Do you feel weighed down with worry? Does the uncertainty and chaos of life keep you up at night? Could you use some calm?

Our first sermon series in 2018, titled Anxious for Nothing, begins on Sunday, January 14. The series will follow along with the book and small group study of the same name by Max Lucado. It explores God’s treatment plan for anxiety found in Philippians 4:4–8.

Pipe Organ Encounter for Youth

All interested students who are in grade 5 or above are invited to see, hear and play "Opie", our historic E.M. Skinner Opus 695 pipe organ right here at St. Mark's! You will have the opportunity to learn about how an organ is played and, best of all, area organists will help you play it for yourself!

When: SATURDAY, February 17, 2018 10 am - 1 pm
Where: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 8300 C Ave NE, Marion, IA 52302

This wonderful opportunity is FREE and open to everyone, whether or not you have ever studied the organ. Some piano background is helpful. Bring a favorite piece of music to play on the organ. 

Please make reservations by contacting: Matthew Penning at Be sure to include your name, age, years of piano/organ study, address, and phone number.

UCI Children Receive Their Gifts!

Click here for a look at pure happiness! These are pictures of the UCI Haiti Children receiving their Christmas gifts. You may have to look a little to find your child, as they are mixed in with other churches, but it is worth it, and you will not be able to stop smiling as you view each joyous face.

February Haiti Team Prepares for Trip
















We have 15 people on our Haiti Team headed to UCI February 23-March 3. They are:

  • Sarah Bartlett
  • Ashley Fruhling
  • Marlys Fruhling
  • Caleb Fruhling
  • Doug Gire
  • Michele Jones
  • Geri Kearney
  • Chris Nelson
  • Gary Pribyl
  • Christy Rezin
  • Phil Rezin
  • Emily Rosenberg
  • Crystal Schwandt
  • Jim Seiwald
  • Katherine Tone

We're looking forward to continuing to build relationships at and around UCI, helping in the school, leading VBS, helping with construction projects, teaching mat making, handing out Days for Girls kits, leading Bible Studies and helping in any way needed.

We will be collecting black shoes and white socks for the school children again. Donation boxes will be in the church atriums beginning January 21.

Please keep the team and UCI uplifted in prayer. May God be glorified in all we do!

Open Prayer Meetings Every Thursday

Come and pray for our congregation and ministries! All are invited to join and experience the Open Prayer Meeting every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:45 pm in the Prayer Room in the South Hallway.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do you LOVE to Sew?

Would you like to make new friends? Then the Quilting Group is looking for YOU! They need sewers to help sew the many blocks they are putting together. Be a part of something beautiful, and make some fun new friends. You can also sew at home if you like!

They meet Tuesday mornings from 9 am to noon. Contact Kathie Oppedahl at or Sharon Staton at if you are interested or have any questions. Read more about the history of The Quilting Ministry at St. Mark's and how they impact our community by clicking HERE.

St. Mark's Parish Nurses

Did you know that St. Mark's has a Parish Nurse Team? Here is a recent article about them, who they are, what they do, and some helpful info!

  • For the July 2017 Parish Nurse Article, Click here
  • For the October 2017 Parish Nurse Article, Click here

notary publicNotary Services available!

Staff member Cyndi Leitheiser is available to conduct notary services at St. Mark's during normal business hours, and Sunday mornings by request. You can either stop by the office, or call ahead to confirm a time. The office phone number is 319-447-0100.