Decorating the sanctuary for Christmas 2017.
Grace and Peace be with you all!
After eight weeks of maternity leave, many diaper changes, late night feedings, cries, coos and baby smiles, I’m back to work at St. Mark. On March 22nd our family welcomed Luke Mariner Fast to the world and we’ve have marveled at how our lives have been changed ever since. Weighing in at 7 lbs, 1 oz and 22 inches long, this new little child of God has transformed the family dynamic to include an alert, sweet, relaxed little human. Now at our family dinner table, instead of the three of us, we are…four!
In fact, our four-year old son, John, and I made a point last week of putting together a high chair so that our newest member of the family has a place to sit at the table. Up until then, he would sit in a bouncer or cuddled in someone’s arms to join us for a meal. But it’s not quite the same as having your own seat. Now that Luke has a place at the table he can be a part of the meal, we can hear his voice, and he can join in the conversation.
As a church family we set tables together with one another. We worship with each other around God’s table of grace and mercy. Each week at Holy Communion we share a meal that unites us as a body of Christ. We meet around tables for bible study to hear the Word and support one another in our Christian walk. We meet around tables for mission – filling bags of food for the hungry and making layettes for mothers and babies in need. These tables help us connect our church family with our community.
Our church council is currently gathering around a table, one might say a MISSION table, to discern our mission in the community and to make long range plans for our campus and congregation. The Strategic Planning Committee, made up of council members and myself, have been meeting around a table researching and strategizing long range plans for our congregation. The SPC would like to invite you to have a spot at this table. We would like to present to you some of our findings from our research and invite you to share your voice in our conversation. Your voice helps us listen more deeply to the voice of the Holy Spirit and helps us in our discernment and decision making.
To do this we will be hosting small group gatherings called “Listening Tables.” We’d like to invite you to attend one of these meetings throughout the summer months. A letter and e-mail communication will go out soon notifying you of the times and inviting you to sign up to attend one of these gatherings. If you’re out of town and not able to attend in person, a video of the presentation will be available with an opportunity for you to have a conversation or offer written feedback to our team.
Come to the table and share you voice! And may God’s grace and mercy be yours and may you feel the love of the family of God surround you in your daily walk.
St. Mark is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation.
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster which now exceeds 600 settings.
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