Ministries

St. Mark’s has numerous ministries that serve the church community as well as the larger community. Your participation in any one or more of these ministries would be most welcome. We think you will find both satisfaction and joy while working with others in the service of the Lord.

Adult Forum - This Bible study group meets at 9:00 AM on Sundays before the service.
Bible Studies – See Adult Forum and Prayer Group.
Sunday School – Classes are available for pre-school (Godly Play) through eighth grade. It offers a variety of stimulating, age-graded activities, stories and music to ensure that children learn the fundamentals of Christianity.


VOLUNTEER

Altar Guild – Members of the Altar Guild arranges for the supplies needed at the altar and cleans communion cups following the service.
Choirs – There are several choirs who provide music that is enjoyed by all:

  • Brass Choir – Instrumentalists accompany the singing choirs or occasionally lead the service. Rehearsals are held as needed.
  • Cathedral Choir – This is an adult group that presents special music and leads the congregation in singing at the service. Rehearsals are at 7:00 PM on Thursdays.
  • Handbell Choir – This group has gained reknown thoughout the city for its performances. Rehearsals are at 6:00 PM on Tuesdays.

Communion Assistant – The person who helps distribute communion during the service.
Communion Baker – There are several people who bake the bread distributed during communion.
Greeter – A person who welcomes and assists people when they enter the church for the service.
Nursery Aide – The person who watches over the young children while their parents attend the worship service.
Offering Recordkeeping Group – These people count the offering and enter the amount into the individual records.
Reader – This person reads the psalm and lessons of the day during the service.
Usher Guild – Ushers distribute the weekly bulletin, assist parishioners and maintain the pews.
Worship Assistant – This person helps the pastor with the liturgy.


ADMINISTRATIVE

Church Council – This is the governing body of the church and is responsible for helping to facilitate its short-term and long-range goals. It meets at 7:00 on the third Wednesday of the month. All are welcome to attend the meetings.
Mutual Ministries – Mediate disputes/problems among people on staff and provide resources to staff members.
Education Committee – A group that oversees both adult and youth education as well as the library.
Evangelism Committee – This group promotes the church in the community and reaches out to support needy persons and groups.
Finance Committee – The group manages the finances of the congregation. It prepares the annual budget and assist church groups in financial matters. Meetings are at 7:00 PM on the second Monday of the month.
Property Committee – The group is responsible for maintaining the church grounds and building. It is responsible for insuring custodial care of the church.
Personnel Committee – This committee is responsible for the job descriptions of paid personnel and annual evaluations to determine salaries.
Stewardship Committee – Members are responsible for administering the annual stewardship drive and the monthly stewardship emphases.
Worship and Music Committee – This committee oversees the different styles of worship, coordinating liturgies and services to provide a dynamic worship experience, including special emphasis on festival Sundays.


OUTREACH MINISTRIES

Crop Walk – The annual walk-a-thon to help raise funds to fight hunger locally and worldwide.
Crossways Camp
Cudahy/St. Francis Interfaith and Project Concern – Interfaith provides transportation to the disabled and the elderly to medical appointments and other needed rides; Project Concern is the food pantry for low-income families. Volunteers are very much needed for both ministries.
Divine Intervention (Warming Room)
Habitat for Humanity – The church supports this organization by providing lunch for the volunteers who help build houses for low-income families.
Health Kits – Items such as soap, bandages, and other necessities are collected for Third World countries through Social Ministry.
Heifer Project – The Sunday School children (as well as congregants) donate funds to purchase animals to provide food for Third World families.
Howard Village Chimers – The handbell choir director leads a handbell choir at Howard Village, a housing project for the elderly.
H.O.L.I.E. – The church supports housing for low-income families through this organization.
Hope House – Donations of food, mittens and other needed items are given by the members.
Luther Manor – St. Mark’s has given support to this home for the elderly by providing cookies and funds.
Lutheran Social Services – The church provides monetary support for this worldwide outreach service.
School Kits – Paper, crayons, etc. are collected for Third World countries through Social Ministry.
Souper Bowl – Money is collected on Super Bowl Sunday for local food pantries.
Unity Soup Kitchen – Members provide the food, then prepare and serve a dinner for all in need at Unity Church. This is done on the first Wednesday of the month.