To learn more or to volunteer for these ministries, please email Pastor Rebecca Shjerven (rebecca@smlutheran.org).

Care of Creation

We provide leadership to the St. Mark’s family in fostering and modeling environmental stewardship within the church community, as well as within the broader community.

Past activities have included current topic discussions at the Adult Forum on Sunday, Summer day hikes, and camping trips. The team welcomes suggestions for future activities that celebrate God’s creation.

We encourage all our members to join in our activities!

Fair Trade Team

Fairly traded coffee, tea, and chocolate are available for purchase the first Sunday of each month.

Fair Trade Holiday Bazaar will take place Sunday, November 25th and December 2nd.  Items from all over the world may be purchased, supporting those artists with a fair wage for their work.

Read more about Fair Trade Certification and it’s impact here.

Christmas Family Project

Individuals provide Christmas gifts and food to low-income families in our area.

Look for the Christmas Tree in the entry area in November.

Chase the Chill

In the fall and winter months we deliver hats, scarves and gloves to the various shelters around Tacoma. There is a stockpile of yarn for those who are interested in knitting or crocheting for this project.

To pick up or donate yarn for this project please visit the church office.

Greening the Congregation

All members and friends of St. Mark’s who want to help us live in harmony with creation by working together to green our shared lives and facilities are invited to join this new ministry in our congregation.

Participants can choose to focus on one of the “green fields” we have identified, including: Worship and Liturgy, Education, Buildings, Grounds, Advocacy, and Community Engagement.

Download this Stewarding the Earth brochure to learn more about how you can adapt your personal habits and lifestyle choices to be more environmentally conscious.

Advocacy Team

In addition to the many “direct services” ministries of the congregation, the Advocacy Team supports efforts to create policies that foster justice and peace. Efforts focus on hunger, housing insecurity, immigrants and refugees, and care of creation.

DeLong Elementary Programs

Backpack Program: Donate specified foods to go home each weekend with homeless students from DeLong Elementary who are at-risk for hunger OR pack food each Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Mark’s.

Donations can be brought to the church office or to the church narthex during Sunday morning services.

Lunch Buddies: Eat and enjoy conversation with students who are in need of extra adult attention and care.