From the desk of Pastor Eric Hauan
To the Family of St. Mark’s,
The summer season will soon be coming to a close and we will be enter-ing into the busy season again. I hope you all have found some time to relax, take some vacation, and spend time with family and friends. If I haven’t gotten a chance to personally meet you be sure and pull me aside to introduce yourself or your family. I have met a lot of people in a little over a month, but I know that I still have quite of few of you left to go.
Our staff and volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the beginning of Sunday School and Midweek. As God’s people we come to Sunday school to learn more about God’s Word and His beautiful story of salvation. Children and adults both can never stop learning and drawing closer to God through His Word. As God’s parents we send our children to Mid-week to learn the chief tenants of faith drawn out of God’s Word and explained in our Small Catechism. Sunday school and Midweek are two very distinct yet important aspects of raising our children in the faith. Once a child confirms their faith the rest of their life is a response to what God has already given to them. Jesus says, “FOLLOW ME,” and our life demands a response from all be-lievers!
There are some upcoming Bible Study opportunities that would benefit you greatly by attending. September 15th will be the official start of adult Bible study on Sundays and it will be taught by Pastor Eric. The first study will be an engaging video/interactive study on The Great Divorce, which is a book by C.S. Lewis. The book’s main premise is the 1st Commandment and what it truly means to divorce yourself from everything in this life and place God first. I en-courage you to attend as you should find it to be both challenging and fascinat-ing. Also, any high school youth are absolutely encouraged to attend on Sun-day mornings as they will be included with the adults.
Another Bible Study opportunity will be on Wednesday nights and this group will be led by Leon Woller. Leon will be going through the book of Acts. This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the early life of the first church starting out in Biblical times. Leon loves God’s Word and his excite-ment in teaching will a great benefit to you all. Start date will be September 11th after Wednesday evening service.
M.I.A., Men in Action, is a Bible study that meets on Tuesday mornings at 6:30am in the Fellowship Hall at church. I attend this study whenever I get the opportunity and it would be a wonderful opportunity for any man to grow in faith. Join over twenty other men in a relaxed atmosphere and simply learn God’s Word together.
There will also be a women’s group starting up that will be led by Marlys Hartman, Sandy Flanagan, and Carol Ray. This group will be learning more about the Gospel of John, and it will be a great way to learn about the of the most important books of the Bible! I would encourage you to take advantage of this coming opportunity. The date and time TBD.
Remember that we have one service this coming Sunday for Labor Day, and then the following Sunday will be Rally Day. I personally think it would be a cool thing to see all God’s people at St. Mark’s rally together for the start of the church and school year.
God’s blessings to you all and see you at church,