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Worship: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

605 Spruce Street
Madison, WI 53715
608-256-8463
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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 

2018 Annual Meeting
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Lisa Manion, Congregation PresidentA Word From Our New Church President
Lisa Manion

Last Sunday I was elected President of St. Mark’s and I’m humbled to act as President and represent St Mark’s. This is such an exciting time in the life of St. Mark’s church. When Mark and I joined, we were very impressed by the generous and giving nature of the food pantry and Friday meals ministry, especially for so small of a congregation. And in the short time I’ve been a member, I’ve seen more and more good come from this church and its people. From football stars to new moms, we are starting to attract attention!

I’m hoping we can continue to generate that excitement and still demonstrate our care and compassion to our community and our world. I want everyone to see what I see—a community of believers who have strong roots in our theology, and a generous nature to those around us in need.

Pastor Lori and I and the Ministry Teams will be working on goals in the coming weeks. Our immediate attention is on Easter, which will be upon us before you know it. Easter is my favorite holiday so I am looking forward to a joyous celebration of the resurrection following the long days of Lent.
Lisa Manion

Brat Fest Sign Up
Signs of Spring, Signs of Summer, Sign Up for Shifts!
Dear Volunteers,
It’s time for Brat Fest again. It will be held Friday, May 25th - Monday, May 28th. The hours of operation will be: Friday 5AM to 9PM, Saturday 10 AM to 9:PM, Sunday 10AM to 9PM, and Monday 10AM to 6PM.

Brat Fest will pay each charity $8/hr for volunteers. All volunteers will receive a free Brat Fest shirt. Every person signing up must have their own email address. If you want to sign up your whole family, see me and I can sign up the group. A great times is had by all. Visit their website to see bands and activities. www.bratfest.org.

If it appears most positions are already booked, wait until April 9th. Positions open up as volunteers are verified or removed because they have not been verified.

For any questions, please contact me. Debbie Thorp 608-255-2289, dthorp@books4school.com ONLY group leaders are allowed to delete shifts from any volunteer. If you sign up for a shift and then find you can not work it, the volunteer will need to contact the group leader to have the shift deleted from their profile. Log on to: www.volunteer.bratfest.com You will need to create a profile and select which group you will be working with.

Brat Fest reserves the right to cancel or shorten any shift due to but not limited to, inclement weather or lack of customer demand.

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.

South-Central Synod of Wisconsin 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 inviting them to attend as a voting member or visitor!

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.

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


Final Connect Meeting: Save the Date!

Our last Connect meeting is
April 21st and we have to present our action
plan to our fellow participants. We have a good start on an action plan! Yea!

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!
Tell a Friend, Bring a Friend!

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.


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, [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.