Quiet us, Lord, that we might be able to hear over the noise of our busy lives, beyond the frenzy and the clutter of our Christmas preparations. Help us to pause and become still, even for a moment, that we might hear the herald of angel voices: “Glory.” “Peace on Earth.” “Mercy.” “Reconciliation.” “Joy.” “Christ is Born.”
Join us for our Advent Prayer Vigil, an opportunity to enter our beautiful sanctuary and sit in silence; to quiet the self; to be still and know that God is God; to prayerfully meditate on Advent, the coming of the Christ, and to know him as Emmanuel, “God with us,” with the power to transform our hearts, our lives, even this broken world in which we live.
Meditative music and an Advent Prayer Guide will be provided.
We all have many reasons to give thanks and it is especially wonderful to give thanks together! Join us and four other congregations in our area for a special Thanksgiving Service, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 26.
The service will be hosted by our next-door neighbors at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Road. Three other congregations will join us, including Calvary Episcopal Church, Hillcrest-Bellefonte United Methodist Church and St. Helena’s Catholic Church.
Our Interim Pastor David E. Mueller will bring the message. Combined choirs will provide special music.
As an offering, we are invited to bring canned goods to help stock St. Helena’s Food Closet.
Please join us for Delaware Legislative Night at St. Mark’s at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 17, when our guest will be State Representative Debra Heffernan, who represents the district in which our church resides.
You are welcome to ask Rep. Heffernan questions about the church’s neighborhood and the wellbeing of its residents and especially about issues and pending legislation that will come before the Legislature when it returns to Dover in January. The Delaware Lutheran Office on Public Policy will be focusing on issues related to Education and Environment next year. Rep. Heffernan has expertise in both of these critical areas, so please be thinking of questions for her about these two topics especially.
Rep. Heffernan is the former President of the Brandywine School Board and an environmental toxicologist with more than 30 years of experience. She has served on the state’s Brownfields Advisory Committee, which is working to protect Delawareans from pollutants while making the state greener and more economically viable. She graduated from Caesar Rodney High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Delaware and a master’s in environmental toxicology from Duke University.
Rep. Heffernan volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay, the Mary Campbell Center, and Special Olympics of Delaware. She and her husband, Pat, live in Edgewood Hills with their three children.
We have an annual tradition at St. Mark’s known as ‘Rally Day,’ a day to join together and celebrate the start of a new church year. This year’s event is on Sunday, September 8.
Part of the celebration is our Rally Day breakfast — a yummy interlude tucked between the traditional (9 a.m.) and contemporary (11 a.m.) services.
Invite your friends and neighbors to join us downstairs in the Great Room for this fun and tasty meal.
Visitors dine for free, members are asked to give a freewill offering.
We hope to see you there!
Help us fight hunger in Delaware and have some fun doing it! Join us for the 28th annual LCS Hunger Walk Run and (new!) Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
The event, which is a fundraiser for Lutheran Community Services, will be at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1530 Foulk Rd. in Brandywine Hundred this year.
Registration is open now and can be done online at www.lcsde.org. Forms also are available in the narthex at St. Mark’s.
All proceeds go to fight hunger in Delaware — and the more sponsorships you get, the more people we can help. Please bring cans of food to contribute to our Community Food Drive.
In addition to the 5-kilometer walk/run and the 1-mile stroll, the plan for the day includes lots of fun, including a cookout, games, raffles, veggie garden tours and more.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event begins at 10. If you raise $50, your fee is waived. If not, the fees are $25 for adults, $20 for youth. It’s all for a great cause!
I hope to see another great St. Mark’s turnout for this great event. ~Kyle Schuldt