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A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

Saint Mark Lutheran Church

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8:30am

Celebration Service

9:45am

Forum & Sunday School

11:00am

Liturgical Service

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The Marker

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The Marker (pdf)

This Week's Service Bulletin

8:30am Bulletin (pdf)

11:00am Bulletin (pdf)

Listen In

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Entire Service (mp3)

Sermon Only (mp3)

Reconciling in Christ

Saint Mark is a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Our welcoming statement reads:

“At Saint Mark Lutheran Church, we celebrate that Christ has made us one body with many members, all sharing in God’s grace and unconditional love. As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, we embrace all of God’s people, regardless of age, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic circumstance. We believe we are all unique and worthy individuals created by God. We joyfully welcome you to join us in worship, prayer, study, service and fellowship.”

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This Week At Saint Mark

Sunday, February 17

8:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

9:45 a.m. Education

11:00 a.m.Traditional Worship

12:30 p.m. Lectio Divina

5:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

Monday, February 18

President’s Day – CLOSED

8:00 a.m. Stand for Children Lobby Day

6:00 p.m. Salem Community Chorus Rehearsal

Tuesday, February 19

6:45 a.m. Men’s Bible Study & Breakfast

6:00 p.m. Orientation for New Council members

6:30 p.m. Council

7:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

Wednesday, February 2

6:00 p.m. Chimes Rehearsal

6:30 p.m. Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, February 21

5:00 p.m. Alanon

6:45 p.m. NonViolent Communication

7:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

Friday, February 22

9:30 a.m. Hands of Comfort

7:00 p.m. S.A. Anonymous

Saturday, February 23

12:00 Noon Boy Scouts

Sunday, February 24

8:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

9:45 a.m. Education

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

12:30 p.m. Lectio Divina

5:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

News from Saint Mark

30 Jan 2019

Now Accepting Reservations for the Annual Women’s Retreat

The 12th annual Women’s Retreat will be held the weekend of March 8-10 at Bella Beach on the Oregon Coast.

Our theme for the weekend is “Finding Joy”  – in our daily lives, in challenging times, and through our community.  Deaconess Deb Mantey will be our facilitator. We are now accepting reservations – $160 is due by March 3rd. Brochures are available from the church office, the west narthex, as well as a download.  Don’t miss this fun and educational weekend on the coast – with great food and fellowship, time for personal reflection, and laughter!

2019 Retreat Brochure (pdf)

21 Nov 2018

Full Audio of Dr. Lundblad’s Faith Dialogues Presentation Now Available

If you were not able to attend Saint Mark’s Faith Dialogues presentations by Dr. Barbara Lundblad last weekend, or simply want to hear them again, the full audio records are now available by following the links below.

You can review the full event information to read Dr. Lundblad’s biography and more.

11 Sep 2018

Faith Dialogues presents Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad Nov 16-18th

Saint Mark is pleased to have with us as our presenter for Faith Dialogues this year, Dr. Barbara Lundblad. She is a noted Lutheran preacher and theologian, and has taught preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Dr. Lundblad has been a strong advocate for the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the church.

Faith Dialogues will begin with her lecture on Friday evening, November 16 at 7:00 PM on Jesus Would Bake the Cake: A Christian Case for Sexual Justice. In 2015 the Supreme Court declared gay marriage to be legal in the United States. In 2009 the ELCA voted to affirm the ordination of partnered LGBT people. Almost 300 LGBT people have been ordained as pastors or are now in seminary. Yet, we know there is still much to be done and there are challenges to these decisions. Dr. Lundblad will invite us to see how the Holy Spirit is leading the Church to be truly welcoming in the midst of a shifting culture. Cake will surely follow.

On Saturday morning, November 17, Dr. Lundblad will give two presentations. Everyone is invited to both of these but the earlier presentation will be geared more for clergy. At these presentations, Dr. Lundblad will share from her particular area of expertise: homiletics. The 9:00 AM session is entitled Preaching in a Polarized Society which speaks to the challenge of proclaiming the Gospel in a culture that is very divided politically. Goodies will be served between 10:30 and 11:00 AM.

The second session starting at 11:00 AM is What Do I Expect from a Sermon? Part of Dr. Lundblad’s presentation is how to give feedback to the pastor for his or her sermon. Personally, I don’t mind the feedback, “Nice sermon, Pastor” now and then, but Dr. Lundblad thinks that maybe we should take it to the next level. I look forward to what she has to say.

Dr. Lundblad will also preach on November 18th and lead the forum at 9:45am.

25 Aug 2018

Rally Day is September 9th

Rally Sunday 2015Plan now for Sunday, September 9th, for our Rally Day for 2018. We will worship for the last time on our summer schedule of 9:30 a.m. that morning. We will be outside, weather permitting. Bring your pets of all sorts (alive or stuffed animals or pictures depending on their behavior at playing well with others) for the Blessing of the Animals. And we will have our barbecue with potluck side dishes and fun activities for all ages.

Sunday, September 16th, we return to our regular worship schedule with our contemporary service at 8:30 a.m. in the lounge and the traditional/liturgical service at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. The new Educational year begins with Forum, Sunday Church School classes and Godly Play at 9:45 am. Pray Ground will continue in the chapel during worship for children.

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