An Update from Pastor Bob – November 10, 2020

Friends in Christ,

Last night, I spent an evening with our council talking about the rapid rise in COVID cases in our county, as well as reflecting on the Governor’s call to limit gathering sizes. As a church, we’ve moved to find ways to gather, but we knew that the fall may bring a need to transition back to a more virtual ministry. The council decided that the only responsible thing we can do right now is to make these changes. Here is what you need to know:

Church OnlineWe will have two services each Sunday at 8:30am (Traditional) and 10:30am (Contemporary). Services are also available on-demand throughout the week! (Please Note: We will be suspending Wednesday night worship for the time being.)

Kids, Students, and YouthThese ministries will continue to meet virtually until the new year. You’ll receive more information from Tim or Jess on these plans.

Office HoursOur offices and church buildings will not be open during the week. St. Mark staff will continue to work a hybrid of in-person and remote office time, and are available by appointment.

CommunionWe’ve learned a lot since the last time we had to do virtual ministry in the spring. One thing we will do differently is Holy Communion. Rather than celebrating communion as part of our weekend virtual services, we will hold drive-through communion events at St. Mark during this time of virtual worship. In addition, we will be creating a “communion at home” guide so you can celebrate communion either by yourself or with those in your household.

One immediate question this brings – What about Christmas? I can tell you that Christmas Eve is one of the highlights of my year, but it simply isn’t wise to plan to meet this year. I hope you’ll join me in being sad about this decision, but making it today, the team at St. Mark can start planning to make Christmas as special as we can make it!

This weekend’s message will remind us that the church isn’t a building – it’s people who are committed to caring for their community. My prayer is that this decision will help us to love our neighbor by protecting each other during this season. Know that my prayers are with you, and that St. Mark is just a call or email away!

In Christ,
Pastor Bob