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12 Feb 2018

Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday February 14th


Ash Wednesday, February 14th, begins the annual Lenten journey to the cross. New Lenten devotional booklets for this year are available in each narthex area. During Lent, Saint Mark will again have the opportunity to worship mid-week on Wednesdays at 12:05 noon followed by a light lunch or in the evening at 6:30 p.m. with Holden Evening Prayer. And, Saint Mark’s labyrinth will be available each Wednesday.

If you are able to help with the soup lunches on Wednesdays, please let Deb Mantey know or sign up on the bulletin board near the church office. Thank you!

05 Dec 2017

Annual Advent Organ Concert on Saturday Dec. 16th

Saint Mark will feature its longtime organist, Tim Bibelheimer, in his traditional Advent concert on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

Appearing with him will be local musicians Orion Davidson, flute; Marjory Lange, violin/viola; Judith Linder and Olga Valdes, sopranos; Glory Lyatuu, piano/organ; and Kay Mitchell, oboe.

The performance also will feature selections on Saint Mark’s newly acquired nine-foot concert grand piano.

The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Admission is free, but offerings are welcome.

The holiday program will range from classical works, such as J.S. “Bach’s Sleepers Wake” and Louis Vierne’s “Carillon de Westminster,” to contemporary, such as “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Those attending will be invited to sing along with favorite carols such as “Silent Night” and “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers.”

Bibelheimer, who began playing the organ in church at age 14, has served as organist at Saint Mark for 25 years.

12 Oct 2017

Upcoming Events to Celebrate the Reformation

There are many events this month to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Here are three featured events on Reformation Weekend:

October 28th, 2017

Harvest/ Reformation Intergenerational Party
Saints and Sinners gather for our version of a Harvest/ Reformation Intergenerational Party at 4:00pm. Come dressed as your favorite saint … or sinner!

October 29th, 2017

500th Anniversary Festival Worship
Our organist, Tim Bibelheimer is sure to “pull out all the stops” on this 500th Anniversary Festival Worship. Historic timeline and artwork will also be displayed. 11:00am Saint Mark Sanctuary.

Salem Reformation Musicfest
On Reformation Sunday, October 29th, you are invited to a Salem Reformation Musicfest commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Sponsored by Christ the Good Shepherd, Holy Cross, & Saint Mark Lutheran churches, come enjoy a time of music and song from local choirs, organists and other musical ensembles. The Musicfest begins at 4:00pm with a reception following. This event hosted by Saint Mark Lutheran Church, and is free and open to the public.

The Reformation Continues Brochure — Events to commemorate the 500th anniversary (pdf)

01 Jun 2017

Welcoming all, Journeying together, Reaching out

Following a year of working diligently on three goals and a new mission statement, the Saint Mark Council has agreed on the following statement that characterizes the inclusive, welcoming nature of our church:

Welcoming all in Christ
Journeying together in Faith
Reaching out in Service

This statement sums up our imperatives: to welcome everyone, including refugees and the homeless in our community (Kairos…); to walk together in faith; to continue reaching out and serving not only members of our congregation but also the Salem community at large — and beyond. We are indeed a church that is inclusive and caring.

This new statement will succinctly identify Saint Mark and its mission; it says much in just a dozen carefully crafted words. In fact, it is a statement easy to memorize, easy to share with others. We hope you like this new mission statement as we continue our journey together, welcoming all, reaching out in service.

We are indeed a church that cares, that leads and prospers because of people like all of you. Let’s continue this mission together.

Jim Walker, Council President

02 Apr 2017

Easter Services at Saint Mark

Join us as Saint Mark celebrates Holy Week.

Palm Sunday, April 9th

  • 8:30am Contemporary Worship
  • 9:45am Forum & Sunday School
  • 11:00am Liturgical Worship


Available in the lounge

  • Monday – Friday of Holy Week in the lounge 9:00am until 4:00pm

Maundy Thursday, April 13th

  • 12:05 & 7:00pm Holy Communion & Foot Washing

Good Friday, April 14th

  • 12:05pm Stations of the Cross
  • 7:00pm Tenebrae

Holy Saturday, April 15th

  • 7:00pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 16th

  • 9:45am Easter Breakfast
  • 10:00am Easter Egg Hunt
  • 11:00am Festival Worship

06 Mar 2017

Tenth Annual Women’s Retreat April 28-30th

The Tenth Annual Women’s Retreat will be the weekend of April 28th-30th at a beautiful home in Depoe Bay, Oregon, just south of Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. The cost is $150 for 2 nights lodging and meals, and our facilitator is Outreach Coordinator Deb Mantey.

In this 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we’ll explore what an extraordinary woman Martin Luther married. The former Augustinan monk agreed to marry an escaped nun to encourage others, and because his marriage would: “please his father, rile the Pope, cause the angels to laugh, and the devils to weep.” We’ll learn about the strength and perseverance of Katharina von Bora, and gain inspiration for our daily challenges and life of faith. Come join with women and friends of Saint Mark for a time of renewal, conversation, laughter and reflection.

2017 Retreat Brochure (pdf)

07 Feb 2017

Young Organist’s Concert Coming on February 26th

Saint Mark Lutheran Church is pleased to present A Young Organists’ Concert on Sunday February 26th, 2017 beginning at 4:00pm. Participants include Zachary Duell, Glory Lyatuu, Paul Lim, Sarah Massie, and Peter Scheessele. A reception will follow the concert.

