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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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Meet New Member Sachi H

June 25, 2017 3:57 PM

I was born and grew up in Tsuchiura, Japan. Tsuchiura is a castle town in Ibaraki prefecture, about 65 km (40 miles) north of Tokyo. My parents used to run a dry cleaner there but have since retired and closed the shop. My grandparents moved from Hokkaido and we all lived together in the neighboring town called Tsukuba.

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Does Jesus Really Mean a Sword?

June 25, 2017 3:45 PM

In today’s Gospel, Matthew 10, Jesus says, “Do not think I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” But does Jesus really mean a sword?? He later says, “Put your swords away”, and explains that the kind of army he wants is made up of those who choose

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Love Never Fails

June 18, 2017 3:50 PM

We were asked how many of us had seen the movie’ Wonder Woman’. The plot line in this movie is the same as the Bible’s: Good vs. Evil. Wonder Woman fights for those who can’t fight for themselves just as Jesus did. He had the crazy wonderful idea of wanting to share God’s Love for us so he

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3 Is A Magic Number

June 12, 2017 9:31 AM

On this Trinity Sunday, Pastor Eric began his message with Children’s time by showing the kids (and us big kids) a video featuring the number 3. Several of the kids walked back to their seats repeating, “3 is a magic number, 3 is a magic number!” Our entire service was filled with the triune God. Our

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Pentecost & Confirmation Sunday

June 5, 2017 1:04 PM

On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s power among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unites. On this day at St. Mark, five of our students–Aaron, Erin, Hunter, Lisha, and MacKenzie–affirmed their faith and participated in the Rite of Confirmation.

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Sticks teach us lessons about the church.

May 29, 2017 11:18 AM

This is the Seventh Sunday of Easter and, in John’s Gospel, 17:1-11, Jesus prays to his Father in heaven asking that those who will continue his work will live in Unity. Sticks teach us lessons about the church. We were all given a stick as we entered church and Pastor Beth had two volunteers attempt to break sticks

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The Holy Spirit Is In You

May 21, 2017 8:42 PM

What does the Holy Spirit look like? Intriguing question, right? This question was posed by Pastor Beth in her sermon today, the 6th Sunday of Easter. Pastor Beth suggested the Holy Spirit looks like an advocate, some one who speaks for you or takes your side. Our Gospel reading from John 14 tells of Jesus speaking to

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What Does A Christian Look Like?

May 15, 2017 12:44 PM

In today’s Gospel, John 14:1-14, Jesus tells his disciples that in “the place that he is going”, he has prepared a place for them as well. When they questioned where that place is and how they will know the way, Jesus assures them, “I am the way”. He attempts to further allay their doubts

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The Good Shepherd

May 7, 2017 9:53 PM

Today was Good Shepherd Sunday and Pastor Eric pointed out that all the readings and songs in our Sunday bulletin talked about flocks, gates and shepherds. In today’s Gospel, John 10:1-10, Jesus talks to his disciples about being a good shepherd but they had a hard time understanding what he meant. In all stages

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Where Do You Experience God?

May 1, 2017 2:10 PM

On the third Sunday of Easter, Pastor Beth began by asking, “At what times in your life do you experience God? Where are you when you see Him shining through?” Some offered “time with family”, “the birth of a child”, “being in nature”, “listening to music”, “in

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Olympia High School Chamber Orchestra Performs at St. Mark

May 1, 2017 1:07 PM

At Sunday service, April 23, we were given a special gift of music! Mya A, one of our beloved and talented St. Mark youth, is a member of the Olympia High School Chamber Orchestra. She and her fellow members of the orchestra took the time to come to St. Mark and perform Tchaikovsky Serenade Suite (Last Movement). Those

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Endowment Grants Benefit Many

May 1, 2017 12:04 PM

At both services on April 23, Dan B, member of the St. Mark Endowment Committee shared a testimony about the good works being done at St. Mark, in the community and world-wide with the annual Endowment Fund Grant Awards. Dan says, in part, “The St. Mark Endowment Ministry was established in 1993 as a part of the

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Women of ELCA

May 1, 2017 10:42 AM

Members of St. Mark, Lacey, Women of ELCA selected the Friends of the Triennial Gathering as a goal for donation at the Women of the ELCA, Church-wide Triennial, which will be held in Minneapolis this year. Dorothy R, President of St. Mark’s Chapter, states, “Our goal of a $500.00 donation and having our church

