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4.16.2023 - Holy Week at St Marks 2023

4.9.2023 - Renewal of Baptism

2.22.2023 - Fastnachts - A Shrove Tuesday Tradition

2.13.2023 - Souper Bowl of Caring

1.8.2023 - Congregation Council Installed

12.11.2022 - A Piece of Our Past . . The Christmas Figurines

12.4.2022 - St. Mark's Annual Report Issued

11.20.2022 - St Marks Participates in Operation Christmas Child

11.6.2022 - Remembering the Saints

10.16.2022 - Harvest Home Sunday

10.10.2022 - St. Mark's Walks to Stop Hunger

10.9.2022 - Lutheran World Relief - Blanket Sunday

7.25.2022 - St Marks Indoor Picnic

7.9.2022 - Photos from St. Mark's July 4, 2022 Hospitality

6.19.2022 - Council Proposes Revised St. Mark's Constitution & By-Laws

6.12.2022 - Confirmation

5.26.2022 - ELCA Response to the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

3.13.2022 - The Wind Strikes Again!

3.1.2022 - Fastnachts - A Shrove Tuesday Tradition

12.6.2021 - St. Mark's Annual Report Issued

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burning the palmsFastnachts - A Shrove Tuesday Tradition


fastnachtsSt. Mark's started a new (or restarted an old) tradition by celebrating Shrove Tuesday with fastnachts. We gathered with Pastor LeCrone and other members of St. Luke Lutheran for fastnachts and fellowship.

The term “fastnacht” comes from the German words “fast,” a shortened form of the verb “fasten” meaning “to fast,” and “nacht,” which means “night.” Fastnacht Day is the eve of the Lenten fasting period that Christians observe. Tradition holds that on this day, households use up all the fat and sugar in the house before Lent begins. This practice also gives Fat Tuesday its name.

Our celebration included gathering in our courtyard to burn last year's palms for ashes to be used as our ashes for repentance and mortality on Ash Wednesday.

We concluded our time together with a brief liturgy of prayer and praise to “Bury the Alleluia” in preparation for Lent. The banner was folded up for Lent, only to return on Easter day.

Pastor Vasey