Saint Mark Lutheran Church
1934 52nd Street SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
We are located on 52nd Street between Kalamazoo and Breton on the South side of the street. To attend a church service, you should park in the upper parking lot on the West side of the building. The offices, preschool and gym are nearest to the lower parking lot on the East side of the building.
For Worship & Fellowship
Traditional Early Service
All Ages Bible Study
Contemporary Late Service
WHAT TO EXPECT AT Saint MARK
We hope you’ll find Saint Mark to be a friendly and welcoming place in our community. There’s no need to be concerned about what to wear or fitting in – our casual atmosphere includes people of all ages and all walks of life. While Saint Mark is a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, we recognize that people are from all different backgrounds, and we learn from one another to grow in our faith together as we seek a relationship with Jesus Christ. Wherever you are in your journey of faith, it’s our hope you’ll stop by to visit and explore.
We offer both traditional and contemporary worship services and a learning hour that provides Sunday School for children and group studies for adults. While the sermon is the same in both services, the traditional service features traditional Lutheran liturgy and hymns, and the contemporary service features modern music accompanied by our Praise Team.
We love when families worship together! There is a special message for children every week. There is also busy bags available and the nursery is open at each service for children three years old and under.
We celebrate Holy Communion every first and third Sunday of each month. As Lutheran Christians, we believe and teach that Christ’s body and blood are truly present in, with, and under the bread and the wine. We also believe and teach that we receive all the treasured blessings Christ earned for us, including forgiveness of sins, power over death and the devil, power to live the Christian life on earth, and to receive the goodness of the Lord! If you agree with this, you are welcome to join us for Holy Communion.
Joining the church
This is the basic class that covers the teachings of the Bible and the Lutheran Church. This class is required for anyone who has not been confirmed in a Lutheran Church and wants to join St. Mark.
There is no obligation for attending this class and it is open to members and non-members alike.
The material covers the six Chief Parts of Lutheran teachings. Topics covered are the Apostles’ Creed, Baptism, Holy Communion, Lord’s Prayer and Ten Commandments.
This class uses the Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism. There is no cost for this class.
Please contact the Church Office for more information.
We will discuss how we have all been formed for God’s family, also called the church. This class will cover the five purposes of the Christian church in general and St. Mark in particular.
This class will cover the targets of the congregation and how the Bible talks about ministry. The class will also cover the history and structure of St. Mark and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
If you have questions, please contact the Church Office 616.455.5320.
Here at Saint Mark, we host a series of Discovery Classes where you will learn what is beyond becoming a member. You’ll also learn ways to implement spiritual practices, how to use your gifts and abilities, and begin discovering your life’s mission.
Discovering Spiritual Growth
Core 201 is for those who have completed our membership class and are ready to take their next step. We’ll look at the importance of building a strong spiritual foundation and prayer plus ways to put it into action like journaling. We’ll also learn how this prepares us to be more effective leaders for Christ. Core 201 is for everyone who has graduated from 101 and existing Saint Mark members who desire something more.
Discovering a Servant’s Heart
Following Jesus’ example and commands to serve others is an essential step in our spiritual journey. During Core 301, you will begin to develop a servant’s heart and actions, and learn the importance of serving the body of Christ. We believe the Bible teaches everyone is given a spiritual gift or gifts and that God equips each one with a unique personality, passion, and talent wrapped in a web of life experience to complement their spiritual gift in ministry. These classes are designed to help you discover your spiritual gifts and how you can put them to use at Saint Mark. You will also discover our current ministries at Saint Mark and how to either plug in or begin a new one. Core 301 is for everyone who has graduated from 101 & 201 and existing Saint Mark members who desire a deeper relationship with their God-gifts.
Sharing your Faith
In Core 401, you’ll develop a personal perspective of your beliefs, develop your personal story of how God has worked in your life, and gain the confidence you need to share your story with others. We will commit to and discover practical applications to complete the mission Jesus gave to us to share with the world, learning how to effectively use our testimony to lead conversations about Christ, and ultimately, lead others to Christ. Core 401 is designed for graduates of 101, 201, and 301 along with existing Saint Mark members who would like to “brush up” on their skills!