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
SAINT MARK'S LUTHERAN CHURCH WELCOMES YOU!
We welcome you if you are single, married, divorced, gay, wealthy, poor, black, brown, yellow or white. We welcome crying newborns, squirming children and frazzled moms and dads. You are welcome if you sing like an opera star or can’t carry a tune in a bucket, like some of us. We don’t care if you’re more Lutheran than Martin Luther, haven’t been in church since little Joey’s baptism, or if you’re “just browsing.” We welcome you if you are over 60, even if you haven’t grown up yet, or if you are a teenager and growing up too fast. We welcome starving artists, latte-sippers, vegetarians and junk food junkies. You are welcome if you are in recovery or still struggling with your addiction. We welcome you if you have been having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion.” We’ve been there too. If you are left-wing, right-wing or no wing at all, you are welcome here. If you are visiting Grandma and Grandpa and they made you come to church, welcome! Likewise, if you are in town to visit a child, grandchild or friend, you are welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now. We welcome you to Saint Mark's Lutheran Church because we are a place of saints and sinners of all kinds who are here by the grace of God.
FAITH AND SCIENCE
Our first Faith & Science discussion met last night (Oct. 17) with the attendees finding much to discuss. These meetings are focused on faith from the perspective of those who have a firm grasp of science and theology. If you have ever wondered how to view the various parts of the Bible that don't seem to hold up well in a literal interpretation, understand that you are not alone, and many experts, including scientists and theologians have developed clarity in how to interpret the Bible. Our Faith and Science discussions will provide lots of resources from these experts and allow the group to toss around the ideas in an open and non-judgemental way.
We will plan to have these discussions approximately once per month. Future meetings will be announced.
Here are links to three short videos that we used last night as the basis for discussion:
Dr. Francis Collins- Head of the National Insitutes of Health and leader of the Human Genome Project- Pointers to God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoT9dO13CRU&list=PLzYERhviN3yFjZyeTlE7Ta2aS_eWnauE5&index=3&t=0s
Br. Guy Consolmagno- Director of the Vatican Observatory- The Pope's Astronomer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJNv6r7SRjE&list=PLzYERhviN3yFjZyeTlE7Ta2aS_eWnauE5&index=3
Rev. Dr. Brian Peterson- Professor of New Testament, Lenoir Rhyne University- Faith and Science: What Does This Mean? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQGuXcNgt_E&list=PLzYERhviN3yFjZyeTlE7Ta2aS_eWnauE5&ind
TRUNK OR TREAT FALL FESTIVAL
Thursday, October 31st. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. This is a family friendly event open to the entire community! Treats, Activity Stations, and Free Hot Dog Dinner Included.
Trunk or Treat hosts and sponsors are needed: decorate your car trunk, truck bed or small trailer and provide treats. Co-host with another member, friend, family or committee. Promote an upcoming church event, ministry or program. Trunks may be set-up between 3-4:45 p.m. All trunks should be ready by 5:00 p.m. and plan to stay until 7:00 p.m.
Use this link to sign-up to help: www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aaeab2c7-stmarks
New this year: Activity Stations ~ Volunteers Needed!
We are adding activity stations as a follow-up to the summer’s VBS Roar Program.
To register as a host, or to volunteer, please contact the church office before Thursday, October 24, 704-664-5474 or email@example.com
SMALL GROUP- FAITH AND SCIENCE
We will be starting a monthly series of small group discussions on the intersection of Faith and Science on Thursday evening, October 17, at 7:00pm. Over time, we will use a variety of resources- blogs, videos, podcasts, and possibly books to raise questions and have open discussions on many topics within this area of interest. This will be a safe space to talk about anything that you’ve thought about in the past or think about as a result of the discussions. We’ll provide more info online and in the bulletin soon. The location will be announced later depending on the number of folks who plan to attend. Please send a note to Stan Suther at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
MEAT AND GREET
Calling all sons of St. Mark’s of all ages! St. Mark’s Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) will be holding its annual “Meat and Greet” on Sunday, October 6th, in the Family Life Center. The gathering starts at 3:00 PM with fun, fellowship, and a variety of games to enjoy....or just kick back, relax and fellowship with the men of St. Mark’s and learn more about what the LMM is and how it supports and serves those in need.
