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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...

From the Preacher 3.17.20

Dear St. Mark's, COVID-19 is now considered a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Last Thursday, the San Diego mayor banned all public gatherings over 250 people and all public gatherings in general amongst people who are at risk. The population...

Dear friends, My grandmother was the kind of woman who called people by their name if they were wearing a nametag on their uniform.  I asked her about this one hot summer day as she was getting gas in the car.  It was during the time when gas station attendants washed...

From the Preacher 3.3.20

We are now at the second Sunday of Lent and I just thought of something.  I did not give up anything for Lent this year.  Or the last few years for that matter.  What did you give up for Lent this year? I remember growing up; my mother would always tell me that I...

From the Preacher 2.25.20

From the Preacher 2.25.20

Dear St. Mark's, This is how it goes. Lent has begun. We've started this season on a good foot. We may have attended the Ash Wednesday service, received ashes on our foreheads, and made a commitment to some discipline throughout the next 40 days. And then what happens...

From the Preacher 2.18.20

From the Preacher 2.18.20

Dear friends, This week we will be talking about the Transfiguration.  This word is not one that is used often in today’s lexicon. Some people may not have even heard it before. I remember being in my High School choir and singing the word when we sang The Battle Hymn...

From the Preacher 2.11.20

Dear Friends, This is an interesting season for our congregation and our nation. Some would say we are at a crossroads.  United Methodism is a connectional system and as such our local congregation is confronted with the reality of change. Our nation is also a...