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Holy Hilarity Sunday

April 24, 2017 12:04 PM

Be prepared to laugh as Pastor Beth tells some interesting ‘stories’ on this Second Sunday of Easter. This Sunday is known by many different names in different congregations, such as Low Sunday because, after the church being full on Easter Sunday, attendance is lower today. It is also known as Doubting Thomas

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Earth Day 2017

April 19, 2017 9:30 AM

Earth Day 2017 is rapidly approaching this coming April 22. There are many fine organizations working hard to make the goals of Earth Day come true. Please find it in your heart to donate your time, money, and verbal and active support to these hard working organizations. It is vitally important that we support these organizations

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Easter Surprise!

April 18, 2017 10:39 AM

The image of Jesus on the Altar Art Wall was an Easter morning surprise! Artists David Nelson, Gerry Hacker and John Martin created the sequences of color throughout the Lenten season. Then…this morning, we were greeted with the image of Jesus ripping through the infinite to the finite world, opening and infusing

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Passion/Palm Sunday

April 9, 2017 5:43 PM

Today’s worship included an extended reading from the Gospel of Matthew. Our service began with a palm procession commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The tone of the service changed quickly as we meditated upon Jesus’ passion and death. This story is central to our faith. Today we remember

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Lazarus, Come Out!

April 2, 2017 7:37 PM

In John 11, the Gospel for this fifth Sunday in Lent, we hear how Jesus calls his friend Lazarus out of the tomb and restores him to life. When he came out of the tomb, Lazarus was bound in bandages. Jesus told the others to unbind Lazarus and set him free. Pastor Beth reminded us the story of Lazarus is a foreshadowing

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Lent is the time to remember our need for God.

March 27, 2017 11:32 AM

The 9th Chapter of the Gospel of John, verses 1-41, is long and tells the story of Jesus using mud in the healing of a man who had been born blind. The congregation joined with Pastor Beth in reading it out loud. Today we are brought back to ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Lent is the time to remember our need for God. Sometimes

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A Spring of Gushing Water

March 20, 2017 11:11 AM

At Jacob’s well, things happened. Jesus asked the Samaritan woman to give him a drink. He told her that those drinking this water will be thirsty again. But, “those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty”. The Samaritan woman went into the city and told of meeting a prophet,

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St. Mark Supports Youth Music!

March 20, 2017 9:41 AM

The members of St. Mark Lutheran Church love their youth and support their musical talents in many ways. During Sunday services on March 12, we heard testimony from several youth who have benefited from St. Mark’s generosity. Our donations help make it possible for them to attend the music program of their choice.

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Difficult Questions About God

March 13, 2017 12:21 PM

On this second Sunday in Lent, the Gospel is taken from the third chapter of John. Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night and asks a difficult question about being born again. Nicodemus asks if someone can be old then born again from the mother’s womb. Jesus explains to him that being born again requires a birth,

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Baptism is for us again and again.

March 6, 2017 1:46 PM

Matthew’s Gospel tells the story of Jesus going into the desert where he fasted for forty days and nights. The devil appeared to him and tempted Jesus a number of times but Jesus rebuffed him every time. Pastor Eric told us that Baptism is for us again and again. Jesus experienced temptation the same as we do. Jesus

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Learn to Become a House Whisperer

March 1, 2017 4:30 PM

As everyone knows, the Pacific Northwest is earthquake country. We have earthquakes ranging from BIG to teeny-tiny. Any long-time resident can enthusiastically tell the story of “what I was doing when the Nisqually Quake hit”. But how many of us felt the magnitude 4.2 Belfair quake last week? A few of us did, but most

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Today's Gospel is about lifting people up.

February 26, 2017 9:07 PM

Today’s Gospel is the 17th chapter of Matthew in which Jesus takes three Disciples, Peter, James and John, up on a mountain and there Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus. When the voice of God came from the heavens, the Disciples became afraid but Jesus calmed them with his own words. Pastor Eric said

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New Musical "TENTS"

February 20, 2017 12:58 PM

This Sunday during both services at St. Mark we were joined by Jennifer Shaw, Randee Wilhelm and Karen Gheorghiu, who sang two original songs from the new musical written by our very own Terry Shaw, St. Mark Music Director. These women share the stage with five men to tell a “story of stories”. TENTS invites

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