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605 Spruce Street
Madison, WI 53715

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Madison, WI

News & Events


Food Ministries: Supporting Families
Food Pantry: Thanks to the generosity of the Goodman Community Center that shared their excess and Lynn Miller who agreed to pick up at the last minute, the Food Pantry received 30 Thanksgiving Baskets. These have been renamed as Christmas baskets and are a welcome addition to the food pantry.

Friday Meal: The Friday Meal feeds between 40 and 60 individuals each week. Numbers vary depending on the weather we are having that day. In the rain, fewer people are able to walk to St. Mark’s. We have continued cleaning outdated food and finding new sources for salad ingredients.
Supporting Families at 185% of Poverty Level
While the Friday Meal is a community meal and everyone is welcome, it is recommended that the Food Pantry support families who are at 185% of the poverty level. For example, a family of four may have an income of $44,000. That may sound like a solid middle class salary but if they also have old medical bills or other unpaid bills, they would be welcome at the food pantry. Guests do not show us their financial situation, only an ID. This is just an example to demonstrate we would like to support families who may be working but still struggling financially.

Baby Kit Supplies
LWR Baby Care KitsIf you are out attending garage sales this spring and summer look for lightly used (no stains) sleepers without feet, pants, t-shirts, jackets for infants up through 2 years. In September we will put together baby kits for the ELCA World Relief.
Each Baby Kit Includes:
2 lightweight cotton t-shirts; 2 long- or short-sleeved gowns, or sleepers (without feet); 2 receiving blankets, medium weight cotton, flannel,  crocheted or knitted with lightweight yarn, up to 52” square; 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.

Conversation on Race
Forty-five people from the Bay Creek Neighborhood came together with representatives from MOSES, MUM, and YGB to talk about systemic racism in Madison and what each of us can do to create a more just society. It was a good conversation. I am grateful we could host it – there may be further conversations in the future.
Convo on race
Linda Ketcham from MUM speaks at the Conversation on Race hosted by St. Mark's. Representatives from MOSES, MUM, and Young, Gifted and Black spoke on a panel regarding systemic racism. A inquiring and grateful group of forty-five then strategized regarding what each could do to combat racism in Madison.

Community Partnerships
Through sharing and renting our kitchen we are able to make partnerships in the community that enhance our mission. We have had an ongoing relationship with Chef Joel as he has taught classes out of our kitchen and last year taught a class to the neighborhood, food pantry, and neighbors on our behalf.

Since Energy Assistance allows us to put our sign in their yard, [Pastor Lori] offered them our kitchen and fellowship hall for their staff Thanksgiving Celebration. Below is a portion of their thank you:
Thank You from Energy Assistance
Without question, St. Mark’s provided us with not only an exceptional facility, but allowed us to bring our staff team all together, making it much more enjoyable. In addition to proudly displaying your sign, should we be able to provide further assistance, don’t hesitate to call us. In that spirit, please find a contribution of $100 towards your efforts in the community.

St. Mark's also has a large meeting area and a commercial kitchen for rent. Contact Pastor Lori about these great opportunities. 256-8463 or stmarks@stmarksmadison.org.

Synod Assembly 2018
Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6 – Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells
Prepare to elect your voting members at your annual meetings. Annual assemblies are life-giving and life-changing for congregational members! Council presidents should be thinking about lay leaders in your congregations who would be energized by lively engagement with other leaders in our Church and invit-ing them to attend as a voting member or visitor!

Pride Parade

St. Mark's Representation in the
Madison Pride Parade August 20

Team Meetings December 3rd
Following worship on Sunday we will have Team Meetings. We have some business items to at-tend to in preparation for our December 16th Connect Meeting.
Administrative Team:
1. Final preparations for Badger Basement.
2. Finances for Badger Basement. Replacing the cleaning crew with TPM.
Mission and Outreach:
1. Publicity for Carols and Cookies, Christmas Eve.
Worship Team:
1. Part of the Connect Program is finding new ways to include prayer in minis-try. Prayer stations in worship.
2. Christmas Eve Service.

Carols and Cookies December 17th 4:00
Simply an hour or more of eating Christmas cookies and singing Christmas carols. No stress involved. Perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.

Christmas Eve Worship
9:30 Service celebrating the 4th Sunday of Advent
5:00 Christmas Eve Candle lighting Service

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.

Connect Update and Church Renewal
Connect to Mission December 16th 9:00 to 10:30
Very Important Meeting! This is the last time we will meet with the Director of Mission for the Synod. How do we see ourselves moving forward?

We cannot have a mindset of scarcity and a mission of hospitality. Scarcity starts with deficits. Scarcity binds up our brains with fear, despair, negativity and selfishness. Hospitality is expansive and out of God’s abundance.

Pride Parade Wrap-Up
Last year it was just the Powell Miller family walking the in the Pride Parade, this year we had two other families (Chris and Jim, Mark and Lisa) joined us and discovered how grace filled it is to walk in a parade that welcomes everyone. We also had the banner Chris designed for us to carry. It was super terrific. Next year we may get a booth on the square for those who have trou-ble walking.

Annual Meeting 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Meeting Minutes:

1. Meeting was called to order by prayer offered by Pastor Lori.
2. Passed a Safe Sanctuary Policy with an addendum for rental contracts.
3. Financial Update and development of 2017 budget. Office supplies was increased to $400. New Ministries was increased to $2000. Pastor’s salary was increased by $1000 with a $1000 for Professional development. We use a faith based budget and used the 2016 budget to determine 2017 but also taking into account new members.
4. Broke into Ministry Teams: Worship, Administrative, Outreach – great ideas were generated for upcoming projects.
5. Ended with prayer thanking God for the church and dedicated members.

In the Spirit: A South Side Church, Tiny in Numbers, Casts a Large Shadow
This article by Doug Erickson appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, January 11. To read the article, click here.