Dinner will begin around 6:00. A nice steak right off the grill (chicken by request), baked potato and fixings, salad, bread and dessert are on the menu. Cost is $20 per adult and $10 for 18 yr old and younger. First timers - FREE!
This is a Thrivent Action Team supported event and all funds raised after expenses will be donated to our local organizations served by our recent God’s Work Our Hands community service event.
So please come to support this great cause - sign up and bring a friend! Sign-up sheets are on bulletin boards around the church, or you can call Don Mease at (414) 491-9344 or email Don at email@example.com.
YOUR OFFERING AT WORK- ELCA MISSION SUPPORT
See an excellent video from ELCA at the link below.
GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS
GWOH 2019 was a great success with over 150 members of the St. Mark's family participating in the various tasks which included landscaping, painting, cleaning, properly disposing of outdated medicines, and baking goodies for delivery to our police and fire departments.
Charities we supported include:
Mooresville Soup Kitchen Serenity House
Health Reach Community Center Mooresville Christian Mission
The Dove House HOMe of Mooresville
We have many photos of the day in our Gallery. Scroll down below Church Life photos.
BIBLE STUDY WITH PASTOR DAVE
Wednesday Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Dave, September - November. You are welcome to attend. Bring your Bible to the "Conference Room" on the main floor of St. Mark's, just past the offices. This class will begin with 1 Thessalonians and continue from there in the New Testament. Scholars date 1 Thessalonians back to 43-50 AD. As such, it is the earliest letter from Paul, and the may be the oldest writing we have from the early church. Thessalonica was the capital city of the Roman province of Macedonia, and is currently a port city in Northeast Greece.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDING BISHOP ELIZABETH EATON
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares what it means to be called, "For such a time as this," in her 2019 message to ELCA Synod Assemblies. Download: http://bit.ly/SynodAssembly2019
2019-20 CHILDREN, YOUTH, & FAMILY MINISTRIES
Families can look forward to the following schedule of activities through Memorial Day, ending the week of May 24th:
Sunday Mornings 9:45-10:45 a.m.
We are excited that our Nursery during the Sunday worship services is growing with lots of cuddly babies! The nursery is available during both the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services for babies and any children ages four and under (infants to age 4). We also need a few more volunteers to assist in the nursery. Please contact Kathy McLean at 704-664-4403 (leave a message) or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering for this ministry.
– Meets each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the FLC. We are very busy at Hands and could use extra Hands. You don’t have to sew to help out and if you want to come for conversation and fellowship, please do.
W are in the process of making shawls for their residents at Genesis to wear at their Senior Prom in May. If you happen to have an old pin or broach that you can part with we would like a few to attach to their shawls. Please leave your broach/pin in the office and we will see that it is lovingly placed on a shawl.
We are also busy preparing plastic balls for our crocheters and if you crochet we could use your help. LNRMC is also in need of crotched or knitted baby caps. We would not need these until Christmas. They would like these in Christmas colors. More information about needs at Living Waters Lutheran will be coming in March! Thank you St. Mark’s for your support. Love one another, email@example.com
FOOD FOR DAYS VOLUNTEERS
Would you like to be involved in a community outreach program that requires minimal time commitment but has a large impact on children in our area.
The Food For Days outreach program brings together volunteers from our community's churches. Each participating church has been assigned a school. St Mark's volunteer group packs meals for Park View Elementary School in downtown Mooresville.
We pack individual bags of food, for in need children, to take home for the weekends. This outreach program coincides with the children's school year, as the food distribution is through their respective school. We begin packing in September and finish with the ending of the school year in May.
We meet once a week on Thursday morning at the First Baptist Church, 150 South Church Street, Mooresville, NC.
Please prayerfully consider being a volunteer. Depending on the number of volunteers, your commitment throughout the school would be one Thursday morning a month from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
We feel this is a great way to help our local children and to have fun getting to know our fellow church members. If you are interested in helping please call or email John & Harriet Kline # 704-360-4505; email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ 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.
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.
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 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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NURSERY- We provide a nursery staffed with church members who can safely care for small children while parents are elsewhere in church. We offer electronic pagers to parents to ensure they can be reached at any time during their time at St. Mark's.