Bain White: Changes under way at local church

Changes are underway at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Lutheran Church of Grace, located at 657 Green Street in Craig.

The congregation has not had a full time pastor for quite some time, and two Episcopal priests and one Episcopal deacon were filling in until the services of a full time pastor could be obtained.

A committee of parishioners from both St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Steamboat Springs and from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Lutheran Church of Grace in Craig met to form a Mission Partnership Agreement between the two parishes, whereby the two parishes would split my time between them. My time would be split with two-thirds spent in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Lutheran Church of Grace, and one-third spent with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Steamboat Springs.

This Mission Partnership Agreement would be beneficial to both parishes, and the ability to enhance the Episcopal/ELCA Church presence throughout the Yampa Valley region would also be increased. The two parishes formally agreed to this Partnership and it was effective on July 1, 2012.

The name “St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Lutheran Church of Grace” may be long and confusing but this parish represents both the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) blended into one congregation, using the traditions and liturgy of both denominations. Both the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Synod within the ELCA acknowledge this congregation and the pastor participates in both traditions.

Serving as an ordained Deacon at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Steamboat Springs since 2007, I discerned a call to the priesthood and was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado on June 16, 2012. I am a graduate of Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania and am strongly committed to ecumenical relationships between Christian denominations.

My wife, Christine, at I have been married forty-four years. My background, prior to becoming ordained as a priest includes eight years in the US Army, from 1968 to 1976, and 20 years in Law Enforcement, retiring from the City of Northglenn as a police sergeant, with my last position as the detective sergeant.

Christine and I have lived in Hayden since 1997 and are very pleased to be able to minister to others in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Lutheran Church of Grace.

Holy Communion service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church/Lutheran Church of Grace is every Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by refreshments and time spent together in community.

On the last Saturday of each month we share a potluck dinner after the end of the service.

We hold Bible studies every Wednesday evening from 6 – 7:15 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

You are welcome to contact me at (970) 824-3470 (church number) Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays.

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