Welcome To St. Mark's Lutheran Church!
St. Mark's is participating with several other congregations in a renewal
program through the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA called Connect.
Connect is a two year program. Congregations support each other through
Bible study and reflection, helping to identify and clarify the mission of
each church and provide a foundation for new ministry opportunities. St.
Mark's is excited to participate in this program and to further develop
their hospitality ministries. Our mission statement is, "Reaching out with
the unconditional love of God" though even this may be tweaked during the
Diana Butler Bass, a noted church historian, has observed that customs are
what define the way a church cuts their communion bread, or what time
service is or even what kind of music is played. Tradition is knowing that
we are called to Jesus' table of grace, that we gather for worship out of
thanksgiving, and we are to be Christ in the world. Custom's may need to
change. Tradition is what keeps us grounded. Come and join us as we honor a
faith tradition more than two thousand years old but that is necessary and
relevant in our changing world.
St. Mark’s Food Ministries
As we approach the holidays, we are looking for
Girl Scout and Boy Scout
troops and any other group that would like to do a food drive. Families are
always look for special items during the holidays and this is a great way to
make that happen. The federal commodities have become more healthy,
less salt, dried and unsweetened fruit which is great for people on special
Thank You for the Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits!
"God’s work. Our hands."
For the 3rd year in a row we are grateful to Debbie Thorp and Betty Smith
for getting this project started. Chris Scoville added her energy and
enthusiasm. 44 Baby Care Kits were assembled. The kits were taken to the
boxcar loading site by David and Dawn Lines October 1st for shipping to the
LWR Distribution Center.
Baby Kit Includes:
2 lightweight cotton t-shirts
2 long- or short-sleeved gowns
or sleepers (without feet)
2 receiving blankets, medium
weight cotton or flannel,
or crocheted or knitted with
lightweight yarn, up to 52”
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
A Light Shines in the Dark
December, 2016 issue of Branches
Richard Rohr, a Catholic priest, theologian, and spiritual leader for the
Center for Action and Contemplation (prayer and action, action and prayer)
in one of his daily meditations talked about true unity. He said that true
unity only comes when we celebrate diversity. When there are efforts to make
everyone the same, there cannot be true unity. We can only have unity in our
diversity. The early church had to learn this when they came together Greek
and Jew, male and female, rich and poor. It is an important lesson for us as
a nation, a community, and a church. It is one way we can light up the
darkness in the Spirit of Jesus Christ – by each being our own unique
Advent is about recognizing the darkness that is around us and waiting for
the light. We are patient because we know the light is best illuminated in
the darkness. Without darkness it is difficult to see the light. Knowing
this, it is still difficult to be grateful for the darkness.
In this season of Advent we engage in activities that make it easier to wait
for the light. Let us join together for:
Sunday, December 18: Caroling and Christmas
Carols & Cookies
Christmas caroling after worship for two shut-ins and then Christmas Carols
and Cookies at 4:00!
Saturday, December 24th: Worship
Christmas Eve Christingle Celebration 4:30
Sunday, December 25th: Worship
Christmas Day Worship 9:30
Pastor Lori's article in the December, 2016 issue of Branches.
There are lots of great things planned at St. Mark's for the next
several weeks. Click Here to learn about them!
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.