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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!! 

Give+ App

“Simple,” “easy to set up,” “even this luddite can do it”: just some of the responses from those who have signed up for electronic giving with our new “Give+” App! The App can be downloaded from both the Apple App Store or from Google Play for Android. If you were previously signed up for “Simply…Continue Reading

Tweener’s Bible Study

The Tweener’s Bible Study starts this Tuesday, April 26th, at 7pm and will be held on Tuesdays, May 10th and 24th and June 14th and 28th.  We are studying Rachel Held Evan’s book – Searching for Sunday – Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church.  There is a sign up sheet in the McCarney room for…Continue Reading

You are Invited!

Sunday, April 3rd we will be welcoming Evelyn Marie Carbo by baptism and the family has invited the members of St. Mark’s to attend her Breakfast Brunch after the service in the Auditorium.  Please let Courtney Carbo know if you are interested, you can call her at 267.847.3260.  Continue Reading

Easter Eggs

The Easter Egg Industry is under way for its 98th year of production.  The downstairs has been set-up and the production of the Easter Eggs has already begun.  This tradition is so long-running that many in the community know   St. Mark’s as the Easter Egg church.  The work schedule is listed below: Mondays: Fondant from…Continue Reading

Boy Scouts

Any boy between the ages of 101/2 and 15 is more than welcome to come out on any Monday night between 7:00 – 8:30pm.  See if scouting is for your family!  All are welcome. Please note: The Scouts will be joining us for worship on Scout Sunday, February 7th.  Continue Reading

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