Pastor Bob’s Update – March 17, 2020
I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the
twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! Consider it a sheer
gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all
sides….If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He
loves to help. – James 1:1-2, 5 (The Message)
James, the brother of Jesus, is writing about rapidly changing times.
He’s trying to understand what will happen, and how the church will
respond. I feel like him today.
Last night, after extensive conversation with our church council, we
agreed that St. Mark will need to take unprecedented steps to support
our neighbors and our community as we seek to slow the spread of
COVID-19. For me, this is incredibly difficult. Gathering as the
church has been a constant throughout my life, and changes to that are
hard. But for the sake of one another, we will be closing the St. Mark
Campus effective immediately, through April 9th. As we draw closer to
that date, we will re-evaluate the coming days.
While the campus is closed, St. Mark will be open. We will worship
together, pray together, care for one another and grow in discipleship.
A lot will be shared in the coming days, but for now, here are a few
- Worship Online
Beginning this weekend, we will host two virtual worship services on
Sunday morning, Traditional at 8:30AM and Contemporary at 10AM. This
won’t be simply a chance to watch, but to ask for prayer, chat with
others, sing, give, and more. You can join us at http://stmarkwdm.online.church
- Digital St. Mark
Over the next few days, we will be working to create community digitally. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stmarkwdm.
Programs like St. Mark Students, St. Mark Youth, will soon hear about
how they can continue to meet, and phone trees will be set up to connect
people. We plan to share more soon.
- Contacting Pastors and Staff
We are still available! If you need to contact a staff person, please call or email. Contact information is on our website at http://stmarkwdm.org/staff-leadership/.
Staff members will be checking our emails from places other than our
offices and are here to help. For pastoral needs, call or text message
our Pastor’s Line at 515.850.2101.
I’m so grateful for you and for the ways we will be the church in new ways during this difficult season. We know that Jesus is with us, and through him we are made whole.
Pastor Bob Bekkerus