40 DAYS OF RENEWAL


During this season of Lent, we encourage you to be mindful of not taking on more. To be intentional about creating some Sabbath time for yourself. To be creative in

re-centering your life back into God’s love. 


To help along the way, we are offering a "40 Days of Renewal" devotional.* Each day includes several verses, a devotion, some reflection questions, and a prayer. CLICK HERE to open the renewal calendar. Then click on the daily scripture reference to view each day’s devotion


As Pastor Jenny Sung, a “free-range” ELCA pastor and speaker at this year’s ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza, reminds us, we are called and invited to “move at the speed of love” rather than trying to run at the speed of light. For Lent 2022, join us in slowing down. Renewing our faith. Remembering our rootedness. 


* "40 Days to Renewal" is inspired and adapted from Lutheran Church of Hope (LCH) in Des Moines, IA. Used by permission.

ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday March 2

11 a.m. - in person

7 p.m. - in person and livestreamed


The Imposition of Ashes service on Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period of reflection before Easter. All people are welcome! Special music includes vocal duet at 11 a.m. and the Lion's Voice Choir, the Glory Ringers Handbell Choir, and Darragh Creaney, clarinet at 7 p.m. 


The 7 p.m. worship service will also be livestreamed on St. Mark's YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/stmarksyoutube) for people at home to participate. 

LENTEN OFFERING


Each year our Lenten offering is a way of giving back all that God has given us. This year we are collaborating on an intergenerational Lenten offering that focuses on hunger.


Our schools provide an incredible free-lunch service to students during the week, but that doesn’t extend to the weekends. That means there are numerous children who don’t eat on weekends. Who have their last meal on Friday for lunch and have to wait for their next meal on Monday afternoon.


St. Mark’s wants to help alleviate and eradicate that hunger problem in our country. Our collective Lenten offering this year will go to ELCA’s Good Gifts “Stock a Backpack with Food” program. Each $10 gift provides a kid with a backpack full of food that he/she can take home and be fed over the weekend. CLICK HERE to make a donation. Help feed a hungry child!

LENTEN WORSHIP

Saturday 5 p.m. - in person

Sunday 10 a.m. - in person or livestreamed


Worship is at the core of our faith. By gathering each week, even virtually, we experience the love of God, the grace of Jesus, Holy Breath of the Spirit. 


We invite you to join us in person on Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. or Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. You can also watch our livestreamed service on Sunday at 10 a.m. on our YouTube channel. The recorded video is available afterward so you can watch at your convenience (on our website or our YouTube "Worship Service" playlist).


Holy Communion is an important part of worship, and we invite you to have the elements of bread or cracker, plus wine or juice, available for all those in your home would we like to receive Communion.


We also invite you download the Order of Worship in advance, so you can participate fully.  To learn more, visit our WORSHIP page