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He will make them fish for people.

January 21, 2018 7:25 PM

The Third Sunday after Epiphany’s Gospel is from Mark1:14-20 in which Jesus, who comes upon some men fishing, gathers more followers by saying that He will make them fish for people. Pastor Eric, with his fishing tackle box, talked of how different lures trick different fish to bite the fishing hook. Jesus did not

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ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Reported Racist Comments

January 19, 2018 3:12 PM

1/12/2018 1:30:00 PM “I am very disappointed and disturbed by the remarks that President Donald Trump is reported to have said yesterday – and confirmed by others who were present – in the context of a discussion about immigration. Regardless of the context, references of that kind have no place in our civil discourse

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Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

January 15, 2018 10:36 PM

Today’s Gospel is from John, Chapter 1. Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Pastor Eric drew our attention to two phrases from it: The word ‘found’, which comes from the Greek word eureka, and ‘heavens are open’. He asked us what is something we have found in our life after sharing an

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Beloved, Be Loved, Be Love

January 8, 2018 9:37 AM

Jan Richardson, author, says, “Beloved…it comes like a mercy to the ear.” On this Sunday, the baptism of our Lord is remembered in the Gospel of Mark 1:4-11. As Jesus is being baptised by John, the heavens opened up and a voice spoke, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

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Endings and Beginnings

December 31, 2017 6:58 PM

On the last day of the year, we celebrated together the end of 2017 and the anticipation of the new year. As we “meditate on endings and beginnings, we watch and keep vigil for the coming of God’s justice”. Our scripture lessons for the service reminded us of the light that Jesus’s birth brings

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St Mark Christmas Eve Music

December 26, 2017 9:52 PM

The St Mark Chancel Choir and St Mark Bell Choir provided the following Music for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. For those of you who were unable to attend this 10PM service (or just want to listen to it again), the audio of these numbers was recorded and is provided below. (The gospel and sermon for this service

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Christ's Light Shines

December 24, 2017 10:02 PM

Tonight, we heard the glorious story of Jesus’ birth, as we gathered on Christmas Eve for our traditional candle light service. We were reminded that Jesus was not only born in Bethlehem, but he is born among us, again and again and again. His light reaches us in the darkest corners of our lives, and we are never

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Jesus: The Impossibility of God

December 24, 2017 3:02 PM

Mystically conceived, born in a “nowhere” town, parented by an underaged mother, a King who behaved as a servant. How is this all possible? On this 4th Sunday of Advent, we hear the story of the angel Gabriel (Luke 1: 26-38) appearing to the virgin Mary saying, “Greetings favored one! The Lord is with

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The Light

December 17, 2017 7:49 PM

Our Gospel reading for today, the 3rd Sunday of Advent, is from John 1:6-8, 19-28, which starts off as ‘There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.’

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It's a Super Christmas!

December 10, 2017 10:58 PM

The St. Mark Sunday School students shared the Second Sunday in Advent’s hope-filled message. The students offered their Christmas Program and the debut showing of “It’s a Super Christmas.” (An original play, “Super Christmas” was written by Heather Unti. Pastor Beth rewrote it for the

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God's love is always shaping us. (includes video)

December 3, 2017 6:49 PM

First Sunday of Advent The First Reading for today is Isaiah 64:1-19, ….”You, o God, are the potter and we are the clay–the work of your hand.” Pastor Beth ‘threw’ a wedge of clay on the potter’s wheel while she spoke to us of God’s love. Like an artist, God is always shaping

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Art of Christmas - December 17th

December 3, 2017 6:39 PM

The 3rd Annual St. Mark “Art of Christmas” is coming on Sunday, December 17 at 5pm. The Art of Christmas is a church-wide art show presented by anyone at St. Mark who has some art to share! Your art can be something you’ve made like metal yard art, painting, drawing, woodworking, singing, playing an instrument,

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ADVENT FAIR - This Sunday 12/3/17

November 29, 2017 10:00 AM

You won’t want to miss this inspiring hour that never fails to get you into the holiday spirit. Advent Fun and Festivities, our 2017 Advent Fair, will be “happening” in the Parish Hall, 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m, Sunday December 3. Come enjoy some Christmas crafts and lots of fun for all ages. Please bring

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Children's Christmas Program - December 10th

November 27, 2017 7:08 PM

Who is this new, promised Superhero that is coming to Earth? Is he a villain or will he use his powers for good? Many of our favorite Superheroes are banding together on Sunday, December 10, at both our 8:30am and 11:00am services to search for the great Superhero who will save the earth. “It’s a SUPER Christmas!”

