WELCOME TO ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
“We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We all belong to this family, this human family, God's family.” ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Q: AM I WELCOME HERE?
ALL are welcome here. No exceptions.
We're so glad you found us.
Look below for information or links to help you get to know a little bit about St. Mark's. Poke around elsewhere on the site, too.
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, or want to talk with a real human being, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Come and worship with us!
Where is St. Mark's?
We're at 111 S. Jefferson in Moscow Idaho. The public library is right across the street (and a Little Free Library is on our corner). Here's a map.
What to Expect
We exist from pole to pole along the spectrums of age, gender, and sexuality. We are teachers and students; stay-at-home-moms and stay-at-home-dads; motorcycle-riders and bicyclists. We are cranky toddlers and creaky elders; Mac users and PC people; Conservatives and Progressives and everything in between. We are (WSU) Cougars and (UI) Vandals; we shop at WinCo, Dissmore's, and at the Moscow Food Co-op. Some of us are retired, some of us are just beginning our careers, and some of us are looking for work. Some of us have GEDs and some have PhDs. Some of us are single parents, some co-parent, some are empty-nesters, and some of us have no children—still others are caring for their grandchildren, while some are looking after their parents. We are couples and we are singletons. We are not cut from a single pattern—thanks be to God!
No matter who we are, we are called to meet one another and encounter Christ in worship, service, and formation.
Most of us gather on Sunday mornings to worship together (although we offer other worship options). And when you come through the door, what you'll need to know to feel oriented and at ease during worship will be provided. In most services, that will be via a service leaflet one of our greeters will give you.
We are a liturgical church, that is, we follow an ancient, written format of Scripture, prayer, and music in which there are opportunities for silence and for spontaneous prayer. We draw our liturgies principally from the many traditions of the Anglican Communion, but all are rooted in our Book of Common Prayer, our principal liturgical resource.
Although some of our ministers who serve at the altar may wear special ceremonial garments (called vestments), and although we have a formatted worship pattern, AND although our worship space is beautifully appointed, at St. Mark's we are friendly and informal—you'll find men in ties and others in bermuda shorts; women in Birkenstocks and some in heels. Come as you are!—and if you have questions during worship, ask someone sitting nearby, ask one of the greeters (whom you'll find by the red door through which you entered), or ask one of the greeters to give you a "Let's Get Acquainted" booklet.
Loving the questions
Expect to be expected to ask questions. The two questions we ask over and over, no matter how long we've been here, are "Why do we do what we do?" and "Why do we do it the way that we do it?" You'll fit right in!
Beyond Sunday worship, we invite you to service opportunities in outreach and "in-reach" and time for formation—in all of which you'll find hands extended to begin to build relationships. Some congregations struggle with diminishing numbers. St. Mark's?—not so much. We think that's, in part, because we don't tell you how to live or how to think; we invite you into exploration of the Jesus Way as it's experienced on the path of the Episcopal Church. Some people find resonance there—welcome! Some don't—Godspeed! Here's a thoughtful piece about growing/diminishing congregations.
Among our offerings, we expect you'll stumble into something that's to your liking—if not, tell us what you'd like. Maybe we just haven't had people interested before.
Take a chance
Don't be shy—remember each of us once came here for the first time! We've been right where you are. For some of us that "first time" was last month—for others it was in the last century!
WE look forward to welcoming you.