"No matter where you are on life's journey,

you are always welcome here."



WORSHIP SERVICES

Beginning February 7 the church will resume in-person worship at 10:30 AM following COVID-19 protocols (masks, social distancing, etc.).  Also, the service will continue to livestreamed.


(See below COVID-19 Update.)

SUNDAY SCHOOL

There is no in-person Sunday School during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  However, Sunday School activities are available online (KID'S KORNER).



PLEASE NOTE:

The KID'S KORNER has been moved to a separate page.  In the MENU, please click on KID'S KORNER and it will take you to the new page.  


COVID-19 UPDATE

St. Mark's leadership team has approved the return to the sanctuary for in-person worship on Sunday, February 7 as well as the continued livestreaming of the service at 10:30 AM.  

God's people are strong and faith-filled.  We journey through difficult time with HOPE.  We will continue to worship God, whether the community is gathered in the sanctuary or gathered through technology.  Stay safe.

Pastor Kevin


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Our faith is over 2,000 years old, but our thinking is not.



FROM

THE

PASTOR

DECEMBER 2020

Christmas is right around the corner.  It is a struggle to "feel it."  We approach the holiday season, the season of eating and shopping and family gathering -- the season of packed worship services and music  -- the season where we are supposed to feel better about our lives and about our world.

It is all different this year.  Family gatherings will be limited, most shopping  will be online, worship is taking a different form.  This is our reality for this year, and until we figure out what the new reality will be.  It just doesn't feel like the holiday season.  But, this year, our celebration of the birth of the baby in Bethlehem is closer to the original celebration...

2000 years ago, there were no office parties and gala celebrations.  The gifts were rather limited.  The focus was on families and communities trying to survive a time of uncertainty and fear.

Sound familiar?

2000 years ago, the focus was on God and the gift of God's Son to a broken and hurting world.  In 2020, the focus IS on God and the gift of God's Son to a divided and fear-filled world.


Luke 2:8-11

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,

keeping watch over their flocks at night.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them.

and the glory of the Lord shone around them,

and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them,

"Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy

that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David

a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."


St. Mark's community and friends, do not be afraid.  Our Savior, Christ the Lord, is born to redeem us, love us, and gift us with abundant life.

In hope, peace, love and joy,

Pastor Kevin



OUTREACH

MINISTRIES

GO OUTSIDE THE WALLS

AND SERVE ALL PEOPLE

"Go forth into the world to serve God with gladness; be of good courage; hold fast to that which is good; render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the faint-hearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor all people; love and serve God, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit."

"TAKE ACTION, FOR IT IS YOUR DUTY, AND WE ARE WITH YOU; BE STRONG, AND DO IT."

EZRA 10:4 

Hello!  We are excited to describe to you the scope of our outreach ministry. The above commission and scripture embody St. Mark's role in its benevolent mission outreach. More details about our mission outreach can be found on the Ministries Page 0f this website. Without your support of the benevolent ministries of St. Mark's, none of this would be possible. Thank you again for allowing us to serve others!


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LOCAL OUTREACH

St. Mark's plays an important role in providing assistance to those in need in the community of Cressona and the surrounding area.  In addition, the church is a member of the Schuylkill Haven and Vicinity Council of Churches that provides assistance to residents in the borough of Schuylkill Haven as well as the surrounding areas. 

Funds from St. Mark's 2020 Lenten and Easter Offerings support Locust Lake Ministries, the Pension Board Campaign, the Lancaster Seminary Scholarship Fund, and the Council of Churches Utility Fund.


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WIDER CHURCH OUTREACH

As a member church of the United Church of Christ, St. Mark's supports the work of the national church and its special and emergency offerings to help  those in need.  Also, the local church provides financial support to a variety of nondenominational assistance efforts. 

The ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING Offering is received during the Lenten season.  OGHS  supports partners in countries with ministries that fund health, education and agricultural development,    emergency relief   and refugee ministries, both as a domestic and as an international response.

At Pentecost, St. Mark's participates in the STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH  Offering.

On World Communion Sunday in October, the church receives the NEIGHBORS IN NEED Offering.

In December, St. Mark's also participates in THE CHRISTMAS FUND, providing financial support to retired clergy.  A percentage of the church's Advent/Christmas Offerings is designated for THE CHRISTMAS FUND.

In addition, monies are received for GOD IS STILL SPEAKING  as well as other special offerings of the wider church outreach.


OUR CORE VALUES

01)

WE BELIEVE IN THE TRIUNE GOD.

Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

02)

WE BELIEVE THAT EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE AND VALUABLE.

It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

03)

WE BELIEVE THAT THE UCC IS CALLED TO BE A PROPHETIC CHURCH.

As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.



OUR IN-CHURCH MINISTRIES


EDUCATION MINISTRY

St. Mark's Education Ministry is a ministry dedicated to developing one's faith by helping others understand the Bible, by showing its relationship to everyday living, by encouraging loving relationships between all peoples, and by teaching the importance of stewardship and instilling Christian values. We would love for you to visit our ministry and see what it is all about. More details about our Education Ministry can be found on the Ministries Page of this website.

MUSIC MINISTRY

Music has been a part of St. Mark's worship since the formation of the church in 1876. Our services provide a wide variety of sacred music from classical to traditional to contemporary music. Throughout the year the choirs (vocal and handbell), guest instrumentalists, as well as our pipe organ and piano, enrich the worship experience.  More details about our Music Ministry can be found on the Ministries Page of this website,

​​​​​​​WORSHIP MINISTRY

The Worship Ministry of St. Mark's is overseen by the Worship Committee consisting of lay people and the  pastor.  The committee assists the pastor and the director of music in planning the regular Sunday services as well as special services during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Encouraging each person to be a part of the worship experience according to their gifts is a priority in St. Mark's family.  More details of the Worship Ministry can be found on the Ministries Page of this website.



CONTACT US

Phone: 570-385-0242
Address: 30 Pottsville Street

Cressona, PA  17929
The church office hours are 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
E-mail: stmarkscressona@gmail.com

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