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
Vaction Bible School at St. Mark's Lutheran June 17-21
Info and signup at vbspro.events/p/events/stmarks2019
Scenes from the musical "Land of the Giants (of the Faith)"
ST. MARK'S DAY AND MONTH!
APRIL 25th marks the "Festival of St. Mark the Evangelist." Each of the apostles and gospel writers and a few more have a feast day in their honor on the Christian calendar.
BECAUSE ST. MARK'S NAME COMES FROM ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST:
1) JOIN PASTOR DAVE at 6:30 p.m., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th (St. Mark's Eve) FOR A SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICE TO READ THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF MARK AND FOR PRAYER.
2) CONSIDER GIVING AN EXTRA GIFT TO ST. MARK'S THIS MONTH OR ON ST. MARK'S DAY, TO HELP WITH THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL.
3) INCLUDE ST. MARK'S LUTHERAN CHURCH IN YOUR DAILY PRAYERS THIS MONTH.
The prayer for St. Mark's Day: Almighty God, you have enriched your church with Mark's proclamation of the gospel. Give us grace to believe firmly in the good news of salvation and to walk daily in accord with it, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
YOUNG ADULT MEETUP
Join us each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at King Canary on Williamson Rd! Contact Adam Frank for more details at: email@example.com
LEARN ABOUT SCIENCE AND FAITH
Thanks to Dr. Andrew Root for his excellent presentation on Conversations on Science and Faith. We're sure he gave the attendees a useful perspective on a subject that can be troubling to many. Martin Luther was an advocate for challenging how we understand issues of faith. We can follow his path by examining the relationship of science and faith.
Learn more about this host here: http://andrewroot.org/
Here are some additional websites to investigate on this subject.
VIA DE CRISTO ~ WHAT IS THIS?
- Have you noticed Via de Cristo on the calendars? Have you wondered what it is or who was doing it? Join us for an information session on Thursday, March 14th in the library at 7:00 p.m.
Via de Cristo means “the Way of Christ”. It is a name used by Lutherans for a movement of personal Christian renewal within the Church. It is a highly structured, well-thought-out method for renewing the faith of individuals, the Congregations from which they come and the environments in which they live and work. The renewal movement is presented as a united effort of laypersons and clergy to aid congregations in the development of Christian leaders.
A Via de Cristo Retreat is an encounter with Christ in which the participant becomes a part of a community abounding in God’s grace. It enhances and strengthens our personal relationships with Christ, and our Christian brothers and sisters and with the Christian community. The Via de Cristo Retreat is coming face to face with Christ. If you have questions or would like additional information, join us for the information session or contact Sandie Lown, firstname.lastname@example.org; 704-658-7639 or Kathy McLean, email@example.com; 704-664-4403.
– 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD FOR DAYS DONATIONS
- Please feel free to donate any food on the list, see page 12 of the February Marker for the list, at any time, this is a great help in deferring the cost of the program. Thanks again for your generosity. Collection box is located in the side hallway.
FOOD FOR DAYS - Social ministry depends on the caring hearts of our congregation to support FOOD FOR DAYS MINISTRY and other programs that we support. We have heard many stories of how the children depend on this food to get through the weekend.
COST FOR ONE CHILD FOR SCHOOL YEAR $250.00 OR ANY AMOUNT YOUR HEART DICTATES
Please keep this ministry in your hearts and minds and pray for these children and the children all over the nation that need assistance.
You may use a pew envelop indicating FOOD FOR DAYS on the envelope and on your check and place in the offering plate.
St. Mark's Katie Elkin was recently featured in a bulletin insert regarding the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission program. Here is an excerpt from that insert. We're so proud of Katie!
The ELCA’s YAGM program is another way our church collaborates with congregations and synods. Almost a third of YAGM alumni go on to seminary, and over two-thirds are involved in justice-related issues when they return. Katie Elkin, of St. Mark’s, Mooresville, is a recent YAGM alumni (Madagascar) who says, “I learned how much I can do for myself. But more importantly, I learned how much I don’t have to do by myself... I begin each morning by lifting my concerns to God…I receive God’s peace. Now I am able to start my days less stressed, and I can go to work with the confidence that, despite what I can do alone, I am not alone.”
Thanks be to God, we are not alone!
~ 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.