St. Mark's Lutheran Church was started in 1955 by a number of faithful Lutheran Christians, led by the Rev. William C. Grafe. The congregation initially met in the clubhouse of the next door WestAcres subdivision. Pastor Grafe was later called by the congregation to serve as pastor, where he faithfully led for 40 years. Through the decades, the congregation has continued to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed, in accordance with the Word of God and the Lutheran Confessions.
A Summary of our Confession
St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church accepts and confesses the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as the revealed Word of God, inerrant and verbally inspired, and the symbolical books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord of 1580, to be a true exposition of the Word of God. Hence, no doctrine shall be taught nor tolerated in this congregation which is in any degree at variance with the following symbols of the Evangelical Lutheran Church: The Apostles' Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Athanasian Creed, The Unaltered Augsburg Confession, The Apology of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, The Smalcald Articles, Dr. Luther's Small Catechism; Dr. Luther's Large Catechism, The Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, and The Formula of Concord.
A More Detailed Summary of our Confession
The Christian faith we in the Lutheran church believe, teach, and confess is declared in the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen