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Sunday is "Pledge Sunday"

posted Sep 29, 2016, 4:33 PM by Stan Suther

Sunday, October 2 "Pledge Sunday"
·         A pledge is a serious promise or agreement.
·           A pledge is a promise to give money.
·         A pledge is something that you leave with another person as a way to show that you will keep your promise.
And Pledge is a polish for wood that cleans, beautifies, and revives.

"Pledge" Sunday at St. Mark's means at least the 2nd of the 4 definitions written above. We have received our "commitment" or pledge cards in the mail. We have been invited and encouraged to consider God's Grace, our Gratitude, and our Generosity. And this Sunday we are asked to turn our thoughtfulness and prayer-fullness into a financial pledge to God and to St. Mark's for 2017. 

But Pledge Sunday could also mean the other 3 definitions too, at least theologically! God made a pledge to Noah and his family and left a rainbow as a sign. God made a pledge to Abraham and many as the stars and sands. God made a pledge to Moses and the Israelites - I will be your God and you will be my people. God made a pledge to many more including you and me. "I will never leave you or forsake you." "I will be with you always, even to the end of the ages." God's pledge goes even further, becoming not just a promise but a contract, a covenant, and a testament given to God's people, even you and me, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus;  through the Holy Spirit; through God's Word; through the waters of baptism which always clean, beautify, and revive. 

These all begin with God, and then we make our response: "I will and I ask God to help and guide me" - when committing to a new ministry or another way of serving God.  "I do" - the pledge/vow/commitment/promise shared at a wedding often with a symbol of a ring. "I will" - the pledge and promise covenant shared at baptism when parents, godparents, sponsors, and the congregation commit to keeping the baptismal promises. 

This Pledge Sunday, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated at 11:00am as Ruby Ann Long becomes part of the body of Christ. 

Join St. Mark's in worship of Jesus Christ our Savior this Sunday, October 2 at 8:30am or 11:00am. Sunday school, 9:45-10:45am. 

All Men are invited to the 5:00pm Lutheran Men in Mission's "Meat and Greet" Sunday, Oct. 2. Contact Don Mease TODAY for more information or to make a reservation.

Hooray for New Members!

posted Sep 27, 2016, 8:33 AM by Stan Suther   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 8:35 AM ]

NEW MEMBERS – Today we welcome four new families to St. Mark’s:


Adam & Emily Frank

18730 Nautical Drive, #204

Cornelius, NC 28031

Adam ~ 309-264-4465;

Emily ~ 608-397-0565;


Suzanne Klenawicus (Sue)


115 Elgin Lane

Mooresville, NC 28115-5786


Irene Motrie; cell: 845-706-3922; email:

Brenda Motrie

19818 Oak Leaf Circle

Cornelius, NC 28031-9631


Ryan & Jennifer Truesdell



104 Edenton Lane

Mooresville, NC 28117

Ryan; cell: 704-641-8191

Jeni; cell: 704-651-8083;

Blood Drive

posted Sep 27, 2016, 8:20 AM by Stan Suther   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 8:21 AM ]

Thanks to all who participated in the Blood Drive on September 26, whether donating blood or donating refreshments!

This Week with Pastor Dave

posted Sep 22, 2016, 11:19 AM by Stan Suther   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 8:12 AM ]

Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving, what you have first given us - our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (LBW Offertory Prayer)

September Stewardship Sermon Series 3 G’s:
Grace (9/11), Gratitude (9/18), Generosity (9/25)

Jesus talked about money a lot: in parables, conversations, and teachings. Sometimes it was a about rich man, other times about a poor widow. Sometimes Jesus talked treasure, sometimes he celebrated someone giving a percentage, and sometimes he challenged someone to go and sell everything and give the money to the poor. He reminded people that they couldn't buy heaven, but he also didn't want people enslaved to sin, the devil, or to their riches.

