding Our Circle

When asked to name the biggest problem humans have, Mother Teresa said, “We draw the circle of our family too small. We need to draw it bigger everyday.” Like the ripples formed when a pebble is dropped into a pool, we are asked to open our hearts and widen that circle. We do that by being generous, with…

All Saints Sunday

Come join us on Sunday, November 3 as we remember and give thanks for all the saints in our lives.  During our 8:30 and 11:00 worship services, we will offer special prayers and light candles  in thanksgiving for our loved ones.  (Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night!)  See you on…

Pastor’s Ponderings for August 2013

Happy August! August is the eighth month. It is named in honor of Emperor Augustus. The word “August” means inspiring awe or admiration; majestic. The first night in our new home, we sat on our deck enjoying the sunset. That was a wonderful treat! We did not realize we would get the blessing of watching…

Pastor’s Ponderings on Pentecost – 2013

It has been said that “April showers bring May flowers.” If this is true, we should have a garden full of flowers this May! I found a similar quote by William Ward that reflects upon the showers in life: “We should be thankful for our tears; they prepare us for a clearer vision of God.”…

Begin Mt View Partnership

Please join us in welcoming our neighbors across the street this Sunday, April 21. The Mountain View Elementary principal, Kurt Hatch, and Michelle Zodrow, their intervention specialist, will be here to receive a check of over $10,000 you raised, beyond regular giving, to begin our ministry and partnership with our school. This will be a great…