Hospitality Hosts

Contact: Karen G and Diane M

This consists of two groups of people. One is the relatively fixed group of people who see to it that the kitchen is always stocked with food, coffee, creamer, sugar, salt, pepper, tea, paper plates, paper cups, plastic forks, plastic knives, plastic spoons, and everything else that allows the kitchen to serve its desired function. If you want to get involved in what food and supplies the church has, volunteer for this group.
The other group of people is those who serve those supplies – The Hospitality Hosts. These are the people who make the coffee and set out and sometimes cook the food on Sunday mornings, and for funerals and other church functions. Additional needed functions in this area are cleanup activities. If you want to get involved in these types of activities, volunteer as a Hospitality Host for one or more Sundays or for special events. The folks who stock the kitchen will see to it that the supplies are there. Volunteer to be someone who serves those supplies and/or helps with cleanup. Hospitality Hosts are recruited by the Church Administrator and not by the contact people listed above.

Quilting Group

Contact: Earla F

Quilts 2015The Quilting Group gathers weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am to make quilts which are given to our high school graduates, soldiers from our congregation who are deploying,and to Lutheran World Relief and many other organizations to support their many worthwhile projects worldwide.  Some women sew here at the church on Wednesday mornings and others take materials home to work on quilts.

Co-Ed Softball

Contact: John M

Co-Ed Softball is open to any member that has an interest in playing softball.  The season runs from April until August and games are one night a week at the beautiful Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. We are part of the Independent Church League (ICL), which is an interdenominational league founded in 1966 when a local pastor saw the need for organized church sponsored recreation. The ICL has 60 softball teams. Families can play on the same team as the age limit is anyone thirteen to over sixty.

St. Mark Old Guys (SMOGS)

Contact: To Be Determined

SMOGS was a group of older men (self-defined – open to all) of the church who gathered prior to the pandemic every Thursday morning at 8:30am for breakfast, fellowship, planning, and execution of Church maintenance projects. This is a great way to get to know other men in the church. This group needs to be reformulated. If you are interested in joining such a group, please call the church office and you will be given contact information.

Women of the ELCA

Contact: Dorothy R

Women of the ELCA (WELCA) is a national church-wide organization which has conventions and cluster group meetings with women from other ELCA churches. The website of this organization contains many resources including free downloads of a number of electronic publications. Another resource is the website of Gather Magazine. An excellent source of WELCA information is the newsletter of the Southwestern Washington Synod Women’s Organization (SWATCH).  It is published six times a year and is free via electronic mail. The best way to see the SWATCH in a timely fashion is to get on the SWATCH email list. If you would like to be on that e-mail list you can send an email to linnea@gsolympia.com. Alternately, the SWATCH may be viewed on the bulletin board in the main St Mark hallway or on the synod website.

Craft Night

Contact: Jan S & Dorothy R

Craft NightCraft Night occurs on the 4th Monday evening of the month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Women gather here at the church in the Parish Hall, for a meal together and to work on any individual personal craft projects that may interest them or to work on prayer shawls. Meals are provided by volunteers from the previous meeting who may prepare the food either at home or at the church. There is no charge for the meal, although a good will offering which goes to purchase yarn for prayer shawls is appreciated.

Praying Hands Prayer Shawl Ministry

Contact:  Karen G

Prayer shawls are made and given to people in need of healing as a symbol of God’s loving care.  Shawls are made at home or during craft night by all women of the church.

Quarter Circle

Contact: No Designated Leader

Quarter Circle meets quarterly in individual homes for a book discussion and to enjoy a meal.  Check the calendar for announcements on the Quarter Circle dates.

Seniors Together

Contact: Diane M

The “Seniors Together” group meets at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall on the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a retiree and new to St. Mark, or if you have been a long-time member, come join us for fun, fellowship, and good conversation. If anyone is in need of a ride, we will see that it is provided.