Our mission statement at St. Mark's invites us to grow to become like Jesus! Take the plunge into a life of growth! It's an exciting and challenging place to be! Consider getting connected to a small group. And be sure to check out the following.  

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The Alpha course provides an opportunity to ask questions and explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting. It covers the basics of Christianity and answers questions like "Who is Jesus?" and "Why did he die?" It's an 11 week series, including a weekend retreat where anyone can explore the Christian Faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Each session includes a meal, worship, and a main talk on how Christianity approaches the question at hand, followed by a small group discussion where you can share your thoughts and questions in a relaxed setting.  Check out this two-minute video. Alpha will start with an Introductory Dinner and video on Sunday, September 16 and continue on Sunday evenings beginning September 23 at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Marlys at or 447-0100. You can also check out #TryAlpha

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At these informal sessions, meet our pastors, learn about our core beliefs, and discover opportunities to be involved in our mission and ministries. Our next session will be held on September 10, 6:15-8:30 pmRead more. 

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Crossways is a comprehensive two-year study of the Bible, authored by the Rev. Dr. Harry Wendt, that makes the Bible come alive. The course offers a "big picture" approach to studying Scripture while also incorporating historical and cultural insights. The Crossways study consists of 6 books with 10 lessons each--but the Bible is the ultimate "textbook" for the course. 

Our Crossways Bible Studies will soon be starting fresh with the Old Testament on Monday evenings beginning on September 10 at 7 pm. Now is a great time to get started with this rather intensive survey course of the Bible. Please contact Sarah Bartlett at or 447-0100 if interested. 

The Divine Drama-A Crossways Course

This thirty-three week journey through God’s Word, led by Pastor Steve, will begin on Tuesday, September 4. The course of study is different from the traditional Crossways material in terms of length and content. Instead of a two year, sixty-week course, it is condensed into one year that will finish in early May.

The first half of the year we will walk through several books of the Old Testament and the Gospels. The second half the year will focus on several New Testament letters, and on applying the teachings of Jesus in our lives through a deeper study of prayer, the nature of salvation, the Holy Trinity, the work and power of the Holy Spirit, baptism, holy communion, and how the Lord calls us to live out our lives in this world.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the course please contact Pastor Steve Qualben at The course materials are $35.00 for the entire year.

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What does it mean to do missions well? How can I reach out in my community and make a difference for Jesus Christ? We are certainly all called to love God and love others. However, good intentions sometimes hurt those we want to help. Michele Jones, a St. Mark’s partner with years of local and international missions experience will be leading this new course beginning on Wednesday September 12 from 6:00-7:30. For more information or to register contact: Sarah Bartlett, Coordinator of Small Groups and Equipping, at or 319-447-0100

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson, money-management class taught by America's most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. The accountability and motivation you receive from discussing the lessons and meeting with people face-to-face is the key to changing your life! Our fall session starts Thursday, September 20. Class will meet from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in Compass Room and will be led by a volunteer coordinator. To register, click here. The first 12 to sign up from our website will save almost 20% off the special group rate!

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Sunday Morning Bible Study

Join Pastor Steve Sundays at 9:45 and 11 am in the Compass room for teaching and discussion on relevant topics. Everyone is always welcome (no experience necessary)!

Marriage Course

The Marriage Course

Enjoy a candlelit dinner with your spouse, listen to a talk, and share with your partner. There's no group work--just a chance to enrich your relationship with your spouse. Questions can be sent to The next class will be held in January 2019.   

parenting teensThe Parenting Chidren Course

This 6-week class includes meal and video presentation and will begin in the fall of 2018. Childcare is provided upon request. There will be a small fee to offset the cost of the meal and materials. For info or to sign up, contact Sarah Bartlett at

parenting teensThe Parenting Teenagers Course

This 5-week class includes meal and video presentation. Childcare is provided. For info or to sign up, contact Gayle at Watch the Bulletin and the Announcements page for the next time we will launch this program.

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The Daniel Plan is a 6-week, video-based gathering to bring health to every area of your life. With God’s love for us as the motivation, it’s a step by step approach that helps you make small changes that lead to big results. Stay tuned for the next time this program will be offered!

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GriefShare is a grief recovery support group serving the Cedar Rapids metro area. Read more.