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The Church is not closed, it’s deployed

These are certainly different times for the church. Over the last few weeks we have had to completely rethink the ways in which we have come to define “church.” With the mandate to maintain “physical distancing” and our worship being a “full contact” sports at time, we came to the difficult decision to disband worship in the building for a time. But that doesn’t mean the church is canceled or closed. By no means. I put on the church sign this week that the “church is not closed, it’s deployed.” As people sent into the world to be church, we are learning to do that in completely new ways. Over the last few weeks, I have seen you all via facebook and stories tell me of ways that you have been caring for one another, seeking to be in relationship despite the mandate to “physical distance” and if you ask me, I have seen the church come alive despite not holding worship in our building.

No pandemic will ever be able to close or cut off the work of the Holy Spirit to gather, enlighten and deploy us into the world to do God’s work. So right now that work looks like staying at home and checking in while maintaining a safe distance. God’s work looks like loving our neighbors enough to flatten the curve. The church is hard at work serving our neighbors by keeping our churches empty for a time. But that doesn’t stop worship or the church from doing it’s work — we have been gathering these last two weeks in virtual community over Zoom and will continue to do so as long as the mandate to isolate is in place. Like Lazarus coming out of the grave, I am seeing the church (which was once thought dead) shake off it’s grave clothes and come out of the tomb at the sound of Jesus’s name! Beloved we have work to do! 

So I know these last few weeks have been difficult for many of us – I am so thankful for all of you who continue to check in with one another, I can’t possibly get all of the checking in done on my own. In an effort to keep us connected via technology, this email will, for the time being, also serve as your spot for all the links to our Zoom get together. You will see in this email a few new ones for folks to gather and check in with one another. As we learn to navigate these “deployed” times. Ask any military family and they will tell you – the way you get through a deployment is — together. We are here for you and if you have any particular needs, please contact via cell phone or by calling the church office. 

God is with us in this and we will get through this on the other side — Jesus is walking along side us in these days!! 

Virtual Holy Week

Maundy ThursdayWe have created an “at home” experience of Maundy Thursday for tonight. We invite you to take time tonight to share in a special meal as a family or household. I wrote a liturgy / bulletin that you could use while eating dinner tonight to share in scripture, prayer and conversation. Take a second…Continue Reading

Virtual Worship

Join us Sunday morning at 9:30am for our first every Virtual worship…. it’s a BYOCE (bring your own communion elements) kind of service!! Topic: Sunday Worship ServiceTime: Apr 12, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Every week on Sun, until May 24, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/649397358?pwd=c21YemhZYjFVUjZXOXBBZ3NzRXJsQT09 Meeting ID: 649 397 358Password: saintmarks…Continue Reading

COVID-19 and Worship

As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. – Luke 4.40-44Dear St. Mark’s, Today has been one of unfolding events. This morning, I didn’t think I would be needing to…Continue Reading

diakonia™ classes resume Saturday, March 21

This is a two-year adult theological education and discipleship program covering a range of topics from the Bible, Practical Ministries, Church History and Christian Teachings.  Participants can sign on for the entire year or take the courses individually as their schedules allow! Each course is 5 weeks long.  In March, the class will meet on…Continue Reading

Holy Week Schedule

Join us as we tell the story of Christ’s passage from life, to death and resurrection dawn: Palm Sunday, April 5th  with worship at 9:30am Maundy Thursday, April 9th – Potluck dinner at 6 pm and worship in the sanctuary at 7 pm                                                                 Good Friday evening, April 10th with worship at 7 pm Easter Sunday,…Continue Reading

Pajama Church Party

Sunday Feb. 23rd we observe Transfiguration Sunday – help us transfigure the state of poverty in our wider community by bringing in kids PJ’s to donate to Cradles to Crayons. We will also celebrate by transfiguring the way we worship too by wearing PJ’s to worship!Continue Reading

Easter Egg Industry Begins

Our annual fundraiser making Easter Egg candies will begin on Monday January 20th with our normal production of Monday evening making fondant, Wednesday evening coating in chocolate and Friday morning packing candies in boxes. We always need volunteers, so consider joining us for this annual Conshohocken tradition!Continue Reading

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