Greetings from Pastor Ben

It’s November already! How time flies; 2015 is nearing its close. On November 1 we will celebrate All Saints’ Day, remembering all those who have died in the faith, especially St. Mark members who died in the past year—but also those who have been added to the church through baptism. On November 22 we celebrate “Christ the King” Sunday as the last Sunday of the church’s calendar and we pray for Christ’s return when “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess” that Jesus Christ is Lord and King. Then on November 29 we will begin a new year in the church with the First Sunday of Advent, a season of anticipation and preparation for the birth of our King and Messiah, our savior, Jesus Christ. So frequently, our culture tries to skip anticipation and embrace immediate gratification. But there is something to the practice of waiting and preparing. My suggestion for you this year is to practice the anticipation of Advent by remembering and celebrating every day with an Advent calendar in your home. There are many ways and may types of Advent calendars that you can buy or make, or even access online! We have an Advent angel calendar that hangs on the wall of our home, and each day we will pull a card from her pocket to read to our girls and do the activity on the card. I’ve gathered some great ideas for your Advent calendars here, and I hope you can pick and choose the ones that fit your family and situation so that we can all practice the holy anticipation of the season and learn to wait patiently for the birth of our Savior.


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