If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown me anything, it is the importance of roots. Roots are those beliefs, relationships, or activities which give us hope and confidence in crazy and chaotic times for they hold us steady and connect us to something greater than ourselves. Our roots define how we respond in difficult times and how we move forward together.

As a congregation, our roots are firmly planted in Jesus and His life, death and resurrection. In fact, St. Mark has chosen to articulate our mission statement in this way:

Connecting People to the Vibrant Love of Jesus”.

And, in light of this pandemic, being connected to the love of Jesus is more important than ever.

Over the next five week in a sermon series called PLANTED, I would like to explore how this mission is made manifest in the lives of people. Together we will see how we personally continue to be formed as disciples of Jesus and imagine how we will go with Jesus on his mission to, “...make disciples of all nations…”.

We will also form a common vision for ministry using an image from our region's agricultural history:

Rooted in Christ
Growing Together in God’s Word
Branching Out in Love to Our Community 

In Christ,

Pastor Nick