Join us for a delicious free meal on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 5 to 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
Our next supper is February 27, 2017
Jambalaya with chicken and sausage
Coffee, water and lemonade
Supports St. Mark's Vision: Live to be the HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS and give the HOPE OF CHRIST to others.
4th Tuesday Ministries Vision: Provide a free delicious meal to members and people in the Fox Valley community in a clean and friendly manner that honors God, nurtures and fosters relationships, promotes a sense of community and connection in a consistent manner.
Mission: Provide a cost effective, sustainable free monthly supper to members and neighbors that is delicious and satisfying in an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, nourished, and comfortable building personal relationships over a consistent time-frame.
Goal: Keep the meal and formula simple – nothing fancy, just good food and friendly atmosphere.
Goal: Provide opportunity for people to connect with each other and meet neighbors. The success of community meals is testimony to people's growing need to reconnect with their Lord, their families, and the community around them. Coming together in fellowship reinforces what we all have in common, leaves us feeling less isolated, and reassures us that our friends and neighbors are doing okay as well. Sharing reminds us that we are all blessed with gifts, we all have a story to tell, and, as one volunteer put it "The veil between those serving and the served is a thin one."
Goal: Find and use "tried and true" methods. Don't reinvent the wheel. Leverage and follow the example of other local churches in creating a synergistic community outreach program that can be utilized by people with a variety of needs.
Goal: Partner with ministries and community organizations to build a community network that provides opportunities to serve others and share the good news of salvation.
Goal: Balance member and community needs with the desire to serve others. Create a sustained outreach program that benefits both congregants as well as community members to St. Mark's where families and individuals are served as they serve others. Nurture and strengthen new relationships and existing bonds within the church through ministry service.
Gives members and the community opportunities to partake and serve
Individual and ministry who help build relationships, teamwork, may improve communication and reach out to others
Meal planning and serving builds team-work and food planning, cooking skills
Fulfills a need. Many St. Mark's members have expressed support in both serving and attending the meal: when asked how we can serve the community, several people responding with the suggestion of serving a meal, at different times and unsolicited.
“This is a real community program… a very eclectic group. It provides us all with an ability to serve our community in a unique and meaningful way.”
“Some of the older people have no family left, and this group at the supper becomes their family. They particularly love to see the children.”
“We all feel so blessed in our lives, we just wanted to share that. As a community, we really need each other.”
Source: The Downeast Table of Plenty