We believe that Jesus Christ came to reveal the fullness of God's love for us, and we continue to celebrate that love through worship, service, and community.
Our church offers a wide range of ministry opportunities. Whether you'd like to learn more, pray more, or serve more, we have a ministry for you.
Making an offering of your financial resources is an integral part of what it means to be a Christian. We have a variety of ways to make it easy to support our church.
NEWS AND EVENTS
ST. MARK'S DAY AND MONTH!
APRIL 25th marks the "Festival of St. Mark the Evangelist." Each of the apostles and gospel writers and a few more have a feast day in their honor on the Christian calendar.
BECAUSE ST. MARK'S NAME COMES FROM ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST:
1) JOIN PASTOR DAVE at 6:30 p.m., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th (St. Mark's Eve) FOR A SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICE TO READ THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF MARK AND FOR PRAYER.
2) CONSIDER GIVING AN EXTRA GIFT TO ST. MARK'S THIS MONTH OR ON ST. MARK'S DAY, TO HELP WITH THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL.
3) INCLUDE ST. MARK'S LUTHERAN CHURCH IN YOUR DAILY PRAYERS THIS MONTH.
The prayer for St. Mark's Day: Almighty God, you have enriched your church with Mark's proclamation of the gospel. Give us grace to believe firmly in the good news of salvation and to walk daily in accord with it, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
BELLS OF LAKE NORMAN
Handbell Concert, Sunday, April 28th, 4:00 p.m. Concert followed by refreshments. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 11020 NC Hwy 801, Mt. Ulla, 28125. The Bells of Lake Norman was created in 2014 by John Johnston as a quartet. The have grown to 10-12 ringers, totaling over 150 years of ringing experience.
FORD DRIVE 4 UR COMMUNITY
Saturday, April 27th
Test drive (one per household) a Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20.00 to our community charity, FOOD for DAYS. Location will be at First Baptist Church parking lot on Church Street from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This event does not cost you anything, you don’t have to bring anything but your driver’s license. Let’s show the community how St. Mark’s supports Food for Days! Any questions please contact Jeff Shoe at email@example.com or Marilyn Boardman at firstname.lastname@example.org
EARTH DAY OUTDOOR WORSHIP & PICNIC
Please join us for a special outdoor worship service, to celebrate God's work on Earth Day! On April 28th, the 11:00 a.m. worship service will be held outside in front of St. Mark's. Please bring a chair and a portable tent if you have one. In case of rain, worship will be held inside the Church.
Service will be followed by a picnic at 12:00 p.m. (rain or shine). Hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken will be provided by the Lutheran Men in Mission. Please bring your favorite side dish and dessert to share.
Put a team together! Join us for St. Mark’s 2019 Corn Hole Tournament following lunch. Challenge another committee or Sunday school class and join the fun! Want to help with this fun day? Contact Dawn Barone at 704-641-3118 or email@example.com
YOUNG ADULT MEETUP
Join us each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at King Canary on Williamson Rd! Contact Adam Frank for more details at: firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 3
12:15 p.m. - Contemplative Worship around the "Lamb of God" with prayer, Word, and Sacrament
Sunday, April 7
8:30 & 11:00 a.m.—Judas and Jesus respond to Mary anointing her Lord's feet with costly perfume.
6:30 p.m.—Christ on Trial Witness: John, a close friend of Jesus
Sunday, April 14 ~ Palm Sunday
8:30 & 11:00 a.m.—Blessing of the palms and procession into worship remembering Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
6:30 p.m.—Christ on Trial Witness: Mary of Magdala by the lake
Thursday, April 18 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday with First Communion
Christ on Trial Witness: Jesus first student, Simon Peter
Friday, April 19 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Christ on Trial—Summation of arguments and testimonies against Jesus
Sunday, April 21 ~ Easter
6:30 a.m.—Sunrise Service
Christ on Trial—The Verdict Announced. Followed by breakfast in the FLC
8:30 & 11:00 a.m. ~ Festival Worship with Holy Communion
Everyone please bring a bell to ring during one of our Easter hymns. If you don't have one we'll have a few extras to share.
