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.
"Accidental Saints" Book Discussion - The discussion group will gather together on Wednesday, August 30th at 7:00 pm to discuss Nadia Bolz-Weber's most recent book, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. We will meet at the new (and tasty) Hackett's Causeway Cafe & Creamery on the corner of Curlew and Alt. 19 by the Pinellas Trail (www.causewaycafedunedin.com). Please plan to read the book prior to meeting and we'll meet to talk about these honest and authentic stories that challenge all of us. It's an engaging and interesting read and can be purchased through www.amazon.com and www.indiebound.org. If you have any questions, please see Jennifer Grumbling (email@example.com). You can sign up in the Narthex if you're interested in attending. Hope you can come!
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 August 8, 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.
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 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, members and friends of St. Mark enjoy a great fried chicken dinner with homemade pies and an evening of contra dancing with a caller leading the action. Thanks to those who prepare this event and to all who attend.
Each year to ring in the holidays, several members of the congregation volunteer to host the progressive dinner at their homes. Although the hosts provide everything for a festive occasion, guests are invited to bring anything that they would like. The hosts decide if they will be serving appetizers or desserts and the other participants respond likewise. This is a fun and enjoyable time to get together.