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Friday, March 30, 2012


Shortly after St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Marion, Iowa, voted to dual roster with the ELCA and LCMC, Bishop Michael Burk and the Council of the Southeastern Synod placed St. Mark's (2500 baptized members) under admonishment and censure. They also removed senior pastor the Rev. Perry Fruhling from the clergy roster.
St. Mark's Church Council, in a letter to the congregation, stated their intentions to remain a dual-rostered congregation and retain Pastor Fruhling as their senior pastor regardless. They also stated the next step is in the hands of Bishop Burk and the synod council.
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  1. And why would anyone want to remain in fellowship with this errant denomination? Rather than work with the congregation of St. Mark's, they immediately attack and demean. When will they remove the plank from their eyes?

    1. Please remember there are always two sides to every story. This painful journey took three years. Only those involved know all the facts. I truly believe everyone involved, both sides, are committed, devoted followers of Christ. This breaks the heart of God, and we grieve the brokenness of the church and all of us who were a part of it. Please don't judge us, pray for us.

      "You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things." Romans 2:1