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 highlights:

  • 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.

In Christ,
Pastor Bob Bekkerus