January and February Worships

Our Sunday morning worships in the months of January and February will be online. Check our Facebook page and the GIFT of Grace Lutheran Facebook page for the worship. Worships will be live at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays.

At this time, no meetings or events are being held in-house. We continue to consider the safety of opening up our building to events. Our Council is working to keep everyone safe.

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Christmas Eve Worships

St. Mark’s will have Christmas Eve worships in our parking lot at 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm. We are located at 715 24th Avenue South.

All are welcome!

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Christmas Message from Pastor Sarah

Christmas Blessings to you, Beloveds!


May you all find love and wholeness in the midst of all of the uncertainty and unfamiliarity of this year. Remember that this is our story:  A baby boy comes in the midst of darkness and violence to offer hope to the world. 
On this unusual Christmas, we offer to you our Christmas Eve Communion and Candles worship online. It’s on YouTube and will also be posted on our Facebook pages beginning at noon tomorrow. Your friends and friends-to-be have done a wonderful job of helping us to celebrate this year. This also gives us an opportunity to see each other’s faces without masks! 🙂
Here’s the YouTube link:    

https://youtu.be/TcCUS3XlhTY
Feel free to share with friends and family. It’s our gift to all. 

Calendar reminders:
December 24th, 2 pm and 4:30 pm  Christmas Eve worship with communion in the parking lot at St. Mark’s, 715 24th Ave S, Grand Forks, ND. 
Sunday, December 27th at 11 am Carols and Bonfire in the parking lot at Walle Church, 746 9th St NE, Thompson, ND. You are welcome to come and sit in your car and listen on your radio, if you don’t want to brave the weather. 

Have a blessed Christmas, Beloveds!Pastor SarahGIFT of Grace Lutheran MinistryWalle, Evanger and St. Mark’s Lutheran Churches701-740-1651 

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Sunday Worships

We will be continuing our Sunday morning worships at 10:30 a.m. in our parking lot at 715 24th Avenue South.

Parking lot worships will be held throughout the months of November and December.

Worship is also available on our Facebook page or the GIFT of Grace Ministry Facebook page at 8:30 a.m.

The council will re-evaluate the safety of moving inside for in-person worships after the first of the year. Our goal is to keep our members and staff as safe as possible.

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Food Drive

With all of the economic challenges of the virus, demand at the local food banks is very high. We are having a food drive to help support the Salvation Army Food Pantry.  Our goal is to fill the Scout trailer!!

Food Donations may be dropped off at St. Mark’s at the following times:

9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday – Thursday August 24th – 27th

5:30 to 8:30 pm Monday August 24th

10:30 worship on Sundays August 23rd and August 30th

If you would rather make a financial donation, you can drop it off at the times and locations above OR send a check to:  

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
715 24th Ave. S.
Grand Forks, ND 58201 

Donations will be matched by Abiding Memorials. Thank you for your support!!  Spread the word so we can fill that trailer.

Outreach Ministry
St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
701-772-4807

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Welcome to Pastor Sarah

Beginning August 1, 2020, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church has become a part of the G.I.F.T. (Growing in Faith Together) of Grace Ministry. The other two churches we are partnered with are Walle Lutheran and Evanger Lutheran.

We welcome Pastor Sarah Raymond as our pastor for the ministry. We are excited to begin this new chapter for St. Mark’s.

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Good Luck to Pastor Dale!

This week, St. Mark’s will be saying goodbye to Pastor Dale Raatz.

Pastor Dale has been with St. Mark’s for two years and will soon head to Florida to begin the next step to becoming a VA Chaplain.

Good luck to you! We will miss your spiritual guidance, your friendship, and your teachings – not to mention the continued conversation about how the John Deere out performs any other equipment out there. (I am not clear on how well his conversion to green and yellow attempts have been.)

Our prayers go with you. We will miss you and Terri and wish you both well.”May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

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Parking Lot Worship

Sunday, August 2nd, we will hold worship in our parking lot at 10:30 a.m. NOTE: 10:30 a.m. will be our new worship time, beginning in August.

Watch for more details!

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Confirmation Class of 2020

Pastor Dale Raatz confirmed our Confirmation Class members on June 28, 2020 in a private worship attended by family (due to COVID-19 restrictions).

Joining our St. Mark’s family through confirmation on that Sunday were:

Navy Oss – son of Lasha & Matt Oss                                                                                                  Joseph (Joey) Swenson – son of Amy Swenson & Kevin McGurran

Confirmation Class of 2020

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Special Meeting of the Congregation

St. Mark’s will hold a special meeting of the congregation on Sunday, May 31st, at 2:00 p.m.  This meeting will be held in our parking lot.  Members will be encouraged to remain in their vehicles and practice safe social distancing.

Included on the agenda is election of a council member for a three year term, approval of the amendments to the Joint Ministry Agreement and voting whether or not to become a part of the G.I.F.T. of Grace Lutheran Ministry.   If the congregation approves becoming a part of the ministry, voting will take place to call the pastor at that time.

This is a very important meeting for the future of St. Mark’s.  Voting Registration will take place to assure that we have at least 25 voting members in attendance.

According to our constitution, voting must be done in person.  No proxy or absentee votes will be accepted.

Please put this on your calendar and plan to attend.  Mailings have been sent out to members and more information will be sent a week prior to the meeting.

 

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