From the Pastor 4.23.19

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Easter Season.  It has been a long Season of Lent and now we give thanks to God for the resurrection our Lord, Jesus Christ, who with the Holy Spirit resurrects our spirits.  I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in all the events of Holy Week.  Some shared palm fronds, and others rehearsed music. Some folded bulletins, while some made and shared soup.  Some stuffed Easter eggs, and some did a little of this and a bunch of that.  There was a lot going on and the body of Christ found an event they could do and hopped on board to get it done.  Thank You!

Great as this week was, we are not done.  We are now moving into a new season in the church with something for everyone.  First up, this Saturday, April 27 you have two opportunities to participate with St. Mark’s.  At 8 AM, you are invited to lace up your walking shoes and join the CCSA Hunger Walk on Crown Point in Mission Bay.  This annual event helps to support the life-giving work of CCSA as they provide food and other resources for people in need.  There is more information on this event in our church office or online at

And if walking at 8 AM isn’t your style, at 10 AM is St. Mark’s Preschool Annual Carnival.  This year we celebrate their Golden Jubilee – 50 Years of Growing Together. The Carnival offers games and activities for people of all ages, a Silent Auction, and lots of yummy food.  Proceeds from the Carnival help to support childcare scholarships for families in need and upgrades to playground and learning equipment.  More information can be found in the office or online at

In addition to these events, beginning in May, there is an opportunity for people who are experiencing grief or know someone who is, to come together for three weeks to share sacred time with Rev. Craig on Mondays, as he leads the class It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand based on the book by Counseling Psychologist Megan Divine.  These classes begin Monday, May 6 from 1 – 2:15 PM in the New Room.  Sign-ups can be done in the office.  Books are available in the office for  $13 or your online bookstore.

Also, Lindsey VanGorder, Clinical Social Worker with Scripps HealthCare will lead the 13-week course GriefShare beginning Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 PM in the New Room.  This group is for people who have experienced the death of a loved one and face the challenges that come with moving forward and rebuilding your life.  Sign-ups can be done in the church office and more information can be found online at

These events and more can always be found on our website

We are so glad you are taking the time to keep current with St. Mark’s through our newsletter and events. We look forward to seeing you in church!

Happy Easter!