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605 Spruce Street
Madison, WI 53715

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Madison, WI

News & Events


Food Ministries: Supporting Families
The new Outreach Team is working on how to promote both the food pantry and the Friday Meal. We are connected through United Way 211, through the VA and other area agencies but are looking forward to finding other ways to connect with people in our neighborhood.

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.

New Coordinator for Friday Meal
We welcome Elaine Bogen as our new Friday Meal Coordinator. Elaine also works part-time for Middleton Outreach Ministry and brings great experience to this position. We have served lunch twice in the sanctuary because of the wet floor in the basement. It was great to use space in this way.

Food Pantry Undaunted by Flooding
The flood in the basement has not effected the distribution of food to families that need it. Our numbers are high again with twenty new families finding their way to the food pantry of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The trick is to have enough food. Donations have been good.

Food Pantry Summer Volunteers
As we enter into the summer months, extra volunteers for the Food Pantry are always welcome. Tony Esser is doing an excellent job of managing the new volunteers we have for Thursday evenings. Another volunteer would be great for Tuesday mornings. We are also beginning to receive produce from the summer Middleton Farmer’s Market.

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.

From the South Central Synod
The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin is Proud to Present: “CONNECT!” Connect is a unique, two-year process for developing a strategy for your congregation’s future. It is a renewal process that strives to empower congregations to grow spiritually, discover their gifts as a congregation, and live out their faith in the community by sharing the gifts with which they have been blessed.

St. Mark's Has Space to Rent!
St. Mark's has a long history of sharing their building. Currently we have a small private office for rent. $250 per month with shared bathroom. Nice quiet room that overlooks the courtyard. A waiting room for clients is available for an additional $100 per month.

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.

Work Day at St. Marks
Lynn, Jim and Isaac spent the afternoon painting sealer on the privacy fence. Looking good!

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.

Saturday, August 5: Wagon Drive (School Supplies for Lincoln School)
     School supplies may also be brought to church on Sunday, August 6
Sunday, August 20: Gay Pride Parade Downtown, Gather at Noon
Sunday, August 27 at 9:30 am: Sing-A-New-Song Worship
Saturday, September 9 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm:
Connect Retreat at
     Good Shepherd, Verona
Sunday, September 10 at 9:30 am: God's Work. Our hands.
     Worship and Assembly of Baby Kits for Lutheran World Releif

Wagon Drive Saturday, August 5th
The Wagon Drive has roots here at St. Mark’s. If you would like to bring school supplies on Sunday, August 6th, I will get them to the Wagon Drive. The Wagon Drive is a project of collecting school supplies for the students at Lincoln Elementary and food for the Food Pantry of St. Mark’s. Supplies can also be dropped off Lincoln Elementary on Saturday morning.

Connect Retreat - September 9th
Last year the congregation began participating in a renewal program called Connect. We met with other congregations working towards renewal. The first Connect Retreat is Saturday, September 9th from 8:30 to 3:00 at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Verona. We need four people to volunteer to attend. The activities have been enriching. Volunteers bring back activities for the whole congregation to participate in.

God’s Work. Our Hands
Sunday, September 10 - Baby Kits
For the past few years the ELCA has encouraged congregations to be in mission on either the first or second Sunday of September. These projects are called “God’s Work, Our Hands”. It has been a perfect opportunity for St. Mark’s to put together Baby Kits. This has been an ongoing mission of the congregation. Betty Smith, Debbie Thorp and Chris Scoville have been leaders in this event.

If you like going to garage sales we need size newborn to 24 months: cotton t-shirts, long or short-sleeved gowns without feet, baby blankets, cloth diapers, jackets, sweater or sweatshirt with a hood, baby hats and socks. The clothing should be stain free and in good condition.

For those more inclined to purchase we need bath sized gentle soap (not Irish Spring), hand towels, and cloth baby diapers. Baby Kit Assembly is after worship on September 10th

Decisions from the May 21st Team Meetings:

Administrative Team: The Administrative Team discussed our lease with MOSES and added rules to the lease regarding scheduling meetings as well as our Safe Sanctuary Policy. Lori Powell, pastor and Lynn Miller from the Administrative team met with MOSES on Tuesday, May 23rd. There are ongoing discussions regarding whether MOSES will sign the lease and comply with the Safe Sanctuary Policy.

Outreach and Mission Team: Discussed plans for a new sign on Park Street as well as building signs for the Food Pantry and Friday Meal. The sign on Park Street has to be approved by the city. Discussed the Friday Meal and finding new ways to share hospitality.

Worship Team: Decided June 18th is the day we recognize graduating seniors. An invitation will be sent to graduates who have worshipped with St. Mark’s. Discussed adding a candle lighting ritual to worship on the 4th Sunday of each month. Decided July 16th is the day for our concert and either ice cream social or cook-out to share hospitality with our neighborhood. Also dis-cussed turning up the microphones on the sound system.

Connect Update and Church Renewal:
We continue to think about the gifts God has given to us, both as individuals and as a church, a part of the body of Christ. We continue looking to the Bible as a source that helps us identify our gifts. Hospitality is a gift that we recognize as a part of our mission. In every activity we ask ourselves, are we showing hospitality? Would a stranger find hospitality here? We continue this reflective work.

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.

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.

St. Mark’s Food Ministries
Food Pantry
We have been averaging ten families each time we are open often with half of the guests being new to our food pantry. Sue Rose one of our volunteers from the food pantry and Friday meal weeded and planted our food pantry garden. It was awesome! Our guests received fresh tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, collard greens and the big favorite – cabbages!

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.