At St. Mark, we believe one of the best ways to encourage spiritual growth, fellowship and service is in a small group setting. We offer various kinds and sizes, and these groups meet at various times and places.
Are you looking for Christian fellowship that will deepen your faith and strengthen your relationship with God and one another? Becoming a part of a small group can provide you with those opportunities.
If you would like to join a small group, please contact the church office at 636-394-2233.
The Prayer Fellowship
Meets each Monday at 9:30am in the library. We start with a devotional and then read the article for the day in the Mission Yearbook of Prayer. There is a period of quiet to allow God to guide us in our silent prayer. Then we give God all the names and situations knowing God will take care of it all in His own way and time.
St. Mark Daytime Bridge
We appreciate those of you who have played Daytime Bridge with us in the past. However, due to an insufficient number of players, we are unable to continue playing. Thanks to all of you.
Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study
Join the Men’s Bible Study every Tuesday at 7:00 am. We will read, examine and discuss N.T. Wright’s book The Case For The Psalms. Wright argues that by praying and living by the Psalms, we enter into a worldview, a way of communing with God and knowing Him more intimately.
We welcome all men to join us. No need to contact anyone. Just Show Up. Coffee is served.
For more information, contact Glen Corlett or Bruce Cranston, or call the church office.
Go-Getters is a group of St. Mark women who meet on the second Tuesday of the month for a lunch outing. An annual Christmas party is always a highlight of the year. Go-Getters either meet at church or visit area restaurants to enjoy fellowship and a delicious meal together. (In December, January, February, and March we enjoy gathering at the church for lunch.) If you are a lady in our church that enjoys food, fun, fellowship and friendliness, please join our group. There is no age limit. Keep your eyes on the weekly Bulletin for further information. For more details, contact Jan Graves or Sharon Tharp. Or call the church office at (636) 394-2233.
Presbyterian Women (PW)
An organization for women within our church. We enjoy fellowship, Bible study, and support of missions. Our challenge is to accept the gifts God has given us and to use those gifts to assist in the life and work of the Church. Presbyterian Women is made up of 6 Circles with a total membership of approximately 90 women. Within the organization, a number of “Circles” or small groups, meet at the church or members’ homes at various times during the months of September thru May. Programs are open to all women (and sometimes men) are held throughout the year. Several fundraisers provide money for missions which are named by the PW Board. Any woman interested in participating in a Circle or other PW event is invited to contact the church office at (636) 394-2233.
3rd Thursday at 7:00pm
meets at St. Mark Room 102
3rd Wednesday at 12:30 pm
meets at St. Mark in the Library
2nd Friday at 9:30am
3rd Wednesday at 9:30am
meets at members’ homes
3rd Thursday at 7:00pm
meets at members’ homes
Ruth Knitting & Handwork Circle
3rd Thursday at 10:30am
meets at St. Mark Library
For Women at St. Mark for the 2019-2020 Program Year
October – Newborns in Need Collection – new or gently used items are accepted; see complete list in Narthex
Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7pm – at St. Mark – Delta Kappa Gamma brings a presentation on media literacy to St. Mark. Speaker is Julie Smith of Webster University
Nov. 12 & 13, 2019 – Christmas Boutique and Angel Street Cafe
Wednesday, Jan, 29, 2020 – 1pm and again at 6:30 pm – PW Annual Tea – “New Voter Education c. 1920”
February – Tool and Blanket Month (monetary collection)
Friday & Saturday, Feb.28-29, 2020 – Women’s Retreat at Toddhall, Columbia, IL
April 3-5, 2020 – Easter Candy Pick-up – PW creates artisan chocolates and sells them as a fundraiser for our mission projects
Also, check out Circles which meet monthly for Bible Study and Fellowship
Book Club – generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month (see information below)
Chair Exercise – meets most Wednesdays at 10 am
PW Book Club
Generally the 4th Wednesday in the month at 9:30am in Room 102
All are welcome!