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Christ the King Sunday

November 26, 2017 10:29 PM

Christ the King Sunday is the final Sunday of the church year and we hear Matthew’s Gospel, 25:31-40, tell the story of what is done for the least of those who belong to Jesus is truly also done to Him. Today at St Mark, we were led in worship by our college and high school youth who had attended the ELCA Western

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4th Sunday in Advent - December 24th at 10:00am

November 26, 2017 7:28 PM

Mark your calendars, please! …On Sunday, December 24th, we will worship with one service at 10:00am for the 4th Sunday in Advent. Our evening services at 5:00pm and 10:00pm will be our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services.

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Advent Wednesdays, December 6, 13, & 20 - Moving toward the Manger

November 26, 2017 7:25 PM

As Christmas approaches, would you appreciate some intentional time to pause and remember what this holiday season is all about? St. Mark will be “Moving Toward the Manger” on Wednesdays December 6th, 13th, and 20th during the season of Advent. We invite you to join us in the Parish Hall at 5:45pm for a potluck

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Stories Along The Way Home

November 19, 2017 10:18 AM

This morning, the Gospel of Matthew (25:31-46) was musically illustrated during a service titled “Stories Along the Way Home”. The music was performed by a band of musicians and singers from St. Mark, featuring Josh Everson, Benjamin Martin, John Martin, Terry Shaw, Luna Smith, Pastor Eric, Jennifer Shaw, Vicki

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Remember the Lamp Oil

November 12, 2017 8:40 PM

In today’s Gospel reading, Matthew 25:1-13, Jesus uses lamp oil in his parable about readiness. Citing the wise bridesmaids who remembered to bring oil for their lamps to the wedding, Jesus reminds us to always be ready for his second coming and the invitation to the Kingdom of Heaven. Pastor Eric used a compass

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All Saints Day

November 5, 2017 5:07 PM

All Saints Day is one of the nine festivals that many main stream churches celebrate. Over the years, the church’s calendar filled up with the names of bigger saints or super saints so one Sunday was designated to be a celebration of all saints, big or little. It is a day to celebrate and remember all the people

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Quilting Ministry

November 3, 2017 3:38 PM

For all those who worshipped with us last Sunday, you saw the beautiful quilts done by the women of St. Mark’s Quilting Ministry and helped take part in the blessing of the quilts. On Wednesday, the quilts were boxed up and shipped and will eventually be distributed around the world through Lutheran World Relief. A total

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All Saints Sunday

October 30, 2017 11:55 AM

All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017, celebrates the people of God, living and dead, who are the Body of Christ. We remember the promises of God in the sacrament of Holy Baptism. We gather at the Lord’s Table with the faithful of time and place and participate in the meal Jesus gave us to remember we are the Body

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Rooted, Resilient, Reforming

October 29, 2017 11:00 AM

On this Reformation Sunday, Pastor Beth couples the early teachings of Martin Luther with our present-day spiritual life. We are rooted. Because of the faith and traditions that came before us, we are firmly planted in God’s Word. We are resilient. The spirit is breathed into us; we grow and blossom in God’s

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Spending Plan Meetings

October 28, 2017 2:44 PM

Discussions continue about the 2018 Spending Plan (Budget). Pastor Eric, Jenny Bona, and Carol Porter led the discussion on October 22 and they will again lead a similar discussion this Sunday, October 29 between services. Important decisions have to be made for St. Mark’s mission/ministry support and benevolence

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October 29 + Reformation Sunday

October 23, 2017 10:52 AM

On October 29th, at our 8:30 and 11:00am worship services, we will celebrate Reformation Sunday. This Sunday is not only a day to remember the life of Martin Luther and the series events that occurred to form the Lutheran Church, it is also a day to give thanks for the living Word of God and the creative work of the Holy

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Consider Your Coin

October 22, 2017 11:04 AM

In today’s Gospel, Matthew 22, the Pharisees and Herodians set out to test Jesus because they were threatened by him. They asked him if taxes should be given to an earthly authority like Caesar. He asked whose image was on the coin used for taxes. And it was Caesar’s. Jesus sensed they were trying to trap him.

