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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 29 – Advent I

8:30 a.m. Worship – Contemporary

9:45 a.m. Forum & Education

11:00 a.m. Worship – Liturgical

1:30 p.m. Journey of Faith

2-3:00 p.m. Kairos Community Lunch

Monday, November 30

6:00 p.m. Salem Community Chorus Rehearsal

Tuesday, December 1

6:45 a.m. Bible Study & Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

5:30 p.m. Catechumenate

6:30 p.m. Education Committee

6:30 p.m. Social Ministry Committee

7:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

Wednesday, December 2

12:05 noon Advent Worship / Lunch

6:00 p.m. Chimes Rehearsal

6:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 3

5:00 p.m. Alanon

6:00 p.m. Chimes Rehearsal

7:00 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous

Friday, December 4

9:30 a.m. Hands of Comfort

Sunday, December 6 – Advent II

8:30 a.m. Worship – Contemporary

9:45 a.m. Forum

9:45 a.m. Education

11:00 a.m. Worship – Liturgical

1:30 p.m. Journey of Faith

2-3:00 p.m. Kairos Community Lunch

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News from Saint Mark

15 Nov 2015

Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Social

pumpkin_pieWorship on Thanksgiving Eve will be at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th, giving thanks for all with which we have been blessed. After worship we will have a pie social in the lounge—you are invited to bring a favorite pie to share! The Church office and the St. Mark Child Development Center will both be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving (November 26 & 27). Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 30th.

22 Sep 2015

Faith Dialogues Welcomes Dr. Susan Pitchford October 16-18

st_francisFaith Dialogues at Saint Mark (formerly the Visiting Theologian Program) is hosting Dr. Susan Pitchford October 16th to 18th. She is a sociologist from the University of Washington and has a particular interest in St. Francis and St. Clare. She will be speaking from a sociological perspective about their influence for our lives in 2015.

On Friday evening, October 16th, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Pitchford’s lecture will be Francis and Clare of Assisi: A Spirituality of Joy.

On Saturday morning, October 17th, we move from theory to practice. Dr. Pitchford will offer two workshops. At 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. she will speak on Faith Beyond Sunday: Having a Rule of Life.

Dr. Pitchford will also be available on Sunday morning, October 18th for the Forum at 9:45 a.m..

In preparation for her arrival we will hold a Saint Mark Reads. Her book, The Sacred Gaze: Contemplation and the Healing of the Self will be the study. Books and more information will be available free (courtesy of the Faith Dialogues Fund) beginning this Sunday. We hope you will have opportunity to participate.

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27 Jul 2015

Wine, Wisdom & Song

witness_treeTickets for Wine, Wisdom & Song are now available. Tickets are $25 each and available to pick up on Sundays after worship in the narthex or in the church office during the week. Plan to attend on Sunday, August 16th, at the Witness Tree Vineyard. Contact Deb Mantey with possible auction items that you might wish to donate. We especially need a few more of those oral auction items which are the larger items: game tickets, dinners, etc.

Thanks for helping us build the excitement around this special event!

06 Apr 2015

Pacific Lutheran University Chorale To Perform Saint Mark

plu_choirSaint Mark Lutheran Church in downtown Salem will host a spring tour visit by the Pacific Lutheran University Chorale from Tacoma on Friday, April 17.

The performance, titled “Dances to Life,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the church, 790 Marion St. NE. Admission is free, but offerings will be accepted.

Interim conductor Lauren Whitham, a PLU alumna and visiting instructor of music, will lead the chorale. The program will span several centuries and genres, including works by Claudio Monteverdi, Felix Mendelssohn and Eric Whitacre.

PLU’s new music department chairman, Dr. John Paul, will provide violin accompaniment as the chorale performs his composition “How I Came to Be.” Paul previously served 13 years as music department chairman at Marylhurst University in the Portland area.

The 36-member chorale includes primarily freshmen and sophomores representing a variety of academic disciplines. The singers appear many times each year in concerts and campus ministry events as well as regional tours and Christmas compact discs. They also have performed for the Washington Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association.

Information about the chorale is posted at

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