Hello & Have a Look Around

Welcome to the St. Mark website. I’m making a guess that you are already associated with the congregation and have either just read about this site in the newsletter, or you’ve heard about it through the grapevine. This is the currently spartan blog page that the newletter mentioned and I’m the minister arriving at the end of June. The main purpose of the site is communication in a variety of ways. Poke around the site a little. You will see pages (about, history and preschool) that contain some static info like worship times, the historical narrative created by St. Mark (from text to pictures) and contacts. This piece that you are reading is a post on the blog. As this page becomes active, something new will appear here almost daily. Off to the side (called the sidebar) I’ve filled in some helpful links (and steered clear of controversial links at this time). And something I want you to click through on after reading this is the Survey page. Right now, it has two surveys (maybe more by the time you read this). One won’t be interesting until I get there, a Sermon feedback form. On this I ask for the date of the sermon, a simple 1 to 5 rating and any comments you might have – all submitted anonymously. I’m hoping not to give too many 1’s from the pulpit, but feedback is necessary for growth. The other survey currently there is a way I can start to get to know everyone until I physically get to NY. I’ve asked for your name, email and most importantly you favorite Hymns. The drop down box has all the Lutheran Service Book (LSB) Hymns in it. Just click the arrow and select your favority hymn. I’ve also included a text box for input of the name of a hymn or song that didn’t make LSB. (Not my absolute favorite but one of my favorites was in LW but didn’t make the LSB cut – St. Francis’s beautiful poem All Creatures of Our God and King with Alleluias. I could just as easily add I’ll Fly Away or Mighty to Save.) Anyway, please click survey and send me your favorite hymn or song. That song usually says a bunch. My grandmother’s was The Old Rugged Cross. Mine, Of the Father’s Love Begotten (#384). I’d like to know yours, so click surveys and fill out the form.

One thought on “Hello & Have a Look Around

  1. Vicar Mark

    Very nice start on a website! This is by far the best we have had to date and will be a great outreach tool for the younger (under 60) community in Henrietta.

    On the history page (which I wrote) the bottom photo (I assume from Google Earth) actually shows the Baptist church and post office across the street from us. You need to move it down a little.

    I think Alan or Nancy can provide us with pictures of the pre-school activities which should help a lot with promoting this outreach program.

    I know there are a lot of good examples of church web sites, but one worth looking at is the site for the ELCA church in Plattsburgh, New York. They are a church about our size with a community of similar make up.

    Looking forward to talking to you Wednesday night.

    Brian

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