St. Mark's E-News

January 6, 2023
The feast of Epiphany (“manifestation”) concludes the Christmas season with a celebration of God’s glory revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. In Isaiah and Ephesians, that glory is proclaimed for all nations and people. Like the light of the star that guided the magi to Jesus, the light of Christ reveals who we are: children of God who are claimed and washed in the waters of baptism. We are sent out to be beacons of the light of Christ, sharing the good news of God’s love to all people. (from Sunday and Seasons).

Epiphany - Baptism of Our Lord
Sunday, January 8, 2023

Worship with Us In-Person
Sunday @ 10AM
Service of Holy Communion

Worship with us online!
Not able to attend in-person or still not comfortable in larger group settings?  Join us for worship online by watching the livestream of the service on YouTube. Just click the button below to watch. Note that the service is recorded and can be watched at time more convenient to you.  Again, just click the button below.
Worship online Sunday, January 8 @ 10 AM
Worship Resources
The Online Worship page on our website has links to the following worship resources:

Click below for links to the following worship resources:
  • Appointed scripture readings
  • Prayers of the People
  • Children's bulletin

At its November meeting, the Congregational Council decided it would be prudent for St. Mark's to align with the advice of the medical community by strongly recommending the wearing of masks while inside the building.. To be clear, mask wearing is still optional, not mandated. A box of masks can be found on the information table in the Parish Hall for those who arrive without and wish to wear one.
Those to Remember in Our Prayers
Adeline Adams, Brenda Adelman, Geraldine Adelman (Brenda's mother)Jose & Gloria Ayala (Ludvigs & Andrea Ayala's parents), Mel Berg, Shannon Braun St.Clair (Roxanne Duguay's friend), Renee Brickner (Chris Lewis’ friend), Martha Corzo (Daniel Corzo's mother), Rob Dojack, Roxanna Duguay, Michelle Emond (daughter of Iris Daniels-Rowe), Tim Fennell (Kate Fennell's husband), Randy Fiks (Brenda Adelman's brother-in-law), Larry Fuhl (brother of Darlene Trindall and Eileen Burt), Rev. Bruce Gelhorn, James Golas, Terry Hercus, Dwight Hermiston (friend of Wade Quehe), Chris Hlady, Alfred Hoas, Emil Hoas, Evelyn Hoas, Eleanor Janke, James Juce (Esther Juce's brother), Bill Palmer, Dorothy Penner (Rudy Roman’s sister-in-law), Diane Pero (Alma Juttner's daughter), Sylvia Reagh, Don Ross (Kris Wegert's friend), Brian Rowe,  Margaret & Victor Santa (Lori Nelson's step mom / father), Harold Slippert, Earl Skundberg (Inga Skundberg's brother), Jane Talnicoff, Christina Taylor, Gerald Toupin, Joanne Yager and the family and friends of Clarence Yager.
New Year Message from LWF
In her New Year message, Lutheran World Federation General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt urges Christians "not to be indifferent but to speak and act wherever we see how human brokenness is sowing seeds of hatred, disunity, oppression and disrespect for God's creation." The LWF leader notes that the global communion of churches is preparing to hold its Assembly in Krakow, Poland, in September on the theme of 'One Body, One Spirit, One Hope'. It is a theme inspired by Paul's letter to the Ephesians, most probably quoting from a baptismal liturgy celebrated by early Christian communities, she says. To read Rev. Burghardt full address, please click here.
"Let's Talk: Again" begins Wednesday
Session 1 happens this Wednesday, January 11 at 1 PM in the Parish Hall.

You are invited to join in the conversation as we resume the study of the New Testament. If you are interested in history and the theology taught to us through the New Testament, this is for you!
The New Testament is a fascinating book, in fact 27 different books, which offer an exciting opportunity to investigate and discuss Christian practices, conflicts of belief, the institution of the Church and of course Jesus of Nazareth.

This Wednesday: Interpreting Abraham in Hebrews and James

You might think of Abraham as belonging to the Old Testament, but he plays a mighty role in the writings of the New Testament. In the Book of Hebrews, Abraham appears as a model of faith, whereas, in James he is an object of controversy over how people are saved – by faith alone or by faith and works.
Get a head start by reading the book of Hebrews and the book of James.

(A written synopsis of the Professor David Brakke video we will be viewing will be available from the information table in the Parish Hall.)
Eternity for Today

The latest edition of the Eternity Today devotional booklets (January- March 2023) have arrived.

A limited number of copies are available for pick up from the information table in the Parish Hall.

Eternity for Today has been a long standing publication of the Program Committee for Worship (PCW) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

This daily devotional follows the lectionary of the church and provides daily reflections and prayers from ELCIC members across the church.

Support our Urban Meals program
During the COVID pandemic, Lutheran Urban Ministry (LUM) transitioned from offering sit down meals to distributing bag lunches.  St. Mark's has a long history of participating in this program.  Once a month, volunteers gather at the church to prepare and pack bag lunches.

Aside from all important volunteers, the Urban Meals program depends on extra-mile giving by St. Mark's members.  Donations are used to buy the ingredients that go into the bag lunches.

You can make a financial contribution towards the Urban Meals program through your regular offering envelope or via e-transfer to  Please remember to add a notation on your envelope or in the message box of the e-transfer that the donation is for Urban Meals.

For more information, about the Urban Meals program, contact Ed Mann.
Former St. Mark's pastor passes away
Ronald K. “Ronnie” Hasley, Bishop Emeritus, 86, of Polson, passed away March 17, 2022 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, Montana.

Rev. Hasley served as pastor of St. Mark's in the early 1960s.  You can read the full obituary by clicking here.
Need a copy of the church directory?
Over the past few weeks, several members have received emails from someone posing as Pastor Zsofi. We are unsure as to how member email addresses have fallen into the hands of scammers.  As a precaution, we have removed both the telephone/email directory and pictorial directory from the church website.

If you would like a copy of either of these directories, please contact the church office and an electronic version will be forwarded to you.
You can find out what's happening at St. Mark's in the coming weeks by viewing our online calendar.

CLICK HERE to view the calendar.

To have something added to the calendar, contact Lori in the church office.
E-News Submissions
Brian Lorch has temporarily assumed the role of E-News editor.  Please send items for inclusion in the E-News to him no later than 2 PM on Thursdays. Brian can be reached by telephone (204-489-1054) or email (
Lighter Side
Contact us . . .
Pastor Zsófi Schmiedge
Melissa Gingrich (Music Ministry)
Lori Nelson (Office Administrator)
Wei-An Lau (Youth Leader)
Haiden Werboweski (Sunday School)
Signe Jewett (Council chairperson)
By telephone 204-452-4326
Office Hours 
Tuesday-Thursday 9AM - 4PM

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