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St. Mark Quilts Warming the World

The pews throughout our church were adorned on Sunday, October 24 with beautiful handcrafted quilts created by our St. Mark Quilters. Once a year, the group’s quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief for distribution across the world, helping those effected by poverty, war and natural disasters. Annually, 300,000 quilts from various sources are sent…

What Is a Carbon Footprint?

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…

Quilting Ministry at St. Mark

These are just some of the many beautiful quilts created by our St. Mark Quilting Group. This ministry was at work individually, while COVID restrictions were in place and recently as a group as each of the quilters completed their COVID vaccinations. These quilts will be shipped next week to Baltimore, Maryland to be used…

Message from Bishop Jaech for 2021

January 14, 2021 Dear Friends, Surrounded by turmoil and violence in our nation, it is more important than ever for Christ’s church to be a visible, public church. Filled with God’s grace and Spirit, we are set free to courageously bring God’s love, healing, and justice to all around us. In our Lutheran tradition, we describe…

The Hardest Blessing

The image and words below were done by author and artist Jan Richardson and inspired by Matthew 18:21-35, which is this Sunday’s Gospel lesson.  They were first published as part of a reflection at “The Painted Prayer Book”. The “I” in these writings is Jan Richardson. These writings have previously been released to the St…

ELCA Social Message on Government

The ELCA Church Council has unanimously adopted a new social message titled: “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy” This project was called for at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, with an intention that it be ready to read before the national election this fall. The social message defines government…

Martin Luther Speaks About Pandemic and Politics

Martin Luther had considerable things to say about pandemics and politics during his career. Watch these two videos given by Dr. Samuel Torvend, PhD, from Pacific Lutheran University to learn what Luther had to say about these now very current topics. Note that each video consists of five parts and that automatic jumps occur between…