Acolytes serve the church by being an integral part of the worship services. St. Mark’s acolytes range in age from fourth grade to adults. Adult acolytes serve at the 7:30 a.m. service and as Crucifer (occasionally) at the 11:00 a.m. service. Youth acolytes serve at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., as crucifer, gospel book bearer and torchbearers. Contact: Jay Brown
The Altar Guild assists the clergy in preparation for worship. Members of the Altar Guild 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: Millie Casparis
Examines and plans for the immediate and long-range building needs of St. Mark’s.
Contact: Amelia Sondgeroth
This group oversees the Parish website and handles other technology and networking issues and assesses hardware and software needs. They coordinate with other groups to establish and improve communication with church members and the general population. Contact: Pattie Rose or Dru Cabler
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. Welcome notes are also sent to newcomers. Contact: Cathy Nelson
The depositors are a group of volunteers that balance the plate and pledge money each week.
Endowment Fund Committee
The St. Mark’s Endowment Fund was established in 1983 by donations given specifically to provide sustaining benefits to St. Mark’s ministry in perpetuity, and it operates as a quasi-independent foundation for this purpose under an agreement with the Vestry. The committee oversees the management of these funds. Contact: John De Marines
Episcopal Church Women/Women of St. Mark’s
The Women of St. Mark’s gather for fellowship on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., for Potluck & Bunco, (however, the group may meet at other times as well). All women of the church are members of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and are encouraged to attend any or all ECW gatherings. Other events are planned throughout the year: including brunches, movie outings, craft-making parties, the annual parish picnic/bbq and the summer salad potluck. Contact: Yvonne Chavez or Judy Elkins.
Environmental Stewardship Committee
The Environmental Stewardship Committee meets monthly to find ways to be responsible stewards of our environment. Our goal is to facilitate the recycling of as many recyclables as possible, either by collecting such things as batteries, cell phones, medicine bottles, etc., or by directing parishioners to Austin area resources. We provide educational materials to parishioners of all ages and work within the Austin community, supporting organizations that help others make homes more energy efficient. Contact: Scottie Aplin
Oversees various facilities needs/issues. Individuals who are handy, have free time on their hands, and are interested in sharing their talents are needed and welcome. Contact: Ray Smith
Families with Young Children
The St. Mark’s Families with Young Children (FWYC) gathers for social and outreach opportunities, with the occasional ‘adults only’ (child-care provided) social gatherings. The group’s goals are simple: to provide support and fellowship to St. Mark’s families with young children, and to contribute to the overall St. Mark’s community as well as the community at large. Samples of activities include: Picnic & Playtime on the Deck, Halloween Party, and Parents’ Night Out. Contact: Laura Merritt or Bradley Johnson
Oversees the management of the annual parish budget and stewardship. Contact: Mary Cromack
The Garden Guild’s purpose is to enhance the landscaping of the church grounds by maintaining several garden areas. Contact: Diane Brewer
Greeters & Newcomer’s Ministry
The Greeters and Newcomer’s Ministry welcomes visitors to St. Mark’s and helps answer questions and provide introductions. In addition, several times a year a Newcomers’ lunch is held. Contact: Jay Doran
Lay Eucharist Ministers, Lectors, and Chalice Bearers are adults who take a prominent part in the worship. They serve at each of the three principal Sunday services and at the Wednesday night Eucharist.
Youth Lectors serve twice a month at 9:00 a.m., under the direction of the reading coach, Nancy Kibler.
Those interested in offering these gifts to the parish should contact the Rector.
Liturgy and Worship
The Liturgy and Worship Committee is charged with assisting the Clergy with the planning and design of worship services. Members of this Committee represent the Acolytes, Altar Guild, Choir, Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and Ushers. If you would be interested in serving on this Committee, please contact the Rector.
The Men of St. Mark’s gather on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. 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 Men’s Group does not meet during Lent.)
The group also organizes an annual golf tournament, raising funds for the St. Mark’s Scholarship fund for high school graduates going on to college. Contact: Bob Peterek.
The Newsletter is a publication received by members and by those who request delivery. The St. Mark’s News is published 11 times per year (June and July issues are combined). The deadline for submissions is the fifteenth of each month. Contact: Becky Janes.
The mission of the Outreach Committee is to serve those in need in our community, support the Diocese’s outreach projects, and to provide parish members meaningful ways to contribute to the community throughout the year. Our outreach ministries involve parishioners in a number of ways through organized events. Additionally, St. Mark’s meets various needs as crises arise, such as hurricanes, wild fires, etc., both in terms of donations & rebuilding projects. The committee meets approximately six times a year. For more information, click here. Contacts: Laurie Mayor and Becky Poynot
Parish Life/St. Mark’s Marthas
The Marthas is our ministry of hospitality, coordinating special functions at St. Mark’s such as 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. The Gaining Health group meets each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Contacts: Pastoral Care – Diana Stangl. Health Ministry – Jonea Raney
Plans each year’s stewardship efforts for our annual pledge drive, including budget presentations and the Mission and Ministry Meals in October. Contact: Amelia Sondgeroth
Ushers serve at all three services each Sunday. A rotating schedule is set up for each usher group. Usually each usher serves one Sunday per month, during one of the three Sunday services. Contact: Henry Olivas
The Youth Group is for students in grades 6-12. They typically meet each week for 2 hours on Sunday afternoons for social events, field trips, and outreach activities. Contact: Office