HELP FLOWER THE CROSS
Bring fresh flowers on Easter and place them on the cross that will be outside beside the front steps.
Yoga at St. Mark's has been discontinued because the instructor ha decided to go back to school. Hopefully we'll find another instructor soon.
LEARN ABOUT SCIENCE AND FAITH
Thanks to Dr. Andrew Root for his excellent presentation on Conversations on Science and Faith. We're sure he gave the attendees a useful perspective on a subject that can be troubling to many. Martin Luther was an advocate for challenging how we understand issues of faith. We can follow his path by examining the relationship of science and faith.
Learn more about this host here: http://andrewroot.org/
Here are some additional websites to investigate on this subject.
CHRIST ON TRIAL:
A Series of Services
for Lent, Holy Week and Easter
Christ most certainly WAS on trial. Two thousand years have come and gone since Caiaphas and Pilate passed judgment on Jesus in Jerusalem. And though the verdict passed down at that trial was a miscarriage of justice, the result fulfilled God's purpose: to save the world by sacrificing his Son.
Christ most certainly IS on trial. His saving act, his being in the world, his radical teachings all demand a reaction. Every human heart must wrestle with questions like: Who is this Christ? Is he who he claims to be? If so, what does he mean for me and my living? Christ demands a reply. Daily, Christ is on trial. As he is again this Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
Christ On Trial is a series of worship services in which court is in session to determine who Christ is. We will hear from a tax collector named Matthew (March 10); a woman who claims to be healed by Jesus (March 17); a religious leader named Nicodemus (March 24); a woman caught in adultery (March 31); John, a close friend of Jesus (April 7); Mary of Magdala by the lake (April 14); Jesus first student, Simon Peter (April 18); and then a summation of the arguments and testimonies on Good Friday (April 19). The verdict will be announced at sunrise on Sunday, April 21.
6:30PM Sunday nights at St. Mark's (March 10-April 14)
6:30PM Thursday / Friday April 18 and 19
6:30AM Easter Sunday morning April 21 followed by breakfast and Festival Worship services at 8:30am and 11:00am.
VIA DE CRISTO ~ WHAT IS THIS?
- Have you noticed Via de Cristo on the calendars? Have you wondered what it is or who was doing it? Join us for an information session on Thursday, March 14th in the library at 7:00 p.m.
Via de Cristo means “the Way of Christ”. It is a name used by Lutherans for a movement of personal Christian renewal within the Church. It is a highly structured, well-thought-out method for renewing the faith of individuals, the Congregations from which they come and the environments in which they live and work. The renewal movement is presented as a united effort of laypersons and clergy to aid congregations in the development of Christian leaders.
A Via de Cristo Retreat is an encounter with Christ in which the participant becomes a part of a community abounding in God’s grace. It enhances and strengthens our personal relationships with Christ, and our Christian brothers and sisters and with the Christian community. The Via de Cristo Retreat is coming face to face with Christ. If you have questions or would like additional information, join us for the information session or contact Sandie Lown, email@example.com; 704-658-7639 or Kathy McLean, firstname.lastname@example.org; 704-664-4403.
– Meets each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the FLC. We are very busy at Hands and could use extra Hands. You don’t have to sew to help out and if you want to come for conversation and fellowship, please do.
W are in the process of making shawls for their residents at Genesis to wear at their Senior Prom in May. If you happen to have an old pin or broach that you can part with we would like a few to attach to their shawls. Please leave your broach/pin in the office and we will see that it is lovingly placed on a shawl.
We are also busy preparing plastic balls for our crocheters and if you crochet we could use your help. LNRMC is also in need of crotched or knitted baby caps. We would not need these until Christmas. They would like these in Christmas colors. More information about needs at Living Waters Lutheran will be coming in March! Thank you St. Mark’s for your support. Love one another, email@example.com
FOOD FOR DAYS DONATIONS
- Please feel free to donate any food on the list, see page 12 of the February Marker for the list, at any time, this is a great help in deferring the cost of the program. Thanks again for your generosity. Collection box is located in the side hallway.
