Welcome To St. Mark's Lutheran Church!
St. Mark's is participating with several other congregations in a renewal
program through the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA called Connect.
Connect is a two year program. Congregations support each other through
Bible study and reflection, helping to identify and clarify the mission of
each church and provide a foundation for new ministry opportunities. St.
Mark's is excited to participate in this program and to further develop
their hospitality ministries. Our mission statement is, "Reaching out with
the unconditional love of God" though even this may be tweaked during the
Diana Butler Bass, a noted church historian, has observed that customs are
what define the way a church cuts their communion bread, or what time
service is or even what kind of music is played. Tradition is knowing that
we are called to Jesus' table of grace, that we gather for worship out of
thanksgiving, and we are to be Christ in the world. Custom's may need to
change. Tradition is what keeps us grounded. Come and join us as we honor a
faith tradition more than two thousand years old but that is necessary and
relevant in our changing world.
From Our Pastor:
Fall is a Paradox
October, 2016 issue of Branches
The first Sunday in October we [read] the story of Jesus telling the
believers about a mustard seed and how a tiny seed grows into something big.
The church in the first century was like the mustard seed. Jesus began with
a few followers and Christianity – the movement was born. Some scholars
believe that without the Apostle Paul or without Constantine making
Christianity a state religion, the movement would have died. I tend to
believe the Jesus movement would have carried without Constantine and surely
the Apostle Paul was a part of the movement.
all of Pastor Lori's article in the October, 2016 issue of Branches.
9:30 Blessing of the Animals
Non-Traditional Worship Service.
Bring pets or
photos of pets to be blessed.
11:00 Book Study with Lunch
America’s Original Sin:
Racism, White Privilege and a
Bridge to the Future
Thank You for the Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits!
"God’s work. Our hands."
For the 3rd year in a row we are grateful to Debbie Thorp and Betty Smith
for getting this project started. Chris Scoville added her energy and
enthusiasm. 44 Baby Care Kits were assembled. The kits were taken to the
boxcar loading site by David and Dawn Lines October 1st for shipping to the
LWR Distribution Center.
Baby Kit Includes:
2 lightweight cotton t-shirts
2 long- or short-sleeved gowns
or sleepers (without feet)
2 receiving blankets, medium
weight cotton or flannel,
or crocheted or knitted with
lightweight yarn, up to 52”
4 cloth diapers, flat fold preferred
1 jacket, sweater or sweatshirt with a hood, or include a baby cap
2 pairs of socks
1 hand towel, dark color recommended
2 or 3 bath-size bars of gentle soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand, in
original wrapping; no mini or hotel size bars
2 diaper pins or large safety pins
There are lots of great things planned at St. Mark's for the next
several weeks. Click Here to learn about them!
St. Mark’s Calendar
Every Tuesday Food Pantry 10 a.m. – 12 Noon
Every Thursday Food Pantry 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Every Friday - Friday Free Meal 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.