Speaking of Stewardship:
In 2015, ELCA members gave $1.75 Billion in unrestricted offerings to support Christ’s mission and ministry through the three expressions of the ELCA. Thank you for your generosity! (Note: Unrestricted offerings do not include special offerings (e.g. congregational capital improvements or gifts to designated ministries like Lutheran Disaster Response.)

Our financial generosity is one expression of our love for God and our neighbors.
Mission Support enables us to do God’s work in ways that no individual, congregation,
or synod can do alone.

A portion of our offerings was used by our NC Synod and the ELCA to support a multitude of ministries. Here are 4 examples:
1) To support new congregations like Abiding Ministries in Pittsburgh, PA
and Iglesia Christo el Rey in Charlotte, NC;
2) To support ELCA Chaplain Ministry (chaplains in the armed services,
hospitals, and other facilities like Trinity Oaks, Salisbury, NC).
3) To support 240 ELCA missionaries serving in over 40 countries around the world including South Sudan where Pastor Wal Reat states: “It is very difficult, but I know that the ELCA is my backbone – my prayer support and financial support.”
4) To support the work of the Lutheran World Federation, a global communion of 145 churches in the Lutheran tradition representing more than 72 million Christians in 98 countries. The ELCA is the communion’s only member church from the United States.

We are church together for the sake of the world.

This Sunday, September 25
8:30am and 11:00am Worship with Holy Communion.
9:45-10:45am Sunday school.
Gospel: Luke 16 and Jesus' story about a rich man and a poor man.
The poor man's name is Lazarus.
Lazarus is a name found in two gospel stories, and in each instance it identifies someone who experiences the power of resurrection. John’s Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, is famously raised from the dead by Jesus (John 11). Luke 16's Lazarus suffers from extreme poverty and neglect, but when he dies he is carried away by an angel and finds comfort and honor in his heavenly home. Modern fiction and cinema examine ideas about life after death with uneven results. A recent movie is even called The Lazarus Effect, but it only seems to offer a variation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. One Internet site lists what it says are the thirteen best movies about the afterlife. When compared with these cinematic explorations of life beyond death (including highly intriguing movie The Lovely Bones), the biblical stories of Lazarus seem incredibly potent and compelling.

Saturday, September 24 ~ Craft Day
10:00 am - 12 noon
Family Life Center
All ladies are invited to come and make a craft to take home and help prepare hostess gifts for the WELCA event we are hosting in October.

Monday, September 26 ~ Blood Drive
3:30 - 8:00 pm
Family Life Center
Help save a life, donate blood.

Gratitude Board

posted Sep 21, 2016, 12:36 PM by Stan Suther   [ updated Sep 21, 2016, 12:37 PM ]

You will notice the “Gratitude Board” in the Narthex.  There are stickers beside the board where you can write down something you are grateful for this week and put it on the board. Adding your name is optional and you may list as any many things as you like; add something each week.  As our church focuses on gratitude and God’s Grace in Action let’s make our gratitude known!

The most obvious lesson in Christ’s teaching is that there is no happiness in having or getting anything, but only in giving.  ~ Henry Drummond

Attention Thrivent Members

posted Sep 21, 2016, 12:32 PM by Stan Suther

Thrivent Community of greater Charlotte has launched a Thrivent Community Board to offer members and friends a variety of opportunities to show their generosity in our local community. The Board invites you to take part in our Wrapped In Love project where, together, we will raise $27,200 to give 750 students brand new winter coats at title one school, Merry Oaks Elementary located in central Charlotte. Visit to learn how to get involved! You can donate directly on the website; you can designate your Choice Dollars via; or you can volunteer on Oct. 26th or 27th. The website has all the details. RSVP Contact- Adrienne Beatty, 704-525-2657 or Deadline to donate or sign up to volunteer is October 25th. Thrivent Communities of Greater Charlotte


posted Sep 12, 2016, 2:49 PM by Stan Suther


Kicking off the fall season with a bang, St. Mark’s Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) will be hosting their 11th Annual “Meat & Greet” Steak Dinner on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center (FLC). An invitation is extended to all Lutheran men to join us for a great meal and fellowship.

