Pastoral Services -
Pastoral Care is an important part of our
life and ministry at Saint Mark’s
Prayer Chain - When a need for
special prayers is identified, the St. Mark’s Prayer Chain is notified
immediately. Some parishioners are called and some are notified by
e-mail. Prayers begin immediately, to surround each person with love and
the healing light of Christ. Some of our "prayer warriors" have been
participating in this important ministry for decades. Our Prayer Chain
is an important part of who we are and what we do at St. Mark’s.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry - St.
Mark’s has an active group of Lay Eucharistic Ministers, who take
communion to people who are home-bound or hospitalized. This, too, is an
important part of our ministry. We believe that everyone who wishes it
should have access to Holy Communion on a regular basis.
Porch Visitors - After their second
visit to St. Mark’s, newcomers receive a visit from both the Rector and
a "porch visitor," a lay person who stops in to say hello and ask if
there’s any way we can be of service.
Hospital Visits - Any member who
notifies us of a hospitalization receives visits from both the Rector
and other members.
- We reach out to others beyond
The Food Pantry - The first Sunday
of the month is Food Pantry Sunday. Donated nonperishable items
are donated to the local food pantry. Items may be dropped off in
the basket in the Narthex any Sunday or during weekday events.
The SCRIP Program - Another
opportunity for members, and a fund-raiser for the church, is our
participation in the Scrip Program, an opportunity to purchase gift
cards and gift certificates for everything from groceries to gas to fast
food & restaurants to motels to a wide variety of stores.
Participating businesses then give a small percentage of the money
spent for the gift card back to the church. The funds raised have
supported several special projects which we might not otherwise have
been able to afford. A percentage of each fund-raiser is used for
outreach, the support of special ministries in our community.
The Haiti Project - The Haiti
Project supports the work of the 180,000 Episcopalians and 48 parishes
in Haiti and the general population by providing medical care, education
and other needed services and supplies. Twice each year,
St. Mark’s joins other churches in the Diocese of Milwaukee to collect
items to be taken down to Haiti. Sometimes volunteers have
provided services to a specific project in our companion Diocese
in Haiti and Episcopal church, school and clinic in Jeanette, Haiti.
Medical supplies and hygiene items are the most-needed items.
Watch for announcements describing other specific needs. Click
additional information about the Haiti project of the Diocese of
Milwaukee, and here
for additional information on work in Haiti by other Episcopal Dioceses
and parishes. Dr. Jan Byrd of Saint Mark's is the Coordinator of
the Haiti Project for the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee as well as our local contact.
Christmas Stockings - For over fifty
years the needle artists of St. Mark’s have created beautiful Christmas
stockings as a fund-raiser for special projects at the church. Work
begins early in the year, with groups meeting to cut out the red
corduroy and linings as well as the bells, snowmen, rocking horses,
teddy bears, trees, horns and Christmas trees which are hand-appliquéd
on each stocking. Then the beading and embellishing begins, using a wide
variety of sequins, beads and costume jewelry. Each stocking is unique;
each artist adds her own personal touch. When orders are received, the
name and year is added, making each stocking an heirloom to be
treasured. Our beautiful stockings go all over the country. Some
families are now ordering for the third generation. If you’re
interested, please contact the church office. See our
Christmas Stocking web page.
Christmas Cookie Sale - The first
Saturday morning of December finds a large group of people waiting in
line for the doors to open on our Christmas Cookie Sale. The hours and
hours of planning, purchasing ingredients, mixing, baking and decorating
culminate in frenzy of shopping as hundreds of cookies are purchased by
eager folk who would rather shop than bake themselves! It’s an
incredible amount of work and an incredible amount of fun to get
together to setup and sell all the fabulous goodies. It’s another great
fund-raiser for the church and an opportunity to introduce people to St.
Mark’s. No, of course we never sample the goods before the doors open!
Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Other Rites
Altar Guild - A devoted group
of members attend to the sanctuary and chapel areas, the array of
vestments, vessels, and candles before and after each service.
Ushers, Greeters and Counters -
Volunteers are assigned a schedule of services to greet and assist
worshippers, and to tabulate the offerings after each service.
Readers - Readers are assigned
specific services and scripture readings and read before the Old and New
Testament readings and the Psalm to the congregation.
Chalice Bearers - Members trained
and licensed to administer the sacrament.
Please contact the Rector or the church
office if you have questions about church sacraments or rites, or if
there is any way the congregation can be of assistance.
The Episcopal Church practices "open
communion," which means that all baptized Christians are welcome to
receive Holy Communion.
See the Diocesan
Camp Webb website and the Camp
Webb Facebook page for the latest
information. Camp week is June 16-21, 2013 at Elkhorn, WI.
View the "Contact Us" Page for names of
persons coordinating specific ministries
Christmas Stocking Project
stocking page for information and ordering information.