As of today, I have been at St. Mark for three whole years. Three isn’t really a precious milestone. I’m told the traditional gift for folks who make it this far is just some paper. Nonetheless, it is a big deal for me. This is officially the longest full-time job I have ever held. These brief years have seen a lot of change here at St. Mark. The sanctuary is brighter and certainly more cozy. Common Grounds Café is host to many events. We have started a tradition of worshipping once a year under a big tent outside. Communion is celebrated at all our services. We have celebrated at the birth of children and grieved the loss of dear sisters and brothers.
Like any community, our congregation will never stop changing. People move away and staff members retire, but there is always newness. Like a varied garden, flowers will bloom and fruits will grow in different places throughout the seasons.
As we look to the future together, I want to share with you two recent changes you may have already noticed. They may seem trivial, but they represent the hard work of our council and staff as we strive to make ourselves visible and available to our community.
First, we have a brand new logo! The council worked with a graphic designer to bring us a fresh new brand that captures some of St. Mark’s spirit. The three crosses are there, along with colors inspired by our stained glass.
It remains intentionally open as the lines direct our eyes inward and up through the central cross. The font also matches our outdoor signage. Changing all our printed materials to match this new look is an ongoing process. I am confident that this new logo will become a marker of our identity for the community just as our old logo was.
Second, it is with a huge sigh of relief that I am pleased to announce that we have a brand new website! Jill Davenport and I have worked hard this summer to create a more accessible, organized, and mobile-friendly place for folks to learn about what we are up to. It is at the same address as before: www.stmarklc.com. There are still links to weekly sermon videos, announcements, and blog posts like this one. One new feature that will be useful to both guests and members alike is a calendar of all upcoming events. When you are not sure if a meeting is happening or not, you can now check the website to see for yourself! Online signups for Confirmation and Sunday School are already posted in the Newsstand section.
As we work together to share God’s love with the world, I pray that these two changes, however small, may prove to be signs of welcome for our community.