St Mark's Lutheran Church

Blythewood, South Carolina, United States

Pastor

  • Address: 105 Main Street, P.O. Box 846, Blythewood, South Carolina 29016
  • Affiliation: LCMC
  • Contact: Floyd Bowles Council President
  • Phone: 803.269.2638
  • Email: bowlesf@truvista.net
  • Website: Click Here
  • Category: Pastoral Ministry
  • Sub-Category: Senior Pastor
  • Position Title: Pastor
  • Position Type: Part Time
  • Description:

    A. History

    1. St. Mark’s was established in 1885. The church was later moved closer to the town of Blythewood, SC in 1930. At that time, our present red brick building was built on US 21 which runs north to Charlotte.

    2. Today the church sits next to a large high school and is just a short distance from busy I-77. The surrounding farms are being developed into subdivisions in one of the fasted growing suburban areas of Columbia, SC.  Our building is a landmark recognized for having some of the oldest and most unique stained-glass windows in the area. We obtained partial funding from the county historical preservation committee in 2015 to restore the windows and protect them with tempered glass. At that time, we also replaced our HVAC systems, painted the trim and replaced the roof. In 2019, we also finished a complete renovation of our fellowship hall building

    3. St. Mark’s joined the LCMC in 2011. We have always been a traditional Lutheran church holding to the truth of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. We are the only LCMC church in the midlands of South Carolina.

    4. Over the past 4-5 years, our weekly attendance has been stable near or above 20 each week with frequently twice as many for Christmas and Easter services. Our most faithful members are primarily in their 60s and above. We have some younger families. Over the past six years, seven teenagers have been confirmed. We have had 3 Baptisms over the same period of time.  Our Sunday school/nursery averages 4 children each Sunday.

    5. We are always looking for opportunities to make our presence known in the community. In 2019, we participated with our state “Christ Teens” group to place a “School Prayer Zone” at the edge of our property near the boundary with the high school. The sign was one of the first placed to take advantage of a new SC law allowing “School Prayer Zone” signs to encourage prayers for the students. We were featured on the local TV news and the story was picked up nationally with both support and criticism directed at our church regionally and nationally. We considered the opportunity a true blessing.

    8. Our Congregation Constitution was last updated in 2016.

    B.  Ministry Practices

    1. Worship: Sunday services are held at 11:00 AM. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of the month and on additional major Church Festival Sundays. This past year we held mid-week Lenten Service in addition to our usual Seder meal on Maundy Thursday and an Ash Wednesday Service. Our Christmas Service is on Christmas Eve.

    2. Our worship service uses the LBW for hymns with the liturgy in a published bulletin that changes with each season using the recommendations from the SOLA Publishing seasonal worship sheets. The format has made it easier for non-Lutheran visitors to follow the service and several have gone on to become members.

    3. Education: The pastor or a congregation member leads a thirty-minute Bible study before church each week. We are currently studying the book of Acts but have studied Lutheran History, the Gospel of John, and the weekly Epistle or Old Testament reading in the past few years. The pastor also sends out a weekly message for self-study on the upcoming Psalm for the week.

    4. Evangelism: We usually hold an activity during Christmas to take advantage of the Christmas parade that passes near our church. We have also gone door to door in neighborhoods giving gift bags at Christmas.

    5.  Community activities: We host the local AA meeting in our fellowship hall. We also have a backpack program to send food home on weekends for those families in need from one of our local middle schools. The families served average 15-17 per year.

    6. Our only paid staff members are our Pastor who is serving in a part time position and our organist. We employ a cleaning service for the Church and Fellowship Hall. The maintenance of the grounds is by volunteers from the congregation.

    C. Financials

    1. We are blessed to have members who are faithful stewards.

    2. We have no long-term debt and our offerings allow us to meet operating expense plus a growing surplus to cover new programs or unexpected expenses.

    D. Pastoral care needed to best serve the Lord in our congregation.

    1. We are blessed to be in an area which is growing both with retirees and with young families.

    2. We are looking for Pastor to at least to start on a part time basis.

    3. We need a pastor who will help us to continue to grow by proclaiming the truth of scriptures both to seniors and younger families.

    4. This is an ideal position for a pastor wishing to retire from full time ministry and live in a very desirable climate and area.

    5. It is also an ideal position for a pastor wishing to grow a church with an already strong financial and spiritual foundation to expand the duties into a full-time position.