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Welcoming all, Journeying together, Reaching out

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by Peter Hoelter No Comments

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

Easter Services at Saint Mark

Posted on: April 2nd, 2017 by Peter Hoelter No Comments

Join us as Saint Mark celebrates Holy Week.

Palm Sunday, April 9th


Available in the lounge

Maundy Thursday, April 13th

Good Friday, April 14th

Holy Saturday, April 15th

Easter Sunday, April 16th

Journey of Faith Begins

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by Peter Hoelter No Comments

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.

Souper Bowl Results

Posted on: February 6th, 2014 by Peter Hoelter No Comments

Souper_Bowl_of_Caring_Logo_with_Web_AddressApparently Saint Mark is pretty good at predicting the outcome of the Super Bowl. The Seahawks won in both the donation collection and the Big Game. But the real winners are the Marion-Polk Food Share (76 pounds of canned food) and Backpack Buddies ($184.78). The breakdown was: Broncos (23 pounds of canned food and $60) and Seahawks (53 pounds of food and $124.78). Thanks for all the great support. Saint Mark has been involved in the Souper Bowl of Giving in the past so it was great to resurrect this tradition.

Go to to learn more about Saint Mark’s history with the Souper Bowl and efforts from around the country.

Backpack Buddies Featured in Statesman Journal Article

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by Peter Hoelter No Comments

backpack_buddies_statesmanSaint Mark’s Backpack Buddies program was featured in the Sunday June 9th edition of the Salem Statesman Journal. The article by Capi Lynn features Saint Mark volunteers Diane Painter and Nancy Carlisle, who sent a sample page to be placed on Lynn’s desk at the newspaper.

Backpack Buddies is designed to help meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. Two meals are provided for each student and the bags are discreetly placed in their backpacks. Saint Mark volunteers take care of the packing, sorting, and delivering of 50 meals a week during the school year.

Outreach Coordinator Selected

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by Peter Hoelter No Comments

deb_mantey_fullAt the annual congregational meeting, a one-quarter-time position of Outreach Coordinator was approved.  We have steadily been moving to fill that position.   Three individuals inquired regarding the position.  After an interview process the council is pleased to announce that Deaconess Debra Mantey has accepted the position.  We are fortunate to have such a well-qualified person for this position.

Deb holds a B.A. in Theology from Valparaiso University and is a consecrated deaconess of the Lutheran Church.  Deb has held parish positions in several Lutheran churches in Washington and Texas.  She has also served as a Congregational Resource Representative for Augsburg Fortress.  From 1997-2011 Deb served the Oregon Synod as coordinator for Congregational Resources reaching out to clergy and lay leaders from 116 congregations across Oregon.

Deb will start her new position in time to support our next new member class.  Her email address is  Please join me in congratulating Deb on joining the staff of St. Mark. — John Anderson, Council President