CHURCH EVENTS FOR WEDNESDAY 6/19:
- Worship Service at 7:00pm
St. Mark Inclusivity Statement
“We are a community that values and celebrates diversity in order to fulfill the work of the Holy Trinity. Examples of now existing diversity in our congregation, which we intend to nurture, grow, and celebrate include, but are not limited to, persons of varying: race, national and ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic circumstance, mental/physical health, political persuasion, and theological perspective. As a congregation, we pledge to demonstrate not only through words, but our actions that when we say all are welcome, we really mean it.”
CHRISTIAN CLOWNING WORKSHOP
You may not have had the thought to run away and join the circus at some point in your life (or maybe you have?), but do you have an interest in channeling your inner clown as a way of sharing the faith with others?
If you do, you are invited to attend a “fact finding” workshop with Buster and Rosie, St. Mark’s own members of God’s Giggle Gang, on
Sunday, June 23 at 8:30 AM in the Forum. They’ll talk about their clowning experience and Christian clowning to see what kind of interest there is for a St. Mark Summer clown group with the goal of putting on one or more skits during a Sunday morning worship.
ALL AGES WELCOME!
As one of the oldest Protestant denominations, Lutheranism traces its core beliefs and practices back to the principles of Martin Luther, the German monk known as the "Father of the Reformation." Luther's major departures from Roman Catholic doctrine were based on several beliefs. Over the next few days, the parts of his faith will be published here.
Salvation for All - Luther believed that salvation is available to all humans through the redeeming work of Christ.
Salvation by Grace through Faith - Luther maintained that salvation comes by grace through faith alone; not by works and sacraments.
The Lord's Supper - Luther also retained the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, but the doctrine of transubstantiation was rejected.
Sacraments - Luther believed the sacraments were valid only as aids to faith (initiating and feeding faith), thus giving grace to those who participate in them.
Baptism - Although Luther retained that Baptism was necessary for spiritual regeneration, no specific form was stipulated. Today Lutherans practice both infant baptism and baptism of believing adults.
Individual Access to God - Luther believed that each individual has the right to reach God through Scripture with responsibility to God alone. It is not necessary for a priest to mediate.
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