St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is a growing Christian community rooted in tradition and open to new expressions. Responding to God’s compassionate love, we reach out in service to the community and the world. With openness of heart and spirit, we welcome all.
The ELCA is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, education, fellowship, and service, we experience God’s grace in our lives, grow in our relationship with God and one another, and put our faith into practice. In today’s complex world, we strive to make a difference in practical, realistic ways.
With nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and nearly five million members, we welcome you to experience St. Mark’s as the local expression of the wider church. St. Mark’s has 390 members and you are invited to become one of them. We are a diverse and gifted community that gathers together in the abiding love of God and shares in the gracious gift of Holy Communion. Nourished by the living bread of Jesus Christ, we are strengthened and encouraged to be engaged in God’s ministry in our City and throughout the world.
St. Mark’s is a Sanctuary Congregation. We are committed to a ministry of continuing education about the plight of immigrants in this country, to serve as people who will accompany those in the process of seeking asylum, and to advocate for those whose lives are endangered by this process.
St. Mark's also is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation. We are one of over 800 worshipping communities, 29 synods, and nine organizations across the ELCA and ELCIC (Canada) which have declared that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are equally welcome to join fully in the worship and life of this Christ-centered community. As agents of healing and wholeness within our society, we affirm with the apostle Paul that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). Christ has made us one. We acknowledge that this reconciliation extends to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations—lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons who often are scorned by society and alienated from the Church. We wish to make known our care and concern, and affirm the following:
People of all gender identities and sexual orientations share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God;
People of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome within the membership of this congregation upon making a common, public affirmation of faith; and
As members of this congregation, people of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcomed and encouraged to participate fully in the life and ministries of this congregation.