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From the Preacher 6.2.2020

From the Preacher 6.2.2020

Dear St. Mark's, I am utterly heartbroken by the death of yet another unarmed black, George Floyd, this past Monday. Our entire past Pentecost Sunday was devoted to him as well as others who have been victims of America's systemic and deeply entrenched racism. If you...

From the Preacher 5.26.20

Dear friends… This Sunday’s Worship gathering brings a favorite tradition in the celebration of Pentecost. As many of us will recall, this is a time after Jesus “was lifted up and a cloud took him out of [the disciples’] sight.” as noted in Acts 1:9b. The text tells...

From the Preacher 5.19.20

From the Preacher 5.19.20

Dear friends, Music has been a part of my life since I can remember.  I listened to a wide variety of music growing up, I sang in school and church choirs and even took piano lessons.  But my mother believed one of my great musical talents was to take a song and...

From the Preacher 5.12.20

From the Preacher 5.12.20

Dear St. Mark's, I hope this email finds you well as we enter into our 10th week of social distancing. This is truly a challenging time for all of us, I know. I hear you, I feel you, I'm with you. Our District Superintendent, John Farley, sent us a very encouraging...

From the Pastor 5.5.20

From the Pastor 5.5.20

Dear beloved St. Mark’s community, There’s a lot of information in this letter, including my moving out date so please read until the end. Palm Sunday came and went. Easter Sunday came and went. And now, Mother’s Day will come and go under this pandemic. When I...

From the Preacher 4.28.20

From the Preacher 4.28.20

Dear St. Mark's and Pacific Beach: We've all heard it before: suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Because Christianity centers upon a suffering God and the redeeming quality of suffering, Christians have tended to elevate the...

Dear St. Mark’s UMC Family – Before stepping into this Sunday’s worship experience, I want to say how grateful I am to all of you for your presence and spirit as we have enjoyed worshiping together over these past several weeks. While not in my theology to say that...

From the Preacher 4.14.2020

From the Preacher 4.14.2020

Dear friends, The traditional greeting and response during this Easter Season is CHRIST IS RISEN!  CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED! On Easter Sunday people all over the world celebrated in ways previously unimagined.  There was a rise in telecasting while church pews remain...

From the Preacher 4.7.20

From the Preacher 4.7.20

Dear Church, This upcoming Sunday is our Easter Sunday, one of the two most glorious days of the church calendar, the second being Christmas. It is especially interesting to me to celebrate Easter against the backdrop of this global pandemic. How could there be...

From the Preacher 3.24.20

From the Preacher 3.24.20

Hi Friends, It’s Sunday afternoon, and the sun is shining, although clouds are beginning to form.  The weather report says we will get more rain.  This seems to be a pattern right now, rain, sun, rain, sun.  But having come through droughts we know how important the...