NEW MEMBER PROCESS
To best support your unique connection to Saint Mark’s, we’ve developed a fairly straight-forward process for exploring life as part of the Cathedral congregation. We have a diverse team of companions to walk with you and to assist you in connecting in whatever ways feel most appropriate.
Becoming a Member
We welcome you into the community of Saint Mark’s! As you explore what it means to be a member, please worship with us, learn with us, pray with us, carry out God’s mission with us and just be a part of us.
Within the tradition of Benedictine Spirituality, a balanced life is found by cultivating aspects of prayer, study and service. As you move along the pathway of membership at Saint Mark’s, we hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to engage in our common life of prayer, study and service, as well as engage in those three practices as an individual. There is no specific timeline to follow for membership – you may move at your own pace. However, there are specific items we ask you to engage in before becoming an official member of Saint Mark’s.
A member of Saint Mark’s will focus on a regular rhythm of life that includes:
- Prayer: Attend Worship regularly and begin to cultivate a personal life of prayer to attune your heart and mind to God’s heart and mind. We offer a 12:15 pm worship service
Tuesday through Thursday plus 3 on Sunday – try them all out.
- Study: Engage in ongoing Faith Formation and develop a personal practice of study, perhaps of the past and present thinking about church and the world, to better understand God and God’s world. The midweek meditations that St. Mark’s sends out via email on Wednesdays are an easy way to begin a habit of spiritual study outside of the church building.
- Service: There are two parts to this.
- One is the physical action of participating in God’s mission and manifesting your faith for the common good.
- The other is the act of offering a regular commitment of financial resources to the general operations of the church. This is a show of faith that you believe in our mission and is a show of support that our leaders our doing the right work with the resources shared by our congregation. Please consider completing a “pledge” form as a commitment to the mission and ministries of this congregation. Each pledge, no matter the amount, is significant.
St. Mark’s will support you as a member by:
- praying with and for you.
- presenting a variety of worship opportunities and faith formation classes throughout the week. (Read the weekly e-news every Friday to stay alert to upcoming classes.)
- offering opportunities to engage in mission with the community, both as an individual and as part of a collective action.
We offer a variety of opportunities for formation to support your personal spiritual development. The below listed classes are on the pathway to membership for people who are new to St. Mark’s, new to the Episcopal Church or are simply interested in deepening their knowledge and their faith.
Episcopal 101 is the initial 6-part series for learning more about the Episcopal church in general, our history and our structure. This class will utilize the book “A People Called Episcopalians”, which is available in our Cathedral Bookshop.
Sunday mornings, 9:15 – 10:15 am, in the Library
9/22, Ethos: history and order
9/29, Pathos: spirituality and disposition
10/13, Rule of Life: pray, study, serve
10/27, How we pray: BCP and Bible
11/3, Stewardship: gifts and talents
11/10, Navigating the church
3/1, Ethos: history and order
3/8, Pathos: spirituality and disposition
3/22, Rule of Life: pray, study, serve
3/29, How we pray: BCP and Bible
4/5, Stewardship: gifts and talents
4/26, Navigating the church
Additional Sunday morning offerings will occur in the Community Room on the first level, also at 9:15 am, offering a theme of “Learning and Living our Faith.”
And please mark your calendars for this:
Third Sunday Conversations: Deans Choice are held on the third Sunday morning of each month, as the title suggests, beginning September 15th. The topic will vary each month but will be certain to engage all in attendance while discussing more about the Episcopal Church in general and Saint Mark’s in particular. This is one of the best ways to learn about our community!
The Round Table, a 3-week series on Wednesday evenings, is an opportunity to explore faith, no matter your background. It is also a chance to make connections during a shared meal and conversations around the table, with the same group every week. Each evening includes a time to mingle, to listen, to share and to pray. Reservations are requested for this series, at www.ourcathedral.org
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Fall: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
Winter: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
Spring: 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Eucharist with Conversation
This is created especially for adults who are new to the Episcopal Church, and would like a hands-on experience, learning more about a service with Eucharist, and is an important step before being received as an Episcopalian. Dates are still to be determined for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.
Transfer of Membership
If you have been a member of a different Episcopal congregation, you may have your membership “transferred” to St. Mark’s. Please contact your former church and request a transfer to the attention of Mary Lusk. While the Episcopal 101 classes are not required with a membership transfer, we believe that by attending those and others offerings, you will become better acquainted with our community and the common language that we share. And, we hope that you will celebrate your membership at St. Mark’s by joining us on one of the Membership Sundays listed below.
You have studied hard during the Formation classes, you have engaged in our worship services, you are committing time in a particular area of mission and sharing financial resources on a regular basis. It is time to celebrate!
Membership Sundays are a time to share in a commitment with the congregation of St. Mark’s during Sunday morning worship services, on November 17, 2019 and May 10, 2020.
Please contact Mary Lusk, Canon Ministry Developer, with any questions about these faith formation classes, membership, or finding your place within our community. I look forward to becoming acquainted with you!
Please contact Mary Lusk, Canon Ministry Developer, with any questions about these faith formation classes, membership, or finding your place within our community.