Celebrate Christmas with us!

Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

We’ll have two services — a 5 p.m. family-oriented contemporary service and a 7 p.m. traditional service with Scripture, carols and a cantata.

On Sunday, December 26, we will have one Unity worship service at 10 a.m., with lessons and carols.

Delaware Legislative Night

State Representative Debra Heffernan and State Senator Sarah McBride

Please join us at 7 p.m. Monday, December 20 for a 40-minute Zoom session with the two state legislators who represent our area.

State Senator Sarah McBride and State Representative Debra Heffernan will discuss the upcoming legislative session and take your questions. This is a valuable session even if you don’t live in the same Senatorial District or Representative District which serves our church home.  Don’t miss this opportunity to share your thoughts and learn about the work these lawmakers are doing in Dover.

If you have questions about this event or need the Zoom link, please contact Jan Sullivan.

Christmas Carols together — singing and sharing!

Sheet music with an ornament and greens

Christmas Carols + You + Me: Join us at 10 a.m. in the Great Room for this Adult Education class as we share personal stories of the role Christmas carols have played in our lives. All are invited to share a carol that has a special memory or has shaped your faith in some way. This class is designed as an opportunity to learn more about each other and to reflect upon the significance and meaning that Christmas carols have had in our lives. Cliff Smith will facilitate the discussion.

Christmas Carol sing: We’ll gather outside at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 5 (weather permitting), as our St. Mark’s family joins together for a Christmas carol sing.

A Call to Prayer

The altar, cross and window

Join us as we gather for a Prayer Vigil on Saturday morning, December 4. The sanctuary will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. You may come for any portion of that that time — or all of it! Between 10 and 11 a.m., we will focus our prayers on St. Mark’s.

Here’s why: Prayer is woven throughout the entire Bible. As believers in God, we believe that as we pray God listens, responds, heals, guides, blesses, anoints, forgives, provides, protects, redeems, leads, directs, empowers, nourishes, unites and much more.

We want to make our praises and prayer requests known. Whether we do that privately, corporately, silently or out loud, we believe God will be listening.

Come and pray silently in the pews. Come to the altar to kneel and pray. Speak your prayer aloud for others to hear. Submit a prayer to be read by someone else. (You may submit these written prayers to the prayer collection envelope in the sanctuary.) Or join us in prayer while you are at home.

A prayer guide will be provided.

If you have questions contact anyone on the prayer team: Cecilia Cronk, Margie Dodson, Vicki McDowell, Beth Miller, Nancy Myers, Cliff Smith or Jan Sullivan.

We hope you’ll join us!

Support for Afghan refugees

Rosi Crosby of Jewish Family Services

Please join us Sunday, November 14 at 10 a.m. in the Great Room as we welcome special guest Rosi Crosby, chief strategy officer at Jewish Family Services of Delaware.  

Jewish Family Services is in charge of welcoming Afghan refugees to Delaware.  Approximately 30 refugees are arriving before the end of the year and more may be coming next year.

During her visit, Ms. Crosby will provide more information about this effort, including opportunities for community members to help welcome and support these new neighbors.

As part of the November 14 program, we will host a “Shower for Showers.” Please consider purchasing and bringing a gift of a new neutral-colored bath towel and matching washcloth, plus possibly a new two-in-one (shampoo and creme rinse) or three in one (shampoo, creme rinse and liquid soap) bath product of your choice. (Three-in-one products are usually found in the stores with children’s grooming products.)

If you have questions, please contact Jan Sullivan.

Join us for LCS’ 30th Hunger Walk/Run

The start of the 2019 LCS Walk Run for Hunger

The Lutheran Community Services Hunger Walk/Run is back and all of us — runners, walkers, volunteers and givers — are invited to participate in this event, which supports the ministries of LCS in our community.

The funds raised and food collected from this 5-kilometer event go directly to LCS’ food pantries.

This year’s event marks the 30th anniversary of the Hunger Walk/Run. Though the 2020 event was “virtual,” allowing everyone to choose the place and time of their participation because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we return to an in-person event on Saturday, September 18 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 1530 Foulk Rd., Wilmington, Delaware 19803. Registration starts at 9 a.m. The run/walk starts at 10.

Afterward, stick around for the Family Fun Fair. Games, rides, music and food all are on the agenda.

You can contribute to the success of this day without lacing up any sneakers by supporting those who hit the streets . Register and/or contribute to the individual or team of your choice by visiting LCS’ website here.

Easter-season hymn sing!

Outdoor Hymn Sing with sheet music illustration

We have missed singing together during these days of pandemic. But take heart! John Lasher, director of music and worship arts, has a plan for a new and wonderful way to rejoice this Easter season!

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 11 (the week after Easter Sunday), St. Mark’s will host an outdoor hymn sing in our parking lot.

All are invited to submit their requests for hymns or contemporary worship songs to John via email, phone call or text message. He will make the selections and assemble a music packet for distribution.

If the weather goes south, the event will move to Sunday, April 18.

Get ready to sing your heart out!

Lenten Prayer Walk

An aerial of Wilmington, Delaware

We are invited to join a Lenten prayer walk in Wilmington on Saturday morning, March 13. We’ll be joining Trinity Episcopal Parish (Wilmington) and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Trolley Square), along with Bishop Bill Gohl of the Delaware-Maryland ELCA Synod and Bishop Kevin Brown of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.

The event starts at 10 a.m. with prayer at Old Swedes Church (606 Church St.). We will then drive separately to Trinity Episcopal Parish (1108 N. Adams). We’ll start our walk from there, heading to St. Stephen’s (1301 N. Broom). Along the way, we’ll make periodic stops to pray for our city and the people who live, work and visit here.

Our commitment to one another is to remain socially distant and to wear our masks. The walk will be recorded and released in video format on Good Friday.

Lenten devotionals

A person studying the Bible

Interim Pastor David Mueller, in collaboration with John Lasher, director of music and worship arts, will host brief meditations on our YouTube channel every Wednesday throughout the Lenten season. These prerecorded messages will begin at 7 p.m. You can join in by clicking on the image below.

Ash Wednesday observance

Sketched cross

We plan in-person and livestream worship on Ash Wednesday, February 17, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

If you plan to join us in the sanctuary, remember that reservations are required. Please call the church office at (302) 764-7488. Ashes will be provided at the service and will be self-imposed in a safe manner. Those wishing to impose ashes at home can obtain them from the church office prior to the service or use whatever ashes they may have at home. Please remember office hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.