December 17th Christmas Program

Our Education Department students will present a Christmas program during worship on December 17th, at 9:30 am.

The “Jubilee” program will be incorporated into our regular worship, with special music and readings.  Pastor Mark Halaas will be with us that Sunday to lead us as well.

A potluck lunch will be shared following the program.  The students will be providing the dessert!

Please join us on this special day.

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Victorian Christmas Brunch

Victorian Christmas

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  The hall is decorated, the musicians have rehearsed and the food will be prepared for the Victorian Christmas Brunch on Saturday morning, December 2nd at 10:00 a.m.

Women and men are cordially invited to enjoy a festive celebration in a Victorian setting.  Come, enjoy the fellowship and food and hear the history of the Victorian Christmases in word and song.

This is the annual Christmas Brunch sponsored by the St. Mark’s Women of the ELCA.  The board hopes you will attend and invite friends also.  There is a sign up sheet in the narthex.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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St. Mark’s will not be having a Thanksgiving Eve worship this year.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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Northlands Rescue Mission Food and Clothing Drive

God’s Work, Our Hands


This month,  we will celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family.  As we give Thanks for our blessings we have only to take a short drive, listen to the local news, or read the paper to realize others in our community remain in need.   To help address this demand your Mission Committee will hold its 2nd Annual Northlands Rescue Mission Food and Clothing Drive. 

The drive will run from November 5th through November 30th. A display, highlighting this drive, is in our Narthex.

Requested items are personal hygiene plus other items like warm boots, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants, bath towels, warm socks, plastic rain ponchos, plastic reflective emergency blankets (sell for about $3 each), face masks, chapstick, butter, cheese, coffee, gallon ziplock style bags, hand and foot warmer packets, etc.

Thanks for your continued support as St Mark’s continues to reach out to the needy.

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Concordia Christmas Concert

From Heaven Above to  Earth He Comes”   — December 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Christmas holiday with 400 Concordia Musicians!

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is chartering a bus to the Annual Concordia  Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 3rd.  The cost is $25 per person and includes bus fare, concert tickets and sack lunch.

The bus will depart from the St. Mark’s Lutheran parking lot at 11:30 am on December 3rd.  (We will stop at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro to pick up several of their members.)

Checks can be written to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.  In the memo line, write “Concordia Christmas”.  Mailing address:  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 715 24th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND  58201.  If mailing a check, please include a contact phone number.

There are 55 seats available and we would love to have you join us for this very special holiday event!

For more information, or to sign up, contact Sandy in the St. Mark’s office at                  701-772-4807,   or Michele Peterson at 701-330-0297.

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Property Committee Fundraiser


A Property Committee Fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, September 13th, from 6-7pm.

The Men’s Ministry Group will be serving roast beef, pork loin, mashed potatoes, buns, vegetables, salads and desserts.  A free-will offering will be taken.

Proceeds will be used to pay for the roof repair, all new sanctuary lighting, elevator repairs and misc. updates.  Please spread the word to your family and friends.


All are welcome!!

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Bible Study

Six-week Bible Study beginning Monday, October 2nd
9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Workbooks are $5.00.
Please sign-up in the Narthex
Hope to see you there – We will meet in the Chapel


This study explores the questions surrounding prayer that many of us wonder about but few of us know how to express. Above all, this book teaches us how to pray to a God who sees what lies ahead of us, knows what lies within us, and who invites us into an eternal partnership through prayer.


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Rally Sunday – September 10th

Ice Cream for Breakfast?  Yes, that is right!

Sunday, September 10th at 10:40 a.m., all Confirmation and Sunday School students are invited to celebrate the new school year with ice cream and fruit toppings for breakfast!

Confirmation kids (Grades 7-9) will meet with Lynn Schultz and the Sunday School kids will meet for a lesson and games.  Sunday School is for ages 4-6th grade.

During the 9:30 worship on that day, the Sunday School teachers will be installed and there will be a Blessing of Backpacks.  Be sure to remember to bring your backpacks, briefcases, etc., to worship with you that morning.

You won’t want to miss out on this fun Sunday.  See you there!

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Vacation Bible School

St. Mark’s Vacation Bible School will be held this year August 6th-9th.  A family meal will be held at 5:30 pm and sessions run 6-8:15 pm.  The theme this year is:

Maker Fun Factory – Created by God, Built with a Purpose

Come and be a part of this summer’s Vacation Bible School.  VBS is for all children who were in preschool – 5th grade Registration forms are available.

Instead of charging a registration fee, we are requesting donations of crayons, markers, colored pencils, adult and children’s coloring books for the local Red River Community Action organization.  All these items are available at the Dollar Store.   A suggested donation of $10 worth of those items is suggested for each child that attends VBS

Donations Requested:  Please watch for a bulletin board in the narthex with a list of food and craft items needed for VBS.

Here is a link to our Registration Form:

VBS Registration Form 2017



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Dave Adam’s Ordination

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