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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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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, November 18

8:30 a.m. Celebration Worship

9:45 a.m. Education

11:00 a.m. Liturgical Worship

5:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

Monday, November 19

6:00 p.m. Salem Community Chorus

Tuesday, November 20

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

10:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

5:00 p.m. Finance Committee

6:30 p.m. Council

7:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

Wednesday, November 21

7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Worship (followed by a pie social)

8:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 22

CLOSED for Thanksgiving Day

5:00 p.m. Alanaon

7:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

Friday, November 23

CLOSED

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

Sunday, November 25

8:30 a.m. Celebration Worship

9:45 a.m. Education

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

5:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

News from Saint Mark

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.

18 May 2018

Pentecost on May 20th; Choir Du Jour to Sing

We will be starting our Summer Worship Schedule with one service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20th, Pentecost Sunday. Worship that day will be followed by our annual Chili Cook-Off. Summer Schedule will continue through Sunday, September 9th (Rally Day).

Also on Pentecost, the Saint Mark Choir du Jour will gather for the 9:30 a.m. Pentecost service. We will sing “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments” by Thomas Tallis, a 4 part choral piece that is quite familiar to many. The text is based on John 14:15-17, when Jesus told his disciples “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.”

We will rehearse in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. – music will be provided. Even if you haven’t sung this piece before, please join us!

13 Mar 2018

Saint Mark Women’s Retreat — April 27-29th, 2018

We are now accepting reservations for the annual Women’s Retreat, to take place the weekend of April 27-29 at Bella Beach on the Oregon Coast.  The theme for this weekend is “Creating Balance in the Midst of Life’s Challenges.”  We will explore how to create healthier equilibrium between relationships, self-care, and callings both vocational and spiritual.  The weekend is always filled with lively conversation, good food in a relaxing and beautiful setting.  Registration is $150, which covers lodging, food, and transportation.  Deadline is April 22nd.  Please join us!

Women’s Retreat Brochure & Registration (pdf)

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