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All are invited.

October 16, 2017 12:37 AM

All are invited. This Sunday is the Matthew 22:1-14 gospel of ‘For many are called, but few are chosen.’ Instead, Pastor Eric spoke to us of Jesus’s invitation to all to come to the banquet and learn of Him. Jesus invites us to try on different ‘coats’. ‘Coats’ are different situations

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Fruits of the Kingdom

October 8, 2017 1:20 PM

Today’s Gospel, Matthew 21:33-46, recounts Jesus’ parable of the landowner who sent slaves to collect produce from his vineyard. The tenants beat and killed the slaves. The landowner then sent his son to collect the produce, thinking the tenants would surely respect him. They killed him as well, with a plan

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Blessing of the Animals 2017

October 8, 2017 1:00 PM

Born into the family of a wealthy merchant, Francis gave up his inheritance to serve poor people. He formed the Order of Friars Minor (called Franciscans), who took on poverty and the task of preaching “using words if necessary.” Francis had a spirit of gratitude for all of God’s creation. We celebrated St. Francis

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Safi Sunday

October 3, 2017 2:47 PM

Today was the 17th Sunday after Pentecost and Safi Sunday. In the first reading of today, Philippians 2:1-13, Paul urges us to look to Christ as a model of humility, looking to the interests of others above our own. Safi School Project is a non-profit organization with the mission of empowering and improving the lives

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That's not fair!'

September 25, 2017 9:28 AM

That’s not fair!’….we all want things to be fair and all of today’s lessons speak to this on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost. Pastor Beth asked us if we knew what is God concerned about. 1. G-Generosity-how we live out our lives. 2. R-Relationships-God seeks reconciliation between each of us. 3.

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September 17, 2017 1:22 PM

What are the limits of forgiving? Should we forgive our enemies, no matter the magnitude of their harm? Do we forgive a friend or family member when they hurt us so badly we do not see a way through the hurt? What about those we don’t know well, yet judge to be sinners? As Jesus advised Peter, we are tasked to forgive

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Love Builds Bridges Not Walls

September 10, 2017 11:46 PM

Our Children’s Time talk this morning was a wonderful story about two brothers who due to a disagreement decide to build a wall between their adjoining properties. Listen to the audio below of this tale as the intervention of a third party changes the construction from a wall to a bridge and the impact that has on the

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St. Mark Community Garden News

September 10, 2017 10:51 PM

The 2017 Gardening season is almost over and the garden has been absolutely beautiful this summer. We got a late start with a wet, soggy spring, and many of us volunteer gardeners did not have very high hopes for a great garden. We had to replant our peas, spinach, beets, and lettuce, and planted the cold water crops much

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The Weakest Link

September 10, 2017 9:11 AM

Today is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost and today’s gospel, Matthew 18:15-20, talks of situations having to do with church discipline. Pastor Beth asked us if we remembered a TV game show called: The Weakest Link Contestants were voted off the show one by one as they were selected by the other contestants and had

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ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to DACA Announcement

September 7, 2017 12:32 PM

CHICAGO (Sept. 4, 2017) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “As we journey together through

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Can You Do That For Me?

