Ushers usually serve for a month handing out bulletins, collecting the offering and directing people to the altar for Communion.
Greeters usually serve for a month welcoming people as they enter the building for worship and with the help of the pastor, identifying visitors.
Readers/Lectors usually serve for a month and read the 1st & 2nd Lessons during worship.
Altar Duty involves setting up for Holy Communion and cleaning up afterwards.
Worship Assistants are trained to assist the pastor with the liturgy and the prayers.
Senior Choir practices on Thursday nights at 6:30pm and sings twice a month at the 8:15am service and twice a month at the 10:30am service. All confirmed members are welcome.
Bell Choir gathers in the fall and in the spring and performs in worship twice a year.
Music for Sunday School children is a part of the Sunday School hour. They usually sing as a group once a month.
Instrumentalists are used by our Minister of Music on occasion to enhance the worship.
Altar Flowers are donated for special occasions or whenever desired. A sign-up chart is in the narthex along with an envelope for the payment. The envelope shows the cost of the flowers and is placed in the offering plate or left in the church office.
Sunday School (age 3 through 8th grade) is offered at 9:30am from the Sunday after Labor Day to the Sunday before Memorial Day.
Thursday Bible Study meets at 9:30am all year-around. A book of the Bible is chosen and read in its entirety.
Confirmation Instruction is offered to 7th and 8th graders in 20 sessions each year. Primary use of the Bible and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism prepares the students for the Rite of Confirmation held on Reformation Sunday in 9th grade.
Vacation Church School/Bible School is offered during the summer.
Children’s Bibles are given to each family upon reception to membership or the baptism of the first child.
MISSION/OUTREACH AT ST. MARK
Food 4 Kids at Morningside Elementary School is a unique program sponsored by St. Mark, St. James, and St. Luke churches to provide “backpack food” for students. Offerings and volunteers are needed each month. Clothes and school supplies are also collected seasonally for students at Morningside Elementary. Children (and adults) participate in a “third Sunday noisy offering” in support of Food 4 Kids.
Prison Visits to worship with St. Dysmas Lutheran Church (South Dakota prisons in Sioux Falls and Springfield, SD) and to The Church of the Damascus Road (Iowa prisons in Rockwell City and Fort Dodge, IA) are scheduled throughout the year. These are ELCA congregations located within the prisons.
Piecemakers, a quilting group, gathers every Monday morning to make quilts for the ELCA/Lutheran World Relief ingathering in the fall, the summer quilt auction for Lutheran Lakeside Camp at Spirit Lake, various social service agencies in the area, and for our high school graduates.
Cooking With Love is a ministry that prepares and delivers meals to the elderly and to families of new babies and to people in situations of crisis or stress. Volunteers are needed twice a month for food preparation and meal delivery.
Prayer Shawl Ministry meets to knit and crochet shawls to give to people as a tangible sign of comfort and encouragement. Special shawls are also made for new babies born into the congregation.
The Grocery Cart in the church entry is a gathering place of donated food items, and is shared with clients of the Woodbury County Community Action Agency.
Soup Kitchen volunteers are needed periodically for work at the Soup Kitchen on West 7th Street in Sioux City. Volunteers sign up for the afternoon preparation time or the evening serving time. A staff member of the Soup Kitchen directs all volunteers.
Hunger Offerings are received and given to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Offering envelopes are available. This is a “first Sunday of the month” tradition at St. Mark.
CROP WALK for hunger is a community-wide event held in Sioux City every October. Crop-Walkers secure financial pledges and walk in with other community members (from many other churches and community groups) to raise money and awareness of hunger issues in Sioux City and around the world.
The Giving Tree provides Christmas gifts for the less fortunate of our community. A tag on the tree describes a person and their gift wish. A present is bought, wrapped, and put under the tree with the identifying tag before being distributed.
ELCA Missionary Support for Brian Palmer, missionary in Cameroon, is shared through weekly sponsorship ($20 per Sunday) support (often as a special occasion gift). A sign-up chart and envelopes are located on the sign-up table.
CSADV, the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, is the recipient of collections of clothing and non-perishable items donated for the women and children in the shelter.
Bread for the World receives support of St. Mark members. Bread for the World is a national advocacy organization which addresses root-causes of poverty and hunger.
Up From the Earth is a spring and summer project. St. Mark is a collection point for donating garden fruits and vegetables, which are then shared with the food pantry at the Community Action Agency of Siouxland.
St. Mark Lutheran Church ELCA
5200 Glenn Aveue
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
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Sundays at 8:15 and 10:30 am
Monday-Thursday - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Office Phone: 712-276-2418
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