Welcome to Our Community!
Whether you have already visited us or are researching the internet for a church to attend, we welcome you to this exciting and growing community of faith.
Most of us are searching for something beyond ourselves, for meaningful connections, a place where our children receive a sense of the sacred and our teenagers feel comfortable, safe and supported, for the freedom to ask our questions and discover awe, for a sense of belonging. Whatever your reasons, we invite you to explore St. Mark’s, a place where we come as we are, accept each other for who we are, strive to grow and open to change along the way.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church is an extended family of loving people bound by faith in Christ. We seek to deepen our relationship with God, strengthen our faith community, support each other, and serve our neighbors. We do this by celebrating our faith through meaningful liturgy and prayer, sharing our stories and traditions, and participating in ministries of fellowship, compassion and justice.
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17 [NRSV]
Summer Forum Series 2014 and Instructed Liturgies
Instructed Eucharist and Baptism
July 6: Liturgy of the Word at the Eucharist (done)
July 13: Liturgy at the Table at the Eucharist (done)
August 10: Instructed Baptism
On these Sundays, in lieu of a sermon, there will be instruction on these parts of our liturgy. This year, we will focus on the sacramental theology of liturgy.
Summer Forum Series
with Mary Greene
Recent studies show that about 20 percent of Americans (known as NONES) claim to have no affiliation with a spiritual group and yet, as unlikely as this may seem, 92 percent of Americans believe in God. How is God understood by the NONES? How do extra-religious influences like media and consumerism impact even so-called religious people’s understandings of God? This forum will draw from a mix of evidence from the academic to popular culture to reveal some of the many-faceted understandings of God held by Americans today and the secular influences that undergird them
with Jonathan Homrighausen
We inhabitants of the Silicon Valley live in one of the top five areas in the country for religious diversity, with especially large populations of Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. How you see other religions speaks to your concept of God? In this forum, you will learn about three basic approaches: exclusivism, inclusivism, and comparative theology. While hammering out these ideas, we will discuss what this means about who we think God is. Jonathan Homrighausen has never met a religion he didn’t like. A Christian tinged with Buddhism, he majors in religious studies and classics at Santa Clara University. He serves as Interfaith Intern in SCU’s Campus Ministry Department. After graduating he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in religious studies or theology in the hopes of furthering interreligious dialogue.
with Debie Thomas
"We proclaim Christ crucified," the Apostle Paul wrote to fellow believers in the first century. Since then, Christians of all stripes have considered Jesus' crucifixion the saving center of their faith. But what does it mean to claim that Jesus' death "saves" us? Did he die in our place, taking the punishment we deserve? Or was Jesus' death simply the inevitable consequence of the radical life he lived -- an example of zealous conviction rather than vicarious sacrifice? Did God -- a loving parent -- really hand His son over to be tortured to appease His own wrath? If yes, does that make God abusive? Or loving beyond our ability to grasp? Do salvation and bloodshed have to go together? Or is it possible to find hope in Jesus' death without calling violence redemptive?
In this forum, we will explore various "theologies of the cross," that is, the various attempts Christians have made to address these hard questions. We will look in detail at the traditional "penal substitution" model of atonement, and then explore some provocative alternatives, including those now emerging from feminist theologians. Our goal will not be to arrive at answers -- an impossible task, anyway! -- but to consider together what's at stake for us as 21st century Christians, as we attempt to "proclaim Christ crucified" to each other and to the world.
Current & Upcoming Newcomer Events!
Please read on below about our current and upcoming events for newcomers or new members. For more information on any of these events, please see our New to St. Mark’s page, or contact the church office. We hope to see you at one of these events!
Clergy Led Inquirer’s Classes
Twice a year we offer a course for those interested in learning more about the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church, and St. Mark’s. Our next class will be in the fall.
Each spring and fall, visitors and new members of Saint Mark’s are invited to an informal gathering at a parishioner’s home. These events give people an opportunity to meet other people new to Saint Mark’s as well as an opportunity to meet established members and clergy. Our next dessert will be in the fall.
New Member Welcome Sunday
Two Sundays a year are set aside for welcoming new members to Saint Mark’s. During both the 8:00 and 10:00 services, those who have become members are recognized by name and with prayer. Our next Welcome Sunday will be in the fall.
Click below to read our Season after Pentecost 2014 issue
Calendar at a Glance
This calendar is for Parish Events only and does not include outside groups, concerts or recitals.
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