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Who We Are

When people are asked why they belong to St. Mark’s, they often say they do so because they find acceptance for both who they are and where they might be on their spiritual journey.  St. Mark’s is just such a place, a community of people made up of diverse faith backgrounds as well as folks who are brand new to Christianity.

We strive in all things to celebrate our unity in Christ while at the same time honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.

We strive to live out a generous-spirited Christianity rooted in radical hospitality, worship, spiritual growth, and service to the world.  We encourage each other to discover, develop, and express our gifts and to spread God’s grace and mercy whenever and wherever we can.

St. Mark’s is a congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, one of the 109 dioceses of The Episcopal Church located in 16 nations.  The Episcopal Church was established shortly after the American Revolution and has its roots in the Church of England.  The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion, a world-wide body of believers comprising more than 80 million members in more than 160 churches and committed to pursuing God’s mission in the world. 

 
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 Godly Play is offered every Sunday at 9:45am



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Nursery (St. Mark's has a nursery attendant available during 10am service)

 

Our Goals

While our specific goals change with the particular needs and concerns at any given time within our church and the wider world, they are shaped by the Baptismal promises we make on behalf of our share faith in Jesus Christ:

 

  • We promise to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.

  • We promise to persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.

  • We promise to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.

  • We promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

  • We promise to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being.

    We make these promises fully aware that we can only accomplish them “with God’s help.”

 

 (Baptismal promises adapted from The Baptismal Covenant, The Book of Common Prayer, page 304-5)

 
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