We believe we are gathered together to be sent into the world. At St. Mark’s, the Peace & Justice Ministry Team equips, motivates and supports the members of St. Mark’s in extending expressions of Christian compassion to the poor and oppressed and to persons in need. We look out to our local communities in Tacoma and to the world to identify social injustice and need; we connect with social service agencies and other groups who are addressing these challenges; we provide opportunities for St. Mark’s community to learn about these issues and to get involved.

Focus Ministries

The following are ongoing projects, programs, and relationships at St. Mark’s.

  • Care of Creation
  • Empowering Life: Service to Incarcerated Women
  • Fair Trade
  • Faith & Family Homelessness
  • Lutheran World Relief
  • Mexico Mission
  • Montana Youth Mission
  • Nativity House
  • Refugee Support

Other Programs & Service Opportunities

St. Mark’s sponsors and/or participates in the following “hands-on” service with our neighbors near and far.  If you are interested in learning how you can become involved, please contact Pastor Rebecca Shjerven.

Bread for the World

Christmas Family Support
St. Mark’s individuals are assigned to low income families in our area and help to provide a very merry Christmas.

ELCA Global Mission

FISH Food Bank

Habitat for Humanity
We support this low income housing program by giving funds, providing education and actually working on houses in the Pierce County area. For more information on Tacoma/Pierce Habitat visit their website or contact congregation member Tom Geary for more information.

Lutheran World Relief

Peace Community Center
Located on the hilltop in Tacoma, Peace Community Center has been a key companion with St Marks for years, and we generally serve meals twice a year. For more information about Peace Community Center visit their website. In partnership with PCC, we also volunteer with Somali-Bantu Tutoring program.

Support for Families of the Incarcerated
This group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, S. 21st St. and Cushman.