NEWS & UPDATES
St. Mark, home of The Place, is committed to keeping its congregation informed and engaged. The church has also be featured in area media. Special media releases and key communications are also posted here, including congregational favorite, the St. Mark Memo.
Youth Wreath Sale
St. Mark Youth are currently holding a wreath fundraiser to raise money for their trip to the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN. Orders can be accepted until midnight, Friday, Nov. 27. Each wreath is $25 and can be purchased online or by check made payable to St. Mark Lutheran Church with the memo line: Youth Gathering. The wreaths will be at the church in the upper parking lot for pickup this Sunday, Nov. 29, anytime from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Email email@example.com with questions.
The congregation at St. Mark Lutheran welcomed four young people into the next chapter of their faith journey on Sunday, Oct. 25, though the Rite of Confirmation. Congratulations go to Jackson, Megan, Lily and, Josie, pictured with Pastor Mary Robinson. To see more photos, click here.
Walking for Hunger
Led and organized by two of our members, St. Mark/The Place coordinated a walking fundraising effort to help fill the St. Vincent de Paul tub with money and food. The event took place following worship on Sunday, Oct. 18, in partnership with Cornerstone City Church. The event raised $608 and earned St. Vincent de Paul a $500 donation from the Northeast Thrivent Member Network.
Feeding Those in Need
St. Mark Lutheran Church exceeded expectations on Oct. 17, when it announced that it had collected 600 food items – 100 more than the original goal – to support St. Vincent de Gaul's (SVDG) Soup Kitchen. Volunteers gathered at the church to prep all the items for delivery. The church regularly assists the SVDG, including through multiple ministries such as its Sunday Grab-and-Go meal packing and distribution events that align with all state health and safety guidance.
Concert Benefits Area Musicians
Committed to providing excellence in music throughout the year, St. Mark Lutheran Church is now taking its passion for music and service to help area musicians through its new Virtual Concert Series on YouTube. Led by distinguished musician and the church's music director Ian Frenkel, St. Mark's Jazz & Gospel Ensemble kicked off the online series in October. Along with Frenkel, the ensemble features the church's own Mark McCormick on bass and Chris Odell on drums.
The inaugural concert also welcomed special guest Robert Tolppi on piano. The church hopes the series helps to raise funds for area musicians whose livelihoods have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations to support the effort are greatly appreciated.
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Media recently covered the service we held to remember the slain Emanuel 9. Photo courtesy of The Day. Click here to read story.