Home > Summer 2018 Programming

Some churches get a little sleepy during the summer, and we think this is silly. Summer is a time of energy and excitement at St. Mark’s.

Worship Opportunities

Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

At the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday mornings, the St. Mark’s community begins worship with an opening hymn and a prayer. We hear the scripture readings appointed for the day, listen to a sermon reflecting on those readings, and gather at the altar to receive Holy Communion.

Mass on the Grass | Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Come in your casual attire, bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and worship with us on Wednesday evenings in the green space north of the church. Join others from our community for a Eucharist and stay for a time of fellowship afterward.

Activities for Children

Bible Story Time

While Sunday School in on hiatus for the summer, we will have a special Bible Story Time for our children. Kids, we invite you to come to church for the opening procession and the lessons. During the sermon, come to the Chapel to hear a story from the Bible and work on our Children’s Banner to include in our 125th Anniversary Time Capsule! You may rejoin your families at the time of the sharing of the Peace.

Vacation Bible Camp | June 18–22, 9 a.m. to noon

St. Mark’s is partnering again with Lake Park Lutheran Church for Vacation Bible Camp! Join us for a week of fun, service and learning all related to Easter. This year we are again, offering this amazing VBC experience free of charge because we feel the opportunities, the fun, the service projects, the games, the stories and the friendships should be open to all 1st through 5th graders. Because we do feel this will be such a great time, we are this year encouraging you and urging you, the parent, to spend one day with your child at camp if you are able. See what VBC is all about, share this meaningful and fun experience with your child! To register for this event, or for any questions, please email Matt Phillips.


Respond | St. Mark’s Youth Group

St. Mark’s brand new youth group, Respond, officially launches this summer! Respond will meet each month to respond to God’s call to us through service to our community, prayer, and having fun in fellowship together. All youth going into grades 7–12 are invited to join us for our three summer meetings.

Friday, June 8 | 12–2 p.m. | Planting Day

We will meet at St. Mark’s Community Garden as we learn how to respond to God through prayer and service to others as we plant fresh produce to be donated later in the season.

Friday, July 13 | Movie Night

Join us for a night of fellowship and fun together as we take a trip to go see a summer movie, picked by the group.

Friday, August 17 | 12–2 p.m. | Harvest Day

We’ll continue our project to serve our community as we harvest the produce we planted at the beginning of summer and donate it to people who need them.

Please email Matt Phillips to RSVP or for any questions about Respond.

Serving Opportunities

Making Lunches for Kids Working to Succeed

July 2, 9, 23, 30 | mornings

We have volunteered to make lunches for Kids Working to Succeed on four Mondays in July. Kids Working to Succeed (KWTS) is a program directed by All Peoples Church, Milwaukee. St. Mark’s has volunteered to make sack lunches on July 2, 9, 23, and 30. We will make sandwiches and assemble the lunches in the morning. Please contact Matt Phillips if you’re interested in helping out.

Serving Breakfasts for The Gathering

July 19, August 2 & 16 | 7 to 10 a.m.

Our friends at The Gathering (924 W. State St.) need help this summer. For those who don’t know, The Gathering is a community of guests, volunteers and staff united by a common goal: to feed the hungry in body, mind, and spirit. St. Mark’s has supported this worthy mission for many years, and we hope to make an impact this summer as well.

Check your calendar, and if you can serve at any of these dates, please contact Carolyn Davies. First timers encouraged! We’ll walk you through it.

Adult Education Opportunities

Wills, Advance Medical Directives, and Estate Planning | June 3 | 11 a.m.

Did you know that about half of all Americans die without any kind of will? Come join trust and estate attorney Mr. Daniel McDermott of von Briesen & Roper as he walks us through some of the big questions around the end of life–wills, estates, advance medical directives. These can be difficult topics, so come and have them demystified in a friendly environment with an expert. Daniel will present for 90 minutes and then will be available for questions afterward as well. This event is free and open to the public. We will meet on June 3, at  11 a.m., in the Library, in lieu of our regular adult education.

On Faith Series | June 26, July 24, August 28 | 6:30 to 8 p.m.

You are invited to three engaging evenings of theology featuring some of the finest new writers and thinkers from Marquette University’s Theology department.

  • Tuesday, June 26—What Medieval Women Knew About the Love of God, with Kenny Hoyt.
  • Tuesday, July 24—Jesus and Christian Peace-Making, with Christopher Gooding
  • Tuesday, August 28—Christians and Muslims Together in Milwaukee, with Caroline Redick

Our sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Fr. Burch’s office. Each evening will feature a thought-provoking presentation followed by group conversation over wine, cheese, and other festive beverages. RSVP to attend or to bring wine and cheese. Contact Fr. Ian Burch (ian@stmarksmilwaukee).


Encounters with God: Tools for Faith

Are you looking for a next step for your faith journey? Join a summer reading and discussion group focused on learning practices for a deeper faith experience. On several Thursdays in June and July, Kyle Potter will lead a discussion on the Psalms, the Gospels, the Eucharist, Mary, the Holy Spirit, and Justice.

The group will meet in Kyle’s home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each meeting, and discuss a 15–20 page reading. Readers are welcome to come to any meeting or all of them. Contact Kyle, kyle.potter@gmail.com, for more details.

June 14—The Psalms: You Catch My Tears in a Bottle | June 21—Jesus: Dirt and Spit and Sweat | June 28—Eucharist: Bread and Wine, Flesh and Blood | July 12—Mary: Model Disciple and Mother of the Church | July 19—Holy Spirit: The Flame of Divine Desire | July 26—Justice: Action and Contemplation


Pop-Up Farmers Market | 4th Saturdays | 8 a.m. to noon

Last year we had a trial run of hosting a small pop-up farmers market, and we had so much fun we’ve decided to expand our offerings. On the fourth Saturdays of the Month, we will host a small market featuring vegetables from All People’s Church Kids Working to Succeed and Blue Heron Community Farm, flowers from Lovelight Flowers, coffee from Singing Rooster, and Deux Soeurs & Amis Beignets.