My wife and I came to St. Mark’s about six years ago. We had been happily attending All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Palo Alto, but we were soon to welcome our first child and were looking for a more family-oriented church community. I grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and church was always a big family activity. I started attending the 8 a.m. service, and then switched to the 10 o’clock service after my son was born.
Our decision to come to St. Mark’s has been a good one for our family. Burke, our oldest child, has been very happy here, and he participated in the Christmas Pageant last year. Our two-and-a-half year old twins are still learning about church, but they love the St. Francis/St. Claire Day service – they have attended every year since their birth! As they grow, I think we become more involved. We have all felt extremely welcomed by all of the parishioners here.
Although life is more than a little hectic with two working parents and three small children, I served on the Stewardship Commission for two years. This year, I moved to the Finance Commission where I hope to use my financial background to help St. Mark’s remain fiscally strong and stable. I continue to help out with the stewardship effort by being one of St. Mark’s “connectors” who make calls to parishioners about three times a year to check in and remind about various upcoming church activities. It is a great way to get to know others in our community.
St. Mark’s is a wonderful place to have spiritual worship and get out of the daily grind of Silicon Valley. It is a place to come and reflect on all of the wonderful things in life and also to improve oneself.