“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share…” (1 Timothy 6:18)
Even though we are unable to bring the dead to life, as God can, and did through his Son, Jesus Christ, we can be the hands and voice of Jesus in the world.
What does this mean? Well, we can provide comfort, support, and care for others in need. We can even provide a helping hand or prayers and words of encouragement. God has blessed each of us with different gifts and talents. We start every day assured of God’s love, compassion, and forgiveness, expressed in the life, death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. What an awesome opportunity we have then to use our gifts to help and care for others, just as Jesus did and does!
Below are a number of ways in which you can become a part of Making a Difference in the lives of many through serving and fellowship:
The St. Mark Thrift Shop is a tremendous asset and outreach to our community. Our Thrift Shop is open Wednesday – Saturday from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. As God has blessed them with steady donations and a steady stream of clients, they are always in need of additional helpers. They provide an excellent variety of affordable clothing and household items, as well as free clothing to those in need through a monitored giving program. As the Thrift Shop is staffed completely by volunteers, please prayerfully consider this opportunity to volunteer one day a month. You may contact the church office for further details.
The ladies of the Prayer Chain receive prayer requests either via email or a printed sheet each week. Please contact the church office if you wish to become part of this ministry opportunity.
Our quilters meet on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. They have opportunities available for sewers and non-sewers alike. The only requirement is a servant heart. They assemble quilts mainly for Lutheran World Relief, but have also provided quilts to other projects when needs arise (local victims of fires, etc.) To date they have assembled well over 1,000 quilts and would love to welcome you to their group.
*Note: During the time when the ladies are quilting, we have a devoted group of husbands who meet for coffee and fellowship.
Our Seniors (55 and older) meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 12:00 pm for a meal, Bible study, fun and fellowship. In addition to their monthly meeting, they also attend events around the community once a month. We invite you to join us for any or all of our adventure. You won’t be disappointed.
Women’s Care Group – Tuesday’s at 10:00 am
This is a peer facilitated, support group that is free and confidential to the women of St. Mark Lutheran Church. Our purpose is to offer a safe place to share experiences unique to women, a place for us to stay connected and empowered in a Christian, supportive, and loving environment. Areas of discussion range from trauma (past or present), divorce, becoming widowed, struggles in marriage, anxiety, depression, parenting, substance abuse, caregiving, or other struggles. 18+ only due to mature conversations. Contact Katrina Laurence for more information at: Tontokookoo@gmail.com.
“Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Benevolent Action Team
The Benevolent Action Team promotes the spirit of Christ’s love and mercy within and through the congregation in every way, reminding the congregation frequently that love is the essential fruit of true faith. Confidentially advocate for the special needs of congregational members. Arrange for volunteers to serve as part of a “support team” to help members by assisting with funerals, emergencies, financial crisis, visiting shut-ins/hospital, women’s care group, and the prayer chain. The members of this team will work with the pastor to ensure care for congregation members. For more information or to join our team, please contact the church office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
Hope 4 Healing – Childhood Sexual Abuse Support Group – Monday’s from 6:00 -7:30 pm
Hope 4 Healing is a support group for women only that has been formed out of the need to connect with others. Here survivors of childhood sexual abuse can find hope, love, acceptance and validation. A place to grow, heal, and thrive after suffering such atrocities. Please join us. God loves you and desires to bring you healing. I hope to see you there! 18+ due to mature conversations.
Facilitator: Fellow survivor, Katrina Laurence: Hope4Healingmctx@gmail.com
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League – LWML
The women of the congregation participate in the activities of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML). They use their special gifts and talents in a variety of missions and ministry programs of St. Mark and in the New Horizon Zone of the LWML.
The Holy Spirit moves through each of us in unique and amazing ways. A few other opportunities exist here at St. Mark for serving and community. All are welcomed to serve through the following:
- ~Altar Guild
- The ladies of the Altar Gild prepare the chancel for worship and maintain the sacramental vessels. They also assist in putting up decorations for special services and seasons. Members serve in teams of two for one or two month each year.
- ~Lydia Guild
- Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:15 pm.