Oct
27
9:46 AM09:46

Session 5 of Psalms: Managing Our Emotions--"Anger: When Your Back Is Against the Wall"

The focus this week is on the emotion of abandonment with the Book of Psalms as our guide. The second week is entitled "Anger: When Your Back Is Against the Wall" using Psalm 79:1–13.

Learn to keep anger from being destructive.
Anger is a natural, God-given emotion, which, though potentially harmful, can be used constructively. The Psalms give us examples of godly ways to express anger.

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Nov
3
9:46 AM09:46

Session 6 of Psalms: Managing Our Emotions--"Contentment: When Your Soul Is at Rest"

The focus this week is on the emotion of abandonment with the Book of Psalms as our guide. The second week is entitled "Contentment: When Your Soul Is at Rest" using Psalm 62:1–12.

Learn to find serenity, regardless of the circumstances.
Psalm 62 offers ways to find inner rest despite our outer circumstances. The secret of contentment is looking to God rather than your circumstances to give you fulfillment and peace.

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Nov
10
9:46 AM09:46

Session 7 of Psalms: Managing Our Emotions--"Depression: When Darkness Is Your Closest Friend"

The focus this week is on the emotion of abandonment with the Book of Psalms as our guide. The second week is entitled "Depression: When Darkness Is Your Closest Friend" using Psalm 88:1–18.

Learn to live victoriously when just living is hard.
The Psalms help show us how we can find hope in even the deepest depression. In times of depression, we must cry out to God.

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Nov
17
9:46 AM09:46

Session 8 of Psalms: Managing Our Emotions--"Disappointment: When Your Dreams Die"

The focus this week is on the emotion of abandonment with the Book of Psalms as our guide. The second week is entitled "Disappointment: When Your Dreams Die" using Psalm 107:1–43.

Learn how to handle the pain of what might have been.
How we can find peace when our dreams have been shattered? Psalm 107 offers hope to those disappointed with life.

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Nov
24
9:46 AM09:46

Session 9 of Psalms: Managing Our Emotions--"Uncertainty: When You're Not Sure of Your Next Move"

The focus this week is on the emotion of abandonment with the Book of Psalms as our guide. The second week is entitled "Uncertainty: When You're Not Sure of Your Next Move" using Psalm 19:1–14.

Learn how to make wise decisions when the path ahead is unclear.
How can we ascertain God's will for our lives when we are unsure of what he wants? The Psalms helps those struggling with uncertainty to find God's direction for their lives.

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Oct
20
9:46 AM09:46

Session 4 of Psalms: Managing Our Emotions--"Gratitude: More than Just an Attitude"

The focus this week is on the emotion of abandonment with the Book of Psalms as our guide. The second week is entitled "Gratitude: More than Just an Attitude" using Psalm 136:1–26.

Learn to be thankful for all things at any place and any time.
Your life will overflow with gratitude when you're convinced of God's love for you and are reminded of his love through creation, your salvation history, and his current provision for you.

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Oct
13
9:46 AM09:46

Session 3 of Psalms: Managing Our Emotions--"Fear: When You're Scared Senseless"

The focus this week is on the emotion of abandonment with the Book of Psalms as our guide. The second week is entitled "Fear: When You're Scared Senseless" using Psalm 55:1–23.

Find peace when you are afraid.
Whether it's a physical, emotional, or spiritual battle, we've all fought fear. The good news we gain from the Psalms is that we can learn to handle fear rationally and with confidence.

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Sep
29
9:46 AM09:46

"A St. Michaels Event"--no classes today--meet only at 9:46 AM

Please join the St. Michaels Youth Endowment Board for a special presentation at the 9:46 Adult Forum on Sunday, September 29 in the Green Room.

There will two main speakers at this forum as we will hear from Joseph Triolo on his new position with the ELCA Metro DC Synod Board and also from Grace Casola, our new youth leader. There will also be some information provided on the St. Michaels Youth Endowment Fund and the Mission Endowment Fund. Please join us in the Green Room at 9:46 AM on September 29.

Refreshments will be served!

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Sep
22
9:46 AM09:46

Session 2 of Psalms: Managing Our Emotions--"Abandonment: When You Feel Alone"

The focus this week is on the emotion of abandonment with the Book of Psalms as our guide. The second week is entitled "Abandonment: When You Feel Alone" using Psalm 22:1–31.

Find strength when you feel forsaken.
When we feel abandoned, we should be honest about our pain, but we should also look to community and to God to find strength. Psalm 22 shows us how to do that.

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Sep
15
9:46 AM09:46

Session 1 of Psalms: Managing Our Emotions--"Joy: A Time to Dance"

The 9:46 Crowd and The 11:06 Crowd will resume this week, September 15, beginning a twelve-lesson study entitled “Psalms: Managing Our Emotions.”

The focus will be on a different emotion each week with the Book of Psalms as our guide. The first week is entitled “Joy: A Time To Dance” using Psalm 33:1–22.

Learn to rejoice in the past, present, and future.
We think joy is dependent upon our circumstances, but the Psalms help us realize that we can find joy in every circumstance.

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Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Reconnect Sunday

Join the congregation for a potluck Brunch in the Fellowship Hall between the 10:00 AM and 12:00 NOON services. Enjoy a reconnecting experience with your fellow St. Mark’s members and make new friends as well as greeting old ones!