September 3, 2017 3:35 PM

When Jesus revealed the purpose of his ministry, the words were hard to accept by his disciples. Jesus told them he must go to Jerusalem and “undergo great suffering…and be killed.” When Peter began to question him, Jesus reminded Peter that he was dwelling on human things rather than divine things. Jesus

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Fall Worship Schedule

September 3, 2017 3:08 PM

Fall Worship Schedule begins Sunday (Sept 10). 8:30am & 11:00am worship (Communion served at both services) We will celebrate the beginning of a new program year with a POTLUCK BRUNCH between services. Please bring a dish to share if you can. Help needed to set up and clean up afterwards. (Sign up sheet is posted on

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Blessing of School Backpacks

August 30, 2017 12:08 PM

All students, teachers, and school staff are invited to bring their backpacks and school bags to our 10:00 worship on Sunday, September 3 for a special “Back to School Blessing.” You will receive a cross charm to remind you that, as you begin (or have begun) your new school year, God is with you where ever

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We are all "Keys" to the Kingdom

August 28, 2017 10:01 PM

Pastor Eric’s sermon was based on the 16th Chapter of Matthew where Jesus asks his disciples who they think he is. Peter tells Jesus that he is the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus, pleased with Peter’s response, tells him that he is the “rock” on which the church will be built, and that he will be

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Charlottesville: We cannot be complacent or silent

August 25, 2017 6:47 PM

The following essay was written by Dr Rod Hockman, CEO of Providence St Joseph Health and distributed throughout the Providence Health Organization by email to employees and patients. “Feel free to share. It’s important to make our voice heard. -Rod” AUGUST 21, 2017 Charlottesville: We cannot be complacent or

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Challenged, Convicted, Called

August 20, 2017 7:49 AM

It is hard to believe the violence and hatred seen recently in the media is actually happening in our time, in our country. Pastor Beth encouraged us that in times like this we especially need to remember God’s dream for us to live as a family. The Word of God challenges us, convicts us and calls us. We are challenged

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Notice The Miracles Around Us

August 13, 2017 6:26 PM

Pastor Eric attempted to walk on water today, to illustrate in the Children’s’ Sermon that miracles are extraordinary moments in ordinary lives. He gave the children ice cubes to remember the story, along with a reminder to notice the miracles that happen in our lives every day. In today’s Gospel, Matthew

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Quinceanera "Lutheran " Style

August 12, 2017 5:09 PM

A Quinceanera is an important event in many Latin American cultures. It is both a birthday celebration; a coming of age when a girl becomes a young woman, and a religious ceremony in the catholic church. A “Lutheran” Quinceanera may be a little different, but with help from the internet, a small group of St.

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Holy Multiplication

August 6, 2017 6:01 PM

Picture this…the setting is a market in Jesus’s times, with a merchant behind a fish stand bearing a sign above it…”Fishes: Buy 2, Get 5000 Free”. Our Gospel for today, Matthew 14, tells the story a bit differently. The crowd was tired and hungry and Jesus told his disciples to feed them.

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Love is resurrection.

July 31, 2017 6:35 AM

Today’s Gospel is by Matthew, the 13th chapter, in which the story of the mustard seed parable is told. Jesus told the crowds many parables. The word parable means to throw aside. These were stories that Jesus threw out to his followers. They were often a mystery that wove the crowds into and then out of the story.

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Jesus says, "Let them grow together."

July 23, 2017 6:28 PM

When we pray, we most often ask for God’s blessings for those we love, those who are struggling or suffering, or perhaps for those we respect for doing good works in our communities or in the world. However, we may be hesitant to pray for individuals doing harm to others or who are just plain evil in thought, word

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Sowers of the Seeds

July 16, 2017 9:09 PM

What does the landscape of your life look like now? When you plant seeds, what do you do to get your garden ready? Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, tells the story of the sower of seeds. Jesus was the sower of seeds every where. Let anyone with ears listen. Love, Faith and Hope are what seeds Jesus is sowing. Where ever you are

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Lead Me, Guide Me

July 9, 2017 7:28 AM

Jesus said come on, follow me, we’ve got some building to do. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11). With this invitation, Jesus offers both hard work and rest in the building of the Kingdom of Heaven. As Pastor

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We are Christ's with the apostrophe and without the apostrophe.

July 3, 2017 7:45 AM

Jesus said to his disciples whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. The world would see Jesus through their hands as it will through our hands. Retired Pastor David L Nelson spoke today of it being a good thing knowing who we are that we belong to Jesus. For sure we sometimes

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