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.
Sundays at 8 & 9:30 a.m.
The 8 a.m. Eucharist is spoken, alternating between traditional and contemporary language in the Book of Common Prayer depending on the needs of the congregation. The service is in The Chapel of the Bread of Life; the main sanctuary doors open at 7:40 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 17–21
Summer is coming soon, and so is Vacation Bible Camp! St. Mark’s will partner with Lake Park Lutheran Church and All Peoples Church this year for what promises to be an awesome week of summer fun. All children ages 3 through 12 are invited to attend, and youth in grades 7-12 are invited to help staff for the week. To register or learn more about VBC, or if you are interested in volunteering as a chaperone, please email Matt Phillips.
Making Lunches for Kids Working to Succeed
Kids Working to Succeed Lunches — Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, starting at 9 a.m.
St. Mark’s has volunteered to make sack lunches for Kids Working to Succeed (a program for youth directed by All Peoples Church, Milwaukee) for four Mondays in June. We will make sandwiches and assemble lunches on each Monday morning. Please contact Matt Phillips if you’re interested in helping out.
Serving Breakfasts for The Gathering
June 13, August 8 & 22 | 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.
St. Mark’s has offered to provide serving volunteers for The Gathering’s breakfast meal at the State Street site on three Thursday mornings this summer, June 13, August 8 and August 22. We need volunteers to arrive at 7 a.m.; parking is available. Clean-up is usually done around 10 a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall.
Check your calendar, and if you can serve at any of these dates, please contact Harry Moseley. First timers encouraged! We’ll walk you through it.
Brewers Game Outing — Sunday, July 14
St. Mark’s is heading to Miller Park on July 14! Join our parish outing as we tailgate and cheer on the Brewers as they take on the Giants for what promises to be a fun-filled afternoon. We have 25 tickets available at $20 each. We will have transportation available to and from the ballpark. Spaces are limited, so reserve your ticket(s) by contacting Matt Phillips. If you are interested in helping to set-up and/or grill, let Matt know.
Adult Education Opportunities
The Spiritual Life and How to Have One: An Introduction to Spirituality
‘Spirituality’ is a popular term now; it’s part of the current standard response, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” But, is there really a difference? Come spend a little time with Fr. Steve Peay and find out a bit about the spiritual life. You’ll discover that it’s not so bad to be ‘religious’ (once you get past the cultural baggage), and that all of us can have a spiritual life. Sessions will be on five Thursday evenings, starting July 18. We’ll begin at 6 p.m. with food and fellowship, and the teaching portion will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The sessions will be led by the Very Rev. Steven Peay, PhD, FBS, Research Professor & Dean-President Emeritus Nashotah House Theological Seminary and Associate Dean & Canon Residentiary All Saints’ Cathedral.
- July 18 – What IS Spirituality?
- July 25 – “Teach US to Pray”
- August 1 – The Book of Common Prayer: Anatomy and Use
- August 8 – Lectio Divina: Ancient and New
- August 15 – The Effects of the Spiritual Life