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.
Thank You for Food Drive!
A big thank you to the Van
Hise Elementary School! They had a holiday food drive and brought in more
than thirty bags of food for the food pantry! The time between Thanksgiving
and Christmas are always difficult for food pantries as the push is for
Thanksgiving baskets and that does not leave much for pre-Christmas
planning. This is one of the many reasons we are grateful to Van Hise.
There are lots of great things planned at St. Mark's for the next
several weeks. Click Here to learn about them!
New Members Welcomed January 29
"Sing a New Song" Worship on 4th Sundays
February 26 at 9:30 am
Lenten Practices Lead to New Life
March, 2017 issue of Branches
It is March and it is Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, this year it is
March 1st. If we ever doubted that Christianity is mixed in with secular or
pagan practices, The dates of Ash Wednesday and Easter are determined by the
first full moon that comes after the vernal equinox or March 21st. The word
Lent literally means “spring”. The early church recognized Easter by
practicing an Easter vigil, wondering if Jesus would come again on the day
his resurrected life began. By the 4th century, followers were also
practicing a vigil of the forty days of temptation Jesus experienced in the
wilderness before his ministry. What we now call Lent . . .
Blessings, Pastor Lori
Pastor Lori's article in the March, 2017 issue of Branches.
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.