Sunday - July 14, 2024
Worship - 10:00 a.m.
Pastor Hoff Installation and Ordination - 3:00 p.m.

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I am profoundly grateful to have been called to serve as the pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Oakland, MD. Although my ordination and installation are still a week and a half away, I feel blessed to continue this journey with all of you.

Having served as your vicar for the past three years, I have witnessed the incredible faith, love, and dedication within our congregation. Together, we have developed loving relationships and navigated through a significant time of transition. This time is especially sacred to me, as it underscores Martin Luther's powerful teaching that we are the priesthood of all believers. Each one of us has been called to serve, to love, and to minister in our unique ways.

As we move forward, we will come together in renewed commitment and shared purpose, uniting our hearts and spirits in preparation for the holy work that lies ahead. We will explore new ways to live out our faith, support one another, and reach out to those in need, drawing strength from our shared faith and the boundless grace of God.

It is a true gift that we are together in this moment. I believe that God has called us for such a time as this, to be a beacon of love, hope, and compassion in our world. We will do ministry together, embracing the gift of our togetherness and the incredible things God will do through us.

Thank you for the love and support you have shown me over the past three years. I am eager to walk this path with you, to grow in faith, and to serve as your pastor. Let us embrace this journey with open hearts, ready to serve and to be transformed by the love of Christ.

With gratitude and anticipation,
Carrie Hoff, Called Pastor.


Sunday July 14
Installation Sunday

Carrie Hoff has received and accepted a call to serve as pastor here at St. Mark's. Carrie will be ordained to the public ministry of Word & Sacrament and installed as pastor on Sunday, 14 July 2024, at 3:00 p.m. Following the service, there will be a reception at Dave & Carrie’s residence. Please RSVP to Carrie Hoff at or text 443-974-1738 before July 7th.

Thursday July 18
Summer Book Group

Thursday July 18
Summer Book Group

Join us as we read Barbara Brown Taylor's "An Altar in the World." This beautiful book is going to help us notice that we can stumble upon grace even in the most unexpected places. And, with a little practice, we can walh in awe and gratitude in our everyday ordinary lives. The book can be purchased on Amazon and is available on Kindle and Audible. Contact Carrie with any questions or if you would be interested in hosting a gathering.

Saturday July 27
Honey Dewdrops Concert

We are thrilled to invite you to a special live concert featuring The Honey Dewdrops at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on July 27, 2024, from 2 to 4 p.m. This talented duo brings a unique blend of folk and Americana music that promises to captivate and inspire.

This event is open to everyone, with no reservations required. A free-will offering will be collected to support the artists. Come and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music and community. All are welcome!

Yoga - resumes in the fall

We focus on creating a sense of inner peace, relaxation and spiritual connection through postures, movement, and meditation while also improving your physical health and wellbeing. We have mats and props available.

“United in Christ, sharing his Good News, we invite all people to grow in God’s love.”

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Contact Information
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
6 2nd Street
Oakland MD 21550

Office: 301.334.2668

Links to archived versions of our virtual services, sermons, and the readings of the day may be viewed on the Archives page.

The members of St. Mark's Congregational Council hope you are all well and safe. Please try to connect with each other in some way.