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 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!
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Shrove Tuesday is named for the medieval practice of being shriven (being absolved of sins) on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. After being shriven, the people would engage in merrymaking. In France as well as New Orleans the day became known as Mardi Gras (from the French for “Fat Tuesday”). The day is associated with foods such as pancakes and potato doughnuts. When Lent was kept by abstinence from meat and by fasting, certain foods were not allowed even to be kept in the home. It was the custom to use up all the butter, milk, eggs, and fats before Ash Wednesday. The doughnuts that were made were known as Fastnachts, which is German for “eve of the fast.”
Please join us for our annual Pancake Supper
Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the FLC.
UPCOMING LENTON SERVICES
ASH WEDNESDAY – March 6th, Worship at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
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.
FAMILY GAME NIGHT
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28th – Christian Education is hosting this special event for all families to join us for pizza, games, and fellowship in the newly renovated Church Library! Drop by anytime from 6-8 p.m. to check out our new space and all of the resources that are available. There’s something for everyone! Christian Education team members will be available to answer questions about summer camp, and families will have the opportunity to network with other families who are interested in sending children and youth to camps together. Contact Sandie Lown to RSVP or for more information at email@example.com
Yoga at St. Mark's Family Life Center will now be on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30am. However, we will skip the first Monday of each month. Cost is $5.00 per session. All are welcome. Invite your friends!
HANDS ON GANG AT IT AGAIN!
Hands On members completed a project on lap blankets that can also be used around the shoulders for residents at Genesis Health Care.
Lynn Plyler, Assistant and Donna Nathan, Activities Director, are accepting our donation of 20 blankets from Ciindy LeBaron on Tuesday, January 22. They were excited to get them!
INTERESTED IN JOINING ST. MARK'S?
The next New Members Classes will be held Sundays, February 10th and 17th during Sunday school, with New Members joining St. Mark's on Sunday, February 24th. Please contact Pastor Dave or Carol in the church office for more information.
It’s a New Year and a new beginning for HANDS On! Join us Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Bring your creativity and join us for an afternoon of crafting and fellowship. No skills necessary, we have something for everyone to do. Any questions, contact Shelby Westmoreland at 704-662-4630 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Bronze Handbells at St. Mark's Jan. 5
~ 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.
FUN CONTRACT BRIDGE
Games on Fridays at St. Mark's! - Join us for no-drama fun bridge! We'll play from 1-3 p.m. in the Family Life Center. All levels of players are welcome. Beginners through life masters. Games will be Rubber Bridge to start, then maybe duplicate games later, if there are enough players. Free lessons can be scheduled before or after games, if there's a need. To sign up or for any questions, please contact Bernie Hadeler at email@example.com
GROWING YOUNG WITH PASTOR DAVE
Pastor Dave will lead a book study, "Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church" by Kara Powell beginning Tuesday, January 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Participants need to purchase their own book via Amazon or Barnes & Noble or other store. The class will meet January - February on Tuesday nights. Contact Pastor Dave for more information or to sign up.
DELIVERING CHRISTMAS TO LIVING WATERS LUTHERAN CHURCH, CHEROKEE
More photos in Gallery
Don Mease presenting $900 Check to Pastor Phil Tonnesen for campus ministries
Money raised from the Annual Meat & Greet of the LMM of St. Marks.
Thanks to Thrivent for the action team $250 debit card to differ expenses .
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.
Registration for classes beginning in August 2019 is open to church members now. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church families may register by calling or visiting the preschool at 704-664-2009 and they have a reduced fee of $85.00. New families will register on January 9th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Also, we ask you all to tell your friends and neighbors about our preschool program and encourage them to call. We serve children ages 2 through 5.
Come visit our new library space! Adults, Children and all kinds of Bible Studies! The is a new warm and welcoming space. Check it out and check out a few books!
Thanks to David Whitlow for providing his wonderful aerial photo of St. Mark's in the fall. It's been added to the rotating photos above and to the site album.
HURRICANE FLORENCE HELP
Brian McCoy and Martin McCann made a trip to Lumberton on Sept. 27 to deliver many needed supplies. They thank members of St. Mark's for help filling the trailer. This trip was sponsored by the Delta Water Fowl Group Brian of which Brian is a member. Here are some photos from their trip.
This year, we are excited to be studying The Story across all generations with Sunday morning and mid-week meeting options open to St. Mark’s and the greater Mooresville community! We hope you will join us for this unique Bible study and invite a friend!
For more information, click HERE.
Food for Days
Let’s get a JUMP START on supporting our Backpack children at Park View School. When school ended in June we were feeding 103 children. St. Mark’s supported 67 children.
The need is as great or greater than eight years ago when the program began. 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. This problem is not going away. In Iredell County we have over 400 students that have NO ADDRESS. We have a school that has 30 students waiting to receive food but no sponsors for them.
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 envelope indicating FOOD FOR DAYS on the envelope and on your check.
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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