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From the Preacher 10.20.2020

From the Preacher 10.20.2020

Dear friends, When I reflect on the theme of our Stewardship Campaign for this year, Seeds of Hope, I am reminded of my grandpa’s backyard garden.  It was a piece of art. There were rows of dirt in perfectly mounded, bean poles set with precision, tomato cages...

From the Preacher 10.13.2020

From the Preacher 10.13.2020

It was just a few years ago that I really fell in love with the desert. I was looking for places to test out some new camping gear, and, of course, my dad preferred that I not get too far out of “rescue” range. So, I made the short trip, my first, to the Anza Borrego...

From the Preacher 10.6.2020

From the Preacher 10.6.2020

Dear friends, The other evening as Tom and I were out walking Jake I noticed a difference in the night sky since we have moved from summer to autumn.  There is a more amber glow in the evening, a change from the brighter light we experienced just a few weeks ago. I...

From the Preacher 9.29.2020

From the Preacher 9.29.2020

This Sunday, we join with churches across several traditions in celebrating the Table that unites us. Beyond races, beyond cultures, beyond national borders and even across oceans, we, who gather for Holy Communion, are connected as members of one body through Christ....

From the Preacher 9.22.2020

From the Preacher 9.22.2020

Well, friends, we have successfully recorded and streamed thirteen Sunday services from our sanctuary since June 28th. This has been a monumental effort by a small, yet mighty, team, and we have scaled a steep learning curve together to bring a worshipful experience...

From the Preacher 9.15.2020

From the Preacher 9.15.2020

Dear Friends, As a younger sibling of two girls, I was often preoccupied with things being “fair.” You know, like the age at which we were allowed to get our ears pierced, or the amount of TV we could watch in a given day/weekend/week, or how many hours of yard work...

From the Preacher 9.9.2020

From the Preacher 9.9.2020

Dear Friends- I’ll tell you what, even in quarantine, St. Mark’s knows how to throw a party. On Monday, members of the I/We and Education teams set up a festive “Roadside Rally” in our parking lot, complete with bright and heartfelt signs, balloons and flags, cool and...

From the Preacher 9.2.2020

From the Preacher 9.2.2020

Dear Friends, Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. – Romans 13:8 Last week was yet another notable week in the life of our nation. Another Black man shot by a police officer. Many more protests. Two dead...

From the Preacher 8.25.2020

From the Preacher 8.25.2020

Dear Friends, A few weeks ago, Pastor Darin mentioned in a sermon that she likes having a calendar to help keep her on tract with things going on, or things cancelled, as we continue plodding through this pandemic. I also like having a calendar, an old-fashioned...

From the Preacher 8.18.2020

From the Preacher 8.18.2020

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 As you are learning about me by now, I have spent a good deal of my adult life...