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So great to baptize Logan today in VIVID. #Easter

So great to baptize Logan today in VIVID. #Easter

A great joy of my role in the church. Madison was one of 5 baptized today. #Easter

A great joy of my role in the church. Madison was one of 5 baptized today. #Easter

Congratulations to Susi, Destanie, Amy, Logan, & Madison!

1 cow trough
1 nicely-crafted baptismal pool
1 silver pitcher & bowl
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5 Baptisms on a fantastic Easter morning. (at St. Mark United Methodist Church)

Congratulations to Susi, Destanie, Amy, Logan, & Madison!

1 cow trough
1 nicely-crafted baptismal pool
1 silver pitcher & bowl
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5 Baptisms on a fantastic Easter morning. (at St. Mark United Methodist Church)

Easter Prep @stmarkmobile

Easter Prep @stmarkmobile

Hanna Fox rocking the face painting skills! (at St. Mark United Methodist Church)

Jesus Moving to the Center

Jesus Moving to the Center

One of the ways that we have described the new VIVID worship experience at St. Mark is as a diverse group of people centered in Jesus. Of course, the “centered in Jesus” was spiritual and metaphorical language to begin. However, recently, we have seen our centeredness in Jesus in new ways.

Our mode of taking communion is with a common cup and basket, and our foundational belief in the priesthood…

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Welcome to the Church!

Welcome to the Church!

The waters of Baptism are filled with symbolism and mystery. In Baptism, we experience welcome into the Church. In the Book of Acts, we read about the Apostles baptizing individual, families, and entire households into faith in Jesus Christ. In this way, baptism is aligned closely with the Jewish imperative of circumcision. Baptism becomes the invisible mark of Christ on our lives.

Further,…

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Play Ball!
I think last summer’a trip to Wrigley may have won the Cubs another fan. (at The Parsonage)

Play Ball!
I think last summer’a trip to Wrigley may have won the Cubs another fan. (at The Parsonage)

Church extended into lunch. So fun with friends, new & old. (at Moe’s Southwest Grill)

Church extended into lunch. So fun with friends, new & old. (at Moe’s Southwest Grill)

The Rubble or Our Sins

The Rubble or Our Sins

Where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?

“Pompeii” by Bastille (written by Dan Smith)

It’s rare that the lyrics of a song about decimation and catches my ear. Yes, heartbreak and trying times are eternal fodder for artists. But, Pompeii? That’s pretty heavy.

Smith’s lyrics set us in the aftermath of absolute destruction, painting pictures of fallen walls and lava cast statues. The haunting…

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