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, for 2014-2015, is Faith That Moves Mountains based on Jesus' teaching about Prayer the Gospel of Mark. "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. So far, the mountains we have helped move since mid-September include providing scholarships for kids to go to camp, helping kids and families eat through Feeding America and the Marlborough foodback, supporting a local family dealing with a traumatic fire, providing funds for the Naubuc School Backpack program, and offering help to a church in Saweto, South Africa.
We are honored 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.
I have the joy of partnering with a dedicated staff and gifted congregation to celebrate God's goodness and beauty in the world, and to seek healing and renewal for creation, particularly for those who are most vulnerable.
I hope you can join us in our reflection, questioning, pondering, searching, and rejoicing. God bless you in your own faith journey!