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St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Madison, WI

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Sign Up!Volunteer Opportunities at St. Mark's
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Food Pantry Opportunities:
Tuesdays, 9:30 am-Noon;  Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm

 
Free Weekly Community Meal:
Fridays, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm 

Connect Renewal Presentation
On April 20, 2018, Mark and Lisa (they did a great job!) presented out Mission Plan to the other congregations that have completed the two year Connect Renewal Program. I have put the Power Point presentation on the bulletin board but these are the action points we have discussed as a congregation:
1. Replacing sign seasonally as well as including Food Pantry and Friday Meal times on new signs.
2. New banners and décor in the sanctuary to follow the liturgical year.
3. Continue to explore worship participation through prayer stations and other activities.
4. Building relationships with other groups including but not limited to: the Bay Creek Neighborhood Association, Restoring Roots, and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice.
5. Create a Little House of Prayer to pray for the neighborhood.
6. Invite feedback from those who attend the Friday Meal to determine future planning.
7. Apply for a Disability Grant to begin a relational ministry for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
8. Put together a committee to look at Long Range Building issues.

2018 Annual Meeting
Click here to read.

Food Ministries: Supporting Families

Food Pantry: Food Pantry: We have volunteers who have been working in the food pantry for ten years or more. We are very grateful for their dedication but a few of them are beginning to travel more. It would be great to have rotating teams of volunteers so that if two of them are on vacation we still have enough volunteers to serve our guests. If you know of good places to advertise for volunteers, let Lori know. We have an invitation ready to go.

Friday Meal:  It is a blessing and a relief to have the waterproofing done in the Fellowship Hall. This means we have the wheelchair ramp back in business. We are experimenting with Table Tents to welcome guests and recommend civil discourse.
 
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.

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. We are 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.

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!

 

Sing-A-New-Song Sunday
Sing-A-New_Song SundayFourth Sundays at 9:30 am

Join us for worship with musical accompaniment from our worship band. Worship that is uplifting, authentic, inspirational, relevant. New songs, old songs, traditional songs, contemporary songs. We look forward to worshipping with you!

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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.
This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Interfaith March for Peace & Justice
We joined this peaceful march sponsored by Faith Voices for Jusitce on Sunday, April 29, 2018. It was well attended and attracted a good bit of attention.   Click here for Channel 27 WKOW video.
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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.


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.

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, our pastor 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. Contactthe church office about these great opportunities. 256-8463 or stmarks@stmarksmadison.org.