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Pastor Keck's Installation

posted May 23, 2016, 5:34 PM by Stan Suther

Sunday, May 22 was a very special day for St. Mark's Lutheran Church! It marked the official installation of Pastor Dave as our new minister.  We are excited to have Pastor Dave and his family join our church family. Pastor Dave has many talent including all those we would hope for in a pastor, but he also displays remarkable musical talent as he sings with his minister friends in their band, Rev It Up! Our church family enjoyed a wonderful reception that displayed a sea of smiles among the members and guests.

Confirmation Day!

posted May 16, 2016, 10:06 AM by Stan Suther

Celebrating the confirmation of Scott Diekman,  Alex Stahlman and Ethan Kraft by Pastor Dave on Sunday, May 14. Congratulations to these fine young men! Thanks to Lisa Harwell for photos.

WELCA Circles for May

posted May 16, 2016, 9:50 AM by Stan Suther

Third Monday Night – May 16th, 7:00 p.m. Will meet in the Adult I Classroom in the FLC. Leader: Martha Smith. PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE.

Fourth Monday Night – May 23rd, 7:00 p.m. Hostess: Patty Schmid

Recognizing Graduates

posted May 16, 2016, 9:47 AM by Stan Suther

GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS – We request your presence on Sunday, June 5th. All graduating seniors will be recognized during the announcements at each service. (you only need to attend one service). We look forward to seeing you there!

Vacation Bible School

posted May 11, 2016, 8:37 AM by Stan Suther

Fetch Some Fun with the Most Playful Weekend of the Summer ~ VBS ~ 2016! VBS will take place on the following days:

Friday, August 5th - 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. (snack provided)

Saturday, August 6th - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided)

 Registration for Preschool (3 yrs old and potty trained) - 5th Grade will take place May 1 - July 3. Registration forms can be turned into the church office as well as either of the VBS collection boxes located in the Narthex or side hallway. Registration forms are in the May and June newsletters and available with the collection boxes. Please note, this year there is one form per child.

WE'RE RECRUITING! We are in need of Station Leaders and Crew Leaders; a decoration coordinator, crafts & games leaders and food coordinator. We will also need a technology leader and Bible Adventures leader. For more information or to volunteer, call/text/email: Carissa Abraham, 704-661-3176;

Reception for Pastor Scott

posted May 2, 2016, 12:45 PM by Stan Suther   [ updated May 11, 2016, 9:41 AM ]

Pastor Scott Swix finished his interim service with St. Mark's on Sunday, May 8th. His time with us was celebrated with a reception between services, where Council President Jan Wagoner presented Pastor Scott with a gift and our thanks for being such an active and creative interim pastor. We all wish him well in his future assignments.

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   [ updated May 16, 2016, 9:45 AM ]

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).

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