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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.

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.

Pride Parade

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

Worship in October
October 1 - World Wide Communion Sunday
We celebrate that Christians around the world pray for each other on this day and celebrate the unity we share through Christ.

October 8 - Blessing of the Pets
In the spirit of St. Francis all living creatures are invited to church for worship and will be blessed individually. If your pet does not do well with other animals a representative stuffed animal or a photo will do.

October 29 - Reformation Sunday
In the spirit of being “re-formed” this will also be a “Sing a New Song Sunday”. We are celebrating 500 years from the day Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis to the Wittenburg door.

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.

God’s Work. Our Hands:  Baby Kits
Thanks to everyone for their help assembling the baby kits and those who brought supplies. We are donating 58 baby kits this year, up ten from last year! Way to go!

Connect Update and Church Renewal:
Minutes from September 25, 2017
We began the meeting with prayer and by reading Romans 12:1-12. We talked about who St. Mark’s is and what characteristics are identified in this passage that describe St. Mark’s. We are a ministry of cheerfulness.
1. Connect is asking participating congregations to begin a prayer ministry. We talked about creating prayer stations in the sanctuary and alternating our style of prayer one Sunday a month. This would also be a good time to get rid of broken pews.
2. Ideas for mission included Selfless Ambition, Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation, Beginning a 20/30’s something group, offering a young adults with disabilities social group and supper church. We will: offer a November worship on immigrants and invite a speaker, begin young adult with disabilities social group, try supper church for either Advent or Lent. We will also highlight each church family in newsletter (November) and use pew pads on Sundays to have each person’s address, email, and birthdate.

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.
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.

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.