CARMEL, Ind. – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the community. To commemorate the occasion, a special worship service was held Sunday, Oct. 11 at the church. Charter members of the church were recognized and special music was presented from a variety of groups including the Children’s Choir, the Faith Connection Worship Team as well as the Chancel Choir.

St. Mark’s was established in 1979 with the commitment to be a “missional” congregation intentionally seeking, finding and ministering to the needs of our neighbors near and far. St. Mark’s held its first worship service at Mohawk Trails Elementary School and opened the sanctuary at its current location in 1982.

The name St. Mark’s was chosen because it is the first Gospel written in the New Testament of the Bible. Additions to the original building were made in 1986, 1995 and 2002. With the values of hospitality and generosity the ministry has grown to extend around the world as well as into the places where we work, play and become family.

St. Mark’s recognized this milestone by actively living its motto “Where Mission is A Way of Life” through special projects in the community. “Mission and Sharing: It’s in the Bag” is a 30-week program with members and friend contributing a variety of items to be donated to area charities.

On Sunday, Oct. 25 a special “Mission in Action Day” sent church members into the community to volunteer in more than 25 service projects in lieu of a worship service.

For more information about St. Mark’s or its projects, visit www.stmarkscarmel.org.