Book titles may be available thru the public library system
Jan. 22 – Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Feb. 26 – There There by Tommy Orange
Mar. 25 – Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Apr. 22 – The Pioneers by David McCullough
May 27 – Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Jun. 24 – The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
July – No Meeting
Aug. 26 – The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
Sep. 23 – Book Selection Meeting
Young Adult & Young Families
Supper Club is a fellowship for parents of preschool and elementary age kids (and anyone else who wants to join). This Fellowship meets monthly. Sometimes Supper Club gathers in members’ homes, and other times Supper Club meets for a fun evening out.
For more information contact Shelley Lester.
Senior Groups and Services
Please review the variety of resources available for Senior Citizens at St. Mark:
A lively group of women who meet once a month, ten times per year, for fun activities and fellowship. Their usual meeting day is the second Tuesday of the month. In warmer months, they enjoy outings to restaurants, historical sights and various local attractions. During the winter, they “stay in” at the church for lunch and fun activities such as watching movies, having parties and competing in trivia contests. If you would like more information, please contact any of the coordinators: Sharon Tharp or Jan Graves, or the church office at (636) 394-2233. We’d love to have you join us!
– large print Hymnals
– amplification for the hearing impaired
– wheelchair available
– St. Mark bus to pick up individuals (call church office 636-394-2233)
Meets weekly downstairs in the lower level of the church.
Monthly meeting to provide support for those who are caring for a loved one
Please call the church when a loved one has been admitted to hospital so that the pastors can include them in their visitation schedule.
Caregiving Services include:
– Communion for the home-bound
– Stephen Ministry
Additional Community Resources:
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St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors
Lutheran Senior Services
In addition to Small Groups, Circles and Mid Week Classes, St. Mark offers several adult education classes on Sunday mornings. Check the church bulletin for the most current listing of classes and times. If you aren’t sure if a class is for you, please know that you are welcome to drop in on a class at anytime.
A well-stocked library containing over 1000 volumes, videos, DVDs and periodicals, is open during church office hours and on Sunday mornings.
Additionally, check out our St. Mark blog Topics vary- responses invited!
Adult Discussion Group– led by Ron Goff
Sundays – 9:00 AM – Room 305
The Adult Discussion Group is a splendid gathering of open-minded, free-thinking people who meet each Sunday morning to discuss topics such as world religions, philosophy and stewardship of the environment. Attendees share the mantle of discussion leader and in general cherish the free exchange of viewpoints. This is St. Mark’s longest running Sunday School class with an attendance of 15-17.
Adult Education Class – led by Cliff Schoep
Sundays – 9:30 AM – Room 102
NOTE: CLIFF’S CE CLASS will not meet for the next couple months. All are encouraged to attend the Animate class at 9:30 AM in Fellowship Hall.
Animate Class – led by Pastor Dave
Sundays – 9:30 am – Fellowship Hall
The Animate Sunday school class is exploring the foundations of biblical scholarship through engaging videos, lively discussion, and personal reflection. The class has weekly meetings on Sunday at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall, and everyone is welcome to join us. We hope to see you for this animated conversation.
Our 31-week Church-Wide Bible study on THE STORY
COME FOR THE BIRTH, STAY FOR THE STORY. Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year, but if we only celebrate Christ’s birth, we are missing the rest of The Story. St. Mark is kicking off an exciting new adventure in 2020 as we study, The Story, together. This book presents the Word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel. The unique program covers the Bible in 31 weeks of sermons and corresponding curriculum for children, teens, and adults. Please contact the church office to reserve your copy of The Story for Adults, Teens, Children, and Little Ones. We look forward to walking through all of the Scriptures with you in the coming year. Copies of the main book are available for purchase for $5- See Pastor Dave.
– Are you looking for Christian Fellowship that will deepen your faith and strengthen your relationship with God and one another?
– Becoming a part of a small group can provide you with those opportunities.
– For more information, contact: Bruce Cranston, Bertha Larez, or the church office (636-394-2233).
– Small groups provide a friendly setting where persons can grow together in the faith, love & mission of Christ through Bible study, prayer, caring and fellowship.