There is no cost to attend — all are welcome!

This event gives young organ students an opportunity to perform in public.  Ages will range from 8 to 20.  We will also have a representative from Orgelkids USA at the program and children will have the opportunity to build a small pipe organ at the end of the program.

19 Nov 2016

Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Social

pumpkin_pieWorship on Thanksgiving Eve will be at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd, 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 24 & 25). Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 28th.

23 Sep 2016

Journey of Faith Begins

02_studyJourney of Faith returns beginning with four “Come and See” gatherings: September 25October 2, October 23, and November 6, 2016, at 9:45 a.m. in the Library. Journey of Faith is an ancient process of spiritual growth and renewal for adult believers. Bring your questions and find out more about this process during the “Come and See” sessions. Each will cover different topics, so plan to attend all four sessions. Look for the Journey of Faith brochure on Rally Day, September 11th. For more information, contact Pastor Charles, Joanne Sandhu, Daina Upite, Geri Hall, or Chris Woods.

27 Jul 2016

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 14th, 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!

03 May 2016

The Spirituality of Wine

Join us for The Spirituality of Wine on May 20th from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Witness Tree Vineyard. The author of a book by the same title, Gisela Kreglinger, will speak on the topic, sign copies of her book, and lead a wine tasting. Tickets are now available: $30 for a copy of the book, presentation, and wine tasting for one; $35 for the book, presentation, and Witness Tree Vineyard wine tasting for two. Contact Deb Mantey for tickets.


12 Feb 2016

Lenten Services at Saint Mark

ashesSaint Mark welcomes you to experience Lent by attending one of our mid-week services. Two services are held each Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. with a light lunch to follow, and at 6:30 p.m. with Holden Evening Prayer. Choir Rehearsals will take place at 7:15 p.m. during Lent. The labyrinth will be available all day on Wednesdays during Lent beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the lounge.

11 Feb 2016

Women’s Retreat in Lincoln City April 15-17th, 2016

retreat_houseThe Ninth Annual Women’s Retreat will be the weekend of April 15th-17th at a beautiful home on the shore of Devil’s Lake, just east of Lincoln City. Our theme for the weekend will be “Living Grace-fully”, where we will explore how to receive God’s gift of grace at each stage of life to live each day to its fullest. There will also be plenty of time built in to enjoy conversation, beach walks, laughter and the beautiful lake setting. Our facilitator will be Deb Mantey, Outreach Coordinator at Saint Mark.  You may download a brochure, or pick one up at the church office or the west narthex. Registration fee of $150 is due by April 10th. Be sure to put this popular and enriching retreat on your calendar!

2016 Retreat Brochure (pdf)

03 Dec 2015

Advent, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day at Saint Mark

christmas_candleMid-Week Worship at 12:05 noon each Wednesday with a light lunch following!

Advent Organ Concert on Friday, December 18 at 7:00pm

Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, December 24

  • 5:30 pm Family Service
  • 10:00 pm Candlelight, Carols & Communion

Christmas Day Service at 10:00 am with Communion

Sunday, December 27th – 10:00 am (one service only / No Sunday School)

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.

Learn More About the 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

23 Feb 2015

Eighth Annual Women’s Retreat

front viewMake your reservations now to attend our annual Women’s Retreat to be held April 17-19, 2015 in Lincoln City.  You could be one of 20 women to gather for a weekend of fun, good food, and reflection around the topic of “Wise Women.” Deaconess Deb Mantey will facilitate our Friday evening through Sunday noon retreat. Registration fee of $150 is due to the church office by April 12th, and includes all housing, food, and transportation. The brochure is available at the church office, or can be downloaded here.  Space is limited, so don’t wait too long to register!

Women’s Retreat Brochure »

15 Jan 2015

Connect 7 is Back!

After the past two years of Connect 7 and Dinner for 7, we’re back with another round of Connect 7. If you’d like to host, please sign up for a hosting slot in the west narthex and choose an activity you’d like to plan. For hosts, the activity you plan might be dinner or you could plan a hike, a meeting for coffee, a board game night, whatever fun fellowship activity you can dream up. If you want to be a guest, sign up to attend on the same poster board. The goal is to meet new people so try to join a group with members you might not know well.

Sign up closes on Feb. 1. Questions? E-mail Rob Owen at

03 Jun 2014

June 8th is Pentecost, and We are All Fired Up!

flameAfter the 9:30 service on Pentecost, plan to stick around for the fun! We will have our own : see renovations to the Library, find out where the Youth Room and Child Development Center classrooms are, check out where LWR quilt and Backpack Buddies ministries happen!

Meanwhile, there will be a supervised play group for the children, a Ping Pong tourney, knitting and various other groups gathering (watch for more details). At 11:30 a.m., we’ll gather in the fellowship hall, for a chili cook-off. Taste, and vote for, best, hottest, most flavorful, etc.! If you have a recipe you’ve been waiting to try, Pentecost is the time to get “All Fired Up!” (You can add to the fun by wearing RED!)

10 Mar 2014

Lenten Worship at Saint Mark

ashesDuring Lent Saint Mark will worship on Wednesdays (March 12th, 19th, 26th, April 2nd, 9th) with Worship at 12:05pm (Service of the Word). An evening service will start at 6:30 p.m. (Holden Evening Prayer).

The Labyrinth will be available from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm on Wednesdays during Lent for meditation.