Hello St. Mark's Community and Friends!
I am not ready.
I am not ready for pumpkin spice lattes. I am not ready for cool nights and fall breezes. I am not ready for corn mazes and hayrides and all of those God-blessed leaves that will soon be waist-deep on my lawn -- only a slight exaggeration...
I am not ready to transition to winter coats and slippery roads and snowmen.
I am not ready to continue this journey with the COVID pandemic.
I am not ready. But, "ready or not, here it comes!!!"
The pandemic does not care if I am ready. The virus has no feelings, and it truly does not care how you voted. You and I need to be prepared for a wide variety of possibilities and we will be flexible and creative and kind as God's Faith-filled people.
St. Mark's will continue to provide as safe an environment as possible for all of the people in the church's care. We will follow best guidance from the CDC and other reputable sources. We will make informed changes to our life and ministry together based on the best resources we have at the time. As we have learned, these decisions may be changed on relatively short notice as conditions require.
Thank you for your understanding.
And thank you for your AMAZING dedication to the life and ministry of St. Mark's.
We have pie bakers and pie sellers and, the best, lots of pie eaters and we are using the proceeds to support the life and ministry of St. Mark's. We continue to explore the Shared Ministry with St. John's and are moving closer to our congregational vote. We are still praising and still serving and no pandemic is going to stop St. Mark's from being the church of Jesus Christ!
I am not ready. But together, St. Mark's is ready. As a community of faithful people and as the church of Jesus Christ together, we will journey into an unceratin future with a profound and certain hope.