Congregational Life


The mission of the Congregational Life Ministry is to offer programs and events that nurture and strengthen our faith community. The committee promotes and encourages Christian fellowship while attending to the well-being and unification of the congregation. We do this by planning programs and events, frequently in collaboration with other ministries, such as  

  • A Prayer Ministry luncheon, 5th Sunday luncheons and other special meals
  • An annual Chili Cook-off each Fall 
  • Annual All Church Family Retreat at Mo Ranch
  • Fellowship groups including Steady Aims, Lunch Bunch and Party of Grace
  • Adult Olympics intergenerational fellowship night, annual Chili Cook-off, and biennial Christmas party hosted by the Chronologically Gifted (CG) group.

2021 All-Church Retreat at Mo Ranch.


Each spring, the Chronologically Gifted (CG) group collaborates with Congregational Life Ministry to sponsor a highly anticipated and fun “Adult Olympics at St. Mark. The event is open to all ages and features teams competing in 4 areas – Name That Tune, Trivia, Putt-Putt Golf, and Basket Ball Free Throw – with activities modified for age and gender.

Every other year, Congregational Care Ministry collaborates with the CGs to host an all-church Christmas Party. This is a fun evening with great food and entertainment. 

The church looks forward to this all year!

This little one really liked her first taste of Cincinnati Chili.

St. Mark’s 2019 Chili Cook-off in October raised money to support youth mission activities and trips. 

The chili cook-off is a favorite for members of all ages.

Competitors get very creative!

There are prizes to be won!

And bragging rights for an entire year!!