SERVICE MINISTRIES

Faith finds its fullness, enjoyment and completion when it gets INVOLVED in serving others.

St Mark provides many opportunities for our members to serve, and our members are constantly finding new ministries that they are passionate about serving others with and connecting through.  Below are just a couple of examples of our service ministries through which we serve the community and that our members can be involved with.

stephen's ministry

The goal of Stephen Ministry is to provide a distinctively Christian

lay ministry to people in need. St. Mark Stephen Ministry values people and wants them to experience the love of Christ, especially when they are hurting, troubled, or in need.


St. Mark Stephen Ministry is a system through which members of St. Mark Lutheran are trained and organized to help provide one-on-one Christian caregiving to members of  our congregation and community. A Stephen Minister is a lay church member who has a passion to help others while keeping confidentiality. This person commits to 50 hours of training and a two-year ministry that includes meeting with a care-receiver and participating in ongoing supervision and education. A Stephen Minister is NOT a counselor or therapist. The Stephen Minister is a caring (and confidential) Christian friend who really listens!


The care-receiver can be anyone in need:

Homebound/alone

Hospitalized/recently discharged

Facing serious or terminal illness

Experiencing major adjustments to jobs/careers/residences

Residents of long-term care facilities

Facing decisions on future care of aging parents/ spouses

Experiencing absence of family members due to death, school, military assignment, marriage, divorce

Persons adjusting to becoming single parents


Contact one of our Stephen Leaders: 

Pastor Lentz (402-391-6148) 

Jolene Scalzo (402-681-4563) 

Belva Licht (402-321-3257) 

monthly service ministries

Each month of the year, we focus both our financial and volunteer support on a different mission, following this schedule:


January: Armed Forces

February: Camp Luther

March: Lutheran World Relief

April: Apple of His Eye Mission Society

May: Lutherans for Life

June: Project Hope

July: Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Outreach and School, Winnebago Tribe

August: Sharon Owens, Missionary to China

September: Concordia Seminary Food Bank

October: POBLO - People of the Book Lutheran Outreach to Muslims

November: Orphan Grain Train

December: Lutheran Family Services


LUTHERAN THRIFT SHOP

Bring donations to the Lutheran Thrift Shop location at 720 S 24th Street. You can also volunteer as a driver to pick up furniture and deliver it to the shop one Saturday a month.


PEACE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP CENTER

The center (44th and Center) is seeking a friendly, faithful Lutheran male to join in conversing with immigrant men. Contact Pastor Jank at Mount Olive Lutheran Church: 402-455-8700


LUTHERAN PEACE CENTER

Help with teaching, citizen test preparation, or child care. Call Jim Haack (402-331-7376) for details.


PAST PROJECTS AND OTHER GROUPS WE SUPPORT

Project Hope Food Drive

Pack a Shoebox for a Child through Samaritan's Purse

Fundraising for new Fellowship Hall carpetting and serving area upgrades led by LWML

Benefit Lunches and Silent Auctions supporting members in need

Community Egg Hunts the Saturday before Palm Sunday

Assure Women's Center

Open Door Mission