In the book of Acts we learn a gem of wisdom from the Lord that is not recorded in other books of scripture, “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). There are many ways to give. One of the profoundest ways we can give is through our time and attention to others. Below are many ways you can join our community in serving those around you.
Of the many parables Jesus taught few more eloquently describe our obligation to help our neighbor than His words found in Matthew chapter 25, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” At St. Mark’s you can help feed the hungry by participating in our Food Pantry or Garden.
Hildegard's Food Pantry
Hildegarde's Food Pantry is a vibrant outreach ministry of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark dedicated to providing food to those in need. Hildegarde's serves upwards of 30,000 per year, and is staffed by close to 90 volunteers. Lydia Herrera serves as our food pantry manager, and can be contacted at 801.328.2303, or 801.688.0702.
Food Pantry Garden
Each year, the Food Pantry Garden grows fresh vegetables for distribution to those in need. If your are interested in helping to maintain this garden (planting, mulching, watering, weeding, picking vegetables) and helping to serve the least of these, please contact Judy Atherton
Reaching out to the sick and afflicted is an important ministry at the Cathedral Church of Saint Mark. Whether it’s compassionate pastoral care or reaching out to those who are physically unable to attend, your presence can make a real difference. There are two programs you can get involved with.
FEED MY SHEEP
Feed My Sheep is a caring lay ministry, with clergy support, dedicated to serving the needs of parish members and their families who are temporarily or permanently unable to attend church due to physical handicaps, age, adverse health, home or residency confinement, transportation or other difficulties. Service includes meaningful support in meeting the social, spiritual, and physical needs of parish members by personal visits, correspondence, telephone contact, transportation, meal preparation and prayer. We meet the third Sunday each month after church services. Chairperson: Sheila Bilbrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Community of Hope
For over a decade, St. Mark's parishioners have participated in the Utah chapter of Community of Hope International, a diocese-wide ministry that equips lay people to serve in all forms of pastoral care: being present to others in a compassionate, listening, non-controlling manner to make a difference in the health and well-being of those in need. Community of Hope members serve in a variety of settings, including parishes, hospitals, assisted-living facilities, and hospices. A program of in-depth training and formation prepares members for this work and contributes to their own spiritual development. Members often comment that they are ones who receive the most from their care-giving relationships. For more information, contact Carolyn Ershler at 801.201.0814, email@example.com, or Chris LeCluyse at 801.660.9124, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Choir is the heart of the music ministry at St. Mark’s. The Choir sings for Sunday services at 10:30 September through May (sometimes a little into June), as well as for special services throughout the year such as Advent Lessons and Carols (usually the first Sunday of Advent), Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and occasional special services such as Ordinations taking place at the Cathedral. Members of the Choir are extraordinarily dedicated in the sharing of their musical gifts, and form a special community within the larger St. Mark’s Community. Several choir members also play other instruments, and instrumentalists from outside the Choir sometimes join us for special events or musical numbers.
Choir rehearsals take place in the choir room each Thursday during the choir year, 7:00 until 8:30 PM, and Sunday morning 9:45-10:15. Extra rehearsal is held each Sunday before this, 9:15-9:45 AM, for those who cannot make rehearsal Thursday or who would like extra practice. If you are interested in joining the Choir, otherwise being part of the music at St. Mark’s or exploring to see if this might be a ministry for you, please contact Chris Wootton at email@example.com.
Children’s Choir at St. Mark’s presently takes place on Sundays from 9:15 – 10:15 AM in the Children’s chapel downstairs. The Choir is Directed by Emily Spencer who brings over 20 years of experience in teaching children to sing. Participation in Children’s Choir can start any time and is entirely voluntary. Children in the choir will be regular participants in Sunday worship services and learn basic musical skills like singing in-tune, correct vocal technique, beginning notation, and movement. Children 6 and up are welcome. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perhaps you have seen the many different people that it takes to make a church service run at Saint Mark's. Without the help of these individuals, worship simply wouldn't be the same. If you would like to be involved there are a number of ways you can participate.
The Altar Guild at St. Mark's is a group of laypersons in the parish who maintain the ceremonial objects used in worship, including preparing them for each service.
An acolyte is a servant of the liturgy, or more directly "one who helps". Acolytes carry crosses and torches, assist the Deacon in the proclamation of the Gospel and with the prayers of the people. Acolytes pay attention to the things that the deacon and other clergy need, often working at the credence table. The acolyte also helps with the lavabo bowl and the priest's ablutions. One or two acolytes act as thurifer in the parish. Acolytes help as they are able, and at various levels of knowledge to ultimately make everyone's worship go smoothly. This ministry is open to both children and adults. Please contact our Acolyte Master, David Evans if you have any questions, or are interested in serving in this ministry.
At the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, the presence of flowers supports the worship experience. Through their fragrance and form, flowers reinforce the message of peace, love, and beauty. As flowers are present to mark significant moments in life--birth, marriage, death--flowers in our sanctuary also mark the seasons of the liturgical year. The mission of the flower guild is to let the beauty of all God's creation, especially flowers, serve the worship experience. The Flower Guild is responsible for arranging the flowers in the Cathedral for regular worship services and coordinating their installation and removal, maintaining the live plants in the Cathedral building, and managing upkeep of the flower room. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact the Parish Administrator.
The Vergers Guild of St. Mark’s Cathedral is a ministry of the Cathedral focused on assisting with the liturgy and the safety of its congregants. It is a member of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church (VGEC). Vergers customarily are involved with every main Sunday service at the Cathedral. They also assist at special services such as those of Holy Week and special diocesan events like ordinations and Diocesan Convention.
LAY READERS, USHERS,
& EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Eucharistic Ministers are trained and licensed by the Bishop to administer the consecrated wine during Holy Communion. Eucharistic Ministers can also be trained and licensed to administer the consecrated Holy Communion to parishioners who are homebound or in the hospital.
Lay Readers read the two lessons from the Old Testament and the Epistle during the service as well as lead the Psalm. In addition to reading the scriptures, they lead The Prayers of the People and assist the minister with any needs that may arise during the church service.
If you are interested in participating please contact email@example.com.
The Hospitality Committee is responsible for making the Cathedral a warm and inviting place on Sundays and at other events for all who enter. If you are interested in participating in this committee please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of the many parables Jesus taught, few more eloquently describe our obligation to help our neighbor than His words found in Matthew chapter 25, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” At St. Mark’s you can help feed the hungry in the following ways.