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.
- 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 worship service every week day 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 we send out via email are an easy way to begin a habit of spiritual study outside of the church building. Make sure you are signed up to receive those!
- 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.
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. (Keep reading the weekly e-news which comes out every Friday.)
- 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 following classes are on the pathway to membership for people who are new to St. Mark’s, new to the Episcopal Church and are also engaging for anyone simply interested in deepening their knowledge and their faith.
- Episcopal 101 is the initial 3-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.
Fall: October 7, 14, and 29, 2018
Spring: February 10, 24 and March 3, 2019
- The Book of Common Prayer, which is used in every Worship service, is also a resource to be used in everyday personal life. Come and learn about its rich history and how to use it in your daily prayer practices. We will offer 4 various sessions on our BCP, with dates of:
November 11 and December 9, 2018; March 24 and 31, 2019
- The Holy Bible will be the topic on 6 different Sundays, with a different book each of these days. Each session will include opportunity to read and discuss a particular passage and to experience ways to engage the Bible at home.
November 4, December 23, 2018; February 3, March 10, April 14, May 12, 2019
- Third Sunday Conversations: Deans Choice are held on the third Sunday morning of each month, as the title suggests, beginning September 16th. 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. Click here to register for The Round Table.
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Fall: Living Faith in Community, October 10, 17, 24, 2018.
Winter: Living Faith in Personal Practices, January 16, 23, 30, 2019.
Spring: Living Faith in Society, March 13, 20, 27, 2019.
- 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.
Saturday October 27, 2018; Saturday April 13, 2019.
Music in the Liturgy on January 13 and April 7, 2019
The Verbals and Visuals in our Worship services on January 6 and April 28, 2019
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 11, 2018 and May 12, 2019.
Please contact Mary Lusk, Canon Ministry Developer, with any questions about these faith formation classes, membership, or finding your place within our community.