Lutherans are Christians who accept the teachings of Martin Luther (1483–1546). Luther was a German theologian who realized that there were significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the practices of the Roman Catholic church at that time.
On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the door of Wittenberg University, titled “95 Theses” (to debate 95 theological issues). His hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.
Seven Habits of Discipleship
The St. Mark congregation studies and practices these Seven Habits through Faith Practices.
They are part of the Call to Discipleship from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Empowered by God, we the people of St. Mark will:
Foster an open, caring, forgiving environment
Provide choices for inspirational, motivational, and reflective worship experiences
Equip ourselves to be ministers in everyday life
Provide a teaching and learning community for the Gospel of Christ
Serve our local and global community
Our mission and vision are based on these values and beliefs:
We profess God the Creator, God the Savior, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Word and Sacrament shape our lives.
We welcome all people as Children of God.
We accept all people wherever they may be on their Christian journey.
We acknowledge our need to forgive each other as Christ has forgiven us.
We value a nurturing community in which all people are ministers in the work of God.
First organized by the interest and dedication of a number of families with Danish ethnic background, the church quickly grew around a strong emphasis on worship and education. A caring spirit toward our neighbors with an emphasis on being a welcoming place is a trademark of St. Mark.