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Easter Services at St. Mark’s UMC

Easter, April 20 Sunrise Service 6:15 a.m. A comment was made on how beautiful the Cross window of the church’s sanctuary looks early in the morning as the sun rises.  It is indeed a beautiful site, as the small pieces of glass become prisms that produce a rainbow of colors in the sanctuary.  This is the…

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A Brief Introduction to Centering Prayer

By Pastor Andrew In March 2014, St. Mark’s began a study on prayer for Lent.  As our reference book we have been using Phillip Yancey’s Prayer in our small groups and to guide worship.  As part of that series, I thought I would introduce a form of prayer that has been critical in my life,…

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Boy Scouts and Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Boy Scout Troop 28 was led by two of the best Scout leaders in the area. Scout leaders George and Sanford always took good care of the troop. Still there are always some rambunctious boys that are harder to keep track of than others. Bennie and Joe were Tenderfoot…

Lent

Ash Wednesday, March 5 7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday initiates the season of “Lent.”  It is on Wednesday, as it is the 40th day prior to Easter Day (excluding Sundays), which serves as a reminder of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness facing his own temptations.  The ashes (made from last year’s palm leaves) are used…