Adult members of St. Mark have many different opportunities for learning, fellowship, and Christian service. Whether you'd like to deepen your understanding of the Bible, participate in outreach to the community, or just enjoy being together, one of these groups is sure to be right for you.
The most recent book for the Book Discussion Group was "Accidental Saints" on Wednesday, August 30th. They are now making plans for the next book to read and discuss, so check back again soon.
St. Mark's Bible Study meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am in the large conference room of the church office. The next Bible study is October 10, 2017. The Bible study is open to everyone, so please feel invited and welcome to attend.
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
From September through May, members of the St. Mark chapter of WELCA (Women of the ELCA) meet together on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room (with a luncheon at St. Mark Village in place of the May meeting). Refreshments are served and all are welcome. Guest speakers are often invited to speak on topics of interest.
St. Mark WELCA regularly takes on projects that help the community at large. For a number of months, WELCA has partnered with Grace Lutheran Church to collect personal hygiene items as well as men's, women's and children's clothing for Grace's homeless outreach project called Lydia's Closet.
For the start of the school year, the group helps collect school supplies for Dunedin Elementary School. Teachers often must purchase teaching materials from their own salary, so WELCA has another supplies drive later in the year to help the teaching staff re-supply for the remainder of the year.
The fourth Tuesday of the month is dedicated to Christian service. Ongoing projects include putting together layette packs for distribution to needy families, collecting Box Tops for Education and collecting used cell phones to donate to domestic violence shelters. We also sponsor the annual Dress a Bear teddy bear drive at Christmas time. Normally the group meets at 10:00 AM.
St. Mark WELCA graciously prepares and serves refreshments or light meals at receptions following a memorial or funeral service. The group see this as a part of their service to the community and as a calling from God to help the neighbor.
WELCA Christian Service - We completed 19 layettes for Florida Lutheran Services on November 28th. These small boxes of baby items will go to Lutheran Services Florida for mothers in the LFS shelters and in the Refugee Resettlement Program. We will resume our service project on January 23, 2018. Please plan to join us.
At St. Mark we see fellowship as a way to strengthen relationships among our members and with the surrounding community. In addition to regular fellowship opportunities, our traditions include a number of annual events that commemorate special times during the year and provide opportunities for fellowship and celebration.
The Fellowship Team coordinates some of our regular events as well as others to support a couple of unique occasions. Highlights include a fun night at a Thresher’s Baseball game in May complete with fireworks. The Annual Summer Church Picnic follows. For 2017, we once again enjoyed great weather at beautiful Phillippe Park. We ate barbecued chicken, hot dogs with all the usual fixin’s and plenty of watermelon. The team also coordinates light meals for other special occasions.
St. Mark participates in a community work day in which we choose an organization and ask what we can do to help them in their operations. This year we worked with FEAST, a local food bank. Last fall the focus was on our 50th Anniversary Celebration and Luncheon that hosted our bishop, prior pastors, friends of St. Mark and approximately 70 members.
For the fall folk dance was held Saturday, September 23, 2017 and members and friends of St. Mark enjoyed a great fried chicken dinner with the side dishes that highlight an evening of Contra dancing with a caller leading the action. Thanks to those who coordinated this event and to all who attended.
Beginning in 2017, St. Mark will feature a Christmas Party and Open House for our holiday celebration. Instead of our “progressive” appetizer and desert Christmas Party for adult members, your Fellowship Team has decided this year to have an Open House here at St Mark. This event is open to all ages as well as friends and neighbors of our members. This is a great opportunity to come and enjoy our beautiful church decorations and socialize with old or new friends while enjoying a variety of refreshments. The event will take place on Sunday, December 17th from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. There will be holiday lights and music as well as some crafts or games for young attendees. The Fellowship team will provide beer and wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
So that we know how many to plan for, there is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex which has a check off box for anyone needing transportation. Just like our progressive party, we are seeking volunteers to bring either an appetizer or desert to share with others. Appetizer/Dessert sign-up sheets are also in the Narthex.
Are you interested but cannot get to church to sign up? Please call the church office (727-733-0474) and we will help.