Guest Speaker | J.J. Warren
Covid-19 guidelines will be followed at both venues: masks are required and seating will be spread out, Davis UMC requires attendees be fully vaccinated.
J.J. Warren electrified The United Methodist Church’s most recent worldwide assembly (and went viral) with an impassioned plea for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people as ordained ministers in the church. A seminary student at Boston University School of Theology and certified candidate for ordination in the UMC, J.J. published his first book, Reclaiming Church: A Call to Action for Religious Rejects, in 2020, and speaks widely on the topic, which is on the agenda at the next UMC General Conference.
On Saturday at St. Mark’s, J.J. will deliver a keynote address and be joined for a panel discussion by Rev. Elizabeth Brick, Rancho UMC, Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor, Sacramento Japanese UMC and Rev. Matthew Pearson, Elk Grove UMC.
On Sunday, he will preach during the regular service at Davis UMC. A limited number of his books will be available for purchase at both venues.
The event is free and pre-registration is not required. Donations will be gratefully accepted to offset expenses.
Livestream stream will be a available on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00pm via St. Mark’s YouTube channel.
St. Mark’s UMC
St. Mark’s is a welcoming community devoted to healing lives with God’s grace, making heaven real on earth. This mission is pursued through active seeking, building and celebrating. Find out about the church, its worship services, and staff below.
General procedures for SMUMC buildings:
· Masks are to be worn at all times when inside a building, or in large groups. Please make every attempt to maintain social distancing.
· For Children’s Sunday School, children meet in room E4 of the educational building. They can also be picked up there after worship.
·Please no mingling in the Lobby.
Offering: Please place your offering in one of the plates at the sanctuary door, mailing or drop off your offering through the mail slot, or set up Electronic Funds Transfer directly from your bank account. Our Finance Manager, Denise Cruz, will be happy to help.
· Seating is in alternate rows designed to maintain social distancing. Please maintain social distancing between family groups sitting in the same row.
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· After the service, please leave the Sanctuary maintaining social distance.
If you are unable to attend the worship service in person, you will have three other options:
· Watching the live stream online via YouTube
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· Watch on Sacramento Faith TV Saturday mornings 9:00am, on Xfinity/Comcast on channel 20, Consolidated Communications channel 19 and AT&T cable channel 14. Faith TV.
Come connect with the St. Mark's community!
Opportunities For Action
Help is needed in the work of Refugee resettlement and support for those needing Sanctuary.
Providing a caring environment, nutritious meals, and a supportive community for people who are homeless.
St. Mark’s serves as a hub for LGBTQ from growth in faith and love of God to community advocacy for progressive social change.
St. Mark’s Food Closet is open Tuesday and Saturday from 10:00am to 12:00pm. You can help!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is St. Mark’s UMC?
St. Mark’s is located near the intersection of Watt and El Camino Avenues in the Arden-Arcade area, behind the Country Club Plaza. 2391 St Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864
Is communion open to everyone?
Yes. Absolutely everyone is welcome regardless of church membership or affiliation. The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.
Are there Bible study classes and other educational opportunities for adults?
Many opportunities abound at St. Mark’s for Bible study, education, and spiritual growth. Classes are held and study groups meet not only on Sundays but throughout the week, on and off the church campus.
What do United Methodists believe?
The United Methodist church includes people with a wide variety of different beliefs. Everyone is invited to support one another along their spiritual journey.
How can I join St. Mark’s?
Keep coming back. Join a small group or a ministry team. Speak with the pastor. Consider signing up for the membership classes that are offered for anyone who wishes to transfer their membership from another church and for those who have never joined a church community in the past.
What is the style and time of the worship service?
St. Mark’s UMC worship service is at 10 am on Sundays. It features a blended style of musical offerings, there is no specified dress code (suggested attire: wear what is most comfortable), and children attend the worship service for the first 20 minutes before being dismissed to Sunday School. Read more here.
Is St. Mark’s a place for children?
Yes! Childcare is available for infants and children under the age of 2 on Sunday mornings and other select times. During worship, children ages 2 years old through 6th grade are invited to the front of the sanctuary for a Bible story or lesson and then are escorted to Sunday School. For children who prefer to remain in the sanctuary for worship, red activity books filled with crayons, coloring pages, word games and other fun stuff are available upon request from an usher.
How does St. Mark’s engage youth and young people?
Special activities are coordinated to stimulate spiritual growth and development for youth and young adults. Sunday School, group outings, potlucks, youth group Sunday evening functions and many other activities are provided under the leadership of the Youth and Young Adults Ministries Director and under the moniker of YOU Ministries.
Giving to St. Mark's
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly,
so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
About the General Budget
The St. Mark’s UMC general budget is the church’s economic engine. Contributions made to St. Mark’s, unless otherwise designated, are applied to the “general budget” by default.
Gifts, Memorials and Bequests
Gifts, memorials, and bequests are planned giving options that are the key to St. Mark’s opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.