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The Messenger—
St. Mark's newsletter

PDF format. Opens in a new window. New edition is usually available the last week of the month. Click here for Messenger archives (2012–2014).

Worship with us

Fall/Winter schedule begins Sept. 20
8:30am and 11:00am

10:00 am Sunday summer worship The summer schedule runs from June 7 — September 13. Of course, a fellowship hour follows worship with coffee and cookies.

Saturday evening worship service is at 5:30pm. Services are held on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month. The service is casual and contemporary service. Great for those who work Sundays. We celebrate the Lord's Supper at each service.

We welcome all baptized believers to share in the Lord's Supper. Children or adults not communinig are welcome to come forward for a blessing.

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About St. Mark's new logo

St. Mark's logo

Check out our new logo (or brandmark) and its meaning on our About Us page.

The four-quadrant cross is based on the traditional Quadrate cross and echoes the brickwork and wood crosses behind our altar.

Green is the liturgical color of Epiphany and the Sundays after Pentecost. Blue is the liturgical color of Baptism and Advent and is symbolic of life and water. Just as we need water to live, we receive new life through the water of our baptism into Christ.


Pr Tom HansonPastor Hanson's sermons

Thanks to Ellen and Eric Olson for recording and posting these sermons.

Click here for Sermon archives

You may also want to read Pastor Tom's blog "St. Mark the EvangeLion."

Recent site-wide revisions

There's a place for you here

St. Mark's logoSt. Mark's Lutheran Church (ELCA) is an urban, welcoming, and vibrant congregation in the San Marco/Miramar neighborhoods (Google map) of south Jacksonville. We are known for our social outreach and our attention to liturgical worship and music.

We are a proud member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person—questions, complexities, and all. Learn more about us here.

"Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name
for the life of the world."

Pastor Thomas S. Hanson (email link)

Link to Google map: 3976 Hendricks Avenue


ELCA Response to Martyrdom in Charleston, S.C.

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's statement:

"It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore, simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this ... the fatal shooting of nine African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that is racism. The church was desecrated. The people of that congregation were desecrated. The aspiration voiced in the Pledge of Allegiance that we are "one nation under God" was desecrated.

"Mother Emanuel AME's pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, as was the Rev. Daniel Simmons, associate pastor at Mother Emanuel. The suspected shooter is a member of an ELCA congregation. All of a sudden and for all of us, this is an intensely personal tragedy. One of our own is alleged to have shot and killed two who adopted us as their own."

Download the whole ELCA statement here.

Caring for Family Promise guests

Lynn Doiron

On Sunday, June 7, St. Mark's Lutheran Church will welcome three homeless families, as a part of Family Promise of Jacksonville. I'm so impressed with the volunteers who make our Host Weeks possible. The people of St. Mark's are preparing meals and providing additional "take away food" to go the Day Center at First United Methodist Church. They are serving as volunteers at the church, serving meals and eating with our guests, staying overnight at the church, and just hanging out with our guests. Being a part of Family Promise has had a powerful impact on my faith!— Lynn Doiron, Send Team chair

Welcoming new members

Families at St. Mark's

IF YOU ARE looking for a place to find meaning and purpose in your life, you are sure to find that place at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

We generally welcome new members on the last Sunday of even-numbered months. The next date is June 28. Talk with Pr. Tom Hanson or call the church office at 904-396-9608 (email if you or someone you know are interested in joining St. Mark's.

We are a welcoming congregation where you can express your love for God and for God's people no matter your age, race, economic status, or sexual orientation.

St. Mark's member blogs

Blue windows

A new blog page is now open for our members to share the thoughts, ideas, and experiences that shape their lives of faith. If you are interested in writing a blog for this page, email Pastor Tom or call 904-396-9608. Keep your essay to 400 to 600 words.

Member blogs

  1. The irony of hope and despair by Bernie Jorn — December 2014
  2. Mission to Haiti by Gina Olson — July 2014
  3. The gospel of accessibility by Bernie Jorn — June 2014
  4. Let's all sing together! by Tony Cruz — June 2014

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