Concordia Lutheran Church can best be seen through our Mission statement: “Concordia is the Church where love of Christ is shared through our hearts, our hands, and our voices.” You will see our hearts displayed in our programs for spiritual growth, our hands displayed in our missions to serve others, and our voices displayed in our joyous Worship services. We provide a solid foundation of faith for our members and guests. Shown below are the building blocks of that foundation.
Concordia is the Church where the love of Christ is shared through our hearts, our hands, and our voices.
Concordia Lutheran Church proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people and is a dynamic, growing community of believers that welcomes everybody. The church focuses on God’s Word and sacraments, serving our neighbors, worshipping our heavenly Father, and sharing those gifts with others.
Christ our Lord commands his followers in the last chapter of Matthew: “Therefore go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:29)”
Baptism is one very special way God delivers to us the incredible gifts Christ won for us. It is not something we do, but something God does, which means it is far more than a symbol or a ritual. In Baptism, God himself is present as his name is joined to the water, with all his power and all his blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation.
Concordia’s pastor is happy to schedule baptisms for people of all ages, both members of the congregation and non-members. For more information, please contact the church office at 301-797-5955 or email Pastor Mark, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at Concordia, we are thankful for the many visitors and guests who come to our worship services. Our pastor and congregation love to meet new people, and to share the love of Christ with one and all. Our church is located in a growing community, and every week we meet newcomers to the Hagerstown area who are looking for a church.
Are you considering joining our congregation? Would you like to learn more about the Lutheran Christian faith? Do you want to know how to get involved in the ministry life of Hope?
If you would like to know more about the mission and vision of Concordia, we invite you to attend the next New Member Class. This 8-week class is held twice annually here at Concordia, and the next session is (TBA). Pastor Mark Moretz leads this class, which meets on (TBA). Activities for children and youth of all ages are available through Sunday School during the class time. All are welcome.
The New Member Class is a prerequisite for membership at Concordia, but there is no requirement to join the church if you do sit in on the class. It is simply a great opportunity to learn more about the mission of Concordia, build relationships, get to know the pastor, and discuss issues relevant to your faith journey. If you are interested in attending Concordia’s New Member Class, email Pastor Mark, to receive information as the next class approaches.
Concordia Lutheran Church was started in 1960 by six families, and officially came into being in November, 1961, with the adoption of a constitution and bylaws. The first meetings were in the Junior Fire Hall on North Potomac Street. Acceptance in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod followed in April of 1962. By December of that year, baptized membership had grown to 75, and the group moved to a large garage on Jefferson Blvd. In November, 1968, a groundbreaking service was held for our own building, and services were moved to the Halfway Fire Hall. On October 12, 1969, our present church building on Garden Lane was dedicated. The Education wing was completed and dedicated in 2006. A long awaited elevator was finished and placed into use in 2011.
Pastor Mark Moretz has been pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church Hagerstown since June 2018. Pastor Mark started in the grocery business while in high school and advanced into management positions. After a successful career in the Food Industry with Lowes Foods Stores, LLC, Pastor Mark followed his heart into the Ministry. He attended Concordia Seminary where he received a Masters of Divinity degree. As part of the requirements for his Divinity degree, He interned as a Vicar at Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Pastor Mark has brought his managerial skills to Concordia where several new programs of ministry have been started and existing ministries enhanced.
Pastor Mark has always been a strong Christian witness. He attended Concordia Lutheran Church while growing up in Conover, North Carolina. Pastor Mark stayed active in the Lutheran Church before entering the Ministry by teaching Bible studies and serving in various Church offices. Along the way he married Janise and they were blessed with three daughters and two sons. Concordia is blessed to have Pastor Mark as their Pastor.