March ~ Juice Boxes/Pouches
April ~ Beans & Franks (8 oz)
FOOD FOR DAYS - Social ministry depends on the caring hearts of our congregation to support FOOD FOR DAYS MINISTRY and other programs that we support. We have heard many stories of how the children depend on this food to get through the weekend.
COST FOR ONE CHILD FOR SCHOOL YEAR $250.00 OR ANY AMOUNT YOUR HEART DICTATES
Please keep this ministry in your hearts and minds and pray for these children and the children all over the nation that need assistance.
You may use a pew envelop indicating FOOD FOR DAYS on the envelope and on your check and place in the offering plate.
St. Mark's Katie Elkin was recently featured in a bulletin insert regarding the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission program. Here is an excerpt from that insert. We're so proud of Katie!
The ELCA’s YAGM program is another way our church collaborates with congregations and synods. Almost a third of YAGM alumni go on to seminary, and over two-thirds are involved in justice-related issues when they return. Katie Elkin, of St. Mark’s, Mooresville, is a recent YAGM alumni (Madagascar) who says, “I learned how much I can do for myself. But more importantly, I learned how much I don’t have to do by myself... I begin each morning by lifting my concerns to God…I receive God’s peace. Now I am able to start my days less stressed, and I can go to work with the confidence that, despite what I can do alone, I am not alone.”
Thanks be to God, we are not alone!
UPCOMING LENTON SERVICES
SUNDAY NIGHT LENTON WORSHIP SERVICES & SOUP SUPPER
March 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st & April 7th.
We will begin with a soup supper at 5:30 p.m. Please bring soup by 5:15 p.m. Worship will begin at 6:30 p.m. See bulletin insert for sign-up forms, return in the offering plate or to the church office.
~ INTERGENERATIONAL HANDBELL CHOIRS ~
NOW OPEN TO ADULT BEGINNERS
Alleluia Ringers—previously for children in grades 3-5. Now open to adults who have an interest in learning to play bells but can't read music.
YOUTH HANDBELL CHOIR
NOW OPEN TO ADULTS WHO READ MUSIC
Youth Handbell Choir—previously for youth in grades 6-12. Now open to adults who read music but have little or no handbell experience.
Adults, if you're interested in learning to play handbells please join one of these new intergenerational groups. It will be a wonderful opportunity for all ages to share your gifts and experiences with each other.
FLOODS, WILDFIRES, HURRICANES, ETC.
It seems that there is a steady stream of news about everyday people suffering from some kind of catastrophic blow to their lives. Many have nothing to fall back on. If you would like to help them during this giving season, donate online to North Carolina ELCA Domestic Disaster Relief Fund. Here is a link to their site- https://secure.accessacs.com/access/oglogin.aspx?sn=96379. You can be sure your donation is well-spent.
DID YOU KNOW THAT SAINT MARK’S HAS CHURCH MICE????? These “mice” are very special people that are secretly assigned a St. Mark’s college student or military personnel to remember with prayer, notes and small gifts throughout the school year. As mice, I know we are all quite busy. This project does not take much time or money. If you are interested in joining our colony of church mice this year or would just like more information, please email or call Sandie Lown at Sandielown1@gmail.com or 704-658-7639. To assure all students/military personnel receive something, we will also be sending out small quarterly packages from the colony, which we will assemble together.
ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES - are now available in the Narthex. If you're having trouble hearing the sermon or the music during worship each week please ask one of the ushers for an Assistive Listening Device. They will be able to answer questions and ensure you're comfortable using the device. Worship and Music Committee strives to ensure that everyone has a positive worship experience each week, and one of the ways we can help is by providing Assistive Listening Devices for those who need it. Look for signs in the Narthex.
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