A Word From Our Pastor
Thanks for stopping in! St. Mark is a Jesus-following, music-loving, peace-seeking intergenerational suburban congregation. We live out our mission to share Christ with joy by identifying and releasing our gifts - food, talents, music - for the good of our neighbors. We are blessed to be part of God's mission in Greater Hartford for the last 128 years.
This year's church theme is Faith That Moves Mountains based on Jesus' teaching about prayer. "Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." (Mark 11:23) Each week, the church is GIVING money away to help move a mountain in the world. Every Sunday, someone volunteers to receive $20 to put toward overcoming an obstacle or pursuing a positive opportunity to put action behind our prayers. Some of the "mountains" we have moved since mid-September include helping kids and families eat through Feeding America and the Marlborough, East Harford, and Middletown foodbanks, supporting a local family dealing with a traumatic fire, providing funds for the Naubuc School Backpack program, offering help to a church in Saweto, South Africa, and sending a young adult on a mission-service trip to build wells in Nicaragua.
We are thrilled to work with our neighbors near and far to do good in God's world!
Some of our community partners include Goodness Korean Methodist Church, Narcotics Anonymous, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, a Diabetes' support group, a series of Cuantos Puntos concerts, Music-Makers recitals, MACC shelter in Manchester, and three ESL Classes through Vernon Regional Education.
We strive to be a community that practices grace, forgiveness, and radical hospitality, but we are definitely a work in progress! Especially as we adjust to proclaim and embody God's word of peace in ways that resonate - and sometimes challenge! - our 21st century hyper-paced, mutli-media, consumerist way of life. We are eager to learn from you and with you what it means to follow Jesus in 2015.
We look forward to spending a day with beloved teacher John Bell from Scotland who will be with us next month to lead our community in a reflection on Faith Practices, drawing on the ancient wisdom of Celtic Spirituality. You can learn more about the ecumenical Christian community of which John is a part here: Iona Abbey Community .
I hope you can join us in our reflection, questioning, pondering, serving, and rejoicing. God bless you in your own faith journey!