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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Lift Replacement Project

There has been a lot of “busy-ness” here at St. Mark’s while we have all been practicing social distancing.

The lift replacement project has been underway and should be completed by the time we are able to be together for worship, Bible Studies and other meetings.

Here are some of the pictures:

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Sunday Worship on Facebook

Sunday morning worship is live streamed on our facebook page at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday’s.

For your convenience, Pastor Dale posts the lessons for each Sunday prior to the worship.  Lessons and commentaries are also posted on occasion during the week.

Check our facebook page to keep updated.

Office Hours have been discontinued until further notice.  The church phone is transferred to Sandy’s cell phone so we are available to you every day.  

We pray that you are all staying safe and healthy during these “interesting” times.

God’s blessings to you all.

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Update on Cancellations

St. Mark’s has made the decision to cancel all worships, activities and events through May 11th.    This is following the recommendations of our EaND Synod and the CDC.

The church office will be staffed Mondays and Thursdays 8:30-3:00.  The church phone has been transferred to the cell phone of staff, so calls will be answered every day.

During this time, we ask that you remember to financially support St. Mark’s with your offerings.  Offerings can be dropped off at the church when open, or can be mailed to St. Mark’s at 715 24th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND  58201.

This decision was not made lightly, but we feel this is in the best interest of our members, staff, family and friends.    We pray that all of you remain safe and healthy during these difficult times.

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Cancellations

St. Mark’s Family and Friends,
In light of the recommendations in regards to meetings, events, etc., St. Mark’s has decided to cancel worships and all activities through April 4th.  Watch for further updates on April 2nd.  We will decide and announce how to proceed further at that time.
This decision was made after careful consideration and after receiving this information from the Synod office …  They recommend
“That all congregations and ministry agencies of Eastern North Dakota Synod follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for worship and other gatherings and activities, including the option to suspend worship or other activities, for up to eight weeks (through May 11, 2020).”
During this time, the office may not be staffed during normal hours of operation.  Please call ahead.    Phones will be transferred so that your calls will always be answered.
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Changes in Worship

In an effort to keep all of us healthy and safe, St. Mark’s has made some changes.

We will continue to worship on Sundays at 9:30 am in our sanctuary.    For now, communion will continue to be served every Sunday, but we will not be doing intinction.  Other measures will be implemented such as no shaking of hands, not passing the offering plate, etc.

We will not have coffee and fellowship following worship.

Our Lent Worships on Wednesdays will continue but have been moved up to 6:00 pm.  We WILL NOT serve family suppers on Wednesdays.

We are doing what we can to help our St. Mark’s friends and family stay healthy.  Any changes will be updated here as needed.

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Wednesday Lenten Worship

 

Lent schedule colored

Beginning Wednesday, March 4th, we will gather for a family supper followed by worship.

Supper will begin serving at 6:00 pm followed by worship in the Chapel at 6:45 pm.  Our liturgy will be the Holden Evening Prayer worship.

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WELCA Christmas Brunch

Our WELCA group hosted their annual Christmas Brunch in December.  Food and fellowship and entertainment.  A great way to spend a morning.

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Daycare Halloween Party

Our Education Department celebrated an early Halloween with the All 4 Learning Day Care yesterday afternoon. There were games, face painting, and treats. Looks like everyone had fun!

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