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Saint Mark Lutheran Church

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25 Aug 2019

Rally Day is Coming September 8th

We traditionally go back to two worship services in September. On the last Sunday that we worship together at 9:30 a.m. we have Rally Day (September 8 this year) with worship outside in the parking lot, blessing of the animals and a barbecue potluck lunch with activities for everyone (a bouncy house for the children!). Plan now for this date!

We return to two worship services on Sunday, September 15th, with Contemporary worship at 8:30 a.m. in the lounge and Liturgical worship at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Our Education hour is at 9:45 a.m. for all ages.

21 Aug 2019

Shared Worship This Sunday, August 24th at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

This coming Sunday the people of Saint Mark, Holy Cross and Christ the Good Shepherd are worshipping together at Christ the Good Shepherd (4440 State Street). Worship time is at 10:00 AM. Following worship is a potluck. We hope you will take the time to get to know some of our sisters and brothers in the Lutheran community of Salem.

23 Jun 2019

VBS in July on Monday Evenings

We will be trying a Vacation Bible School type experience for all ages on Monday evenings in July. We are planning to start with a light supper at 6:00 p.m., followed by lesson on the Biblical stories in our stained glass windows, games an crafts, and a wind- down “bedtime story” around 8:00 p.m. You do not need to be at all five Monday evenings to be involved. If you would like to sign up to help with just one meal, craft, or help with a specific area, call the church office. Lots of fun to be had by ALL!

Monday Evenings in July Brochure (pdf)

09 May 2019

Faith Dialogues Coming in June

Did you ever wonder about Jesus’ parable about the log in your own eye and the speck in your neighbor’s eye? Are we meant to laugh at ourselves while at the same time being convicted of the truth of our willingness to see fault in the other? What else in scripture can be seen as humorous?

Come and find out Thursday, June 13th, 7 p.m. as Father Tony Petrotta shares “Reflections on Scripture, Humor and Faith”. Pick up a brochure which outlines all three presentations (13th, 16th and 30th) and share with neighbors and friends, especially those who may be ready to look at Christianity from a little more lighthearted approach!

04 Apr 2019

Holy Week Schedule for Saint Mark

Palm Sunday

  • 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
  • 9:45 am. Education
  • 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

Holy Week – Monday – Wednesday

  • Labyrinth 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday

  • 12:05 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    Holy Communion & Foot Washing
  • Labyrinth 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Good Friday

  • 12:05 p.m. Stations of the Cross 7:00 p.m. Tenebrae
  • 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Labyrinth

Holy Saturday

  • 7:00 p.m. Easter Vigil

Easter Morning

  • 9:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast followed by an Easter Egg Hunt
  • 11:00 a.m. Festival Worship

05 Mar 2019

Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday March 6th

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Ash Wednesday, March 6th, begins the annual Lenten journey to the cross. Saint Mark will worship with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes at both 12:05 pm and 7:00 pm.

The following Wednesdays through Lent you will have the opportunity to worship at 12:05 noon for a brief service and follow with a light-lunch in the lounge, and/or at 6:30 p.m. with Holden Evening Prayer. Choir Rehearsals will be delayed until 7:15 pm through Lent.

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.

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

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)

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

Labyrinth

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

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!