Welcome to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church!
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we welcome you to St. Mark’s. We especially welcome our guests who have joined us today. We pray that your soul will be strengthened by the good news about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness to us through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Our congregation also operates a Lutheran school for students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. If you would like to learn more about our church or school, please contact one of our pastors, the principal, or another representative of our church or school. They would be happy to assist you.
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.
Hearing assistance is available. Personal assistance devices are available for anyone who may have difficulty hearing the service. Please ask an usher if you would like to use one. In addition, the sanctuary is “looped” for those whose hearing aids can pick up the signal.
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
We are presently in the church season called Epiphany. The word Epiphany means “to reveal.” The season begins on Epiphany Day, January 6, when we remember how the star revealed Jesus as the Savior to the Magi from the East (Matthew 2:1-12). The season extends from January 6 through the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. During the Epiphany season, our worship focuses on the many ways that Jesus revealed himself as our Savior, especially in his ministry, miracles, and message.
Focus of Today’s Service
The first Sunday after Epiphany begins the church year’s annual review of the ministry of Jesus. We begin with Jesus’ baptism, the event that inaugurated his ministry and revealed him as the heaven-sent Savior of mankind.
Serving at Worship
Presiding Minister Pastor Jason Schmidt
Preacher Pastor Ronald Waterstradt
Organist Rosemarie Boushek