Midweek Lent Worships

During Lent, we will be worshiping on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 pm.  We are using the Holden Evening Prayer for liturgy and listening to “Overheard Conversations by the Cross”.

This series puts us in the company of various people who were involved in our Lord’s Passion.  It invites us to eaves drop on the concerns and conflicts of people whose lives were touched…and changed…by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.. just as our lives have been.  Please join us and listen……

A family supper will be served beginning at 6:00 pm.  Crosses in color

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Ash Wednesday internet

Ash Wednesday worships will be held at St. Mark’s on February 14th, at 11:00 a.m. and at 6:45 p.m.

Following the 11:00 worship, the JOY group will share a meal.

Our regular midweek Lenten worships will begin on February 21st.  The family meal will begin at 6:00 p.m. and worship will be in our chapel at 6:45 p.m.  We will be using the Holden Evening Prayer for our liturgy.  And, we will hear “Overhead Conversations by the Cross” also.  Please join us.

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Harp Lessons

Callie Stadem, a very talented harpist, shares her beautiful music with us before and during worship once a month.  Callie also spends time with our Sunday School kids on occasion.  Recently, she brought “child size” harps and worked with our students.  They were given the opportunity to try these harps out.   They really enjoyed their time with Callie and got a chance to play this beautiful instrument!Sunday School - Harp 2Sunday School - HarpSunday School - Harp 5Sunday School - Harp 4sunday-school-harp-3.jpg

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The Rusty Chords

The Rusty Chords, a gospel singing group, will be with us during our worship on Sunday, December 31st, at 9:30 a.m.  This group from Grand Forks, has performed in many areas of the United States and Canada.  Through their music, this trio loves to minister to others of the love of Jesus.

Our worship will be complete with Lessons and Carols.  All are welcome.

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Christmas Schedule

As we approach the celebration of the birth of our Lord, we are grateful for your presence and your partnership in God’s mission at St. Mark’s.  Here is the worship schedule for our Christmas Season:

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship         2:00 pm  Carols and Holy Communion

December 31st     9:30 am  Worship      Special Guests-The Rusty Chords

The Church office will be closed December 25th & 26th and January 1st.


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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,   stmarkselca@msn.com   or Michele Peterson at 701-330-0297.

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