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.


Faith Circle News

Come join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. for Bible Study and fellowship.  October 3 is our next meeting with Cheryl Marshall leading the GATHER magazine Bible Study and Sue Steckelberg is hostess. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Friendship Circle News

Our next meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 2nd at 6:30 PM. Our meeting will be held at Sandy Critels home in Ginger Woods. We will continue our Study of “Contagious Joy” Chapter 6 with Bev Griffin leading our Bible Study. Please join us for an evening of fellowship & study.

Joy Circle News

Joy Circle will meet again on Sunday, October 1st at 9:15 a.m. in the Sunday School Office. All are welcome!

Peace Circle News

Peace Circle’s next meeting is Tuesday, October 10th at 7 p.m. Come join our Bible study and fellowship.

Seasonal Projects

Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child Drive
Age Category for Boys and Girls: 2 to 14
Collection Dates: October 1 thru November 5
Packing Date: Saturday November 11

Joy Circle extends an invitation to everyone to participate in this outreach by gifting and/or praying.

This year's focus is on boys and girls ages 2 to 14. Plastic shoeboxes instead of cardboard shoeboxes are used when packing; plastic shoeboxes are gifts that keep on giving as children use them for carrying precious water. There is a need for plastic shoeboxes and Christmas wrap/tissue also.

Gift ideas for boy and girls (please check the DO NOT list below before purchasing):

School Supplies

Clothing Items (Bigger is always better than smaller when choosing a size.)

Grooming and Hygiene Items

Sewing Kit and 1/2 yard of Fabric (a case or container of some kind – needles, safety pins, thread, buttons, folding measuring tape)

Flashlight (with extra batteries)

Folding Umbrella

Plastic Magnifier (not everyone has access to eye care or glasses)

Card Games


Solar Calculator

Hard Candy

DO NOT INCLUDE:  war related toys (soldiers, guns, etc., no camouflage clothes)

NO bubbles, shampoo, toothpaste or liquid glue (it might leak and ruin the box).  NO aerosol cans (these could explode!)

NO food or chocolate (they might melt or spoil)

NO medications or vitamins

Your Generous contributions in the past provided Individuals with Fun and a message about our True God.

Please take this opportunity to carry-on Operation Christmas Child outreach by placing gift items at the collection center (outside Pastor Barbara's office), filling a plastic shoebox or via monetary donation (Joy Circle members are happy to shop for gifts items). Each shoebox gift becomes a tangible expression of God's love for a child in real need.

Clothing Drive

Faith Circle will once again resume their Fall/Winter clothing drive. We are initiating some changes/guidelines.  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.