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From the Preacher 10.15.19

From the Preacher 10.15.19

Dear St. Mark's, I am honored to once again welcome Rev. Mark Trotter back to the pulpit this upcoming Sunday. For those of you who are not familiar with Rev. Trotter, he was the Senior Pastor of one of the largest United Methodist Churches in California, First United...

From the Preacher 10.8.19

From the Preacher 10.8.19

Dear St. Mark's: I am so happy to share that we are welcoming long time St. Mark's member, Bob McMeekin, to the pulpit this upcoming Sunday. Lay preaching has a strong and foundational history in the Methodist Church. One of the reasons why the Methodist movement grew...

From the Preacher 10.1.19

From the Preacher 10.1.19

Dear St. Mark's, Sunday, October 6th, is to me, one of the most magical and fun times of our entire worship year. It is our annual Blessing of the Animals service. While one may think that animals in church may inhibit us from worshipping God and feeling the sacred in...

From the Preacher 9.24.19

From the Preacher 9.24.19

Dear friends, For the past two weeks my husband Tom and I were on vacation.  We saw parts of Vancouver, BC, and the inland passage of Alaska. It was a magical vacation filled with amazing sites and incredible weather extremes.  We flew back to San Diego refreshed and...

From the Preacher 9.17.19

From the Preacher 9.17.19

Dear St. Mark’s,   Several years ago, right before I had my son, I remember coming across Khalil Gibran’s poem called, “On Children.” The first several lines stopped me in my tracks because they communicated something so different than I had been taught about...

From the Preacher 9.10.19

From the Preacher 9.10.19

Dear Church, What a beautiful weekend we had. Thank you all for hosting such a delightful and lovely baby shower for my family in preparation for our baby girl and for an awesome Welcome Back Sunday.  You make my work not feel like work. You make my work feel...

From the Preacher 9.3.19

From the Preacher 9.3.19

Dear friends, Welcome to September, the beginning of so many new things.  There are new classrooms for teachers and students, and new routines for work and school.  There are new opportunities at the church, a new equinox, and delicious warm flavors at...

From the Preacher 8.27.19

From the Preacher 8.27.19

Dear St. Mark’s, I’m feeling a bit loopy at the moment because our flight from Scotland arrived at midnight last night. Unfortunately, my body woke itself up at 4 a.m. due to jet leg. Traveling can do weird things to our bodies, but the sacrifice is worth the...

From the Preacher 8.20.19

From the Preacher 8.20.19

Dear Friends, The message this week is based on a passage from Luke in the Bible.  Since (according to tradition) Luke was a physician, it's quite fitting that the story describes a woman who was chronically ill for some 18 years. More importantly it describes Jesus...

From the Preacher 8.13.19

From the Preacher 8.13.19

Dear friends, I hope you are enjoying what is known as “the dog days of summer”.  For those who don’t know this term, Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as: 1: the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in...