QuiltingNeedleFAITH JOURNEY is a pathway into community at St. Mark’s in which we honor and enrich the faith life of adults by providing opportunities to explore our diverse stories in light of God’s story and to listen for God’s call. We begin with a time of getting acquainted where each person is invited to share the story of his or her own spiritual pilgrimage and to offer questions for group reflection. As we progress, there will also be time each week to hear God’s Word together and to explore its meaning and relevance for us today. Finally, we will create space to listen for God’s call at this unique place and time in each of our lives. Participants can choose to meet with a Wednesday group at 6:00 p.m. or with a Sunday group at 12:15 p.m.  A meal is served at both gatherings and childcare is always available. Special activities for older children are offered on Wednesday nights.

To enroll in Faith Journey or to ask for more information, please contact Pastor Jan Ruud by phone at (253) 752-4966 or by email at: jruud@smlutheran.org

Read below for more information about the topics we’ll cover together.

Our Diverse Stories

The first Faith Journey gatherings offer an opportunity to get acquainted with others who are new to St. Mark’s and a time of inquiry where the stories and questions you bring form the basis of our discussions. People who are new to the Christian faith or returning to faith find this to be a great starting point, as do life-long Christians who are coming from active membership in another church. The truth is, all of us live with unique life circumstances and questions of faith that we bring to God on a daily basis. In these and all future gatherings, we promise to provide an open and welcome space where you can be yourself and witness God’s presence and movement in the sacred stories we share.

God’s Story

As we journey down the road together, we will take time each week to hear the Word of God and reflect on how it is speaking to us today. This is not a “new member class” or a series of lessons on what it means to be a Lutheran. It is an encounter with scripture and with other people who are seeking to know God more deeply. Another common name for this way of hearing scripture together is “lectio divina” (holy reading). Along the way, the voices of other listeners will be added when members of the congregation join us as “faith companions”.

God’s Call

In our last weeks together, we will create a space for noticing, naming, and nurturing the gifts that are present within each one of us. A key question that we will consider is this: “What am I to do with my life– my whole life– in light of my faith?”  During this time, we will also call attention to the many opportunities to serve that exist at St. Mark’s. Whether you become a member or not, you are welcome to participate in all of them!

Membership at St. Mark’s

All Faith Journey participants are invited to become members of St. Mark’s, but this is never an expectation. We want you to follow where the Spirit of God is leading you. Becoming a member of this particular church means going deeper into your baptismal calling to live among God’s faithful people, hear the Word of God and share the Lord’s Supper, proclaim the Gospel in word and deed, serve all people in the way of Christ, and strive for justice and peace in all the earth.

All Are Welcome

As a diverse community of people drawn together by God’s Spirit, we give thanks for the gifts of all those who join us for worship and witness at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by The Narrows. The center of our life together is Jesus Christ, whose love leads us to affirm our common identity as children of God. In this place for grace, each person’s age, race, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, special interests, and unique abilities enrich us as the Body of Christ. In that spirit, we gladly welcome you and we invite you to grow with us in love and grace.

Watch the weekly Bridge newsletter for the start of the next session!  All those who worship with us as guests are invited to join a Faith Journey group hosted by Pastor Ruud. Faith Journey is a series of twelve weekly gatherings at St. Mark’s that give visitors an opportunity to hear each other’s stories, explore questions of faith, build relationships, hear scripture together, and listen for God’s call. Those who wish to join our congregation will be welcomed as new members in mid-November, but that is not an expectation for any of the Faith Journey participants. Is an open-ended process that allows each person to follow where the Spirit leads. There is a Faith Journey group that meets on Sundays from 12:15–1:30 p.m. and another one on Wednesdays from 6:00–7:15 p.m. A meal is served at both gatherings. Childcare is always available, and special activities for older children are hosted on Wednesday nights. If you are interested, please add your name to the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center in the Narthex, or contact Pastor Jan Ruud by phone at (253) 752-4966 or by email at jruud@smlutheran.org.