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Sep
1
9:46 AM09:46

No Classes--Special Congregational Meetings

** SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING! **

WHAT ... SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, duplicate meetings so you may attend either
WHEN ... At 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM on Sunday, September 1
WHERE ... St. Mark’s Sanctuary
WHY ... To approve funds for Initial Architect Fees for Our Facilities Upgrades

The MOTION: The members of St. Mark’s authorize a fixed $28,000 expense from the Capital Improvement Fund for the following architect services:

(1) Design options that would consider narthex level ADA compliant bathrooms, nursery, and kitchenette locations:

  • as part of the courtyard (while preserving the courtyard legacy)

  • as part of an expansion of the narthex towards the bell tower (which will also bring a more open and lighted narthex)

  • as part of an additional floor above the existing lounge area

(2) A design option for curbside/covered parking access to the narthex door.

(3) Design visuals/renderings and associated rough order cost estimates for each design option so that the council and congregation can consider and determine the the most appropriate and cost-effective path forward.

NOTE: The price of follow-on architect support for construction drawings and contractor selection will be negotiated once the congregation selects the final design.

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Aug
25
9:46 AM09:46

Practicing the Presence of God

Practicing the Presence of God

Join us on Sunday, August 25 at 9:46 AM or 11:06 AM for a presentation and conversation led by Yvette Moy on deepening our awareness of God’s ever-present activity in and through us. Yvette will be using The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence as the foundation for this event.

The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our souls. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence.

As a humble cook, Brother Lawrence learned an important lesson through each daily chore: The time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen—with several people asking questions at the same time—or on his knees in prayer. He learned to cultivate the deep presence of God so thoroughly in his own heart that he was able to joyfully exclaim, “I am doing now what I will do for all eternity. I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with all my heart.”

This classic, available at your favorite retailers, has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God in all His majesty and feeling His loving presence throughout each simple day.

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Apr
7
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Revelation

Revelation’s Vision of New Creation

[Revelation] Conclude the course with a lecture on perhaps the most evocative, unsettling, and yet hopeful book in the Bible:  Revelation. After considering the narrative’s vivid word pictures, dramatic plot, and unforgettable characters, you’ll see how Revelation fits into a comprehensive, informed reading of the entire Bible.

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Mar
31
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Hebrews, James, 1 Peter

Letters for Sojourners

[Hebrews, James, 1 Peter] Paul wasn’t the only letter writer in the New Testament. Join Professor Koester for a discussion of the books of Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter, which sought to comfort and inspire early Christian outsiders through keeping the faith, focusing on integrity, and questioning what it means to belong.

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Mar
24
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, 1 Timothy

Paul on Gender Roles and Slavery

[Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, 1 Timothy] What did Paul have to say about women and about slaves? We find different viewpoints in the letters known as Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, and 1 Timothy. How do these texts relate social roles to Christian love? How might they reflect patterns of community life that were changing over time?

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Mar
17
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Galatians, Romans

Freedom and the Law in Paul’s Letters

[Galatians, Romans] Continue your exploration of Paul’s letters, this time by studying the correspondence he wrote to the Galatians and the Romans. In these letters, you’ll find some of Paul’s most provocative ideas about freedom and law-ideas that would play a profound role in shaping subsequent Christian communities.

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Mar
10
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--1 and 2 Corinthians

Paul’s Letters to a Community in Conflict

[1 and 2 Corinthians] While in Ephesus, Paul wrote letters now known as 1 and 2 Corinthians to the Christian community of Corinth. Here, unpack the four major sections of these two iconic letters to a conflicted community, which offer insights into Paul’s views on the cross, the Holy Spirit, the resurrection, and reconciliation.

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Mar
3
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Acts 17-38, 1 Thessalonians

Paul and the Roman Empire

[Acts 17-38, 1 Thessalonians] Paul’s travels to cities like Corinth and Philippi, and his letters to the Christian communities there, offer a lens into the relationship between early Christianity and the Roman Empire. From conflicts between Jesus’s kingship and Roman imperial rule to the events of Paul’s imprisonment, consider some narrative and spiritual challenges faced by the writer of Acts.

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Feb
10
9:46 AM09:46

No Class Today ...

Due to the celebration of the Presentation of Our Lord in a combined bilingual service at 11:00 AM and then a 12:30 PM catered lunch in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a special Congregational Meeting with the ceremonial Mortgage Burning, the Adult Forums of The 9:46 Crowd and The 11:06 Crowd will not meet today. See you next week!

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Feb
3
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--John 13-21

Self-Giving Love According to John

[John 13-21] If Jesus is the giver of life, how does his crucifixion fit into the New Testament’s larger spiritual narrative? To consider this question, you’ll have to find new ways to think about events like the Last Supper, the Farewell Discourses, the crucifixion itself, and the story of doubting Thomas.

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Jan
27
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--John 1-10

John on the Word Made Flesh

[John 1-12] In the first of two lectures on the gospel of John, probe the first 12 chapter of this book’s poetic prose, which takes readers back to the dawn of time. What does it mean for Jesus to embody the word of God in the flesh? Consider possible answers in this most distinctive account of Jesus’s life.

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Jan
20
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Luke

Luke on a World Upside Down

[Luke] The gospel of Luke is home to some of the New Testament’s best-loved passages. Here, Professor Loester asks you to consider the more subversive dimensions of Luke’s narrative. How do the inaugural sermon at Nazareth and the parables of the good Samaritan and the prodigal son challenge established patterns? How do they demonstrate the values espoused by Jesus?

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