What We Believe
all Christians, Lutherans trust and respond to the love of the Triune
God: one God yet three persons. God the Father is creator of all that
exists. God the Son, Jesus Christ, became human to suffer and die for
the sins of all human beings. He rose to life again in victory over
sin, death and Satan. God the Holy Spirit creates faith through God's
Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and
coeternal, one God.
of being "Lutheran" means that we believe that the Bible is God's
Word. We accept the Bible based, Christ centered teachings of Martin
Luther and his colleagues as the correct interpretation of God's Word.
They inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 1500's.
Luther's teaching is summarized in three short phrases: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Word Alone.
loves all the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel
against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to
love the unlovable and save the ungodly. Salvation is the free gift of
God's grace (undeserved mercy) for Christ Jesus' sake alone.
His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time,
Jesus purchased forgiveness of sins and eternal life for them. Those
who hear this Good News and believe it have the forgiveness of sins, new
life and salvation that it offers. God the Holy Spirit creates this
faith (belief, trust) in Christ through the Good News message of the
Bible is God's Word. Because God Himself inspired the Bible, it is
without error and completely reliable. In it God reveals two great
messages: His Law (God's will for how we are to live -- yet when we do
not follow His will, God's law shows us our sin); and His Gospel (the
Good News of forgiveness for our sins, new life, and salvation in Jesus
Christ). This Bible is the only source for Christian teaching
(doctrine) and the only reliable guide for the Christian life and church
As Lutherans, we accept the Lutheran Confessions, including The Small Catechism written by Martin Luther, because they give a faithful witness and correct explanation of the teachings of the Bible.
St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church
in 1874, St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church was established to
serve the growing German Lutheran community around Steeleville. The new
congregation grew rapidly. The current sanctuary was built in 1897,
and enlarged in 1922. Today, St. Mark's has around 1200 baptized
members and continues to meet the spiritual needs of the Steeleville
community 134 years after its founding.
Making A Joyful Noise
created...and it was good,” we read in Genesis. All creation is a gift
given to us to be used in service and praise to our gracious Lord. God's
gift of music plays an especially important role in our congregation’s
worship services. Music is a vehicle to proclaim the Good News of Jesus
Christ and a way respond back to God with our love, praise, thanks. Here
are some examples of the many ways we proclaim the Gospel through music
at St. Mark's.
of St. Mark's who wish to celebrate their love of singing are welcome
to join St. Mark's Adult Choir. Continuing in the choral tradition of
the Lutheran Church, the choir focuses on assisting with worship by
providing musical and spiritual enrichment for both its singers and the
congregation. Adult Choir practice is held Wednesdays at 7:00pm during
the school year.
some existing musical skills are required, participation in the St.
Mark's Hand Bell Choir is open to interested musicians of all ages. The
bell choir generally plays anthems based on congregational
hymns. Handbell Choir practices are held Wednesday nights at 6:00 P.M.
Contemporary Worship Team
the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month at the 10:30 A.M. service, the
Contemporary Worship Team accompanies our worship using a variety of
musical selections appropriate for the liturgical season. Although some
existing musical skills are preferred, any member of St. Mark's is
welcome to join the Contemporary Worship Team.
special occasions, St. Mark's Brass complements the congregation’s
singing of hymns. From time to time, instrumentalists may accompany
choirs and cantors. They also play other pieces of music which are
fitting for a specific season of the church year.
Loving Our Neighbor
a program at St. Mark's, trains lay caregivers (called Stephen
Ministers) to provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved,
hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed,
relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen
Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry
for as long as people need it.
Lutheran Braille Center
Once a month a number of members gather to help produce braille Bibles through the Lutheran Braille Workersat St. John's Lutheran Church, Chester which is a congregation a few minutes south of Steeleville.
a few months each year, a dedicated group of ladies meet in the Ladies
Aid Room at St. Mark's School and stitch together quilts. The quilts
are then taken and donated to a different charity each year. Usually
anywhere from a 100 to over 200 quilts are made and given away annually.
Mark's Altar Guild is a wonderful group of very dedicated people who
work diligently behind the scenes to make sure that everything is in
place for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The Altar Guild
launders and cares for the altar linens, polishes the silver and brass,
sets out the wine and the bread and sets up for worship services.
the third Sunday of each month, members are encouraged to bring food
items or a monetary donation to one of the weekend services for the Steeleville Food Pantry. The
Steeleville Food Pantry is graciously operated and staffed from the
facilities of Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville, but is a
joint service of all the congregations in and around the area.