Welcome to St. Mark's Lutheran Church!
A staffed nursery is located in the very back of the church lobby. Volunteers are available during both services and the Bible study hour to care for children up through three years of age.
Reserved seating for families with young children is available in the back three pews on both sides of the sanctuary. Please keep these pews reserved for families even if you have arrived late.
Personal listening systems are available for anyone who may have difficulty hearing the service. Please ask an usher if you would like to use one.
Large print service booklets are available on the shelf along the side wall in the church lobby.
Children’s activity sheets are also available on the shelf in the church lobby. Parents may pick up a copy for their young children to use during the service.
Cell phones should be turned off or put on vibrate mode so as not to disrupt others during the service. Thank you for your cooperation.
Registration cards are given to all families and individuals along with this worship booklet as they enter the church. One side of the registration card is for members; the other side is for visitors. The cards are collected after the sermon during the offering, when they are handed in toward the center aisle. If time permits, please fill out your card prior to the start of the service. Visitors may also use this form to tell us about themselves or to make a request.
Coffee is served between services in the church lobby or, weather permitting, outside in the rose garden. We invite everyone to join us for a time of fellowship between today’s services.
Copies of next Sunday’s Scripture lessons are available on the shelf in the church lobby. You are invited to pick up a copy to help you prepare for next Sunday’s service.
Season of the Church Year
The first season of the church year is the Advent season. Advent includes the four Sundays before Christmas Day. The word Advent means “coming.” As we anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ first coming into this world at his birth, we also prepare for his second coming at the end of time.
Focus of Today’s Service
Today is the first Sunday of another new church year. As we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth this Advent season, the first Sunday of the season encourages us to also prepare ourselves for the final judgment. Faith in Christ prepares us for that day and assures us that we have nothing to fear when Jesus returns to this world a second time on the Last Day.
Serving at Worship
Presiding Minister Pastor Johnold Strey
Preacher Pastor Ronald Waterstradt
Organist Jorie Baer