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.
- Jesus Would Bake the Cake: A Christian Case for Sexual Justice (Friday presentation)
- Preaching in a Polarized Society (Saturday presentation)
- What Do I Expect from a Sermon? (Second Saturday presentation)
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
Plan 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!
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.
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
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
Worship 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
Journey of Faith returns beginning with four “Come and See” gatherings: September 25, October 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
Tickets 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 email@example.com for tickets.
12 Feb 2016
Lenten Services at Saint Mark
Saint 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
The 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
Mid-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
Faith 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.
06 Apr 2015
Pacific Lutheran University Chorale To Perform Saint Mark
Saint 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 www.plu.edu.