Dear Pastor Jim, Church Council and all at St. Mark's:
What a tremendous week it has been! We'd like to thank all of you at St. Mark's for your prayers, encouragement and financial support to attend the Stephen Ministries Leadership Training Course in Pittsburgh last week. We attended over 50 hours of training, which included didactic as well as role playing sessions, opportunities to learn from other church members across the country, and yes, even extra assignments/homework during the week.
For those who may not be aware, Stephen Ministries is an interdenominational caregiver ministry founded by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Haugk, an ELCA pastor with a passion for training lay people to help others through life challenges in a Christian manner. Their mission is "To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12–13)
We are excited to celebrate St. Mark's accomplishments in providing Stephen Ministries for the past 20 years with all of you in the near future. We intend to put into practice what we have learned, cultivate our current Stephen Ministers and Leaders, and grow in our mission to have all members minister to others.
With sincere thanks,
Liz Joyce and Ruth Cheng