EAST CHICAGO | St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, one of the oldest houses of worship in Northwest Indiana, will celebrate its annual Women’s Day starting Saturday and concluding Nov. 10. The celebration will reflect the theme "Women of God: Seeking His Face.”
St. Mark Women’s Day also serves as a fundraiser to support many of the church operations and outreach ministries, such as the monthly Feast Table, which feeds those in need, and Youth Outreach.
Saturday's Women’s Day Banquet begins at 5 p.m. with an emphasis on "Honoring our Women Caregivers." The banquet is an opportunity to acknowledge Sr. Bobbie Davis and her daughter, Sr. Ba’Neisha Hawkins.
Live entertainment features Lady Sax. Tickets donation is $25.
Sunday Morning Worship is at 10 a.m. Nov. 10, when the celebration culminates with guest preacher Presiding Elder Gaylyn Wilson of St. Luke AME Zion Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Anniversary activities are open to the community. Call (219) 398-4653 or visit St. Mark AME Zion Church on Facebook.
St. Mark AME Zion Church was founded in 1916 by a group who migrated to East Chicago from Alabama. The founding members first gathered in the Old Brick Yard Quarters, then moved to a storefront in the 1600 block of Broadway. As the congregation grew, it relocated to 35th and Deodar Street, and finally May 23,1973 opened the doors at its current location. Sunday school begins at 8:30 a.m. and worship begins at 10. Weekly prayer meeting and Bible study is held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.