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70 Years of Remembering Why By Caitlin Richards For 70 years, St. Mark Lutheran Church and School has served their neighborhood community and beyond. The way St. Mark serves today while celebrating their 70th anniversary may look different than it did on their 10th anniversary or 50th anniversary, but the heart of why they serve is still the same. “The thing about being an established congregation is the why of our existence never changes,” St. Mark’s Senior Pastor Matt Popovits said. “We have an incredible and deep legacy, and a deep knowledge of why we are called to do the ministry we are called to do. And the why for us is for as many families as possible to know they are loved by God – that is our why.” Though the ministries St. Mark has offered over the years have changed, they continue to be a place for families to come and be connected to a faith community. Since St. Mark’s founding pastor started gathering people together in 1949, St. Mark has not only been a community of faith but also a school. The number of students at St. Mark Lutheran School has grown over the years, so much so, more students were learning in portable buildings than in the original school structure. However, that all changed in 2018 when their nearly 400 students were learning inside

new classrooms of St. Mark’s brand-new school building. “The first year of ministry in the new school building was really exciting,” Popovits said. “It is a beautiful space for students to grow and learn.” Accredited by The National Lutheran School Accreditation ComContinued on page 14

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