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Reception for Pastor Scott

posted May 2, 2016, 12:45 PM by Stan Suther

Please join us for a reception

to honor

Pastor Scott Swix’ ministry at St. Mark’s

Sunday, May 8th


Family Life Center


posted May 2, 2016, 12:12 PM by Stan Suther

There will be an Adopt-a-Highway workday on Saturday, May 14th. We'll leave from the FLC at 8 a.m. sharp and work until noon at the latest. Rain will cancel. Contact Robert Rhyne at 980-875-8653 or for more info. Thanks!

Confirmation Reception

posted May 2, 2016, 12:05 PM by Stan Suther   [ updated May 2, 2016, 12:06 PM ]

Sunday, May 15th

Time: Immediately following 11:00 Worship Service

Where:  Family Life Center

Who is Invited: All Confirmands, their families, friends, and congregation are invited to attend this celebration.  We would especially like to encourage the congregation to drop in to congratulate and meet our newest members. 

Welca CIRCLES for May

posted May 2, 2016, 12:01 PM by Stan Suther

Monday Morning – May 2nd, 11:00 a.m. Meets in the church library. Leader: Barbara Beidler.

Tuesday Night – May 3rd, 7:30 p.m. Meets in the Adult I Classroom in the FLC. Program: Linda Clark; Hostess: Sharon Horiszny.

Need Nursery Workers

posted May 2, 2016, 11:58 AM by Stan Suther

We are in need of nursery workers for the 8:30 a.m. worship service for June 5th and 19th. If we don’t get enough volunteers, the nursery will be closed those days.

We are also in need of a nursery worker for the 3:00 p.m. installation service on Sunday, May 22nd.

If you know of anyone, age 21 or over, who might be interested in these nursery positions, please contact Lisa Harwell at; 704-663-7202 or the church office at 704-664-5474.


posted May 2, 2016, 11:51 AM by Stan Suther

If you or someone in your family, who is a St. Mark’s member, is graduating from high school, college or other school, please let us know. We want to congratulate and acknowledge this accomplishment. Let us know the school, date of graduation, any degrees or honors, college or future plans (if applicable). Call the office at 704-664-5474 or email Please contact the office by May 25th, for publication in the June Marker


posted May 2, 2016, 11:49 AM by Stan Suther

Many of you may have seen the Facebook video, posted on St. Mark’s Facebook page, on making sleep mats from plastic bags. To make a 3 ft. by 6 ft. sleeping mat you need 500-700 bags. This includes grocery, Belk and Target bags for example. These mats can be used in disaster stricken areas… floods, tornados, etc. They are also used in homeless shelters and World Wide Missions. Also, it’s a great way to recycle. It is possible to make these mats in two different ways. One by ironing together the plastic and then sewing these squares together. The other way would be to crochet together. Hopefully we can try both ways. Liz McNabb has volunteered to make a sample that you sew together. We need to see how long each mat takes to put together. We also need a volunteer to make a crocheted mat. I have the written instructions for this and the video. Please let me know and as soon as we get 500 to 700 bags we will get a sample made of each. Boxes will be placed in several areas of the church for members to place their bags. More information coming as we get mat samples made and bags collected. See the St. Mark’s Facebook page for the video link explaining how the mats are made.


Shelby Westmoreland;, 704-662-4630.

Evangelism and Social Ministry


posted Apr 18, 2016, 11:32 AM by Stan Suther

As the time for Pastor Dave to arrive at St. Mark’s draws nearer, let’s prepare our hearts and minds for his arrival.  And, let’s lay the groundwork for an encouraging and joyous welcome!  What can we do as we prepare the way?

First and foremost, pray for Pastor Dave and the Keck family even as we pray for Pastor Scott in this time of transition for everyone.  Also, open your hearts in Christian love for our new pastor that we may seek genuine and vital relationships while developing long-term ministries together.   Sending him a card of welcome and encouragement would be an effective way to begin this new relationship.  You can reach him at Pastor Dave Keck, 551 7th St. NW, Hickory, NC,  28601 or by email at (wife: Nina;  children: Rachel and Robert).

Another helpful step will be to get in the habit of using your name tag.  Then at every opportunity, introduce yourself by name remembering that you have to remember one new name while the pastor has to learn all the new names of a very large family.  And, as always, in all things, continue to pray unceasingly.  “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Eagle Scout Award Ceremony

posted Apr 18, 2016, 11:24 AM by Stan Suther

Adrian Wallace Holbrook IV, a member of Troop 162, received the rank of Eagle Scout during an awards ceremony on April 10th in the FLC. At a presentation and reception there, Adrian, his family, and the youth and adult members of Troop 162 recognized his achievement. 

Adrian has been a member of Troop 162 since 2009. He is currently a Senior at Lake Norman High School and plans to attend Appalachian State University in the fall.  
2016 marks the 74th year that St. Marks Lutheran Church has supported the Boy Scout program and made it possible for young men like Adrian Holbrook to successfully achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Thank you to all the members of the church who continue to support this valuable outreach in our community.

Name Tags

posted Apr 12, 2016, 9:23 AM by Stan Suther   [ updated Apr 12, 2016, 9:27 AM ]

St. Mark’s will introduce name tags this Sunday to wear during the early and late services and over the Sunday School hour. Your name tag will be in a basket in the Narthex, and we are asking that you put it on before entering the sanctuary. There are also St. Mark’s lanyards available if you would prefer to wear it that way. Tags are available for Visitors as well. Either return them after the service or Sunday School in the baskets provided, or if you prefer, you can keep in your car, but be sure to keep track of them and wear them at church!


Red - Church Members

Green - Staff & Council Members

Black - Choir Members

Evangelism members, ushers and greeters will be on hand to assist you. The name tags will help us learn all of our fellow members' names and identify guests more easily! The name tags will also be of great help to Pastor Scott and Pastor Dave when he arrives in May. Thanks for your participation!

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