Our purpose

St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world. To participate in God’s mission, this congregation:

Worships God in proclamation of the Word and administration of the sacraments and through lives of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, witness and service.

Proclaims God’s saving Gospel of justification by grace for Christ’s sake through faith alone, according to the apostolic witness in the Holy Scripture, preserving and transmitting the Gospel faithfully to future generations.

Carries out Christ’s Great Commission by reaching out to all people to bring them to faith in Christ and by doing all ministry with a global awareness consistent with the understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier of all.

Serves in response to God’s love to compassionately meet human needs in caring for the sick and the aged, advocating dignity and justice for all people, working for peace and reconciliation among the nations, and standing with the poor and powerless.

Nurtures its members in the Word of God so as to grow in faith and hope and love, to see daily life as the primary setting for the exercise of their Christian calling, and to use the gifts of the Spirit for their life together and for their calling in the world.

Manifests the unity given to the people of God by living together in the love of Christ and by joining with other Christians in prayer and action to express and preserve the unity, which the Spirit gives.  

an overview of our ministries

Learning: We provide learning opportunities on Sunday mornings for children, youth, and adults. A 3-year Confirmation program is provided for youth grades 7-9. Other learning events are available seasonally.

Witness: We share the Gospel with others in the community through personal contact, publications, and participation in community events.

Youth Group: Junior and Senior High youth meet for social functions, spiritual growth, and for service to others. Our Senior High youth participates in the Triennial National ELCA Youth Gathering held at different sites throughout the U.S. Visit our Youth page to learn more.

Outreach Ministries: We participate and support a number of causes and agencies, locally and countywide, to assist those with food, shelter, and clothing needs. Click here to learn more about some of the community based ministries we support.

Quilting Group: Quilters meet weekly to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  This ministry is an expression of the Women of the ELCA. Scroll down to learn more.

ELCA Global Ministries: We support Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Disaster Response, and Good Gifts Program. See below to learn more about how we incorporate the ELCA Good Gift Program into our Milk Pail Ministry.

Congregation Care: Meals, visits, cards, and prayers are provided for congregation members and those of the community who are grieving or sick. We also have a Stephen Ministry program.

Fellowship: Coffee Brew is offered each Sunday in the eastern alcove of the nave. Other fellowship events include: "One"derful  Wednesdays, which meets in the Fall and Spring; occasional covered dish meals; and seasonal events and concerts.

Preschool: for three and four-year-olds. Click here for more information.

Red Cross Blood Drives are held in the Family Life Center on a semi-annual basis.

st. Mark's Milk pail and

ELCA's Good gift program

Each Sunday, the children of the church receive money in the Milk Pail.

A total of $630 was collected in the Milk Pail in 2016 to purchase barnyard animals through the ELCA’s Good Gifts Program to combat World Hunger. This allowed St. Mark's to purchase 4 goats, 6 pigs, 1 sheep, 80 chicks, and 3 roosters.

Eggs, milk and meat from the farm animals provide a lifetime of food to eat and sell on the market, helping a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty – for good.

Money collected October through early December each year will go towards helping local families this holiday season.

Click here to learn more ELCA's Good Gifts Program.