Adult Christian Formation
Using a combination of our clergy, guest speakers, and parish members, we explore a variety of issues and topics throughout the year together—from studying individual books of the Bible, to Anglicanism 101 class, to topics such as “Technology and the Family” and “Faith and Journalism.”
Sundays, Sept.-May: Adult Christian Formation Hour is from 10:00 – 10:50 AM. To see what classes are currently on offer, visit our Coming Events page.
Tuesdays @ noon, Sept.-May: Brown Bag Bible Study. This informal class is led by one of our clergy and concludes at 1:00 p.m. Bring a sack lunch if you like. Snacks are provided.
The Altar Guild assists the clergy in preparation for worship. Members are responsible for the care of the church linens, hangings, vestments and traditional decorations for special services. They are charged with care of the altar and its preparation for the Eucharist. Altar Guild members serve on teams, usually once a month. Contact: Karen Milton
Choir & Music Ministry
There is a special joy that comes from working together as a team to create beautiful music! Joining our voices together we can do something none of us could do alone. The Adult Choir is an enthusiastic group who work on a diverse array of repertoire and we are excited to welcome new members, no audition required! Wednesday evening rehearsals. We also welcome parishioners who are talented instrumentalists. Kids interested in singing can join the Choristers (elementary ages) or the Youth Ensemble (middle/high school). For more information on the music programs at St. Mark’s click here.
Contemplative Prayer Group
Come sit quietly and listen for God. Shed the week’s busyness and restore your inner self. Saturday mornings, 8:15 am, Grace Chapel. The service, based on Morning Prayer II, from The Book of Common Prayer, and the New Zealand Prayer Book includes prayers, psalm, Gospel and intercessions, followed by contemplative silence. Service concludes by 9 am.
Correspondence Ministry members write notes on behalf of the St. Mark's congregation to parish members during important times of their lives, such as: a birth in the family; a medical emergency; a death in the family; or another reason for condolences or congratulations. Contact: Jim Clark
Daughters of the King (DOK)
The Daughters of the King is an international lay order for women of the Episcopal Church. Members adopt a Rule of Life incorporating both prayer and service. Each of our members pray daily for those on our intercessory list. The group also hosts two meditation days during the year, early in the Lenten season, and the other in Advent. Meeting time: second Sunday of the month, noon (no summer meetings).
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Have you ever found yourself listening to a sermon and wanting to know more, go deeper, explore with others what the words of scripture and teachings of the church mean in your daily life? Have you longed for a safe place to talk about your doubts as well as your faith? EfM is a four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education, based on small-group study and practice, developed by the University of the South, Sewanee. Participants commit to one year at a time and meet in a small group environment, Thursday evenings, 6-9 pm (academic year).
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
The Women of St. Mark's meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 pm., for Potluck & Bunco. All women of the church are members of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and are included in all ECW gatherings. Other events throughout the year: including lunch meet-ups, movie outings, the annual parish picnic/bbq, annual ECW Retreat at Camp Allen, annual brunch, and the summer salad potluck. Contact: Debbie Thornal
Lectors and Lay Eucharist Ministers (LEMs)
Lay Eucharist Ministers, Lectors, and Chalice Bearers are adults who take a prominent in worship services. They serve at each of the principal Sunday services and at the Wednesday night Eucharist. For more information or to join this ministry, contact Fr. Zac.
The Men of St. Mark’s meet on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. for a meal and fellowship. This is a time of relaxation and good fun. Dinner duties are shared. (Note: meeting times are subject to change.) The group also organizes an annual golf tournament, raising funds for the St. Mark’s Scholarship fund for high school graduates attending college, and a (mostly) annual fishing trip to the Texas coast. Contact: Bill Kibler
St. Mark’s Marthas
The Marthas is our hospitality ministry, coordinating special church functions including receptions, parish meals, funerals, or other needs. Through this connection we laugh, play, share, eat, and pray within a spirit of community. Contact: Brenda White
Pastoral Care/Health Ministry
The Pastoral Care ministry prepares and provides meals for the recently hospitalized, families with new babies, or families who have lost a loved one. The Health Ministry offers flu shots annually, and plans & provides programs that emphasize good health. Contact: Diana Stangl
The Quilters meet on the third Friday of the month, 10 am. at St. Mark’s. We make prayer shawls and baby blankets (blessed and gifted to parishioners), and we work on individual projects together. We welcome both those experienced and new to the crafts of knitting, crocheting and quilting!
The Shower Ministry provides a safe, secure environment for females experiencing homelessness to shower without fear of losing their belongings. Volunteer teams provide clean towels, toiletries and manage shower times. Using showers at the Trinity Center located at St. David’s Episcopal Church in downtown Austin, 20 female volunteers from St. Mark’s provide over 500 showers annually. Tuesday mornings, 9:30 am-noon. For more information or to volunteer, contact Pat Bullock.
The Stewardship Committee, in conjunction with the Rector and church leaders, organize our annual pledge drive in the fall. For more information contact Fr. Zac.
Serving at each of the services on Sundays, ushers are a first contact for visitors and current members, distribute service bulletins, and help the service run smoothly. Ushers serve approximately once per month at their preferred service time, on a rotating schedule. For more information or to join an usher team, contact Ryan Marquess.