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.
WELCOME BACK to all our Lutheridge Music Week participants and Serve Boldly Youth Mission Trip participants who were journeying with Jesus respectively last week at Lutheridge (Arden, NC) and in Nashville, TN!
JULY 28~ THE LAKE NORMAN BIG BAND AND COVERED DISH LUNCH
We welcome back The Lake Norman Big Band and "Pastor" Jody to lead worship on July 28th at 10:00 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Following worship we’ll remain in the Family Life Center for a covered dish lunch and fellowship. We ask each family to bring their favorite covered dish to share.
SUMMER OF PSALMS
Join us for the NC Synod summer online Bible study sponsored by the synod's Engage the Bible Task Group (a Book of Faith ministry). This summer's study--Summer of Psalms--begins Sunday, July 7th. For additional information, pick up a flyer in the Narthex or side hallway or go to www.nclutheran.org.
St. Mark's Friday Night Movies ~ 7:00 p.m., Family Life Center
sponsored by Worship, Music, and Arts
~ Popcorn Provided ~ Bring any additional snacks you'd like and your own beverage (non-alcoholic) ~ Bring a lawn chair if you prefer to an FLC chair ~
~ Kids can bring pillows and blankets to get comfy on the floor ~
July 19 ~ Chick Flick Night (ladies only)
August 2 ~ Oldies (adults only)
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
EXTRAS PROVIDED ON JULY 19 & AUGUST 2
¨ Child Care will be provided. Please let us know in advance if you'll be using Child Care. Text or EMail Robbie at 704-560-9978; email@example.com or call the church office at 704-664-5474.
¨ Rides will be provided for anyone who is unable to drive at night. Please let us know in advance if you would like a ride. Text or EMail Amy at 704-232-0726; firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 704-664-5474.
UNIFY IN JULY
St. Mark’s will be bringing all parishioners and visitors together for a single service during the month of July. Starting on Sunday, July 7th and continuing for all Sundays in July, St. Mark’s will be hosting a single service at 10:00 am. There will be no evening services during the month of July.
Please also mark your calendars for a special event on Sunday, July 28th, as the Lake Norman Big Band will be leading worship at 10:00 am.
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 email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering for this ministry.
Scenes from the musical "Land of the Giants (of the Faith)"
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com; 704-658-7639 or Kathy McLean, firstname.lastname@example.org; 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, email@example.com
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.