WELCOME TO ST. MARK'S LUTHERAN CHURCH!
 
We rejoice that diversity in God's creation enriches, nurtures and challenges our life and ministry as followers of Jesus and as servants in the world.
Because we believe with Jesus that God's grace is truly amazing, we are committed to welcoming and nurturing all people in this place regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, age, sexual orientation, or any labels that may be placed upon us.  Whether you are a first time visitor, an experienced church goer, or someone who left the church and is finding their way back… No matter what your life situation… You are welcome here!   So simply come as you are!

 
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
St. Mark’s is dedicated to proclaiming the unconditional love of God for all people. We welcome people of all faiths and denominations, and those who want to explore the Christian faith. We believe that the message of Christ offers unconditional love and acceptance of all people regardless of race, creed, sex, or social status. It is the message of Christ that empowers us to look beyond ourselves, living out our faith in dynamic new ways.
Our faith finds expression and devotion to God, through our service to the world and to one another. We believe in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, speaking out for justice and standing up for equality. We believe that we are blessed to be a blessing with our time, talent and treasure.

 
WHAT ARE SERVICES LIKE?
We offer two services each Sunday at 8:30am and 10:30am. Our 8:30am service features organ music, a choir, and traditional Lutheran liturgy. Our 10:30 am service is more informal and family-oriented in style and is led by our worship band. Services run usually an hour, and Holy Communion is shared at each service. We welcome everyone to participate in Holy Communion whether you are Lutheran or not.  Feel free to join us one Sunday. We won’t single you out or make you uncomfortable.

WHAT ABOUT COMMUNION?
Communion is offered every Sunday at both services.  Church membership is not required in order to commune.  Communion cups are filled with grape juice.  If you would like wine, please take an empty cup, wine will be poured at the altar.  Allergen-free (free of gluten, dairy, soy, egg, yeast, nut and corn) wafers are available at the table near the usher (in between the aisles).  Children not yet communing or those not wishing to commune may come forward for a blessing.

 
WHAT DO I WEAR TO CHURCH?
Wear what you are comfortable wearing.  In general the 8:30am service is more traditional in attire.  The 10:30am service is more casual in attire, but the main focus is to worship God, together in this place.

 
WHERE IS THE CHURCH?
We are on Putnam Blvd in Pleasant Hill, between Oak Park and Geary.  We have a few spaces in the front part of our parking lot which we reserve for visitors or those needing to be close to the entrance.  There is a handicap space here.  The back lot is also handicap accessible.  As you enter the parking lot, you will see the main church, or sanctuary building on your right.  The far back building is our social hall (named St. Mark’s Center) where you will find coffee and a mid-morning snack around 9:40-10:20am.  The middle building is our original sanctuary and is now used for groups to meet during the week as well as Sunday school.

 
WHAT MINISTRIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AND TEENS?
We are a smaller church and we are trying to use our resources wisely.  Puppets of Praise meets at our facility and some of our youth (ages 6th-12th grades) are involved with this group.  There are also some of our teens serving in our Band which provides the music for the 10:30am worship service.  As much as possible, we try to have intergenerational experiences both in worship and serving the community.
We understand that sometimes children struggle with different aspects of worship.  For your convenience, there is a cry room in the back of the sanctuary.  In the cry room you can hear and see the service while you nurse your baby, or while they play with books and toys.  Also available is a nursery (with paid staff) for children 5 years and younger during our 10:30am service.

 
IS BAPTISM ONLY FOR INFANTS?
No. We baptize people of all ages. You do not have to be a member of St. Mark’s to be baptized or to have your child baptized. To schedule a baptism, please call the church office.

 
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
We have many ways to get involved from classes to choir to various committees.

 
 
HOW DO I JOIN THE CHURCH?
Becoming a member of our church is a very simple process — just sign up for a new member orientation class! That’s it — one class on one Sunday for about two hours, and you become an official member. We hold new member orientations periodically following the 10:30 am worship service. A light lunch is served, and we will give you some information about the church. You will also have a time to ask questions of our pastor. Of course, our pastor is always happy to spend additional time and help with any questions you may have about St. Mark’s, our denomination and Lutheran heritage.

 
LOCATION
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
3051 Putnam Blvd
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
925-934-6114
See the home page for a map to our location. 
Email: officeadmin@sm-lc.net