Beliefs, Mission, History

Our Beliefs

IMG_6249The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is part of our founding constitution. Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God loves all of creation — the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world.

The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds. The ecumenical creeds that Lutherans affirm and use in worship confess the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.

Our Creeds

The ELCA accepts the following creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church. For more information about the Evangelical Lutheran Church, go to www.elca.org.
The Apostles’ Creed
The Nicene Creed
The Athanasian Creed

 

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Our Mission Statement

Welcoming all and growing together to share God’s

love  and serve Christ with energy and joy!

 

 Our History

1874

St. Martin’s Church conceived April 6 at a meeting of German businessmen and farmers and Rev. Ernest Idle, a Lutheran circuit rider. Incorporated as St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with 20 families (30 children in Sunday School).Building lot on Francis Street purchased for $1,200.
1875 Cornerstone laid June 7.
1902 Fire destroys interior of brick structure. Church restored; parsonage added.
1921 English replaces German as church language.
1925 50th Anniversary, annex containing a church office, kitchen, and primary department facility dedicated October 4.
1942 Redecorations dedicated (new sanctuary ceiling, new altar, pulpit, and choir rail).
1949 75th Anniversary celebrated with new worship center in refinished church school room.
1953 Parsonage purchased on Cherry Grove Avenue (former parsonage converted to church school facility and parish house).
1960 Congregation votes to affiliate with United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA).
1962 Cornerstone laid December 2 at Spa Road location.
1963 New building dedicated May 12. Parochial school begins with pre-school.
1973 St. Martin’s calls its first Associate Pastor. St. Martin’s begins its affiliation with Meals on Wheels.
1979 First woman ordained at St. Martin’s.
1988 St. Martin’s becomes a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
1989 St. Martin’s signs Articles of Incorporation of Annapolis Area Ministries and begins its ministry with the Light House Shelter.
1991 Pipe organ installed.
1993 St. Martin’s begins its support of the Lutheran Mission Society.
1995 Day School expands to grade eight.
1996 Three-year capital campaign for Fellowship Wing and Day School addition begins.
1997 Groundbreaking ceremony March 23. Dedication ceremony November 23.
1999 125th Anniversary year and celebrations.
2001 Commissioning and dedication of St. Martin of Tours painting.
2003 Chapel and gym renovations.
2012 Chancel renovations.