The purpose of the dinner is to give the men of the church a relaxing way to meet and fellowship with other Christian men. The menu is as simple as the purpose ~ steak or chicken, baked potatoes, and salad, finishing up with a great dessert! The cost is $25.00, payable at the door. We’re offering a discounted rate of $10.00 for anyone for any new members, guests and those under age 18. Any proceeds after expenses will be donated to Lutheran World Relief. Sign-up sheets will be in the Narthex and on the FLC bulletin board during September. Registration deadline is Sunday, September 25th. If you have any questions, contact Don Mease at 414-491-9344 or 

Colin Davis will be presented with this year’s Honorary Lifetime Membership. Colin has headed up the Habitat team and the Serving our Seniors every fall raking leaves installing smoke detectors, changing hard to reach light bulbs and batteries etc. Colin is the one when the church asks who do we call, Colin is the one who answers the call.

Winnie Hooper Center Volunteers Needed

posted Sep 12, 2016, 2:21 PM by Stan Suther   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 2:40 PM ]

The Winnie Hooper Center is need of high school and adult volunteers for their after school tutoring program. The students are age 5-14; there are 45-50 students. The center is located at 221 S. Sherrill Street, Mooresville. Contact Dorothy Washburn, 704-663-6090 for additional information.

Lord's Prayer Versions

posted Sep 7, 2016, 11:40 AM by Stan Suther

 "Our Father, who art in heaven...." and/or  "Our Father in heaven...."

Our Lord's Prayer version that St. Mark's used on Sunday, September 4 - "Our Father in heaven...." is published alongside the more familiar version - "Our Father, who art in heaven...."  in the last 3 Lutheran worship books - the green "Lutheran Book of Worship", the blue "With One Voice", and in the current cranberry "Evangelical Lutheran Worship" book in the pews. Thus, there are 2 printed and authorized versions of our Lord's Prayer for our Lutheran liturgy, as well as hymn and liturgical sung versions in our worship books. 

St. Mark's has worshiped with the newer Lord's Prayer version when utilizing the "Holden Evening Prayer" service for evening worship during Lent and/or Advent seasons. The newer version of the Lord's Prayer was authorized by the National Council of Churches in the 1970's. I don't know why. Maybe it was to try to and ease disagreements between churches that prayed "forgive us our debts" and those that prayed "forgive us our trespasses." Which would you rather have forgiven you, your debts or trespasses, or your sins? Which would you rather forgive of someone else? 

By the way, the NCC includes the Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists and 30+ other church denominations in the U.S. Some churches choose to use this newer version, some don't use it at all, and some don't regularly use any version of our Lord's Prayer in worship. There are also several other versions of our Lord's Prayer available via the internet. And if you look in your Bible you'll notice a difference between our Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6, Luke 11, and John 17. Jesus prays in the Gospel of Mark too, but not the "Our Father."

This Sunday, 9/11, we are back to the sung version that St. Mark's has used for some time. Someone once said, "when we sing, we pray twice." So, singing and praying, working and worshiping, may God bless you richly! See you in church.  Pastor Dave 

Be a "Church Mouse"

posted Aug 29, 2016, 11:57 AM by Stan Suther

ST. MARK’S CHURCH MOUSE PROGRAM - is looking for volunteers to be secret pals for our church’s college students and military personnel. This is a very important ministry for our young people who are working hard at school or for our country, and they need our prayers and support. The program is not intended to involve a lot of expense. All it requires is some time each month for you to send a card or a little surprise (candy, school supplies, coupons, etc) and a commitment to keep the student/soldier in your thoughts and prayers. Please sign up to be a “Church Mouse” today by emailing Amy Elkin at or by calling her at: 704-232-0726 at your earliest convenience. 

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