Worship: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

605 Spruce Street
Madison, WI 53715

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Madison, WI

Welcome To St. Mark's Lutheran Church!

St. Mark's Lutheran ChurchConnect
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 coming months.

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.

St. Mark’s Food Ministries
As we approach the holidays, we are looking for Girl Scout and Boy Scout
troops and any other group that would like to do a food drive. Families are
always look for special items during the holidays and this is a great way to
make that happen. The federal commodities have become more healthy,
less salt, dried and unsweetened fruit which is great for people on special

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.
LWR Baby Care KitsEach 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


Pastor Lori PowellFrom Our Pastor: 
A Light Shines in the Dark

From the December, 2016 issue of Branches

Richard Rohr, a Catholic priest, theologian, and spiritual leader for the Center for Action and Contemplation (prayer and action, action and prayer) in one of his daily meditations talked about true unity. He said that true unity only comes when we celebrate diversity. When there are efforts to make everyone the same, there cannot be true unity. We can only have unity in our diversity. The early church had to learn this when they came together Greek and Jew, male and female, rich and poor. It is an important lesson for us as a nation, a community, and a church. It is one way we can light up the darkness in the Spirit of Jesus Christ – by each being our own unique selves!

Advent is about recognizing the darkness that is around us and waiting for the light. We are patient because we know the light is best illuminated in the darkness. Without darkness it is difficult to see the light. Knowing this, it is still difficult to be grateful for the darkness.

In this season of Advent we engage in activities that make it easier to wait for the light. Let us join together for:

Sunday, December 18: Caroling and Christmas Carols & Cookies
Christmas caroling after worship for two shut-ins and then Christmas Carols and Cookies at 4:00!

Saturday, December 24th: Worship
Christmas Eve Christingle Celebration 4:30

Sunday, December 25th: Worship
Christmas Day Worship 9:30

Pastor Lori

Read Pastor Lori's article in the December, 2016 issue of Branches.
Click here.

Upcoming Events!
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.

Worship Food Pantry Friday Meal
Worship Food Pantry Friday Meal