reconciling picReconciling Vote Results

Thanks to all of you who took the opportunity to ask questions, express your opinions and vote on this important issue.

At the April 16th Church Conference, the following Welcoming Statement was approved by a vote of 47 to 5:

We affirm Jesus’ example of love without reservation and covenant to deal compassionately and justly with one another. We welcome the full participation of all people in the life and ministries of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church as we journey toward reconciliation through Christ. Therefore, we celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and believe this diversity enriches our journey together in faith toward greater understanding, mutual respect, and Christian love. We embrace persons of all ages, races, diversity of sexual orientations, gender identities, family configurations, faith history, ethnicity, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education. We recognize that there are differences of opinion among us, but believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. St. Mark’s is a place where ALL are welcome and invited to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.

Yesterday, April 19th, the following 3 resolutions were approved by a vote of 151 to 16, with 1 incomplete vote and 1 abstaining vote:

  1. That we become a Reconciling Congregation
  2. That we affiliate with the Reconciling Ministries Network
  3.  That we offer complete pastoral care to all interested persons, including those identifying themselves as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer/Questing). This would include premarital counseling, marriage, wedding services, baptisms, and the use of our facility if they so choose.

As we affirmed in the Welcoming Statement: We recognize that there are differences of opinion among us, but believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike.” So, regardless of how you voted, know that you are a valued member/attendee of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

If you have questions about the vote or about Reconciling Ministries  – or just want to talk – please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Arnette or any member of the Church & Society Committee (Suzanne Krogh, Jeanie Wade-Nagle, Sheryl Gould, Tom Shepherd, Kristal Gibson, Barb McCormick or Eileen McPherson).

Nebraska Wesleyan University

On Wednesday, May 20th St. Mark’s is hosting a group of music students from Nebraska Wesleyan University on their way to a tour in Ireland. We are in need of about 20 families to host students in their homes after the concert. This will mean providing a place for students to sleep (bed or air mattress), shower facilities and a light breakfast in the morning, as well as transportation from the concert site to your home, and back to St. Mark’s in the morning. Students are hosted in groups of two, 3 or 4. If you are able to host students for this event, or if you have any questions, please email me!

Schedule of events (subject to change)

Wednesday May 20, 2015

    • 4:00 PM – Group arrives at Iowa City First UMC (214 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA 52245)
    • 5:30 PM – Dinner (St. Mark’s UMC, 2675 E. Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52245)
    • 6:45 PM – Warm-ups (IC First UMC)
    • 7:30 PM – Concert (IC First UMC)
    • 8:45 PM – Concert concludes, meet host families
    • 9:00 PM – Depart IC First UMC to host family homes.

Thursday May 21, 2015

  • 7:45 AM (time subject to change) – Students report to bus at St. Mark’s UMC


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