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
Ron Rand is the Founder and Director of UpBuilding Ministries since 1990.
He is an ordained pastor and attended Hebrew Union College, Princeton, McCormick and United Theological Seminaries. His first pastorate of five years was with a small-sized rural congregation in Mora, Minnesota which the Lord doubled in size. He then served as both an Associate and Co-Pastor for eighteen years at College Hill Presbyterian Church, a congregation of 2300 members in Cincinnati, Ohio, from which the Lord birthed multiple lay ministries. God has also blessed Ron with numerous opportunities to train nationals on mission fields in Japan, Taiwan, Haiti, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa.
Both pastorates have shaped his ministry to equip men, women, children, youth, singles, and married couples to express their Christian faith in practical ways. Ron is one of the pioneers of men' ministries, having founded the FATHERS Team Ministry in 1981. He thoroughly enjoys serving as a 'Barnabas' to pastors of small-sized congregations and mentoring those just beginning the ministry. God has gifted Ron with creativity, an engaging sense of humor, and an amazing ability to simplify profound Biblical truths. His love for the Lord and people of all ages and GRACE focused teaching are evident. His enthusiasm is contagious!
See Ron in action in the linked video HERE.
Ron's story-telling style of communicating has made him a popular speaker at family events, marriage seminars, leadership retreats, and pastors' conferences for churches of many denominations. He has been a regular speaker at Promise Keepers and chapel services of Major League Baseball and NFL football teams.
Dr. Rand is the author of Won By One and For Fathers Who Aren't In Heaven. He is married, has three married sons and daughters-in-law, three grandsons, and two granddaughters. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view his website HERE.
Tentative Schedule (subject to change, watch the bulletins for additional information)
All sessions will be held in the Family Life Center, except Sunday Worship, will be in the Sanctuary.
Seasoned Saints - Retirees and Senior Citizens
"The Blessings of Being Chronologically Enhanced" - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Shared Meal - 6:00 - 6:50 p.m.
Entire Congregation Adults, Singles, Youth, Children 5 years & up
“Blessing Our Entire Family of Faith" - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Congregation – Helping Members Tell Their Stories of Faith
"Becoming Ambassadors for Christ" - 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (Includes lunch)
Couples - Married and Engaged Couples of ALL ages
"Discovering How to Lengthen Our Love" - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Includes dinner)
Lutheran Men in Mission breakfast meeting, 7:30 - 8:20 a.m. - "Learning to Pray Like A Pastor" by Dr. Rand
Congregation – 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship –Sermon, “The Place of Grace”, Ephesians 2:8-10 by Dr. Rand
Church Leaders - 9:45-10:40 am Pastors, Staff, Leaders, and Spouses-"Impacting Our People Through Prayer"
Click HERE or on the logo above to register.
Any questions, contact Bill Swart at email@example.com or 704-677-2219
HANDS ON- Starting new projects! Crocheted/Knitted caps for babies are being made for The Pregnancy Center in Mooresville, Cherokee and LNRMC. Hand/Arm covers are a work in progress for children that require an IV while in the hospital. These will be delivered to area hospitals.
On Tuesday February 6th, Liz McNabb will be at HANDS to share and start another new project. We will continue making items that we have made in the past, but are excited to start new ones!
Any questions please contact Shelby Westmoreland, 704-662-4630, firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE FORUM on SUBSTANCE ABUSE
The public is invited to a Free Forum on "Substance Use Education, Engagement, & Empowerment."
When: February 17, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
200 Seats Available. Breakfast and Lunch Included.
Location: Williamson's Chapel.
Purpose: to educate about substance abuse and addiction. Addiction specialists will focus on the science of addiction, the stigma, treatment, recovery, and resources.
Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Tilson and Dr. Omar Manejwala.
Register at: https://substanceuseforum.eventbrite.com
Questions: call Jill St. Clair 704-871-3450 or Sandy Tabor-Gray 704-763-9478.
Join Pastor Dave on Wednesday mornings beginning January 10th at 10:00 a.m. to study the Psalms. We will meet in the Conference Room.
PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION – Registration for classes beginning in August 2018 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. Those who are currently enrolled will state their preferences for next year on December 1st. New families will register on January 12th 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.
IMPORTANT COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY
St. Mark's Communications & Technology Committee is charged with improving the ways we do the work of the church. One of the most important processes is communicating with our members. Presently we use printed, mailed publications, emails, and automated phone calls. We will be adding mobile phone text messaging and "push notifications" on our phone app. We would like to use the means each member prefers in order to make our communications most effective.
Please indicate your preferred, most reliable form(s) of communication for St. Mark’s staff and officers to use. Feel free to submit additional forms for any family members that need to get communications separately. Thank you!
St. Mark's Lutheran Communications Survey Link
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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