what we believe

Thank you for visiting today. This page is designed to give you a brief introduction to our life and faith and to tell you a little bit about who we are.


The word "episcopal" refers to government by bishops. The historic episcopate (bishops) continues the work of the first apostles in the Church: guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church, and ordaining men and women to continue Christ's ministry. An Episcopalian refers to a person who belongs to the Episcopal Church, which includes the United States and 14 other countries. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.


Episcopalians believe:

The Holy Scriptures are the revealed word of God, which inspired the human authors of the Scriptures, and are interpreted by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


The Nicene Creed is the basic statement of our belief about God. It was adopted by the early church founders and is said every Sunday in Episcopal churches around the world.


The two great sacraments given by Christ to the church are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. In Baptism we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and adopt Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In the Holy Eucharist, the center of our worship life, we remember and participate in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ until his coming again.


The teachings and beliefs of the Episcopal Church are articulated in the "Outline of the Faith" in our Book of Common Prayer.

At st. mark's

St. Mark's is an open and inclusive Episcopal church.  We are a community of seekers who strive to proclaim the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. St. Mark's is a place of incredible welcome, prayer, and support.


In our baptism service, we promise to love our neighbors as ourselves and uphold the dignity of every human being - everybody, no exceptions. We believe that when someone is hungry, we feed them; when someone is sick, we care for them.  We affirm and bless committed relationships that are lifelong and monogamous, and recognize that divorce happens. We think worship can be about asking tough questions. And, while we believe that God is eternal and forever, we also know that people come to him from different paths. We also believe it is our responsibility to care for the earth.


We believe that God loves you just as you are. Anytime you want to come to St. Mark's to worship, volunteer, learn - you are most welcome!