Women's Circles

Women's Circles

We have four Women’s Circles (Faith, Friendship, Joy and Peace) that meet monthly for faith studies and fellowship. Our women’s circles do a variety of outreach projects throughout the year including: clothing and food collections and coordinating school supply donations. These are just a few of the ways our women reach out to others. The circles are open to any woman, young or old.

Regular Meeting Times:

Faith:              1st Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.

Friendship:    1st Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Joy:                 1st Sunday at 9:15 a.m.

Peace:            2nd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Seasonal Projects

Clothing Drive

Faith Circle has resumed their Fall/Winter clothing drive. We will accept only warm and outer wear such as sweaters, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jackets, winter vests, gloves, caps, mufflers and boots. As in the past we respectfully request items be clean, gently used and in good repair.  If anyone has a specific place they would like to have receive the donations throughout the winter, please call Sandy Trofholz at 402-505-4112.  We have several places we alternate taking items, but are open to new suggestions.

The apparel donations grey plastic container is located in the Fellowship Hall.  In the past, St. Mark's members have been very dedicated and generous purporting this project, and we thank you in advance for your continued support.

Ongoing Circle Projects

Fair Trade

Since 1996, Lutherans in the U.S. have supported small-scale farmers around the world (Latin America, Africa, and Asia) by purchasing Fair Trade coffee through Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Fair Trade.  At St. Mark's the Friendship Circle members first offered Fair Trade coffees in 2006.

Coffee/Tea For Sale in the Fellowship Hall
  • Toffee Caramel -- light roast -- $7.00 per bag
  • Love Buzz Organic Coffee -- Semi-dark roast -- $7.00 per bag
  • Midnight Sun Organic Coffee -- dark roast -- $7.00 per bag
  • Decaf Coffee -- Medium Roast --   $8.00 per bag

The Organic English Breakfast Tea is available at the cost of $3.00 a box.

Drop cash or check (payable to St. Mark's) in the canister located at coffee stand.

Our LWR vender Equal Exchange strives to find the best organic, green coffee beans available and wants their Fair Trade coffees to do more than please the palate. The Fair Trade coffees go far beyond the cup, supporting women’s leadership at producer co-ops, improved yields through soil analysis, environmental preservation through crop diversity, and much more.  Thank You St. Mark's family for supporting the sales of coffees and teas for the past ten years.


Faith Circle News

FAITH circle will meet on Tuesday, March 6th at 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for their monthly meeting and Bible Study.  The Study will be led by Darlene Brumnmels and hostess will be Linda George.  

The Bible Study is from the women's GATHER magazine and entitled "The Good Samaritan," Luke 10:30-37.  Please come join us for our meeting, study and refreshments. 

Friendship Circle News

Our next meeting will be on Monday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. We will continue or Study of “Contagious Joy” Chapter 10 our Study Leader will be Susan Bray and Linda Ryan will be our Hostess. Plans will be made for The Women’s Circles serving the Lenten Meal on March 21st. Please join us for an evening of fellowship & study.

Joy Circle News         

Joy Circle will meet on Sunday, March 4th at 9:15 a.m. in the Sunday School Office. Please join us.

Peace Circle News

Peace Circle’s next meeting is Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. Please come and join our Bible study.

Charitable Giving

Funds raised by the women of St. Mark's go to support many programs sponsored by the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA. Also through our community outreach we make donations to fund many Service Organizations in the surrounding communities.

Listed below are the organizations we gave donations to this fiscal year (2016-17) and the amount given.

We want to thank the members of St. Marks for their continued support in helping make these donations possible. 


     Campus Ministries                                       $100.00  

     Care-A-Van, Inc.                                            500.00                                                                                                      

     Women’s Fund of Omaha                                65.00                                                                                        

     Prison Ministries                                              100.00                                                               

     Lutheran Family Services                                 65.00                                                                                                             

    Women of ELCA-Seminarian Scholar. Fund   65.00                                                                         

     NE Children’s Home Society                             65.00

     Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries         100.00

     Sherron Fund                                                      165.00                                                                                  

     Table Grace Cafe                                                  65.00

     The Bag Ladies of Waterloo                               65.00                                                                                                             

     COPE                                                               500.00                                    

     Total                                                                 $1855.00