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.
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.
NEWS & EVENTS
MINISTRY SITE PROFILE & ASSOCIATE PASTOR CALL- Update
A task force comprised of Chris Gilligan, Jeff Shoe, Bonnie Goethals, Carrie Tulbert, and Martin McCann created a Ministry Site Profile for the church, which was submitted to the NC Synod for our Associate Pastor Call. The Pastor, the Council, and the congregation (via our October Congregational study) assisted in the process. If you would like a copy of the Ministry Site Profile please reach out to Carol Feiste.
Additionally, the council has approved a Call Committee that will be forming this month. Co-chairing this committee will be Bill Elkin and Jeff Shoe, and the members will consist of Judith Fletcher, Amy Gilligan, Jenny Horton, and Caroline Tyree.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING- Update
This past (Super Bowl) Sunday, 2/2, the church raised $442 for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. A big thank you to everyone who contributed!
LADIES LUNCH BUNCH
Wednesday, February 12th, 11:30 am- All ladies are invited to lunch. We will meet at Lotus, 163 East Plaza Drive, Mooresville. Donations of non-perishable pudding cups are being collected for Food for Days. Please RSVP to Brenda Joyce at 704-663-5907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 20th at 12pm- All members, age 55 and over, are invited to our potluck lunch. Jim Chelgren will join us to sing some romantic songs. We will have a soup and sandwich lunch, if you didn’t sign up for soup or sandwiches, please bring a dessert. Invite a friend or neighbor!
YOUTH SUNDAY & SPAGHETTI LUNCH FUNDRAISER
Sunday, February 23rd- Join us at either 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. worship led by our youth, and stay for a nice, warm plate (or to-go box) of spaghetti from our Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser! Meals will be served 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the FLC. Lunch/love donations of any amount are appreciated to support the high school mission trip. This summer, our youth will travel to Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee, NC, in June to serve the community there.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER-
Tuesday, February 25th at 6pm in the Family Life Center- Shrove Tuesday is named for the medieval practice of being shriven (being absolved of sins) on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. After being shriven, the people would engage in merrymaking. In France as well as New Orleans the day became known as Mardi Gras (from the French for “Fat Tuesday”). The day is associated with foods such as pancakes and potato doughnuts. When Lent was kept by abstinence from meat and by fasting, certain foods were not allowed even to be kept in the home. It was the custom to use up all the butter, milk, eggs, and fats before Ash Wednesday. The doughnuts that were made were known as Fastnachts, which is German for “eve of the fast.”
Sponsored by the Lutheran Men in Mission.
Special Worship Services
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICES – Worship with Imposition of Ashes will be held Wednesday, February 26th at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
LENTEN SOUP SUPPERS AND WORSHIP – March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 we will offer a soup supper and Lenten Worship Service. Soup will be served at 5:00 p.m. Worship will begin at 6:00 p.m. Sign-up forms are in the pews, please complete the form and return in the offering plate or to the church office. We will need help with set-up and making drinks at 4:15 and clean-up following worship. Childcare is available.
BIBLE STUDY & SUNDAY SCHOOL UPDATES
BIBLE STUDY WITH PASTOR DAVE
Wednesdays from 10-11am with Pastor Dave. You are welcome to attend. Please bring your bible to the conference room on the main floor of St. Mark's, just past the offices.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays 10-11am the Women’s Bible Study group will be starting a new book study on February 18th, and will meet in the church library. They will be studying "The Women of Easter" by Liz Curtis Higgs. This will be an 8 week bible study that is designed to be a meaningful Lenten read, in which the group will study three women named Mary: Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene. If you are interested in joining this bible study or would like more information, please contact Kristie Ward @ email@example.com or 704-807-6155.
Sunday School News
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
All of these class are available to join, and meet in the Family Life Center
(unless otherwise noted) from 9:45-10:45am every Sunday morning. Please join us!
YAAYK- Young Adults / Adults with Young Kids
Is a new ministry focused on young adults and adults with young children. They meet during Sunday school in the St. Mark's Family Life Center and will be studying- Ignite Your Passion for God.
The group will meet on Friday, February 7th, at Victory Lanes for family bowling. For more information contact Jennifer Lidstrom and Bennie Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Dave. Also, check out the new Facebook page "Lutheran Families: Mooresville, NC".
ADULT CLASS III
This is a new Sunday School class that recently formed, and the group is reading The Book of Joy- Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and writer Douglas Abrams. The book describes a week-long conversation between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, who look back on their lives to answer questions about the sources of and obstacles to lasting joy. The class meets in the Boy Scout Room in the Family Life Center, and all are welcome to join.
FOOD FOR DAYS
We still have children in our school system that don’t have food for the weekend. This problem is not going away. The Iredell School system and Mooresville Graded School District have at least 400 children who are considered homeless. (That means no permanent address). We have one school with over 30 students on a waiting list due to no sponsor.
St. Mark’s has generously supported 67 children out of 75 – 100 that attend Park View Elementary School. Social Ministry depends on the caring hearts of our congregation to support Food for Days, Backpack Ministry.
Cost for one child for the school year is $250.00 or any amount your heart dictates. Please indicate Food for Days on your check and envelope.
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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.