St. Mark's United Church of Christ Today

The physical structure of St. Mark's United Church of Christ has undergone a variety of changes in its transformation from the church of the 1850's to the church of today. As a reminder of our Church's heritage, the original bell is still housed in our current church bell tower, and the entire inner layer of bricks are the original bricks from the church that was in existance from 1873 to 1937.

Although St. Mark's has grown from the tiny school house where the devote Christians of the 1850's started their faith journey, the solid foundation of these forefathers continues. The congregation has grown from the 29 charter members to a membership list of 251. Sunday School classes are held weekly, September through May. Vacation Bible School is also held during the summer. Children are confirmed in the spring of their eighth grade school year. Prior to confirmation, they attend confirmation classes to help them become better prepared to fully participate as responsible church members. Church organizations include the Consistory, Adult Choir, Ladies Aid, Youth Fellowship, Evangelism Committee, Rural Church Fellowship, United Churchmen of Manitowoc & Sheboygan Counties and the Cemetary Association. Our church newsletter, The Country Church Herald, is published monthly. It is mailed to all members, and may be viewed on line.


We are fortunate to have our minister, Pastor Bill Kesting, and his family residing in the parsonage which is adjacent to our church. Pastor Kesting began his ministry at St. Mark's in July, 1989. He also serves St. James' United Church of Christ in Newton. Pastor Kesting and his wife, Jane, are parents of three daughters. Pastor Kesting is involved in the community as a member of the Haven Volunteer Fire Department, Howards Grove PTA member, and coach for girls' baseball & soccer.


St. Mark's United Church of Christ welcomes all to participate in worship. We invite all believers to partake of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We believe that the bread is a symbol of Jesus Christ's body, which was broken for us, and the wine is a symbol of His blood that was shed. We believe that all who truly believe and ask for forgiveness are redeemed, and will have eternal life.

Communion is a way of remembering the great gift of God's Son, Jesus Christ. St. Mark's offers communion seven times during the year: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday or Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, Mid-Summer and the First Sunday in October (world-wide).


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