The handbell choirs play at special services at St. Mark's and at other events. We invite you to join us, whatever your age or musical experience. The Handbell Choir is an entry-level choir focusing on basic handbell techniques and offering music at occasional morning worship services. The Handbell Choir is a choir of experienced ringers who enjoy learning music of all levels; they bring their music to worship services and other events about six or seven times a year. We have six octaves of handbells and five octaves of choir chimes and our handbell practice room is on the third floor behind the kitchen. To learn more about St. Mark's handbell program, please contact the Music Director, Julia Bozarth.
Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord…Serve the Lord with Gladness. Come before His presence with singing…
Altar Guild work is a privilege and honor and we work with humility and reverence. We are the “arm of the priest” (or perhaps more like the stage crew). The Altar Guild exists to assist the clergy behind the scenes. Through our work at the Altar, in the Sanctuary, and with the Holy Communion, we come to feel the real presence of God more strongly, and this sets our duties apart from our busy lives. The symbolism and meaning of the vestments, linens, and vessels are helpful to us as in prayer we prepare ourselves and the altar for our worship service. At St. Mark’s, Altar Guild members work on teams, setting up on Saturday and cleaning up on Sunday. Our duties include insuring proper liturgical colors for all vestments and hangings on the pulpit and lectern, preparing the Communion vessels for all services and for the shut-in visitation kits, setting up the altar, and laundering and ironing all linens. There are also special tasks associated with holidays, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and memorial services. The Holy Table is set with linens and vessels and decorated with flowers and greens from His creation to honor God, our Guest of Honor. The joy of the Lord is our strength and the fellowship of our members is a special blessing. Newcomers are treasured!
Baptism is one of the two great sacraments of the Christian faith. The second great sacrament is Holy Communion.
Ushers and Greeters are an important part of our worship. They provide our worshipers with bulletins and announcements that assist in their worship experience. Ushers participate during the service with the offering and oblations. Together they greet visitors and provide them with the first impression of St. Mark's Church. Ushers and Greeters seek to make worshipers feel welcome and provide information regarding the service, facilities, and aides available to visitors to St. Mark's.
The St. Mark’s Parish Life Ministry coordinates activities throughout the year to help promote fellowship among our members, new and old, and strengthen the bonds of our parish family. There are numerous opportunities throughout the year to come together, so please join us! Holy Chow breakfast is offered on Sunday morning at 9:00 am for you and your family. Holy Chow is a great opportunity to have a quick meal before Sunday School and take a moment to break bread with your fellow parishioners. We celebrate our Parish Picnics every spring around the Fest of St. Mark's and every fall after our Homecoming in early September We have great food, and old-fashioned picnic games. We have many dinners, programs, and other gatherings throughout the year. Come join in the fun.
WHAT ARE PASTORAL MINISTRIES? At St. Mark's Church, pastoral care is a team ministry of clergy and laypeople working together. This shared ministry allows us to offer greater support and care for our congregation. Our Pastoral Care team provides spiritual support and physical comfort to people and their families who are facing illness, loss, or other stressful situations. Through prayer, listening, and the sacraments we strive to ensure that no member of our parish family faces crises alone. At St. Mark's there is a growing involvement of trained lay people in pastoral care. In the Book of Common Prayer, it states that "The ministers of the Church are laypersons, bishops, priests, and deacons. For parishioners who are ill or unable to be present with the St. Mark's community at the Sunday Eucharist, Eucharistic Visitors help fill the physical gap between home and church. Chosen and trained by the clergy to administer the elements following the liturgy, these lay ministers receive the consecrated elements and distribute them to our parishioners in homes, hospitals, and nursing homes in the community.