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Becoming a Member of Saint Mark’s
We welcome you to explore what it means to be a member at Saint Mark’s.

Within the tradition of Benedictine Spirituality, the proper balance in life is found by cultivating aspects of prayer, learning and action. As you move along the pathway of membership, take advantage of the opportunities to engage in our common life of prayer, learning and action. There is no specific timeline to follow for membership—you may move at your own pace. However, there are specific items to be completed before becoming a member of Saint Mark’s.

To be a member of Saint Mark’s, engagement in our community may occur in these ways

  • 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
  • Learning: Engage in 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
  • Action: Participate in God’s mission and manifest your faith for the common good. Along with the physical action of participating, the regular commitment of financial resources is a significant action as a member.

Faith Formation

We offer a variety of opportunities for formation to support your personal spiritual development. In particular, the following classes are on the pathway to membership for people who are new to St. Mark’s or new to the Episcopal Church, but are also engaging for anyone simply interested in faith exploration.

Episcopal 101, led by Dean Paul Lebens-Englund

This is the initial 3-part series for learning more about the Episcopal church in general. This class will utilize the book A People Called Episcopalians, which is available in our Cathedral Bookshop. Sunday mornings, 9:15 – 10:15 am. Stay tuned for next year's dates.

The Round Table

This is a 4-week series, 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. Each evening includes a time to mingle, to listen, to share and to pray. Reservations are requested for this series. Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Stay tuned for next year's dates.

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. This will be offered on an evening in April 2017.

Transfer of Membership

If you have been a member of a different Episcopal congregation, you may have your membership “transferred” to Saint 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 the time commitment will help you to become better acquainted with our community and the common language that we share. Celebrate your membership at Saint Mark’s by joining us on one of the Membership Sundays.

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